Plugin Alliance has released dearVR PRO V1.4.0 – a major update to its audio spatialising plug-in, created in collaboration with spatial audio developers Dear Reality. The new version extends its binaural and Ambisonics encoder to support 26 multichannel outputs, with formats including 5.0, 7.1.4 and 13.1.
dearVR PRO was conceived in 2017 with the ambition to provide the best-sounding 3D audio to all kinds of production environments. Dear Reality has worked hard to achieve this goal, now meeting the professional requirements of VR and AR production. Speaking on the release, a spokesperson said: “put it this way, all surround sound specialists can continue to use the plugin in their particular workflow — whether working with a more standard 5.1 system or a more elaborate setup with more speakers”.
The new version offers Virtual Height Speaker simulation, which combines room and distance simulation with speaker height perception for flat setups like 5.1 or 7.1. Additionally, the 46 virtual acoustics environments in the software have been optimized and adapted to simulate smoothly when working with multichannel outputs. Realtime Auralization mode allows adjustment of the distance between the listener and the four walls within the selected space.
It is also possible for dearVR PRO users to effectively place their listener in the centre of the sound. Simply drag the mouse around using the plugin’s XYZ pad to position a track’s sound anywhere in a 3D soundstage — be that behind or in front of the listener, closer, or farther away.
Dear Reality’s dearVR PRO is available for purchase exclusively from distribution partner Plugin Alliance for $349.00 USD here .