The mikes are really great. I mounted them on a pair of eye glasses just
in front of the ears. Binaural effect is quite spectacular.
L.P. in Canada wrote:
I'm interested in recording ambient sounds, mostly from the natural
world. I've been using your mics in Prince Edward Island (Canada) this
summer; have used them clipped to my glasses, plugged into a Zoom
recorder in my pocket. I'm very happy with the results. They are
unquestionably sensitive enough for my needs; the sound is thoroughly
convincing. Also I've been able to establish empirically that the
heavy-duty windscreens do make a difference. Count me a satisfied
M.L. in Japan wrote:
I am a repeat customer, having ordered a set of csb mics from you about
ten years ago! I am happy to report that despite regular use and less
than delicate handling, they are still in excellent condition and
performing well. Your very solid assembly technique is rare and most
appreciated in this day and age. Thank you so much for your attention to
detail and very high quality standards.
Just to let you know, I bought your Core Sound Binaural mics with
bass thingy [bass roll-off filter] a month or so ago. I made my first
ever recording at a music festival this weekend and I'm delighted with
the result. Your mics worked perfectly, I learnt a few things about
taping this weekend too, but overall had great fun and got a reasonable
Van Morrison recording that I wanted. So a big thanks for all your
I used the coresound mics for field recordings while in India and
loved them--everyone else does too. Im planning on getting the high-end
binaurals for my next trip.
...on May 10th. I'll be filming the new Porsche Cayman S car launch
in in Texas. The second most common compliment I receive about my video
productions is how incredible the audio is... thanks to you/Core
H.O. in London England wrote:
Just to let you know that I used the binaural mics in Iceland last week
and they sounded superb and were very easy to use. Many thanks indeed for
your excellent product.
R.P. in Finland wrote:
Just writing you to let you know that the microphones I ordered in
January have not only arrived safely but also have been put through the
trial of fire (so to speak) which they passed with high marks. A nice
set of mics, indeed, and they seem to cope with nasty recording
situations rather well.
You guys are top notch, love all of your products I have purchased over
the years from you guys!
I purchased a pair of Core Sound Binaural microphones with the bass
roll-off filter in November 2008. Over the past 10 months, I have used
these microphones to record gigs by local and independent bands at small
venues, as well as recording band practices in a living room, and I have
been truly happy and sometimes amazed by the results. The microphones
have given me a crisp. clear sound that is truly impressive, even when
recording very loud bands that seem chaotic - the microphones allow me
to hear things in the performances that I had missed while hearing it
I have used the CSBs for maybe a hundred recordings over the last 5
years, without incident. These little guys are durable as hell and
sound great fantastic, especially considering the cost. I love em.
It's been a while (as you can see from the e-mail below [written in
2001]), but my Core Sound binaural mics with battery box are still going
strong after many years of use. I couldn't be happier with them! ...
Thanks for your help and for the very high quality of your products.
They have brought me and mine many, many hours of recording and
First off, thanks again for making wonderful mics! I've had a pair of
your stealthy binaurals for years and love them - even my friend who
does pro-level sound recording for film and TV thinks highly of them,
and he thinks nothing of dropping thousands of dollars on a
Thank you for getting my order to me on time. The recording came out
great even considering it was done at possibly the worst (acoustically)
venues in Philadelphia. You have another fan of Core Sound
R.W., recording digitally, wrote:
I've been happily using your CSBs for a couple of years. Lots of
nice recordings. They are fabulous mics.
I got the microphones and wanted to say thanks. They are amazing.
The pristine recording quality is absolutely stunning. I have recorded
several concerts, and when I listen to the playback, I am there again.
I can actually visualize the musicians and every move they make as they
play. The ease of use and amazing quality of build and sound makes
these microphones the absolute best. Thanks again for your support and
for an amazing product.
E.H.L in Norway wrote:
I just have to say, they are FANTASTIC. I'm VERY satisfied with them.
I will tell all I know, who might be interested, about these mic. and
They arrived today in perfect condition. Played with them for a bit and
I am very impressed! Thanks for the excellent recommendation and for
your exemplary customer service.
I have now purchased (2) sets of CSB mics, (1) set of HEB mics with
4060 capsules and the mic 24/96 and have loved them all. You make the
best quality portable audio available in my opinion. I also appreciate
the fact that these mics are so easy to sell used - I sold my 4060 mics
on eBay for $850 after two years of use!
Last week your microphone set arrived. Since that time I have used them
twice and the results of their use was staggering.
I work on pipe organs and for 28 years I have worked at the Crystal
Cathedral in California which has an enormous pipe organ with 17,000+
pipes. This includes pipes of 32' length speaking at 32 Hz. and up to
and well over 8,000+ Hz. This organ produces a vast amount of sound
and at times about 110 db. It is very hard to record this organ well.
Last Sunday there was a major concert which I recorded using your mics
the result were fantastic. 32' sounds were there, bass response was
almost too much and clear and clean higher pitches. Many have claimed
that this is the very finest recording of the organ ever done.
Let me express my gratitude and complete satisfaction with your fine
product and wish you the best of luck with them.
Q.P., in South Africa, wrote:
I would just like to let you know that I received my microphones today,
and after "playing" around with them, I'm stunned at how scaringly
realistic the recordings I did, are.
Thank you also for all the trouble you went through to make sure that I
get my microphones.
B.L. in Texas wrote:
...By the way, the binaural mics work great with the Sony PCM-M1!
On the binaural mics I bought last year just before the New Orleans Jazz
Fest. I've been taping shows since the mid 80s, usually very kamikaze
style. These mics were the best purchase I've made in my bootlegging
career. I use them with an Iriver ihp120 and it's a no brainer. I have
a bag with the mics/recorder. I just put the mics clipped to the bag
opening, set levels, hit record and forget about it. What comes back is
an incredible record of what it was like to be wherever I'm recording.
From whisper quiet acoustic shows to standing in front of a speaker
stack at a festival, the results are always fantastic. I wish I'd
bought these years ago. Last night I taped the first Western
Hemisphere performance of Toumani Diabate and the Symetric Orchestra
from West Africa/Mali. I'm listening to the recording and it sounds
better than it did in the house last night and they were mindblowingly
Thanks for a great and very reasonably priced product.
I have recorded many shows using the microphones I purchased from
you, sometimes with astounding results based upon the taping conditions
at the show.
Last Sunday I went to see the Scottish band called Nazareth who were
quite famous in the 1970's. I used my D8 and Core Sound Binaurals
mounted on my glasses near my ears. The venue was small with perhaps
500 people there so the crowd were generally well behaved and quiet when
the band was playing. The band was loud but the sound was mixed well
and I sat directly (and I mean directly) in front of the mixing desk and
the resulting recording I got was really excellent, much better than my
ears heard at the time. I use the microphone input on my D8 set to low
sensitivity and the bass roll off filter and I have never had a problem
with pre-amp overload.
Anyway thanks for an excellent product with the binaural microphones
I can recommend them to anybody who wants to make really nice recordings
of live concerts in a stealthy way.
...Considering all the money I've spent over the years for the sake of high
fidelity, your microphone set has been the greatest value of ALL!
The sound your product records is amazing and worth the wait. If I close
my eyes I can't believe I am not in the recording location.
S. in Canada wrote:
I have received my mic set last week, and i have used them yesterday for
an acoustic show.
I must say that your mic set is AWESOME! The sound response is very
good and since it was acoustic, i had to set the pre-amp on my recorder
very high and the mic sound was crystal clear!
Very professionnal stuff and support, very surprised that a battery was
actually included in the battery box (since thing like that are usually
sold as battery not included).
Very good stuff, thanks a lot Core Sound!
I have used your CSB mics for 10 years with awesome results...
R.P. in Helsinki wrote
...I was at an Oresund Space Collective gig in Helsinki last April
and put my mics alongside those of Scott Heller (the band's leader). He
uses your mics, I've been using Giant Squid. Scott and I both agree
that the difference in quality between the recordings is quite
noticeable - ie. his was way better. ...
H.H. in the Netherlands wrote:
I write you this email... to let you know my experience with your
About 4 years ago I bought your fantastic Core Sound Binaural Microphone
Set. I'm very very happy with it and used them in a lot of situations.
I have recorded a lot of my live performances with my jazz trio or
quartet and even recorded a big Symphonic Orchestre in a church in
France for a CD recording!! That are really fantastic recordings. ...
Thank you so much for the pleasure I had last 4 years with your
microphones!! It's really amazing!!
E.E. in Pennsylvania wrote:
First I want to let you know that I am just thrilled with the
performance of the CSBs I bought recently. Working with a Sony TCD-D100
and using Sound Forge for post processing, I have gotten some remarkable
results. Musicians and recording engineers have been extremely
impressed by the accuracy and transparency of the recordings. In fact,
one locally based act wants to using my recordings of a recent live
performance to create a live CD for their fans.
Thanks for making such a great product.
I recorded my daughter's choir at church last Sunday with my CSB's and
my M1. The sound was incredible. Played back through the sound system in
our TV viewing room my wife thought we were still at church!
I just love my binaural set. All the reviews are right on! I use mine
to quickly capture ideas without fussing with settings, inputs, levels,
etc...Thats for later, after the experiments.
Thanks again....My $$ were well spent.
C.J. in Massachusetts wrote:
I wanted to take a moment to give you some feedback on your CSB's.
Feel free to print any portions of this or all of this that you wish.
Some quick background.. I started an MD taper with a Sony omni
directional mic. I went to a private show of one of my favorite
artists, tried to tape it up close to the stack, and came out a
frustrated man. My recording was highly distorted (fortunately
someone else also taped the show) and not listenable.
In any event, that's when I decided to upgrade my equipment. While I
wasn't looking to spend a fortune, I was looking for quality stealth
mics and would pay what I had to for a higher quality recording. I
almost spent a lot more, but read SOOO many positive reviews about
your CSB's that I gave them a try, with the fear that I hadn't spent
enough money to get a great set of mics. While it's true you get what
you pay for, I'm so pleased I tried the CSB's instead of spending
hundreds more. The quality of the recordings I've captured since are
outstanding. (FYI, I've also purchased a Sony D-8 DAT, but I've had
success using CSB's both with my DAT and MD)
My first recording using the CSB's, Hookah Brown (Rich Robinson of the
Black Crowes) in Cambrige, MA, came out great. I've received feedback
from fellow tapers with years of taping experience praise the quality
of the recording, rating it an 8.5 or 9 out of 10. I've had others
comment, unsolicited on a message board without knowing I was on the
board also, comment that my recording could be put out as an official
live recording by the band. The tone and balance are that good !
What's amazing is that I had to do very little to get this recording.
Bass Roll off and an attenuator cable (your recommendations) were
used, I had to stand in a quality spot for the recording, and levels
set during the recording, but that's it... Recording was easy.
Perhaps you could get an even better recording by spending more money,
but the quality / price ratio is outstanding with these mics. I'm
extremely satisfied !!!
P.S. - thanks for taking the time when I call to answer questions.
Nick Georges (owner of "Nick's Picks" Web site) wrote:
The immediate difference you'll notice with these is their massive
headroom... The end result, a wonderful sounding pair of microphones
that are almost invisible when worn. ...
To get significantly beyond the sound quality of these microphones, you
are then jumping into an entirely different price range (like the $980
HEBs, for example). You can easily spend much more on some other
microphones out there that just don't give you that much of a boost
beyond the performance of the Core Sound models. And as for all of the
other spin off companies out there offering a similar product, they just
don't offer the level of quality in both components or measured and
tested specifications that Core Sound does. There is much to be said for
being the original.
See the rest of Nick's review at:
Dr. Les Turoczi wrote a review for the "Stereo
Times" Web magazine.
Tom Clack, a respected sound effects recording engineer, wrote:
I wanted to let you know how delighted I am with the omni
binaurals. They allow me to record my sound effects in situations where
I need both extremely light-weight and discreet equipment. On a recent
trip in Belize they proved highly effective in recording the intense
sounds of the interior of a small aircraft and the delicate subtleties
of a variety of jungles. They also worked well in a crowded New York
subway where they not only handled the high sound levels but were
discreet enough not to get unwelcome comments and questions from riders!
I would highly recommend them to sound collectors whenever it is
difficult or impossible to use full-size Mics. Thanks for a great and
very affordable product.
(Tom Clack is creator of the Clack Sound Effects Library, a vast library
recorded all over the world over the last 33 years, currently available
on sonomic.com and soon to be available on CDs).
...I heard what I think is the best, cleanest, most separated audience
bootleg ever....it was of the 12/21/02 TSO show in NY and was recorded
from the very front row of the Beacon Theater [with CS Binaural mics].
About a year ago I ordered a pair of your binaural microphones to help
me record sounds in nature. I have used them on their own and fitted
into a 20" Telinga parabola--and I have been thrilled with the results.
They are marvelous (I've gotten some great tropical birds, howler
monkeys, rainforest ambiance, a volcano...) and the sounds I've recorded
add a lot to my teaching of ecology. Thank you!
I have been an avid taper for a few years & have over 100 shows under my
belt. I started off using an analog (cassette) walkman with Radio Shack
($30) microphones. Then, ditched the analog technology for a mini-disc
and bought a rather shoddy & cheap imitator of Core Sounds binaurals -
the name is not important. The imitators were -decent- but had an
affinity for brick-walling under extreme loud circumstances. Seeing as
how my taping position, whenever I can, is Front Of Stack I needed a
product that not only had a great reputation but also something I knew
could withstand extreme bursts of sound. So, I purchased CSBs in October
2002 & have had the best of luck with them.
