Hi, I use Cubase with Quad channels and third party VST panning plugins and HRTF encoders to work with 1st-order Ambisonic audio (since 1st order is only 4 channels). However, it is not for the faint of heart and it could definitely be a simple but a good addition to Cubase and Nuendo (for higher order Ambisonic audio = since 3rd order requires 9 channels).
The proposed additions would be:
- 1st-order Ambisonic audio channel/group/fx/bus types (probably best using SN3D or AmbiX track ordering of omni, y, z, x)
- Basic panner for mono/stereo tracks or Rotate effect for Ambisonic channels
- Ability to export the 4-channel interlaced audio (even better would be ability to export the synced video with the 4-channel interlaced audio with proper mp4 metadata, but that would be icing on the cake)
Another feature to go above and beyond would be to have the HRTF encoder (allowing one to load custom impulse responses) to downmix for stereo monitoring, but that exercise could be left up to third party developers.
I think Cubase/Nuendo has a great opportunity to be the best DAW for the 360/VR immersive sound experiences, with Cubase being the starter solution with fewer channels.