Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Build Your Own Binaural Dummy-Head!

Long time no post! That's because I've been busy with a lot of binaural goodies. I will soon have a new music video which has taken me more time to plan out than actually create...

The reason for this post, however, is to let y'all know about a tutorial I just posted on building your own binaural dummy-head! Yep, I show you the easiest and cheapest way I know to get started with a good looking, and sounding head. Take a look for yourself:

Dummy-Head Tutorial

I hope you have fun with it and please, please let me know if you find anything that I can improve on.

8 Comments:

Blogger Nickleus said...

jeff, nice tutorial. i sent the link to my phD architect friend and bandmate. maybe we'll try this out when we get the time/funds =)

December 2, 2008 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Anderson said...

Thanks Nick. It's a fun hobby to play around with. Especially because I don't believe it's reached it's full potential as far as where and how it can be applied.

December 2, 2008 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I just read an article from 1975 in 'Studio Sound' (found by googling 'dummy head recording') that said experiments had proved that the actual dummy head was of little importance in binaural recording.I appreciate there has probably been a lot more research since then, but what is your take on this?

February 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Anderson said...

Gary, I would agree. The head itself is not of much importance. My "5 favorite things" video was done without a head at all. Just two floating ears on 5" discs. The discs provided the shadowing, and it worked great in my opinion.

It's all about the ears.

February 15, 2010 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Where can i see, and more importantly, hear this video?

February 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Anderson said...

It's on the home page of this blog, but the direct source is here:

http://vimeo.com/5276210

February 16, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger editcue said...

Hi,Jeff.
I'm a Chinese friend who just found your tutorial in google search.
And it's a nice tutorial.
I am going to translated your "Binaural Dummy - Head Tutorial" into Chinese.
To let more chinese dummy head fans ,can build their own virtual head.
But my English is not very well.
In your tutorial of "Calibration", I can't find any explain of “inverse EQ” online.
I want to know how "inverse EQ" works.

Looking forward to your reply

July 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Nicolas Drweski said...

Very nice tutorial, allthought I agree that the dumy head is not of so much importance in binaural recordings.

Thanks for posting it !
And btw, greats works

December 19, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

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