After a recent update, the Zoom h2.n recorder can now record ambisonic files. I had one of these units some time ago, but got rid of it as I felt it’s mics were a tad noisy, but for field recordings that’s less of an issue (well for sources at a reasonable level, anyway) I have just bought another unit and have started experimenting with recordings and processing them in Reaper. After a bit of jiggery-pokery with formats, I’m getting some interesting results. I think this may be interesting in conjunction with some binaural recordings. I intend to incorporate some things ambisonic in my upcoming albums.
The Zoom isn’t brilliant quality by any means, but it does allow me to experiment with Ambisonics, without breaking the bank having to buy a Soundfield (or similiar) mic. Also, there’s a lot of freeware ambisonic tools now available. It looks like the Youtube 360 VR thing, has finally brought ambisonics to the masses !
Anyway, here’s a montage of ambisonic recordings I made of a stream, converted to binaural (best for headphone listening)
Here’s an image of the woods on the way to the stream that I recorded.
Here’s an image of the Zoom (out in the field !) with the Zoom WSU-1 windshield on: