What is Spatial?
Spatial is a service that drives a three-dimensional sound experience. But its power goes far deeper than simply immersive audio. The underlying software platform that powers Spatial can act as a complete, immersive simulation and performance engine called Spatial Reality. Our mac OS creator tool, Spatial Studio, has the ability to render 3D audio and output it to scalable systems, from indoor spaces to scenic outdoor environments and beyond. Spatial Control is the iOS application that helps you manage playback and control your account. Together, these tools harness the power of sound recreating realistic experiences everywhere.
How does Spatial work?
It starts with one computer or a team of computers to run the Spatial Reality engine. Next, you will need audio equipment to drive your immersive audio experience, such as a multichannel audio interface (or networked audio amplifier) to connect to your computer running Spatial Reality. Finally, install speakers - anywhere. Spatial will adapt to any installation as long as the speakers are active or with separate amplification.
Now that you have a Space; a different computer is recommended to run Spatial Studio — if you plan on creating content. Spatial Studio and Spatial Reality can't run on the same computer.
Your iOS device can be used to run Spatial Control — your main tool to control playback, manage your account and set up your Spaces.
How much is Spatial?
For hobbyists or the audio enthusiast, Spatial tools are licensed as a free to use service in non-commercial situations. For commercial customers, Spatial has a subscription based model to help scale your branded experience needs.
How do I create an account?
We are currently onboarding a limited number of creators and customers to Spatial. To submit a request for early access, fill out our form at spatialinc.com and someone from our team will contact you.
How is Spatial different from Dolby Atmos and other surround sound products?
Spatial is a complementary technology to traditional surround and three-dimensional audio, Spatial installations are completely flexible with respect to placement and count of speakers. Place a speaker anywhere, and Spatial will do the rest. For a fuller or more detailed sound somewhere, just add a speaker. Spatial is also not hardware dependent and works on most out-of-the-box hardware.
Can Spatial play other external audio outputs like music from a streaming service?
Yes, the AES67 protocol can be used to play external inputs through Spatial Reality. This feature is useful for a variety of applications such as playing music through your Space.