Dear Reality Releases dearVR PRO 3D Audio VST/AU/AAX Plugin Update Creating a Complete Spatial Audio Solution

November 11 2019, 00:45
Dear Reality and the Plugin Alliance have announced availability of dearVR PRO V1.4.0 — a major multichannel update to Dear Reality’s all- in-one AAX-, AU-, and VST-supporting spatializing solution for 3D audio, extending its state-of-the-art binaural and Ambisonics encoder to support 26 multichannel output formats from 5.0, 7.1.4 to 13.1, intended for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or MPEG-H content production.

dearVR PRO V1.4.0 is truly a state-of-the-art audio processor, allowing any multitrack session to be mixed in 3D. The powerful, fast, and intuitive interface provides all the tools that are needed to create ultra-realistic immersive 3D audio. The new multi-channel feature extends the binaural and Ambisonics encoder with the most important loudspeaker output formats from 5.0, 5.1.4, 7.1.4 up to 13.1. in DAWs like Pro Tools and Nuendo.

"dearVR PRO duly delivered on its creators’ cutting-edge vision of providing the best-sounding 3D audio technology to all kinds of next-generation audio production environments upon its original release in late 2017. Fast forward to today’s major update and V1.4.0 ensures that Dear Reality and its premier product rightfully remain at the forefront of spatial audio technology, easily meeting all of the professional requirements for any VR (Virtual Reality) or AR (Augmented Reality) production. Put it this way: all surround sound specialists can continue to use the plugin in their particular workflow — whether working with a more standard 5.1 system or a more elaborate setup with more speakers," states Plugin Alliance, the software licensing platform.

With the new dearVR PRO V1.4.0 update, users can simply select one out of 26 different loudspeaker formats and immediately start mixing in 5.1.4 or 13.1. And dearVR PRO users can also easily deliver a mix in multiple formats, start mixing in binaural (2CH), TOA Ambisonics, or 7.1.4, and at a later stage export the mix in 5.1, by just changing the Output Format options. And users who do not want to invest in a physical 13.1 loudspeaker setup, can choose the Binaural output to prepare a session before easily switching to the final loudspeaker format.

Furthermore, users of dearVR PRO V1.4.0 can also benefit from Dear Reality’s brand-new VHSP (Virtual Height Speaker) simulation technology. This combines sophisticated room and distance simulation with groundbreaking virtual height speaker perception for flat setups like 5.1 or 7.1 in an unprecedented manner. This allows users to deliver a production in 7.1.4 and 7.1 benefiting from the virtual height simulation.

Additionally, with the update, all 46 Virtual Acoustics preset environments within which dearVR PRO users can place an object’s sound have been optimized and adapted to simulate smoothly when working with all multichannel loudspeaker outputs. On top of that, all feature true-to-life 3D imaging and depth. This allows users to creatively choose from variously-sized rooms suited to the most commonplace production needs — from a small Car to a huge Cathedral. Each environment is instantly and independently recallable per plugin instance, letting users place each object’s sound in a different space. It is also possible to change the shape, dimensions, and texture of the selected space by adjusting its size, damping, balance of early reflections, and diffuse reverb.

Realtime Auralization mode allows adjustment of the distance between the listener and the four walls (left, right, front, and back), ceiling (top), and floor (bottom) within the selected space. Moving the sound results in the delay times and directions of arrival for early reflections bouncing off those virtual boundaries being altered accordingly — just like in real-world environments. And the new Occlusion control even enables users to adjust the sound of an object being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener.

It is also possible for dearVR PRO users to effectively place their listener in the centre of the sound by simply dragging the mouse around, using the plugin’s XYZ pad to position a track’s sound anywhere in a 3D soundstage — be that behind or in front of the listener, closer, or farther away.

Also, radical performance enhancements applied to the V1.4.0 update lead to a performance increase of up to 60%, making dearVR PRO a complete all-in-one solution when working with large channel counts in complex situations. Those performance enhancements also enable users to run more instances of dearVR PRO than ever before.

Dear Reality’s dearVR PRO is available for purchase — as an AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for MacOS (10.9 through 10.14) and Windows (7 through 10) — exclusively from distribution partner Plugin Alliance for $349.00 USD from here. The V1.4.0 update is free for owners of dearVR PRO.

A fully-functional, 14-day trial of dearVR PRO is available to anyone registering for a free Plugin Alliance account here. And dearVR PRO is included in Plugin Alliance’s MEGA Bundle monthly — and annual — subscriptions at no extra cost.

Dear Reality is a leading company in the field of spatial audio algorithms and immersive controllers. Since July 2019, Dear Reality GmbH is a part of the Sennheiser group.
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