For years, fans of immersive audio recording techniques have known that if you don’t have an expensive multi‑capsule or dummy‑head microphone, binaural sound can be achieved quickly and affordably by mounting microphones as close to your ears as you can — if at all possible, in your ears — and recording the output as a stereo pair. Because each channel has been captured almost from the same point as the natural audio ‘receivers‘ on our heads, when the resulting recordings are played back on headphones, they can have a three‑dimensional realism that is hard to replicate with other mic techniques.
DPA 4060 Core miniature mics have been a popular choice for binaural recording in this way because of their compact size, and now DPA have taken the logical next step and made a custom high-quality solution for binaural in-ear recording. The 4560 Core binaural mic headset positions carefully matched twin miniature DPA 4060 mics on earhooks attached to an adjustable headband, so that the mics sit just outside the wearer’s ear canal, as with iPod earbuds. If the 4560 is plugged into DPA’s MMA-A USB audio interface, it can be connected to an iOS device, making for a super-portable high-quality binaural recording rig that scarcely takes up more room than an iPod and its earbuds.
The 4560 headset will be on display at the DPA stand at January’s NAMM show and will be available later in 2020, retailing at £924 in the UK$1099.95 in the US.