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How To Record Binaural 3D Audio to ANY Device (Android, iPhone, GoPro, DSLR, Field Recorder, Computer, 360Camera)

With the Hooke Verse you can record binaural 3D Audio to Android, iPhones, GoPros, DSLRs, Field Recorders, Computers or 360Cameras for under $240. All your listeners need is a regular pair of headphones or speakers to hear the 3D audio and feel like they’re right beside you. Your Instagram videos, Facebook videos, vacation videos, concert recordings, sound designs, film scores, podcasts and GoPro videos will come to life like never before.

Here’s how to record binaural 3D Audio to ANY device (Android, iPhone, GoPro, DSLR, Field Recorder, Computer, 360Camera).

 

First, What is Binaural 3D Audio?

 

Got it? Good!

 

 

1. How To Record Binaural 3D Audio On Your iPhone

 

1. The Headphone Jack Is Not Your Friend

If you own an iPhone with a headphone jack, you won’t be able to use it with a wired 3d audio microphone. Binaural 3D Audio records in 2 channels (you have two ears, so two channels). The headphone jack is a 2 Channel OUTPUT, but 1 channel INPUT. So your only option is to use a micro USB connector 3D Audio microphone or Bluetooth 3D Audio microphone.

2. USB Connector 3D Audio Mics Don’t Exist

That’s why we use the Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com) to capture binaural 3D Audio to an iPhone phone. The Hooke Verse is cool because in addition to being microphones, they’re headphones. Which means you can listen back to your 3D Audio recordings.

3. Use a 3D Audio Recording App

iPhone’s camera is not natively set up to support binaural 3d audio capture, so we use the Hooke Audio 3D recording iPhone app (https://appsto.re/us/5k4z_.i)

4. Record On!

Pair the Verse to your iPhone, open the app and BOOM! You’ve just transformed the way you record the world. The videos you make in the Hooke Audio 3D Audio recording app can be shared via Facebook, email, text, and all your listeners need are a pair of headphones to hear your recordings.”

 

 

2. How To Record Binaural 3D Audio On Your Android Phone

Identically to how the Hooke Verse captures binaural 3D audio to an iPhone, you’ll want to watch out for the same things when recording wireless binaural 3D Audio to an Android.

1. The Headphone Jack Is Not Your Friend 

If you own an Android device with a headphone jack, you won’t be able to use it with a wired 3d audio microphone. Binaural 3D Audio records in 2 channels (you have two ears, so two channels). The headphone jack is a 2 Channel OUTPUT, but 1 channel INPUT. So your only option is to use a micro USB connector 3D Audio microphone or Bluetooth 3D Audio microphone.

2. USB Connector 3D Audio Mics Don’t Exist

That’s why we use the Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com) to capture binaural 3D Audio to an Android phone. The Hooke Verse is cool because in addition to being microphones, they’re headphones. Which means you can listen back to your 3D Audio recordings.

3. Use a 3D Audio Recording App

Android’s camera is not natively set up to support binaural 3d audio capture, so we use the Hooke Audio 3D recording Android app (http://bit.ly/2qsRNKb)

4. Record On!

Pair the Verse to your Android, open the app and BOOM! You’ve just transformed the way you record the world. The videos you make in the Hooke Audio 3D Audio recording app can be shared via Facebook, email, text, and all your listeners need are a pair of headphones to hear your recordings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. How To Record Binaural 3D Audio On Your Field Recorder

Perhaps one of the greatest features about the Hooke Verse is its included recording cable. Free with every purchase, the Hooke recording cable turns your Hooke Verse into a wired microphone, letting you capture wired stereo (2 channel) 24bit 48kHz to any device with an external mic input.

1. Use a Field Recorder with a stereo 3.5mm line jack

Most field recorders come equipped with 3.5mm line in jacks and 3.5mm mic jacks. For 3D Audio, you’ll want a recorder that inputs line level.

