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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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

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

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