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On Location Recording Techniques by Jan Bartlett, Jenny Bartlett, Bruce Bartlett

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Binaural and Transaural Techniques

This chapter covers binaural recording with an artificial (dummy) head. The head contains a microphone flush mounted in each ear. You record with these microphones and play back the recording over headphones. This process can re-create the locations of the original performers and their acoustic environment with exciting realism.

Also covered in this chapter is transaural stereo, which is loudspeaker playback of binaural recordings, specially processed to provide surround sound with only two speakers up front.

Binaural Recording and the Artificial Head

Binaural (two-ear) recording starts with an artificial head or dummy head. This is a model of a human head with a flush-mounted microphone in each ear (

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