Binaural recording is becoming popular as more content creators, musicians, and ASMR video makers are using these kinds of devices. These record top-quality audios since they can faithfully reproduce the conditions of human hearing. One company that offers binaural recording is Binaural Enthusiast.
Binaural Enthusiast has a unique take on recording binaural audio. It features a dummy head with silicone earlobes that have very sensitive binaural microphones. These microphones can also minimize white noise in the background. The distancing between the microphones and the silicon ears captures even the most subtle of sounds, faithfully mimicking what a human being would hear.
Needless to say, the performance is unique and not even remotely comparable to stereo microphones. This dummy head can record a true binaural track. This means that it is possible to create a 3D auditory experience. The result is an immersive, realistic sound experience for any listener to enjoy.
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The B-1 dummy head model comes with BE-P1 binaural microphones installed in the canal of the silicone ears. The microphones also use two condensers with a -28dB sensitivity. This makes the microphone perfect to record very quiet, almost imperceptible sounds.
However, something to keep in mind is that the B-1 model does not come with a battery box and it will need a 3V external power supply. The microphone cable has a 3.5 mm gold-plated stereo jack and has a total length of 1.5 mm.
The dummy head is made of fiberglass and both the shape and size are very similar to a real human head. The approximate weight of the microphone is 2.5kg. You can mount the device on a tripod, or place a camera on top of it thanks to a 1/4 x 20 thread. This is all to make your recording as realistic as possible.
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You can purchase the B-1 dummy head with a battery box, or with an XLR adapter. The battery box is convenient for several reasons. First, the built-in low-cut filter allows you to minimize background noises, coming in handy if you need your recording as quiet and clean as possible. Moreover, the battery box is ideal to record live music and concerts. You can also use the microphone with cameras and computers or other devices using a 3.5mm connector.
Meanwhile, the XLR adapter is specially designed to provide a stable voltage of 3-10V to the microphone capsules. This adapter lets any device equipped with XLR connectors use the microphone. Many professionals and ASMR video-makers seem to favor this option. Aside from that all of that, you will also get a free dust cover for your microphone if you choose the adapter.
It is also possible to purchase individual items. A pair of silicon earlobes ranges from $95 to $99. You can purchase the XLR adapter for 199 dollars. Meanwhile, a pair of binaural microphones with or without a battery box ranges from $124 to $175. The dummy head without the battery box costs $415.
Hear it for yourself
You can listen to a variety of sample recordings to check out the sound quality and hear what this microphone can do. Don’t forget to use headphones to fully appreciate the binaural effect.
The experience is particularly interesting because of the way sounds can move around you, providing an unforgettable 3D sound experience. This recording device is worth a shot. Whether you want to record nature sounds for your enjoyment or your music, this versatile, one-of-a-kind microphone might be just what you are looking for.
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