One of the highlights of CEDIA Expo 2021 was our meeting with the team at Spatial Inc. The company has recently unveiled a new kind of immersive audio experience that creates soundscapes for a variety of applications including theme parks, commercial spaces and residential properties – indoors and out.
Most of our readers are familiar with immersive soundscapes created typically in home theaters by purveyors such as Dolby (Dolby Atmos) and DTS. Surround sound, if you will. In these formats, time is progressive and linear, with a beginning, middle and end of a story. Spatial is disrupting these types of soundscapes with a non-linear, three-dimensional approach that is daunting in concept but fairly simple to grasp with a simple illustration:
At an undisclosed location in Marin County amongst the redwoods, a three-acre property has been outfitted with hundreds of channels of audio (custom speakers from James Loudspeakers) in a three-dimensional array.
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