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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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3 Comments

  1. Colin Richardson
    November 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    Stephen!
    You made my day with all of your talk about your interest in binaural audio. I’ve been a fan of this technology for years, back from when I first stumbled across the “Virtual Barber Shop” clip on YouTube which from the date stamp was posted up nine years ago.

    It’s always surprised me that it wasn’t something that took off as *the* definitive way to record podcasts and especially radio dramas (yes, I’ll stick to my guns on the old terminology. I’ve hit my mid-thirties and feel I’ve earned the right to fear change). I find from an immersion point of view, nothing else can compare with the effect it delivers. Putting aside factors like combining streams from participants at multiple locations which would possibly rule it out for certain podcast recording setups, I’m still surprised it never really seemed to get the attention I always felt it deserved. Are there other major technical setbacks I’m not considering that rules it out as a competitive technology?

    You’d mentioned having found a few other radio dramas that are recording in binaural. I’d love to know which ones they were, if there were any that really stood out for you. I’m always on the hunt for people working with the technology.

    Keep up the fine work!

    • November 21, 2016 at 8:04 am — Reply

      One of the biggest drawbacks is, until recently, a good binaural microphone cost $8,000 and up.

      Here is an article I wrote about my experiences so far.
      http://www.stephenschleicher.com/building-binaural-microphone-part-1/

      I’m listening to Darkest Night, which is a bit disturbing, but the experience does work. I will not that it is a bit harder to create the experience in post with a stereo effect, but I think some shows are doing this and claiming it is binaural.

      Thanks for listening, and thank you for your comments!

      • November 21, 2016 at 8:54 am — Reply

        Also, those who are highest Patreon members have access to some stuff we’ve been working on using this technology.

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