This is Matt Butler with Mixcoach here to talk about a relatively new product for audio engineers.
The Kaotica Eyeball is the latest innovation for acoustic treatment for large or home studios alike. At first I thought, “Oh boy. Another acoustic treatment gimmick!”. After about 15 minutes of using the Kaotica Eyeball, I was singing brand new tune… Literally.
Before I dive into some results I achieved I want to talk a little bit about the designer. I had a phone meeting with the inventor Konrad Zukowski and found that not only is he brilliant, but he is very passionate about audio and capturing it as purely as possible. Konrad spent 4 1/2 years on this simple yet elegant design. The foam formula alone took over 2 years to develop! So, this clearly wasn’t a piece of foam cut with a hole saw then placed in a box for sale.
Don’t just take my word for it. Go and check out the Science behind the sound of the Kaotica Eyeball. You will find charts and graphs detailing just how much this can improve ANY vocal setup by reducing THD (Total Harmonic Distortion), improve Signal to Noise Ratio, reducing comb filtering and compensating for room nodes.
Installing the Kaotica Eyeball on my vocal mic was easy. Just slip it over the mic as you would any foam windscreen. You can mount it however you prefer because the eyeball will remain very tight and sealed around the body of the microphone.
Now for the testing on vocals! I placed my U47 right at the peak of a room mode that I traced down in a particular room I record vocals in. I found a pronounced peak at in this room at 165Hz. This is a pretty common room mode even in home studios that are treated fairly well. Having a buildup at this frequency can cause your vocal to sound very boxy.
After the first pass I noticed all the reflections that usually get from the room was gone! And so was the buildup of 165Hz leaving a very linear frequency response from my mic. I even ran the same test setting up the microphone in a corner. We all know corners are awful for bass buildup and weird reflections that impart awful room tone back into the microphone. Buildup GONE.
I was astonished at A/B’ing the sources. The Kaotica Eyeball greatly reduced standing waves and the early reflections from my room were minimal making this space completely workable. It was also wonderful at reducing comb filtering off the glass in a recording room. I truly got a pure vocal in every situation I tested it in.
Now the Kaotica Eyeball was certainly designed with vocals in mind, but I have experimented on instruments too. Kevin used it on a recent bluegrass recording and noticed a big difference in the way his mics sounded.
Now you must be wondering what it sounds like. I hope you do because MixCoach is teaming up with Kaotica to bring you some videos showing you just how cool this thing really is.
The Kaotica Eyeball will become an essential tool in your tool belt for producing superb vocals in less than ideal situations.
Stayed tuned for exciting things from Mixcoach and the Kaotica! We may even be giving a Kaotica Eyeball (or two, or three) away soon!