Most people probably listen to your mixes on earbuds and headphones. It’s the perfect setup for blowing their minds with music in 3D - if only a plugin could do that... well, prepare to enter the 3rd dimension!

dearVR music breaks the shackles of stereo and planar surround sound to turn your DAW into a 3D virtual reality powerhouse.

No advanced engineering chops are needed. Load dearVR music onto a track in your mix and choose one of 18 pristine virtual acoustic presets. Then simply drag your mouse around in the plugin’s intuitive interface to position the track virtually behind or in front of the listener, above or below their head, to the left or right, closer or farther away—at any angle and distance in a 3D soundstage—for mind-blowing playback using conventional stereo headphones.

With dearVR music, you create a virtual, three-dimensional world in which your singers and musicians sit—or roam around in real time. Move each track inside any of 18 virtual acoustic environments—including a concert hall, church, stage, drum room and more. Your DAW’s automation records your moves in real time. Each environment is instantly and independently recallable per plugin instance, letting you place each track in a different space. You can even change the shape and dimensions of each virtual space using controls that adjust its size, damping, and balance of early reflections and diffuse reverb.

dearVR music also outputs the highest quality 3D audio in 4-channel Ambisonics format, used in soundtracks for 360-degree YouTube videos. Watch your trendsetting 3D mixes go viral on social media, as you literally run circles around your competition. Don’t need it to be 3D? dearVR music’s beautiful virtual environments can also be used like conventional reverbs in stereo format, doubling their usefulness for music production. And mouse-dragging your track inside those beautiful spaces using the plugin’s graphical XYZ pad is way faster, easier and simpler than setting up an aux, effects send, pan controls and wet/dry balance for a reverb plugin in your DAW.

Need more options and power? For pros working in virtual reality or augmented reality, Dear Reality’s state-of-the-art dearVR pro plugin offers an extended control set, nearly four dozen virtual acoustic environments, virtual reflections that respond in real time to changing positioning, and many more output formats to choose from.

dearVR music is your streamlined entryway into immersive media audio production. Get out of your head.


  • Mix any standard multitrack session as an immersive 3D soundscape with binaural output for headphones
  • Position and move tracks in real time with 360º freedom in a virtual 3D environment using a graphical XYZ pad or separate sliders for adjusting the track’s azimuth, elevation and distance to the listener
  • Includes 18 virtual acoustic environments, each independently recallable per plugin instance
  • Controls for virtual environments adjust their size, damping and balance of early reflections and diffuse reverb
  • Supports 2-channel binaural (for headphones), 4-channel Ambisonics (for YouTube) and stereo playback formats

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Simon Franglen

    Simon Franglen

    Composer & Producer (Avatar, Titanic, Michael Jackson)

    I can count on one hand the number of VR and Ambisonic plugins that I actually want to use, and that list got smaller because dearVR just replaced three of them. It’s completely brilliant,… Read More

  • Lee Slater

    Lee Slater

    Producer/Mixer/Engineer (Emeli Sande, Roots Manuva, Lana del Rey)

    Gorgeous reverbs! Lexicon move over, more realistic spaces, detailed reverb tails and completely tweakable!

  • Michael Zimmerling

    Michael Zimmerling

    (Bloc Party, Simply Red, Will Young)

    I never came across a “simple as that” surround plugin. dearVR creates stunning 3D surround sound spaces and I love it! With it’s onboard “Virtual Acoustics” spaces, It has a fairly new… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Very good plugin!

    by DJM
    It brings dimension to your music. Excellent designed, only the gui is not resizable, but a real benefit is, that it is possible to record the moves if you like. I would give 5 stars, but I work on… Read More
  • Cool but...

    by olamas
    This an innovative product, Could be very useful. Unfortunately I did not read some of the comments and fell into this up-sell trap. You get the plugin (199 list) then they try and sell you a… Read More
  • AMAZING ! ! ! ! !

    by Musician B.
    AMAZING plugin ! ! ! ! ! ! I love this 3D scapes on my instruments!!! Thanks Plugin Alliance!
  • Using it in the stereo headphone mix

    by PMT Studio
    I create a custom headphone mix for different musicians tracking alone overdubbing having to imagine the other musician location on the floor is a guess no more, it seems to help with the atmosphere… Read More
  • Dear VR

    by Gavin Monaghan
    I’ve started using this plug on virtually every production
    It’s brilliant for startling panning FX but when you want to place a bit of percussion or a picky guitar just outside the field,… Read More


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

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

Intel, or Apple Silicon (except for AAX) architecture

x64-compatible CPU

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

Supported sample rates

44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 196khz


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Dear Reality dearVR music - Changelog

Version 1.4.1 (Dec 03, 2019)
- Up to 60% performance boost in binaural mode
- FIX Reflection delay was dependent on block size in Ambisonics
- FIX where reflections did not work with performance mode and Ambisonics output
- Minor bugfixes
- Added support for ASIO guard in Nuendo

Version 1.2.2 (Feb 08, 2019)
- FIX - only low-resolution automation for Logic Pro
- FIX - wrong latency was reported if ambisonic output was selected (Mac/Win, AAX,
- VST3, VST, AU)
- VST3 category was changed to enable dearVR MUSIC as a panner for ambisonic
tracks in Nuendo (Mac/Win, VST3)
- Minor Bugfixes

Version 1.2 (Oct 12, 2018)
- Fixed automation can't be written via selection box in Logic
- Fixed Duplicates in the Virtual Acoustics controls view
- Fixed Pro Tools crashes/error message when activating parameter for automation

Version 1.1 (Mar 05, 2018)
- Added support of up to 192 kHz sample rate
- Fixed severe audio glitches
- Fixed host bypass causes audio to disappear; also causing playback head to no longer move
- Fixed "PERFORMANCE MODE" is not displaying the change of the parameter status
- Fixed License showing NFR(-1)

Version 1.0 (Oct 16, 2017)
- Release version