Exponential Audio Announce 3D Link Technology Now In Public Beta
07-16-2014 06:09 PM
Our friends at Exponential Audio are proud to announce that its 3D Link technology is now available in a public beta of the surround reverbs. This beta code may be tested and used by any license holder of PhoenixVerb Surround or R2 Surround.
3D Link is an exciting new way to add reverberation in 3D environments such as Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D, giving you up to 14 channels of reverb. It’s already been used in production work, so it’s now time to open up the testing.
This beta also includes support for new workstations such as Reaper and Nuendo and yet again CPU load has also been reduced.
How does the 3D link Work?
3D Link is a special technology developed by Exponential Audio. It has been developed to simplify mixing in extended surround formats, i.e. formats with height channels. Most workstations including Pro Toools currently stop at 7.1, and adding height channels requires a number of tricks and making a convincing reverb has been difficult, with all sorts of odd bussing, delays and filtering. Having this patched-together reverb react to changing source placement has never been very convincing until now.
3D Link has changed all that. It works whether you need 7.1 on the bottom and 2.0 on the top for Dolby Atmos or 7.1 down below, 5.0 above, and a top channel for Auro 3D. But it doesn’t stop there, if you need a custom configuration like 5.0 for the lower channel and 4.0 for the top then you can do it. Mono will link to 7.0. Stereo will link to stereo, and so on. It’s all about your creative needs. The only restriction is that PhoenixVerb Surround must link to PhoenixVerb Surround and R2 Surround must link to R2 Surround. You can have as many linked pairs as your mix demands.
What Workstations Are Supported?
Any workstation that has been approved for the surround reverbs may work, as long as it has the ability to output a mix on multiple busses. Extensive testing has been done with Pro Tools, Nuendo and Cubase and 3D Link works well in all of them.
What does this cost? Is it a separate product?
Beginning with version 1.1.0, 3D Link will be part of both surround plug-ins. There will be no additional charge and no separate installation.
Want to know more?
- Go over to the 3D link page on the Exponential web site and there are several video tutorials too
- Introduction to 3D Link
- Tutorial: Using 3D Link
- 3D Link: Managing the Auro 3D Top Channel
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