GoPro Audio Reinvented.

Before you set off on your next adventure, it’s important to consider how you will want it to be remembered in the years to come. GoPro cameras today capture stunning immersive video, but GoPro audio from the built in GoPro mic leaves much to be desired. If you want to capture audio identically to the way your GoPro captures video, use a binaural microphone. Hooke Verse is the first GoPro microphone that will capture all of life’s moments in rich immersive 3D audio. This is GoPro audio reinvented. Hooke Verse is the GoPro of sound.

Watch with headphones on to hear in 3D.

Why Record Binaural Audio To Your GoPro?

Whether you’re climbing a mountain, taking in a fireworks display, or cruising through a foreign city, the Hooke Verse external GoPro mic will enable anyone who watches your video to hear exactly what you heard, how you heard it, as though they were listening through your ears. GoPro audio just got an upgrade.

  • Binaural 3D audio can be experienced on any pair of headphones, meaning you can upload your GoPro videos captured with Hooke Verse straight to the web and have any one hear it in 3D.
  • Hooke Verse plugs directly into your GoPro’s mic input, overriding the onboard mic to capture your video in 3D audio.
  • More than half of YouTube content is consumed on mobile, meaning headphone listening is at an all time high. A perfect opportunity for binaural audio.

Binaural Audio Is NOT Stereo

Binaural audio must be recorded with a binaural microphone.

A binaural microphone consists of two omni directional microphones wherein one mic is positioned very precisely within each ear. When a microphone is placed within the pinnae of each ear, a recordist is capable of recording audio identically to the way they hear it.

Hearing Is Believing

When you listen back to binaural audio recording on any 2 channel system (so any pair of speakers or headphones) you will feel like you are there in the moment, hearing it identically to the way the recordist did at point of record. Hear for yourself (recommended with headphones on).


How To Record Binaural 3D Audio On a GoPro

These days binaural 3d audio is becoming more accessible, with a lot of companies creating products that let you consume 3D Audio or create 3D Audio on professional rigs. But what if you want to capture 3D Audio on your GoPro? Well, now you can. This is how you record 3d audio to a GoPro. It’s actually easy to capture professional audio to an GoPro and the results are mind blowing!

1. Identify Which GoPro Camera You Own

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. 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. 

 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. 

3. 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.

4. 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.


Binaural Audio Will Change GoPro Audio Forever

What Is Binaural 3D Audio?

Mimicking the way our ears hear naturally, 3D or spatial audio allows people to hear sounds all around them in more accurate detail than stereo. 3D audio creates a clear pinpoint to where sound is coming from in an acoustic space which enables better listening. We hear the world in 3D audio, we should be capturing it that way.

  • Binaural sound is not to be confused with conventional stereo sound. Stereo does not factor in the natural ear spacing or “head shadow” of the head and ears.
  • Dr. Who released an episode recorded completely in binaural audio in 2017.
  • The BBC rigged an binaural microphone array at the Royal Albert Hall this season and is using it to record concerts in three-dimensional sound.
  • Hooke Verse is the world’s first Bluetooth binaural 3d audio microphone.

Unlock the True Potential of Storytelling

Read More about Binaural GoPro Recording: Hooke 3D Audio Blog

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The GoPro may be the perfect tool for capturing the visual aspect of a death-defying experience, but the built-in microphone doesn’t come anywhere close to capturing what that experience sounds like. That’s where the Hooke Verse comes in. The Verse is the world’s first binaural 3D audio headset, with microphones embedded in each earbud. The Verse produces 360 audio so immersive that whoever listens to your recording through any ordinary pair of headphones will hear exactly what you heard, how you heard it, as though they were listening through your ears.


 

GoPro Filmmaking Reimagined

Watch With Headphones On.

The GoPro may be the perfect tool for capturing the visual aspect of a death-defying experience, but the built-in microphone doesn’t come anywhere close to capturing what that experience sounds like. That’s where the Hooke Verse comes in. The Verse is the world’s first binaural 3D audio headset, with microphones embedded in each earbud. The Verse produces 360 audio so immersive that whoever listens to your recording through any ordinary pair of headphones will hear exactly what you heard, how you heard it, as though they were listening through your ears.

