Sennheiser AMBEO-VR-Mic - 3D Virtual Reality Microphone



AMBEO VR Mic: The new standard in 3D audio capture from Sennheiser lifting VR audio...
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3D Virtual Reality Microphone

Designed for 360° immersive applications, the Sennheiser AMBEO VR is a microphone intended to bring the full vision of VR content creators to life in all its four-channel glory. Indeed, the microphone utilizes four KE 14 capsules situated in a tetrahedral arrangement to ensure that from wherever you're standing, the AMBEO will record the surrounding audio in a spherical manner, resulting in true Ambisonics recordings.

The science behind these principles is a bit arduous to lay out in the space provided for this description (indeed, multiple dissertations have been written about the Ambisonics format—developed by the British National Research Development Council in the 1970s); the principles are, however, of interest to the VR community, which utilize the technique to capture truly immerse aspects of any given sonic picture, giving you the left, right, bottom, top and center of the image in a way especially suited to the VR experience.

To help in working with the resulting audio in post-production, the microphone comes with a format encoder that will work in AU, AAX, VST, and standalone formats. Also included are a Rycote suspension mount, a split-cable designed to connect the microphone to four separate XLR terminations, and a windshield.

Capturing the VR Experience

The AMBEO VR Mic has been developed in cooperation with VR content producers and fine-tuned in conjunction with participants from across the audio and VR communities. Thus, the mic caters exactly to the needs of VR content creators, facilitating the audio capture of any location, and enabling the listener to be immersed in a way commensurate with the visual component of the VR experience.

Ambisonic Capsule Structure

The AMBEO VR Mic is an Ambisonics microphone fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement. This design allows you to capture the sound that surrounds you from a single point. As a result, you get a fully spherical, Ambisonics picture to match VR video/spherical 360° content.

Key Features at a Glance

- Single-point microphone for Virtual Reality content.

- 4 matched capsules in a tetrahedral cluster.

- Captures spherical, fully spatial audio in Ambisonics format.

- Well suited to work with 360°/VR video capture.

- Portable and rugged to meet the demands of various recording conditions.

Included Format Converter Software

- A-B format converter (for use in post-production).

- Available as a VST, AAX, and AU plugin for DAWs. 

- Operable in standalone.

- Plug-in can correct the microphone's physical positioning and rotate its direction.

- Plug-in allows for different output standards, including YouTube 360 video.

- A to B format encoder included: VST, AAX, AU and standalone versions (for Mac and Windows).




Transducer Principle

Externally-polarized condenser

Pickup Pattern

4x cardioid, in Ambisonics A-format arrangement

1: front-left-up (FLU)

2: front-right-down (FRD)

3: back-left-down (BLD)

4: back-right-up (BRU)

Frequency Response

20 Hz to 20 kHz

Matrix Reference

Center of the capsule holder

Mixing to B-Format






31 mV/Pa (-30 dBV), free field, no load


Nominal: approximately 200 Ohms 

Minimal Terminating Impedance: 1000 Ohms

Equivalent Noise Level

18 dBA as per IEC 61672-1 

27 dB CCIR as per CCIR 468-3

Maximum SPL

130 dBA for 1 kHz (for K = 1%)

Power Supply

4x phantom powering (P48) as per IEC 61938 (48 ± 4 V), 2.2 mA each

Microphone Connector

DIN12M (use enclosed adapter cable to convert to 4x XLR3M)


Pin1 (GND), Pin2 (+), Pin3 (-)

Operating Temperature

14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C

Storage Temperature

-4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C

Relative Humidity

Max 90% at 104°F / 40°C

Dimensions (L x D)

8.5 x 1.9/1.0" / 215.0 x 49.0/25.0 mm


14.1 oz / 400.0 g


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