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- In Alaska: Wind, get an expansive collection of forest winds from the pristine wilderness of Alaska. Hear the power of the Alaskan Range as gusts whip down from the high mountains. Hear blustery blasts whipping through the birch and cottonwood canopy and scrappy tundra spruces straining to stay vertical.
- This library offers you a large collection of arctic wind. I hope you enjoy listening to the natural music of the wind as it sings through the boreal forests of Alaska.
- Spring foliage from June 2019
- Cottonwood, birch, and spruce
- Canopy winds
- Swirling gusts
- Squeaky trees and creaking branches
- Close deciduous leaves fluttering
- I arrived in late May in Lake Clark National Park, and the spring leaves had just budded. The forest had that lovely fresh green of spring.
- Lake Clark is a massive 40-mile glacial lake with a major mountain pass of the Alaska Range at the north end of the lake.
- Winds whip down from the mountain pass and sail across the lake unimpeded. When these winds reach the boreal forest of cottonwood, birch, and spruce at the edge of the lake, the foliage comes alive.
- A strong storm came through with winds powerful enough to make 6-foot lake swells. This made for ideal wind recording conditions.
- It can be tricky to capture the sound of spring foliage without birdsong.
- The secret is to record during the day when there are extremely heavy winds. When winds are strong enough birds tend to stop singing, so you can record daytime winds even during springtime. Otherwise, you have to record at night while the wildlife sleeps.
- My favorite sound was a mixed grove of cottonwoods and spruce. The sound of the short spruce needles mixed with the deciduous leaves of the cottonwoods made a rich, full-spectrum wind filled with the eerie squeaks and creaks of the forest.
- I also loved mixing the sound of distant lake waves with canopy wind. When you retreat about a mile from the lakeshore, the lake waves blend beautifully with the sound of the canopy foliage. I loved finding the perfect balance of lush canopy with a touch of distant roar from the waves. It gives the wind recordings a beautiful sense of power.
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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
- DPA 4060s in AB
- Sound Devices 702
- Sound Devices MixPre-6
- Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side Blimp
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 wind 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 ONLY FILES:
- These recording were made with two DPA 4060s and do not include a quad version.
- The "stereo only" files are included in the specs for the "Stereo Specs" below.
|Stereo Specs: 5.1 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 39 stereo WAV files – 39+ sounds – Approx. 148 min (2.46 hours) total|
|Quad Specs: 7.7 GB – 96 kHz / 24-bit – 30 quad WAV files – 30+ sounds – Approx. 111 min (1.85 hours) total|
|Metadata: CSV, Soundminer, BWAV, Text Markers|
Categories: Weather, Wind
Location: Alaska, Lake Clark National Park, Spring 2019
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