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by Pan Athen
24 May 2022 06:32
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: List of Ambisonic Music/Audio Players
Replies: 0
Views: 12

List of Ambisonic Music/Audio Players

When it comes to media players, especially for exotic (for now) media formats, I believe that the more the merrier! With that philosophy in mind, let's try to keep a list of all available players of ambisonic audio files. Plush2 posted in a thread here: https://forum.soundfellas.com/viewtopic.php?p=...
by Pan Athen
24 May 2022 06:20
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: ADM: production workflows and known issues
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: ADM: production workflows and known issues

Flo Angerer wrote: 21 May 2022 12:34Anyway, do you know of any good software UHJ encoders/decoders?
The Blue Ripple Audio 3OA Decoders pack has an excellent UHJ Stereo decoder. We used those to produce the 5 albums that we have as a music label on Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon, and other streaming services.
by Pan Athen
24 May 2022 06:19
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: ADM: production workflows and known issues
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: ADM: production workflows and known issues

Hector Centeno has made a player for Android that will play back UHJ (and other FOA B-format and AMBIX mixes) with phone tracking/panning available. It's called AmbiExplorer . This is good, we need as many players as possible on all platforms. A unified solution would work even better to promote tr...
by Pan Athen
24 May 2022 06:07
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) for the masses
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Re: HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) for the masses

I just came across someone publishing ambisonic (FOA, TOA and binaural) through extra downloads on bandcamp. That's cool. I was a music producer for many years when I was younger, alas, the Greek music industry is a black pit where decent people die like dogs. Some years ago I started a small music...
by Pan Athen
22 May 2022 20:57
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) for the masses
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Re: HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) for the masses

This seems somewhat feasible although a little disconnected form the end user experience. I had the worst weekend regarding workload. I’m gonna read everything here and on the chat tomorrow night when I get some time off. But until then, I wanted to say, how bad do we need an ambisonics player for ...
by Pan Athen
21 May 2022 09:32
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: ADM: production workflows and known issues
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: ADM: production workflows and known issues

I create a different thread about HOA for massive consumption here: viewtopic.php?t=52

I think the idea deserves its own thread.
by Pan Athen
21 May 2022 08:56
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: ADM: production workflows and known issues
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: ADM: production workflows and known issues

I finally managed to wade through all the excellent points and counterpoints you two have made. It seems we are all leaning toward HOA as a format. The best reason is because it reflects the reality of sound better than an object based model does. I totally agree with you on that. That's one of the...
by Pan Athen
21 May 2022 08:49
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) for the masses
Replies: 3
Views: 31

HOA (Higher Order Ambisonics) for the masses

After many of our discussions here and in Discord, I think it's time this topic that emerges in almost all talks should have its own forum thread. How about HOA for massive consumption? @plush2 pointed out that at least for FOA (First Order Ambisonics) we actually have a medium to broadcast on a lar...
by Pan Athen
05 May 2022 09:44
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: HOA Convolution Testing
Replies: 0
Views: 21

HOA Convolution Testing

I'm starting this thread as a way to gather collective knowledge for everyone that's using ambisonics in production. Music, games, radio dramas, immersive podcasts, NGA production, all those benefit from the use of ambisonics on secondary layers. Ambisonics is a great format for reverberation as eve...
by Pan Athen
30 Apr 2022 21:53
Forum: DMDJ
Topic: Android App problems
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: Android App problems

Yes, I'm afraid my colleague is right. it's very difficult to keep track of all the exotic devices that seem to appear on the market every week. We're very sorry that you face this issue. In some phones with super-side ratios such as your in some operating systems, there is an option to simulate a c...
by Pan Athen
27 Apr 2022 10:28
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: ADM: production workflows and known issues
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: ADM: production workflows and known issues

