A Symphony Hall for Your Head: What Is Spatial Audio and Should You Care About It?

Production and engineering faculty sound off on the benefits—and pitfalls—of audio's immersive new frontier.

By Bryan Parys
September 21, 2021

This sum­mer, Apple Music announced, with great fan­fare, the addi­tion of spa­tial audio to its stream­ing music plat­form. You might be ask­ing your­self: Do I care?

Unless you’re a par­tic­u­lar kind of Red­dit-lev­el audio­phile or expe­ri­enced music pro­duc­er, your answer was per­haps, “Sounds cool, but not real­ly.” And it prob­a­bly spawned the ques­tion: “But wait, what is spa­tial audio?”

If that’s the gen­er­al response, it makes you won­der if the release of this new tech is in fact the game chang­er Apple claims it is, or if it’s mar­ket­ing spin to help dif­fer­en­ti­ate Apple Music from so many com­pet­ing audio stream­ing services.

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