As some of you here know, I've been involved with capturing high-definition audio of shuttle launches since STS-123. I'm currently working on finding a proper partnership with a space-based site, but for now, the Internet Archive has been gracious enough to host recordings made.
It's only been in the last couple years that we've had technology capable of making these recordings in small, portable packages.
I wanted to share what I consider the best recording I've made, from the bank of the barge turn basin at the complex 39 press site.
This is a 24-bit, 96kHz high definition recording. You'll need to download the .WAV file, and listen to it via iTunes or Quicktime, as long as it supports uncompressed 24-bit playback. Large speakers are preferred as long as they have GREAT bass playback potential, but listening through headphones is very realistic.http://www.archive.org/download/LaunchOfSpaceShuttleEndavourOnMissionSts-123/sts-123_launch_2496.wav
With the last few missions scheduled, the goal will be to capture all of them in high-definition sound from various viewing points around the space center, for free distribution.
Hope you all enjoy.
For the tech geeks: this was recorded using a pair of Neumann AK30 microphone capsules (omnidirectional), shock mounted, ran through a Grace Design Lunatec V3 preamp and analog-to-digital converter at 24-bit, 96kHz, recorded digitally into a M-Audio Microtrack II recorder (simply used as a "bit bucket").
See the attached photo of the actual recording taking place.