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- Alaska: Rain has the vast, beautiful crackling of arctic thunderstorms. Hear soothing rain deep in the boreal forest. Hear massive post-rain drips plopping and the musical call of Swainson's Thrushes singing in the rain. Hear thunderclaps that ripple across glacial valleys and the soothing noise of a million raindrops on cottonwood leaves.
- This library offers you a large collection of arctic rain. I hope you enjoy listening to the natural music of the weather as it sings through the boreal forests of Alaska.
- A Cinela Kelly Rain Cover was used. So, all recordings were captured deep in the forest.
- Rain in the boreal forest of cottonwood, birch, and spruce
- Light, moderate, and heavy rain
- Post-rain canopy drips broken loose by the wind
- Rippling thunderclaps
- All recordings include birds
RECORDING STORIES – HOW TO RECORD RAIN:
- Read the full blog post – here.
- Use microphones known to perform well in high humidity. I use Sennheiser microphones.
- Use cables made with Neutrik X-HD Series waterproof connectors.
- Use a dry bag for your recorder. I like these Sea to Summit 65L bags.
- Cover your dry bag with local foliage. Otherwise you'll just be recording the sounds of rain on a dry bag :)
- Use a Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side blimp with a Kelly Rain Cover.
- The honeycomb of the Kelly Rain cover disperses drops as they hit the blimp. This minimizes thumps.
- Coat the inner cover of the blimp with NixWax as Cinela directs on their website – here. This is a water repellant molecule that is also completely acoustically transparent. It causes the water to bead up and roll off but lets the air through. Read more about how NixWax works – here.
- Find a section of forest with low and dense deciduous leaves. These leaves catch the rain so drips don’t thunk on the blimp. Occasional thunks during heavy rain are easy to edit out in post.
- 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.
- I learned many of these rain recording techniques from George Vlad, so make sure you check out his work at Mindful Audio.
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- A spectrogram is included for each audio file. Double click on the photo to enlarge.
- 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".
- Sennheiser MKH8040 pair and MKH30 in Double Mid/Side
- Sound Devices MixPre-6
- Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side Blimp
- Cinela Kelly Rain Cover
96 kHz and 192 kHz:
- I always record and archive at 192 kHz for conservation and preservation purposes.
- However, all sounds are delivered in 96 kHz unless there was useful frequency content present above 48 kHz. Then the audio is delivered at 192 kHz.
- Ultrasonic insects and bats are the most common wildlife sounds above 48 kHz.
- In these rain recordings, no useful frequency content was present above 48 kHz. So all sounds are delivered at the 96 kHz sampling rate.
STEREO AND QUAD FILES:
- Stereo: front mid/side decoded to left and right.
- Quad: double mid/side decoded to quad.
|Stereo Specs: 4.9 GB – 96 kHz /24-bit – 24 stereo WAV files – 24+ sounds – Approx. 141 min (2.3 hours) total|
|Quad Specs: 9.8 GB – 96 kHz /24-bit – 24 quad WAV files – 24+ sounds – Approx. 141 min (2.3 hours) total|
|Stereo + Quad Specs: 14.7 GB Total – Approx. 141 (2.3 hours) total
|Metadata: CSV, Soundminer, BWAV, Text Markers|
Categories: Weather, Rain, Thunder
Location: Alaska, Lake Clark National Park - June 2019
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