live and alive recording with in-ear mikes

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Introducing the OKM technology made in Germany see with your ears and hear what you see

Recording audio for DSLR users can be challenging. Choosing the most suitable microphones is one of the key difficulties. There are too many products available on the market that are too heavy and expensive. Usually the microphones are not good enough or give no binaural feeling and panorama, because the two channels L+R are mounted too close on the cam as a stereo mike. On top of that, unwanted and additional noise can be produced while focussing the lens by the stepper motor or just by the operator while handling the camera.
The secret for a great audio recording is either to get a very realistic binaural characteristic at the point of your cam, or to get the microphone as close as possible to the subject or person you are recording. However, getting a mike close is not always possible and the built-in microphones on all DSLR’s are unsuitable. While some of the most recent cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III, 70D, C100, black magic cinema etc. have headphone capability, their audio pre-amplifiers are still far from delivering a decent quality for any professional use. Recording DSLR sound separately from the camera and then later syncing it up in your editing software is a solution if you use editing softwares such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere. But if you are moving around taking your footage, you have to keep an eye on your field recorder. But what do you do if your mike is connected to your cam with XLR cables and you have to change the shooting spot quickly, as for example for single wedding film maker?
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There is a professional solution matching all these needs for DSLR audio:
The German manufacturer Soundman was founded in 1982 as ‘Soundman Shop’ in Berlin. It was the first specialized store worldwide for walkman, portable recorders and equipment. Their engineers started developing the first binaural microphones in 1984.
Today, the modern development of 3D cinema opens a wide space for
Soundman OKM Mike 3D audio recording solutions.
The secret (besides top-quality mike capsules by Sennheiser) is to catch the sound at the same place where your eardrum gets all necessary informations for good locating directions of sound such as "danger" or "food". Babies turn the head listening to their mother coming closer, they realize the acoustic surrounding due to the location of the two ears with the face/nose in between. The sound waves arrive at different moments and the brain is able to derive direction infos from this difference. So the only way to get this perfect binaural infos is to get the dummy "John" with modeled silicone ears (included in the price), or use your own ears. Just be careful not turning your head too much during recording.

Listen to our 5 min demo and you understand the difference:


You can use Soundman OKM mikes in a lot of different ways,
CLICK HERE to get to know how the famous National Geographic Photographer John Stanmeyer uses Soundman OKM mikes!
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Minimal equipment: DSLR with (40mm) pancake and in-ear mikes plugged in