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Clubhouse introduces support for Spatial Audio on iOS

A new update on iOS allows the Clubhouse app to take advantage of Spatial Audio on iOS

August 31, 2021 / 12:17 PM IST
The new update places speakers in a 3D audio space

The new update places speakers in a 3D audio space


Clubhouse has released an update on iOS that allows the app to support Spatial Audio. The feature is being rolled slowly in a phased manner to iOS users and Android users will see support for it, "Coming Soon."

Spatial Audio is a technique to create an illusion of sound coming from 360 degrees within a listener's periphery. It places subtle sound cues and differentiates various sources of sound, spreading them wide in a three-dimensional space.

It gives the listener an enriched experience by mimicking how ears would hear sound in a real environment. Each source of sound is separated and given depth, so that they appear not only from the sides but also from your front and back.

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Clubhouse claims that this will make listening a better experience by approximating the ambience of a room full of people. The company says it works best with headphones, both Bluetooth and wired headsets are supported.

The company's implementation assigns a specific position in a room to each speaker in chat to mimic the feeling of being in the center of a conversation. Clubhouse does not rely on head tracking like Apple's implementation.

In a blog post, the company said, "When you're in the audience, you'll now hear the people around you in 3D, which makes the experience a bit more lifelike and human. It's also easier for your brain to track who is talking, thanks to subtle spatial cues."

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first published: Aug 31, 2021 12:17 pm
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