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The Musician's EarTM
"Hassle-free" Stereo Microphone for Musicians
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- Alyssa Park, violin & Bryan Pezzone, piano
Violin/Piano: Beethoven (18", 693KB) Violin/Piano: Brahms (1'14", 2.9MB)
- Divi Zheni (a Bulgarian chorus) rehearsing with director Tatiana Sarbinska
(49", 1.9MB). Chorus was in a deep U-shape with director at open end. Ear was in the middle of the U.
- Richard Grayson, piano improvisation
Request for "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in style of Gershwin (5'25", 12.5MB).
Opening of "Rudolf" file (1'20", 3MB)
Shows Ear's ability to pick up sources at various angles and distances. Ear was on floor five feet off treble end of keyboard. Richard Grayson was at keyboard. Mike Vanier, who makes the request, was eight feet from mike and to the left. James Boyk, who asks verification of Gershwin style, is to the right and 15 feet away.
- Alive! with Music
Piano and speaking voices (4', 9.5MB)
Excerpts from April 9, 2003, Caltech session on Beethoven's Sonata, Opus 110. The sonata was presented as work in progress by Saiko Okawa, a student of James Boyk, who explicates the piece. Comments come from attendees sitting at various distances and angles.
- Anonymous Musicians
Cello (2.5MB) College Organ (707KB)
Church Organ (1.5MB) Soprano (1'03", 2.4MB)
Tenor (30", 1.1MB)
Recordings used by kind permission of the performers; no endorsement implied. Occasional "ticks" are not present in originals. In violin/piano samples, a creaking stage floor is sometimes heard.
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(If you prefer PDF, here's a one-page flyer.)
Lies on floor. No need for stand, boom or shock mount. Yet it hears you well, even from a distance.
Plugs into Line input of any recorder. No "mike input" needed; no preamplifier needed. (Preamps are built in.)
Dimensions: Smaller than a piece of typing paper (but thicker): 10.5 x 6.75 x 1.5 inches; see photo below. (Prototype, shown at top, is a bit smaller.)
Weight: Approximately one pound, six ounces, including batteries (not supplied) and cable.
Features: Pilot light is also battery-level indicator. Protection circuitry prevents damage from wrong insertion of batteries.
Conceived and designed by: James Boyk. Circuit by Peter Sutheim, Earworks. Board layout: Leon Bellan.
Price: $695. Note that when you use The Musician's Ear, you do not need the following items: Stereo preamplifier, mike stand, boom, shock mount, mike cables.
The first three Ear mikes before shipping to Ohio State University's Music Department. (Switches are white when off, pale green when on, as in top picture.)
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