I have done my very best to find a flaw or even a measurable brick-wall
while using CSBs. That is not happening. The loudest & most intense
show I've taped was Tool in Kalamazoo, MI 10.18.02. I stood FOS & was
convinced that my Sony MD MZ-R700 would overload or the CSBs would
overload. Not the case. A pure and wonderful sounding recording results
instead. I trust CSBs & they are the only microphones I use. Thank you.
Just to let you know that the mics and battery box work great...what a
difference between what I was using [a Sony ECM-DS70P] and your mics.
E.R. in the US's deep South wrote:
I purchased my CSB w/ bass roll-off (and flat) filter battery box over
two years ago. I am, admittedly, a music snob, and I am completely sold
on the CSB's. Even two years later, I am constantly amazed by the
quality recordings these little wonder-mics produce - as is everyone who
listens to the recordings.
I have used the CSBs to "document" live concerts including classical,
barbershop, country, blues and rock, and the CSBs have performed
wonderfully, no matter whether I've had nosebleed seats or front
row. I've also used them to capture environmental sounds (rain, wind,
running water, etc) for inclusion in relaxation-type compositions. And,
they work exceptionally well as a rehearsal aid for the bluegrass group
with which I perform. In fact, they perform just as well as my big ol'
Neumann-copy studio condenser mic! Unbelievable. ...
Mr. Moskowitz is extremely helpful and professional. I'm sure he'd stand
behind the 30-day guarantee... but I'll bet he never gets that chance!
In short, I have yet to find a venue or scenario in which these little
beauties do not work unbelievably well. I could not be more pleased w/
the product - and I am overly picky when it comes to recording quality!
My only regret about the CSBs is that I didn't purchase them sooner.
The other night, while doing some yard work, we overturned a rabbit nest
in our yard. Three little baby rabbits were sitting there on the dirt.
We made a hole in the dirt, put them back in and went inside after
marking the surroundings to see if the mother came back. The next
evening, it was evident that the mother was spooked by the change in
surroundings and she did not come and feed the babies.
So, we took them in, thinking that we could take care of them. Then read
on the internet that it is virtually impossible to raise/wean a wild
rabbit baby because of certain dietary problems.
So, we decided to reconstruct the nest again, wait until sundown and try
to attract the mother back to the nest.
We learned that when we handled the babies, they would emit a loud
shrieking noise which I suppose was to alert the mother. So, using my
Core mics and my minidisc recorder, we recorded each baby rabbit doing
20-30 seconds of their "emergency" call. Then about 9 pm, we put the
babies back in their nest which was reconstructed as well as we could do
Then, I placed the minidisc recorder within a few feet of the rabbit
nest, turned it on, and ran for cover.
What happened next was amazing.
Within 30 seconds, the mother rabbit appeared about 20 ft from the
nest. In addition, a large hawk or owl, I wasn't sure, flew into the
top of the nearest tree and the neighbor's cat came on a dead run toward
the sound from a hundred yards away.
The mother rabbit froze. I ran out yelling and the bird flew away
and the cat beat a hasty retreat, but the mother remained motionless
about 20 feet from the nest.
I took the minidisc recorder and retreated to the house, where we
watched to see what would happen. After about 5 minutes, the mother did
go to the nest and feed her babies and has done so the last 3 nights. I
haven't seen the bird or the cat since.
So, your mics recorded the baby rabbit noise so well, that it fooled
the mother rabbit and at least two predators. I'd say that's pretty
good, since most animals can hear a lot better than humans can.
Tried them out the other day just around the yard and on my bike. All is
well. They sound great.
Sometimes the test for me is with my family. While walking around in my yard,
cars would drive by so, of course, the mics would pick up the sound of the
cars. I would then have my wife and daughter listen. If their eyes bulge out
in amazement at the quality of the sound, then I know I have a good set of
mics. Well, not only did their eyes open wide but their mouths, too.
The mics are incredibly good for the form factor and usage model. I use
the MD recorder for recording my various practice sessions with the
bands I play in. I then transfer the recordings to my PC and burn CD-Rs
for everyone. People are always surprised to find out what my "mobile
recording rig" is. The mics made a tremendous difference. I always
tell people where to find them.
I've had my CSBs about five weeks now, and couldn't be more pleased. I
think I read every testimonial on all your mics before ordering, so my
expectations were very high. I have yet to be disappointed. I've used
them in a wide variety of venues recording an equally wide variety of
performers all with excellent results. I enjoy the concerts even more
now that I can make a good recording of them to enjoy over and over
again, and in some cases the recording sounds better than the concert
did to me at the time I was there.
Recorded Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem with your omnis, Sony D100 and
Denecke unit. 80 voice choir, pipe organ, 40 piece orchestra. Playback
on Klipschorns + subwoofer is awesome--essentially identical to live
performance. Near perfect sound stage...
I just had to let you know that I took your advice and got the Sharp
MT-877 minidisc recorder to use with your Core binaural microphones. I
took this down to Havana, Cuba and recorded some of the most amazing
music i have ever heard! Salsa, Son, Rhumba, Classical symphonies, brass
bands, street bands, opera singers and my favorite- a classical pianist
named Victor Rodriguez practicing for a recital in a 500 year old
cathedral on a 9 foot Steinway grand. His rendition of Beethoven's
Appassionata and some Chopin etudes were simply astounding! The
recordings were equally astounding! People can't believe how accurate
the sound was and what fine timbre and excellent tonal balance i got
with these tiny little things! It has opened up a whole new world of
recording for me! Thank you once again for making my trip to Cuba truly
M.V.B., a high school band director, wrote:
I just wanted to write to tell you how happy I am with your binaural
microphones, which I have had for about 4 years now. They are incredibly
well made and still produce amazingly accurate sound. I have convinced
10 or 11 fellow music educators to buy your binaural microphones for the
purpose of listening to and analyzing music rehearsals and concerts, and
they all agree with me. Your binaural microphones are probably the most
useful tool in a music rehearsal. Students get to listen to what they
actually sound like, and teachers can listen at home to rehearsals and
spot errors that they missed in rehearsal, thus saving massive amounts
of time. Keep up the good work!!
...meanwhile I've recorded several gigs with the mics - absolutely
FANTASTIC!!! A wide range of fequency and dynamic - congrats to your
engineers! I've recorded three Rock shows (Transatlantic and
YES). Especially the YES gigs showed all good characteristics of the
mics: clearest highs, strong bass and absolutely NO problems with the
very high dynamic range. In my opinion many recordings from soundboard
aren't as good as these recordings from audience! Though it's very hard
to make MD changes in dark concert halls I swiched to a DAT walkman
(Sony D8) - I already recorded a jazz gig in a small club also with
I just recommended your mics to a friend of mine from Finland.
We spoke on New Years eve when I placed my order for the mic set.
Used them for the 1st time in anger last night & like all the other
endorsements I've read, I'm v. pleased with the results.
For the record I was using a sony md RZ900. It was an all acoustic show
(Emmylou, Steve Earle, John Prine, N.Griffiths & E.Costello in London). I
knew it wouldn't be too loud or basey so I didn't use the attenuator cable or
the base filter. Set the md to low sensitivity record level & everything
worked out really nice. [Did have a perfect seat - 5th row centre, which
Next up it's The Who at the end of the month - plan to use the attenuator
cable & the base filter.
I bought a set of your binaural mics with a battery box w/ bass rolloff
and an attenuator cable about a year ago. I have had great luck
recording to minidisc with your mics. I also find them a great addition
to my digital video camera.
I ordered a set of Core Sound Binaural microphones last year via my
sister, living in CA (she told me your service was great), and now I
want to give you some feedback about them:
I have been using them for recording classical music (mostly opera, but
also organ) from the auditorium and I am more than satisfied with their
performance. They were usually clipped to my eyeglasses and connected to
a Sony MZ-R700 MiniDisc-Player. Even friends sitting next to me did not
notice this equipment...
From positions near to the stage the recordings were amazingly similar
to the live impression and there is no other noise audible than the
rustling of the audience. These characteristics become a bit weaker when
the recording position is more distant because of higher noise level
(coughing and whispering) and more reverberation. But even from the last
row of a large concert hall the voices sound pristine and no distortion
All things considered the results are perfect for my purpose and I can
really advise these microphones for classical music because of the true
image they provide over an astonishing range of pitches and dynamic
A., a recording professional in Canada, wrote:
[They were ordering a second set of microphones!]
Just to let you know that the wire was sent yesterday so you should have
it now. ... we are using them for a remix for Bjork...just to let you
now how highly we rate the sound of your mics.
i once recorded 30 mins of rain with them. they got soaking and didn't work
for a few hours (you can't imagine the sounds they make with water in the
circuits!!!) wierd!!! i let them dry and they worked as good as new
afterwards. i got a great recording. they are fantastically robust! thanks!
I purchased my Core Sound Binaural microphones about 6 months ago. At
the time the guy who took my order asked me to report my opinion back to
Core-Sound. First off, let me say that whoever helped me with the
purchase was knowledgeable, friendly and not looking to sell me
something I did not need. I use the microphones, with my Sony TCD-D100,
mostly for smaller venue rock/alt. country performers. I have
positioned the microphones under my collar and outside on my collar with
great results. I also used them once at a large arena show with a good
sound system, but not up front seats, and got the best arena recording I
have ever made.
I can't talk about the technical hows and whys of sound quality, but I
have been recording concerts since 1979 when I snuck a cassette deck
into a Queen concert. The point is I have been doing it as a hobby for
a while, all the time searching for ways to improve. I feel now I can
say that with these Core Sound microphones I can honestly compete with
any recording I have heard sound quality wise, with very little effort
on my part.
There is a saying that it's the "cheap man who pays the most", and I
believe it. Take it from me. Do not waste your time, effort and money
on any other microphone. Ultimately you will feel something is lacking.
If you have money to spend on other microphones, send it to me. I'll
send you a note telling you to buy Core-Sound. You can't record with
the note, but a least you won't waste your time recording shows you know
could have turned out better. I only wish someone had done that for me.
J.F., using CSBs, wrote:
I bought the binaural mikes a few weeks back. First off, excellent! I am
in the midst of following a band around for a bit - and ... just amazing
sound! One night, I was stuck right in between two security guards - so I
couldn't pull out the microphones - so they stayed underneath my shirt. I
figured I'd hit record anyway and see what happened. Turned out to be a
R.G., using CSBs, wrote:
Just want to say I taped three concerts last week with the mics I
bought from you. I am very pleased -- they worked GREAT. Thank you for your
D.D., using CSBs in NYC, wrote:
But so far, let me tell you, I am really impressed with how real the
sounds are when played back. My wife thought I was insane because I
started to laugh out loud in the middle of listening some of the pretty
mundane sounds of our NYC appartment (including the omnipresent traffic
on 2nd Avenue). It sounds more real than reality, it is hard to
describe. I will comment further in a few days, but I am blasted!
F.M., a DAT taper, wrote:
I had a chance put the CSB's to use and make my first recording --
binaural style. While I have almost no experience with taping, I still
have years of listening experience to compare my results against. I was
suprised when my first DAT turned out to be one of the most involving
recordings I have ever heard. It shares one of the most important
qualities I associate with vinyl: I don't think about the sound, the
music just flows. (I taped a PA -- how good could the "sound" be?)
Without having other mics to compare the CSB's to, I can still say that
they deliver performance well beyond what their price suggests. Beyond
just the mics, my opinion of 44.1kHz/16-bit PCM has changed drastically
now that I can finally hear the "master tape."
F.M., a DAT taper in Italy, wrote:
I am the Italian taper who bought the CS mikes while visiting
Philadelphia. Thank you for the kindness and the quality of the
service. I am trying the microphones in a variety of circumstances and
many people, musicians included, are amazed by the quality of sound. A
Sun Ra tribute I taped in Udine might become a live CD as the band liked
my tape better than the one made by their professional sound man using
Neumanns and the same TASCAM DA-P1 I'm using.
[Later he wrote again]
I bought your CSB when visiting USA in April, and I'm having a lot of
fun with them, plus fantastic memories of my musical travels. Their
unobtrusive appearance let me tape quietly in all the environment
without having people getting self-conscious. I made great outdoor tapes
of street musicians and prayer calls in Turkey in July.
C.R., a MiniDisk taper, wrote:
I recently purchased a set of CSB's with a switchable bass roll off box,
as well as a pair of Sound Professionals binaurals. I went out to a
festival and took both sets as well as two Sony MDR900's. Me and a buddy
split up and taped many of the artists. We found out later that day that
the Sound Professional's were not capable of recording the shows to our
standards at all. For the rest of the night we used only the CSB's. Back
home during mastering we discovered the Sound Professional's microphones
had more than a 3db difference between channels. The CSB's provided a
cleaner sound, and the channels matched perfectly. My recordings since
this time have included Depeche Mode, Radiohead, Dave Matthews, and many
others ranging from Acoustic rock to electronica, to festivals. I have
captured recordings that exceeded my expectations, and many that others
have heard who assume come from much more expensive equipment. There is
not a better stealth system out there for the price, and Len will do
whatever it takes to work around any hurdles that may arise during the
purchase process, as well as long after the sale is done. For Front of
Board recordings, and binaural recordings in general, Core Sound is
producing the best equipment I have come across.
Thanks again, the music will spread even more now thanks to me and Core
D.Z., a DAT taper in Baltimore, wrote:
I recently used your a set of your binaural mikes (CSBs) to record a
concert and I wanted to tell you the results were simply amazing. This
was the first time I have attempted a stealth recording. I clipped the
CSBs to my hat and hooked them up to the bass roll off box and ran it
right into my Sony D-8. I set the level to a constant -12db and that was
all there was to it! At the end of the show I had an EXACT copy of what
I had heard. It was spooky! Spooky in a good way.
