AMBEO for Headphones

Learn about the most effective ways to capture binaural sound for easy on-the-go headphone reproduction.

The ubiquity of headphones is undeniable, they are peoples’ constant companion – always and everywhere like never before. AMBEO for Headphones is a fantastic way of creating easy-to-produce immersive audio content for headphone playback. It is based on recording with a dummy head microphone, an old technique re-imagined by using new processing technologies that enable completely new binaural mixing workflows and offer the ability to enhance the audio with spatially processed spot microphones.

Workflow

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Blueprint

Capturing

Neumann KU 100

Using the Neumann KU 100 dummy head microphone, you can easily record sound as if you were listening with your own ears. Thanks to its special technique, it creates the perfect immersive audio landscape by mimicking the shape of the human head and ears. These recordings can be enhanced by adding audio from spot microphones allowing for even greater flexibility in the final mix.

Neumann KU 100

Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic

The Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic easy-to-use Ambisonics microphone is fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement. This special design allows you to capture the surrounding sound from one single point for fully spherical Ambisonics sound. The signal can be decoded to binaural easily, allowing you to approximate the effect of a full dummy head, like the KU 100, in a much smaller footprint and lower cost.

Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic

Mixing

Neumann KU 100

The advantage of the dummy head is its natural tonal balance. The use of spot microphones will add the flexibility required for many modern productions. Many engineers prefer to process the spot microphones with binaural panners like the AMBEO Orbit

The AMBEO Orbit free binaural panning plugin facilitates mixing immersive binaural content. Pairing it with the Neumann KU 100 will give you full flexibility and control over your binaural recording. You can easily position additional mono or stereo sources into your immersive mix unwanted effect of coloration.

Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic

In scenarios where a KU 100 is too obtrusive or not affordable, you can switch to AMBEO VR Mic to use it as a binaural microphone. Using dearVR AMBI MICRO, you can directly convert the AMBEO VR Mic output to a binaural signal that sounds and behaves similar to an original KU 100 recording.

Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic

Delivery

As it is only stereo data (as used for streams, downloads and on CDs), AMBEO for Headphones is the easiest format to deliver and requires no special hardware. Make sure that your audience understands that this content should preferably be consumed over headphones.

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Stream AMBEO Binaural concerts from Moods jazz club

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