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Ircam Tools Hear v3
Ircam Tools Hear v3
 
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Ircam Tools HEar Binaural Encoding Tool Plug-In

The Ircam Tools HEar v3 Binaural Encoding Tool Plug-In provides faithful reproduction of a stereo or surround mix with a pair of conventional stereo headphones

Ircam Tools HEar v3 Binaural Encoding Tool Plug-In Details

The Ircam Tools HEar v3 Binaural Encoding Tool Plug-In provides faithful reproduction of a stereo or surround mix with a pair of conventional stereo headphones. It relies on proven technology to model the various phenomena that occur when playing back audio material through a loudspeaker system.

This allows monitoring a full surround mix in situations when a surround-capable environment is not available or practical. Another typical use of HEar is doing precise checking of a mix, which is convenient with headphones as these provide a â??surgicalâ?? and very detailed, microscope-like rendering of the audio. HEar can also prove very useful in a project studio context, and whenever noise isolation is a concern, as it helps achieving a more realistic sound environment.

Binaural technology encompasses methods for recording, processing, synthesizing and reproducing sound that are specifically designed to preserve tridimensional localization properties.

In order to mimic the impression of a sound originating from a given incidence, it is sufficient to filter a mono signal, which on its own lacks any kind of spatial information, with both left and right HRTF filters. This constitutes the foundation of binaural synthesis. Please note that the resulting signal is only meant to be listened to with headphones, and isnâ??t designed for a conventional stereo loudspeaker setup.

This plugin relies on HRTF filter measurements made using a KEMAR (Knowles Electronics Manikin For Acoustic Research) dummy head and torso simulation. This type of manikin was conceived during the 1970â??s for conducting acoustics experiments using a model with anthropometric dimensions equivalent to that of an average human listener. (Kemar head and torso simulation)

The audio input is routed internally to virtual speakers, through a routing matrix. These represent the emulated loudpseaker setup configuration.

Ircam Tools HEar v3 Binaural Encoding Tool Plug-In Features

  • Space Presets presents a range of spaces with subtly different colorations
  • Routing Matrix gives an overview of the mapping between the plugin's inputs from the DAW track to the virtual speaker internal outputs
  • Speaker Mode specifies which virtual speaker configuration that should be emulated
  • Speaker Width controls the width between virtual speakers, expressed in degrees. The default is 60 degrees, which corresponds to the recommended setting. This allows broadening or narrowing of the stereo image
  • Angle Shift controls the angle between the listener and the center virtual speakers. The default is 0 degrees, which corresponds to the ideal listener position, giving a balanced image between channels

Ircam Tools HEar v3 Binaural Encoding Tool Plug-In Specifications

  • Up to 8 channels Input/Output.
  • 64-bits internal floating point processing.
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz DXD (Pyramix DSP based).
  • Sampling rate up to 384 kHz for native (AU/RTAS/VST).
  • All major native formats are supported.
  • Windows - Vista, 7 and 8 all in both 32 and 64 bits. (XP v.2.4 / 32 bit only)
    • VST (2.4)
    • AAX Native
  • Mac OS X (Intel) - 10.7 and 10.8 in both 32 and 64 bits.
    • VST (2.4)
    • AU
    • AAX Native
  • Ircam Verb v3 AAX Native supports 32 bit in Pro Tools 10.3.5 and 64 bit in Pro Tools 11.
  • Requires iLok

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