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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

This is not my forte by any means, but a few thoughts come to mind... Air traffic. Planes, helicopters? You did mention planes though... Water fountain? Music? playing in passing cars, out a window ...
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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

Ding dong! Metro/subway/train doors opening, is one of my favorite city sounds. But I'm assuming you're dealing with exterior shots based on the ideas you've thrown out already. How about that ...
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recording city sounds

Manually adjusting the gain during the recording is never a great idea. Your reactions are sluggish, so you'll probably have some seconds of clipped sounds that you'll have to throw away anyway, and ...
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recording city sounds

I had just this problem when recording ing London. A siren went past. I had my limiter kicked in but the squash it applied was still audible, i.e. as the siren receeded, everything else faded back in. ...
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Will shotgun microphones pickup sounds like birds chirping outside?

Would a shotgun microphone pick up bird sounds? Yes, depending on how quiet it is otherwise and how close you are to the subjects (birds). Nature recordists more typically use parabolic dish ...
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Designing the sound of cities in a positive way. Any Ideas?

Additionally to JoshP's suggestions, general energetic crowd noises and street musicians can add character.
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Stealth Recording in Airports

I use a stereo pair of DPA 4060s clipped to the outside of a bag (this ensures they are about 40cms apart) going into a Sound Devices 302 mixer into an Edirol R09 recorder, both of which are inside ...
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Stealth Recording in Airports

I´ve done some stealth recordings with a pair of Soundman OKM plugged to a Zoom or some portable recorder that you can have in your pocket or bag. They look like ear plugs and the quality you can ...
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