Why Binaural Audio Recording Matters for Guitarists

Tracking guitars in a studio is pretty straight forward. Acoustic guitars can get a mic placed in front of them, or get directly plugged into a DI box just like an electric guitar. You’ll get a clean isolated sound, but it’s not very natural. A natural sounding guitar takes in the acoustical aspects of the room it’s playing in.

Being in the live room and being in the studio are two totally different experiences, both allow you to experiencing sound in a different way. In the live room, you are present and creating the music, but in the sound booth, you are getting the music from speakers in a stereo format. While the instrument might be tuned correctly and panned left and right to get that immersive feel, it can still sound kind of…for lack of a better word, flat.

Every artists wants their listeners in the room with them, hearing exactly what they did when playing guitar. That’s why binaural audio is a great way to capture EVERY aspect of your instrument.

Binaural audio is completely immersive. You get transported to the exact space that the musician was in. You get to hear it how they recorded it, from their point of view, and not just through a stereo track as a listener. You get to hear it as if you were right in the middle of the action.

Binaural audio is the next big thing. It was first introduced in the late 19th century but has since been untouched. However, as more and more people learn about it, the more and more they are amazed by it.

Check out people discovering binaural audio, because we believe that hearing is believing:

What Is Binaural Audio? How Does It Work?

Binaural or Binaural 3D audio is audio captured identically to the way we hear the world. When audio is captured with a binaural microphone like the Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com), it is capturing the exact location of every sound source and where it is in relation to the recordist upon capture. When you listen back to binaural audio recording on any 2 channel system (so any pair of speakers, any pair of headphones) you will feel like you are there in the moment, hearing it identically to the way the recordist did when they were capturing it.

Check out this guitarist recording with the Hooke Verse (wear headphones please):

As more and more people are discovering 3D audio, they are using it to record their music. Because what better way to experience the music than as if you were performing it yourself, right there in the middle of all the performance?

Binaural audio is a great new way to record anything and everything as a musician. It’s light, portable, and connects with any device so that you can record anywhere and on the go. You can capture your point of view as the musician, or even the point of view from the audience. To be able to record yourself, all you need is a space, an instrument, a wearable pair of binaural headphones, and you’re ready to go.

When using binaural recording methods, you are becoming part of the revolution of recording technology. Artists no longer have to be tied to a specific space in a recording studio with wires and cables. You can be just about anywhere in the world, and record anything you want to. Advancements in technology have allowed for us as artists and musicians to travel more and be able to transport our careers around the world to different spaces. Whether it’s another professional studio, a make-shift one, a stage, or even just a room with a group of other musicians. We are afforded the privilege to take our art anywhere in the world and are guaranteed a space to create it.

So what if we cut out the wires and cables even more? What happens when it’s just the artist, the music, and the recorder?

The Hooke Verse is a great tool for artists because it’s bluetooth, binaural, and hooks up to any of your portable devices like your smartphone, GoPro, and even your DSLR camera. There are so many devices you can record to, there is no excuse to not go out into the world and create something. There have been so many advancements in technology recently that you automatically have everything you need in the palm of your hand with your cell phone. But why not take that a step further and get something that will enhance your entire creating experience? Not only do you have the opportunity to transport someone directly into the recording space, but with binaural recording technology you can also connect to the emotions that someone has while they are playing. With binaural recording technology, you are recording literally everything in the space where you are–every movement, every sound, and every emotion. Connecting audio and visual only further enhances the experience for the viewer, as the visual aspect is almost a confirmation of what you are hearing. Because sound matters. So why not give it everything that you can, and let people feel your emotions, too?

Keep on listening, and keep creating!

Hooke Audio Team Member

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