There are many plug-ins that recreate the acoustics of professional studios in your headphones and speakers. Whether they are useful mixing tools or a load of hype is the kind of question you have to answer for yourself. I’m a bit sceptical myself, but I do appreciate the innovative technologies and effort going into these products.
Embody Immerse Virtual Studio mixing plug-in
Back at NAMM 2020, developer Embody launched Immerse Virtual Studio – a mixing plug-in for Pro Tools that was tuned for several Audeze and Audio-Technica headphones. The product is known for its AI-driven algorithm that calculates your personalized listening profile. This profile is combined with acoustic modeling to recreate both the sound and listening “sweet spot” of a studio’s control room.
Immerse is now available for all modern DAWs and is able to work with most studio headphones. Known as Immerse All-Access, it also has presets for widely used headphones from Audeze, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, AKG, and Beyerdynamic. The plug-in features reproductions of studios owned by artists and producers Bob Horn, Erik Reichers, Carlos de la Garza, and Warren Huart. Each of them has worked with Embody to personally tune the plug-in where needed, and claims that the sound coming out of it matches their control rooms.
If you need further convincing, Immerse All-Access has a free 2-week trial where you don’t have to enter credit card information. I’m glad developers are moving away from this bit of dodgy marketing in particular.
Price and availability
Immerse All-Access is available for a one time payment of USD 399 or 24 monthly payments of USD 20 (rent-to-own). The plug-in is available in VST, VST3, AAX Native, and AU formats for Windows 10 or later and macOS 10.9 or later.