Anyway - if anyone is looking for a great mike at a great price for live
recording THIS IS IT ! I am impressed.
K.C., a DAT taper in New Hampshire, wrote:
first off let me thank you for answering all my questions over the past
several weeks (to many questions i am sure), but you were a great help
in providing me w/ info to assist in my selection. i purchased a set of
the core sound binaural mics with the switchable battery box bass roll
off filter to go with a sony pcm-m1 dat deck.
i put the mics to the test their first time out recording 8+ hours of
music ranging from rock, thrash, electronica, and more. the mics did
not disappoint, i even picked up on some lyrics at home listening to the
recording that were very hard to make out at the show.
i had shopped around but continued to hear len's name and the quality
products that core sound offered. so i decided to make a purchase. len
was very helpful in answering all my "newbie" questions that i had and
always had a few minutes to talk. this being my first recording
experience and first time using mics i was a little nervous to say the
least. simply following len's helpful hints and using his simple,
discreet, quality mics was all i needed. my tapes sound excellent even
being a first timer. i had read the other users comments on the web
page and was still a little skeptical but after using the mics and
listening to the play back i am jumping on the band wagon and saying
that core sound is your one stop shop. i cant wait to purchase the core
sound stealthy cardoid set to cover any recording situation i might find
myself in. ...
L.E., a MiniDisc taper in Pennsylvania, wrote:
I bought the Binaural microphone set with switchbox a few months ago. They
are unbelievable. Perhaps the best proof comes from this story: I recorded
my son playing at the piano using a minidisc player, with the microphones
clipped to my shoulders. I then replayed it for my seven year old daughter
using the headphones that came with the player. She listens to CD
recordings on headphones a lot so she's very familiar with standard sound
quality. As soon as the recording started to play she snapped around to see
if my son was playing the piano. I had to take the headphones off and put
them back on to convince her that the sound was not live. Pretty good
D.E., in Japan, wrote:
The mics were positioned just in front of the stage about two feet above
the performers' heads and maybe about eight feet from a player front
center stage. I simply clipped them to a short ruler slung from a
lighting boom -- Having to tape the battery box to the lighting rack at
least tripled the installation time -- The mics captured the
performances and the audience reaction in a very true-to- life way. Not
bad for a novice's first outing. I am looking ahead to compiling
performances and making a CD of Osaka comedy.
M.N., a musician and student, wrote:
...I would just like to say how fond I am of your microphones. They are
truly amazing in clarity. I have recommended them for a number of my
colleagues and professors here at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
J.D., a MiniDisc user in Massachusetts, wrote:
Our new binaural microphone set with the switchable bass roll-off filter
arrived a few days ago. My wife, a violinist, was skeptical, but I
convinced her to try your mic based on some stuff I'd read on the net
(and your return policy). She was blown away! She said that her violin
now sounds like a Guarnarius. Recently, when listening to a minidisc
recording she'd made, she was caught off guard by our daughter Sarah,
who was supposed to be at school, speaking to her from the next room. Of
course, Sarah had actually been in the next room during the
recording. The accuracy combined with the stereo imaging was uncanny.
M.A., a long time CSB user, wrote:
I've been using your microphones for around five years and have been
very pleased with the results. Perhaps you might even have noticed my
two recent purchases to replace (and upgrade) my first set of Core Sound
mics. ... It's amazing how your microphones can often produce a
recording that actually sounds better than the original concert.
E.W., a DAT taper, wrote:
I bought a set of binaurals with the filter for my PCM-M1 DAT and I just
wanted to let you know that the quality of sound of show I taped over
the weekend was awesome. In some ways, the recording was better than the
sound I heard in the venue as the bass was excessive. The filter did a
great job of reducing it.
R.D., a long time DAT taper in France, wrote:
The other night, I was listening to a Tori Amos tape I made with your
CSB and a D7, a few years back. I listened on my Grado RS-1 phones, into
an Ayre K-1 preamp and Mark Levinson 36 DAC. The "you are there" quality
was absolutely overwhelming! Thanks you for bringing such beauty in my
P.P. in Milan (Italy) wrote:
I used this microphones last year at the CSNY concert in continental
arena and they are superbs.
I *am* new at this, but I have to say the CSB's have produced a couple
*great* recordings despite me ;-) Wonderfully simple product.
D.S., a radio producer, wrote:
The mic set I ordered just arrived, and I have to say:
OH MY GOD!
I produce radio drama and I thought your mics would be good for sound
efx. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from $260 mics. But wow! I
just replaced all of my mics with this one set. Thanks. I'm already
thinking of how I can exploit the "3D" quality.
P.W., a computer game developer, wrote:
You may remember that a while ago I bough a pair of your mics to record
some Motocross bikes for a game. After switching from MD to DAT, the
recording went well in very difficult conditions and the game is now out
(called Motocross Mania). A number of reviews have mentioned the quality
of the bike sounds, so thanks again for your help.
"satisfyingly meaty engine noises", www.gamecenter.com
"the engines sounds are first rate", www.sportplanet.com
sound - 9/10 - Gamezone.com "You can hear the roar of the bikes!"
R.B., a DAT taper in Baltimore, wrote:
Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for providing a quality product
at an excellent price.
I purchased your Core Sound Binaural mics with the switchable battery box a
few weeks ago and have given them a pretty good workout since they arrived.
I have used them in several different situations and the tapes have come out
I have been patching into other tapers mic rigs for several years now
and the few tapes I have made with the CSBs are good enough to go head
to head with many of the tapes I have made with the thousands of dollars
of equipment that some of these folks have.
The first show I taped was the Ominous Seapods at a small bar here in
Baltimore. I was anxious to try the mics out even though there was a
soundboard patch available. I taped them to a post about 8 feet or so
from the stage halfway between the 2 sets of PA speakers. The sound is
even and balanced throughout and the vocals come out cleaner than they
sounded at the show.
In the past week I have taped Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn and Richard
Thompson stealth with the mics clipped to my glasses just in front of my
ears. Listening to the DATs on headphones is like starting up the
wayback machine and being there again!
C.B., a DAT taper, wrote:
I recorded some music from my hi-fi at home (with the bass filter off)
and I must say I am very impressed with the response of the mics. Bass,
mid range, treble - its all there. In almost as good quality as the
original CD. Wow - way better than my old Sony ECM-TS125 microphone.
Highly recommended - certainly a good buy !
C.S., a MiniDisc user in Germany, writes:
In May, I purchased a pair of Core Sound's Binaural microphones (w/
switchable Bass Roll-Off Filter & HD windscreens). This short e-mail is
to let you know about my experiences with your product.
What can I say, I'm just completely satisfied! So thanks a lot. The
recordings I've made with my Sony MZ-R30 always turned out to be
amazing. Before I had received your mics, I used a Sony ECM-MS907, but
the MDs I obtained never sounded as "realistic" as recordings made with
CSBs. I ascribe this to their extended frequency range and of course to
the binaural recording technique. Listening to those recordings (on
headphones) can almost transfer you back to the concert. It's simply
I also have to say thank you for your excellent customer service and
your very informative web page. I have already recommended you to a
couple of people...
W.V., a MiniDisc user in California, wrote:
Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for everything. Your excellent
customer service is a rarity these days, and it's a real pleasure doing
business with someone who delivers more than one expects. I received the
mics yesterday, a day early since you were able to accommodate my request
to ship on Monday. That was a very pleasant surprise to say the least
given the delivery horrors I've experienced over the last couple of
Secondly, the products themselves (binaural mics) were made
exceptionally well with higher quality components and workmanship than I
was expecting (great little battery box-looks indestructible!).
Finally, I used the mics in conjunction with a Sharp 722 minidisc
recorder in a club having never taped before, and the results are
phenomenal. The sound is definitely "live" sounding, but crystal clear
and surprisingly accurate given how badly I think I messed up the levels
and placement of the mics (clipped to lapels). I can't wait to see what
I come up with this weekend.
When I got home, I realized that I never opened up the battery box to
verify if there was a battery inside (my foolishness, but hey, I was
excited to try it out!). Sure enough, you sent it loaded and the mix was
recorded (a big 'thank you' for that). It's the small touches that
separate decent service from truly outstanding, and I won't hesitate to
recommend your site to anyone who needs recording equipment based on my
happy experiences dealing with you.
Thanks again for everything, I hope to do more business with you in the
J.G., a beginner in the US, wrote:
WOW - amazing. Spend the little extra $ on this microphone (I bought
the CORE SOUND BINAURAL MICROPHONES SET with the Bass Roll off filter,
the attenuator cable, and the covers [windscreens] for recording
outside) you WILL NOT be sorry.
I am no sound expert at all. I tried to make a recording with a low
quality mike and it was terrible. I searched on the internet and found
Core Sound. It was well worth the money.
All I did was plug it in to the battery box, plug it into the Sony Mini
Disc (I just bought) and attach the clips. The day was windy, and the
conditions were not optimal at all, but the sound is great.
Like I said I don't know this or that about music and sound, but I know
what my ears like and this microphone makes the difference!!!!
K.B., a DAT user in New York, wrote:
I just wanted to drop you a line saying that your mics kick ass. I have
been recording some indoor shows and got some good results, but let me
tell you, this weekend I just taped a 5 hour show in a field and it
sounds incredible. This show was the first time I got to mount the mics
on a mic stand. I was about 200 feet from the stage and the recording
came out so crispy I almost fell out of my chair when I listened to
recording after the show. The range of sound that these mics pick up is
amazing, from the deepest bass to the smallest percussion instrument,
everything is captured beautifully on my Sony TCD-D8 with these mics. I
got to listen to another guys recording that used some $2000 dollar mics
and I could barely tell the difference. You can use this as a
testimonial if you want, for what you charge for these mics its one of
best $230 dollars I have ever spent. I recommend them to all that want
small mics that record big sound, and the fact that I can also use them
for stealth recording is just icing on the cake. Keep up the good
A.S., a MiniDisc user in the U.K., wrote:
I've been using my mics a lot lately - there has been a series of
concerts of electronic music at the planetarium at Jodrell Bank (the
site of the world's largest steerable radio telescope) here in the UK
using the mics in conjunction with a Sony MZ-R55 portable MiniDisc
recorder. The recordings came out so well that the promoter of the
concerts (http://www.neuharm.demon.co.uk) has released them
commercially, and they've been selling extremely well!
A lot of people have asked me what equipment I used to do the recording,
and when they saw how small my "mobile studio" is, they couldn't believe
M.P., a pro DAT user, writes:
I have been recording environmental audio and studio sounds for 20
years; never have I been so delighted with a portable binaural pair as I
was by the Core Sound mics. With a portable DAT, I've captured
soundscapes so subtle and so rich in content as to be nearly
indistinguishable from the real.
R.H., a Minidisc taper in Europe, wrote:
I've ordered your CSBs last year and already made tons of great
recordings with them - thanks!!! I've even beat out some DAT guys with
my minidisc and the CSBs.... the very best recording of all happened to
be my favorite artist on my birthday last year. What a present! My last
recording was good enough that virtually everybody who heard it was
totally blown away. One guy wanted to take my speakers apart to see if
the band would be hiding in there....
Anyway, I've got a very well-paid student job now and more money to
spend, so I thought about upgrading to your high-end binaurals. ...
F., a DAT taper, wrote:
i used your CSB mics to record my friend's hawaiian band on campus they
were bloody amazed. ...
N.N., a taper in Japan, wrote:
I thank you for sending me a Core Sound Binaural microphone set.
Yesterday, I went to a small studio in my area to record rehearsal of my
pal's band; the venue was smaller than expected and a lot of flatter
echo were heard everywhere. No right position for placing binaural mics
could be found and I finally placed mics at the top of an acoustic
piano, without hoping that recording would be done well.
The result was, however, unbelievable! No distortion/saturation and
talk about ultra rich stereo image! I've been using my SONY TCD-D8 with
ECM-MS907 for last two years, but I've never satisfied with performance
of MS907. A head-to-head with Core Sound mics really makes me want to
throw MS907 out the window!!
J.S., a taper in California, writes:
Just wanted to let you know my fifth attempt at capturing sounds at a
show was my best effort yet! I was very close to the Soundboard at
Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View on June 16th. I was ~35 rows
back and I used the filter the whole time. I am very pleased with the
results. Scotts voice is very clear (as opposed to the Sacto Valley Show
- where I was ~75 ft back and Scotts voice sounds more distant. I guess
the PA system blows over me if I am too close). I screwed up and forgot
the clips so I duck taped the mics to my hat and it worked fine.
M.P., in Chicago, wrote:
I bought a pair of your battery box binaural mikes about 3 (?) years
ago, for use with my Sony RZ-50 minidisc recorder. I was then an amateur
classical musician, and am now a part-time freelancer. The mikes
continue to work great -- thanks! ...
Since a lot of the comments on your web page are from stealth tapers of
rock concerts pounding at 130dB, I thought you might want someone to
affirm they work just as well for visible and "official" recording of
quiet and delicate soft music. Of course, a professional sound engineer
with several thousand dollars worth of equipment makes better recordings
than I do, but the stuff from your mikes is quite sufficient for sharing
with other musicians and even selling the occasional CD-R to friends,
especially after removing a bit of hiss with a filter on my
computer. Plus the minidisc recorder and mikes comfortably fit into my
tuxedo pocket on my way to the gig, and the mikes easily snap onto a
wire music stand when I'm there.
