Hands-on: Portal is a captivating spatial audio application for focusing, sleeping or escaping

Cupertino, October 23, 2021

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

With that, indie developers from Portal Labs just updated Portal, their iOS wellness app to take full advantage of Spatial Audio technology.

With this update, the team behind Portal explains that I don't use Dolby Atmos, as Apple does with Apple Music, because it's more suitable for music and movies than for meditation or immersion in a forest or campfire. That's why they worked with Atmoky to implement Ambisonics, which they called "state-of-the-art space audio."

Ambisonics represents sound as a spherical sound field, rather than channels or objects, allowing us to recreate soundscapes and ambience with more precision and fidelity, especially when experienced through headphones, as ambisonics can be played directly on headphones. , without the need to apply an additional reverb for exteriorization.

Portal aims to help you focus on a task, sleep better or simply "escape" using Spatial Audio technology and a pair of favorite AirPods. It combines captivating sounds, images and smart lighting to practically transform your existing surroundings and help you relax.

Inside the app, you can choose whether you want to concentrate, sleep or escape. Each of these moods has different portals where you can jump. For example, you can dive into the Amazon storm, listen to the breeze of a spring barley field in Devon, UK, or hear the birds chirping with a chorus of spring dawns in London.

The best part is that you can take advantage of breathing exercises, set a stopwatch, choose between static spatial audio or dynamic head tracking (only for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max) and connect smart lightning with Homekit, Philips Hue or Nanoleaf la you have a more captivating experience.

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"To say that we are excited about this release is a bit underestimated, Spatial Audio really gets into its own 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 there '"Says Nick Daniels, founder of Portal.

The portal is available in the App Store here for iPhone and iPad for free. If you want to enjoy the most captivating experience with unlimited access to the entire application library, intelligent lighting integration and dynamic spatial audio support, users must subscribe to the application. It's $ 9.99 per month, $ 49.99 per year or $ 249.99 with a lifetime purchase.

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