January 23rd, 2007

Lightning strikes the house next door, and echoes off the houses and hills of the neighbourhood. Sennheiser MD421 pointed at open window during thunderstorm, Ampex MX10 tube mixer, Ampex 960 tube reel-to-reel. Dual mono recording, good fidelity. Tape hiss is masked by white noise from rain. If you listen closely, the leading edge of the clap is preceded by a faint click (visible in audio editing software), which is likely the instant the bolt makes contact and sends electricity through everything in the vicinity (tubes are forgiving). The shockwave from the superheated air (which only travels at the speed of sound) arrives as the main clap a split second afterwards. Startled recordist can also be heard in the fadeout.


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    Ohio_Runner_14 1 year ago

    Exactly what I need for a project in Movie Making

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    Because_I_need_a_name 2 years, 5 months ago

    This is amazing! The suddeness of the sound is perfect for the my sound design class! Thank you!
    This is perfect for horror/suspense projects

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    ginogino1 2 years, 9 months ago

    I plan on using this in a project. Thank you.

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    MasterSplinter 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hello, I used this sound on a short animation I made. Hope its ok.
    Here it is:
    (it is in spanish tho, sorry =/ )

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    exlibitgaming06 3 years, 11 months ago

    Its cool wanna coop with me Minecraft BETA 1.7.3

    iam making vid

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