Andrés Mayo

AMBEO ekspertberetninger

Andrés Mayo, former President of the AES (Audio Engineering Society), is an audio engineer and music producer who has pioneered the art of mastering since 1992. He won two GRAMMY Awards and seven Gardel Awards for Technical Excellence.

I started exploring Virtual Reality some 5 years ago when everybody was calling it “the wild, wild West” because of the lack of standards and the countless hardware and software makers all over the world. We all thought that VR was going to be huge immediately. I co-chaired the very first International Conference on Audio for VR and AR (codenamed AVAR) of the Audio Engineering Society, which I presided on a worldwide level until October 2015. There I learned about the dimensions of the so-called “new world” of VR. It turned out that it had evolved differently than expected, and possibly for the good. The hardware and software slowly became more mature, opening new paths. Audio engineers now have great new possibilities in the fascinating world of 360-degree audio recording and post-production. Handling sound objects with six degrees of freedom is now possible on a variety of platforms, most of them completely free.

Together with renowned mixing engineer Martin Muscatello, I explored and beta-tested several products before we found the integrated solution provided by the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic and the DearVR mixing platform. This was the first time that we could record, mix and integrate Ambisonics audio into 360-degree video in one toolkit. Our learning curve was very steep: We were shown the product in August 2019 and had to showcase it in October in a hands-on training workshop at the AES Convention in New York. For that workshop, we recorded special content in Buenos Aires with a well-known rock band named Vanthra.

„The AMBEO setup is extremely easy to use and allows for excellent recording quality. On top of that, its natural integration in the DearVR platform makes it an extremely powerful yet affordable toolkit that is currently covering over 80% of our needs for 360-degree audio production.“
Andrés Mayo

The recording was super easy to set up and we were ready to hit Rec in less than 90 minutes. The band is a power trio that does not like to play unplugged, so we used guitar and electric bass amplifiers, direct boxes and a set of standard microphones to close-mike all of the instruments (drums, bass, guitar and two vocals). But we made sure that the AMBEO VR Mic was in a privileged position in the physical center of the room. So we used the directional mics to reinforce the object positions but we relied on the AMBEO for the main spatial representation. We recorded in a beautiful room, co-owned by Martin, where we had an excellent acoustical response and noise control. Ambisonics specialist Ianina Canalis (from the National University of Lanús, Argentina) helped us throughout the capturing process and offered advice based on her expertise. Then she stitched the 360-degree image and delivered an MP4 file that we used as a video reference for the session. We captured the song in three takes, chose the last one and used it to synchronize with the 360-degree video. In less than 3 hours, we had a very good recording of the band with 4 Ambisonics channels (populating the first 4 channels of a TOA 16-channel bus) and 12 “standard” channels.

The AMBEO setup is extremely easy to use and allows for excellent recording quality. On top of that, its natural integration in the DearVR platform makes it an extremely powerful yet affordable toolkit that is currently covering over 80% of our needs for 360-degree audio production. We are really looking forward to testing the upcoming Mac version of the mixing desk because we have many old ProTools projects waiting in line to be remixed in 360-degrees.

About Andrés Mayo

Andrés Mayo, former President of the AES (Audio Engineering Society), is an audio engineer and music producer who has pioneered the art of mastering since 1992. He boasts credits in more than 3,000 albums released in vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, streaming and 360-degree audio formats. He won two GRAMMY Awards and seven Gardel Awards for Technical Excellence. Member of the P&E Wing Advisory Council at NARAS, he also runs his own company – Andrés Mayo Mastering & Audio Post – and is the founder of @360MusicLab, a company devoted to the production of immersive audio.

About Andrés Mayo

Ekspertberetninger fra virtual reality

Henrik Oppermann

Henrik Oppermann er lydsjef hos Visualise. Henrik er en ledende spesialist innenfor 3D-lyd og har med seg over 10 års erfaring med location lydopptak i studiolydkvalitet for film, reklame, kunder i musikkbransjen og 3D lydinstallasjoner.

