In sound field reproduction and sound field control systems, the acoustic transfer functions between a set of sources and an extended reproduction area need to be accurately estimated in order to achieve good performance. This implies that large amounts of measurements should be performed if the area is large compared to the wavelengths of interest. In this paper, a method for reconstructing these transfer functions in highly damped conditions is proposed by using only a small number of measurements in the reproduction area. The source radiation is modeled with the spherical harmonics basis and its amplitude coefficients are fitted with Bayesian inference. This approach is validated in a sound field control experiment where a set of 12 control loudspeakers attenuate the sound pressure level generated by a set of six primary loudspeakers in a quiet zone while minimizing their radiation into a listening zone. The performance of the approach is studied by analyzing the sound field reconstruction and the sound field control performance. It is shown that it is possible to get—with few measurements and the source radiation model—results similar to those achieved using a dense grid of transfer function measurements.

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