I have recently received a pair of the csb mics from you. I was referred
to you by another recorder that has the csb's as well. I had gotten a
few shows from this person, so I new already that the mics kicked ass!
But knowing this already before purchasing the csb's, I was still blown
away the night I received the csb's. Being a drummer I decided to tap
the drums to give them a try. When I played it back on the recorder I
was truely amazed at what I heard! I swear that it sounded EXACTLY like
what I had heard when I was recording it, down to the bass drum pedal
squeaking. I personally thought that it sounded better than what I had
heard because I was using the bass roll-off filter and all the low end
was gone which left a clean crisp hit of the bass drum and tom toms.
These truely are AWESOME mics. As for the shows that I have recorded so
far they have turned out great. I hear everything on the recording the
way I heard it the night of the show (minus the "hall boom" :'). I must
also say thank you for gettting the mics sent out overnight for me. I am
very pleased with the csb's and will absolutely recomend core-sound to
any one that wants some kick ass stealthy mics. Your product is truely
amazing, Its not just cheap parts thrown together. I can see a lot of
time was spent to make a superior product that would last for years and
T.S., a MiniDisc taper, wrote:
I just purchased a set of your binaural mics with the bass roll-off
filter and heavy-duty windscreens. There was a bit of a rush to get
them, as I'd ordered them on a Monday, and needed them by that Friday
for a music festival in the Southern California desert. Your 2 day air
charge was uniquely reasonable (you just get so used to being screwed on
shipping nowadays, it's quite refreshing when someone's honest with it
-- thank you), and sure as sin, they showed up on time.
Using my MZR-50, I got through fairly tight security without any hassle
(gentlemen out there, I recommend a jock with a cup pouch, it works like
a charm). I recorded four different bands, ranging in tones from
instrumental jazz grooves to vocal-oriented rock to just wandering
around a trippy music fest from tent to tent and beer garden to beer
garden while recording. In every instance, your mics gave a perfect
reproduction of what I heard while at the show. In one wandering around
case (when I was recording a band I didn't really care too much about
but still wanted to experiment with these new toys), I spinned in a few
circles, and in listening you can actually tell when I was facing the
stage by how the music revolves around in the headphones -- it's
slightly dizzying. Now that was neat and all, but it's when I did the
serious recording that the mics truly blew me away.
This fest was my first recordings, and your mics have made me feel like
a pro. I stood about 15-20 yards in front of the soundboard, dead
center, and set the mics on my lapel in binaural fashion, and left the
filter flat. The imaging is terrific. Friends can't believe the
quality of the recordings -- the bass still makes you shake but retains
it's clarity, and the highs are clean and crisp. I've been collecting
boots for some time, and with your mics I've made some of the best boots
I've ever owned, and I made them myself.
I'm also planning on using the mics in a way I haven't heard of before.
I'm a bassist in a 3 piece instrumental improv jazz/groove band, and
we've been recording 24 bit to a Roland 1680 digital 16 track. In
addition to all the other mics we have planted on the drum kit, the plan
is to pin your binaurals to the drummer's glasses so that we can get a
true reproduction of exactly how our drummer hears his kit as he plays
it, to fit into the final mix. I have a feeling that his fills and
rolls are going to sound extremely wild...
Thanks for making a terrific product, and at a price that can't be
T.M., a MiniDisc taper, wrote:
The mics are incredible (used with Sony mini-disk). The people that
have listened are amazed at the quality of the recordings. When I show
them the size they don't believe it.
Just returned from a (4) day (indoor) Bluegrass festival. Had the
opportunity to record in a large hall (2000 people) and smaller venues.
Listening to the results gives you the feeling of being there. The bass
roll-off filter is remarkable. Thanks for recommending the purchase.
D.R., a MiniDisc taper, wrote:
Well, I'm not one for testimonials, but you can use this if you
I'm impressed! I just got home from recording an African drum
performance for the opening of an art exhibition. The room was an
acoustic nightmare for percussion: wood floors, little furniture, just
indigenous drums and people. I set up my new binaurals with my Sony
R55, and decided to switch on the bass roll-off because of the bass
booming in the room. Then, I just forgot about the mics (which were
attached to a home made mic stand using a Radio Shack microphone base
and a T-junction of plumbing pipe. The binaurals were clipped to the end
of the T, giving excellent spacial positioning). The sound and music in
the room was intense. Sound was high on decibels, great on energy, but I
gave up thinking that my recording setup would result in anything other
than overloaded boom sounds. Well, I just listend to the recording and
it sounds great! Crystal clear, no dropoffs or overloading, with the
booming bass sound eliminated. Man, it sounds like a professional
recording. I could sell this stuff commercially! It's almost better than
the original because it's not overloaded with bass sound. Your binaural
mics are outstanding, and worth every cent I paid for them. In the
future I may even save up my money and buy your high-end mics, but I am
most impressed with my existing mics. Thanks for the attention to
detail, to answering my email requests, and putting out a product that
delivers what it says it should do.
C.L., a MiniDisc taper in the UK, wrote:
I ordered your binaural mics a few months ago and I must say that I am
truly amazed at how superb they sound. I have used them in various
venues from very large to very small and the quality of the recordings
is excellent. They've also come in handy for recording band practices,
we may even use them to record a demo tape. Thanks a lot Len for a great
I have been using them with a Sony Mz-r50 minidisk recorder.
J.S., a DAT taper, wrote:
I used the CSBs the other night at the Warfield. KVHW was playing. The
sound is excellent. Very happy with the first try. However the real test
comes in September with Tori. ...
Thanks for the killer mics!
J.B., a professional drummer in Florida, writes:
I've recorded two rehearsals so far with my new Sony MZR-30 mini-disc
recorder. Both were Big Band Jazz--Swing with yours truly on drums. All
I can say is "WOW". I wish that you could have seen the look on the
guy's faces when they slipped on the headphones. Many whom are "studio
musicians". Your mics are truly unbelievable. I have your standard
binaural mics along with the bass roll off filter. The bass-trombone
player is going to contact you this week. I told him how to get in touch
with you. Thanks again for all your help.
L.K., a DAT user in Texas, wrote:
First I have to say that I love your mic set. I have had them for a
month or two and they work great! I use them for recording live demos
for local bands to make demo tapes or CD's. They work very well in loud
as well as soft sound environments. The output is strong enough that in
loud situations I just use the line in and I get plenty of signal. The
stereo separation is fantastic. ...
W.C., a MiniDisc user, wrote:
I bought a pair of Core-Sound binaurals from you back in May and have been
ecstatically happy with them. When paired up with my Sony MZ-R50 MiniDisc,
they are truly a revolution in mobile, pro-quality digital recording. ...
Thanks very much... for making this incredible technology available to
us mobile audiophiles. I hope to keep referring many people your
...I must tell you congratulations. I LOVE MY CSB'S!!! I just recorded
Dylan/Simon stealth, and it souds as nice as some of the shows I have
where people used stands and all... WOW!!!
B.R., a DAT user, writes:
I recently purchased a set of your binaural microphones,and I have to
say, it's the best money I have ever spent. I used them with my Sony D-8
to record a Jim Hall performance at a local jazz club. Because I was
alone, I was seated at the rear of the club. I really thought this might
have some effect on my recording, but to my amazement, it didn't!
The DAT was unbelievable, one of the best sounding live tapes I had ever
heard. Kudos to your company for bringing such a wonderful product to
the world for such a great price. I also appreciate the time you spent
on the phone with me and the advice you gave me, I'm sure other people
would have tried to sell a"newbie" like me a more expensive mic set,but
you were straightforward and refreshing to talk to. And your hand
written note with my package was especially nice.
I'm now saving up to buy the high-end mikes.
B.B., a MiniDisc user, wrote:
THANK YOU. I got the CSB's that you sent overnight for me just in
time... I had 30 minutes to get setup and get on the road for the concert I
was attending. It was FANTASTIC. I was so worried how it would turn out
during the concert. I kept checking the levels over and over. It turned
out I could have probably had them up a little higher. This was a larger
ballroom/club then I was used to, and I had to stand back a ways because
the crowd was pretty young, and VERY rowdy up front. Even as loud as they
were, it just came out so clear. The vocals are the best, I can't believe
how well they came out being as loud as their music was. The percussion is
fantastic too, as noted by a drummer friend.
On the way back home from the concert, everyone wanted to listen. I
would give the headphones to them and it was so fun watching their faces
just light up as soon as I un-paused it! They kept saying things like
"wow thats simply incredible" or "where did you get these mics??" and of
course "dude that rocks!" :-) I bragged about how you had personally
helped me, being the complete novice that I am with recording live
audio. To anyone out there that thinks they don't know where to begin,
begin with Core Sound, Len is a nice guy that will answer your
questions. And shell out a little more money for the CSB's - I tried
both the low-cost and the CSB's. I attend some very loud
modern-rock/alternative concerts and the CSB's just outperformed the
LC's like a champ. For quieter recordings, the LC-CSB's would probably
be alright, but go ahead and get the CSB's - trust me. If last night's
concert was the only one I could record, I would still be happy with the
money I spent. Thanks Len, and keep up the great work!
A classical music taper in Maryland wrote
Last night I made another fantastic recording of a piano recital in New
York, thanks to your CSBs. Considering that not nearly as many people
record classical music recitals as rock music, I was surprised to see
somebody right in front of me stealthing with the same mics! We've
already set up some trades, and he's very happy with your mics as well.
I've been so satisfied with using your CSBs these past couple months that
I'm going to recommend them on my web site! ...
F.H., a MD taper in Canada wrote:
First of all I would like to say I purchased a Binaural Core Sound mic
from you April 6, 1999. That is the date I placed my order. I made it
clear to the sales rep. that I needed the mic before the 10th and he
said it would be very hard but he would try. The reason I needed soon
was because I was going to a concert in Detroit on the 10th. Sure
enough on the 9th the mics arrive. Very relieved and calmed I went
around my house recording various sounds just to test the mics out. I
never taped a show before, So I figured I might as well test them out
before the big date.
Sure enough I was able to sneak my equipment (the core-sound mics and my
Sharp 702 MD recorder) in for the Show (Smashing Pumpkins). With the
cords leading thru my shirt and the mics individually clipped to each
side of my hat I was able to record one of the best concerts ever. I
had the battery box on filter and the quality came out really good. I
am really impressed with the mics. That was the first show I ever
recorded, and to this date when I make copies for other people they ask
me how long I have been doing this for because it sounds professional.
When I tell them it was my first show their jaw drops in disbelief.
They instantly ask me what recording device I used, I tell them my Sharp
702 MD, but that has little to nothing to do with it. I owe it all to
your great mics. They deliver the most natural sound I have ever heard
any mic produce they are truly one of a kind, definitely worth the $260
I paid and more. These mics only further my interest in live shows and
I take all of this more seriously then I ever have. Im going to a show
this Fri. to tape and I cant wait because I know it will come out even
better then the last.
The service at Binaural is truly exquisite, The hand written letter
inside was very nice. I just want to thank you once more. You have a
truly amazing product
S.L. from California writes:
I used the D-6 with your microphones to record a concert at the
Universal Amphitheater last weekend. ...your microphones performed very
well. At playback, the sound was very accurate (down to the last cough
in the audience) and pleasant to listen to. ...this was the best live
recording that I've ever made/listened to.
K.G. from Ohio writes:
As I use the mics, I'm very impressed with the quality -- on par with my
NAK 300's and infinitely easier to get in to the gig -- covert guerilla
S.B. from the United Kingdom writes:
People who hear my tapes say things like "you're kidding me, how did you
power those Neumann U87s anyway?".
D.K., a DAT user from Florida, writes:
I just recorded my first concert. The sound is unbelievable. Nobody
can believe that the little mikes were used for the recording.
T.K., a DAT user from Washington, writes:
On a price/performance basis your mics are still the winners by a mile,
and even if I do spring for Naks or something I will be keeping the
CSB's for those occasions requiring complete stealth. I should also
mention that the people I trade with have been quite impressed with the
sound of the tapes I've made...
K.K. a DAT user from California, writes:
I cannot tell you how much I've enjoyed the sound quality of these
little mics. They make quite a difference. In conjunction with my DAT
deck, I walk away with some awesome sounding tapes. No one even
suspects that I'm taping. I only wish I had found out about you and
your mics years ago.
(His order for a second set was included with this comment.)
G.D. from Canada says:
...quite comparable to my Sennheisers, and much less obtrusive. Very
S.B., a DAT user from New York, writes:
Source was a DAT tape ([Grateful] Dead, I forget which date) playing
through Fried R-4 (I think; their best, anyway) speakers, in a store
(DAT's Incredible in NYC). They were compared with a pair of Neumann
hyper-cardioids. The Neumanns won . (Yes, I know the Neumanns
cost about 15 times what yours do. They didn't win by that much.)
Interestingly, during the recording someone knocked on the door. During
the playback, someone went to answer it...
I think your mics are excellent, and I'd recommend them to anyone who's
looking for that type. (In fact, I already have.)
G.H. of Maryland writes:
I am very pleased with the sound of the mics for my applications. I am
using them as a spaced pair (approximately 2 feet apart) and the
frequency response and stereo imaging is very good. I recorded a solo
piano and voice act and a rock/jazz band in a small club here. Both
sounded quite good on playback. Playback through headphones seems to be
R.G., a professor at a major U.S. university using the microphones for
acoustics/music research, writes:
The mikes are excellent, wonderful sound quality, great response. They
allow one to walk unnoticed through a crowd, something a photographer
can't quite get away with. With the mikes mounted on headphones,
excellent left/right and front/distance localization is possible.
