Ambisonics Explained

Ambisonics is a 360° or full-sphere surround sound format. It’s a means of representing the sound field at a point or in space. Conventional stereo and surround sound formats are based on the principle of panning audio signals to specific speakers, whereas ambisonics captures the full directional information for every soundwave that hits the microphone. Crucially, this also includes height information, as well as the full 360° around the microphone.

Thanks to their unprecedented sonic accuracy and sound reproduction capabilities, ambisonic recordings can be mapped to any speaker array – from stereo to multi-channel 3D surround formats to head-tracked binaural.

Once captured, the signal can be manipulated in post-production to create any 360° surround soundscape you desire.

You can find a deep-dive on the technology and its applications here.

The Free Ambisonics Sound Library from RØDE

RØDE have made the Ambisonics library free to download, giving you access to hundreds of high-quality ambisonic recordings to use in your projects. It’s the perfect way to experience the endless editing and sound manipulation options made possible by the SoundField by RØDE Plug-in even if you don’t have access to an ambisonic microphone.

Containing hundreds of high-quality, royalty-free ambisonic recordings ranging from atmospheric soundscapes to specific sound effects, the library is an invaluable resource for sound designers, filmmakers, and audio producers.

You can preview and download the ambisonic files and load them into the free SoundField by RØDE Plug-in in any digital audio workstation – from there, the possibilities are limitless.

You can find a new video series from RØDE exploring the ins and outs of ambisonic recording with the NT-SF1 here. The Ambisonic library can be accessed here.

The Ambisonics Plugin

Containing hundreds of high-quality, royalty-free ambisonic recordings ranging from atmospheric soundscapes to specific sound effects, the library is an invaluable resource for sound designers, filmmakers, and audio producers.

Users can preview and download the ambisonic files and load them into the free SoundField by RØDE Plug-in in any digital audio workstation – from there, the possibilities are limitless.

You can find a new video series from RØDE exploring the ins and outs of ambisonic recording with the NT-SF1 here.

The RØDE NT-SF1 SoundField Microphone

SoundField invented the ambisonic microphone, A-Format™ and B-Format™ audio, revolutionising 3D audio production. RØDE revolutionised the microphone industry, using advanced manufacturing techniques to deliver broadcast-quality precision microphones at accessible prices. Now, for the first time, the magic of these two iconic brands has come together.

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