Sound is key to immersing users.
3D audio is the digital recreation of sound we hear every day in the real world. It’s always around us, and it can come from any direction. This is what we call spatial sound. It combines the interactions between acoustic sound waves, the space, and interactions with our heads and ears.
Most immersive audio concepts have existed for decades. But the interest in immersive audio has increased enormously in recent years due to the growing popularity of stand-alone audio experiences such as podcasts, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and now the metaverse.
3D audio is also more accessible than ever before. Today it’s possible to experience immersive audio with just your phone and an ordinary set of earplugs.
Besides that, spatial sound is now enabled on major audio services such as Apple Music.
The rise of 3D audio will continue because of the metaverse.
Many of us first think about the visual component of the metaverse, but sound will also have an important part to play in creating convincing virtual worlds.
Companies such as Meta, have been investing in 3D sound applications and integrations for many years now, and they will continue to do so because sound is key to immersing users.
Check our podcast SoundTalk. In the episode “Auditory Superpowers,” we discuss current 3D audio tech, personalization, and future implementations.