How I do stealth recording and record airport sounds in Singapore
Recording in stealth mode is a great way to capture the natural ambience without affecting the behavior of people. Whenever I travel and want to capture sounds, I typically do this method of recording. This helps me not call attention to myself by fellow passengers and officials.
One time when I was new to recording audio, I went to the Stuttgart Airport, and took out my recorder and microphone to capture sounds near the security area. Within minutes, I was surrounded by police officers with machine guns asking what I was doing there. After a brief conversation and passport check, I was allowed to record sounds. They said I could “record sounds, but don’t take pictures.”
Stealth Field Recording Microphones & Gear I've used
For doing stealth or invisible recordings I have several methods and equipment choices. In the past, I used binaural microphones like the Roland EC 10EM and the Soundman OKM Rock Studio. I’d wear them in my ears and have them plugged into my Zoom H6.
The big difference between the Roland binaural microphones is that you can record and monitor at the same time. Unfortunately, the Soundman mics are microphones only however, but the sound quality is superior. I like using this method inside airplanes because I’m not moving around.
Talking about the Zoom H6, I use this recorder sometimes at airports and hide it inside my computer bag with the microphone facing out. While flying in the airplane I have the recorder in my shoe. I do the same with the Zoom H3-VR. These recorders are small and people don’t really pay attention to it from my experience but I wouldn’t call this stealth recording.
My Current & Favorite Stealth Recording Method
For me, the best method to record stealth is with the Zoom F8n or Zoom F6 inside a Loewe Pro backpack. I attach the USI Pro Micro (or regular Usi Pro) or DPA 4060 in the side pockets and use the Zoom app to monitor the sound field. If it gets too loud or to quiet I can change the gain inside the app. For Zoom H3-VR users the app alone doesn’t work and you’ll need to buy an extension. If I use the Zoom F6 field recorder and record in 32 bit, I don’t need to look for the gain anymore.
I already know my gear so in a normal situation I’m not using headphones anymore but I still recommend it. I don’t use my Sony MDR 7506, just regular iPhone headphones, and have them plugged into the recorder NOT on the phone. You can’t monitor the sound with the app.
Watch my stealth mode in action!
Listen to my stealth recordings
Below you can listen to a recent stealth recording I captured in the Singapore Airport. If you’d like more information I’ve created a metadata sheet for you to review! These sounds are royalty-free and can used for both personal and commercial project!
Royalty Free Sound LibrarySingapore Changi Airport Ambience
Specs: 14 files • 24 bit / 96/192 kHz • 1.7 GB • Includes metadata
Duration: Approx. 35 Minutes
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License type: Royalty-Free