Sennheiser launches spatial sound headphones and augmented audio app

Sennheiser worked in close collaboration with Magic Leap to develop the new AMBEO AR One in-ears and the AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab companion app to create the perfect complement to the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.
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Sennheiser has unveiled the AMBEO AR One in-ear headphones – the first spatial listening accessory to receive official certification by Magic Leap, the leader in spatial computing. Also launched is the accompanying AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab app. Providing users with full control over their sound world, AMBEO AR One empowers developers and creators to craft powerful spatial computing experiences in which real sounds seamlessly blend with virtual audio.

Behind every spatial computing experience is the focus of developers and creators, who integrate the latest in visual and audio technologies. With these professionals in mind, Sennheiser worked in close collaboration with Magic Leap to develop the new AMBEO AR One in-ears and the AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab companion app to create the perfect complement to the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.

“It is exciting to be able to offer the first spatial listening accessory certified under the ‘Works with Magic Leap’ program, along with a completely new way to create spatial soundscapes with the AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab,” said Véronique Larcher, co-Director AMBEO at Sennheiser. “Now with control over how much their audio composition is overheard by those around, and how much they wish to stay connected to the outside world, developers can create spatial audio worlds with Magic Leap One according to their own sound rules.”

AMBEO AR One provides full sound control in the creation of spatial audio worlds
The AMBEO AR One in-ear phones enable spatial computing developers and creators to craft thrilling experiences where real-world sounds blend with virtual audio, while securing their focus and control in the process.

• Transparent Hearing – Developers and creators can choose how much of the outside world’s sound, captured by the headset’s built-in microphones, blends into their spatial audio experience. By mixing the right level of external acoustic environment with the virtual audio world, developers can create truly immersive and social experiences.

• Effective sealing and deep bass – The AMBEO AR One provides effective sealing through its Comply ear tips, which expand to perfectly fit the ear canal. They enable creators to shut out external noise to focus on the audio content undisturbed, and also ensure optimum bass reproduction.

The AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab is a sandbox-style application for the AMBEO AR One earphones and the Magic Leap One Creator Edition. It allows developers to play around with real-world sounds and use them to create unique spatial soundscapes. The AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab brings real sounds into spatial computing – The Transparent Hearing function of the AMBEO AR One earphones allows users to discover interesting sounds in the world around them. They can record them in the app as loops and mix them with loop banks. Several loop banks will be provided for users to get started, including one by beatboxer and music producer SK Shlomo.

Leveraging the 3D audio capabilities of Magic Leap Soundfield Audio (MSA), the AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab app visualizes the sound loops as a constellation of pulsing spheres and swirls of energy. Users can grab them, position them anywhere in the virtual world, interact with them, and physically wander inside their 3D audio composition. These unique experiences can be captured and shared on YouTube and Twitter.

SK Shlomo was excited to be asked to work on this project and produce a loop bank for the AMBEO Augmented Audio Lab: “For an artist like me who loves to create spontaneously with loops, seeing those sounds instantaneously transformed into living, pulsing 3D visualisations that you can pick up and bounce around the space you're in, with full binaural sound is just mind blowing.” 

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