SR3D binaural microphone They come in as a basic binaural tube, or basic dummy head, starting from £149, going to £249 with modified capsules for balanced inputs with phantom power.
The SR3D is a new product from Alan Bowness and is a special microphone indeed. Designed for recording sound as we hear it, i.e. above us, below us, behind us, left or right of us etc. while only using a stereo pair of microphone capsules. Most binaural microphone setups are mounted on headphones as this puts the microphone capsules where our ears would be with the sawdust in-between acting as a spacer.
The SR3D is a plastic square section tube with a silicone ear at each end. With a standard tripod thread underneath for mounting on a stand. Mine are fitted with XLR mic sockets.
If you are into field recording or ASMR role play these are the microphones for you as you can have them as close or as far away as your cables will allow. My test model has a slightly mismatched pair of microphone capsules, not too much of a problem for testing, but if I was doing sound for an installation, I would want them to be a matched pair.
Build quality is rather good, but also the unit is light weight and can be easily transported. In my time with the microphones, my biggest hurdle has been weather, so much wind and rain it has been difficult to get outside with them along with the fact the mild winter has meant the birds have been much quieter than they are normally on a frosty morning around a feeder.
I heard from its creator recently and found that further upgrades and modifications are being tried which should improve in many areas. Probably these will make it easier to produce and also improve the audio gain levels etc too.
I can see a larger market for microphones like this as it is cheaper than many of the current mass produced options, which can only improve things for amateur and professional sound recordists and sound artists alike.
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