Definition of ambisonic in English:



  • Denoting or relating to a high-fidelity audio system that reproduces the directional and acoustic properties of recorded sound using two or more channels.

    ‘an ambisonic process’
    • ‘At the present time it is a relatively easy task to make a first order Ambisonic recording.’
    • ‘This project will involve the development of software designed to allow the dynamic placement of sounds within an ambisonic array of speakers.’
    • ‘The microphone which we use is exactly the same one that we use to make the majority of our ambisonic recordings.’


  • [treated as singular] Ambisonic reproduction or systems.

    ‘ambisonics can be used with multi-mikes’
    • ‘Beyond surround sound lie the developing technologies of wavefront synthesis and ambisonics, for example, which are much more capable of conveying the direction and even the size of a sound source.’
    • ‘Despite its invention nearly 20 years ago, ambisonics has remained rather obscure to this day due to the fact that decoding processors have not been readily available.’


1970s: from Latin ambi- on both sides + sonic.