We're very happy to announce the release of version 2.5 of the Rapture3D "Game" edition, and 12.5 of the "User" and "Advanced" editions!
DiRT Showdown is a racing game from the DiRT series by Codemasters' Racing Studio. It's a rather more aggressive game than others in the series, and great fun.
... and the PC version ships with the "Game" edition of our Rapture3D game audio engine, so you know it's going to be good!
Hopefully you know this already, but just in case, Rapture3D features include:
- Advanced 3D audio rendering, including "holographic" techniques using Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA).
- Support for headphone surround, stereo, surround stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 3D7.1 using the outputs of your Windows sound card.
- Support for hundreds of sound sources and multiple effects using a scalable architecture tailored to the computer in use.
- Volumetric sources, second order filters, high quality sinc sample rate conversion, HRTFs and more...
For more details, see our page on 3D audio for games.
If you like the sound of Rapture3D in DiRT Showdown you might like to buy a copy of the "User" edition, which works with some other OpenAL-compatible games, or even our "Advanced" edition if you're really serious about your audio set-up.
F1 2011 is a Formula One car racing game from Codemasters. It features new multiplayer options including splitscreen, great weather effects - and, on the Windows LIVE version, cutting-edge sound spatialisation algorithms using the "Game" edition of our Rapture3D games software.
"Amber" is a new decoder method that's available on headphones and speakers in Rapture3D 2.4.11. We're quite excited about it.
F1 2010 is the winner of the 2011 BAFTA Sports Video Games Award!
DiRT 3 is the latest of the Colin McRae Rally series and a great new game from Codemasters. The Windows LIVE version ships with the "Game" edition of our Rapture3D games software for a stunningly realistic and immersive 3D audio experience.
Rapture3D is used in the Games for Windows LIVE version of Codemaster's "F1 - 2010", released September 2010.
The Games for Windows LIVE version of "Colin McRae - DiRT2" comes with a special edition of Rapture3D, so you can try it out by just playing the game. Simon N Goodwin from Codemasters says it all:
"By default DiRT2 uses the new and advanced Rapture3D PC audio system. This builds on the widely-used OpenAL standard and extends it to support features previously confined to console releases, like Ambisonic Soundfields, 3D7.1 surround, and direct control over dialog and sub-bass (LFE) speaker outputs. It also implements 3D headphone surround, high-quality mixing and multiple directional reverberation units which previously we've only been able to deliver on PCs with custom audio hardware.
"Now this works on all PCs, identically on XP, Vista and Win7, and is scalable to take advantage of 64 bit and multi-core systems. Rapture3D is bundled with DiRT2, and Blue Ripple offer a version for other OpenAL games plus extras like support for ASIO2 pro-audio cards, unlimited outputs (Blue Ripple run a 14.1 speaker rig for impressive 3D sound) and custom layouts."