2. You’ll Need a Binaural 3D Audio Mic With a Stereo 3.5mm Connector

In this case, we’ll use the Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com) as it comes standard with a cable for recording direct to field recorders. In our tutorial, we will use the Hooke Verse to capture binaural 3D Audio to an Field Recorder. The Hooke Verse is cool because in addition to being microphones, they’re also headphones. Which means you can listen back to your 3D Audio recordings.

3. Plug In To A STEREO LINE INPUT

Make sure the input on your recorder is a stereo 3.5mm line level jack. Don’t plug into a mic level jack or you’ll experience a significant amount of noise. Once you have the recording cable plugged into the Hooke Verse, power the Hooke Verse on and plug it into your Field Recorder’s line jack. The Hooke Verse will automatically over ride your field recorder’s built in microphone.

4. Record On!

Simply press record on your Field Recorder and your videos will automatically be captured in beautiful binaural 3D Audio!

 

 

 

4. How To Record Binaural 3D Audio On Your GoPro

Similar to how you would record to a field recorder, the Hooke recording cable has an ADDITIONAL connector on it designed specifically for a GoPro. See, today’s GoPros have only one hardware input on board: a 10-pin mini USB connector. To my knowledge, there are ZERO 10pin mini USB microphones on the market besides the Verse. So, here’s how to record binaural 3D audio to a GoPro with Hooke Verse.

1. GoPro Doesn’t Play Friendly With External Mics


 
If you own a GoPro Hero 3 or above, you’ll notice there isn’t an analog external microphone input on the camera. The only way to plug an external microphone into a GoPro Hero is through their proprietary 10pin mini USB connector. Yuck. 

2. You’ll Need a Binaural 3D Audio Mic With a 10Pin USB Connector

There is only one 3D Audio microphone on the market that comes equipped with a 10pin USB connector for GoPro: Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com). In our tutorial, we will use the Hooke Verse to capture binaural 3D Audio to an GoPro. The Hooke Verse is cool because in addition to being microphones, they’re also headphones. Which means you can listen back to your 3D Audio recordings.

3. Plug In

Simply plug the cable into the Hooke Verse, power the Hooke Verse on and plug it into your GoPro’s 10 pin USB jack. The Hooke Verse will automatically over ride your GoPros built in microphone.

4. Record On!

Simply press record on your GoPro camera and your videos will automatically be captured in beautiful binaural 3D Audio!

 

 

5. How To Record Binaural 3D Audio On Your Camer (DSLR, 360Cam, Pro Video)

Similar to how you would record to a field recorder, the Hooke recording cables stereo 3.5mm line out  connector is designed specifically for an external mic input on your camera.

1. Use a DSLR Camera with a stereo 3.5mm jack

This should be easy since every DSLR camera comes equipped with a 3.5mm mini plug. 

2. You’ll Need a Binaural 3D Audio Mic With a Stereo 3.5mm Connector

In this case, we’ll use the Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com) as it comes standard with a cable for recording direct to DSLR cameras. In our tutorial, we will use the Hooke Verse to capture binaural 3D Audio to a DSLR camera. The Hooke Verse is cool because in addition to being microphones, they’re also headphones. Which means you can listen back to your 3D Audio recordings.

3. Plug into a Stereo Input

Once you have the recording cable plugged into the Hooke Verse, power the Hooke Verse on and plug it into your DSLR camera’s jack. The Hooke Verse will automatically over ride your DSLR camera’s built in microphone.

4. Record On!

Simply press record on your DSLR camera and your videos will automatically be captured in beautiful binaural 3D Audio! For optimal results, click the menu settings on your DSLR camera to manually adjust your audio levels.

 

 

5. How To Record Binaural 3D Audio Straight to Your Computer

Have a ProTools rig? Apple Logic? Or just a Analog to digital converter that lets you record your guitar and voice into the computer? Hooke Verse will work with it.

Use the included recording cable and plug it straight into the stereo input on your Analog to digital converter. OR if your computer has a 3.5mm stereo line input, you can just go directly into it (this is rare however, only a few machines have this type of input.)

