Immersive audio. Everyone is talking about it. Surround sound really enhances the enjoyment of films, games and television. Dialog and sound effects become realistic, soundtracks envelop the viewer. And there’s really nothing quite like being in the middle of thousands of screaming fans cheering your favorite team… in your living room. No question, immersive audio adds impact to the visual experience.
But what about music? Good question. There is a modest catalog of music that has been mixed and released in surround, specifically 5.1 format. 5.1 is made up of five speakers arranged around the listener plus a subwoofer. Many music enthusiasts with 5.1 listening setups consider this to be the ideal listening environment. Once you experience a favorite album in surround, you’ll want to hear all your music the same way. But you can’t. Because the vast majority of music recordings are only available in stereo.
There are software apps that can convert a stereo track into a surround track. These products are called upmixers. By creating a simulated surround mix from a stereo source, upmixers are a useful tool for television broadcasters. For music though, the results have been mostly disappointing. Most upmixers use perceptual tricks to simulate the surround effect. Phase shift, delay, reverb and equalization are used to create the extra channels. The result is often more gimmick than good.
So we were pretty skeptical when we heard about the new DejaVu upmixing technology from Frank Foti’s new company, Syndicate of Sounds. C’mon now, hasn’t this been tried a bunch of times already? Then we heard it and became instant fans. This is truly something new and different from everything that went before. Frank has been traveling the world demonstrating it to musicians, producers, engineers and enthusiasts. The response has been universal praise. One famous producer quipped, “all upmixers are crap, until now.”
Frank Foti is well known within the broadcasting industry for his digital audio processing innovations. Those of us who know Frank personally know that he is a huge fan of 5.1 audio recordings. And that he has often lamented the scarcity of available material. Okay, we all felt that way, but unlike the rest of us, Frank actually has the skills to do something about it. He’s been developing DejaVu for several years and says it’s finally ready. We agree! We’ve been listening nonstop and nearly everything sounds like it was mixed for 5.1. This is not your father’s upmixer.
Angry Audio has licensed this exciting new technology and built nCircl upmixing software. Scroll to the bottom of the page and download either the MacOS version or the Windows version. Each download contains VST and AU plugins to work in your favorite DAW. Also included is a standalone app if you don’t use a DAW host. Make sure your machine is configured to play 6 audio outputs mapped to the correct speakers. See user guide for details.
And though created especially for music, nCircl works brilliantly on all stereo content. Film producers, television broadcasters, even radio stations and online streamers will find it invaluable. And 5.1 music lovers? Oh, you’re going to be very happy indeed. Rediscover your entire music collection by playing everything through nCircl. You’ll likely binge listen for weeks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Install it and try it out for awhile. Listen to different material and you’ll soon find out why we’re so excited about this. The download is fully functional but will insert some silence periodically. You’ll be able to install the product, evaluate it, and make sure it works on your system prior to purchase. Once you’ve decided you can’t live without it, you can purchase a fully authorized license for only $599.00 (USD). Click the Buy button and follow the instructions to pay via credit card on our secure payment portal. You’ll receive your license key via email shortly after the transaction is approved.
If you have any questions, send us a note and we’ll get back to you quickly. Enjoy!