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Comparing Externalization Between the Neumann KU100 Versus Low Cost DIY Binaural Dummy Head

Music is usually recorded using traditional microphone techniques. With technology continually advancing, binaural recording has become more popular, that is, a recording where two microphones are used to create a three-dimensional stereo image. Commercially available binaural heads are prohibitively expensive and not practical for use in typical educational environments or for casual use in a home studio. This experiment consisted of gathering recorded stimuli with a homemade binaural head and the Neumann KU 100. The recordings were played back for 34 subjects instructed to rate the level of externalization for each example. The study investigates whether a homemade binaural head made for under $500 can externalize sound as well as a commercially available binaural head the Neumann KU 100.

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