After long time of great results using my V1 and V2 binaural mics, some Sound Engineer friends asked me, why don´t you add phantom power to your Binaural Microphone? My answer was allways quick… At the begining I didnt intented this microphone for studio use, but rather making a portable device which I could take anywhere and get Binaural sound without dedicated sound recorders, using the input of my video or DSLR camera.
However after thinking a lot I decided to go further and make a Pro version allowing Phantom power and balanced outputs for better handling of noise. I also wanted to use better capsules as I found finally in Europe a resource of high quality electrec capsules of the brand Primo.
The specifications of this capsules are simply stuning, considering their small size and similarities with other capsules of this range:
- The Signal to Noise Ratio of 80dB makes really quiet and perfect for Nature recording.
- The frequency response, whcih starts to fall slighty over 10Khz, make them less harsh than my other models and the non linearity above that range is easy to compensate with EQ.
- Very nice frecuency response in the low and middle range, warm and defined recordings.
- The Maximum SPL is 135dB S.P.L. making them aswell suitable for loud situations.
In the design of the various cases, I allways found many problems to solve. In fact I spent 80% of the time sketching ideas. This time I went traditional with the Binaural concept and decided to use a Human Model Head… Thinking this was going to be much easier… but not at all!
After nearly 2 months looking for all sort of suppliers, Maniquin heads and thinking other possibilities, I finally found the right kind of head I was looking for. Quite happy with the look of it I started the full construction of the first model with an outstanding result in Look and sound quality.
MrBin. was born, I needed to give it a name with personality as now it wasn´t a gadjet anymore, but rather a humanoid looking device.
The overall design idea was to minimize elements that could interfere with the head shape, so all the connections and electronics are located at the bottom of the unit. I beautifully created a base stand out of a piece of Wood using my CNC machine to make all the connections holes and screws to fit perfectly. The Mic Stand connector is in front of the XLR connections, this way they are easy to access and connect.
The Choice of Phantom power allow you to plug Balanced signal cables and in case you need to, use very long leads without introducing hum or noise. In my opinion the best feature about this model is the possibility to use whatever Microphone preamps you have, increasing the quality of the recording significantly when using good preamplifiers.