Social audio app Clubhouse is turning its attention to enhancing its core audio experience. Clubhouse has announced that its rooms will now be infused with spatial audio to give the app’s listeners a richer sense of hanging out live with a group of other people. Adding spatial audio has the effect of making different speakers sound like they’re coming from different physical locations instead of just one spot. To pull off the new audio tricks, Clubhouse is integrating an API from spatial audio company High Fidelity and blending it with the company’s own custom audio processing, tuned for the chat app. High Fidelity’s HRTF technology, which stands for “Head Related Transfer Function,” maps speech to different virtual locations by subtly adding a time delay between stereo channels and replicating the way that high and low frequencies would sound entering the ear depending on a sound’s origin. The result, long used in social VR, gives virtual social experiences a sense of physical presence that good records have been pulling off for ages. Clubhouse’s implementation will be subtle, but noticeable. While the audio processing will “gently steer conversation” to put most speakers in front of the listener.