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Here is my recording of New Year’s 2018 featuring the sounds of the celebration at midnight at my home in Seattle. The recording starts at about 11:55 PM, December 31st, 2017 and ends at about 12:17 AM, January 1st, 2018. Along with an inexpensive Dell laptop computer, I used VSTHost with LoudMax as a VST plug-in. A little editing, normalizing and noise reduction was performed with iZotope RX6. Pictured below are the microphones, adapter cables, and recording interface. One microphone was placed outside at the front of my house, facing west, and the other just outside on my back deck, facing east. I recommend listening on headphones for the full effect.

Inexpensive electret condenser microphones

                                       Covered with tissue paper

Phantom power to electret plug-in power adapters by Naiant Studio

What is an electret microphone?

Mackie Onyx Blackjack recording interface

Grounded metal window frame to prevent AC hum from nearby power lines from being induced on west facing microphone

New Year’s Far Rockaway, Queens, New York

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This was captured from an online open microphone from approximately 11:55 PM, December 31st, 2017 to about 12:14 AM, Eastern Standard Time, January 1st, 2018. This micophone seemed to be plagued with a lot of rumbling wind noise with clicks. I used a couple of passes of declick, and then phase rotation and normalization to -.3 dB in iZotope RX6. The sound is much improved, although the volume drops every time there’s a a gust of wind, and a compressor reduces the gain.