S.F.K from New Jersey writes:
...even though my seating location was pretty lousy my initial reaction
is that they are fantastic. The binaural imaging is at times stunning
and they seem to have excellent "reach". Needless to say, I'm happy
R.B. of Illinois (a DAT user) writes:
Just recorded an opera this afternoon. Sounds *GREAT*. Thanks for
D.K. from Michigan writes:
Well, when I received them I set everything up and walked around
recording my normal everyday actions for awhile to see how they sounded.
At one point I let our dog inside, so I ended up recording the door
opening and closing. She knows that sound and when I played it back she
ran to the door to see who was there! Very realistic sound.
S.K. from California writes:
Mine are the battery box version. Let me say at the outset that I am no
expert in the world of recording and microphones. That said, I do care
a lot about sound quality. I think Len's microphones sound incredibly
good for their size, and are made with a real sense of quality.
The first thing I saw when looking at them was that the battery box
seems to have been built to withstand nuclear attack, and the wires
[connectors] are gold coated and built with quality parts that make a
solid, problem-free connection. Later I was impressed with the little
touches -- the carefully filed solder connection on the mics and the
rubber-dipped handles on the clips.
These things are so covert that people staring at me have simply assumed
I was listening to headphones. This can be handy.
As I said, they sound amazing for their size. When listening with
headphones, the sense of positioning is very nice. It can be unnerving
to hear someone on the recording sneeze when no one is actually standing
I have become familiar with the limits of the Sony Walkman Pro D6C using
R.G., a DAT user from California, writes:
I took my Casio DA-R100 and your mics to my kid's 3rd and 4th grade
music show last night, 1st DAT show! Listening to it on headphones is
amazing. The parents talking and coughing all around you, the cameras
flashing left and right. The kid's percussion work wasn't quite up to
the Diga Rhythm Band, but they had fun and so did I.
...I went over to a friend's house and asked her to sing a couple of
songs. She suggested that she sing one of her songs with a very wide
dynamic range, and I did so... She listened to the result and was quite
blown away, as she said she often gives microphones a great deal of
The second occasion was at a house filk [a kind of folk singing
party]... One particular song came out so well I played it for a friend
at a music night... I told her where I had gotten the recording and she
was quite surprised, as its quality was superior to many commercial
I experimented further by inviting three friends over to practice....
We had a great time, and they were very favorably impressed with the
microphones and quality of recordings I was achieving. They had
previously used a 4-track PortaStudio 2 and a single microphone to
record themselves using multi-track techniques for a demo tape, and the
result they brought with them sounded much less real than what we were
I'm very pleased with the microphones.
D.M., a Mini-disk user from Canada, writes:
I took my freshly charged MZ-1 [Sony's mini-disk recorder], Len
Moskowitz's CSB mics, and a blank disk...
Some notes: it sounds *great*. Really great! Except for a couple of
people chatting right beside me at the beginning of the concert, the
extraneous noise level is very low, and it sounds as good as lots of
live recordings I have.
A year later he writes:
...they're fab, I've had mine for a year. I use 'em for classical, not
rock, recordings, but the binaural recordings are -- well, I almost wrote
unreal, but they're *quite* real. Also recorded the arpeggio (B, F#, B)
that the Montreal subway cars makes on takeoff; listening to it with
headphones makes me lean rediculously against the acceleration.
After making and enjoying live, binaural recordings, some standard
recordings really started to bother me- the question "Where would my head
have to have been, for me to hear it like this?" pops up now and then.
Inside the acoustic guitar? Among the orchestra? On stage, right in front
of the drums? It very much makes you think about what is a natural
sounding recording and what's not.
...[definitely a] satisfied customer.
A few years later he again wrote:
Six years and change ago, I ordered a set of CSBs from you, and I've used
them well -- I have 35 concert recordings that were good enough to keep.
I'm still happy with the recordings I made six years ago that are as good
as live recordings can get.
J.L., an analog cassette and DAT user from California, writes:
I must say after using it with my Sony D6 for the first time, I promptly
stopped using my Sony 737 mic. The battery box version of your mic is
EXCELLENT. Great sound reproduction.
Since then, I received my Sony D7 DAT player (a most remarkable unit!!)
2 days ago and last night tested it out against your mic for the first
time, a live recording of Negativland (with their permission of course)
and I am really at a loss for words. The sound captured was very
authentic and true to the atmosphere of the concert. Again, I must
thank you for the good job you've done. ...I am very satisfied with the
player and most importantly it works GREAT with your microphones. I
will be recommending your mic to a few of my friends.
J.L. of Finland writes:
I just visited my good friend, which I think as a local audio Guru. I
showed him the mikes. He looked the construction a bit and evidently his
interest aroused. He picked a portable DAT, hooked the mikes to DAT,
used his home speakers as a reference and recorded some minutes Ravi
Shankar from CD.
Then he played it back he became quite astonished. He started to ask
things like "how much you did exactly pay for these?", "What kind of
person is the guy behind these?", "Amazing this stereo space". He is
now about to have a try with them in live session in a "city"'s
orchestra, possibly with another DAT and two high quality mikes with
ball-shape as a reference. Indeed I saw something in his face that I
can describe as a lust. This may be too early a question, but would you
like to make another pair for him?
"What can I say? This doesn't happen very often, but I think I've now
made a very good purchasement.
[He's since ordered a second pair.]
J.P. of Sweden, a DAT user, writes:
Well, I first tried them out recording the local symphony orchestra
performing Tchaikovski. I sat in the center of the fifth row, plugged
the battery box into the TCD-D3, slipped on the microphones, started the
recording, and sat back and enjoyed the performance.
...The music had a great dynamic range, and given my position the
musicians had a large front-to-back and side-to-side span. When I came
home, I immediately listened to the recording, so my sonic memory was
extremely fresh. The result was very good. The mics coped with the
musical peaks, and the noise of the recording was low enough to be lost
in the ambience. The spatial reproduction of the performance (and
coughs, scrapes, and program rustling ) was as good as any
commercial dummy head recording I have heard, truly superb.
To be able to produce such a satisfying recording of such a demanding
event with the simplicity and unobtrusiveness offered by these mikes is
very useful, and something of a revelation.
J.J., a DAT and Mini-disk user from Ontario, Canada writes:
Well, I am very impressed with the microphones. I tried them out first
with my Sony TCD-D3 portable DAT recorder by walking around the house as
always and then listening to the result. Wow! The imaging was
extremely accurate. I am also happy with the flat frequency response
and the wide dynamic range of the microphones. I even noticed the noise
(> 15 KHz) emanating from my TV set when I recorded in the living-room!
The ultimate test, however, was when I captured a thunderstorm on Friday
night. I used a stereo arrangement instead of a binaural one but the
imaging was nevertheless very faithful. Here again, the microphones
recorded the rumble without any distortion. I also tested them with my
Sony MZ-1 portable MiniDisc recorder ... and was again impressed with
the quality. Thank you for a wonderful job! I know my friends will be
Later he wrote:
Yes, Len's microphones are truly fantastic... They sound great, with
a balanced frequency response, extended dynamic range, and are useable for
both stereo and binaural recording! They also accept very high sound levels,
and are quite small.
I use them with both my Sony TCD-D3 portable DAT recorder and my Sony
MZ-1 portable MD recorder. In all my recordings, I get superb
Another satisfied customer :-)
L.S-M. from New York writes:
Great job! Sounds great!
F.B., a DAT user from Belgium, writes:
The CSB mics reproduce even sounds with really deep bass and very high
volume very linear. Because they are omnidirectional, positioning the
mics is much easier. Just put your head on a place where the sound is
best, and replace it with the mics. ...if you want to record loud music
with deep bass, I recommend the CSB mics.
Last weekend I've recorded a gig on the beach with your mikes and it
sounds great. I was afraid of the wind although it wasn't that strong,
but it caused no distortion at all. I gave a copy to the band and they
were amazed and think of using it as a demo. Now they consider
purchasing the same equipment.
R.K., a DAT user from California, writes:
The Core Sounds have phenomenal bass. Pipe organ tapes that I've made
with CSBs + Casio DA-R100 usually rattle more things in my home than
comparable instruments on commercial CDs.
H.S.M., a DAT user from Pennsylvania, writes:
Taped 3 shows this past week and all came out superb. Thanks again.
J.W., a DAT user from Utah, writes:
I took your mics with the battery box up to a gig of ours in Sun Valley
and used them with a TCD-D7. Taped the mics about 2 feet apart on a
rafter at the end of the dance floor horizontally. This was about 15-20
feet from where we were playing. ...
Anyway, it is the best band recording of us that I've heard so far.
The mix sounds like a Grateful Dead recording but with amazing clarity
on the drum sounds. I'm impressed by the high hat and the cymbal
sounds. Really amazing. They are right on top of the mix and sound
B.G., a DAT user from Sweden, writes:
I got the microphones in the mail on Friday. I was very eager to test
them, so on Saturday I took the mics and my DAT player to the cathedral.
This cathedral is from the 11th century and the acoustics is very good.
I recorded the church organ, and the result was unbelievable good! When
I was listening to the recording with my headphones it was almost like
being in the cathedral. ...
Some years ago, I used to work in a radio station. I never managed to
make so good recordings with the more expensive mics we had there.
So, I just want to say that I am very pleased with the mics you make.
A.L.F., a DAT user from Toronto, writes:
Several people I was with listened to the show on the way back and were
blown away by the sound quality. It's probably the best show I've ever
taped -- and is good enough to be pressed.
After doing about nine shows with your mics (about half authorized by
local bands), I'd like to say job well done on the mics.
Bill, a DAT user from Massachussetts, writes:
I'm glad I finally ordered your mics. I've used them for the past
month or so, and have been very pleased with them. I wish I had
discovered your mics before I bought the Sonic Studios - yours cost
less, and they are better. I run the mics into your -12 dB attenuator
cord and then into my Casio DA-R100 with -20 dB. I have not heard any
distortion at all - very unlike the Sonic Studios.
Thanks for the mics - they are great! I will recommend them to people
over the Sonics!
S.L., a DAT user from California, writes:
The Core Sound battery box mics have been working *beautifully*. I've
been on tour with Sugar for the last three weeks and have gotten some
really excellent recordings with them.
I just got back from Illinois, where I used that set of battery box
mics with a rented Denon DTR-80P DAT recorder to tape Bob Mould live in
concert. I was wearing an Army field jacket and clipped the mics to the
shoulders. If I hadn't known that those were the first two shows I'd
ever taped, I would never have guessed. The recording quality is
*incredible*. It's a bit unnerving to listen to the tapes with
headphones on; I keep hearing people talking behind me.
Thanks for making such a superior product. Rest assured that I'll be
recommending your mics to a lot of people. I've already passed your
brochure along to someone else (who, coincidentally, happened to be the
opening act at both shows).
S.E., a world travelling DAT-user, writes:
I purchased a pair of Core Sound mics (with the "battery box" option) a
little while back and just wanted to let anyone interested know how
happy I've been with the little guys.
I took them far away, actually, to Brazil and recorded live music in a
number of situations with a Denon DTR-80P. I took them everywhere
during 7 weeks of travel and use, so I appreciated the ruggedness of the
design. The Denon did not fare quite as well, though it mercifully
waited until nearly the end of the trip to quit.
The clarity and stereo imaging was always outstanding, especially when
I used the mics to record groups of singers. Using headphones, you can
actually tell where each person is standing. The overall sound is
smooth and extremely "present", and several people have remarked that
they thought the DAT recording seemed "better than the original," a
remark that these little mics seem to inspire quite often.
Just wanted to say thanks, Len.
S.K., a mini-disk user from Hong Kong, writes:
Last night I gave your binaural mics their first field test: Boston
Symphony Orchestra playing Berlioz (orchestral and vocal selections) at
the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Results: a beautiful recording!
I am mightily impressed. The mics are considerably quieter than the
Sony condenser mic I had been using, and the sound -- as recorded on a
Sony MD -- is brilliant and full. I'm definitely looking forward to all
the good use I will put this equipment to!
R.A., a DAT user from North Carolina, writes:
They sound great, I'm extremely pleased! Wish to hell I'd bought these
instead of the Sonic Studios in the first place. I've been fighting
those mikes since last June, recorded 15 or so shows with frustrating
distortion almost every time. Yours work better.
...I had the D7 in my pocket, and I'd take it out periodically to set
the levels, slip it back in my pocket... and then when the music seemed
to be getting louder, pull it out and gasp in horror as I saw themeters
hitting 0db. With the Sonics I would have had a very poor tape, but
with the CSB's it is better sounding than the Sonics with good
Hey, thanks for making these great mikes.
E.S., a professor at a Northeastern university, writes:
As for Len Moskowitz's offer of the demo tape, I do suggest anyone take
a listen. I ordered the tape and the mics. His pair of low-cost mics
are impressive for their extremely low cost. I would not cancel your
order for B&Ks, but the Core mics are well suited to "stealth" recording
I just received mine and plan to use them to record sound effects for
Foley [film sound effects] work that I do, and for an unusual radio
drama project where I want to record with extreme portability. Len's
demo includes a binaural recording made at a nightclub that is truly
startling when you realize the low cost of his mics. If you are a
musician who wants to make good cassette recordings of your concerts and
are on a low budget, I can't think of any other $200 mic pair that can
come anywhere close to the Core Sound mics.
