360 Field Recording With Spatial Mic

360 Field Recording With Spatial Mic
November 21, 2019 Voyage Audio
Spatial Mic Field Recording 360 Audio Sea Cove

Capturing audio in the field is a rewarding yet unforgiving endeavor. Natural soundscapes, animals in the wild, along with musicians and people in casual environments (non-studio) won’t necessarily pause their activities while the recorder and mics are setup. That’s why Spatial Mic, with 8 channel single wire connectivity, can be an invaluable tool to capture incredible audio in the wild.

There is something special about capturing audio and video in 360 degrees — for the creator it instantly transports you back to the location and for the viewer it gives a glimpse into another world. First we’ll take a look at the setup we use for capturing 360 audio and video and then we’ll experience the results.

Spatial Mic 360 Audio & Video Setup

To test just how easy recording with Spatial Mic is, we created a simple setup consisting of the following gear:

Take a look at the photo below to see this setup in action.

Spatial Mic Field Recording Insta360 OneX Sea CoveSights & Sounds

On a warm Fall day we set off to explore our surroundings in San Diego. From the cliffs to the bay we found interesting sounds to capture and share. Take a look and listen to the video below. Remember that this is a 360 video with embedded Spatial Audio – you can click and drag to rotate and make the audio change accordingly. If you are interested in downloading some raw audio clips from this video, head on over to this post.

Later, we ventured over to Balboa Park to record some musicians. Again, the same setup was used to quickly record these performances. Here is Harpist Hunter Mitchell recorded with Spatial Mic:

If you would like to experience more 360 videos, head on over to the Voyage Audio Youtube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe, so you can be alerted as we post more content.

Going Further

Field recording with Spatial Mic is a fun and rewarding process due to its ease of use.

The setup was rock-solid and we never encountered a single problem when recording to multi-track DAW. In under a minute, we could unfold the mic stand, make the connection and press record on the iPhone and Insta360 OneX.

Spatial Mic Field Recording Insta360 OneX Train Station

We edited the 360 videos together using the Insta360 Studio software & Adobe Premiere. Then, moving to Reaper, we synced up the audio and video. Finally, we used the Facebook 360 Encoder app to create Youtube 360 (1st order), Facebook 360 (2nd Order) and Matroska (Oculus Quest) files for playback.

We hope to bring a more detailed overview of this editing process in a future post. In addition, if you are interested in listening to these files with 2nd order ambisonics, head on over to the Voyage Audio Facebook page!

Thanks for listening and please reach out if there is anything you’d like us to capture or have explained in future blog articles. Of course, don’t forget to check out Spatial Mic!