AmbisonicMusic.com

Welcome to the Ambisonic Music section of SynthTweaks.com (formerly Synthesizers.Audio)

This is the home of the surround sound section of SynthTweaks.com. It is the landing page for AmbisonicMusic.com. Below, you will find links and information on various surround formats as well as downloads and information on surround mixes of the music I’ve written and recorded. Above all though, this is about Ambisonic audio which is a full 3D format with width, depth AND HEIGHT information. Ambisonics has become the default audio format for 3D VR on YouTube and Facebook.

For those who want to learn more about Ambisonics, there’s quite a lot of information about it on the Blue Ripple website and on Wikipedia.

Regular stereo mixes can be found HERE (all downloads including the Ambisonic ones below are free).

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Here is the current download list of all of my Ambisonic mixes (much more to come)

Last updated 15th May, 2017

New Album, “Ultrasound,” is currently being written and recorded in full, third order Ambisonic format. This album will be a double length journey with PLENTY of dynamic range and a big, spacious soundfield to feast your ears on!!
The first track is nearing completion and is currently 24 minutes in length.

From the Hidden Gems | Instrumental Journeys album:
Run The Race

These are all in 3rd order Ambisonic SN3D format directly compatible with REAPER DAW and the Blue Ripple O3A decoders discussed below. SN3D is the newest Ambisonic format chosen by both YouTube and Facebook VR.
These mixes ARE NOT compatible with the ATK Toolkit for REAPER (which uses the older Ambisonic FuMa format) previously included on this page. Therefore, the links have been removed. They will play but they will not have the correct levels and channel balance and the panning information will be wrong.

If you have previously (prior to 9th April 2017) downloaded the Run the Race Ambisonic mix, it was also encoded with the older FuMa format. Please download the current version above and use it with the newest O3A Blue Ripple decoders rather than the older TOA Blue Ripple decoders.

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I will be writing a detailed article on configuring REAPER to play these Ambisonic mixes shortly.

I am using REAPER audio DAW to produce these mixes and also to play them. For Ambisonic decoding, I HIGHLY recommend the already mentioned and excellent Blue Ripple Sound O3A decoders. I do not receive payments or endorsements from Blue Ripple Sound. I am simply a very impressed and very happy customer!!
The O3A Core VST pack is free and includes mono, stereo and 5.1 decoders. The free decoders do not decode height information. Their O3A Deocding VST pack (not free but extremely good and well worth the price), includes decoding for just about any speaker configuration you might have (I’m running a 3D cube array with eight Auratone 5C speakers and a subwoofer). These DO decode height information which can be heard if you have a compatible speaker array (i.e., both horizontal and vertical layout).

My mixes have been created using Blue Ripple Sound products in REAPER.

If you have REAPER installed and have also installed any of the decoders mentioned above, all you need to do is set up your REAPER outputs to match your speaker configuration and put one of the decoders on the master (I’ll be writing a detailed article on setting this up shortly). Then download any of the Ambisonic mixes above and drop them onto REAPER. Hit play and enjoy!

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Regular 5.1 surround mixes and information can be found below.

The first song to be remixed in 5.1 surround is ‘Ghost Train’ from the ‘Hidden Gems | Instrumental Journeys’ album and it is available in lossless FLAC and AC3 (Dolby Digital) formats.
UPDATE 22nd November, 2015 - ‘O Jerusalem’ has now been remixed in 5.1 surround and is also available in lossless FLAC and AC3 (Dolby Digital) formats.

To play these tracks in 5.1 surround you’ll obviously need a sound system and player capable of 5.1 audio reproduction. If you are using a PC, you’ll need a 5.1 capable sound card or audio interface and matching 5.1 speaker system. I am currently playing these mixes using my Windows 10 laptop connected to an RME Fireface UFX audio interface. Once Windows is configured to recognise a 5.1 (or 7.1) channel speaker setup (click here for details), these files will play correctly in surround sound using many media players. My personal favourites are:

XM Play with FLAC and AC3 plugins
Foobar 2000 with AC3 plugin (plays FLAC natively)
VLC Player (plays AC3 and FLAC natively)

The downloads for the surround mixes of O Jerusalem and Ghost Train are here:

Download ‘Hidden Gems | Instrumental Journeys’ Surround Mixes

More tracks from this album will be added to this link as they are remixed and released.

2 Comments

  1. April 30, 2017    

    I’ve been looking over the prospects of using SN3D on YouTube (and now, Facebook) videos, but they only support Level 1 Ambisonics.
    https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6395969

    So, that factor has renewed my interest in using the Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper. (http://www.ambisonictoolkit.net/) since I consider the YouTube or Facebook distribution mechanisms quite optimal for letting people hear this kind of sound unfettered by players. Once seemingly can attach the SN3D sound to any video, not necessarily having to be a 360 video, but I’d need to verify that.

    An interesting tutorial on attaching the SN3D audio to the video and adding the metadata can be found here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk-fsuy84oM&t=8s&index=1&list=PLADO0ZcWBBb4hFSEk-KXqZs5MBebw6ZyH

    I’ll let you know how my experiments go! Still interested in the Level 3 O3A Core possibilities, but the delivery mechanism (being pretty much Reaper, period) seems like a stumbling block for me there at this time.

    Terry (from the Cantabile forum)

    • October 2, 2017    

      My apologies for the loooong delay replying to you Terry. For some reason, I never received notification of your reply. However, I have just completed a site update, complete with a new domain name, and I spotted this in the unapproved posts list.

      I have yet to upload an Ambisonic music track to YouTube but I am going to do this for the new album I am currently recording. I’ll have a look at the video you’ve posted here.

      If you decide to experiment with the REAPER Ambisonic Toolkit, keep in mind that the channel order is incorrect for YouTube. The ATK uses the FuMa channel order whist YouTube and Facebook use the newer SN3D channel order.

      Hopefully my new site tweaks have fixed the notification issues and you receive notification of this reply.

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