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- In Tennessee: Rain, get an expansive collection of forest rain from deep in the mountain valleys of the Smoky Mountains. Hear soothing rain deep in leafless winter forests. Hear massive post-rain drips plopping and tiny delicate droplets landing on fallen autumn leaves. Hear roaring winter winds and the mellow sound of a million raindrops on large evergreen Rhododendron leaves.
- This library offers you a large collection of soothing forest rain. I hope you enjoy listening to the natural music of the weather as it sings through the woods of Tennessee.
- Zero wildlife of any kind in these recordings. You'll only hear rain.
- Light, moderate, and heavy rain
- Deciduous forests in winter
- Rain on large evergreen Rhododendron leaves
- Delicate showers and raging storms
- Large post-rain drips
- Zero thunder
- Daytime and nighttime storms
- Plopping raindrops from inside large canvas tents
HOW TO RECORD RAIN – Field Recording Tips:
- These rain recordings were made deep in the forest using local foliage rain canopies and waterproofed Cinela blimps. Learn how to waterproof your blimp with NikWax and make foliage canopies using the resources below.
- Coat the inner cover of the Cinela Pianissimo or LEO20 with NikWax. This is a water repellant molecule that is also acoustically transparent. The water repellant causes the water to bead up and roll off while also letting the air through. Read more about how NikWax works – here. ***Disclaimer - do this at your own risk. NikWax works for me most of the time, but it do occasionally lose microphones to water damage***
- I use NikWax TX.Direct Spray On to waterproof my Cinela blimps.
- Use a Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side blimp with a Kelly Rain Cover. The honeycomb of the cover disperses drops as they hit the blimp which minimizes thumps. However, don’t use the Kelly Rain cover in areas with lots of insects because they tend to get stuck in the honeycomb, buzz for hours, and ruin recordings. The honeycomb cover also doubles as excellent protection for the blimp if a bear/moose/elk decides to chew on it.
- Find a section of forest with low and dense deciduous leaves. These leaves catch the rain so drips don’t thump on the blimp. Occasional thumps during heavy rain are okay because they can be removed with RX.
- Waterproofing a microphone blimp is totally game changing. I can now leave my rig out in the elements for 24 hours without fear of rain. Waterproof blimps and 32-bit float recorders (MixPre-3 II, F6, or F3) have opened up a whole new world of recording for me and I couldn’t be more excited.
- Build a platform of local foliage to cover the blimp for extra protection. George Vlad has an excellent video on how to build a natural rain canopy – here. But make sure the foliage is at least 1-2 feet above the mics so that the impacts on the foliage canopy will blend well with the surrounding soundscape.
- Use microphones known to perform well in high humidity. I use Sennheiser, LOM, and Micbooster microphones for recording rain. View my full gear list – here.
- Use cables made with Neutrik X-HD Series waterproof connectors. This keeps water from getting into your cable connection points.
- Use a dry bag for your recorder. I like the AquaQuest Rogue dry bags.
- Cover you dry bag with local foliage (or a wool shirt if there isn't any foliage). Otherwise you’ll just record the sound of rain hitting a dry bag.
- 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.
- 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 Specs: 9.9 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 38 stereo WAV files – Approx. 4.8 hours total|
Metadata: Universal Category System, CSV, Soundminer, BWAV
Categories: RAINVege, Temperate Forest
Location: Tennessee, USA - Smoky Mountains - Winter 2021
|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.|
- LOM Usi
- Micbooster Clippy EM272
- Zoom F6
- Sony A10
- Cinela LEO20 Blimps