The design of urban sound monitoring devices

Charlie Mydlarz, Samuel Nacach, Agnieszka Roginska, Tae Park

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The urban sound environment of New York City is notoriously loud and dynamic. As such, scientists, recording engineers, and soundscape researchers continuously explore methods to capture and monitor such urban sound environments. One method to accurately monitor and ultimately understand this dynamic environment involves a process of long-term sound capture, measurement and analysis. Urban sound recording requires the use of robust and resilient acoustic sensors, where unpredictable external conditions can have a negative impact on acoustic data quality. Accordingly, this paper describes the design and build of a self-contained urban acoustic sensing device to capture, analyze, and transmit high quality sound from any given urban environment. This forms part of a collaborative effort between New York University's (NYU) Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the NYU Steinhardt School's Citygram Project. The presented acoustic sensing device prototype incorporates a quad core Android based mini PC with Wi-Fi capabilities, a custom MEMS microphone and a USB audio device. The design considerations, materials used, noise mitigation strategies and the associated measurements are detailed in the following paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication137th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781634397483
StatePublished - 2014
Event137th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Oct 9 2014Oct 12 2014

Publication series

Name137th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014


Other137th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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