Convenient: Portal is an immersive spatial audio application for concentrating, sleeping or escaping


Since Apple announced the arrival of Spatial Audio on Apple Music and that all devices with an H1 or W1 chip would support it, many companies have started to promote this technology. For those users who have an AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, this experience is even better thanks to the dynamic head tracking feature.

With that, the independent developers of Portal laboratories just updated Portal, their iOS wellness app to take full advantage of Spatial Audio technology.

With this update, the team behind Portal explains that they don’t use Dolby Atmos, like Apple does with Apple Music, because it’s better suited for music and movies than meditation or immersion in a forest or a campfire. That’s why they teamed up with Atmoky to implement Ambisonics, which they called “cutting edge spatial audio”.

Ambisonics represents sound as a spherical sound field rather than channels or objects, allowing us to recreate soundscapes and ambiences with more precision and fidelity, especially when experienced through headphones, as the ambisonics can be output directly to the headphones without requiring additional reverb to be applied for the externalization.

Portal aims to help you focus on a task, sleep better, or just “get away from it all” using Spatial Audio technology and a pair of your favorite AirPods. It combines immersive sounds, visuals and smart lighting to virtually transform the existing environment and help you relax.

In the app you can choose whether you want to focus, sleep or escape. Each of these moods has different portals that you can jump into. For example, you can soak in the Amazon thunderstorm, listen to the breeze of a spring barley field in Devon, UK, or hear the birds chirping with a chorus at dawn of spring. in London.

The best part is you can enjoy breathing exercises, set a timer, choose between static spatial audio or with dynamic head tracking (AirPods Pro and AirPods Max only) and connect your smart lighting with Homekit, Philips Hue or Nanoleaf to have a more immersive experience.

“To say we’re excited about this release is an understatement, Spatial Audio really makes sense with ambient sound because it better reflects how we actually hear our surroundings in real life and allows us to really sell the feeling of ‘being. the’Says Nick Daniels, founder of Portal.

Portal is available for free on the App Store here for iPhone and iPad. If you want to enjoy the most immersive experience with unlimited access to the entire app library, smart lighting integration, and dynamic spatial audio support, users need to subscribe to the app. It’s $ 9.99 per month, $ 49.99 per year, or $ 249.99 with a lifetime purchase.

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