I'm unlucky enough to have noisy neighbors above me (living in a flat). Yes, I tried talking to them like 10 times, but then I had to involve the landlord who eventually gave them a 1st warning. This helped for 1 month or so, then they continued where they left off, so I'd like to record them to have proof when I escalate the case.

First I tried to record them with my phone, no luck - the kind of noise they make is like banging on the floor (dropping a LOT of things / jumping?), sometimes there is shouting for a short period, or just chairs being pulled on the floor back and forth (11PM at night). My phone doesn't pick it up (too low volume for that / low frequency / often I am too late starting the recording).

I'm thinking about setting up something that records continuously, but I'll still have to get a proper microphone that actually picks up the noises. There are those "spy" gadgets that have 100+ hours of recording time, but their mic's performance is doubtful. I could set up a raspberry pi, but still need a mic...

One idea could be to use a vibration (contact) mic, but I have no idea if that works. Any suggestions / experience to share?

  • Recording low frequency transmission from a noisy neighbour is not a trivial task. Almost nothing at consumer-level will do it. See sound.stackexchange.com/questions/38504/… which starts with a totally different question, but the answers are appropriate to the situation.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 28 '20 at 16:31

You could try something like the Olympus LS4. It has a function, "voice activated recording" where it only records when it hears sound. There are probably less expensive solutions out there (not that I know of them). Manual here: https://www.olympusamerica.com/files/oima_cckb/LSP1_LSP4_EN_manual.pdf

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