Does your analog to digital converter only have 1/4″ inputs? Grab a barrel like this one, and turn the hooke cable connector into a 1/4″ connector.

Does your analog to digital convert only have MONO 1/4″ inputs? Grab an adapter like this one and turn the hooke cable into a dual mono recording cable.

 

5. How To Live Stream In Binaural 3D Audio

One of the great benefits of having a mobile friendly, binaural 3D Audio microphone like the Hooke Verse is being able to use it with your other mobile based recording tools. Here’s how the Hooke Verse can bring your livestream to the next level, making your audiences truly feeling like they are there with you in the moment.

What you’ll need

1. A mobile friendly binaural 3D Audio microphone: Hooke Verse.

 

2. A mobile friendly recording cable.

See, Android and iOS devices are natively not set up to RECEIVE stereo audio over Bluetooth. They can SEND stereo audio over bluetooth to devices like headphones and speakers without a problem, but receiving the audio has never been done before. That’s why we use our Hooke 3D Audio recording Android and iOS apps. The apps make the handshake with our proprietary Bluetooth recording codec and allow you to stream wireless binaural 3D Audio to your phone.

What does this mean? It means in order for us to live stream to apps like Facebook Live, Periscope and Vimeo, these apps would need to incorporate the same codec that is in our Android and iOS apps in order to stream WIRELESSLY. As much as we wish Hooke Verse could work WIRELESSLY with every app, on every platform, no matter the OS or hardware configuration, it would be nearly impossible to get every app to incorporate our codec. That’s why we include a recording cable free of charge. Plug our 3D Audio recording cable into the Hooke Verse, then into your phone. The cable will automatically over ride the built in microphone.

3. Turn your phone into a stereo input.

The Hooke Verse outputs binaural 3D Audio as a two channel stereo audio file. The headphone jack on your iPhone and Android phone is a mono input, meaning one channel. So you can’t plug our recording cable into the phone and expect to record stereo audio. You have to go into the phone’s lightning or micro usb connector. There are many devices that will turn your phone into a stereo input, we recommend the Blue Mikey by Blue microphones. Plug this adapter into your phone, then plug the Hooke recording cable into the STEREO 1/8″ jack on the Blue Mikey

 

4. Hit Record!

No matter what the app, upon app it will look to the built in mic on your phone as the primary recording source. When the app opens with Hooke Verse plugged in, it will automatically treat Hooke Verse as the recording source. Simply hit record and all of your live stream video will transmit in rich binaural 3D Audio, instead of flat mono audio via the built in phone mic. All your listeners will need is a regular pair of headphones to hear the binaural 3D Audio. No special algorithms or speakers required.

 

5. Not all live stream apps are created equal

For instance, Periscope and Twitter support stereo audio. Facebook, Facebook live and Instagram do not. You can read more about that here.

Here’s a Facebook Live Stream using the configuration above. Notice how it converts all audio to mono?

Facebook Live and Hooke Audio Live Stream Test

Posted by Anthony Mattana on Monday, January 2, 2017

Here’s a Periscope Live Stream Using the Exact Same Configuration as Described Above. Notice How It’s in stereo (two channels)?

 

 

 

The Future Of Audio Is Here

If you want better audio for your videos, if you’re tired of your concert videos sounding like a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant, if you want to record GREAT audio for your band, podcast, film or art, if you want to capture a memory like it ACTUALLY sounded, then you should be capturing in binaural 3D Audio. We hear the world in 3D, we should be capturing it that way. Sound matters and binaural audio will be the format to show us why. Thanks so much for reading and record on!

Anthony Mattana

Founder, Hooke Audio

 

BTW, Here are some other great links:

What Is Binaural 3D Audio?

What Is Binaural Audio

Hooke Audio Reviews

Press

 

Music, Travel, Concerts ALL captured in Binaural 3D Audio

3D Audio Clips

 

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