Dear Reality releases two new immersive 3D audio plugins

Plugin Alliance has partnered with Dear Reality to release dearVR pro and dearVR music.

The announcement makes the German spatial audio technology and virtual acoustics software specialist’s audio algorithms available as two plugins, providing all the tools users need to create immersive 3D audio for VR and AR films, games, and video from within their favoured DAW workflow.

dearVR pro allows producers to position an audio track anywhere in a 3D soundstage, all by simply dragging an icon representing the track in the plugin’s XYZ pad, or by using separate sliders for adjusting the sound’s elevation, azimuth, and distance from the listener.

Producers can choose from 46 vivid Virtual Acoustics, featuring true-to-life 3D imaging and depth, in which to place an object’s sound and move it around in real time, with full automation support. Each environment is instantly and independently recallable per plugin instance, letting the producer place each object’s sound in a different space.

The shape, dimensions, and texture of each virtual space can also be modified using controls that adjust its size, damping, and balance of early reflections and diffuse reverb. In Realtime Auralisation mode, turning six knobs respectively adjusts the distance from the listener of the four walls, ceiling, and floor to match onscreen visuals. An occlusion control adjusts the sound of the object to realistically match it being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener.

Additionally, dearVR pro outputs 3D audio in seven different delivery formats (including 360-degree videos on YouTube and Facebook), meeting all professional requirements for any AR or VR productions. In addition to two-channel binaural format, producers can choose four-channel first order, nine-channel second order, or 16-channel third order Ambisonics output in either AmbiX or FuMa (Furse Malham) format. The plugin’s 46 Virtual Acoustics can also be used like conventional reverbs in 2D stereo mixes.

dearVR music on the other hand is a streamlined version of the plugin for entry-level 3D audio applications. While dearVR music makes available the same controls as dearVR pro, it utilises 18 Virtual Acoustics, including concert hall, church, live stage, drum room, and more.

Simon Franglen, composer/producer/arranger/musician (Avatar, The Magnificent Seven, Titanic), said: “I can count on one hand the number of VR and Ambisonic plugins that I actually want to use, and that list got smaller because dearVR just replaced three of them. It’s completely brilliant — utterly intuitive, and excellent!”

dearVR pro and dearVR music are respectively available for purchase — as AAX AudioSuite, AAX Native-, AU-, VST2- and VST3-supporting plugins for Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher — exclusively from Plugin Alliance at an introductory price of $299.00 USD and $149.00 USD through to 31 October, 2017, respectively rising to $349.00 and $199.00 thereafter.