APG Releases NESS 1.2.0 Upgrade for Immersive Audio Software
APG has released NESS 1.2.0 — a free upgrade to its immersive audio software which adds support for binaural listening, an improved reverb engine, and a new graphical user interface (GUI).
Launched to an international audience at ISE in January, NESS is the industry’s first 100% free manufacturer-developed spatialisation software. Compatible with any loudspeaker brand, the program enables entertainment and corporate venues operators, including bars, nightclubs, theatres and conference rooms, to experiment with and benefit from immersive sound.
New to version 1.2.0, the binaural feature introduces an additional dimension to NESS by allowing users to experience spatial sound over headphones with no need for an external speaker system.
The reverb module has been overhauled to add exceptional depth and ambiance to 3D audio mixes. By allowing more precise control and selection of reverb effects, NESS 1.2.0 delivers users a more natural listening experience closer to the sound produced by the natural acoustics of a room or listening space.
APG has also optimized the NESS GUI with several quality-of-life improvements. New features include a global routing matrix that displays all loudspeaker groups simultaneously on a single screen; the ability to start, stop or pause all audio ‘objects’ simultaneously; automatic saving of sessions and spatial sound mapping configurations; and an update to its TouchOSC interface.
Since its launch, more than 500 composers, sound engineers, DJs and technical service providers have downloaded NESS. The software is also used for training and in the higher education sector.
NESS 1.2.0 is available to download now for Windows or Mac from www.apg.audio/ness/download-ness.html.