Tuesday, 02 May 2017 08:17

3D Binaural recording creates out-of-the-head sound

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Sennheiser has released its AMBEO SMART HEADSET for consumers and claims it is the world’s first binaural headset allowing you to record 3D spatial sound with a sense of depth, detail and realism.

Sennheiser’s AMBEO is a 3D immersive audio concept with the goal to create as much out-of-the-head localisation as possible (the sound should be perceived as coming from outside your head).

The technology ranges from capturing, mixing, processing to listening. Its aim to place the listener inside the soundscape and play back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location. It will be a boon to VR and gaming and also for just listening to music and movies as if one were there. Another commercial application, venue modelling, will be a milestone in virtual room acoustics replication.

Dr Andreas Sennheiser, co-chief executive of Sennheiser, said. “We have been active in this area for some time with 9.1 mixing and recording and the audio design for high-profile exhibitions. We are now increasing our efforts considerably to introduce this amazing sound quality into new products and applications, enabling users to experience and shape the future of audio.”

The AMBEO SMART HEADSETS achieve detailed and realistic recording via two omnidirectional microphones integrated into the earpieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset Totale1 RGB

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear. When played back on headphones, the result is a lifelike audio experience. It places the listener in the exact, original sound field.

Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset CloseUp Gaze RGB

The new recording headset works only with iOS lightning socket devices (iPad/iPhone) at present. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the devices' standard video camera app to supplement the recording experience. Once a recording is made any stereo headphones can be used for playback.

Betty Bennett, Apogee co-founder and chief executive, said, “The first time you put on headphones and hear a recording made with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET you will be amazed. It adds an entirely new dimension to watching videos and memories captured on your iPhone.”

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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