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Comparison of different techniques for recording and postproduction using main-microphone arrays for binaural reproduction.

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We present a subjective evaluation of six 3D main-microphone techniques for three-dimensional binaural music production. Forty-seven subjects participated in the survey, listening on headphones. Results show a subjective preference for ESMA-3D, followed by Decca tree with height, of the included 3D arrays. However, the dummy head and a stereo AB microphone performed as well than any of the arrays for the general preference, timbre and envelopment. Though not implemented for this study, our workflow allows the possibility to include individualized HRTF's and head-tracking; their impact will be considered in a future study.

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