Overview

Ready to improve every choice you make in your mixes and masters? The powerful dearVR MONITOR plugin from Dear Reality allows you to hear your music in an ideal reference-quality listening room, using your own favorite headphones. 

A new level of reference - Spatial Headphone Compensation
A new feature in dearVR MONITOR and additional key factor for the high level of reliability is the Spatial Headphone Compensation. Dear Reality’s unique technology ensures an optimized mix room virtualization by taking into account the individual sound characteristics of different headphone models.

For Spatial Headphone Compensation, Dear Reality handpicked 44 well-known studio headphones models and created individual profiles to match the headphones frequency response with the applied spatial rendering. Binaural 3D audio rendering relies on specific filters, which leads to the situation that common headphones frequency responses tend to counteract this effect in some ways. With Spatial Headphone Compensation, you will get a perfect out-of-head localization and binaural rendering with an accurate frequency response, depth perception and localization for your selected headphone model. Dear Reality will continuously add support for further studio headphone models in the future.

Adaptable Sound Characteristic 
Every headphone profile in dearVR MONITOR comes with two filter sets, one with a linear phase (FIR) and one with minimum latency (IIR). Both filter types are known to have their ups and downs: FIR filters do not introduce phase-shifting but create more latency and pre-ringing. On the other hand, IIR filters have little latency but raise phase-shifting around the center frequency. Also added are two shelving filters for an additional individual customization of each headphone model profile. With all these features, nothing stands in the way for you to use your studio headphones as your own perfect, customized mix room!

Mixing on any pair of Headphones
dearVR MONITOR works with ANY pair of headphones. Even if you are not using a certain Spatial Headphone Compensation profile, the plugin carefully recreates the spatial acoustic response of a masterfully designed studio control room. You get a professional monitoring reference for your mixes to better translate to speakers. However, if you do not use spatial headphone compensation, you have to take into account the individual frequency response of your headphones. 

With dearVR MONITOR you mix with greater ease and fun. It’s just as simple as using the plugin itself! Check out yourself and

  • get an additional reference besides your loudspeaker and experience mixing on headphones without known drawbacks of headphones.
  • benefit from a professional monitoring environment – even if your real mix room is not perfectly acoustically treated
  • enjoy the opportunity to mix everywhere and anytime simply by using headphones
  • start mixing your tracks in immersive multi-channel audio formats without investing into additional speakers

 
The following headphone model profiles for frequency compensation are included:

  • Sennheiser:
    HD 800S
    HD 660S
    HD 650
    HD 600
    HD 560S
    HD 400 PRO
    HD 280 PRO
    HD 25-1 II
  • Neumann NDH 20
  • AKG:
    K240 MKII
    K240 Studio
    K271 MKII
    K371
    K612
    K701
    K702
    K712
  • Audeze:
    LCD-2
    LCD-X
  • Audio Technica:
    ATH-AD700x
    ATH-M40x
    ATH-M50x
    ATH-M60x
    ATH-M70x
    ATH-R70x
  • Austrian Audio Hi-X55
  • Beyerdynamic:
    DT 1770 PRO
    DT 1990 PRO
    DT 240 PRO
    DT 770 250 Ohm
    DT 880 PRO 250 Ohm
    DT 990 250 Ohm
  • Dan Clark Ether C Flow
  • Focal Listen Professional
  • Fostex:
    T20RP MK3
    T50RP MK3
    T60RP
  • HEDD Headphone
  • HIFIMAN HE400i 2020
  • KOSS Pro4S
  • KRK KNS 8400
  • Shure:
    SRH1540
    SRH840
    SRH940
  • Sony MDR-7506

With dearVR MONITOR, you can now mix anywhere, anytime, without the need for an expensive acoustically-optimized control room. It allows you to virtually transport yourself to the perfect listening space, whether you are working in stereo, in a surround sound format like 5.1 or 7.1, or even in complex Dolby Atmos formats like 5.1.4 and 9.1.6. 

Whether you’re on the road, at home, in an unfamiliar studio, or a noisy environment, dearVR MONITOR gives you all the benefits of a real reference-quality listening room, so that you can quickly and reliably evaluate the quality of your mix choices—all from the comfort of your own favorite headphones. 

dearVR MONITOR is also as flexible as it is easy-to-use. You can quickly adapt its virtual listening room to suit your personal needs. Just a few simple clicks allow you to change the room model so that you can be absolutely certain your bedroom mixes will sound great in everything from a small car to a movie theater! Choose between 11 different acoustic environments including clubs, living rooms, cars, stages, cinemas, and more.

