Binaural blue stereo mic with human ears

The boys at Engadget seem skeeved out by the Otokinoki Binaural Mic... a blue anthropomorphic microphone with a rubbery simulacrum of an elderly man's massive, troll-likes ears mounted to the side, aimed at allowing you to record sound after the same fashion in which humans hear it. I can understand the creep factor, but I love it anyway: I think it would fashion admirably as a Mr. Potatohead for the top of your camcorder. On the other hand, the mic costs $3,900, which is absurd... for that sort of money, I'd rather buy a camcorder with a giant, squishy eyeball at the end. Binaural Recording Mic from Otokinoko [Kilian Nakamura via Engadget]
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11 Responses to Binaural blue stereo mic with human ears

  1. nihilarian says:

    how about THESE then:

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    You got yer ears on, good buddy?

  3. bardfinn says:

    For $3,900, the ears need to be at least as far apart as a human’s.

  4. nihilarian says:

    the problem with binaural recordings, is that they really have to be listened to on headphones, or they sound either no different, or in some cases worse because of timing problems.

    the fake pinna are only going to work really well – proper sound location – if they’re your own (almost as individual as a fingerprint if i remember correctly). a bit gimmicky.
    i’ve heard some terrific in-ear binaural reacordings made by a friend tho.

    and unfortunately, $4000 aint that unusual for a pro mic. if this is one of them is another question…

  5. Vidiot says:

    My TFB-2s do pretty well, and they’re not nearly as expensive (or goofy-looking.) Plus they look like normal earbuds…much stealthier.

  6. Argon says:

    Screw realistic transfer functions. I want a Vulcan version.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So now, after you listen to the recording, the sound has been through the human ear twice instead of just once…..maybe that makes this device useless.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Who is responsible for a product shot of a $4000 microphone on top of a $400 camera?

  9. MrScience says:

    On the contrary #3, this has a tendancy to make it much more realistic. See Head Related Transfer Function:

    Also, Dummy Head Recording (which this is similar to, though as #2 mentions, too narrow):

  10. Marshall says:

    I love how it looks just like a whack-a-mole bat.

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