Case Study: Sam Incardona: Rock Climber

When Sam Incardona set out to climb Pyramid Peak in Colorado’s Aspen wilderness, he brought along his GoPro (natch) as well as a new device for recording 3D audio: the Hooke Verse. Pyramid Peak was to be Incardona’s 21st “fourteener” — climber-speak for a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet. Incardona, a digital marketing strategist based in Denver, records his climbs because he wants to inspire other people to try it out for themselves.

“I’m a huge advocate for the sport, both as a physical exercise and as a cathartic mental experience, “ Incardona says. “It makes you focus with the utmost concentration on the activity right in front of you — which is to not fall to your death. You learn a lot about yourself, and decision making, and calculated risk taking. A lot of people haven’t climbed before so I wanted to put together a fully immersive media experience to help galvanize interest.”

“The GoPro helps you see exactly what I see as I climb,” Incardona says, “so it was really cool to include an audio component because now you can hear what I was hearing. I’d never climbed with headphones in before, but once I figured out how to use the Verse, I didn’t even notice I was wearing them. You can hear how my breathing changes the higher I climb — and how nervous I’m getting. I literally start talking to myself. Minus the tactile sensation, you’re almost getting the whole experience.” Check it out for yourself.

Incardona’s favorite part of the recording occurs at the base of the final peak. “There’s this huge rock cut-out and the face is right in front of you,” he says. “It’s naturally shaped like an amphitheater so any yells or noises have this crazy echo. Everyone was taking turns hooting and hollering, and it was really cool to be able to pick that up.”

Though the headset itself was never a hindrance, Incardona did wind up learning a couple things by trial and error about how to ensure a clean recording with the Verse while rock climbing.

  • He used an elastic chest harness to house his GoPro, and there were times when the chord connecting the GoPro through the harness to the Verse would jar loose. So, for his next 3d audio-recorded climb, Incardona applied a small piece of duct tape where the chord ran into the harness.
  • The connecting chord that comes with the Verse features a wheel mechanism for letting in or giving out cable. “If you have a helmet on, as Incardona did, “the wheel might bounce against the helmet,” he says, “and you’ll pick up peripheral noise.” His solution: simply tuck the wheel under the helmet

Incardona applied these lessons when he took the Verse to South Dakota to climb the back of Mount Rushmore. “In Colorado, climbing is a more mainstream thing to do,” he says. “You have a lot of beginners, a lot more bolts to clip into, and a lot more general information on the routes. South Dakota is more of a Wild West. Some of the bolts are old and rusty and super far apart. Which is cool! But it definitely takes a toll on you mentally.”

Incardona continues: “When you’re really scared to move, you get ‘T-rex’ arms. There’s this part [at the 5:58 mark] where I shimmy up a crack and the holds are really small. I say ‘Ooh, that’s tight’ — and not ‘tight’ in the cool way.”

Rock climbing is a seasonal pursuit. When winter rolls around, Incardona will start skiing down mountains (rather than scaling them with his bare hands). And the Verse is just as good at picking up the swooshing of snow. No matter what kind of GoPro adventurer you are, the Verse is your best option — in fact, it’s your only one — for enhancing your viewer’s sensation of immersion with 3D audio. It helps capture all the sounds that you hear while you’re out on your adventure and letting your viewer experience them as if they were out on the cliff or the hilltop with you. If you ever want to experience that thrill again, all you have to do is go through your files, plug in your headphones, and let yourself be taken back to that place and time, carried away on the rush of adrenaline.

The Future

Hooke Verse is the world’s first binaural audio recording headset. The price? $239.99. These Bluetooth headphones have microphones embedded in each earbud and pair with your smartphone. You can also connect the Verse to a DSLR or a GoPro. The future of audio has arrived.