Waves reveals new Ambisonics tools for 360° and VR projects
Company is now shipping the B360 Ambisonics Encoder, the Nx Virtual Mix Room (with the Nx Ambisonics component) and the Nx Head Tracker.
Waves Audio is now shipping two new tools and a combo for audio engineers mixing 360-degree and VR projects.
These new tools include the B360 Ambisonics Encoder, a new plugin for converting mono, stereo or surround audio into 360-degree Ambisonics B-format; Waves Nx Ambisonics, a new component of the Waves Nx Virtual Mix Room over Headphones plugin, designed for monitoring 360-degree Ambisonics B-format audio on regular stereo headphones; and Waves 360° Ambisonics Tools, a combo of both plugins.
Ambisonics is currently the most popular technique for mixing audio in a full spherical 360-degree sound field. The most common Ambisonics format, used in VR as well as in Google and Facebook 360 videos, is a four-channel format called B-format.
Waves B360 can be used in two ways: By placing the plugin on each separate mono or stereo channel for precise positioning/panning of that channel in a 360-audio mix; or by completing a mix first in a conventional stereo or surround environment, and then placing B360 on the entire finished mix as an Ambisonics B-format convertor. In either case, B360 lets users control the mix’s width, elevation, and rotation, as well as position the different elements in the mix inside the three-dimensional sound field.
Waves is also now offering Nx Ambisonics, a new component of the Nx Virtual Mix Room over Headphones, a plugin that recreates the three-dimensional acoustics of a professional mix room inside any set of stereo headphones. By binauralising the audio for headphones, Nx Ambisonics lets mixing engineers listen to their B-format mixes when they don’t have access to a multi-directional speaker array.
For improved accuracy, Nx Ambisonics offers full personalisation to a user’s individual head measurements, as well as a visual spatial meter representing the audio frequency content in every direction of the three-dimensional sound field. For enhanced 3D realism that embraces the VR experience, Nx Ambisonics also offers an integrated high-quality, high-speed head tracking solution, using the compact Nx Head Tracker Bluetooth device or a computer’s camera.
Waves is also offering a combo: Waves 360° Ambisonics Tools, which includes the B360 Ambisonics Encoder, the Nx Virtual Mix Room (with the Nx Ambisonics component) and the Nx Head Tracker.