Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Neumann Model KU 100 Binaural Microphone


The KU 100 dummy head is a binaural stereo microphone. It resembles the human head and has two microphone capsules built into the ears. When listening through high-quality headphones it gives the illusion of being right at the scene of the acoustic events.

When using the KU 100 dummy head, the binaural stereo experience moves the listener into the scene of the original performance, in contrast to other space-related recording techniques, where the acoustic event is moved to the listener.
Released before the surround sound heyday in 1992, the KU 100 was the premier way to record stereo to be reproduced in headphones but now it seems it is more of a scientific measuring instrument. At a retail price of $5000, I will be left wondering about the utility of the Max Headroom of microphones. I hope I find one at a garage sale.

Neumann KU 100