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Ambisonic to Soundbar

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I would like to use a soundbar in different setups as ambisonic representation for sound.

Thinking of soundbars like:

https://en-us.sennheiser.com/ambeo-soundbar

https://petertyson.co.uk/yamaha-ysp-2700-ysp2700

I see a LAN input as well on the soundbar for internet streaming.

Can I use the Pacarana LAN Port A for this?

Or can I link FireWire to LAN?

How to do this for multichannel audio? Thanks in advance.

Roland
asked Nov 12, 2020 in Hardware & Interfaces by roland-kuit (Master) (3,070 points)

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To my knowledge, sound bars are unable to decode ambisonic audio. There are several ways to decode ambisonic files to stereo, 5.1, and atmos, which, depending on the soundbar, can then be used.

Here is a technique to decode to Atmos using Pro Tools and the Harpex plugin:

https://developerkb.dolby.com/support/solutions/articles/16000059856-ambisonic-b-format-decode-to-atmos-using-harpex

Soundfield (now Rode) used to have a free plugin that decoded ambisonic. Not sure if it's still available.
answered Nov 14, 2020 by jeffhinton (Practitioner) (550 points)
Hi Jeff, thanks for your reaction.
I had hoped to use the Kyma ambiophonic workshop for this:
https://kyma.symbolicsound.com/library/kiss2019-ambisonic-workshop-v-1-5/
Also: https://kyma.symbolicsound.com/library/first-order-ambisonic-encoderdecoder-2-5a/

Here is a free plug-in Suite from the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics:
https://plugins.iem.at/
Hi Jeff and Roland,
Not sure if it helps but here are both the older Soundfield SurroundZone2 and the newer Soundfield-by-Rode plugins to decode ambisonics, both are free downloads.
https://www.rode.com/soundfieldplugin
https://www.soundfield.com/#/products/surroundzone2
Hi koenraad,

Thank you.
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