Chicago Ambisonics Library with Virtual Mic Software Provides Endless Control


Urban ambience recordings with sound effects software offer sound editors unparalleled flexibility and realism.

The latest library from Pro Sound Effects - Chicago Ambisonics - is available now!

Featuring over 3 hours (14GB) of immersive city ambiences in B-format, the Chicago Ambisonics library includes software allowing sound editors and mixers to point “virtual microphones” in any direction with a variety of polar patterns for greater control and creativity.

SurroundZone2 Software
SurroundZone2 Software

Mixing backgrounds for a project? Easily tweak perspective of the urban soundscapes with software in real time to specifically match the setting of a scene.

This is the second Ambisonics library PSE has released following last 

year’s acclaimed NYC Ambisonics which, when previewed at NAB 2015, the press dubbed “the future of sound effects libraries.”

Sounds of Chicago are in high demand due to more productions filming in Chicago than ever before such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Empire, The Exorcist, The Patriot & more. Recorded in 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, the Chicago Ambisonics sound effects library was recorded throughout Chicago including Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O'Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field.

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Old Town Triangle  Outside Wrigley Field 

The Ambisonics format allows for versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. And with leading companies in new immersive media technology recently selecting Ambisonics as the standard spatial audio format, Chicago Ambisonics is perfect for VR audio and 360 video applications as well.

"3D sound usages aside, I think Chicago Ambisonics is the way to go for any production seeking to establish a realistic sense of space in an urban setting," says Bruno Strapko, recordist of Chicago Ambisonics. "The ability to pan, change height direction, zoom in and out with capsule selection… those options really aren’t available any other way."

Key Features:

Chicago-Ambisonics35 pristine Ambisonic recordings with average recording length of 6 minutes (14GB+): 24-bit/96kHz broadcast .wav files. Choose between download or flash drive delivery.

SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products: Available in 32-bit & 64-bit AAX, VST, & AU.Gives editor full control over “virtual mic” position & polar pattern.

Diverse Chicago atmospheres: Including streets, parks, & subway

100% royalty-free license with 1-user and multi-user options

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