I’ve been (moderately) impressed with Ircam’s HEar v3…and really like that it supports 7.1…but I haven’t really tried others. I’d be interested in trying out other plug-ins to see if they produce better results. Anyone hear toyed around with other binaural encoding plug-ins? Any you really like? Have you compared multiple?
Thanks in advance!
I’ve recently been using HEar for a music project. I’m working in 7.1, I’ve found this worked better for the image that HEar is creating than working with 5.1., my final delivery is going to be binaural. I had also demo-ed Noisemakers Binauralizer, which I liked, but found HEar was doing something that I just liked better, not sure I can explain beyond that, the immersion was more convincing and the panning rear felt more true to what I was hearing in 7.1. Some colleagues of mine who do a lot of work in Binaural for VR recommended this: http://www.blueripplesound.com/products/binaural-surround-vst, but I do not have the ability to run VST in my current setup, so didn’t get to try it. They also said the check this out on it’s release, I think they’ve done some beta work on it: http://dysonics.com/rondo360/ it looks really interesting. I am just experimenting and wondering what possibilities this technology offers for headphone listening, so am likewise really interested to hear about what anyone else is using.
So I tried out Waves’ NX Virtual Mix Room plug-in, and I think it does a better job of creating a believable sound stage than HEar does. I found that HEar isn’t so great at putting a sound in front of you (just inside your head), but does OK with creating the sensation that something is behind you. The early reflections/room ambience in the Waves plug-in really makes a big difference though. I can push things in front of me, and I think it does a better job with the behind the head sensation.
Still interested to hear if people have experience with other encoders that they can share.