Music experience

What is 8D music?

A quick overview of how it creates a unique listening experience.

8D music sounds like we are talking about a new kind of audio technology coming straight from the future. In reality, this technology along with ambisonics existed since the ’70s, but never really took off.

The viral message on Whatsapp promoting both 8D music and Pentatonix sounds.
The viral message on Whatsapp promoting both 8D music and Pentatonix sounds.
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The soundtrack following the message on WhatsApp
  • Or perhaps because now that we are almost all lockdown at home we desperately need some entertainment to tackle down boreness.
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What is 8D Technology Audio?

Let’s set it clear, there is no 8th dimension (at least not when it comes to audio production). The term 8D refers to the effect producers and audio engineers are using in the post-production process. It’s actually a special case of editing a stereo track with a special reverb that makes it sound like the audio is moving around your head. True audio engineers will most likely refer to 8D music as spatial sound or 3D audio.

How does it work?

As it’s a post-production effect, the recording process is identical to any in regular studios recording. The 8D audio sound is added after the recording by an automated panning effect, alternating from the left to the right. This artificially creates the perception of a sound moving from side to side across the stereo field.

Source: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2017/11/13/xbox-one-x-windows-sonic-dolby-atmos-feature/

In other words, 8D audio effects intend to give you the sensation of actually being in the middle of the sound with the feeling of music running through your head.

Why it’s so cool?

8D music gives you the sensation of being surrounded by the sound, with the noise moving around your head. Audio seemingly coming from all directions and sources, making it feel more like an emotional and sensory experience than regular listening. Some say it’s like if you were in the room with the performers and their instruments.

8D music gives you the feeling to be in the middle of the sound.
8D music gives you the feeling to be in the middle of the sound.
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