Binaural Surround - 7.1.4

Binaural Surround - 7.1.4

Host Support

Host TypeSupport


Output2Binaural Stereo



This plugin takes a surround mix prepared for a 7.1.4 system and converts it to 3D stereo to be listened to on headphones.

The AAX version of this specific plugin requires Pro Tools 2023.6 or later.

7.1.4 adds four ceiling channels to standard 7.1.

The 3D aspects of the stereo are synthesised using HRTF data. This models how sound from different directions is changed as it passes around the head.


The channel ordering used is:

1Front LeftFront Left
2Front CentreFront Right
3Front RightFront Centre
4Left Surround SideLFE
5Right Surround SideLeft Surround Rear
6Left Surround RearRight Surround Rear
7Right Surround RearLeft Surround Side
8LFERight Surround Side
9Left Top FrontLeft Top Front
10Right Top FrontRight Top Front
11Left Top RearLeft Top Rear
12Right Top RearRight Top Rear

The low frequency effect channel is not used.

The plugin is available in the Binaural Surround plugin library.


Control: Mode

Two modes are supported, "Inferred" and "Virtual". Generally, "Inferred" is recommended.

InferredThis mode is optimised for use with material that has been mixed using conventional panning techniques, such as equal-power panning or VBAP. The approach produces smooth transitions when sounds pass between speaker locations.
VirtualThis mode simply places each of the main (non-LFE) audio channels in their appropriate speaker direction. This can be worth trying when the mix has not been put together by conventional panning and the channels have a complex phase relationship.