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I want binaural sound for my project - but should i record in binaural or ambisonics?
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It depends on your project. Recording in binaural sound provides a great recreation of the world, as a human being might hear it if they were there. However it is a fixed perspective recording- whichever way the binaural head was facing when you recorded it will be the way the listener experiences the sound. This is perfect in many applications, however increasingly we are creating "virtual reality" like experiences, where the user can look around. This might be a film taken with a 360 degree camera, or a computer modelled space, and the user might listen to it using a VR headset or by moving their mobile phone around. In this case we don't want a fixed perspective recording, we want a way that the perspective of the recording can follow where the user is looking. Not always but sometimes. Let's take a simple example, if the user is in an auditorium looking at a stage with a performance happening on it, we want the perspective of the audio to have the stage in front of them. But if they look to their left, the stage will now be on their right, and we'd likely want the audio to appear to come from the right too. A binaural head pointing at the stage will always have the sound coming in to both ears. An ambisonic mic is typically a 4 channel microphone, that records sound from 4 directions. In the same way a 360 camera uses multiple cameras to generate a 360 degree view of the world, so an ambisonic mic does the same for audio. The clever bit is what you can do with an ambisonic recording after you've made your recording. You can generate a binaural simulation from the ambisonic recording, and you can choose in software which way your virtual binaural head is facing. And in fact most of the VR platforms now include software which will import an ambisonic recording and based on where the user is looking will generate a binaural simulation in real time. So if they look to the left of our auditorium, the sound will binaurally pan to the right. However ambisonic recordings rendered into a binaural simulation don't sound quite as good as a real binaural recording. The imaging isn't quite as dramatic. So it's a choice of flexibility & being able to rotate (ambisonics), versus a fixed perspective but one with a dramatic rendition (binaural)..


Binaural Microphones

Binaural microphones are available in three types. The Neumann KU100 mic is the premium binaural mic, robust and amazing sound quality; the Soundman John/DPA 4061 combination is good quality but best suited for static recordings; and the 3Dio FreeSpace, which is super portable.


Neumann KU100 binaural head
£285 per week. Delivery by post is £30.
This is one of the best sounding binaural mics available. It is robust and practical to use, with microphones internal to the head. There is a 5-pin XLR on the bottom of the head, with a lead supplied to break out to two XLR plugs. There is a tripod thread on the bottom and top of the head. The mic is powered by standard phantom power (48V).

Recording (hand-held) a Cessna in-flight

Recording (hand-held) a Cessna in-flight

 
Recording in the Amazon rainforest. Photo by Chloe Courtney

Recording in the Amazon rainforest. Photo by Chloe Courtney

 
 

Soundman John binaural head / DPA4061  
£150 per week. Delivery by post is £25.
This is ideal for static high-quality binaural recordings. There is a mic thread in the bottom of the wooden head for mounting on a mic stand. Available in black and beech. The DPA mics are inserted into the ears of the head (held in place with tape or blue-tack) and have XLR outputs. The DPA's run off standard phantom power (48V).

Soundman John head. A set of DPA 4061's in the ear canal produce a great recording.

Soundman John head. A set of DPA 4061's in the ear canal produce a great recording.

 
Recordings mosquito - note the DPA mic inserted into the ear of the head.

Recordings mosquito - note the DPA mic inserted into the ear of the head.

 

3dio Free Space Binaural microphone
£80 per week (£120 per week to include GoPro camera kit). Delivery by post is £16.
This microphone is ideal for mobile recording. This version has a 3.5mm mini-jack output and runs off a 9V battery. Whilst the quality is not quite as good as its bigger brothers it makes up for this by being able to go other places they can't get to. User manual. A GoPro can be mounted on the front of it to record video from the same perspective.

The kit includes the 3Dio Free Space microphone, with a mounting frame for GoPro and Recorder (not supplied, you'll need screw threads to mount them to the frame), a 3m 3.5mm minijack to dual XLR cable, a spare 9V battery and furry ear muffs (to reduce wind noise).

 
As supplied

As supplied

 
Shown with GoPro and handheld recorder attached (not supplied)

Shown with GoPro and handheld recorder attached (not supplied)

Recording on location on the Amazon River, Brazil, with the 3dio microphone (with wind covers), Zoom and GoPro. An iPhone can act as a wireless viewfinder for the GoPro

Recording on location on the Amazon River, Brazil, with the 3dio microphone (with wind covers), Zoom and GoPro. An iPhone can act as a wireless viewfinder for the GoPro

Mounted on the bonnet of a car with a recording device (not included)

Mounted on the bonnet of a car with a recording device (not included)


Ambisonic Microphones

Soundfield SPS200-SB in Zephyx windshield
£100 per week
This A-Format ambisonic mic is ideal for field recording of 3D sound. TSL provide free AAX, AU and VST plug-ins (you need to Register on their site in order too download the software) to decode this microphone to various surround and stereo formats. Records to 4 audio channels. This microphone works on a similar principle to the Sennheiser Ambeo microphone.
Manufacturer page


Telinga Universal parabolic microphone mount 

£80 per week
This is a special type of microphone mount, designed for very long distance pickup. You see it used a lot of recording birdsong, for long distance surveillance and for atmos at sporting events. The compromise you get for such directional sound is that they don't pick up much low or mid frequency sound. Am omni mic is inserted into the centre of the parabolic mount - I use a Rode NT5 with the replacement omni capsule.

