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William Fournier

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Microphone for outdoor install
« on: October 08, 2021, 09:50:43 AM »

I have someone asking about installing a microphone outside their house to bring sounds of nature (birds and wind were mentioned) into the home. Most of the microphones I'm seeing intended for outdoor use are more utilitarian meant for something like a ticket stand, CCTV or crowd noise compensation.

Anyone know of something purpose built for this or have ideas for an enclosure to make a microphone last longer outside?

Search only turned up this thread from 2007 which described a similar situation but I didn't anything conclusive there.

https://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,93893.10.html?PHPSESSID=jm6prv70cgrbt0a0di0fbudu0t
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Rick Earl

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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2021, 10:46:01 AM »

I have someone asking about installing a microphone outside their house to bring sounds of nature (birds and wind were mentioned) into the home. Most of the microphones I'm seeing intended for outdoor use are more utilitarian meant for something like a ticket stand, CCTV or crowd noise compensation.

Anyone know of something purpose built for this or have ideas for an enclosure to make a microphone last longer outside?

Search only turned up this thread from 2007 which described a similar situation but I didn't anything conclusive there.

https://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,93893.10.html?PHPSESSID=jm6prv70cgrbt0a0di0fbudu0t

Maybe: https://www.shure.com/en-US/products/microphones/dl4
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Robert Healey

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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2021, 01:05:53 PM »

The Crown mic mentioned in that old thread is now AKG branded:
https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/026697-akg-pzm11-ll-wr-professional-weather-resistant-wall-mount-boundary-mic?dfw_tracker=36058-026697&gclid=CjwKCAjw2P-KBhByEiwADBYWCulVC22wSiKXyMQsgCeeRpIOp5Okqek4PWweFa7Ql2DWagtHUo9ccBoC2P4QAvD_BwE

Frequency response looks tailored for speech so it may not be ideal for wildlife. I am not aware of much else in the pro audio industry - may be best to look at security industry products.
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William Fournier

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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2021, 01:47:25 PM »

The Crown mic mentioned in that old thread is now AKG branded:
https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/026697-akg-pzm11-ll-wr-professional-weather-resistant-wall-mount-boundary-mic?dfw_tracker=36058-026697&gclid=CjwKCAjw2P-KBhByEiwADBYWCulVC22wSiKXyMQsgCeeRpIOp5Okqek4PWweFa7Ql2DWagtHUo9ccBoC2P4QAvD_BwE

Frequency response looks tailored for speech so it may not be ideal for wildlife. I am not aware of much else in the pro audio industry - may be best to look at security industry products.
The Crown mic mentioned in that old thread is now AKG branded:
https://www.fullcompass.com/prod/026697-akg-pzm11-ll-wr-professional-weather-resistant-wall-mount-boundary-mic?dfw_tracker=36058-026697&gclid=CjwKCAjw2P-KBhByEiwADBYWCulVC22wSiKXyMQsgCeeRpIOp5Okqek4PWweFa7Ql2DWagtHUo9ccBoC2P4QAvD_BwE

Frequency response looks tailored for speech so it may not be ideal for wildlife. I am not aware of much else in the pro audio industry - may be best to look at security industry products.

Thanks, funny enough I happened to see the local Shure rep today and he mentioned the DL4 as an option.
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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2021, 03:58:46 PM »

While not specifically listed as an outdoor mic, the EV 635A is pretty darn rugged.

We used them at the A&M football stadium. Installed sometime in the 70's to bring crowd noise into the box seats. When I worked there in the 2000's one of them sounded like it was bad, so we bought another, climbed up to it and found that it had been covered by a Dirt Dauber nest. We took it down and put the new one up. I took the old one home and cleaned it up. It still works to this day.
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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2021, 02:50:49 PM »

Carl Countryman (rip) would have a booth at trade shows with a glass of water to dunk the Isomax in.
i believe Voice Technologies also has waterproof mics
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Brian Jojade

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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2021, 06:24:59 PM »

Pretty sure that Shure has marketed the SM58 at mostly indestructible in just about any environment.  Outdoors seems like a cakewalk compared to the abuse that they take on a typical bar stage....
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Re: Microphone for outdoor install
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