In the wake of Google I/O and Daydream, Facebook has purchased spatial audio company Two Big Ears for an undisclosed sum.
It’s ‘Spatial Workstation’ will now be known as ‘Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation,’ and many of its tools will be free:
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.
— Two Big Ears (@TwoBig_Ears) May 23, 2016
Facebook may own Two Big Ears, but the company says (via an FAQ section for the acquisition news) that it will “continue to be platform and device agnostic.”