I have been testing the new Waves NX beta while waiting for the head tracker hardware. Using the built in web camera, the software tracks the position of your head and generates a pseudo-surround mix within your 2.0 headphones that moves the soundstage as you twist your head. The tracking to a little slow in the Mac beta, but I can see that using the Bluetooth hardware sensor for the positional input would speed things up.
My AKG K1000 are possible the best partners ever made for this software as they sit as ‘head speakers’ just away from the ear, enhancing the effect, when compared to some Bose enclosed AE2’s I tried.
There is a plug in for DAWs too called ‘NX virtual mix room’ that gives you a control room dimensioned space to mix in. The Android beta is out and the iOS version to follow soon.
Not sure I would fully trust something that is manipulating phase in this way with a master – but to A/B between the normal non-NX and the processed mix definitely gives you a different perspective on the spread and positioning of elements.
Low cost and useful – just maybe not quite as convincing in person as the hype.
About three years ago at an Opencast (Matterhorn) conference held at Oxford, I had a long discussion about the merit of ‘oversampling’ the lecture space with high pixel count sensors, then ‘windowing’ a standard HD frame in post, or with automated motion tracking. There was, at the time, a valiant open source effort in the form of LectureSight that used a close webcam to track and position the primary PTZ room camera. Not a very portable solution. Stuart and his Colleagues at Manchester tried this and a number of solutions for their Maths spaces, but it all seems a bit clunky in practice and certainly not portable. In August the streaming CDN LiveStream launched Mevo in the US, originally due in April for pre-orders. This $400 tiny cylindrical camera has a Sony 4K sensor and creates multiple HD windows from the oversampled wide master shot that can be switched live from an iOS device. It has multi-person motion tracking that can detect Jaw. Oh… and the magnets…. this thing sticks to any metal object for quick positioning in a workshop.
Why is it a big deal? For webinars, lectures that need permeable synchronous live streaming it will be the first time I can send out a small Peli case with an iPad and one of these for ‘self service’ streaming – instead of a whole team.
But…. taken a step further – it hints at cloud LC services that could capture the wide 4K (or 8K or 16K…. etc) from a single static shot and then serve up a variety of dynamic live ‘edits’ based on user preference.
I can only tell you that looking a complete idiot while wearing these is completely worth it. The detail, range and adjustable soundstage make these a serious contender for the best headphones ever made. I really wanted a pair in the ’90’s as a consistent reference for mixing between different studios, but hard to justify. Years later and with very little opportunity to make a seriously loud noise, I grabbed a pair from Portland Oregon.
The SPS200 Soundfield mic has four capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement that allows decoding to Mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 8.0 channel formats all from Ambisonics stye ‘A-format’ recording made directly from the four http://www.mbho.de capsules (Ex Schoeps engineers).
Decoding is from a DAW plugin – so you can ‘point’ and focus the mic after the recording has been made, which I plan to investigate for post-produced steering of Live Capture events…
Attending the inaugural International Digital Fashion Design Conference.
Some interesting stuff and a very useful look into the future of additive manufacture (otherwise known as 3D Digital Printing).
Handling some of the first digitally printed fabrics… Effectively plastic chain-mail.
I will probably blog later about the obsession at conferences recently with the term ‘Digital Native’.
I am backing Ghost, a kickstarter project to deliver what looks like a very nice blogging platform:
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