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Voyage Audio Releases Spatial Mic — 2nd Order Ambisonics
Old 10th December 2019
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Hardware Voyage Audio Releases Spatial Mic — 2nd Order Ambisonics

Voyage Audio Announces Spatial Mic Second Order Ambisonics Microphone With Digital Connectivity


Voyage Audio is proud to introduce Spatial Mic — a second-order ambisonics VR microphone capable of single wire connectivity to a computer or mobile device — shipping now to US customers!

Designed for audio engineers, producers for AR/VR, game sound-designers and 3D audio pioneers, Spatial Mic is a next generation 360 microphone. Spatial Mic and the included Spatial Mic Converter plugin (VST and AAX) offer substantial improvements over existing solutions:
  • Enhanced spatial resolution, pattern decoding, directivity & optimal listening area vs first order microphones and less phase issues than with spaced arrays.
  • Future-proof output — may be decoded to any listening format live or in post and is not locked to one specific configuration like 2-channel binaural microphones.
  • Output may be head-tracked and used natively with content delivery tools from YouTube, Facebook and Google Resonance SDK.

Streamlining the recording workflow when dealing with multi-channel microphone arrays was a top priority during the development of Spatial Mic. With built-in USB and ADAT connectivity, no external mic preamps, multi-channel cables carrying analog signals or converters are needed. Along with purity of signal, an individual calibration profile stored within each mic ensure consistent quality.

Spatial Mic Key Features
  • 8 x 14mm capsule array for Second Order Ambisonics
  • 8 x Multi-stage, digitally controlled analog capsule front ends
  • Live binaural monitoring using Google Resonance HRTFs
  • USB Streaming and ADAT Light-Pipe can be used independently or concurrently
  • Individual calibration stored in each mic
  • USB bus powered via USB-C or external 5v source via micro-USB
  • Bit Depth: 16/24-bit / Sample Rate: 44.1kHz and 48kHz
  • 16-core processor and high resolution SiLabs clocking scheme
  • Includes Spatial Mic Converter DAW plugin for raw capsule output conversion (VST, AAX, Mac OSX and Windows 10)
  • Includes Spatial Mic Control app, allowing for remote operation of all hardware controls and more (OSX and Windows 10)
  • High quality construction with aluminum and nylon parts, combined with a bright LED display, knob and metal headbasket
  • Included accessories: 3 meter USB C to C or USB C to A cable, metal mini swivel ball hard-mount, foam windscreen and quick-start guide
  • Made in USA with domestic and foreign components
  • Designed to fit the Rycote InVision shockmount (sold separately)

Spatial Mic Converter Plugin Key Features
  • Encodes raw audio from Spatial Mic to first or second order ambisonics in AmbiX or Fuma formats
  • 64-element frequency independent output filter matrix
  • 2 types of output filters — created using measurements from an anechoic chamber
  • Change Spatial Mic’s aim and orientation live or after recording
  • High pass filter, gain trim and comprehensive level metering

Spatial Mic is available for purchase to US customers on the Voyage Audio website for $899 USD. Spatial Mic requires a host device supporting multi-channel USB Audio 2.0 or ADAT lightpipe input. Spatial Mic, the Spatial Mic Converter plugin and Spatial Mic Control app have been tested to work on Mac OSX 10.11 and higher or Windows 10.

Learn More:

https://voyage.audio/spatialmic

Order Now:

https://voyage.audio/shop/spatialmic
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Old 10th December 2019
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The drum example on the video sounds good with the ambisonic compressor. I like the 8 capsule design and would like to hear how it compares to other ambisonic systems based on a 4 mic design. Is there an advantage to having 8 mics over 4 mics? If so, please provide audio comparison examples. Thanks!
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The drum example on the video sounds good with the ambisonic compressor. I like the 8 capsule design and would like to hear how it compares to other ambisonic systems based on a 4 mic design. Is there an advantage to having 8 mics over 4 mics? If so, please provide audio comparison examples. Thanks!
Under the video there is a link to download the Reaper Project. In this project, there are some direct comparisons between our 8 capsule 2nd Order Mic and the Sennheiser Ambeo 4 capsule 1st Order mic. The comparison samples are Piano and acoustic guitar / vocals.

4 capsule first order microphones, in my opinion, exhibit poor spatial resolution compared to 2nd order microphones. 2nd Order Mics sound much more natural. Pattern decoding is also much, much better with 2nd order microphones. This video touches on a few of the differences:

Old 10th December 2019
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Surprisingly reasonable pricing for all that's involved. Looking forward to downloading the project and giving it a critical listen.
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Absolutely dope mic, especially at that price point. I have one and used it to record piano again last week. I'm still wrapping my head around the workflow, but it's opening a new world of sonic possibilities for me.
Old 10th December 2019
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Surprisingly reasonable pricing for all that's involved. Looking forward to downloading the project and giving it a critical listen.
Great — Do let us know your thoughts after you listen! Though you will need to use Spatial Mic Converter plugin to encode the 8 capsule array to second order ambisonics, keep in mind that no processing has been done to the raw tracks in the session — just a single USB cable straight into a macbook. The Ambeo comparison clips were captured using the Spatial Mic ADAT lightpipe interface.
Old 12th December 2019 | Show parent
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Absolutely dope mic, especially at that price point. I have one and used it to record piano again last week. I'm still wrapping my head around the workflow, but it's opening a new world of sonic possibilities for me.
Glad you are enjoying it! There are some piano samples in the video and downloadable Reaper Project.
Old 7th January 2020
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If you are headed to NAMM (January 16-19 in Anaheim California), make sure to stop by and visit us at booth 2151 in Hall E — downstairs in the Innovator Showcase!

We are excited to show our 2nd Order Ambisonics microphone and will have a demonstration showcasing a studio session recorded with Spatial Mic. Stop by, ask questions and learn about our new microphone!
Old 13th February 2020
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Spatial Mic Firmware v2.0 - 96kHz and more!

Today we are announcing Spatial Mic Firmware v2.0 — an update that allows users to capture 3D audio from an 8 capsule array at sample rates up to 96kHz via a single USB cable — shipping now.

What’s New in Spatial Mic Firmware v2.0:
- Sample Rates USB: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz and 96kHz
- Sample Rates ADAT: 44.1kHz and 48kHz, now silenced at 88.2kHz and 96kHz
- ‘Pad Mode’, activated when gain is turned all the way counter-clockwise, enables support for sounds as loud as 131dB SPL before ADC clipping
- Live binaural monitoring using Google Resonance HRTFs (44.1kHz and 48kHz) and live Mid-Side monitoring (88.2kHz and 96kHz)

Learn More: https://voyage.audio/spatialmic
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