Clubhouse Rolls Out Spatial Audio to iOS Users

Clubhouse, the online audio app that this year became a social sensation, is rolling out spatial audio support for iOS users.


The company announced the feature on Sunday in a tweet, in which it offered a brief demo and explained that spatial audio is "like surround sound, but with your own headphones."

In the example, individual speakers on a Clubhouse call can be heard as if their voices are in separate locations within a three-dimensional space around the listener, making it seem like everyone is situated in different places in the same a room. Clubhouse explained that users won't hear spatial audio when they're on stage, only when they're in the audience. Also, Android support is coming soon.

To be clear, this isn't Apple's version of spatial audio, which includes head tracking to make it sound like the sound is coming from your iPhone or iPad, but it shows just how much spatial audio has caught on since Apple began touting the concept.

Powered by ‌AirPods Pro‌ or Max and based on Dolby Atmos, Apple's implementation uses the gyroscope and accelerometer in the ‌headphones‌ and the iOS device to track the motion of your head and your ‌device's position, then compares the motion data, and remaps the sound field so that it stays anchored to your device even as your head moves.

With iOS 15 set to launch next month, Apple plans to add spatial audio to FaceTime calls. Like the Clubhouse version, adding spatial audio will make it feel like you're sitting in the same room as the person you're speaking to, and in group calls, friends will sound spread out in the room.

Top Rated Comments

rosalindavenue Avatar
35 months ago
Ah, Clubhouse. Invitation only VC money sponge. They invented the conference call, but didn’t let you record or preserve. Topic #1 for Techmeme Gruber ATP and Stratechery for two weeks. Disappeared without a trace. Good to see they figured out a way to get another headline, I guess.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Applicator Avatar
35 months ago
Is Clubhouse still a thing?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
knappeduivel Avatar
35 months ago

What the heck is Clubhouse?
Club house is a form of house music. I prefer Deep house.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsbennyfuchs Avatar
35 months ago
What the heck is Clubhouse?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alpi123 Avatar
35 months ago
Wasn't it obvious that Clubhouse's popularity was destined to plummet after a few weeks
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Populus Avatar
35 months ago
And you say I can only experience spatial audio if I have AirPods Pro or Max? Damn, I hope the next AirPods 3 support this feature.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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