The Telinga model is useful in that it rolls up which makes it a lot more portable if you're going to be doing a lot of walking. You'll notice a variety of stress fractures from being rolled up, and various dents, but these don't affect the sound.
Manufacturer page


Conventional microphones

DPA 2011C compact microphone, available individually or as a matched stereo pair.
£20 per week each
These make awesome float mic's due to their extremely small size, low noise and excellent feedback rejection. They are also great as an XY pair for stereo recording, or individually to mic up instruments.

DPA2011C as float microphone. They are much smaller than they appear. You can almost see that they are about the same length as an XLR connector.

DPA2011C as float microphone. They are much smaller than they appear. You can almost see that they are about the same length as an XLR connector.


Neumann KM184 microphone, available individually or as a matched stereo pair,
£20 per week each
Excellent for stereo recording, or individually for mic'ing string instruments or anything with a fragile beautiful nature!

 
 

Neumann KMS105 microphone
£20 per week
Excellent live vocal mic. A superb colourful sound and hypercardioid response makes for good feedback rejection. Once you try this you'll never want to use an SM58 again!

 
 

AKG C411PP contact mic
£10 per week

 
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AKG C414 B ULS large diaphraphm mic
£20 per week

 
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Rode NT5 mic, available individually or as a matched stereo pair
£10 per week each

 
 

Shure SM58 mic
£8 per week

 
 

Shure Beta 58 mic
£8 per week

 
 

Shure Beta 57A mic
£8 per week

 
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Shure PG58 switched mic
£6 per week

 
 

Sennheiser e822s switched mic
£6 per week


 
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Aquarian Hydrophone H2A-XLR
£15 per week
Hydrophone for underwater recording, 9m cable length.

 
 

Radio microphones
Sennheiser ew312 radio mic (ch38 or ch70) belt pack  or handheld system £40 per week per system
Sennheiser antennae distribution amplifier plus passive antenna £40 per week
Sennheiser MKE-2 microphone £15 per week

Channel 70 (license-free) system:
A complete system will comprise a rack mount receiver, and either a belt pack or handheld transmitter. Each transmitter uses 2 AA batteries which last for approx 6 hours. If using more than 4 channels or more an antenna distribution unit is needed, which allows the system to run off of aerials that can be located closer to the transmitters. A rack mount battery charger is available too, and Duracell Duralock rechargeable batteries are recommended. Channel 70 radio mics can be used without any special licenses, though this means that other users may use this frequency too which may cause interference. Bewltpack transmitters re supplied with a Sennheiser ME2 mic as standard. MKE2's are available.

 
Rack mount G2 receiver

Rack mount G2 receiver

 
 
G2 beltpack transmitter

G2 beltpack transmitter

 
G2 handheld transmitter

G2 handheld transmitter

 
 
AA battery charger

AA battery charger

Channel 38 (licensed) system:
A complete system will comprise a rack mount receiver, and either a belt pack or handheld transmitter. Each transmitter uses 2 AA batteries which last for approx 6 hours. If using more than 4 channels or more an antenna distribution unit is needed, which allows the system to run off of aerials that can be located closer to the transmitters. A rack mount battery charger is available too, and Duracell Duralock rechargeable batteries are recommended. Channel 38 radio mics require a special license from Ofcom, which helps reduce the likelihood of interference. Licenses are easy to obtain and can be purchased for you.


IEM
Sennheiser G2 IEM system (ch40)
£40 per week
An IEM system typically consists of a rack mount transmitter and a belt pack receiver. It allows either a performer to wear a pair of wireless headphones, or can be used to send sound to a battery powered speaker, for a prop (e.g. a crying baby, mobile phone). Multiple receivers can also be used with one transmitter so multiple people can listen to the same feed. If 4 transmitters are used then an antenna combiner unit allows the system to run off of a single aerial that can be located closer to the receivers. A license from Ofcom is required to use these, to ensure interference free operation. Licenses are easy to obtain and can be purchased for you.

Sennheiser antenna combiner plus passive aerial
£40 per week

 
Transmitter (left) and Receiver (right). Headphones not supplied unless requested.

Transmitter (left) and Receiver (right). Headphones not supplied unless requested.

 

Ableton Live / QLab / Logic Studio rig
£115 per week

Intel Mac Mini, i7, 16GB RAM, SSD hard drive, widescreen monitor, BCF2000 motorised fader unit, Novation Launchpad. Dante Virtual Soundcard. Dual Redundant systems available.

