Getting started with Resonance Audio for Unity

Get started using Resonance Audio in Unity. This guide shows you how to:

  • Set up Unity for development with Resonance Audio.
  • Explore how Resonance Audio components render realistic spatial audio in a demo scene.
  • Add Resonance Audio components to your scenes.
  • Upgrade projects with Google VR SDK audio components to Resonance Audio.

Set up your development environment

Software requirements:

  • Install Unity 2017.1 or newer.

  • Download the latest ResonanceAudioForUnity_*.unitypackage from the releases page.

    The download includes a demo scene that you will explore in this guide.

Create a new Unity project and import the SDK

  1. Open Unity and create a new 3D project.

  2. Select Assets > Import Package > Custom Package.

  3. Select the ResonanceAudioForUnity_*.unitypackage file that you downloaded.

  4. In the Importing Package dialog, click Import. Accept any API upgrades if prompted.

Configure your Unity project to use Resonance Audio

  1. Use Edit > Project Settings > Audio to open the AudioManager settings.

  2. Select Resonance Audio as the Spatializer Plugin.

  3. Select Resonance Audio as the Ambisonic Decoder Plugin.

Try out the Resonance Audio demo

The Unity software package includes a simple demo scene in which you look for a cube that moves around the scene when you click on it.

  1. In the Unity Project window, go to Assets > ResonanceAudio > Demos > Scenes and double-click ResonanceAudioDemo.

  2. Make sure to wear headphones to experience the spatialized audio. Click Play in the Unity Editor. You should hear the cube sound played back in the scene.

  3. Interact with the scene using your mouse:

    • Left-click in the Game view and move the mouse to look around the scene. Listen to the audio clip from different directions.
    • In the Game view, left click on the cube to "teleport" it around the scene.

Resonance Audio components

The Resonance Audio SDK for Unity includes the following components for rendering spatial audio.

Component / Prefab name Description
ResonanceAudioListener
  • Enhances Unity's AudioListener features by introducing additional optional parameters, such as global gain and source occlusion masks.
  • Includes an Ambisonic soundfield recorder component that allows baking spatial audio sources in the scene into an Ambisonic soundfield.
  • Requires a Unity AudioListener in the same game object.
ResonanceAudioSource
  • Enhances Unity's AudioSource features by introducing additional optional parameters such as directivity patterns, occlusion, and rendering quality.
  • Requires a Unity AudioSource in the same game object.
ResonanceAudioSoundfield
  • Represents full 360° spatial audio by encoding sound waves on a virtual sphere around a listener.
ResonanceAudioRoom
  • Simulates room effects for a particular space by introducing dynamic early reflections and late reverberation.
  • Uses the Transform properties of the attached game object and applies room effects accordingly.
  • The corresponding room effects are enabled whenever the AudioListener is inside the specified boundaries of the room model.
ResonanceAudioReverbProbe
  • Offers an advanced option for finer modeling of spaces and more nuanced reverb effects.

Learn more about adding these components to your projects in the Developer Guide for Resonance Audio for Unity.

Upgrading existing projects from Google VR audio components

Upgrade existing projects from Google VR audio components to Resonance Audio (Requires Unity 2017.1 or later).

The new Resonance Audio SDK components have similar functionality and configuration properties to those in the Google VR SDK.

Upgrading to Resonance Audio requires updating the Unity project's audio settings, replacing the Google VR SDK audio components with corresponding Resonance Audio components, and then copying component properties accordingly.

Update the project audio settings and replace Google VR components

  1. Use Edit > Project Settings > Audio to open the AudioManager settings.

  2. Select Resonance Audio as the Spatializer Plugin.

  3. Select Resonance Audio as the Ambisonic Decoder Plugin.

GvrAudioListener

  1. Add a new ResonanceAudioListener component attached to the Main Camera.

  2. Copy the GvrAudioListener settings, such as the global gain and occlusion mask, to the newly created ResonanceAudioListener. Note that the global quality option is now replaced by a real-time source based rendering quality setting in ResonanceAudioSource component.

    Additionally, a runtime setting to enable the stereo speaker mode option has been added. This option allows all sources to be rendered with stereo panning.

  3. Remove the GvrAudioListener component from the game object.

  4. For additional details, review Add an audio listener to your scene in the Developer Guide for Resonance Audio for Unity for more details.

GvrAudioSource

  1. Add a new ResonanceAudioSource component to the game object that contains the GvrAudioSource component you want to replace.

    Unity automatically adds a standard AudioSource component to the game object if one does not already exist.

  2. Copy the GvrAudioSource properties:

    • Copy the standard audio source properties, such as mute or volume, to the AudioSource component.

    • Copy values specific to spatial audio, such as directivity, to the ResonanceAudioSource.

    • Note that the GvrAudioSource's Enable HRTF option is now replaced by source based rendering Quality in Resonance Audio.

  3. Remove the GvrAudioSource component from the game object.

  4. For additional details, review Add a sound source to your scene in the Developer Guide for Resonance Audio for Unity.

GvrAudioSoundfield

Resonance Audio uses the same ResonanceAudioSource component for sound sources and Ambisonic soundfields.

Note that with the introduction of Ambisonic decoder plugins in Unity, it is no longer necessary to provide separate stereo tracks as audio clips.

  1. Add a new ResonanceAudioSource component to the game object that contains the GvrAudioSoundfield component you want to replace.

    Unity automatically adds a standard AudioSource component to the game object if one does not already exist.

  2. Copy the GvrAudioSoundfield properties to the newly created AudioSource and ResonanceAudioSource components.

  3. Remove the GvrAudioSoundfield component from the game object.

  4. For additional details, review Add an Ambisonic soundfield to your scene in the Developer Guide for Resonance Audio for Unity.

GvrAudioRoom

  1. Add a new ResonanceAudioRoom component to the game object that contains the GvrAudioRoom component you want to replace.

  2. Copy the GvrAudioRoom properties to the newly created ResonanceAudioRoom component.

  3. Remove the GvrAudioRoom component from the game object.

  4. For additional details, review Add an audio room to your scene in the Developer Guide for Resonance Audio for Unity.

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