First things first...let's talk briefly about fidelity.
Remember - all of the tracks that you stream on Soundcloud are transcoded by the player down to 128 kbps mp3 format; quite often this results in a significant loss of fidelity. If you really want to know how good (or bad) a post sounds, you should download it (if possible) as that will preserve the fidelity of the posted file. I mention this because at Immersifi Recording Services, we're all about fidelity, accuracy, and realism.
Which brings me to Immersifi Recording Services. We put a lot of thought, time, and effort into our recording process and don't want you to miss out on any of the realism and fidelity of our recordings.
We specialize in live recordings, whether concert, club, or natural setting, that transport the space to the ears of the listener. That is, when you listen to one of our recordings, you will immediately notice a 'you are there' element of the sound. This is because we specialize in binaural recordings made using the industry standard Neumann KU 100 mannequin head microphone.
Binaural is similar to conventional stereo in that two channels are used to create the sonic image, however, unlike conventional stereo recordings, the mannequin head microphone provides a very realistic reproduction of your own hearing process; as you listen to one of our recordings you will note that instruments and voices are very defined in space. That is, you will hear things as you would have heard them had you been seated where the microphone was placed for the recording.
Contrast this with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound techniques - those rely upon synthetic approaches to 'place' certain sounds in a specific speaker (left, center, right, surround left, surround right, etc) and require a lot of hardware to reproduce the recording. Binaural however requires only two things - a media player (iPod etc or computer) and a pair of headphones. That's all that's required to get the effect. The better the headphones, the more realistic and enveloping will be the experience.
You probably own a smart phone...and you probably own headphones. Given these two modern conveniences, you have all that you need to experience binaural - anywhere, anytime.
Binaural files can be played back on any two-channel device, however, headphones are pretty much required if the desired effect is to be realized. This is because headphones put the sound at your ears just as these sounds were 'heard' by the ears of the mannequin microphone. If and when you use speakers, the effect is greatly diminished due to something called 'crosstalk'. This is where sound that's intended for one ear reaches the other ear. This cross-talk occurs any time you listen to any recording (stereo or binaural) over loudspeakers because the sound from both speakers fills the room - in essence, the room acts as the 'mixing bowl' for all sounds coming from your speakers.
By contrast, headphones ensure that only the information intended for your right ear reaches your right ear - likewise for the left. This is just like what you would experience in real, everyday life as you listen to the world around you. In other words, binaural recordings very closely replicate sound as you normally - and naturally - experience it.
So, with all that somewhat technical-centric mumbo-jumbo out of the way, we urge you to download our posts, grab your headphones, and listen. We think you'll like what you hear.