|The Science of Domestic Concert Hall Design|
by Ralph Glasgal
|Ambiophonics for Any Taste and Budget|
No expense spared 360° high-end system using TacT components.
As above, showing Soundlab line source electrostatic speakers. Also includes mechanical Ambiophonic wall to allow convenient comparisons between mechanical crosstalk cancellation and the RACE program.
Results of listening tests conducted at New York University. Click here to read an interesting NYU thesis elaborating on this result.
Praise for Ambiophonics... click here for more comments from audiophiles
"I have no words to describe my first experience with Ambiophonics using the MiniAmbio. My thirteen year old son summarized it as “this is so much better”. I was tapping my foot which I don’t even remember ever doing before this…..If only I had shed my audiophile purist mentality 10 years ago when I first experimented with Ambiophonics I wouldn’t have wasted so many years chasing equipment seeking stereo perfection."
-- S T Chelvan (Malaysia)
"I downloaded the Hotto Ambiophonic Transcoder to use in reaper and wow what a difference! For the first time in my life I am hearing music the way it was intended by the engineer and the musicians. I tracked a band over the weekend and right away I can hear what’s wrong in the mix. Everything is so apparent and in your face. I am no longer being lied to by the speakers and the room I am in. I can hear when reverbs and delays clash with each other so much easier now. Honestly, I can’t ever go back to listening to stereo ever again. It’s such a waste of time. How can something so awesome be so unheard of? Everyone should be able to hear music this way."
-- Paul Herlihy, recording engineer
-- Andrew (TacT RCS user)
AMTRA Ambiophonics Transcoder
The AMTRA (Ambiophonics Transcoder) for sale at about $15 is a high-res file playing program (44.1-384 kHz) for WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, etc. that applies the RACE program to any stereo file thus converting 2.0 media to loudspeaker binaural. It runs on both Windows and Apple operating systems.
Free Ambiophonic App
Free Ambiophonic App for the iPad
From Hotto Engineering.
Play "stereo" music, video, or game soundtracks Ambiophonically using any iPad, iPhone, or iPod dock or other loudspeakers.
Ambiophonic App for Android
First Component Products!
180° sound stage
Experience the increased depth, realism & clarity of Ambiophonics
Ambio4You, a noted manufacturer of DSP audio products has developed a line of very affordable Ambiophonic products. Click here for product details and purchasing information. Click on the image above for a brochure.
Free RACE 2/4 Channel Ambiophonic Transcoder for PC/MAC/LINUX
At Stephan Hotto's website you can download free programs with control panels that use the RACE equations to cancel crosstalk. These Ambiophonic player programs run under Windows, Mac or Linux. The secret is that these are Java enabled and thus are not OS dependent. You need to have JRE (JAVA Runtime Environment) installed or get it here: http://www.java.com/download/manual.jsp.
The Ambiophonic Transcoder produces a 360° sound field and has a center sound boost control to allow Ambio reproduction to sound more like the stereo loudspeaker triangle which doubles the lower frequency sound level for mono or central sound sources. This accommodates stereophiles who prefer this boost. An optional high frequency bypass feature avoids processing high frequencies where no audible crosstalk exists avoiding unpredictable HF level and polarity errors for some arrangements or settings.
See PC/MAC page for downloading and installation details.
VST PLUGINS AVAILABLE
Click here to go to Stephan Hotto's website for the download and a tutorial on using the plugin.
This is a very sophisticated version of RACE which includes a variety of novel adjustments to cope with unusual recordings, loudspeaker arrangements, or just personal preferences.
Note: The non-profit Ambiophonic Institute hopes that other component and software manufacturers will avail themselves of this technology and include Ambiophonic features in their product lines. All aspects of Ambiophonics are in the public domain and may be used without fees by any home user or manufacturer. We congratulate TacT Audio for being first to include the RACE algorithm in a hi-fi component product.