SilVR SilVR is a spatial audio sound house that is part of the award-winning Silver Sound Studio in NYC. We work with sound for 360 videos and VR experiences using a multitude of tools such as Ambisonic audio, location spatial audio recording.

Silver Sound is an Emmy-Award winning NYC sound studio, opened in 2006. Recent feature film projects include Driftwood (dir. Paul Taylor, Slamdance Narrative Jury Award 2016) and A Stray (dir. Musa Syed, SXSW Official Selection, 2016). In 2015, Silver Sound launched SilVR, a new division focused on developing new techniques to capture, design, and deliver spatial audio mixes for 360-degree video content. The workflow developed in-house at SilVR allows unprecedented ease of rapid design and monitoring in a full-sphere 360 mix environment with real-time binaural decoding. Since its founding, SilVR has become an industry trailblazer in adaptive spatial audio, collaborating on many exciting VR projects with Jessica Brillhart at Google, VICE Media, the National Park Service, NatGeo, NBA, NHL, and many others.

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We're ecstatic for the release of Hamlet 360: Thy Father's Spirit. We spent nearly an entire year working on the sound f...
02/04/2019
‘Hamlet’ in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

We're ecstatic for the release of Hamlet 360: Thy Father's Spirit. We spent nearly an entire year working on the sound for this one with Sensorium and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Check out the coverage it got in the New York Times last weekend!

A joint production by a Boston theater company and Google hopes to bring high-quality Shakespeare to wider audiences, and new audiences into theaters.

In celebration of the launch of our shiny new website: www.silvr.nyc we are giving away a Silver Sound Showdown: Music +...
10/31/2017

In celebration of the launch of our shiny new website: www.silvr.nyc we are giving away a Silver Sound Showdown: Music + Video Festival T-Shirt, pictured below. "Like" this page before January 17th to be entered into the drawing!

10/30/2017
2017 Photoplus: Session: Spatial Audio

SilVR co-founder and all around great guy Robin G Shore will be speaking on the spatial audio panel at NYVR - New York Virtual Reality Expo on Thursday. Stop by if you're planning on attending the show.

Recording #spatial-audio with our Soundfield  #SPS200 for a #VR adaptation of New York Theatre Workshop's The Object Les...
10/30/2017

Recording #spatial-audio with our Soundfield #SPS200 for a #VR adaptation of New York Theatre Workshop's The Object Lesson. KABOOM!

#NYTVR's  Lincoln in the Bardo VR experience will be showing at The VR Society's  Art of VR conference in NY.Our team sp...
10/30/2017
The Art of VR New York – June 22-23, 2017

#NYTVR's Lincoln in the Bardo VR experience will be showing at The VR Society's Art of VR conference in NY.
Our team spent many hours working on the sound design, original music and spatial sound mix for the piece earlier this year with our friends Sensorium and Graham Sack.

June 22-23, 2017

SilVR's Luke Allen dropping some knowledge about recording live music for VR!
10/30/2017
Recording live musicians in 360 - Randi Altman's postPerspective

SilVR's Luke Allen dropping some knowledge about recording live music for VR!

By Luke Allen I’ve had the opportunity to record live musicians in a couple of different in-the-field scenarios for 360 video content. In some situations — such as the ubiquitous 360 rock concert video — simply having access to the board feed is all one needs to create a pretty decent spatial mix (a...

Another great read from SilVR's Claudio Santos
10/30/2017
VR audio terms: Gaze Activation v. Focus - Randi Altman's postPerspective

Another great read from SilVR's Claudio Santos

By Claudio Santos Virtual reality brings a lot of new terminology to the post process, and we’re all having a hard time agreeing on the meaning of everything. It’s tricky because clients and technicians sometimes have different understandings of the same term, which is a guaranteed recipe for headac...

SilVR's Claudio Santos tells the internets about the differences between A and B format for VR.
10/30/2017
VR Audio — Differences between A Format and B Format - Randi Altman's postPerspective

SilVR's Claudio Santos tells the internets about the differences between A and B format for VR.

