The AMBEO VR Mic makes capturing real spatial sound as simple as any stereo recording. You don’t need to set up several microphones – saving you time, money and manpower. Furthermore, using the AMBEO VR Mic means you’ll never have to add other sounds in the mix anymore to achieve stunning 3D sound.Article No. 507195
Captures immersive spatial audio – ideal for capturing audio used in VR.
4 matched KE 14 cardioid capsules in tetrahedral arrangement.
Rugged & portable for various locations.
Records with Ambisonics technology.
Includes proprietary A-B converter in VST and AAX plugins.
Comes with cables, suspension mount & windshield.
Convey the true experience
Especially designed for 360° spatial audio recording, the easy-to-use AMBEO VR Mic is an ambisonic microphone fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement. This special design allows you to capture the surrounding sound from one single point. As a result you get fully spherical ambisonics sound to match your VR video/spherical 360 content.
A jewel in your high-end VR sound chain
The AMBEO VR Mic is meant to work together with specialized high-end software and hardware. Ideal companions for the AMBEO VR Mic are, for example, field recorders like the Zoom F8, digital audio workstations like the Avid Pro Tools HD or the Cockos Reaper and binaural decoders e. g. from Noise Makers. Output is possible via HMD, VR Game Engine or 360° Social Media platforms.
Learn more about Sennheiser's Certified for AMBEO program.
Benefit from a design developed with you in mind
By means of the VR Creators Program Sennheiser made sure to involve the professionals of the industry in the realization of the AMBEO VR Mic right from the beginning. Thus, we developed a comprehensive product package including many well-conceived accessories that allow for a smooth workflow – not least the A-B encoder software that works as a plugin, which can be seamless embedded in your post-production process.
Ambisonics – Technology for you to shape the future of audio
Ambisonics is a multi-channel technology that lets you spherically capture the sound arriving from all directions, at a single point in space. For playback this representation is rendered binaurally, allowing you to virtually rotate the orientation of the perspective in all directions, horizontally and vertically.
Ambisonics is supported by all of the major post-production and playback tools on the market today. This makes ambisonics the appropriate tool for Virtual Reality and all other applications involving 3D sound. A tool to create new worlds of sound with.
AMBEO A-B converter plugin
The capsules of the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic deliver A-format, a raw 4-channel output that has to be converted into a new set of 4 channels, the Ambisonics B-format. This is done by the specifically designed Sennheiser AMBEO A-B converter plugin, which is available as free download for VST, AU and AAX format for your preferred Digital Audio Workstation for both PC and Mac. B-format is a W, X, Y, Z representation of the sound field around the microphone. W being the sum of all 4 capsules, whereas X, Y and Z are three virtual bi-directional microphone patterns representing front/back, left/right and up/down. Thus, any direction from the microphone can be auditioned by the listener during playback of Ambisonics B.
Enjoy peace of mind with Sennheiser quality
With its history of 70 years as a trusted and innovative company, developing top-notch professional microphones with high-quality capsules, you are entitled to expect a lot from the Sennheiser brand: reliable, robust German-engineered products. Rest assured: We deliver – and also provide excellent customer support as well as a 2-years warranty with every product.
Tutorial videos for 360° and VR: Recording, Processing, Mixing, Delivering
Try a sample Reaper session and get started with AMBEO for VR
If you are interested in getting familiar with the production workflow, start here.
For many years, people have spoken about Surround Sound. With Immersive Audio, we speak about an additional dimension, namely the height dimension. We expect this to be the future of audio technology, comparable with the evolution from mono to stereo.In addition to the known Surround-placement (ear level/surround layer) we use elevation layers to place the audio elements in a 3-dimensional environment enveloping the listener.
AMBEO is Sennheiser’s program and trademark for 3D audio, which will cover immersive audio products and technologies for the entire audio signal chain, from capture to mixing and processing to reproduction.
AMBEO products will be designed to deliver immersive sound experiences with an incredibly high emotional impact. While stereo audio or even 5.1 or 7.1 formats reproduce sound in a “plane”, AMBEO introduces a height elevation that creates an “as if there” feeling. This sound revelation has been compared to the switch from mono to stereo that happened in the last century. AMBEO 3D audio is so realistic that it is set to eliminate the boundaries between reality and playback, and between real and artificial sound sources.
By revealing its strategic focus on 3D audio from very early on, Sennheiser has made AMBEO an invitation to users and technology partners around the globe to include their ideas, feedback and requirements in the design of the company’s 3D audio solutions, thus shaping the future of audio together with Sennheiser.AMBEO will set standards in immersive audio, creating a totally new audio experience that will change music and sound forever. Thanks to Sennheiser’s broad audio expertise and product offering, application scenarios will reach from music recording, filming and 3D audio installations in venues to gaming, sports broadcasting and playback on personal devices.
The unobtrusive, flexible and easy to use microphone was specially designed with Virtual Reality content producers in mind. Giving experienced sound designers as well as newcomers to 3D Audio the chance to record environment sounds by capturing 4 quadrants in high-quality standards, Sennheiser’s VR microphone is going to be a stable tool in any VR production.The innovative 3D microphone will be an important tool for VR productions and has been designed in cooperation with VR content producers and fine-tuned in an extensive creators’ program with participants from across the VR audio/video industry – and from across the globe. The microphone uses four cardioid condenser capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement; its signals are converted to B-format files in digital audio workstations by the supplied encoding software. The A-B-converter will be available as VST, AU and AAX plug-ins for Mac or Windows.
The Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic works in Ambisonics. Ambisonics captures audio in full-sphere surround from a single point in space. Not only horizontally, but also smoothly covering sound above and below. Developed in the 1970’s and mostly used for music recording, Ambisonics does not have outputs corresponding to speakers, but consists of a speaker independent representation of the sound field called B-format. This allows us to virtually rotate the orientation of the microphone in all directions and to position sound sources independently from speaker positions.
B-format can be decoded to existing speaker layouts or binaurally rendered (using HRTF) to headphones.
B-format representation can be changed dynamically by the use of head-tracking headphones or gyros in smartphones – this will make the audio spin when experiencing 360°videos.
"Everything I need in an ambisonic mic; low self noise, transparent and super stable imaging."
John Hendicott, Co-Founder
"The capsules produce a wonderfully open sound, while the mic’s compact shape makes it easy to find coaxial placement with the camera."
Benedict Green, Co-Founder
"The Ambeo VR Mic is an indispensable piece of equipment. I won’t go on any productions without it. It is versatile and gives you the flexibility and ease of use that you need on a VR Shoot."
Henrik Oppermann, Head of Audio
"The AMBEO VR Mic is extremely durable and versatile. The form factor and signature Sennheiser quality were just what we needed in a high-pressure filming situation."
Mike Ritchie, VR Production Sound Mixer and Re-recording Mixer
"With a performance that matches its rock solid build quality, the VR mic is a great asset for every VR toolbox."
Eric Thorsell, Sr. VR Sound Designer
"I can’t imagine recording without the VR Mic anymore. It sounds so real, you’ve got to hear it to believe it. Sennheiser quality at its best."
Henk van Engelen, Founder / Lead Technician
AMBEO is Sennheiser’s program and trademark for truly immersive 3D audio, designed to create sound experiences with an incredibly high emotional impact. The program will cover products and technologies for the entire audio signal chain, from capture to mixing and processing to reproduction.
AMBEO operates with a height elevation that gives audio back its natural three-dimensional character, creating a totally new experience that is set to change music and sound forever. AMBEO products are consistently developed with an early involvement of users, producers, content providers and technology partners across the globe, creating tools that not only match their demands but also shape the future of audio.