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Hear360 begins shipping its ASMR-ready omni-binaural microphone, the 8ball

  • Author:chinatopwin
  • Source:chinatopwin
  • Release on:2018-02-22
Magic 8-Balls have been known to hold some disappointing, trivial answers to teenage life’s 
hardest questions, but one LA startup is hoping to find success in them. Hear360 has just begun 
shipping pre-orders of 8ball, a souped-up binaural 360 microphone rig geared toward 
professionals that are all about experimenting in new immersive mediums.

The 8ball is an “omni-binaural” microphone, meaning it captures 360 audio of a space using four 
pairs of omnidirectional mics. The effect is 8 tracks of sound that envelops the listener wherever 
they turn, something pretty essential for virtual reality specifically. The unique design involves a 
custom clamping mechanism that means the rig can be mounted below a 360 camera and stay 
out of the shot, capturing sophisticated audio invisibly as a result. Buyers of the $2,500 8ball will 
get a bunch of pro plug-in tools so they can fit the product into their editing pipeline with ease. 
The system is available for order here.

CEO Matt Marrin and his co-founder CTO Greg Morgenstein got together in 2016 with the idea 
of a high-end microphone system that got everything right. The audio engineers bootstrapped the 
company the best way they knew how, funding the project by continuing to mix records on the 
side. Last year, the team closed a $1 million round of funding from creative audio agency Grayson