Fiedler Audio releases Spacelab: A groundbreaking 3D-audio featured object-based plug-in for reverb, panning, and spatialization. For any DAW, for all formats, from stereo up to any multichannel setup. Co-developed with Fraunhofer IIS, the inventors of mp3
Fiedler Audio/ Germany, April 20th, 2022 – Fiedler Audio, the German reverb professionals and renowned specialists for outstanding „space-in-audio creation tools“ today announced the immediate availability of Spacelab, a 3D spatial audio production plug-in, available directly from www.fiedler-audio.com.
A unique set of tools for next-generation audio production
Whether for music, film/video, broadcast, games, or VR/AR, Spacelab opens up a revolutionary new way of putting all of your tracks into the right acoustic perspective. Spacelab combines state-of-the-art reverb, 3D-panning, and spatialization in one plug-in – providing access to the world of 3D-audio for anyone on any DAW. The plug-in treats incoming audio as objects, which are positioned in the space of a virtual room. That room creates a stunning reverberation of these objects. The objects plus their reverb are then rendered to any desired output format, ranging from stereo up to any 3D-audio format, be it for speakers or for headphones via binaural rendering. Spacelab is fully compatible with Dolby Atmos and MPEG-H workflows.
Spacelab, of course, may be used as a classic send and return reverb effect, but, the object-based approach actually unlocks Spacelab’s full capabilities for workflow and for sound design. Providing easy control over object positioning and a virtual “listener”, which can be moved around freely, Spacelab facilitates creative workflows for music, film, broadcast, VR/AR, games, etc. Rendering the reverb for each object individually, depending on its position, creates a unique sonic landscape with amazing detail and realism which is impossible to generate with any channel-based reverb.
What’s more: Spacelab provides a studio environment for you to mix in
Get the studio experience while mixing on headphones. The internal binaural renderer of Spacelab can be used for monitoring as well as for production. Any speaker layout can be rendered to headphones enabling mixers to monitor and work anywhere. Producing for binaural reproduction provides every producer and musician with the opportunity to start projects with 3D-audio and distribute later to everyone, even in mp3 or AAC.
Beam me up!
Spacelab Beam is the „transporter“ plug-In to Spacelab. Beam makes it super easy to send the tracks of your choice into Spacelab’s 3D spatial audio environment and turns the tracks into audio objects. With Beam, even DAWs with „just“ stereo architecture can be enhanced with full 3D spatial audio.
Interstellar and Ignition
Spacelab comes in two iterations. Spacelab Interstellar and Spacelab Ignition. To get going with great reverb and the possibility of expanding audio tracks into 3D audio objects, Spacelab Ignition is the perfect tool for music producers and any audio content creators that want to be able to position sounds in space, leaving the stereo field. Ignition supports up to 24 independent objects.
For those who want it all — Spacelab Interstellar is the product of choice for up to 256 independent audio objects in space. The reverb section provides a unique spectral EQ to shape the reverb sounds in detail and also provides unique features like „spread in space“ which lets the creator define the size of audio objects in space.
Martin Rieger, a renowned expert for immersive media, specializing in XR with 3D spatial audio spent already some quality time with Spacelab and told us: „What makes Spacelab outstanding is that it is so easy to use on the one hand and can be so complex on the other. The innovative workflow allows creative possibilities and combinations that I don’t know from any other tool. Due to Spacelab, I gained new inspiration about mixing in 3d space and had a blast during the whole process.“ https://www.vrtonung.de/en
Spacelab Features Overview (Interstellar):
High-end algorithmic reverb developed by the experts at the renowned Fraunhofer IIS, the inventors of mp3
- Ultra-realistic room simulation, from small boxes to huge venues
- Any format from mono to full sphere 3D-audio
- Quick access to all essential parameters
- Spectral and spatial sculpting of the reverb tail with the Spatial EQ
- Reverb time is separately adjustable on 9 frequency bands
- Individual early reflection patterns for each object depending on its position,
- continuously changing when an object moves through space
- Positioning of objects around the listener in the virtual room
- Record movement with the mouse as automation
- 3D-view for the best overview of object arrangement
- Virtual listener with 6 degrees of freedom, perfect for film and VR/AR
- Individual dry/wet and spread for each source
- Up to 256 inputs (objects) and outputs
- Arbitrary speaker layouts with up to 256 speakers
- Full sphere binauralizer, monitor through, and produce for headphones
- Classic mode for send/return
- Object mode for object-based mixing
- Ultra-realistic rendering of object motion and corresponding reverb changes
- Automate snapshots to switch between different reverb settings throughout your session
- Dynamic automation for simplifying complex automation of hundreds of parameters
- Create individual speaker layouts with the speaker layout editor
- Use the Spacelab Beam plugin to bypass any routing limitation of your DAW and send audio from anywhere into Spacelab
MPEG-H Exporter plugin (optional)
- Export your work in the MPEG-H production format for further processing and publishing for object-based music applications. www.mpeg-h.com
Spacelab supports the plug-in formats: VST3, AU, AAX on computer systems running macOS 10.12 through 12 and Windows 7 through 11. On Apple Silicon Mac Spacelab runs Rosetta mode. Support for native apple silicon will be available at some point.
Pricing and availability
Spacelab Interstellar is available immediately from www.fiedler-audio.com for Euro 599,-/ USD 669,- / GBP: 549,-. Spacelab Ignition retails for 249,- / USD 279,-/ GBP 229,-
To support producers in getting familiar with audio in 3D, Fiedler Audio offers Spacelab Ignition for a special introduction price of Euro 149,-/ USD 169,- until May 18th, 2022
For further information please visit: www.fiedler-audio.com
More Information on Fraunhofer IIS: www.iis.fraunhofer.de/audio
About Fiedler Audio
Fiedler Audio stands for the highest quality in sound and design. Founded in 2013 in Munich, Germany, Fiedler Audio is dedicated to the creation of professional music and audio software for Mac, PC, and mobile devices. The company’s mission is to provide extraordinary audio production tools for musicians, DJs, audio engineers, and producers. Be it in the studio, at an event or gig, at home on the sofa, or in the park – Fiedler Audio software opens up new creative horizons.
Fiedler Audio is also the one that provides the reverb engine for the acclaimed Brainworx bx_rooMS plug-In and the unique „stage“ plug-In that gives mixes that final shine and depth, heard on countless records, drawing out any hidden details and character. By leveraging subtle delays, internal phase augmentation, and modulation techniques, „stage“ emphasizes the natural depth and space of any natural recording or synthesized element. The result is an increase in overall definition and perceived size – all elusive qualities that in the end contribute to a type of sonic „gravitas“ that will quickly become indispensable to any audio toolkit. Also, Fiedler Audio was the first to bring hi-class, professional studio „hardware-grade“ reverb software to iOS and Rack Extension platforms in the form of the AD 480 Reverb. www.fiedler-audio.com