AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature
Sound Effects Library

AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature

Regular price $69.00 USD


  • In Pacific Northwest: Active Nature, get an expansive collection of active ambiences from the Hoh Rainforest, a temperate rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula in Olympic National Park. Hear lonely frogs croakings and syncopated drips from moss covered branches. Hear high twittering songbirds' joyous chirps twittering from canopy perches. Hear the soothing rush of the Hoh River from close and distant perspectives as it divides the valley and flows to the Pacific. Hear the Magical Dripping Tree, a majestic big-leaf maple covered head to toe in fog soaked moss. Hear massive drops from canopy mosses make rich plopping transients, pinging and enlivening the space of the old-growth forest
  • This library offers you a large collection of active nature sounds from one of the wettest forests in North America. Some places on the Olympic Peninsula get over 200 inches of precipitation per year and that abundance of moisture makes for a magical fern and moss filled ecosystem brimming with soothing ambiences.


  • Recorded near the One Square Inch of Silence
  • Active ambiences with energetic wildlife, canopy moss drips, and close running water
  • Energetic twittering songbirds
  • Distant frogs croaking
  • Lush and lively moss drips from the Magical Dripping Tree
  • Normally, rain would be next to impossible to record rain in the middle of a forest. However, these moss drips enabled me to capture a rich rain-like density of drips when it wasn't actually raining!
  • This library is a portrait of the Hoh Rainforest. The rainforest is in a long river valley, so the distant soothing wash of the Hoh River can be heard in all recordings.



  • Named markers are included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform!
  • Markers are included in the Soundminer and BWAV description fields starting with the prefix "Marker Text".


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    • Flora (plants) and Fauna (animals) are described in these terms: 
    • fauna sparse
    • fauna constant
    • flora sparse
    • flora constant
    • flora and fauna sparse
    • flora and fauna constant
    • Included wildlife: Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Belted Kingfisher, ducks, Common Raven, American Crow, Ruffed Grouse, Hairy Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, frogs


    • Sennheiser MKH 8040 Matched Pair in ORTF
    • Sound Devices 702
    • Rycote ORTF Blimp


    Specs: 13.41 GB – 192 kHz / 24-bit – 58 stereo WAV files – 58+ sounds – Approx. 193 min (3.21) total – Integrated Loudness: -35 LUFS.
    Metadata: CSV, Soundminer, BWAV, Text Markers
    Categories: Environments, Active Nature
    Location: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park – autumn 2017
    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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        • Purchase risk-free! 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 in Section 4 of my Terms and Conditions

        How can I use your sounds? 

        • Please read the full sound library End-User License Agreement. Written in plain English, without tons of legalese, it clearly details how you can use my sounds!

        What's the difference between Quiet Nature, Active Nature, and Miniature sound libraries? 

        • Quiet Nature = sparse fauna (wildlife), flora (usually wind), and water
        • Active Nature = active fauna (wildlife), flora (usually wind), and water
        • Miniature = a mini-nature collection of both quiet and active nature sounds

        Field Recording Values

        2% for the Environment

        • Two percent of the price of each library is donated to an environmental cause, as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
        • The following causes are supported through each purchase: 
          1. World Wildlife Fund
          2. Ocean Conservancy
          3. One Square Inch
          4. EcoSono

        Carbon Neutral

        • Carbon offset credits were purchased to offset my field recording travel starting with AMB10. 
        • Credits are purchased through Offsetters. Read more about their policies and program – here

        My Field Recording Mastering Rules:

        I believe in preserving nature sounds so I work tirelessly to discover locations where true natural soundscapes can still be heard. Since I work to preserve endangered natural soundscapes, I want the listener to hear the sounds as if they were present themselves.

        Natural Soundscape = A pristine soundscape devoid of all human-generated sound. This term is used by both myself, Andy Martin, and others.

        • Rule 1: Field recordings including any human-generated sounds (i.e. planes, cars, and distant generators) must be thrown out. These sounds cannot be removed in Izotope's RX.
        • Rule 2: Excision of human-generated sounds from long recordings and subsequent crossfading is not allowed. If a section is removed, then the sounds must edited as two shorter clips.
        • Rule 3: Sounds made by the field recordist can be removed such as handling noise, stomach gurgles, clothing sounds, etc. Also, sounds made by minor gear malfunctions may be removed.
        • Rule 4: De-plosive, Spectral Repair, and Dynamic EQ (with a low shelf filter) can be used to reduce low wind energy.
        • Rule 5: Limited use of high and low shelf filters is acceptable to reduce noise floor hiss, but never when sounds are present in those frequencies.
        • Rule 6: Noise reduction is never allowed.
        • Rule 7: Mark recordings as “natural soundscapes”, or list what was removed in the Soundminer “notes” metadata field.

        These rules are my humble opinions and are not meant to be universal to all field recordists. I am just striving for clarity in how I master my field recordings.

        Libraries Where I Broke the Rules: 

        I follow my rules as much as possible, but occasionally I break them. If a human-generated sound was removed from a clip, it is marked in the Soundminer "notes" metadata field. For example, I might break my rules when I can easily remove a distant generator from an otherwise amazing clip of a Roosevelt Elk bugling. That said, if a recording has had a human-generated sound removed, I think it is imperative not to portray it as natural soundscape. For example, the chart below shows how I notate each change in the metadata:

        • SD06 Wind Harp ($59) - birds were removed from 8 of 41 tracks in RX.
        • AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes ($39) - distant generator hums were removed from all tracks. These generators were from fire fighters and are not normally present in the area. Also, ranch dog barks were removed from some coyote choruses. 
        • AMB15 Pacific Northwest: Active Nature ($59) - RV generator hums were removed from 11 of 58 tracks in RX.
        • AMB13 Pacific Northwest: Miniature ($29) - RV generator hums, distant car door slams, or camera shutters were removed from 5 of the 19 tracks in RX.
        • AMB10 Northern Rockies: Common Loons ($39) - Extremely distant 60 Hz generator hum was removed from 9 of the 26 audio clips using RX's De-hum module.
        • AMB04 High Desert Thunderstorms ($99) - Birds were removed in RX to isolate the sounds of thunder. 

          Libraries Where I Followed the Rules: 

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                Thomas Rex Beverly

                Field Recording Values

                An astonishing number natural soundscapes are disappearing. I work to preserve as many as I can. 

                Mastering Rules

                I don't "photoshop" my nature sounds. Read my Field Recording Mastering Rules – here

                2% For the Environment

                Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause, as an “artist royalty” for the planet! Read more – here

                Carbon Neutral Travel

                Carbon offset credits were purchased to offset my field recording travel starting with AMB10. Read more – here