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Subject: Psuedo Binaural
From: "Mark R." <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 21:47:53 +0900
Hello Group Members,
   In some recent post concerning canyon frogs, there was some inquiry into 
the wonderful sound that was captured by Aaron Ximm. Although I cannot speak 
for Aaron's methods, I have some thoughts about the mics used and the use of 
the windscreen headband. 
   Several years ago, I went on a search for recording gear so that I could 
record thunderstorms that are marvelously rich in sound in springtime in 
Oklahoma. At that time, I really didn't know what I wanted until I got 
deeper into the search. I ran upon the Sonic Studios site and it linked to 
Aaron's Quiet American site. The recordings there were fantastic in detail 
and exactly what I had hoped to find. So I purchased several models and 
found that although it looks a little funny to wear the windscreen headband, 
it took all of the guesswork of mic placement, because for the most part 
what you hear goes onto the recording. Place your head and ears in the sweet 
spot and you do your own monitoring with your naked ears. I own some in-ear 
binaurals and they sound fantastic *if* you listen on headphones for play 
back, but the Sonic windscreens and headband place the mics a little forward 
and outward of your ear, and to my ears provides very listenable recording 
with both headphones and monitors. I suspect this is why Aaron refers to his 
method as quasi or pseudo binaural and the key to it sounding nice on almost 
any system.

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