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- In Nature Roomtones: Grasslands, get a collection of ambiences from the high altitude grasslands of New Mexico. Hear wildlife-free, air tones perfect for atmospheric beds in meadows, prairies, or savannas. Hear sonorous winds whisping across calderas and the low ominous drones of distant Ponderosa Pines. Hear blades swishing with airy tones and Parry's Oatgrass stalks actually whistling in the wind! Hear the resounding amplifier of a caldera made by an ancient volcanic eruption and eerie wind drones only made by landscapes straight out of the wild American West.
- This library offers you an extensive collection of ambiences with sparse flora and zero fauna. I hope you enjoy the beautifully subtle character of these almost silent natural spaces.
- Zero wildlife of any kind in these recordings
- Soothing air tones in high altitude grasslands
- Eerie and ominous wind tones
- Seas of tall Parry's Oatgrass grass whistling in the wind
- Ominous wind tones from distant long-needled Ponderosa Pines
- Often, when watching movies you'll hear ominous wind whistles in scenes with pure nature. Wind whistles like that don't exist in most natural spaces! Those eerie whistles are usually created as wind blows through wires.
- That said, I finally found some naturally occurring "whistles". There is a tall grass in New Mexico called Parry's Oatgrass with a long stalk of 1-2 meters. The key to the whistling is the density of the oatgrass. It grows in separate bundles and not as one continuous field of grass.
- These tall exposed stalks have enough space between that they actually whistle! It is not as pronounced as a wire whistle but you definitely get a rising and drop in pitch with each gust of wind.
- I placed my mics at the base of the grass bundles, then I built small wind walls using snow to protect mics from gusts. In this way I was able to capture the whistling oatgrass just above the mics!
- Many grassland recordings made in winter overwhelm the listener with an abrasive dry hiss. I don't enjoy hearing that hiss as the only element of a soundscape, so my solution was to find high altitude meadows that border forests of Ponderosa Pine. The deep, buttery smooth sound of long-needled Ponderosas mixes with the swish and whistles of the oatgrass to make a perfectly tuned wind soundscape that I have grown to love. I hope you enjoy listening.
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- 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: recorded in AB (L/R)
- Quad: recorded in Quad (L/R/Ls/Rs)
- Decoded Stereo: Double Mid/Side decoded to Stereo (L/R)
- Decoded Quad: Double Mid/Side decoded to Quad (L/R/Ls/Rs)
|Stereo Specs: 6.9 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 29 stereo WAV files – Approx. 3.3 hours total|
|Quad Specs: 7.6 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 18 Quad WAV files – Approx. 1.8 hours total|
|Stereo + Quad Specs: 14.5 GB – Approx. 3.3 hours total|
Metadata: Universal Category System, CSV, Soundminer, BWAV
Categories: AMBGrass, Meadow
Location: New Mexico, USA - Winter 2022
|Mastering: read my Field Recording Mastering Rules for more info.|
|Delivery: Instant - blazingly-fast - digital download|
|License type: Single user, royalty-free - for a multi-user license, click here|
|Sound Library Guarantee: If you're unhappy with my field recordings in any way, I'll give you store credit equal to the cost of the sound library. Read the full details – here.|
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