First-order ambisonics in REAPER

Install the ambiX Ambisonic plug-in suite.

  1. Download the 1st order (name ending in _o1) plugins, and copy to:

    • OS X: ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST
    • Windows: %PROGRAMFILES%\Steinberg\VstPlugins (or your VST plugins directory)
  2. Download the binaural decoder presets, and copy the binaural_presets directory to:

    • OS X: ~/Library/ambix
    • Windows: %APPDATA%\Roaming\ambix
  3. Download the Thrive v1.0 binaural decoder presets, and copy the thrive_v1.0 directory to:

    • OS X: ~/Library/ambix/binaural_presets
    • Windows: %APPDATA%\Roaming\ambix\binaural_presets

One-time setup

  1. If the plugins are not being picked up by REAPER:
    1. In REAPER, go to Preferences > Plug-ins > VST.
    2. Make sure the path you put the plugins in is listed in the VST plug-in paths.
    3. Click Clear cache/re-scan.


  1. Download and extract YouTube spatial audio in REAPER.
  2. First time setup for monitoring in REAPER:

    1. In REAPER, go to View > Monitoring FX.
    2. Right-click on the (empty) list on the left, and select FX chains > Load FX chain.
    3. Select YouTube_spatial_audio_monitoring.RfxChain from the extracted folder.
    4. Ensure the ambix_binaural_o1 plugin in the FX chain has the preset folder set to the directory where binaural_presets was extracted to, and the preset is set to symmetric_cube.

  3. Open YouTube_spatial_audio_template.RPP
  4. Have fun!


  1. To export the 4-channel ambisonic audio from REAPER, select File > Render.
  2. For preview in Jump Inspector or upload to YouTube, select the following:

    • Output format: MPEG-4/MOV
    • Format: Quicktime MOV
    • Video codec: h264, 40000 kbps
    • Audio codec: 16-bit PCM
  3. To include a video in your output .mov, simply drag and drop an existing video file into a new track in REAPER.

    Note: If the video has existing audio, you probably want to set the track's gain to -inf.