O3A Harpex Upsampler VST
This plugin takes classic first order ambisonic material and converts it to third order ambisonics (O3A) using the Harpex algorithm.
This allows recordings made with first order, four channel ambisonic microphones to be converted to high resolution, third order, sixteen channel mixes which can then be sent to other O3A plugins such as the O3A Manipulators or O3A Decoding plugins.
The algorithm used is an "active" one which estimates the sound directions in the first order material and uses that to synthesise third order material.
Meters are provided, showing the energy content in each ambisonic order, before and after upsampling.
Please note that as part of our Version Two release, this plugin has changed so it outputs ambisonics encoded using SN3D rather than FuMa as used previously. Converters between FuMa and SN3D are available in the free O3A Core plugin library.
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Supported versions of Microsoft Windows are Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Supported versions of Apple macOS are 10.7 or later, Intel only. The plugins are available in 32bit or 64bit forms on both platforms (packaged as a Universal Binary on macOS).
These plugins are VST 2 plugins, and require a VST 2 host to operate.
These plugins do not work with all VST 2 hosts. In particular, Cubase or Nuendo currently cannot use them. We hope this will change, but in the meantime you can use other hosts such as Reaper, Pyramix or Max/MSP. The reason for this limitation is that the O3A plugins need large numbers of channels on their input or output busses. Check the individual plugins for the channel counts they need, but all of the O3A plugins need at least 16 channels on each track, and a few need more (e.g. the 22.2 decoder).
Please check your PC meets the following requirements:
- Intel Pentium D CPU or better.
- 200MB of free disk space.
- Internal network card.
Internet Connection Required
These plugins require an Internet Connection for license activation and verification. We don't really like this, but we can't think of a better way to discourage piracy! Please don't hack our code, it's taken a lot of effort to get it this far...
Successful license verification isn't required every time you use the software, but it is needed during installation and needs to succeed once every couple of weeks to keep the license fresh.
The license can be "revoked" to remove it from one machine so it can be moved on to another. You should also do this if you're updating your system in case the machine appears to have changed identity.
You'll need administrator permissions while installing on Windows. The software won't install properly using a "restricted" account.