The BBC Experiments in Binaural 3D Sound For the Proms 2016

For anyone interested in 3D audio and a more "Immersive" sound experience, the BBC have been experimenting with Binaural 3D sound recording at the Proms this year.

Grab your headphones and listen to the results over at the BBC Proms website here. (Due to licensing the content may well be restricted in some regions)

Here's what they say about the event:
If quality of sound is important to you when listening to classical music, you may be interested in this experiment we’ve been doing at the 2016 Proms. Enhance your headphone listening experience with these immersive audio clips and read more about the trial below.

BBC Research & Development has rigged an additional microphone array at the Royal Albert Hall this season and is using it to record three-dimensional sound. Using new audio processing and production techniques the research team has used this new mic array (and the existing complement of Radio 3 microphones) to create binaural mixes of some wonderful Proms performances.

The shape of the human head, shoulders and ears informs how we perceive sound and binaural processing emulates that effect to create a 3D audio sensation for headphone listeners. The effects vary between listeners but we hope you'll get a sense of height and width in the music, with the Royal Albert Hall acoustic surrounding you. You might even hear the sounds as though they are outside your head, much like actually being at the Proms.


The 3D microphone array used to produce binaural sound from the Royal Albert Hall.


Read more about the binaural mixing process here and more about BBC R&D's work on binaural broadcasting here.

How to listen

The results from the trial are at the top of the page, where you can listen to our selection of experimental binaural recordings from this year's Proms.

Use your normal headphones or in-ears but make sure you wear them correctly for the binaural effect to work properly - with the left earphone on your left ear and the right earphone on your right ear.


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