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Old 29th October 2019, 02:44 AM   #11
Anglean1 is offline Anglean1  United States
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I will try thank you not sure how well this will work outside but will give it a try. My xfinity cameras also pick up the sound put it captures the wind, etc also.
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Old 29th October 2019, 03:07 AM   #12
rayma is online now rayma  United States
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Originally Posted by Anglean1 View Post
I am seeking all other ways of removing the tenant from that residence.
You should be complaining to their building's property owner, frequently.
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Old 29th October 2019, 05:45 AM   #13
JMFahey is offline JMFahey  Argentina
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Originally Posted by Anglean1 View Post
I have alerted the police to this matter and was informed of two thingsif I can hear it I can record it and to keep my cameras/ audio operating at all times.I have purchased a digital recorder and have obtained several recordings. The problem is that there is noise from the mic static, wind from outside, traffic, sirens. I have used audacity but it also removes the inappropriate screaming that I am utilizing as evidence. I appreciate any assistance that can be provided regarding how I can capture enhance the inappropriate screaming but remove the other sounds.
Well, yes and no.
Your ears and a microphone in the same place will pick exactly the same, with a BIG difference.

You are picking it with two ears separated by a solid head , they are some 8/10 inches away and your ears are miniature parabolic reflctors.
Couple that to HEAVY brain processing and you will distinctly pick what no "Technical Equipment" can.

Your Brain picks and processes phase difference clues, different times of arrival, uses directionality plus smart "software" tricks to separate useful data from interference and chatter; a single microphone does not.

So you must make it easier for them.

First is to get *two* microphones (may even be cheap Electret capsules), solder them to long cables and place them as close to neighbour´s house as possible, also separated a couple meters to improve Stereo separation, and record *that*, in Stereo.
You can later process and improve it.

Listened at with headphones will show WAY better intelligibility because so you hugely improve signal to noise ratio, signal being neighbour´s annoying Audio and noise being anything else.

Just be discrete about it and remove everything after getting your "star witness" or *their* Lawyer will accuse you of trespassing or eavesdropping.

Which will be technically true, of course, sadly the Judge will not understand about sound masked by noise, binaural Audio, brain processing, etc. so do not even raise that point.

Plan B: Courts place disproportionate importance on Human sources, a.k.a. "witnesses".
Maybe you can enroll a couple neighbours which are as annoyed as you to backup and certify your claims.

That might give your complaint weight and credibility enough so Police takes things seriously
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Old 31st October 2019, 12:24 AM   #14
Anglean1 is offline Anglean1  United States
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Thank you, Mr. Fahey. I appreciate this information. Despite that the officer made the comment if I can hear it I can record it means that I am trespassing on them when they are harassing me with this disturbing noise?
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Old 31st October 2019, 02:16 AM   #15
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A big 2” exit narrow pattern horn makes a really nice directional microphone. Even with a cheap full range speaker or radio shack microphone at the throat instead of an expensive driver. I used this trick for recording from as much as 1/4 mile away, effectively ignoring sounds off to the side. Hold one up to your ear and hear it for yourself.
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Old 31st October 2019, 02:28 AM   #16
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Being harrassed by disturbing audio
Why would they play this noise? it takes time and effort, perhaps it’s only worth their trouble if they get a response and perhaps you’re playing into their hands? if it’s possible to ignore it for long enough maybe they’ll just give up, I’m sure you have better things to do than allow your blood pressure to increase over this nonsense. Get some noise cancelling headphones.
"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed." Robert M Pirsig.
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Old 2nd November 2019, 06:30 PM   #17
tapestryofsound is offline tapestryofsound  Scotland
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Antisocial neighbours? Best to ignore them. They are only doing what they are doing to upset you, and if you rise to the bait, they win and it will get worse. You have to reign in any righteous indignation - no matter your sense of entitlement, and simply not react. It implies you know something they do not. Sooner or later they will be gone.
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Old 2nd November 2019, 07:20 PM   #18
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Record in stereo. Use windscreens on the microphones. To increase the volume if still needed mention to the neighbor it is too loud. Chances are he will turn up the volume.

Mention to the unit's owner that they have a problem tenant and you are afraid they might be damaging bits.

Ask the neighbors if they want to join in on a small claims court law suit.

Go on vacation and leave the stereo on.
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Old 2nd November 2019, 07:59 PM   #19
lcsaszar is offline lcsaszar  Hungary
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My solution in a similar situation was an ignition coil + spark plug connected to a 12V battery + simple chopper. But the disturbance came from a TV set, not from audio gear. Use with care if there are several neighbors around.
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