An update to Logic Pro coming “later this year” will allow users to create and mix songs in Spatial Audio for Apple Music.
Spatial Audio was announced by Apple earlier this year with support for Dolby Atmos. Compared to other 3D stereo technologies on the market like Surround and Quadrasonic, but what sets Spatial Audio apart is its access. The former two are well known but have a very small number of users and music releases. Once Spatial Audio arrives, it will be available to Apple Music’s roughly 72 million users. Spatial Audio will work with many of Apple’s devices like current iPhones, Macs and Beats headphones (with an H1 or W1 chip).
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe recently asked, “How are artists going to use this? … Are they going to start creating music with the idea of a three-dimensional environment, as opposed to this two-channel environment?” He also pointed out that Spatial Audio is ”not even just about the way it’s going to end up sounding, it’s very much how songs are going to feel.”
Lossless Audio was announced along with Spatial Audio, making Apple’s entire library of 75 million songs high-fidelity quality. A digital-to-analog converter is required to listen to Apple’s catalog at higher bitrates, the highest being 24-bit/192 kHz.
Apple will be adding new Dolby Atmos playlists and tracks to their catalog leading into the release of Spatial Audio. Find more information on Spatial Audio on Apple’s website.