With 3D immersive sound now becoming standard on Everything from headphones to soundbars to complete AVR-based home theater systems, content creators need a tool that makes 3D audio recording affordable and easy. miniDSP and Dirac have teamed up to deliver the ambiMIK-1 Ambisonic USB Microphone, a $349 device that features four low noise cardiod capsules with 192 kHz/32-bit recording resolution.


Dirac developed custom filters based on measured response of the mics. It worked with miniDSP to create a VST plugin for digital audio workstations, making it easy to work with ambisonic recordings.

“The custom solution we developed for miniDSP draws from our extensive research into 3D audio psychoacoustics and multichannel digital filter optimization,” stated Mathias Johansson, Dirac co-founder & CEO. “It leverages our proprietary, dynamic head-related transfer function (HRTF) database to create highly accurate, localized sound for any 3D audio application. With the Dirac-enabled ambiMIK-1 microphone, content creators of all types can record dynamic, spatial sound that can then be experienced by fans over any headphones. It’s a technology once reserved for the professionals, now delivered to the masses.”

In addition to the Ambisonic format, this system is also able to output native binaural audio. You can find out more about this interesting new microphone, as well as purchase it, by clicking here.