Ambisonics isn’t new. It’s been around since the 70s but for a few reasons it was a technology which was before its time. Thankfully the world has caught up with Ambisonics and most of the barriers which prevented it thriving first time around have largely fallen away. Even if you only ever record in stereo you might be missing out if you don’t learn about Ambisonics and what it can do.
Following on from our Object Based Audio article, in this article we will explore 3 case studies of applications for object based audio presented at the Dublin AES Convention from recent live events where engineers from the EBU, Fraunhofer and Dolby experimented with delivering object based audio to the end user.
In this article we test and compare 3 Ambisonics plug-ins, the Sennheiser AMBEO A-B convertor, Dear Reality AMBI MICRO and Noise Maker’s AMBI HEAD HD to see how they performed side by side in Ambisonics workflows.
Dear Reality, the makers of dearVR ambisonics and immersive audio software, have just released AMBI MICRO, a free plug-in which converts ambisonics A-format to B-format and binaural audio with the added twist of supporting head tracking with a VR headset. dearVR have produced this free plug-in in cooperation with Sennheiser meaning it has a A to B-format convertor optimised for their AMBEO VR microphone.
Would you like to earn some money, recording and releasing sound effects? Have you ever wondered what it takes to record, edit and release a sound effects library. In this article, community member Tom Lowe explains how he went about producing and releasing his first Ambisonics sound effects library.
Sound Particles is an immersive 3D CGI-like application for film, TV, VR, music and game audio production. Having been used on many feature film releases (including Aquaman, Ready Player One, Batman vs Superman, among many others) since its release just over three years ago, Sound Particles 2.0 adds binaural monitoring, Windows support, Ambisonics file import, CGI file integration and real-time rendering, along with many more significant feature updates.
With 3D immersive audio continuing to make its way into productions globally, Sennheiser and its partner Dear Reality are showcasing a full scene-based end-to-end workflow for VR and 360° video productions at NAMM 2019 with the announcement of a new dearVR AMBI MICRO VST/AAX plug-in for DAWs, developed in cooperation with Sennheiser’s AMBEO team.