3D Audio Playback

Higher Order Ambisonic Playback

Both the "User" and "Advanced" editions of Rapture3D ship with software for Higher Order Ambisonic (HOA) music playback. This uses our core 3D Audio technology for exceptional 3D spatial imaging.

This is self-contained software, unlike our professional plugins for third order ambisonic (O3A) decoding and Rapture3D Advanced decoder plugins which are run within other studio software, or the 3D audio playback facilities available in Rapture3D Universal.

Content

This player is designed for Higher Order Ambisonic (HOA) content. It does not play mono, stereo or 5.1 material!

Rapture3D Ambisonic Player

This features:

  • Decoding of Classic Ambisonic and HOA material from first to third order FuMa, plus SN3D at various orders.
  • Support for audio in a wide range of file formats including AIFF, WXYZ, FMH, WAV and AMB.
  • Playlist support.
  • Graphical real-time visualisation of the soundfield with a white or black background. The Windows version includes a command-line full screen mode for concerts.

Here's a screenshot:

Rapture3D Player Screenshot

Supported Ambisonic Formats

The following B-Format or Furse-Malham (FuMa) encodings are supported.

Channels Order Components
3 0/1 WXY
4 1/1 WXYZ
5 0/2 WXYUV
6 1/2 WXYZUV
7 0/3 WXYUVPQ
8 1/3 WXYZUVPQ
9 2/2 WXYZRSTUV
11 2/3 WXYZRSTUVPQ
16 3/3 WXYZRSTUVKLMNOPQ

In addition, SN3D B-Format is supported. You can find some information about B-Format here.

A simple tool to convert stereo ambisonic UHJ material into WXY FuMa B-Format is available on our free stuff page.