F.N., a DAT user in Pennsylvania, writes:
I received my mics from you just in time for an Eagles show. They were
great. It was the best sounding show that I have ever taped!! I want to
thank you for your quality mics, and I will highly recommend you to any
DAT taper that I know. ...It will be a joy taping with them in the
B.C., a DAT user, writes:
Received the mics Friday and went to the nearest club that evening to
check them out. So amazing. I'm a very happy customer. Cannot believe
the "depth" of the sound. I could not believe the bass and drum sound -
Anyway, just thought I'd let you know I'm a satisfied customer after only
Thanks for getting the order out so quickly. I will recommend CSBs to
anyone who asks.
K.G., a DAT user from N.J., writes:
I just got back from a Tesla\Lynyrd Skynyrd show. I did not want to
tape it since I had lawn seats but I said what the heck and hid the gear
and went in. ... When I got home to play the show I was amazed at the
quality. There is no crowd noise and the show is clear and crisp. It
is as if the band is right in front of me. ... I want to thank you again
for making these mics available for us.. they are so good that a guard
walked right in front of me and looked at my face and did not know
anything... everyone should buy your mics...
M.L., a DAT user, writes:
I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the microphones. The
workmanship is excellent, but what is most amazing about them is
how well they perform.
I used them for the first time at an actual concert last Friday.
I was amazed when I listened to the tape through headphones and
later though my stereo system at home. The acoustics of the
concert hall and the nuances of the performance were very accurately
captured. Best of all, the mics were barely noticeable - friends
who attended with concert with us weren't aware that I was recording
it (until later when they noticed a strange, blue glow emanating
from the TCD-D7 in my lap - I've got to do something about that!)
and thought I was wearing eyeglass retainers.
S.S., a DAT user, writes:
I just got back from the show I was at. The mics worked wonderfully. I
still can't believe that sound that good comes from mics that small and
unnoticeable. You just have to see it to believe it. I think that the
band I taped may even use some of the stuff for demos or something.
Thanks again for everything. I really apprecaite all the help you've
given me in the last few days and I will definately recommend the mics
to anyone I know in need of some.
W.S., a DAT user, writes:
You might be interested to know that I talked with a taper who's trying
to run Sonic Studios into a D7. After numerous pairs of mics, he still
has distortion problems. Of course I told him I use Core Sounds
without any problem! And they're 1/2 the price!
B.F., a DAT user from Connecticut, writes:
Having read the superlative testimonials for the mic set, I thought I
knew what to expect from my new purchase. I still wasn't prepared,
however, for the amazing clarity and the spatial perception that was
captured to DAT. Listening back to my recording later in a public
space, I thought that there were people talking around me, rustling
papers, and such, but it was an illusion. I'm used to stereo imaging
being in front of me, but with the binaural recording technique made
possible by these mics as well as their fidelity, I actually heard
imaging *behind* me, exactly as I experienced at the concert. I'm
H.B., a DAT user in the U.K., writes:
For a long time I have heard of these Coresound mikes. I have been
hankering for a chance to try them for a number of years, now, at last,
here was the chance. ...
The high point of the celebration was a fly past by the RAF Battle of
Britain memorial flight. In this case, consisting of a Lancaster, and 2
fighters, a Hurricane, and a Spitfire. ...
The planes bore down the valley. The low thrum of 6 Merlin engines in
perfect synchronization was something to hear. The mikes came
We used the recording to play back to the people at Kidderminster
station who didn't get a chance to see the fly past. The comments I had
on all hands was that people were looking up to seek for the on rushing
Having used a succession of mikes, best being a pair of AKG 202es, and
my current best an ECM-979, I have to say that these have been the best
sounding mikes I have had opportunity to use.
J.S., a DAT user, writes:
I love your mics! I've got the battery box set, and the recordings are
incredible. The sound stage and placement is remarkable. They give my
recordings what I think alot of live stuff lacks - presence. You can
actually FEEL the venue, which I think makes a big difference.
M.C., a DAT user in France, writes:
I've done two recordings, the first binaural, the second stereo. The
first was a gig in a pub and the first person to hear the recording said
"fantastic!" You could localize all the smalltalks around and even
understand what was said (something that you don't in the reality). Me,
I would say "Ultra Realism!"
The second was a rehearsal I made in some place. When I began to play
the recording (in my earphones) in the same room it was made, I heard
somedy move behind me and turned the head to see who was coming. There
was nobody: the move was recorded!!!
R.T., a DAT user in Florida, writes:
There aren't too many times that one can say they think they got more than
they paid for, but that's the feeling I came away with after recording my
first two shows through your mics this weekend. The sound they captured into
the Sony D8 was truly superb. I found that by putting my Yamaha DSP into the
appropriate surround mode and kicking up the volume I was back at the show
again! What more could one ask for?
I was concerned about surrounding audience noise, but (much to my surprise)
the mics seemed to do a excellent job of somehow rejecting some of the
conversations going on in back of me, as they're not noticable on the
recordings. Talk about stealth, I was sitting one seat off the aisle in the
6th Row center section of a small venue with security all over the place and
there was never any detection of the "eye glass holders" securely clipped in
front of my ears. (I must admit there were a couple of times I could swear
they were looking right into the side of my head and were going to say
"busted".) Guess you can add another satisfied customer to the already long
list. Without hesitation, I'd recommend the purchase of your Battery Box
mics to anyone into audience recording.
...Thanks again for an excellent product which I'm sure will afford the
opportunity to capture many hours of listening enjoyment.
D.J., a MiniDisc user in Hawaii, writes:
I have had the chance to listen to my MD recording of Jr. Wells and his
8 piece band and I am most favorably impressed with the performance of
your mics! The clarity of the recording is incredible; the cymbals (which I
always find a bit "hissy") are very crisp, each instrument is cleanly
Thanks for such a well manufactured product that is all that it claims
N.V., a DAT user in Canada, write:
Just listening to a few recordings that I made with my D8 and the CSB
mics. Boy, I am impressed with how these mics sound!
I have recorded a few classical performances (so far, cello and piano)
using a Tascam DA-P1 and a pair of cardioid condensers (either SM-81s or
KM-184s), and I was slightly disappointed with the results, miking from
about 10'-15' back, 6'-7' off the floor, in X-Y configuration. While I
was recording with the DA-P1, I was making a backup DAT using my Sony D8
and the CSB mics (with the D8's preamps set on the high sensitivity
setting), and both times, those recordings turned out better! Go
figure. The CSB mics seemed to have a flatter, more neutral, and
certainly more blended sound on piano and cello than either the KM184s
or the SM81s.
R.L., a world traveller using a DAT, wrote:
Yes, you have a solidly-satisfied user, here!
The mics were great, with occasional difficulties involving wind blasts,
but otherwise wonderful. Some of my favorite recordings involve the
bargaining sessions I clandestinely recorded with the camel and horse
vendors at the Pyramids and the sounds we got while we navigated our way
through the large Suk, bazaar or Khan El Khalil, which is a "must-do"
for all who travel to Cairo.
K.H, a DAT user in Canada, wrote:
I received the battery box set about 2 weeks ago. It is an incredible
little microphone! I have been putting it through its paces in a
number of difficult recording situations and remain convinced that it is
the buy of the century. I have not heard better reproduction of
acoustic instruments without paying at least 10 times the
price..... even then it is arguable in some circumstances.
Regardless, this is a wonderful product. Once I can scrape a few
dollars together, I'm going to order another!
D.R., a DAT user in California, wrote:
I wanted to let you know that I got the mics and had a chance to test
them out a couple nights ago when I recorded Joe Satriani at a local
medium-sized venue. The tape came out terrific thanks to your mics!
I'm not a novice to DAT recording and I've tried using all kinds of
microphone configurations before. I've recorded Joe Satriani before
using my own home-made mics (VERY similar to yours) but your mics
definitely surpass my feeble attempts at mic construction! Bravo!
J.T., a lover of musical theater from the midwest, wrote:
A week before my trip to New York to catch a very important concert, I
decided to buy a TCD-D7 DAT Walkman to record the show. At this point,
I was a complete DAT newbie, and was horrified when I found that a good
set of mics would cost me $800 or more. Enter Core Sound Binaurals! I
came across Len Moskowitz's webpage just two nights before I left for
NY, and decided to email him to make enquiries. Len replied very
promptly and was most patient and thorough with his answers. Most
importantly, Len's mics cost merely a fraction of the other prices that
I had been quoted. Because I needed the mics in a hurry, Len agreed to
meet me in mid-town Manhattan on the day of the concert so that I could
record it that night (thanks Len!). I was absolutely delighted when I
heard the results! I'm no audiophile, so all I will say is that the
sound on my tape is unbelievably faithful to the sound I heard with my
own ears at the show!! It's amazing when you consider that each mic is
no bigger than the metal eraser "chamber" at the tip of your wooden
pencils. Since that show, I have stealth-taped several other rock
concerts and musical theatre performances with outstanding results.
Also, Len has been most accessible via email to answer queries that I
have.. no 1-800 "help" numbers that put you on hold for 45 minutes here!
I give the CSB mics my highest possible recommendation!!!
K.V., a DAT user, wrote:
I'm lucky to live in an area with a _lot_ of tapers who have some very
serious mics. Often someone will collect 4 or 5 different tapes of a
certain show to find the "best" tape of the lot. On occasion, my CSBs
(under their optimal conditions, which are relatively easy to achieve
while still remaining stealthy) have sounded _much_ better than Neuman
or Schoeps tapes (which, admittedly, were not made under their optimal
conditions which are very difficult to achieve while staying stealthy).
Unfortunately, while everyone else can hear the difference, the guy who
spent $3000 on the mics usually can't!
F.H., a MiniDisc user, wrote:
The binaural mics arrived yesterday. I hooked them up to my Sharp Mini
Disc recorder, and they were fantastic. Unbelievable! I recorded my wife
and I talking, and replay was uncannily accurate as to voice timbre and
direction. I didn't think such mikes existed.
I am 100% satisfied and you're welcome to use anything I said as a
D.T., a DAT user in Asia, wrote:
I bought the "battery pack" version of your mics, as did a friend with
the same setup. Please add both of us to your list of satisfied
customers. I have taped an outdoor percussion ensemble and my favorite
music group in the world (several shows in a row) with your mics to my
Sony D8, and everyone I've played the tapes for is astounded. Of
course, those who like good music also want cassette dubs! I knew what
to expect as I had heard someone else's tapes previously, so all I can
say is I'm terribly pleased and excited to have such great tapes. I
wouldn't have such good tapes without your mics.
The stealth aspect is also wonderful. Someone I didn't feel the need to
inform I was taping sat next to me two nights in a row. He never
suspected or discovered I was taping. I do suggest that you work out an
even stealthier method for taping, as I'm sure that soon people will be
on the lookout for audience members wearing "Croakies" and keeping real
K.L., a DAT user, wrote:
One of my main concerns was crowd noise. Not being of the boom type, I
was expecting much more audience pickup. I clipped the mics to stripped
Walkman headphones (just the metal head piece) and pointed them at the
speakers. I was directly behind the soundboard and the resultant tape
sounds like the real thing. Not perfect, but really good. A friend who
tapes soundboard DAT and loves Dylan had only one thing to say, "Make me
a CD!!". It was also cool to hear the 2'nd and 3'rd encores which I
didn't expect. The mics were dangling around my neck by then, pointing
God knows where, and the sound was still great!!
Thanks again for the mics, they're superb. Next assignment, Telluride
Bluegrass Festival and the reunion of the "Old and In the Way" boys,
besides many others!
C.W., a DAT user, wrote:
I've used the Core Sound mics (borrowed from [his friend]) and I've come
to the conclusion that the result is superior to my pair of Audio
Technica 831b's. So I'd like to order a pair of "Battery Box" mics.
I'll be using the mics with a Sony D7.
P.H., a DAT user from St. Louis, wrote:
I'm the conductor of a 70-voice church choir. Your battery-box mics
arrived 2 days before our trip to Italy (many thanks again for
expediting the order!). I packed a D8, the mics, a handful of DATs, and
a bulk-pack of AAs in a canvas carry-on briefcase and fiddled with it on
the flight over. I taped two concerts (one in a 200-seat church, one in
a 2000-seater) by clipping the mics to the corners of the briefcase
(about 18" spacing), running the leads inside to the D8, and leaving it
on the floor in front of the pews. Stealthy, and a fabulous sound.
I then taped a Papal Audience at the Vatican with what I'd call a
baffled bi-hip (bi-hippal mics? [grin]) approach -- the D8 in a belt pack
with the mics clipped to my belt, one on each hip! ...
Thanks for a terrific job with these mics -- it's amazing how nice a
sound they delivered for being so tiny and inconspicuous. The physical
engineering and attention to detail are excellent -- a pro job all the
way. As they say in Italy, Complimente e Grazie!
T.L., a DAT user in the UK, wrote:
Been meaning to drop you a line to say that I saw B.B. King the other
day at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. It was a wonderful show...
Anyway, I've not heard such a good quality tape from my TCD-D3 ever
before. I am especially happy with your mics and can only
tell you that my friends are now all requesting copies which I'd managed
to avoid before!!
M.A.B., a DAT user in N.Y., wrote:
Just wanted to let you know how great I think these mics are. I use them
to record my own band in our rehearsal space and without any hassle at all
we were able to get great sound.
