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Surround Mixing and Binaural Encoding (Ircam HEar v3)
Old 16th November 2013
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Surround Mixing and Binaural Encoding (Ircam HEar v3)

So I've been getting back into 5.1 mixing after reconfiguring my studio for a surround mix project. There seems to be a developing market for Binaural apps and outlets.

Anyone else here playing w/ Binarural encoding? The Ircam HEar v3 app is only $35... very inexpensive way to convert 5.1 mixes to headphones (iPod, iPhone, Ipad, PC, Mac, Tablets, Smartphones, Etc).

Surround mixing is interesting. It's like reverb. It adds depth. Too much and it's cheesy, but take it away and you notice it's not there. I might post a stereo and surround binarural versions of a track I'm working here in this thread later so you can hear for yourself.

Would love to hear from others experimenting in the format as well. The best thing about Binaural delivery is that it's only two channels to get full surround. Few people actually have decent home theater systems but everyone has headphones.

Flux:: sound and picture development

This is a pretty good demonstration (must wear headphones).

Old 16th November 2013
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I love mixing in 5.1.

Especially for music, and especially for IMax format, which is sometimes wider than 5.1 with an overhead...

But I have not been finding as much need lately as I did 10 or so years ago. I hope it's not a dying fad (at least for home use), but it might be. Saddens me, cause I love it so much.

Have not tried the Binaural encoding. May have to give that a whirl..... Thanks for the tip.

Old 4th December 2019
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Just wanted to add the following two developers who seem to be making some pretty promising ambisonic tools
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