Forget being tied to the studio. IDA brings realistic, fully immersive sound to your favorite pair of headphones.
The unique shape of our ears and face have always affected the way we hear sound. A personalized IDA experience is performed by scanning your unique lineaments. The result is a personal acoustic profile that guarantees a true, user-tailored spatial audio image.
IDA greatly enhances the next generation of virtual reality, video games, movie sound, and music with accurate, infinite immersive sound. IDA delivers a natural, multi-dimensional sound experience to your ears wherever you work or play with the world’s most realistic spatial sound.
The next level of professional 3d headphone audio
IDA offers audio professionals easy, precise, and affordable acoustic profile for 3D monitoring.
Achieving accurate, high-fidelity sound is critical for audio engineers who must be able to trust their ears daily.
However, when using headphones we all hear sounds differently because of our unique ear anatomy. But with an IDA personal acoustic profile, audio engineers who work with spatial audio material are able to achieve a new, unparalleled level of accuracy to produce immersive, unadulterated sound.
IDA – Your personal audio profile
IDA creates high-quality personal audio profiles using an innovative simulation approach. Rather than taking expensive, uncomfortable, and time-consuming measurements, IDA allows you take a simple 3-D scan of your head and ears to create your own custom audio profile.
For years, the only way to determine your acoustic profile (HRTF), which varies from one individual to another, was to take physical measurements in an anechoic chamber. That meant placing small microphones inside your ears – not a very comfortable feeling – and remaining completely still inside the chamber for extended periods of time.
IDA makes the process faster, easier, affordable, and painless. The hard work is in the computing, and that’s taken care of by cloud computers where the simulation environment is completely anechoic and the 3-D model completely still. The scans are perfectly safe and the result is an extremely high quality personalized acoustic profile.
Each individual acoustic profile is packaged into an AES-standardized container called SOFA (Spatially Oriented Format for Acoustics). It is revolutionary yet simple to use. Simply upload it to your DAW plugin and then you have your own binaural rendering built for your ears only.
Bringing dependable spatial audio imaging to headphones
Audio engineers no longer have to guess the sound locations, or use visual cues for guidance—the sound speaks for itself. IDA provides a level of accuracy not possible before with binaural rendering, especially the precision of sounds originating from above and below.
IDA also minimizes front-back confusion, as well as spatial-location-based sound colourization, thanks to natural rendering based on the listener’s unique anatomy. IDA allows you to work with sounds using just a pair of headphone versus a large-speaker installation.
IDA can be utilized anywhere the localization of sounds is important. Today that means virtual reality, game audio, surround sound, 3D reproduction systems, and even music. With IDA’s accurate spatial rendering, early reflections and reverberations reach a new level of realism, allowing listeners to really feel the environment—be it recorded or artificially produced.
Groundbreaking technology for the best possible accuracy
IDA is groundbreaking because it takes into account the unique shape of each listener’s head and ears, all the way up to the resolution where their effect is audible. Numerous scientific research results show the dependency of spatial localization on anatomical differences.
The individualization of head-related transfer function (HRTF) is considered an essential feature for reliable 3D headphone audio. Advances in scanning technology and pure computing power available via the cloud, together with sophisticated algorithms allow us to bring the new level of accuracy to everyone.
Once an individual’s anatomy is scanned in 3D, the HRTF for a thousand different sound directions is carefully calculated with a dense frequency resolution. This is performed for the whole audible range, there are no shortcuts, and the resulting acoustic profile produces accurate and natural frequency and phase response for both ears.
Each individual acoustic profile is packaged into an AES-standardized container called SOFA (Spatially Oriented Format for Acoustics). It’s revolutionary yet simple to use, just upload it to your DAW plugin, and you have your own binaural rendering built for your own ears.
Perfect accuracy by simple scanning
Sounds are affected by your particular anatomy, from your shoulders all the way up to the entrance of your ear canal. That’s why an IDA audio profile begins with a simple 3D scan of your head and ears.
An IDA 3D scan can be performed at a licensed IDA ScanStation on a variety of scanners, including structured light, laser, and photogrammetry scanners. What is common to each of these scanners is that it does not take long for IDA to perform a scan. The scan typically lasts anywhere from the blink of an eye to just a couple of minutes at the very longest.