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Overview

Dear Reality’s state-of-the-art algorithms have been a mainstay of 3D audio production for years. Now, for the first time, their spatial processing treasure chest has been made available in an all-in-one plugin for your DAW: dearVR pro. Say goodbye to expensive middleware, unwieldy software bundles and complex routing schemes. All the tools you need to create stunning, immersive 3D audio for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) video, films and games are included in dearVR pro’s powerful yet fast and intuitive interface.

Two modes of operation let you choose how to work. Simply drag your mouse around using the plugin’s graphical XYZ pad to position a track’s sound anywhere in a 3D soundstage—behind or in front of the listener, above or below their head, to the left or right, closer or farther away. Or use separate sliders for adjusting the sound’s elevation, azimuth and distance from the listener. dearVR pro provides 46 vivid virtual acoustic environments, featuring true to life 3D imaging and depth, in which to place an object’s sound and move it around in real time. Among the many selections to choose from are concert halls, car interiors, variously sized rooms, and a church, cellar, staircase, bathroom, booth, warehouse, arena, outdoor street and live stage. Each environment is instantly and independently recallable per plugin instance, letting you place each object’s sound in a different space.

You can change the shape, dimensions and texture of your selected virtual space using controls that adjust its size, damping, and balance of early reflections and diffuse reverb. In Realtime Auralization mode, turn six knobs to respectively adjust the distance from the listener of the four walls, ceiling and floor in your virtual space; as you move your sound around to match an onscreen object’s movement, the delay times and directions of arrival for early reflections bouncing off these virtual boundaries change—just like in real environments. An Occlusion control lets you adjust the sound of an object to realistically match its being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener. And if a track’s sound doesn’t move in perfect sync with its corresponding visual element, you can tweak its animation curve using separate scaling controls for azimuth and distance parameter ranges to make picture and sound match up flawlessly.

dearVR pro outputs the highest-quality 3D audio in seven delivery formats (including audio for 360-degree videos on YouTube and Facebook), meeting all the professional requirements for any VR or AR production. Select 2-channel binaural format for totally immersive playback using conventional headphones. Or choose 4-channel first order, 9-channel second order or 16-channel third order Ambisonics output in either AmbiX or Furse Malham (FuMA) format. The plugin’s 46 stellar virtual acoustic environments can also be used like conventional reverbs in 2D stereo mixes, doubling their usefulness for music production.

For those who don’t need all the firepower dearVR pro offers, a streamlined version of the plugin—dearVR music—is available for entry-level applications. But for professionals working in VR and AR who need no-compromise, state-of-the-art performance with all of the workflow advantages of a self-contained plugin, dearVR pro is the ultimate solution.

dearVR pro—one-stop 3D processing for your DAW.

Features

  • State-of-the-art processing allows any multitrack session to be mixed in 3D, delivering a true to life immersive soundscape with binaural or Ambisonic playback
  • No ancillary software or external routing is required—all processors are contained in a single plugin
  • Position and move an object’s sound in real time in a virtual 3D environment using a graphical XYZ pad or separate sliders for adjusting the sound’s azimuth, elevation and distance to the listener
  • Includes 46 vivid virtual acoustic environments to choose from, each independently recallable per plugin instance
  • Controls for virtual environments adjust their size; damping; balance of early reflections and diffuse reverb; and distance of walls, ceiling and floor to listener
  • Powerful Realtime Auralization mode continually changes the delay times and directions of arrival for early reflections as you move an object’s sound around in its virtual space
  • Occlusion control realistically adjusts the sound of an object being blocked by another virtual object in line of sight to the listener
  • Separate controls scale parameter ranges for azimuth and distance to maintain perfect sync between audio and corresponding virtual objects in motion
  • Outputs audio in eight different formats: 2-channel binaural (for 3D playback using standard headphones); 4-channel first order, 9-channel second order and 16-channel third order Ambisonics output in either AmbiX or Furse Malham (FuMA) format; and 2D stereo

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Simon Franglen
    Simon Franglen

    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

  • Marc Daniel Nelson
    Marc Daniel Nelson

    With VR really taking off, it's nice to see companies stepping it up with their plugins. dearVR is becoming a favorite. Always innovative, and best part, their plugins are incredibly easy to… Read More

  • Trehy Harris
    Trehy Harris

    dearVR is a great plugin that allows you to use 3D spatial processing for vocals or instruments. With automatable parameters, the creative effects are endless.

  • Lee Slater
    Lee Slater

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

  • Stonebridge
    Stonebridge

    Have not heard a verb as transparent since the Lexicon. This is insanely good and especially when creating cool rooms for drums and percussion. Love that you can separate verb and reflection, did… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Open space!
    by lurojas
    I have been experimenting with Dear VR pro for a short time now. And, I have been loving having it placed on my drum bus just to create a unique environment for that group of instruments. There are a… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Mix in 3D? Wow!
    by James Mullen
    I just tried this quickly, and I am blown away by how my rock and pop mixes sound when I mix them in 3D. I sent a 3D test mix to one of the bands I work with, and they want to use it as a bonus track… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Dear VR pro for HOA production
    by michiox
    Hi there,
    we @ PRG Lab are using HOA production workflows
    (most of the time TOA) for audio production for linear 360/3d video content production as well as for sound designs for… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    DearVR Pro
    by Pino Pischetola
    DearVR Pro goes beyond any plug in of this type. The way it places sounds in the 3d space it's unique and it really works.
    It reminds me of very expensive hardware processor od the past… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Unbelievable Realism
    by Mixedby6
    This is genuinely the first spatial simulation plugin that I have used that actually sounded natural and doesn’t take a masters degree in software engineering to use.
    The resulting sound is… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

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

Downloads

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system. During this initial release, we at Plugin Alliance look forward to hearing the feedback of our valued customers, as your input will help shape future versions of this utility.