[bct] Re: Bynoral Microphones

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 11:56:14 -0600

Larry, According to Chris at Sound Professionals and the picture on the
web site, one actually places the little curved piece inside the upper
part of the ear where it curves.  The end of the curve is pointing up.
In this way, the actual microphone is sitting right over the ear canal
and is pointing outward.  I can't picture how you put the piece over the
top of your ear and still have the microphone over the ear canal.  If I
do it that way, the mike doesn't reach down to the ear canal.  And, that
would mean that the microphone opening is facing toward your head.  Wow!
Isn't that great.  Here are two people who are blind trying to describe
something that a sighted person could see in a minute.  But, whatever
works, works.  I have also tried putting the curved piece actually in
the ear canal with the tip of the curved piece pointing upward.  This
way, the mike is actually facing backward but the sound is reflected off
the back of the ear and gives it an even wider spatial sound.  There is
a bit of frequency rise that happens when you do it this way and I e q
that out.  Whatever you do sounds good, I'm just having a hard time
trying to figure out what that is.  This all reminds me of my college
English professor who once asked us to write a paper on how you make
your bed.  You do it every day, but try describing it in ever detail and
you'll probably be surprised.

By the way, your recent podcast on microphones with help from Jerry just
cost me a lot of money.  I wrote Jerry and asked what microphone he was
using because I really liked the sound.  He was using a Neumann TLM-103.
I have a lot of Neumann mikes but that one sounded really good for
voice.  So, I bit the bullet and bought one for my studio.  I guess I'll
have to sell a few more CDs to pay for it.


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of LARRY SKUTCHAN
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 10:56 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Bynoral Microphones

You mean I'm still wearing them wrong?  I've been putting them in the
bottom of my ears so they actually cover my ear canal!  I just put that
little curved piece over by ear just like one arm of a pair of glasses.

>>> ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Friday, November 04, 2005 11:25:24 AM >>>
Larry, I think I have the same binaural microphones you do.  They have
the little curved piece that fits in the upper part of the ear.  How do
you wear them like glasses?  There is a set of Audio Technica Mikes from
Sound Specialists that are actually able to be fitted into croakies.
Actually, I suspect many of there mikes can be fitted that way. However,
the Audio Technics are omni directional and even mounted in the croakies
in front of the ears, they do a very nice job at producing a very nice
stereo image.  Those are what I was wearing when I did my podcast that
included the model train sounds.


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of LARRY SKUTCHAN
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 10:08 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [bct] Re: Bynoral Microphones

You can navigate with them, but they are a lot easier to use when you
wear them incorrectly (that is like glasses).  If you're going sighted
guide, they would probably not be too bad, but they definatly effect
what you hear.

>>> dniswonger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Friday, November 04, 2005 9:39:09 AM
Hi Friends:
First, I must apologize for not spelling the name of those microphones
correctly that Larry uses on his walks to and from work.  Does anyone
else have them?  Do they take away your frontal hearing?  Can you
navigate successfully using the stereo audio mirror effect in your ears?

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