Nemesis CCS2
KVM and MIDI changeover switch with 8 button remote Go button
£20 per week


Mixing desks
 

Yamaha QL1 mixing desk
£120 per week
16 analogue mic inputs, 32 Dante inputs to 40 input channels. 8 internal FX racks and 4 Premium FX racks. 16 Mix and 8 Matrix outputs, plus stereo and mono outputs for 27 output channels. Two MY card slots allow further expansion using MY-AUD Dante or MY-16AT dual ADAT cards.


Yamaha LS9-32 mixing desk
£150 per week
32 analogue mic inputs to 72 input channels. 4 internal FX racks. 16 Mix outputs, plus stereo and mono outputs for 19 output channels. Two MY card slots allow further expansion using MY-AUD Dante or MY-16AT dual ADAT cards.

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Yamaha 01v96 mixing desk
£55 per week
12 analogue mic inputs, 4 line inputs, 8 ADAT inputs, to 40 input channels. 4 internal FX racks. 8 Group and 8 Aux outputs, plus stereo outputs for 18 output channels, to 6 analogue outputs plus 8 ADAT outputs. An MY card slot allow further expansion using MY-AUD Dante or MY-16AT dual ADAT cards.

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Yamaha Rio1608 stagebox
£80 per week
This 16 input, 8 out stage box communicates with mixing desk, DME, MRX7-D, or Dante computer using Dante audio networking.

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Yamaha Tio1608 stagebox 
£80 per week
This 16 input, 8 out stage box communicates with mixing desk, DME, MRX7-D, or Dante computer using Dante audio networking.


Yamaha DME24
£100 per week
Provides 8 analogue inputs and outputs, plus 16 more inputs and outputs via an MY card slot allowing further expansion using MY-AUD Dante or MY-16AT dual ADAT cards. The DME is programmed using Yamaha DME Designer software (free, PC only) which allows the DME to be configured in any arrangement desired using a toolkit of delays, EQs, matrixes, delay matrixes, mixers, reverbs and other components. 


Yamaha MRX7-D
£100 per week
Provides 64 Dante inputs and 64 Dante outputs, 8 analogue inputs and outputs, plus 16 more inputs and outputs via an MY card slot allowing further expansion using MY-AUD Dante or MY-16AT dual ADAT cards. The unit is programmed using Yamaha MRX Designer software (free, PC only) which allows the unit to be configured in any arrangement desired using a toolkit of delays, EQs, matrixes, delay matrixes, mixers, reverbs and other components. 


Focusrite RedNet 3
£20 per week
This unit converts between Dante, ADAT and AES signals. It can be used in a range of scenarios, for example to convert Dante to ADAT, Dante to AES/EBU (to get a digital device like a Lexicon PCM81 on Dante). Can be used in conjunction with a Ferrofish A16. NB this does not have a Dante secondary port. 


Ferrofish A16
£20 per week
This unit converts between ADAT, MADI and analogue signals. It has 16 inputs and 16 outputs in all formats. Can be used in conjunction with RedNet 3 to get 16 analogue inputs in and out of Dante, or with a Yamaha MY-16AT dual ADAT card to get 16 additional analogue inputs and 16 outputs on a Yamaha mixer, DME24, or MRX7-D.


Lexicon PCM81 or PCM90
Superb reverb and multi effects unit. The Lexicon Concert Hall reverb is a beautiful sounding reverb. Analogue in and out, plus AES/EBU digital input and output. The PCM90 is a reverb only unit, with analogue inputs and outputs (plus SPDIF in and out).
£20 per week


Lexicon MX400XL
A 4 channel multi effects unit. Not as nice as the PCM range but very usable. SPDIF in and out (44.1kHz only)
£10 per week


Speakers
d&b audiotechnik C6 speaker with fly frames £45
EM Acoustics EMS121 (UPA, E9 equivalent) £35
EM Acoustics EM81X £30
EM Acoustics EM61 (E3 equivalent) £25
EM Acoustics EM51 (E0 equivalent) £20
Kling & Freitag ca106 (E3 equivalent) £25
JBL Eon1500 £30
Samson Expedition XP40i battery powered active speaker £45
The Box Pro Achat 104 £6
Bowers & Wilkins AM1 weatherproof speakers £20

d&b E18 subs £50
EM Acoustics EM215 dual 15” Sub £50
EM Acoustics i12 4x12” Sub £50

Amps
d&b P1200 amp (for C6 or E18) £15
d&b EPAC mk3 amp £10
Yamaha P2500 to P7000 amp £15
Yamaha PA2030 and MA2030 4 channel amp £15

Misc
Boss RC-2 loop pedal £10
Lindy USB KVM extender system £20
Cisco SG300-10 managed switch for Dante £7.50
MIDI controlled 13A mains power £10