- In Maine: Rain, get an expansive collection of forest rain from the pristine wilderness of northern Maine. Hear soothing rain deep in the temperate forest. Hear massive post-rain drips plopping and tiny delicate droplets gently landing on autumn leaves. Hear soothing wind in white pines and the magical sound of a million raindrops on birch and poplar leaves.
- This library offers you a large collection of temperate forest rain. I hope you enjoy listening to the natural music of the weather as it sings through the woods of northern Maine.
- Zero wildlife of any kind in these recordings. You'll only hear rain.
- Light, moderate, and heavy rain
- Deciduous and coniferous forests
- Rain on fallen autumn leaves
- Delicate morning showers
- Massive splatting drops
- Daytime and nighttime storms
- Zero thunder
- If you need more sounds from the Maine, check out the whole series – here.
RECORDING STORIES – How to Record Rain:
- All recordings made deep in the forest using local foliage rain canopies and waterproofed Cinela blimps.
- I recently learned about the "tree-ears" recording technique from Andy Martin and one of my goals for the trip was to try out this setup for recording rain.
- "Tree-ears" are a pseudo binaural microphone setup created by taping two omni microphones (in this case LOM Usi) on opposite sides of a tree about the width of a human head. The technique makes for a wonderfully immersive stereo image similar to binaural. But sometimes rodents don't like you taping mics to their tree! I lost some Usi cables to an angry chipmunk. Luckily he chewed threw the cables after it stopped raining :)
- "Tree-ears" need rain protection so that the drips did not thump on the Cinela LEO 20N blimp. My solution was to taped local foliage to the tree trunk about 12 inches above the mics. The leaves catch the raindrops so they don't thunk on the blimp. This worked wonderfully! If you try this, be careful not to tape the local foliage closer than about 12 inches. If the leaves are too close the splats on the rain canopy leaves don't blend well with the surround atmosphere. See included product pictures for examples.
- Here are a few additional rain recording resources:
- Listen to the Tonebenders Podcast about how I record rain.
- Read a blog post about recording Alaskan rain. This blog post includes a list of rain recording tips.
- Watch a video by George Vlad on how to build a foliage rain canopy.
- View larger version or Download CSV.
- A spectrogram is included for each audio file. Double click on the photo in the file list to enlarge.
- Stereo Only: recorded in AB (L/R) – these recordings do not include a Quad version
- Stereo: Double Mid/Side decoded to Stereo (L/R)
- Quad: Double Mid/Side decoded to Quad (L/R/Ls/Rs)
|Stereo Specs: 11 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 60 stereo WAV files – 60+ sounds – Approx. 318 min (5.3 hours) total|
|Quad Specs: 8.4 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 24 quad WAV files – 24+ sounds – Approx. 120 min (2 hours) total|
Metadata: Universal Category System, CSV, Soundminer, BWAV
Categories: RAINVeg, Deciduous Forest, Coniferous Forest
Location: Maine – Autumn 2020
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- Sennheiser MKH8040 pair and MKH30 in Double Mid/Side
- LOM Usi
- Sound Devices MixPre-3 II
- Sony D100
- Sony A10
- Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side Blimp