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Surround and 3D-Audio

SCHOEPS offers microphone arrangements for almost every available surround recording technique. Many surround microphone arrangements can be assembled with our standard microphones. Special accessories then allow for optimal usage of these microphones. Since there is essentially an infinite variety of ways to design a surround microphone arrangement, only a selection will be presented here. You can find further ideas and information in our Surround Brochure.

3D-Audio is a current topic, for which tested commercial solutions are available.




”Double M/S” is an improved version of the well-known
M/S stereo recording technique. In addition to a frontfacing
cardioid or supercardioid ”mid” microphone
and a figure-8 ”side” microphone, a rear-facing ... more

The IRT microphone cross is an arrangement for ambient recording. Its primary characteristic is a transparent and spacious rendering of the acoustic environment.




OCT Surround (Optimized Cardioid Triangle Surround) is a five-channel recording method devised by Dr. Günther Theile, which does not use matrixing.
In this approach, directional microphones are set apart at moderate distances ... more

The “ORTF Surround” recording method is a new system for the pickup of surround ambience.
This microphone arrangement and its sonic characteristics are quite similar to those of the well-known “IRT Cross“ designed by ... more



Plug-and-Play setup for 3D Audio ambience recordings
ORTF-3D Outdoor Set
  • outdoor plug and play solution for 3D Ambience
  • Wind and weatherproof with internal heating
  • 8 discrete recording channels for L, R, Ls, Rs and Lh, Rh, LSh, RSh. If a Center channel is needed, add the downmix L+R at a low level.
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Find out more about surround recording in our surround brochure, which you can download here:SCHOEPS Surround Brochure
see also:
OCT recording technique (PDF)
See also: A lecture on stereo and surround by Helmut Wittek
See also:
Surround plug-in "Double MS Tool"