Since Apple announced that Spatial Audio is coming to Apple Music and will be supported by all devices with the H1 or W1 chip, many companies have begun to promote this technology. For users who have AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, this experience is even better thanks to the dynamic head tracking feature.
In addition, indie developers from Portal Labs just updated Portal, their iOS app for good to take full advantage of Spatial Audio technology.
With this update, the team behind Portal explains that they do not use Dolby Atmos, as Apple does with Apple Music, because it is more suitable for music and movies, rather than for meditation or immersion in forest or campfire. That’s why they teamed up with Atmoky to implement Ambisonics, which they called “state-of-the-art spatial audio.”
Ambisonika represents sound as a spherical sound field, not channels or objects, which allows us to recreate sound landscapes and ambience with greater precision and fidelity, especially when experienced through headphones because Ambisonika can be rendered directly to headphones without the need for additional reverb for externalization.
Portal aims to help you focus on a task, sleep better or simply “escape” using Spatial Audio technology and a pair of your favorite AirPods headphones. It combines impressive sounds, visuals and smart lighting to virtually transform the existing environment and help you relax.
Within the app you can choose whether you want to focus, sleep or escape. Each of these moods has different portals that you can jump into. For example, you can dive into the Amazon storm with thunder, listen to the breeze of a spring barley field in Devon, UK, or hear the chirping of birds alongside the spring dawn choir in London.
The best part is that you can take advantage of breathing exercises, set a timer, choose between static surround sound or with dynamic head tracking (AirPods Pro and AirPods Max only) and connect your smart lighting with Homekit, Philips Hue or Nanoleaf to have a more immersive experience.
To say we’re excited about this release is a bit underrated, Spatial Audio really comes into its own with ambient sound because it better reflects how we actually hear our environment in real life and allows us to really sell a sense of ‘being there’“, Says Nick Daniels, founder of the Portal.
The portal is available on the App Store here for iPhone and iPad for free. If you want to take advantage of the most impressive experience with unlimited access to the entire application library, smart lighting integration and support for dynamic surround sound, users must subscribe to the application. That’s $ 9.99 a month, $ 49.99 a year, or $ 249.99 with a lifetime purchase.
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