3D sound has finally become accessible to everyone.
Earlier this year, Izzjazz presented an event called “Paraesthesia”, an experimental and spoken word performance mapped as 3D audio. Containing elements of spoken word, electronics, instrumental performance and visuals, the performance was presented on an array of 20 speakers using production software called MNTN Rocks. The software allows for immersive and complex 3D audio mixing, as sound can be distributed around an audio scene in real time, leading to beautiful and dynamic “sound paintings”. The Paraesthesia performance is now being released as an EP on Leonizer Records which also coincides with the launching of the MNTN (THE SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN) software.
The app can be added on to any regular production software, allowing you not only to mix surround sound, but design speaker layouts for up to 64 speakers (including overheads). What’s even cooler, is that because of the software’s “binaural function”, you can use headphones to mix, which is then mapped on to any number of speak layouts. In this sense, one doesn’t need the privilege of thousands and thousands of dollars of gear to create your own pulsating surround sound pieces. As MNTN rocks suggest say, “we’re blowing a hole in the elitist gatekeeping that was set up by companies asking for astronomical figures for the playback technology or big studios that offered systems to mix on.” Check out the recordings above and below. These ones are in stereo, with the “binaural emulation of the 3D mixes” coming next week – so stay tuned!
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