Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik, President & CEO
Automotive acoustics are important design element that can make or break a vehicle space. However, in the real world most of the automotive experts face numerous challenges with the physical prototypes because of their extremely complex architecture and confined space. As the physical prototypes become more convoluted, expensive, and inflexible to develop and test various products, simulation has emerged as a boon for designers, allowing them to design and evaluate acoustic components in the early product development phase. However, the process of simulation including modelling the sound systems, optimizing their acoustics properties, and testing the design is easier said than done. What they need is a reliable partner who can guide them through the complex trivia of automotive acoustics and help develop products with acoustical properties in the virtual space using simulations.
Enter Mvoid. A pioneer and expert in virtual acoustics, Mvoid specializes in model-based simulations for automotive and professional audio organizations. Having been in the industry for nearly eight years, Mvoid is well-positioned to guide their customers to design, develop, and test virtual automotive acoustics products using its ground-breaking simulation process technology, virtual tuning and auralization.
Mvoid has fabricated a comprehensive roadmap to design sound systems leveraging virtual acoustics and follows a multidisciplinary methodology to nurture an environment that simulates every aspect of the audio chain. The sound system’s virtual model enables designers and developers to readily adapt to various system requirements and analyze the prototype for continuous evaluation and improvement of the product. “With such an approach, we improve the engineering efficiency, shorten the development time, and reproduce high quality sound systems with enhanced acoustic performance and outstanding solutions for noise, vibration, harshness (NVH),” says Dr. Alfred J. Svobodnik, President and CEO of Mvoid.
At the initial phase of the concept design and development, Mvoid collaborates with the clients to assess concept’s feasibility in the virtual environment. To achieve high quality acoustics, Mvoid uses its specially developed simulation workflow to model the audio system, which is then culminated in a real-time auralization procedure (VRtool) to assess the audio performance. The virtual prototype allows rapid adaptation to various system requirements and provides a basis to minimize time on physical prototypes. Subsequently, Mvoid optimizes the sound system before finalizing on the first physical prototype. “The continuous use of multidisciplinary simulation models offers an analysis environment to make safe decisions during product development based on digital, audible, realistic models from early stage of virtual concept development till the start of production (SOP),” states Svobodnik. By following a hybrid approach, Mvoid spans the entire low-frequency and high-frequency bandwidth to ensure that the vehicles’ loudspeakers produce sound within the human audible range (20 Hz to 20 kHz).
Under the leadership of Svobodnik, Mvoid has amassed a huge client base and established itself as a dependable and committed partner. As a competent partner to its clients, Mvoid also licenses its technology to OEMs and educates them to develop simulation scenarios and optimize the sound system based on the received results.
Once, Mvoid partnered with a premium car firm and was tasked with reducing cost while keeping the performance of the sound systems intact. Using its multiphysics model-based simulations and VRtool, the firm minimized product costs, and also weight, by 30 percent and increased the performance by 20 percent.
Owing to its proficiency in virtual acoustics and simulation, Mvoid is looking to grow its consulting and software services organically in the future. Another future initiative of the firm is to establish reliable partnerships with other automotive consulting companies and leverage their offerings to augment its own services and client base.