O3A Harpex Upsampler

This plugin takes classic first order ambisonic material (O1A) 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 mixed with other O3A material and be sent to other O3A tools like 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.

This is a VST2 or AAX plugin for macOS (10.14 to 13.5) or Windows (10 or 11, 64bit Intel). It can be hosted in some Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) that can handle tracks with sufficiently high channel counts. Options include Reaper, Pro Tools (Ultimate or Studio), Pyramix and Max/MSP. This plugin uses the SN3D higher order ambisonic (HOA) convention, at third order, which needs 16 channels.

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O3A Harpex Upsampler

O3A Harpex Upsampler

I/O: 4 in, 16 out

This plugin upsamples first order ambisonics to third order.

Technical Requirements

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Operating System

Supported versions of Microsoft Windows are 10 or 11, 64bit Intel.

Supported versions of Apple macOS are 10.14 to 13.5, 64bit Intel or Apple Silicon.

VST Host

This plugin does not work with all VST 2 hosts. One reason for this is that the plugin needs large numbers of channels on its input or output busses.

AAX Host

The AAX plugin requires Pro Tools Ultimate or Studio.

PC Hardware

Please check your PC meets the following requirements:

  • Intel Core i5 CPU or better, or Apple Silicon.
  • 200MB of free disk space.


You'll need administrator permissions while installing on Windows. The software probably won't install properly using a "restricted" account.

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.