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Old August 11th, 2011, 05:19 AM   #1
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Has any one bought, used, trialed one of these 3D Microphones? ..... Looks interesting

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Old August 11th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #2
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Has any one bought, used, trialed one of these 3D Microphones? ..... Looks interesting

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This thing is popping up on various forums at the moment.

It appears to be a dummy head without the dummy head - just artificial ears at head reference distance.

Which, as far as I can see, defeats the object.

Personally - if I wanted a small and flesible surround system I would go for the Soundfield SPS200 that easily fits on a camera - or the ST450 if you can afford the extra cash.

Or maybe the DPA 5100.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 06:40 AM   #3
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I was just looking at the mic for some extreme commercial radio production... just something different that would work for car radios and in-ear listening. Doesn't need to be precise, perfect or accurate just audience grabbing.
I have considered 5.1 mics but the format I'm working in is just Stereo FM commercial radio.
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Old August 11th, 2011, 09:56 AM   #4
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I was just looking at the mic for some extreme commercial radio production... just something different that would work for car radios and in-ear listening. Doesn't need to be precise, perfect or accurate just audience grabbing.
I have considered 5.1 mics but the format I'm working in is just Stereo FM commercial radio.
The spoken word is by its nature a single point source, recording it in stereo, or especially in surround, makes no sense what so ever. There is no '3D' left/right front/back spatial dimension to it. It's a unity source located at one specific point in space. A good mono microphone that flatters the speaker's voice is what you should be looking for. If you're looking for that 'radio sound,' probably more studios in North America are equipped with an ElectroVoice RE-20 than any other single mic. Record a single mono track and once in post pan it equally to the left and right channels in the final stereo soundtrack so it appears in the center of the stereo image, or if you want it off centre adjust the pan to place it at the desired location.
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Old August 16th, 2011, 05:10 AM   #5
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I remember when I first started doing radio stuff and a stereo microphone seemed to be a great idea since we were broadcasting in stereo. But I soon learned to understand the mono thing.

If you did want to record voice in a stereo field, you might as well record using a Zoom H1 which is scary-good when it comes to the quality of the recording for the money that you pay for it.

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Old August 16th, 2011, 05:51 AM   #6
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Just been looking at the web site for it and the accompanying examples. I don't think it's a quantum leap in audio goodness. Doesn't do it for me.

That and I could really look like a right twat if I had it mounted on top of my camera.

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Old August 16th, 2011, 06:22 AM   #7
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Nothing new about binaural recording.
It's based on trying to emulate the acoustics as "heard" by a human head.
If you want to look a real twat, youi could try mounting this on your camera :-)

VintageMicrophone.com > Neumann KU 100 Binaural Dummy head Stereo Microphone
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Old August 16th, 2011, 07:34 AM   #8
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Nothing new about binaural recording.
It's based on trying to emulate the acoustics as "heard" by a human head.
If you want to look a real twat, youi could try mounting this on your camera :-)

VintageMicrophone.com > Neumann KU 100 Binaural Dummy head Stereo Microphone
But it's not really "binaural" as there is no head - and you need the head for the blocking effect.
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Old August 16th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #9
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I agree with you entirely John - which is why I provided the link.
The makers of the "3-D" mic referred to it as providing a binaural experience...
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Old August 16th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #10
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Does sort of look like a caged version of something you'd buy in an adult specialty store. Wonder if it has any additional functions they're not alluding to.
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