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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 Conversations? Utilities? steam vents, transformer buzz? Street vendors? calling out wares etc. Not sure how many of these would fall under the 'anxiety ...


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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 muffled bassy thump that you can hear in a passing car or outside a club? That's the "pulse" of the city, and it's never far away even in the middle of the day. ...


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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 then you have inconsistent levels that you'll have to compensate for somehow in post. The H6 offers a couple of solutions for this: backup record and an onboard ...


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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. Personally, I would write off blended sounds like that and hang out for cleaner takes. You might go out for a day with your gain set much lower so that you'...


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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 reflectors for long-distance pickup of medium to high frequency sounds (i.e. bird-calls). Remember that whatever you use must have GOOD wind protection. At least a ...


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


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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 the bag. These are the clips I use: http://www.dpamicrophones.com/en/products.aspx?c=Item&category=271&item=24768 I haven't used this setup ...


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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 get from them is surprisingly good! Totally recommend!


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