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.
The upcoming Multi-Channel Update (free for all users!) will support 5.1, 7.1, 9.1 up to 22.2 output! This update will make dearVR PRO the universal and superior 3D panning and 3D reverb tool in the arising 3D audio market. Stay tuned!