Knoxville, TN (June 23, 2016)—Waves is reaching out to the audio community to help expand development of its Nx headphone imaging tools via a Kickstarter campaign.
Waves Nx recreates, on headphones, the same auditory cues that reach our ears in the real world. One of the ways it does this is by tracking the user’s head position and positioning the sound in the user’s headphones to match the way the user would hear it in the real world. Waves Nx tracks the actual movements of the user’s head, rendering the slightest nuances that create a real, dynamic and variable sensory experience, appropriately positioning the audio in the left and right headphones to simulate movement through a three-dimensional audio space.
In January, Waves successfully launched the first product in the Nx family: the Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin, a “virtual monitoring” tool that recreates on headphones the ideal acoustics of a high-end mix room, allowing audio professionals to make better mixing and recording decisions on headphones. The next Nx tool that will be brought to market (expected release in September) is the Nx Head Tracker, a small Bluetooth device that latches on to any pair of headphones, tracks the user’s head movements, and communicates with the Nx software. The Nx Head Tracker can be used together with the Nx Virtual Mix Room plugin, or with the soon-to-be-released Waves Nx application, which will allow all consumers to experience 3D audio on their computers and mobile devices.
Waves describes the Kickstarter campaign as “a way for audio enthusiasts to grab an early stake in this revolutionary set of tools.”