In case an Ambisonics AMBEO VR microphone is out of your reach, Noise Makers’ newly released AmbiVerb HD plug-in is your chance to sample its capabilities in your productions. The developer recorded 30 Ambisonics room impulse responses using the microphone and contained them within a convolution engine.
AmbiVerb HD has an interesting selection of 30 spaces that reaches beyond the usual halls and churches — there are music venues, stairs, and car parks, for example. If you want to add a touch of warehouse sonics to your drum sounds, this plug-in might be your chance.
Furthermore, AmbiVerb HD can load custom impulse responses in both mono and ambiX formats. Quite simple to use, the plug-in features Dry/Wet, Decay, Spread, Pre-Delay, and Gain knobs. It supports MIDI program changes for dynamic room switching as well.
Overall, this is an interesting and unusual reverb plug-in that’s mostly targeted towards designers of 360-degree VR content like videos, games, and other applications. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it in your productions to see what comes out of it. These unusual impulse responses can add a sense of depth and immersion to your tracks which may be missing in your current set-up.
However, there are some prerequisites you must be aware of. The input can be either monophonic (W channel only) or ambiX with 4 (order 1), 9 (order 2) or 16 audio channels (order 3).
The output is an ambiX stream. To listen to it in your DAW, you need an additional Ambisonic plug-in — the Ambi Head HD — to hear the result in binaural audio.
Price and availability
Noise Makers is selling Ambi Verb HD for EUR 99 until the 20th May. The regular price will be EUR 189, though indie developers and students will still be able to procure it at the introductory price. The plug-in is available in VST, AU, and AAX formats for Windows and Mac systems.