Binaural Surround Test

I’ve been experimenting with binaural surround sound.

We only have two ears, yet we can still determine if a sound is coming from behind us, above us, below us, and so on.

What this means is we should be able to experience full surround sound using a normal pair of headphones and a standard stereo music file. 

For this test, I’ve taken an excerpt of the 5.1 surround mix of Frankenfido’s “Turn Out The Light”, virtually placing the speakers around the sound field using Ambisonics, and converted the output to a stereo file for headphone listening.

Unfortunately, not everyone shares exactly the same ear canal and ear shape, so our individual brains all process sounds slightly differently.

This is where you come in!

Please take a listen – using headphones – and let me know if the surround effect works for you.

For instance, the solo guitar at the beginning of clip pans all around the listener. And the voices in the next section appear from behind the listener. (Possibly!)

 

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