If you are a music lover you might have come across 8d music on youtube or any other music website. 8D music gives you the feeling of being in concert of any artist you want.
Now, you might be thinking, How can music which is sound be 8D? Well, 8D means that music moves in your headset from 8 different directions giving you the feeling of listening to live music.
Normal music is 2D meaning it comes from two sides, well from two headsets covering your two ears. But, don’t worry, you don’t need additional headsets or ears to be able to enjoy 8D music. In 8D music, music is adjusted in such a way that it feels coming from 8 different directions using reverb and other effects.
You can see difference between normal and 8D version of same song here ( Also, your high quality headset (not earphones) and close your eyes for complete experience)
Also, there is no need specific microphones or studios needed to make 8D music. Actually, you can turn any song into 8D version of it by using a sound editing software like Audacity, AutoDesk Audition or FL Studio.
So, get ready to enjoy the concerts of your favourite singers in your rooms by making your own 8D versions of their songs with Audacity.
How to create 8D music – Steps
The steps for making 8D music are as follow:
STEP 1: Download Audacity, Install it and run it
Audacity is a free cross-platform sound editing software that is available for every person for any use for free.
You can download it here:
After downloading is done, open the installer and install at your desired location.
STEP 2: OPEN THE DESIRED MUSIC FILE
Audacity supports .mp3, .flac and many other audio files.
Now, drag and drop the desire music file to audacity and import the same file twice. Don’t click on File>Open method because that does not allow same file to be loaded in one project twice.
STEP 3: APPLYING DIRECTIONAL EFFECTS
Now, the the beauty of 8D music is that it comes from various sides.
On the left side of both audio files loaded, you will see a slider with L(Left) and R(Right) written above it. Turn the slider of one to L and other to R.
Now, one file will play audio from ear and the other one to other ear.
STEP 4: OPTIMIZING THE MUSIC FOR 8D USING ENVELOPE TOOL
Now, you need to decide and which portions of song you want to hear from the right side and which one from left side.
For that you need to use envelope tool (Highlighted in circle in picture below).
Now, select the two border lines of region you want to edit. For region you want to be heard from right side, make it smaller using envelope tool on audio track that has slider on L side. In above picture it is above one and vice versa.
In above picture you can see that region highlighted as RIGHT have low amplitude on L sided track and vice versa.
Make sure the transitions are not so swift or sudden. That will not hear good.
STEP 5: APPLY REVERB FOR LIVE CONCERT EFFECT:
In order to make the music hear like live music, reverb effect is necessary. Reverb effect is under effects toolbar as shown in below picture.
After opening the “reverb” effect, use the sliders to optimize the track according to your liking and then simply click apply.
You can also add “Echo” effect if you like.
You will not get the results shown in above above video of Alan Walker’s Darkside song but with practice you can get there easily on third or fourth attempt.
Now, you might be thinking thats only LEFT and RIGHT. That’s not 8 sides. Well, headsets only have two sides because humans only have two ears. So, for 8D effect envelope effect is to be used in such a way that sound seems like coming from behind etc.
For this, you can optimize the amplitude of two tracks to get the desired result. IT TAKES TIME
8D AUDIO FOR VR (VIRTUAL REALITY):
8D audio also has a lot of applications specially VR. If you don’t know VR is a simulated experience in which the viewer feels like he is inside the scene instead of watching it on a screen. You can move your head up, down, left or right and the view changes just like it happens in real world.
It is experience via VR Headsets like Occulus Rift etc. In VR, sound is an important and essential component for full immersion. Imagine, in a VR experience, you hear sound from the front or normal sound but in reality that person is standing on left side in your experience. That would kill off the immersion immediately.
So, 8D audio is finding its use in virtual reality.
WRAPPING UP THE ARTICLEE
So, there you have it. Simple 5 steps to make 8D music and convert any song to 8D.
In summary, download and install Audacity. Load your music file twice. Change the slider to L and R. Apply effects and VIOLA, you have 8D music.
So, which song are you going to convert to 8D?