Rapture3D User

The Rapture3D "User" edition allows you to use Rapture3D's high quality 3D audio features in some OpenAL games. And there's an audio player too, for music prepared in ambisonic formats.

This edition is available for Windows only. It synchronises with Windows Control Panel to use your normal Windows speaker layout, or some variants (such as 3D7.1). You can use automatic settings, or configure it with our setup software before using the other Rapture3D components:

  • The Rapture3D OpenAL Driver allows you to use Rapture3D in some Windows OpenAL games.
  • The Rapture3D Player allows you to listen to 3D sound prepared in ambisonic formats.

This product does not include the Rapture3D Universal SDK or Unity support.

The software is designed to run on Windows (10 or 11). This software is not compatible with macOS.

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Layout Selection

The user edition comes with a configuration tool that lets you fine-tune settings for your Windows speaker layout and change other audio settings.

Rapture3D User speaker layout configuration

Preset speaker layouts provided include stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 3D7.1. The Rapture3D headphone decoders are also available, and more.

Rapture3D OpenAL Driver

Some Windows games use OpenAL for their audio processing. Some of these games can be configured to use Rapture3D, particularly if you're prepared to make modifications to your system. Take a look at our compatible games page for more details.

The Advanced edition of the Rapture3D OpenAL driver features the following:

  • High quality Higher Order Ambisonic bus running at up to fifth order.
  • 3D headphone surround (using seven HRTFs for different head shapes).
  • High quality sample rate conversion.
  • 32bit floating point signal path.
  • Microsoft DirectSound audio output.

Rapture3D Player

The Rapture3D Player plays FuMa-encoded ambisonic sound files at up to third order and SN3D sound files at up to seventh order, depending on the decoder used, and CPU allowing.

Rapture3D Player

Technical Requirements

Please check everything is okay here before purchasing software.

Operating System

Rapture3D "User" edition is not available on macOS, although the "Advanced" edition is. Both are available on Windows.

Supported versions of Microsoft Windows are Windows 10 or 11.

PC Hardware

Please check your PC meets the following requirements:

  • Intel Core i5 CPU or better, or Apple Silicon.
  • 300MB of free disk space.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • A working DirectSound-compatible sound card with up-to-date drivers.

Internet Connection Required

This software requires an Internet Connection for license activation and verification.

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 probably won't install properly using a "restricted" account.