Michael Engman Rønnow

Michael har vært i promarkedet de siste 25 årene. Han startet som musiker i tenårene, og begynte innenfor studioverdenen rundt 1992.
Han jobber nå i salgsmarkedet for proff lyd, men reiser fortsatt på turné og spiller musikk eller mikser FOH, samt at han driver sitt ProTools-baserte studio hjemme.

Côme Jalibert

Côme Jalibert begynte å jobbe som lydtekniker og lyddesigner i 2002. Han har alltid vært tiltrukket av dette med den omsluttende virkningen av lyd og har eksperimentert mye med surroundlyd. Gjennom sitt arbeid ønsker han at lyden mer skal føles enn høres. Han har jobbet med film og TV og i nyere tid med videospill, transmedia og VR. Hans mest kjente verk er lyddesign av filmen Minuscule, The Valley of the Lost Ants. Han har dessuten laget lydlandskapet Phallaina, den første rullende tegneserieroman for berøringsskjermer.

Nicolas Büchi

Nicolas Büchi (*1982) er en vitenskapsforsker ved Department of Design ved Zurich University of the Arts, spesialist ved Cast / Audiovisual Media.

Thomas Rechberger

Thomas er en sveitsisk musiker, musikkprodusent og lyddesigner. I mer enn 20 år har han jobbet som proff innenfor lyd, på alle sider av mikrofonen: Som hovedgitarist for bandet Lovebugs har han spilt over 1000 konserter i Europa, han har spilt inn 13 album, inkludert flere nummer én-singler, og mottatt en rekke Golden Record-priser.

Fabian Knauber

Som utdannet akustiker har Fabian Knauber skaffet seg bred teoretisk kunnskap om romakustikk, 3D-lyd og binaural teknologi som han supplerer med sin praktiske erfaring som frilans lydtekniker. Hans viktigste ekspertområder er i tillegg til livelyd og studioproduksjon omfattende høyttalerbaserte installasjoner og 3D-lyd for virtuell virkelighet.

Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello er en utøver innenfor elektronisk musikk og også en mediekunstner. Hans CD-utgivelser er publisert av New Albion Records, Sub Rosa, 12k og Room 40. Hans lydinstallasjoner og flerkanalsverker finnes i de permanente samlingene i Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum og Museum of Contemporary Art i Lyon.

Little Konzett

Little Konzett er en østerriksk produsent, innspillings-, mikse- og masteringtekniker, musiker og eier av "Little Big Beat Studios". Studioene ligger i den vestlige delen av Østerrike og i Liechtenstein.

Rodolphe Alexis

Som lyddesigner og lydtekniker tar hans praksiser opp i seg ulike former som er i dialog med andre kunstformer (installasjon, skulptur, performance, radio).

Martin Rieger

Martin Rieger labels his profession as 360° sound production, which sees him taking a holistic approach to virtual reality productions, taking more elements into account in the recording and mixing process than traditionally, and crafting the storytelling throughout the entire process.
With his studies in media technology and production, he has a good overview of technologies in exceed of audio.

Dávid Rikk

Budapest based live sound engineer Dávid Rikk, is the head of sound at Akvárium Klub, Hungary’s biggest indoor venue with multiple concert halls. His primary goal is to bring concerts closer to the audience by creating a massive yet still dynamic sounding show and transmit the personality and intimacy of the performing artist. This attitude is behind creating AMBEO 360 @ Akvárium Klub series.

Katarina Hagstedt

Katarina is a Swiss based podcast producer and the founder of the Swiss Podcast Club, creator’s collective which aims to bring great podcasts out of Switzerland through exchange and knowledge sharing.

Georg Bleikolm

Georg Bleikolm was born in Lausanne and settled in Zurich 15 years ago. His heart oscillates between music, science, technology and media. Before he decided to concentrate on his solo projects “KnoR” Georg Bleikolm toured worldwide as a drummer with various bands for a decade and worked as a music producer.

Andrés Mayo

Andrés Mayo, former President of the AES (Audio Engineering Society), is an audio engineer and music producer who has pioneered the art of mastering since 1992. He boasts credits in more than 3,000 albums released in vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, streaming and 360-degree audio formats.