By Claudio Santos A Format and B Format. What is the difference between them after all? Since things can get pretty confusing, especially with such non-descriptive nomenclature, we thought we’d offer a quick reminder of what each is in the spatial audio world. A Format and B Format are two analog au...

10/30/2017
Beethoven's Fifth (Full VR film)

Fresh off a win at The Raindance Film Festival, Jessica Brillhart's VR Film Beethoven's Fifth recently debuted online. A collaboration between Google, NASA, and London's Philharmonia Orchestra, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and the Golden Records that they each carried. Silver Sound teamed up with Google's VR team to provide spatial audio recording, sound design and mixing for the film.

Journey into interstellar space with a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth, First Movement by the Philharmonia Orchestra, London - featuring principal conductor...

Classic Robin G Shore Getting 3D scans of our heads so we can get super-accurate HRTF measurements for binaural playback...
10/28/2017

Classic Robin G Shore Getting 3D scans of our heads so we can get super-accurate HRTF measurements for binaural playback for VR.

Now that George Saunders has won The Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in The Bardo, there's no better time t...
10/27/2017
Man Booker prize goes to second American author in a row

Now that George Saunders has won The Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in The Bardo, there's no better time to check out the Lincoln in the Bardo VR experience on the #nytvr app. We had the pleasure of sound designing and mixing this piece earlier this year with our friends at Sensorium and the inimitable Graham Sack

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo described as ‘unique’ and ‘extraordinary’ by head of 2017 judging panel

Next week New York City will host its 48th annual Pride parade.  Last year SilVR had the opportunity to help people all ...
10/27/2017
#prideforeveryone | Join the virtual Pride parade

Next week New York City will host its 48th annual Pride parade. Last year SilVR had the opportunity to help people all around the world celebrate and experience Pride when we provided the sound design and mix for google's #prideforeveryone

Google brings global Pride parades to LGBTQ communities around the world through Cardboard and 360˚ video technology.

More acclaim for The Hidden World of the National Parks project that we recorded, sound designed, and mixed last year. T...
10/27/2017
Google Presents: The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks | Google Brand Studio | 2017 D&AD Awards Pencil Winner | Websites | D&AD

More acclaim for The Hidden World of the National Parks project that we recorded, sound designed, and mixed last year. The project just won a Wood Pencial at the D&AD awards. Big congrats to the team over at Ghost Robot​ and Stinkdigital​

America's National Parks belong to everyone. However, most of us aren’t able to experience these incredible places firsthand. For the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, we wanted to use Google technology to change that, making five of the most unique - and remote - parks in the system…

We went out with Mobilize Podcast and our new 360º stereoscopic Vuze.Camera to film some of the action on the street!
10/27/2017

We went out with Mobilize Podcast and our new 360º stereoscopic Vuze.Camera to film some of the action on the street!

Exciting news: Two VR experiences featuring SilVR spatial sound design will be premiering at Sheffield Doc/Fest during t...
10/27/2017
Sheffield Doc/Fest: Sheffield International Documentary Festival

Exciting news: Two VR experiences featuring SilVR spatial sound design will be premiering at Sheffield Doc/Fest during the 2nd week of June! “Beethoven’s Fifth” is an immersive performance by London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, with echoes of the original recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony which was included on the NASA Voyager “Golden Record” in 1977. “Navajo Nation” is an interactive exploration of life and tradition in Navajo territory in the Western US. Both films were directed by Google’s Jessica Brillhart, and we’re super proud of how they turned out!

https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6344
https://sheffdocfest.com/films/6343

A journey into interstellar space with a performance of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony, First Movement” by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Good news for all you VR producers out there! Plugin and software developer Tim Dashwood has joined the Apple team! At t...
10/27/2017
360VR Toolbox for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion

Good news for all you VR producers out there! Plugin and software developer Tim Dashwood has joined the Apple team! At this point you may be asking yourself, "Why should I care about the career moves of Tim Dashwood??" Well, other than simply being happy for a fellow human being and a comrade in the nascent world of VR, his move to Cupertino now means that his collection of very useful VR tools and plugins is available to download for FREE! If you aren't in the know already, feel FREE to familiarize yourself (see what we did there??) with his myriad great VR video resources for Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Premiere, and After Effects, all available on FX Factory for the sweet, sweet price of $0.00. Did we mention they're free?

