The Sennheiser Ambeo VR Mic was being shown at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The Ambeo was developed in consultation with VR content creators to provide immersive sound that can complement your VR video/spherical 360 content.
Surround sound recording from a single point
The Ambeo VR Mic is an ambisonic microphone fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement. This design allows you to capture the sound that surrounds you from a single point.
The capsules of the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic deliver A-format, a raw four-channel output that has to be converted into a new set of four channels, the Ambisonics B-format. This is done by the specifically designed Sennheiser AMBEO A-B format converter plugin, which is available as free download for VST, AU and AAX format for both PC and Mac. B-format is a W, X, Y, Z representation of the sound field around the microphone. W is the sum of all four capsules, whereas X, Y and Z are three virtual bi-directional microphone patterns representing front/back, left/right and up/down.
Price and availability
The Sennheiser Ambeo VR mic is available now, but it does come with a steep price of $1,649.95US.