What is binaural 3D audio?

Wondering what's good about 3D audio? With the help of our ears, we can hear sounds coming from all directions. This article covers the basics of spatial hearing, how we can simulate it on headphones, and how easy it is to use the 360° space for creating your sound mixes.

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DEKJ — a binaural interaction

We believe in community and the open, and intense exchange of ideas. In our eyes, two heads are always better than one – we’re old school like that. We love to see inspiration at work, even if it’s in a mildly competitive spirit. And since we often meet people who do interesting things and who help to evolve this sonic idiom, we decided to start an interview series to make the circle bigger. We’re a curious bunch, so this series will give us an excuse to learn about new things, but it’s also a good platform to showcase what’s really going on out there. To kick off this off we sat down for a quick chat with the hyper-cerebral and extremely talented DEKJ from the Berlin-based oqko collective.

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Ableton Loop: MNTN 3D Audio Lab

At the Ableton Loop Summit for Music Makers 2016, we contributed with a 3D Audio Mixing Lab where participants could bring their music track to mix the multiple stems in a 3D audio format. To be honest, we have been flashed from the hugely positive feedback throughout the whole weekend, and we are grateful for the intense performances, discussions, and ideas that came up during the event. The Loop is over for this year, but we will keep it in our hearts. A big thank you to the wonderful people at Ableton and HEDD, and to the artists Max GärtnerDE KJ, and Felix Rösch who collaborated with us for this fantastic event.

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MNTN at the Loop in Berlin

During Loop, you are invited to step into our lab and experiment with mixing your own song in a 3D audio format. All you need to do is to bring your songs in multitrack bounces or stems. The creators of MNTN will be on hand to work with you and answer any questions you might have.

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The New Export Module

Some of you might already have seen it: MNTN has a new feature. The export module gives you more flexibility and makes it much easier to get your 3D audio mix out of the box. Regardless of what audio format you are listening to, you can record and export the multichannel input and output audio stream, as well as the binaural mix.

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MNTN in action

Have you ever seen the MNTN app and the plugin in action? For this video, we used the original mixing session for the MNTN trailer, and we captured three alternating screens: the Live session with two of the 64 plugins, the engine with the multichannel input and output meters, and the scene tab with the full screen 3D panner.

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THE GATE BERLIN

THE GATE BERLIN is a new venue in the heart of Berlin, its main attraction being the wall-to-wall film that takes the visitors through more than 300 years Berlin history centered around the Brandenburg Gate with a fully immersive, cineastic sound experience.

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How many speakers make up a spatial sound setup?

Luckily, it does not need rocket science to answer that question. There are some rules of thumb that help you quite well with planning your loudspeaker setup. The overall goal is to provide a continuous sound pressure level within the whole the audience’s area, without audible gaps when walking around. Likewise many other problems, you can solve it up to 95% on your own. To achieve a perfectly planned and measured setup, you gonna need professional help, and most likely that last 5% would drive your project’s costs really high.

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How you connect a bunch of loudspeakers to your computer

There are a lot of audio interfaces with six, eight or ten analog outputs. But when setting up a spatial sound system with 16, 24, or even more loudspeakers, the question is how to connect them to your DAW? In professional environments, often MADI technology is the choice for multichannel audio transmission. Or, in more complex structures, digital audio networks such as Dante. While Dante is out of financial range in mid and low budget projects, often MADI is an useful and reliable technology, but still very critical in costs. We at TAUCHER have been constantly looking for the best price per channel solution, and we would like to share what we found out.

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