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A few months back, we launched 'Golden Ears' – an interactive listening comp designed to test your audio knowledge in real-world filmmaking scenarios.
Across four stages, we asked a range of (increasingly difficult) questions about audio. All you had to do was pick which videos correctly answered the corresponding question, with a possible 30 points up for grabs (the harder questions were worth more points).
We have our winners! They were picked based on their score in addition to having the most creative response to, "If you were to create a question for the 'Golden Ears' Challenge what would it be?" There were some awesome suggestions... we might just knick one or two next time around).
Check out the winners and their 'Golden Ears' question suggestions below. And if you haven't done it yet, have a crack at the quiz now (sorry, no prizes up for grabs now, only glory).
Each of the winners is taking home a VideoMic prize pack worth over $1000. Each pack includes:
Question suggestion: I would create a challenge based on the 'proximity effect', where both audio clips would be set to the same perceived volume, but one was recorded very close to the sound source, the other much farther away. The person taking part would then have to guess which is which, most likely being given the question "Which is recorded with the up-close microphone?" or "Which clip shows signs of the proximity effect?" This would be interesting, because it would be a good test for the ability to hear the general tone of the recording, as being close to the mic tends to add a lot more bass and perceived warmth.
Question suggestion: I think I good question might be hearing the difference from a boom mic that is pointed at the speaker's nose and another boom pointed at more of the throat area (a more proper placement). And the question would be which boom mic is pointed at the speaker's nose.
Question suggestion: One clip was recorded with the Videomic Pro+ gain set to +20dB and the DSLR camera level set to peak around -12dB, the other clip had the Videomic Pro+ gain set to 0dB and the DSLR camera's gain set again so the input peaks around -12dB. Which is which?
Question suggestion: A phase cancellation question. Record a video indoors in an untreated "echo-y" room. Record the audio with a shotgun microphone (with an interference tube design) and also with a super or hypercardioid condenser mic. Which one is the shotgun mic?
Question suggestion: One of these clips was recorded with a microphone mounted on a Rycote shock mount and the other with recorded with a microphone mounted on a standard direct mount. Which clip was recorded using the Rycote shock mount?
Question suggestion: There are two kinds of mics being used, one cardioid and one omnidirectional. Which clip is using the omnidirectional microphone?
Question suggestion: Two clips. Which one was recorded with an iPhone, which one was recorded with a VideoMicro Pro+?
Question suggestion: One of these clips was recorded with the VideoMic Pro+ pointed directly at the subject's mouth, the other was directed between their mouth and chest. Which clip uses the audio from between their mouth and chest?
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