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Hear It With Your Own Ears: What Is Spatial Audio and Why Would You Use It?


Headphones are a must: LBB’s Phoebe Siggins talks with Jungle’s Chris Turner to demystify how spatial audio works as well as how and why you’d use it in a campaign

Hear It With Your Own Ears: What Is Spatial Audio and Why Would You Use It?

Until fairly recently, the experience of spatial audio was limited to cinemas and sophisticated sound systems, but now it's filling the ears of everyday listeners - and brands and advertisers are taking note. For those that don’t know, spatial audio is an umbrella term that essentially encompasses a number of recording and mixing techniques (ambisonic, binaural, Dolby Atmos) as well as several output formats (headphones and sound system setups). It is a form of digital surround sound wherein the origin points of different sounds can appear to come from all directions - including above and below you.

Due to a huge rise in headphone sales across the world, aligning with increased digital streaming of podcasts, audio books, radio, video content, music and more, as well as the introduction of bigger, more sophisticated spaces built purposefully for immersive experiences and marketing, quality spatial audio is in high demand.

But the question on everyone's lips is, what actually is it, how does it work and why would we want to employ it - personally or professionally?

Jungle’s Chris Turner has been writing about 360 degree sound and spatial audio on LBB for over seven years and in a special one off podcast, Chris sits down with LBB’s Phoebe Siggins to explain what spatial audio is, what the difference is between Dolby Atmos, binaural and ambisonic mixing and recording is and how we can benefit from it. Of course, the best way to understand it is to hear it with your own ears…

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Jungle Studios, Wed, 17 May 2023 12:58:00 GMT