These recordings are made with the dummy head microphone Neumann KU 100, so-called binaural recording. Binaural recordings are optimised for listening over headphones. The following recordings are from the Afontibus and Fabra labels, recorded by Geir Inge Lotsberg.
More and more people are listening to music through headphones. How can music in a three-dimensional sound field be reproduced in these listening conditions? For me, the answer has been making recordings using the dummy head microphone Neumann KU 100, so-called binaural reproduction.
The word “binaural” literally means “using both ears”, “bi” meaning two, and “aural” referring to your ears. We can estimate the direction and distance of a sound source and its spatial acoustic properties on the basis of the time delay and volume difference in the sound that reaches the left and right ears.
Because binaural recording is optimised for headphones, it can create a 3D landscape of sound surrounding the listener, who can hear the surrounding sounds and can pinpoint their location. Each ear is isolated from the other, so there is no mixing of channels between the speaker and the ear. This method can give the listener an intense sense of presence in the room, but it does not function as well when being played through speakers.
E-mail: gi.lotsberg (at) afontibus.no
Cobra records: Dutch label recording in Binaural.
Binaural albums at HDTracks.com
Chesky records, binaural selections.
Neumann dummy head microphone, KU-100.
Tchad Blake, reknown engineer famous for use of binaural.
Nice sounding Binaural recordings here!
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