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Old 11th July 2018, 01:15 PM   #1
outdooraudioape is offline outdooraudioape
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Need to build a simple system to record outdoors and playback outdoors a dog barking. Needs to be waterproof. I have a 25W PA amplifier and 2 RCA outdoor speakers. Also have a GPX ML648S digital audio player. Would like to create a system that would monitor a barking dog, record the barking, and after a minute of barking, play it back through the PA amp and speakers. Also have a wireless-capable laptop. Do not have a waterproof microphone, which I suppose also should be wireless. The 25W PA amp could be located under a porch overhang to protect it from moisture, no problem.. What else do I need and how to put it all together?
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Old 11th July 2018, 01:35 PM   #2
lcsaszar is offline lcsaszar  Hungary
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Do you want to record a specific dog? Otherwise you could just find a piece of audio file of a barking dog, and play it back. Just like for humans, there are many emotional variations of barking (anger, hunger, playing, happiness, fear, etc.) What is the purpose? Also I am afraid 25 watts is to little, environment noise like wind, traffic, airborne, will mask it.
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Old 11th July 2018, 01:45 PM   #3
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You could seal the mic in a plastic bag. Condoms are often used for wireless mic belt packs inside sweaty costumes.
Run a balanced line inside to the recorder. If the dog is not close to the mic, you won't get a good recording, but it's worth a try. I agree with the post above, find a recording and play that.
Take the Speaker Voltage Test!
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Old 11th July 2018, 03:10 PM   #4
Enzo is offline Enzo  United States
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And if this is a way to spite a neighbor's barking dog, you might check with local law enforcement. This can be considered harassment and may be illegal.
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