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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    StarFino 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Hi there! I used this sound in my pirate revenge story on YouTube and wanted to express my deepest gratitude to you. I believe I credited your work and any other links you have appropriately in the description, but if I’ve made some error, please let me know. Also feel free to check out the story! Thanks so much!

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    MaxAltana 3 weeks, 5 days ago


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    JefersonW 4 months, 1 week ago

    Gostei muito! Obrigado!

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    cumar 9 months, 3 weeks ago


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    VMaster7585 1 year, 8 months ago

    Thank you very much for the Sound Effect.

    I will be using this in my upcoming game: Snack Tick which will be released on Steam in late September 2020. I will place your username in the Credits under Sound effects. If you would like me to credit your legal name, send me a message.

    Thanks again!

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