Sennheiser AMBEO VR Microphone

Ambisonic Microphone with four matched KE 14 capsules designed for VR applications

Wasn’t it time VR audio became an equal partner to VR video? Enter the AMBEO VR Mic: The new standard in 3D audio capture from Sennheiser lifting VR audio production to a new professional level. With the AMBEO VR Mic you are able to seamlessly record sound that immerses the listener bringing them a whole new and highly emotional experience.

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Convey the true experience
The elegantly designed AMBEO VR Mic has been developed in cooperation with VR content producers and fine-tuned through an extensive creators’ program with participants from across the audio and VR communities. The mic caters exactly to the needs of VR content creators, letting you capture the experience and spirit of any location enabling the listener to be immersed as if they were there. 

Capture the world in a new spatial way
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 sound that surrounds you from a single point. As a result you get fully spherical ambisonics sound to match your VR video/spherical 360 content.

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, they 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.

Technology for you to shape the future of audio
The AMBEO VR Mic works with ambisonics, a multi- channel technique 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 also 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 and interactively controlled audio. A tool to create new worlds of sound with.

AMBEO A-B format 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 format 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: Sennheiser deliver – and also provide excellent customer support as well as a 2-years warranty with every product.

Primary use applications

  • Cinematic Virtual Reality
  • Capture of live action (as seen in traditional film)

 

Other use applications

  • Livestreamed Virtual Reality Content
  • Livestreamed content, particularly for sports or current events
  • Audio capture for Virtual Reality Games and other interactive VR content
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Specification
  • Dimensions: 215 x 49/25 mm (L x D)
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Max. sound pressure level: 130 dB(A) for 1 kHz
  • Transducer principle: Pre-polarized condenser microphone
  • Weight: 1.060 kg
  • Microphone connector: DIN12M, use enclosed adapter cable to convert to 4x XLR3M Polarity: Pin1 (GND), Pin2 (+), Pin3 (-)
  • Pick-up pattern: 4x cardioid, in A-format arrangement (1: front-left-up [FLU], 2: front-right-down [FRD], 3: back-left-down [BLD], 4: back-right-up [BRU])
  • Nominal impedance: Approx. 200 Ω
  • Min. terminating impedance: 1000 Ω
  • Storage temperature: -20 °C to 70 °C (-4 °F to 158 °F)
  • Operating temperature: -10 °C to 55 °C (14 °F to 131 °F)
  • Equivalent noise level: 18 dB-A as per IEC 61672-1 / 27 dB CCIR as per CCIR 468-3
  • Power supply: 4x phantom powering (P48) as per IEC 61938 (48 ± 4 V), 3.5 mA each
  • Sensitivity: 31 mV/Pa (-30 dBV)
  • Operating relative humidity: Max 90% at 40 °C
  • Matrix reference: Center of the capsule holder
  • Mixing to B-format: W = FLU + FRD + BLD + BRU / X = FLU + FRD – BLD – BRU / Y = FLU – FRD + BLD – BRU / Z = FLU – FRD – BLD + BRU
  • AMBEO VR Mic
  • Balanced split cable 4x XLRs 3-pins
  • Extension cable, 1.5m, DIN12F to DIN12M
  • Rycote suspension mount
  • Foam wind shield
  • Proprietary A-B format Encoder, available in VST plugins (Mac OS X and Windows) and AAX plugins (Mac OS X)