We are going to explore 3 ways in which ambisonic microphones can improve your workflow. At the end of the article, I included a few examples of recordings we made using the Sennheiser Ambeo microphone.
This post is less about the technical information on ambisonics and more about our personal thoughts on using ambisonic microphones.
Ambisonic Microphones are Small
- Ambisonic microphones take up little space. This is because the capsules are close together in an arrangement known as a tetrahedral array. This allows the microphone to record in 360 capturing audio in all directions.
- The size makes it easy to jam the microphone in small spaces like cars, helmets, boxes, tubes, and bigger pipes. The recordist can also fit the mic in a small bag or case for easy travel.
Ambisonic Microphones are Flexible
- With ambisonic microphones, you can adjust the width, pattern, direction, and format in the post edit which can be useful depending on the sound you are designing. This also potentially gives post production more options later on.
Ambisonic Microphones are Affordable
- Well, sort of affordable. Ambisonic microphones tend to be cheaper than buying multiple-spaced microphones. Sennheiser Ambeo new will cost around 1300 and the Rode NT-SF1 costs around $1000. The Sennheiser Ambeo comes with foam, so for high wind you will want to invest in a windshield. The Rode NT-SF1 comes with a pop shield and dead cat which will make this a better budget pick. I don’t own the Rode NT-SF1 but check out a link here if you are interested in seeing it in action.
Below are some additional microphone options for people interested in ambisonics.
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- Sennheiser Ambeo microphone costs around 1,295.00 – Check out the mic here: Link.
- Rode NT-SF1 costs around $1000: Check out the mic here: Link.
- Core Sound TetraMic which starts at 625.00 – you can check out the microphone here: Link.
- The Zoom H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder starts at $249.99 – Check out Here: Link.
- The microphones stereo imaging doesn’t always sound as good as spaced surround setups.
- Takes up a lot of memory on memory cards and drives.
- You have to decode the audio in order to hear the sound properly.
- Some recorders charge extra for the ambisonic plugin.
Hopefully, if you are interested in ambisonic recording you found this article useful. You can always leave a comment below if you have any questions about the microphones or ambisonic recording in general.
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