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RE: Psuedo Binaural

Subject: RE: Psuedo Binaural
From: "Kevin Colver" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 18:17:04 -0600
Having experienced the thrill of a lightening strike to the tree I was
standing next to while recording thunder-lightening, may I suggest an
alternative method rather than recording a storm out with all sorts of
electrical wires on the body?  Man, I saw blue-white sparkles all over
those branches!  My wife just won't let me do it any more!  That despite
the good life insurance coverage I have.
We need you around for another day, so please set up the equipment and
then stand clear and lie low until the lightening has passed.  :-)
Kevin Colver
-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Mark R.
Sent: Saturday, June 18, 2005 6:48 AM
Subject: [Nature Recordists] Psuedo Binaural
Hello Group Members,
   In some recent post concerning canyon frogs, there was some inquiry
the wonderful sound that was captured by Aaron Ximm. Although I cannot
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
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
Aaron's Quiet American site. The recordings there were fantastic in
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
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
spot and you do your own monitoring with your naked ears. I own some
binaurals and they sound fantastic *if* you listen on headphones for
back, but the Sonic windscreens and headband place the mics a little
and outward of your ear, and to my ears provides very listenable
with both headphones and monitors. I suspect this is why Aaron refers to
method as quasi or pseudo binaural and the key to it sounding nice on
any system.

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"Microphones are not ears,
Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
Klas Strandberg 


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