Whether you’re looking to improve the quality of your headphone mixes, or monitor complex surround sound formats without an expensive multi-channel speaker system, dearVR MONITOR can help change the way you hear your music for good.

Features

  • Hear your mixes in the perfect reference-quality studio environment from the comfort of your favorite headphones
  • Use your headphones to monitor a wide variety of multi-channel surround and immersive audio formats, from simple systems like 5.1, all the way up to Dolby ATMOS and Auro 3D formats
  • Check your mixes in 11 different acoustic environments including live venues, cars, clubs, movie theaters, and more
  • dearVR MONITOR offers 5 reference-grade mix room models
  • No expensive hardware required: dearVR MONITOR works perfectly on regular headphones
  • Incredibly intuitive and easy to use GUI
  • More multi-channel formats and room types available than any other comparable plugin

Industry Reviews

  • Koen Heldens

    Koen Heldens

    Mixing Engineer (XXXTentacion, Kanye West, Trippie Redd)

    Being able to reference my mix while on the go without having to drop by a studio or connect it to the car is of tremendous value: dearVR Monitor has made it finally possible to cross-reference my… Read More

  • Maor Levi

    Maor Levi

    Producer, Composer, DJ (Anjunabeats, Armada, Toolroom, Mad Decent)

    This is an incredible way to reference your tracks in many scenarios. Instead of physically going to places and being in specific situations, dearVR Monitor is quick, easy to use, and… Read More

  • Jason Goldstein

    Jason Goldstein

    Mixing & Mastering Engineer (Beyonce, The Lonely Island)

    Does exactly what it says in a simple interface. I like that there are no graphs, scopes, meters, etc. It forces you to use your ears instead of your eyes (as it should be)!

  • Scott Kramer

    Scott Kramer

    Manager for Sound Technology, Netflix

    Increasingly, professionals need more flexibility to monitor 5.1 and immersive mixes wherever they are. Utilizing the latest advancements in binaural audio, products like the dearVR MONITOR Plugin… Read More

  • Jesse Ray Ernster

    Jesse Ray Ernster

    Grammy Winning Mixer (Kanye West, UMI, Burna Boy)

    You nailed a solution for this elusive territory. As a user, I felt completely immersed in the presence of each of the different sound field simulations. 

    The details of these spaces… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • no multicore support

    ★★★★☆
    by DJM
    good plugin, but has no multicore support!!!
  • dearVR MONITOR

    ★★★★★
    by Bill
    I have used this plugin consistently since I bought it. It is totally simple to use and offers an excellent mixing and mastering environment. I am a big fan of Dear Reality music and production… Read More
  • Jaw Dropping! Eye popping!

    ★★★★★
    by Jess Fermino
    Its so accurate. The moment, I've listened to the first 2 bars of my music. It really "transported" me inside our large mix room. And it simply sounds like it. I can no longer mix without dearVR… Read More
  • Fantastic

    ★★★★★
    by Blumpy
    I love working in headphone. Don’t ask me why… my studio sounds great but I love working in headphones. The problem is the imaging and balance are always off. I’ve tried even product I could… Read More
  • The one

    ★★★★★
    by Alex Hepting
    -Very similar to DearVR Pro where the source can be placed in front and being kind of real time monitor except DearVR Monitor has binaural source / crossover which is important for more elaborate… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 12 down to macOS 10.11
Windows 11 down to Windows 8

Mac
Intel, or Apple Silicon (except for AAX) architecture

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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ChangeLog

dearVR MONITOR

Dear Reality dearVR MONITOR - Changelog

Version 1.11.0 (Jun 3, 2022)
- Added support for Logic Pro’s multichannel formats up to 7.1.4
- Added additional headphone models (Sennheiser HD300, AKG812, Yamaha HPH
MT8)

Version 1.9.2 (Dec 3, 2021)
-added support for HD 400 Pro

Version 1.9.0 (Nov 9, 2021)
- "HPC 50" (Refined Spatial Hedaphone Compensation filters and additional new models; sums up to 44 models in total); access via virtual GUI element
- "BYPASS" feature; available only for MONO/STEREO category of Speaker Setups; access via virtual GUI element
- Some minor bug fixes and signing optimizations
- Bug fix that solved an issue that lead to different levels for different samplerates;
--> This fix might lead to slightly different levels for legacy projects (+/-1.5 dB)

Version 1.8.0
- not released
- "HPC 15" (Spatial Headphone Compensation with 15 Models; BETA testing phase); access via the newly introduced virtual GUI element

Version 1.7.0 (Nov 3, 2020)
- Release version