The thoughts on the post above are my thoughts exactly. This is why I use a workflow based on HOA and I would inject object-based audio only if the project needs it. It not only allows for much more creative freedom but also simplifies the production of 3D audio enough to make it easy for us at Soun...
by Pan Athen
26 Apr 2022 22:13
Forum: SoundFellas Articles
Topic: Top 10 Time-Tested Practices for a Sustainable Career in Creative Audio
Replies: 0
Views: 68

Top 10 Time-Tested Practices for a Sustainable Career in Creative Audio

After 30 years in creative audio design, engineering, and production, our founder Pan Athen is sharing the top 10 practices he considers the most valuable for a sustainable career in the creative audio sector. https://soundfellas.com/wp-content/uploads/Man-standing-in-front-of-two-paths-in-a-forest....
by Pan Athen
26 Apr 2022 13:40
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: MPEG-H Current State of Production Tools
Replies: 0
Views: 10

MPEG-H Current State of Production Tools

We currently have two major authoring toolkits to produce MPEG-H content. The EAR Production Suite (abbreviated EPS): https://ear-production-suite.ebu.io/ And the MPEG-H Authoring Suite (abbreviated: MAS): https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/amm/dl/software/mas.html Those two have their differences ...
by Pan Athen
26 Apr 2022 13:17
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: Promotion of immersive audio practices
Replies: 0
Views: 16

Promotion of immersive audio practices

It would be nice to have some kind of landing page where the general public could be informed about immersive audio in general. I believe that this could make it easier to translate the advantages of immersive audio into actionable decisions for the artist. In general, I think that this group could ...
by Pan Athen
22 Apr 2022 15:03
Forum: Immersive Audio
Topic: ADM: production workflows and known issues
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: ADM: production workflows and known issues

Coming from the game development sector which is a sub-set of interactive audio practices in general, I think that we can find a lot of solutions if we look at how game audio middleware is handling any issues. Games have been in the frontier of interactive audio content that can be rendered in arbit...
by Pan Athen
08 Apr 2022 10:41
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Screenreader accessibility test
Replies: 1
Views: 228

Re: Screenreader accessibility test

That's a good idea.

Let us know if it works :-)

Cheers!
by Pan Athen
01 Apr 2022 17:03
Forum: SoundFellas Articles
Topic: Get the Ultimate Sound Sample for Free
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Get the Ultimate Sound Sample for Free

With the help of machine learning, neural networks, artificial intelligence, and cutting-edge statistical analysis we combined all of the sounds in the world to create the Ultimate Sound Sample. This is the only sound file you will ever need and we give it for free! https://soundfellas.com/wp-conten...
by Pan Athen
26 Mar 2022 14:29
Forum: SoundFellas Articles
Topic: Open Call to Life Sciences in Need of Audio Content
Replies: 0
Views: 204

Open Call to Life Sciences in Need of Audio Content

This is an official open call to all science researchers specialized in life sciences that need audio content. If using specialized audio signals and vibrations with high fidelity could help your research this article is for you. https://soundfellas.com/wp-content/uploads/Composition-of-audio-speake...
by Pan Athen
23 Mar 2022 11:39
Forum: Echotopia Feature Requests
Topic: Official Public Roadmap
Replies: 0
Views: 242

Official Public Roadmap

Our official public roadmap is now available, together with a form to vote on the features that are most important to you.

You can access the roadmap here: https://soundfellas.com/software/echotopia/roadmap/

There you will also find the link for the feature voting form.
by Pan Athen
08 Mar 2022 18:35
Forum: SoundFellas Articles
Topic: Available If You Missed It: AMA Live Session on Soundscape Design with Pan Athen on YouTube
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Available If You Missed It: AMA Live Session on Soundscape Design with Pan Athen on YouTube

If you've missed it, now it's online to watch. In this ask-me-anything video session, our chief sound designer and audio expert Pan Athen answer everything you need to know about soundscape design for games, film, storytelling, the metaverse, and beyond. https://soundfellas.com/wp-content/uploads/As...
by Pan Athen
03 Mar 2022 11:51
Forum: SoundFellas Articles
Topic: How to Choose Speakers for Your Game Room without Breaking the Bank
Replies: 0
Views: 215

