The latest LeoMakes video takes a look at making a DIY dummy head binaural microphone.
Dummy head microphones are a tool for making field recordings that give a realistic 3D effect. Two microphone capsules are place in artificial ears, which simulates the way that sound comes into real ears.
When you listen to the recording on headphones, your headphone speakers are spaced similarly to how the microphones were spaced, which puts your head sonically into the place of the dummy head when the sound was recorded.
Here’s what Leo has to say about the video:
“In this episode, I build a fantastic binaural (“3D”) microphone and take it to Victoria Park in East London to make some test recordings! I then show you how you can make your own microphone from scratch.
There are several other videos like this on YouTube but none of them really go into detail on the problems (like powering it properly, filtering out electrical/radio noise, etc.) so I really take the time to explain it in detail. This was a massive project, so I hope you enjoy it!”
Dummy head microphones have been used by sound designers and electronic musicians, notably Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese on his solo album Aqua.
If you’ve used a dummy head mic system, share your experience in the comments!