One fellow on the DAT-heads mailing list wrote:
As for the thread about mics distorting.. An annecdote--I went to the
11/12 Smashing Pumpkins show, and was at the third row, 11th left of
center--which was right in front of the main speakers. It was, needless to
say, extremely loud. When I came out of the concert, I literally could
hear rings and couldn't hear a car engine. The cores performed very
well--as the people on this list who've gotten my 11/12 show can attest
to. I figure, if I can put the CSB battery box mics through THAT without
having it distort, I can safely say that you're unlikely to have the CSBs
distort under any other feasible concert condition. Folks, I've not seen
many bands that crank it up louder than the Smashing Pumpkins.
And another fellow on DAT-heads wrote:
Core Sound mics can indeed withstand insane SPL's. A few months ago I
taped Tony MacAlpine at a small club, which happened to be the loudest
concert I've ever been to. I stood directly in front of Tony's guitar
PA. The SPL's were extreme to the point of mild pain (yes, I know, I
stupidly left my earplugs at home). Of course, if my ears were
feeling mild pain after the dozens of loud metal concerts that I've
been to, it probably means that other people would have felt serious
pain at this point. :) To make a long story short, the Cores
performed exactly as expected. There was no distortion and the tape
was crystal clear (the audience was in too much pain to scream).
M. F., a DAT-user from Illinois, writes:
I have been using the Core Sound omnidirectional microphones (with
battery box)for the past year in a variety of taping situations-
outdoors, indoors, up-front and further back. Overall, I have been very
pleased with their performance. They can be very effective in a quiet
outdoor setting. I taped Joe Louis Walker and Lonnie Brooks at the
Peoria BluesFest. It was at an outdoor venue with excellent sound. I
was 25 to 30 feet from the stage and could wander around till I found a
sweet spot. The recording was excellent; when you listen to it with
headphones, you'd swear you were there.
The microphones are very easy to use. In fact, they are almost
foolproof. Clip the mics to your glasses, hat brim or a mic stand; plug
in the battery box and plug in the cable. I've used my D-8's mic-in
jack at low sensitivity with no problems. Even Keith Emerson's bass
bombs at the end of 'Lucky Man' didn't distort! The mics small size and
ease of use are ideal for stealth recording.
K.S., a DAT user from Ohio, write:
I had the pleasure of purchasing a pair of your binaural microphones
recently (the battery box set). I used them yesterday to record a
string quartet performance, and the results were way beyond my
expectation. The whole experience of attending a performance and then
going home and listening to the recording was breath-taking.
J.L., a DAT user, wrote:
...Now, on to my second reason for writing. I'm mailing you a money
order ... for a pair of Binaural battery box mics. I've been considering
the purchase for awhile and have finally decided on your mics over
MarcSounds and Sonic Studios based solely on examples I've heard from
all three. ...
...I appreciate your professionalism and certainly wouldn't hesitate to
do further business with your company or recommend you to friends. As I
said, I was very impressed with the construction of your mics,
especially as compared to the MarcSounds I've seen. And they certainly
S.S., a DAT user, wrote:
Just wanted to let you know that I've used your mics (CSBs w/D8) three
times now (Bob Mould acoustic) and think they are great. Some amazing
sound from those little guys! I've used the Sonic Studio DSM-6 and think
your CSBs have great bang for the buck!
Just wanted to let you know that I think they're terrific.
L.F., a DAT user in Mississippi, wrote:
After receiving my CSB mics yesterday and taping a Bela Fleck show last
night and can honestly say that I am impressed.
J.L., a DAT user, wrote:
These mics are impressive. Taking the size into consideration, they're
amazing. Not one person noticed that I was recording.
J.R., a DAT taper, wrote:
...First, like pretty much any microphone, the CSB works best under
optimum conditions. However, when the conditions are poor, the CSBs do
a really good job of producing an acceptable recording - even when the
acoustics of the venue are terrible. Conversely, my [another
manufacturer's] mics make an awful recording in an awful sounding
venue. ...Even in the worst venues, my CSB recordings always sound
really warm and they're just SO easy to listen to. Admittedly, some of
this warmth is not really accurate, but the final results from your mics
have not disappointed me yet.
...I'll spin you a copy of the first recording I ever made with the CSBs
- to date, it's still the best one I've done! That's a recording made
by a pair of mics sent express mail to me the same day, with a D8 that I
purchased only a few days earlier. I can't think of any better proof
that pretty much _anyone_ can make a great recording with these mics.
N.E., a DAT user in Switzerland, Writes:
They arrived on Tuesday, and I am completely happy. The mics are even smaller
than expected. Design and quality are first class.
My first victim to be recorded was my 10 year old son practicing the
clarinet. The result was superb. One thing I appreciate particularly is
that correct positioning of the microphones seems to be almost
uncritical. Next I recorded the Jimmy Dillon Blues Band in a local club
(I'm a blues guitarist myelf). That was also very successful. ...
I'm showing them to everyone. So don't be surprised if you get some new
orders from Switzerland in the near future.
J.K., a DAT user in Maryland, writes:
I finally got another chance to use the Core Sound battery box mikes
again with the Sony [TCD-D7] Dat recorder. A Jazz trio at a small club
in DC. This time I was in a better location and the tape came out
magnificent. Close to the quality of a record. I am very impressed.
J.C., a DAT user in Illinois, writes:
The binaural mics I ordered from you were forwarded to me in New Mexico,
where I have been on vacation, and I used them in a recording session
the next evening. They are every bit as good as advertised. We were
amazed at the clarity.
A.S., a MiniDisc user in the UK, writes:
Well, I gave them their first field trial yesterday - I took them & my
new portable MiniDisc recorder to a local free festival, held in the
great outdoors, to record one of my favourite bands, who happened to be
playing a set there. When I listened back to the recording, it was
amazing - just like being there all over again! These microphones are
deeply fab gadgets, and I would unhesitatingly recommend them to
G.W., a DAT user in the UK, writes:
I just arrived home from the USA yesterday loaded with hours of DAT
recordings done on the new mics. The mics were waiting at the Hyatt
Hotel as arranged, many thanks for your excellent service. All the
recordings were done of theater organs in Indiana and the results are
fabulous. I am more than happy with the results. I will be pleased to
recommend them to anyone.
M.S., wrote in the Mini-Disk Mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Just thought I'd say that I used Len Moskowitz's CORE SOUND BINAURAL
MICROPHONES (battery box version) this wednesday night to tape the
Lilith Fair in Nashville, TN.
...I must say that the microphones performed AMAZINGLY. I've let many
people hear the recording of Sarah McLachlan in particular and without
fail a look of disbelief crosses the face of everyone who hears the
recordings. The Core Sound mics are amazing. They pick up the full
spectrum of sound from deep, rich bass to crystalline highs....ALL
BALANCED. I've heard about mics that cost almost $200 and pick up highs
great, or mics that pick up bass great....these get it all. If you are
looking to tape live shows, YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER MIC FOR EVEN
TWICE THE PRICE.....period....trust me.
I've also used these mics to record acoustic guitar by clipping one to
the bridge and another pointing inside the guitar...by setting the MD to
record in mono it blends the two signals perfectly into what rivals some
of the best studio acoustic guitar recordings I've heard (ie Tracy
Chapman's self titled debut album). The mic on the bridge picks up the
crisp strikes of the string, and the mic in the hole adds the depth of
the lower tones.
Anyways, I'm sorry for the long post that kinda sounds like a
commercial, but I will promise you that I'm in no way connected to Core
Sound...I bought my mics with my own cash for the same price you'll pay
for them. I've just been so damn impressed that I felt that I had to
tell everyone that these mics paired with a MD recorder will produce
some of the best "bootleg"/live recordings you'll hear.
B.S., a professional recording studio owner, writes:
I'm currently commissioned to record sounds occuring during emergency
medical services rendering. I ride with the paramedics and record
everything on DAT. Your mics have thus far produced clarity and sound
quality I would have expected only if I could drag my studio mics
along. It was the bulk of the phantom power supplies that discouraged
These are great mics. In-studio comparisons show them to be on par
with my mid priced ($500-$1500 ea) condensers. Neumann's they are
not. But performance/price ratio is indeed very high. I'd recommend
these to anyone.
S.S., a Canadian DAT user, writes:
I purchased your mics a few months ago and the first recording I made
was a National Youth Orchestra (Canada) concert. I was amazed at the
sound quality achieved by using the TCD-D8 with the core sound binaural
mics so much so that I think I might be using the mics with a dummy head
setup to record the EYO's (Edmonton Youth Orchestra's) next CD.
T.F., a DAT user in Rhode Island, writes:
Your mikes are excellent... I just had a chance to try them out in a
small jazz club with a moderate amount of crowd noise. They made an
excellent recording and surprisingly did not pick up very much crowd
noise. They produced a far better sound than my Sony mic (which was
made for the D7). Keep up the great work...
P.M., a DAT user in the UK, wrote:
You must be used to hearing comments attesting how amazing binaural
recording is. Here's another one. For the first hour (to test them
out), I've had them connected to our new Sony TCD-D8 DAT walkman,
recording sounds in the office. It's freaky how when someone sneezes,
gets up off their chair or opens the door, on playback everyone is
fooled, even if they know it's coming.
S.M., a broadcast professional in FL, wrote:
As a broadcast professional, I have nothing but praise for both the
construction and customer service provided by Core.
I've used the Core omnis to record a number of club dates and festivals and
have had no qualms in broadcasting the results. Since I use the battery box
without the bass rolloff, sometimes I eq the original before broadcast. The
positive audience response from people knowing nothing about microphones or
whether I spent $3000 or $300 on the mics proves the point (to me at
These mics are $250 (or so) for the pair, and are made specifically for
stealth, or in my case, convenience. I don't expect them to compare with
my $2500 AKG or even my Oktavas, but like the Oktavas, there is a
price-performance equation to be made, and the Cores stand up to any
other in the price range and are better than many costing more. As with
any mic, they must be set up and positioned correctly.
I've spent a whopping $250 (or so) with Core, yet whenever I have a
question, Len has been more than willing to spend time on the phone with
If you want quality construction and excellent customer service in what
is, after all, a very specialized field of low-cost miniature
microphones, I have no problem recommending the Core mics.
A DAT user in the UK, wrote:
I'd like to comment that the bass filter for the battery box set you
sold me worked better than I could possibly have hoped. I was standing
in front of VERY bassy speakers ... but the bass roll off compensated
R.R., a DAT user in The Netherlands, wrote:
On saturday I tried the Core Sound binaurals with my Sony MZ-R30 in a
music hall. I sat at the back of the hall (approx.600 seats). ...
Because it was the first time, I was unsure about the recording
level; I happened to set it way too low. Nevertheless, the recording
(of a recital of Radu Lupu, a world-famous pianist) is really
natural, all nuances of Lupu's piano playing are captured. In one
sentence: I'm very happy to have bought your mics.
I had a bad moment when the person sitting next to me whispered in my
ear (and microphone): ``which piece is this?''. But these experiences
--and coughing audiences-- belong to the disadvantages and charms of
going to concerts.
D.R., a DAT and DCC user, wrote:
I want to tell you how much I like your mics--I'm no mike expert, but these
are the most natural sounding mics I've toyed with. When I use them, I can
be confident that the recording I make will sound almost as natural as the
sound coming into them. As far as my ears can tell me, they do not "color"
the sound in any way; I feel that I'm getting as close to the impact of the
original performance as I can get. The battery box pair also have
extremelly low-noise; much lower than my Sony ECM-909A, which I used to use
as my main mic. Mounting is less of a problem than I expected; I've found
that used Perrier bottles work just fine for clipping. People who listen to
my tapes can't believe all of the fidelity that come from these two
P.B., a DAT user, wrote:
I had my wife wear the CSBs on a baseball cap (near the ears) while
recording and then played the tape back via headphones. I had her sit in
the same location to listen to the tape. She was amazed at the three
dimensional sound; she said that she could "see" where I was during the
recording. She was even more amazed with the sound reproduction of the
CSBs than she was when I played my new Sonny Rollins record (Analogue
Productions) on my new Rega Planar 3 (it sounded like Sonny was right
there in the room with us). The reason I mention this is because she's
not into audio AT ALL.
The hand written note you included was nice. Thanks for the personal
touch and all of your support.
Y.F., a DAT user in Paris, wrote:
You did a superb job. People don't believe my recording are made with
these 'small' microphones. I'm using a TCD D8 and most of the time I'm
using the line input.
I've recorded indoor and outside live gigs of accoustic and electric
(rock, r&r, jazz) bands and never been desapointed with the results.
I also did once an experience. I plugged the mics into a TCD D8 and a
pair of B&K (omni) that I have into a TCD-D7 to record the same
band. These are people I really know well, I know their sound and their
Your microphones came VERY close for most people that listened to the
recording. Since I positioned he mics close to the B&K I used a A/B
recording technic (not binoral) so this may have impacted the result but
I found the B&K phase respect better and more clear at the top (bass and
treble), but considering the price my wife wonders why I bought them.
I'm really happy that now I don't have any more TCD D8 pre amp
distortion (even on the micr input). Your mics are the first that I
found work well. One of my friends bought a pair from you after he heard
the results and I believe you should get more orders from France
E.N., a MiniDisc user, writes
Just wanted to let you know that I'm extremely pleased with the
binaural mics. I got a great recording on my Sony MZ-R30 mini-disk
recorder of an Indigo Girls concert from the front row by taking your
advice and putting the mic in the line in to keep the levels down.
People have told me it's the best bootleg they've ever heard!
D.D., a DAT user, wrote:
I got the binaural mics and I am much impressed. I never had any idea they
could sound so good. I am so happy I went with them.
