3D Sound

This technique is called Binaureal recording.

You will need headphones for this to work…so close your eyes and make some quiet around you.

Let’s start with “Virtual Barbershop”:

Frizerul virtual

It really gaved me chills. You literally can hear a full 360 degree sound range with these next items: blow dryer (you had your hair done..so now you will have to keep it dry), some scisors, a lady has something to whisper on your ears (pay attention to her), somebody will light some matches and he will make quite a noise.

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This post was written by bullets on May 20, 2007

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24 Comments so far

  1. sdgf September 15, 2008 8:15 am

    hehe trodde det var noen som komm i døra jeg:P¨

  2. David September 15, 2008 2:53 pm

    Do you have any examples showing how you simulate sound sources coming from the front of your head?


  3. Evax September 17, 2008 9:03 am

    This is great. It feels like they realy are in the same room.
    To get a greater effect, close your eyes.

  4. EWian September 23, 2008 4:16 pm

    Those scissors is just cutting air! Grate illusions! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ryan October 16, 2008 10:34 am

    I dont think i have ever had that much fun with sound :D…really cool, thanks for sharing.

  6. Calum October 17, 2008 12:05 pm

    Wow, the matchbox one is great! It really felt like there should be someone moving around me. I kept expecting to see something move.

  7. dim October 18, 2008 12:00 am

    Wow! That’s awesome!

  8. Buster October 18, 2008 9:11 pm

    Wow, it was actually kind of creepy to be completely alone and feel like someone is really there in the room.

  9. ammmy October 19, 2008 9:14 am


  10. ell October 26, 2008 11:39 am

    woah i got shivers down my back, nice post

  11. Benny October 26, 2008 3:30 pm

    wow… that was pretty creepy, especially because halfway through the barbershop my dad woke up. O_o

  12. lainey November 2, 2008 8:38 pm

    woooow how cool is this? are there any more like this?

  13. pLaF January 23, 2009 5:33 am

    Wow… this was just too cool!!

    This 3D affect feels so real!

    Thanks a lot ! Tow thumbs up!

  14. Jenna January 24, 2009 12:07 pm

    That was so cool, thank you!

  15. STail January 25, 2009 2:42 am

    3D sound, huh?
    They had this back in 1881.
    Only then it was called STEREO.

  16. Road Runner January 27, 2009 9:49 am

    Yes there are “lainey”.Its called the REAL LIFE. 🙂

  17. Sam :) February 21, 2009 7:47 pm

    wow! this is so cool! its so creepy though…ima google some more 😛

  18. Jay February 23, 2009 9:50 pm

    this gives me the chills lol

  19. Stumbler February 27, 2009 6:47 pm

    Very good!!!!

  20. Kyp May 7, 2009 5:59 am

    That was simply amazing. I’d love to hear more. Well done.

    And Road Runner, no need to hate and contort words.

  21. Nicole June 1, 2009 2:05 am

    Lol. Can anyone give me a link to more?

  22. JayLuv November 13, 2009 4:47 pm

    This is NOT a binaural recording, it’s a holophonic recording. A binaural beat recoding is something that people use to alter their mind state. A holophonic sound is a recording of “3D” sound through use of a special microphone. Don’t lie to people, get your info right.

  23. ben May 24, 2010 6:26 am

    this would be great when stoned, really good experience

  24. Michael G August 2, 2010 5:48 am

    As someone who has recorded both with a dummy head microphone and a holophone, the difference between binaural and holophonic recording is simple. Binaural recording using a dummy head to allow a 3D sound image to be recorded as a stereo file. The subtle phase information created by using a human head shape, with ear lobes, a brow ridge and nose allow the brain to decode a 3D sound scape out of a stereo recording.

    Holophones use multi mics placed around a head like shape to create 5.1 or 7.1 soundscapes. They rely on multi speaker setups to give a 3D soundscape, unlike binuaral stereo recordings which require headphones to work. An alternative is Ambisonics which uses a four capsule mic and a phase decoder plus four speakers to create a 3D soundscape.

    In 1984, I recorded Australian musician Michael Atherton playing a variety of instruments in a stairwell and used binaural (dummy head) to create an amazing spatial sense as Michael was able to move with the instruments as he played including a finale with a bagpipe and leg bells when he walked away from the microphone which was on the 9th floor of the stairwell, down to the ground level. The album “Solo with Instruments” was released on vinyl and unfortunately was never re-released on CD. It is a shame I can’t offer a clip as it is a rare example of binaural recording where the sound source goes underneath the listener. The effect is powerful and profound.


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