Stereoscopic 360 VR Video workflow plugins, tools and monitoring.

#tbt In celebration of the National Parks Service's 101st anniversary tomorrow have a look at Nat Geo Wild's Virtual Yel...
05/30/2017
Experience The Beauty Of Yellowstone Like Never Before

#tbt In celebration of the National Parks Service's 101st anniversary tomorrow have a look at Nat Geo Wild's Virtual Yellowstone, the very first VR piece we ever worked on! We recorded, sound designed, and mixed this one way back when in the summer of 2015. Boy how time flys.

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The 10th annual Outside Lands music festival kicks off today in San Francisco. Can't make it there in person? Strap on a...
05/30/2017
Big Boi's Day Out | Outside Lands in 360

The 10th annual Outside Lands music festival kicks off today in San Francisco. Can't make it there in person? Strap on a VR headset and let Big Boi guide you through last years festival in this 360 video we sound designed and mixed.

Ride alongside @BigBoi as he performs a secret show at Outside Lands Music Festival. Created on the Samsung Gear 360 camera. Connect with Outside Lands: Facebook: www.facebook.com/SFOutsideLands/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outsidelands/ Twitter: twitter.com/sfoutsidelands

Hollywood power couple Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman recently picked up the movie rights to George Saunder's novel Linc...
05/30/2017
Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Snag Movie Rights To Bestseller ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’

Hollywood power couple Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman recently picked up the movie rights to George Saunder's novel Lincoln in The Bardo, but this won't be the first time the book's been adapted for the screen.

Earlier this year SilVR provided the sound design and mix for a haunting Virtual Reality adaptation of the book produced by The New York Times and Sensorium. You can check it out now on the New York Time VR app: http://nyt-s.vusr.co/6232605211538489344

EXCLUSIVE: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have acquired movie rights to Lincoln In The Bardo, the bestselling novel from George Saunders that hit shelves last month. The pair will produce the ada…

Keep 'em coming. The Hidden World of National Parks just took home another trophy. This time it's a Gold Pencil from the...
05/30/2017
National Parks Service + Google / Google presents: The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Keep 'em coming. The Hidden World of National Parks just took home another trophy. This time it's a Gold Pencil from the one show. We're so happy we had the chance to lend our ears to this project.

http://www.oneclub.org/awards/theoneshow/-award/26882/google-presents-the-hidden-worlds-of-the-national-parks

National Parks Service + Google / Google presents: The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks, Annual ID: OS_MI17039G, Award: Gold Pencil, Category: Moving Image Craft - Craft - Innovation in Moving Image Craft / Visual

The Hidden World of the National Parks took home not just one, but two webby awards today! We are incredibly proud to ha...
05/30/2017

The Hidden World of the National Parks took home not just one, but two webby awards today! We are incredibly proud to have been part of the team on this epic project.

SilVR recordist Hunt Beaty spent a month travelling the USA with an array of specialty microphones gathering sounds for the project, while back in the studio our post-production team crafted the spatial sound design and mixes for over 30 different 360-videos and interactive browser experiences. You can see and hear the final results here: https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/

Meanwhile, in India, Arka Media Works Studios and Bollywood mega-director S. S. Rajamouli have created one of the most i...
05/03/2017
Baahubali VR

Meanwhile, in India, Arka Media Works Studios and Bollywood mega-director S. S. Rajamouli have created one of the most insanely awesome blockbusters we have seen previews for in a long time, Baahubali 2. We're talking Epic in the truest, old-schooliest way possible. Just check out this bonkers trailer. Go ahead, check it out. We'll wait.... I know, right?! Anyway, to promote the film release, __ teamed up with AMD Electronics (??) and made this super impressive 10 minute VR experience, The Sword of Baahubali. It premiered this year in the US at the TriBeCa Film Festival's Arcade section, and it's truly destined for greatness!

A Path Breaking VR Experience based on India's biggest movie franchise #Baahubali movie.

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