Plugin Alliance has released dearVR music and dearVR pro. plug-ins which bring realistic 3D binaural positioning into Pro Tools. They say:
DearReality’s state-of-the-art algorithms have been a mainstay of 3D audio production for years. Now, for the first time, their spatial processing treasure chest has been made available in an all-in-one plugin for your DAW: dearVR pro. Say goodbye to expensive middleware, unwieldy software bundles and complex routing schemes. All the tools you need to create stunning, immersive 3D audio for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) video, films and games are included in dearVR pro’s powerful yet fast and intuitive interface.
The GUI (Graphical User Interface) has been designed to allow producers to position an audio track anywhere in a 3D soundstage — both behind or in front of the listener, above or below their head, to the left or right, closer or farther away... and all by dragging an icon representing the track in the plugin’s XYZ pad, or by using separate sliders for adjusting the sound’s ELEVATION, AZIMUTH, and DISTANCE from the listener.
Producers can choose from 46 VIRTUAL ACOUSTICS, featuring true-to-life 3D imaging and depth, in which to place an object’s sound and move it around in real time, with full automation support.
The shape, dimensions, and texture of each virtual space can be modified using controls that adjust its SIZE, DAMPING, and balance of early REFLECTIONS and diffuse REVERB. In REALTIME AURALISATION mode, turning six knobs respectively adjusts the distance from the listener of the four walls, ceiling, and floor to match onscreen visuals. As the user moves a sound around to match the corresponding onscreen object’s movement, the delay times and directions of arrival for early reflections bouncing off these virtual boundaries change — just like in real environments. An OCCLUSION control adjusts the sound of the object to realistically match being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener.
dearVR pro outputs 3D audio in seven different delivery formats (including 360-degree videos on YouTube and Facebook). In addition to two-channel binaural format (for immersive playback using conventional headphones), producers can choose four-channel first order, nine-channel second order, or 16-channel third order Ambisonics output in either AmbiX or FuMa (Furse Malham) format.
dearVR and dearVR pro are available at the Plugin Alliance website — as AAX AudioSuite, AAX Native, AU, VST2 and VST3-supporting plug-ins for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher)
There is an introductory promo price of $299.00 and $149.00 until to October 31, 2017, and then $349.00 and $199.00 respectively.