Today Facebook announced it’s acquired Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum.
Following the deal, Two Big Ears’ Spatial Workstation will be free, and seemingly repackaged as the “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation.” Support for the company’s paid licenses will be wound down in the next 12 months. We’ve reached out to Facebook for more details on what, specifically, will be phased out.
The acquisition will bring new audio expertise to Facebook and Oculus, but according to Two Big Ears, the audio toolkit “will continue to be platform and device agnostic.” Support for Windows is apparently still on the way, too.
Here’s the meat of the announcement, from Facebook:
Starting today, our pipeline for cinematic VR and 360 video, including the authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine are available for free via download below. We’re excited to be able to continue developing great tools for a larger number of people across the world. 3Dception for Games will no longer be a separate product but we will be working with the Oculus team to combine our expertise and create best in class VR audio. Existing Pro customers will continue to receive support in accordance with your current agreement for the next 12 months.
More to follow.