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Understanding Binaural Audio

by Bernadette Braganza December 03, 2018 2 min read

Understanding Binaural Audio

Have you ever wanted to visit every concert to listen to your favourite artist perform live? Or, sit in the studio and watch them record that bestselling album. Well, you can do all that right from the comfort of your home!

All you need is a good headphone and a binaural track of your favourite song.

Want to know more? Let’s break it down to the basics.


How We Listen

The shape of our ears, as well as the time taken for the sound to reach them, is how we are able to understand where the sound is coming from.

Let’s make it clearer with an example. You are standing in the middle of a room. You hear your friend shouting from one end of the room. Only a part of your friend’s voice will reach your ears directly. The remaining will bounce off objects in the room to reach you.

Also, if your right side is facing your friend, your friend’s voice will first reach your right ear and then the left one. This delay is hardly noticed as your brain processes it as sound from the same source, but this helps it identify the location of your friend.

Binaural audio does the same. When you listen to such music you can easily pinpoint whether the vocalist is standing in front of you, the guitarist is sitting beside you or if the drummer is playing that cool beat behind you.

Still confused? This video ought to help you (just remember to plug-in your headphones before hitting play).


But, How Do I Get this Effect in My Headphones?

Audio is usually recorded in two major ways — Mono and Stereo. A single mic is used to record music in mono. To record music in stereo mode, two mics are used. These are kept at a distance.

To give you that realistic lifelike sound, binaural music is recorded in a similar way as a stereo recording. In most cases, a dummy head is used with powerful mics fitted within the ears. This gives a more realistic listening experience as the dummy mimics the way the sound travels into human ears.


Are My Headphones Good Enough for That Concert-Like Feel?

Just like every human is different, so is every headphone. While you can listen to binaural music on all headphones, the kind of headphone will have an effect on the spaciousness on your music.

An open-back headphone or a 3D gaming headphone offers a better ‘concert-like feel’ when compared to others. Even headphones from brands like Ultrasone ought to give you a wider soundstage thanks to their S-Logic technology.


Where do I get great Binaural music?

You don’t need to go far. Just hit play on this playlist we have prepared for you.



Bernadette Braganza
Bernadette Braganza

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