Karel is right. This looks like a bug. If the cardioid pattern is selected, any receptor that is assigned to the left channel is drawn properly: the little pointer in the middle points to the same direction as a real microphone would. However, for the receptors assigned to the right channel, the pointer is drawn backwards.
To get the cardioids right, the receptors in Impulse Modeler have to point like this:
while, I believe, it should look like this:
(assuming the sound comes from above)
The pointer direction is definitely inconsistent for left and right with regards to phase at least. Try setting up a Blumlein type pattern with two figure-8s at 90 degrees - it would appear that the pointer indicates direction of positive phase in one channel, but negative phase in the other channel. To get round this you have to orient the two recepetors as if the are pointing to the side rather than the front. Easy to work around, but very confusing.
Yes, I know, it all become pretty confusing when mic patterns were implemented. Moreover, model I use to calculate impulses does not work really well with mic patterns other than omnidirectional one.
I do not think I can do much here in the near future.
The model I use is called 'monte carlo' method. So, it can give some errors - though, I do not remember exactly, but there are some situations where IM simply returns wrong results for given mic polar patterns. But maybe that does not give much of a trouble at all in practical situations.
It should be also said that I *could* use something like 'recepting spheres' (speculating here) instead of 'recepting walls' and so, results could be different.
For the future then...
I would love to see an updated version of IM, with more control over mic configurations, but you know that ;-)
Monte Carlo method sometimes gets it wrong - a bit of a gamble then :-)
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