How to Choose Speakers for Your Game Room without Breaking the Bank

Setting up your game room is a great adventure by itself. By incorporating audio into the experience you can create a truly immersive play area. To help you choose which speakers to choose to playback your RPG music or any other material we classified their relevant properties and propose the types ...
by Pan Athen
28 Feb 2022 09:27
Forum: Echotopia Feature Requests
Topic: General Feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: General Feedback

Seems like you guys are aware of most of the things I found to be small hindrances! That might be the case, but we enjoy any feedback and welcome any discussion. We consider talking with our community to be brainstorming and we never know which is the next big idea that will spawn from those intera...
by Pan Athen
16 Feb 2022 09:35
Forum: Sound Design
Topic: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Re: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session

The live AMA session was a success, you can find all the answers to your questions and more if you watch the video on YouTube.

The session is also organized into chapters so you can easily find the sections you are interested in. :-)

by Pan Athen
02 Feb 2022 10:40
Forum: Sound Design
Topic: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Re: Soundscape Design AMA session coming soon

After much consideration decided to host the event on YouTube. This way everybody can join without thinking about cameras and audio requirements from their part, everybody can post questions beforehand, and the event will be available afterward for those who cannot attend. The event is now open for ...
by Pan Athen
02 Feb 2022 10:36
Forum: SoundFellas Articles
Topic: AMA Live Session: Soundscape Design with Pan Athen on YouTube
Replies: 0
Views: 217

AMA Live Session: Soundscape Design with Pan Athen on YouTube

In this live ask-me-anything session, our chief sound designer and audio expert Pan Athen will answer everything you need to know about soundscape design for games, film, storytelling, the metaverse, and beyond. Post your questions and join the live event to be part of the conversation. https://soun...
by Pan Athen
31 Jan 2022 07:50
Forum: Sound Design
Topic: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Re: Soundscape Design AMA session coming soon

caffeinatedinsanity wrote: 31 Jan 2022 01:29 No need to be sorry, I put my name in the box. I might not like being up early but it was the best time that worked with my schedule too. lol
Super!
by Pan Athen
29 Jan 2022 23:50
Forum: Sound Design
Topic: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Re: Soundscape Design AMA session coming soon

caffeinatedinsanity wrote: 29 Jan 2022 21:38 Thank god for the coffee break I'll need it since it'll be 8am my time! :lol:
Sorry about that, I promise the next one will be later just for you! I mean it! :-)
by Pan Athen
29 Jan 2022 11:19
Forum: Sound Design
Topic: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Re: Soundscape Design AMA session coming soon

I'm super excited for this, the tutorial page was great but with all the different things to consider figuring out how to create what I want is still a struggle. Glad to hear that. I'm scheduling the event for Thursday, February 10, 13:00 - 15:00 GMT. I'll send an invitation to all of the Insiders ...
by Pan Athen
28 Jan 2022 09:42
Forum: Sound Design
Topic: AMA on Soundscape Design, live YT session
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Re: Soundscape Design AMA session coming soon

negativelight wrote: 27 Jan 2022 10:11 Hi Panos! So this week there's no event, right?
Nothing yet. I'm waiting for more people to respond.

Right now it seems that Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 (GMT) is the time most people can attend. If more people choose that time I'll organize an event 1 week later so everybody can plan ahead.
by Pan Athen
25 Jan 2022 22:02
Forum: Echotopia Feature Requests
Topic: General Feedback
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: General Feedback

Thanks koolmatt! I'll answer to your comments one at a time below I found myself creating this file structure. My Documents > Echotopia >... Then Sounds, Maps & Projects folders. I imagine that a lot of people would have a similar setup, perhaps some sort of structure could be built by default? ...