Just wanted to thank you for the super prompt attention to my order for
a mic....Shipment arrived before noon today...about 15-16 hours after we
M.S., a MiniDisc user, wrote on the MiniDisc mailing list:
Just a note about [how] my brother & I use our MD decks to chronicle his
progress as an aspring acoustic guitarist. We've used 2 setups for
recording his songs: ...
- -- USES: MZ-R3 and Len's CORE SOUND BINAURAL MICROPHONES
What we did was clip one microphone to the hole of the guitar, facing
inside the guitar to pick up the fuller/lower tones. The second mic was
clipped to bridge (where the strings connect to the guitar) facing the
strings....this picked up the contact with the strings as well and the
higher tones. The mics are then run into the mic input on the MZ-R3 and
the record mode is set at MONO. The reason for this is to combine/mix
the two mics and get a rounded tone. It works WONDERFULLY! No need to
hold any mics, and with the mono record function, you get a 2.5 hour
digital music diary.
Later he wrote:
I love the Binaurals, I've recorded three shows with them so far (all
small-medium clubs) and the playback is great on headphones. I always
record in stereo since the imaging is so striking when listening on
headphones. It isn't bad on speakers, either. I've also recorded some
ambient sounds, a bus ride, etc. and the results are even better than
the loud-music recordings. Little sounds like someone dropping a quarter
in the coin box come through very, very clearly.
R.M., in Maine, wrote:
Just wanted to let you know that I purchased the binaural mics and
battery box set up a couple of months ago, and have had a lot of fun
with them. I live in Maine, where we had a major bad news ice storm
recently ( no power or phone for two weeks). I recorded some of the
sound of ice cracking and falling with them, and it was quite amazing, a
once in a lifetime experience. I stood inside/under an inverted birch
weighted by ice, completely surrounded by the sound of crackling ice and
moaning wood. I can't wait to put the phones on in August, when it's 90,
and we are complaining of the heat!
C.S., a video taper, wrote:
WhoA!!! Man you guys really knew what you were doing! I taped some
stuff again last night. These things work beautifully. ... I can't
say how happy I am with these mics. I actually recommended them to a
friend, he is probably going to buy a set pretty soon. Thanks for your
L.B., a professional trombone player in TN, wrote:
I've been enjoying my mics. They seem to work just fine and the sound is
so very realistic. Even in my studio ... I'm able to record a student
and on playback say. "That's how you sound!" and mean it.
Thanks for your suggestion that I get the MZ-R50 - It's the best purchase
I've ever made in stereo recording equipment. Paired with your mics it is an
Later he wrote:
I suppose you don't remember me, but I've been using your binaural mics
for some time now and I am VERY happy with them. ...
I must thank you... these mics have been the envy of everyone who has
seen them --- then they hear the result and can't believe it. I think you
will be hearing from some of my fellow musicians soon.
M.L., in Japan, writes:
My first reaction after playing with them for 10 minutes: these
things are ****ing cool. (Excuse me.)
I played some music on my stereo and started to record with the
binaurals clipped to my glasses at about the position of the opening of
I was making some tea and walked away from the stereo to put water in a
cup. When I played back the recording I had the sensation of walking
around the kitchen even though I was sitting.
Then I experimented by recording while tapping a few solid objects
surrounding me. I played back with my body in the same position and had
the erie experience of feeling like I was tapping the same places
without moving my arm. Strange. ...
One further observation I forgot to mention. This is the only
recording of my voice that I've ever heard that sounds like
Thanks, Len. You have a great product. I will recommend to friends and
T.N., a DAT user in Washington state, wrote:
I received your mics last Wednesday and decided to try them out 2 days
later by recording my friends' rock and roll band. (I use a Sony D8.)
The accoustics of the hall were less that ideal, but the recording was
excellent. I made a CD and gave it to my friends; they were surprised
at how well it turned out. I like the mics!
M.D., a DAT user in Australia, wrote:
You might remember me. I order a pair of mics off you about a month
ago. In the last two weeks I've been following U2 around Australia for
the four shows here. I recorded them all with your mics and a Sony
TCD-D8. I am extremely happy with the results. More than happy
actually. At two concerts I sat way up the back and was down the front
for two others. All came out great.
R.E., a DAT user, wrote:
First of all, let me say a word about the CSB mikes which I purchased
about two months ago. I've only used them for some "serious" recording
the last couple of weeks and am quite pleased.
I recorded a concert in which I played yesterday with three opera
singers and am rather amazed at the quality of the sound, especially of
the voices. The logistics of the setup required rather close miking
(about five feet from the singers) with the mikes in a stereo array
configuration about 12" apart facing up. I have never heard a vocal
recording with this dynamic range before, especially with such a clean
I also had a chance to use them in a "stealth" situation last week, where I
recorded a rehearsal of "Carmina Burana" with 80 piece orchestra, 150 voice
chorus and three vocal soloists. I would have been shot by the Musicians'
Union for that one had I been found out! As it was a rehearsal with only a
handful of people in the hall and some of the lights on, I couldn't really
get the mikes into a good position nor quite far enough apart for a good
stereo spread without them being seen. But even though the result was almost
mono, it's still quite acceptable. Again the clarity and dynamic range are
remarkable. Both of these recordings, BTW, were made with an unmodified Sony
D-100, using the -20db microphone input setting.
I find the CSB's are more than worth the price.
D.D., a DAT sampler in Missouri, wrote
On another note, I wanted to tell you how much I've been enjoying the
binaural mics more than I'd ever imagined. With just them and my TDC-D100,
I have been able to do field sampling so incredibly easily and with amazing
quality. My new album is full of ambient noise I've recorded **in the
field,** for the first time with quality I've been proud of. And the same
mics also did a great job of recording a way-too-loud rock concert last
week. This is just what I've been wanting for years!
W.S., a DAT user, wrote:
I'm having a great time with them. People hearing my recordings assume
that I've used expensive non-stealth mics. They are very impressed with
the quality of the recordings. Although you and your mics deserve a lot
of praise, I generally don't tell them what mics I used (to preserve the
stealthing possibilities). Sorry, but I guess that it's the nature of
M.L., a DAT user, wrote:
I recorded an MMW show in 96 with your CSB-BB mics. I just got in some
filler of that same show recorded with Nak 300's. Doing a side by side
comparison, the difference is extremely minimal. ... I've found that the
CSBs when used right in front of the music really "put you there" when
you listen to the recording. It can actually sound like your on the
stage at times. Pretty cool.
I've had the CSB's for 2.5 years, and they still work great.
Thanks for the cool products. 8^)
K.N., a sound-artist in the UK, wrote:
...thank you for my microphones which arrived safely (and
inexpensively - thanks!) today - in the middle of a thunderstorm, which
I immediately recorded. I'm now playing it back and feeling thoroughly
wet - the sound quality is excellent !
M.R., a MiniDisc user, wrote:
I'm using the CSBs discreetly clipped to the frames on my glasses.
Just recorded my first concert with the binaural mikes. Wow, from all the
reports I've read about how good they are I really was surprised at just how
*really* good the recording came out. Incredibly clear and dynamic - it
really does sound 'professional'.
I was also really impressed with how even though my ears were distorting
with the volume the recording still came out undistorted. It certainly
sounds as good as any other live recording I have.
It was done on a Sharp minidisc incidentally.
G, in the UK, wrote:
Just a quick note to say that I've used your mics a few times now, and they
are excellent. I've had a few problems, but that's to do with the deck I'm
using. I think the mics even had a little beer spilt on them (too close to
the pit) at one show, and they still work! :) I've also used them when my
friends and I have gone down to a studio and had a jam, great way of storing
ideas. Well, thanks a lot.
Mike, a DAT taper, wrote:
I actually gave two of the recordings I made to a guy who turned them
into CDs and distributed them quite widely. I don't like the fact he
made a profit out of them but that's another story. Anyway, people,
independent of myself who bought the CDs have written to the mailing
list concerned on numerous times posting about the exceptional quality
of my recordings. But anyway... EVERYONE, including myself, is blown
away with them. I'm not writing this to butter you up by the way... :-)
Hey, I just want to say THANKS! The way you run your business is
amazing! Not only did you get the mics out to me almost instantly, but
you actually care, and have been a huge help! I want to let you know
that I have been to 3 Pearl Jam shows, and recorded them all, 2 from
real close, and one from nosebleed, and they all sound AMAZING!!! Like A
sound quality...you know what you are talking about when it comes to
mics... I will definitely stick to your mics, and recommend you to
EVERYONE I know!
K.V.D, an MD taper, wrote:
Approximately 4 months ago I purchased your CSB mics with the full spectrum
battery box. I have had amazing results, and have blown the minds and created
some jealous hearts in other tapers with AKG and Nakamichi mega buck
P.S. I rarely listen to studio releases anymore as my recordings on MD are
J.S., an MD taper in Sweden, writes:
Let me just tell you that I have made some GREAT recordings during the
past month with the binaurals. I am using a Sharp MD 702 minidisc and I
think the sound is equal with DAT recordings.
I have recorded two shows. The first in Stockholm Globe Arena, a
13,000-seater. I was sitting in the 4th row in front of one of the
stacks with the mics mounted to my glasses and the recording is really
amazing. Some friends who are big tape collectors and have great
demands on sound quality have been very impressed. The sound is crystal
clear, well balanced and there is no disturbing sound from the
The other recording was made at the Wembley Arena in London, a
10,000-seated venue with really bad acoustics. But as I was sitting at
the 12th row, again in front of one of the stacks, the sound on my
recording is IMO far better than the DAT tapes being made when the same
artist played at Wembley last year. It sounds like he is singing
directly into the binaural mics!
So thanks from a very satisfied customer.
S.H., a DAT user in Denmark, writes:
Thank you so much Len. I have been incredibly happy with your
microphones and my danish friend whom I ordered a pair he loves them as
well. I have since talked two other people into ordering them as
well. So you make a great high quality product that you should be proud
A.R., in the U.K., wrote:
Just a short note to thank you for the ultra-quick service that i got
ordering my mic's (Swichable Battery Box Binaurals)!! i really didn't
expect to see them that quick!
I've had loads of fun recording stuff around the house and testing to
see if i can get them to distort! which may i add i have failed at!!
The bass-roll of filter make's such a difference! my brother recorded
him self playing his bass at a good volume and clipped the mics to the
logo on his amp...the mic's being about 5mm away from the speaker!
We where amazed at the quality of sound! we both agreed that the quality
of sound was way beyond what we had expected!
I then tried them recording my guitar and was impressed once again....
I can see my self using these mics a lot more than i had imagined!
M., an MD user in New Jersey, wrote:
Hi, I called you last Monday. Ordered the binaural microphone for my
Sony MZ-R30. I needed it for Friday, had it Wednesday. Friday night, I
went to see Pearl Jam at the E-Center in Camden NJ. I fiddled with the
microphone during Mudhoney's set to check which settings would be
appropriate. It was hard to figure out what the problem with the sound,
Mudhoney or the microphone. Well, it turned out after the show and
Pearl Jam did their wonderful performance, it was Mudhoney's distortion,
not the microphone. My ears were ringing the whole ride home as I
listened to Pearl Jam again. Once Saturday morning rolled around, I
fell in love w/ the recording. There was some crowd noise between songs
and at points people should have kept their mouths shout and let Eddie
Vedder sing alone. And of course a few hand claps, but that is what
live shows are all about. Above all the microphone picked up the music
in great quality. I used the Bass filter and it sounds great. Thank
you for this great piece of equipment.
J.J., a minidisk user, wrote:
Wanted to send you a 6+ month note on using your binaural mics. I
bought them in late Feb. '98. Using them with the MD Sharp 702 has
enhanced my concert enjoyment by many, MANY times. I record nearly
all concerts I attend and have even found favorite bars to record
shows at because of acoustics.
I must say the mics have yet to dissapoint and have also lead a few
friends to buy MD products so that they can get some concert dubs.
Thanks so much for the fine product and keep up the great work,
K.S., a DAT user, writes:
I've been happily using a pair of CS Binaurals for several months now.
The sound quality never ceases to amaze me.
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the amazing
microphones. Not only do they record live music and samples amazingly,
but I have found them quite useful for recording guitar in my home
studio. I realize this message looks exactly like all the others you
receive, but I wanted to make a special point to finally tell you how
much I appreciate your services. (I have a feeling you have gotten
quite a few orders in the past year, core sound is the buzz of the web!)
P.S. in the UK wrote:
BTW, I recently traded for a recording of John Zorn's Masada group (from
Seattle last month) made on CSBs. The sound quality is really superb and
about the best audience recording I've heard! It's a binaural recording
and sounds great on headphones.
G.K-C., an MD user in the UK, wrote:
Thanks for sending the demo MD which finally arrived on the morning I
was packing up to move apartment! I dug out my player, listened and
was very impressed. Please find below my order for a pair of Core
Sound Binuarals. ...
S.H., an MD user in NJ, wrote:
I want to try another show, but so far with the 1st recording, they were
just as good, maybe better then the guy next to me with $3,000 worth of
Mics, D/A converters, Pre-Amps going into a DAT. I was using the CSB
and my Sharp MD. I'll tell you, they were REALLY close... you need some
good headphones or speakers to tell the difference! : )
S.E., a minidisk user in the UK, wrote:
The mics were waiting for me when I checked into the hotel. I was very
impressed with your service.
I roadtested them for the first time last night. I plug them into the
line in on my minidisc, and hit the record button. (I didn't play with
levels....as I was trying not to be too obvious....)
Although the recording level was a bit low, the MD came out crystal
clear, and sounds great. I'm amazed how idiot proof the mics
Thanks, and I'll recommend your mics to all my friends.