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Exploratory Microphone Techniques for Three-Dimensional Classical Music Recording

At McGill University's Redpath Hall, a conventional stereo recording array was augmented with additional microphones in both the horizontal and vertical planes, yielding a 14-channel surround sound recording featuring seven discrete height channels. Based on existing multichannel recording models, microphone placement was designed to prioritize listener envelopment. Preliminary evaluations of the recordings by the authors and fellow researchers from the Graduate Program in Sound Recording at McGill University found that these 3D recordings have an increased sense of envelopment and realism as compared to traditional 5.1 surround sound. The authors have identified several areas to be further investigated through future recordings and listening tests.

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