Genelec Aural ID plans to “redefine headphone monitoring”
Genelec unveils new technology that maps the personal attributes of your head, ears and shoulders to make acoustic corrections.
Genelec Aural ID is software that aims to dramatically improve headphone monitoring accuracy, the system works by using a smartphone app to build a computer modelled representation of your head, external ears and shoulders. This computer-generated model is called the HRTF(Head-Related Transfer Function) and the software is then able to deduce the effect that your head, ear and shoulders have on the acoustic response of your hearing. Like Sonarworks works on headphones and monitors, the Genelec Aural ID works on your unique head shape.
This is a big step for the audio industry, as we move further and further into immersive media such as VR and Ambisonics, these small differences in personal attributes can greatly affect how your VR head-tracking system is working and alter what you’re supposed to hear – and in terms of professional audio that’s the deciding factor in accurate reference systems.
When can we expect to see the Genelec Aural ID in action?
Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian says: “In the same way that our monitor loudspeakers established the sonic reference for professional audio monitoring, and GLM calibration software revolutionised the way studio monitors could be optimised for any acoustic space, we are determined to help bring standards of sonic truthfulness to headphone reproduction. With an increasing number of audio professionals relying on both in-room monitors and headphones, Genelec Aural ID is a significant first step towards the use of headphones for actual reference audio monitoring and listening.”
They haven’t announced the official launch date, and there’s still a lot of smaller details that are still unclear – however it is an incredibly exciting project, especially for those engineers and sound designers in the media industry. To get notified when the Genelec Aural ID system launches, you can sign up for the newsletter at their website, link below.
For more information on the Genelec Aural ID check out Genelec’s website here.