Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Virtual Barber Shop

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You may have already come across the virtual barber shop online e.g. Youtube. If so, you'll know what to expect and already appreciate what an amazing listening experience it is.

If you haven't listened to the virtual barber shop before, your ears are in for a treat, but before you let Luigi loose on your hair, a word or two to explain what it's all about.

The virtual barber shop is an extremely clever audio clip produced by QSound Labs and represents an example of a binaural recording.

What's So Special About A Binaural Recording?

Well, according to Aaron over at the Binaural Airwaves Blog, " is the most perceptually realistic recording technique in the world for humans. By capturing sound the way we hear as humans, our brains can most easily understand the subtle complexity of the sound and make sense of it."

How To Listen to the virtual barber shop For Full Effect

1. It's essential you listen through headphones.

2. Turn the volume up.

3. Close your eyes while you listen.

4. Eliminate all other sound (kids, pets, TV etc).

You can listen to the virtual barber shop via the Youtube video below but for maximum effect I'd recommend downloading the audio file and listening to it through your iPod/MP3 player, which you can do via the following link.

Virtual Baber Shop MP3 Audio File Download

Virtual Baber Shop: YouTube Version

Want To Listen To More Binaural Recordings?

Click Here to visit the Binaural Airwaves Blog.

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