July 22nd, 2017

I tried out some new gear and methods! More mountainside rain! A complete storm from beginning to end with swelling and then waning rainfall, occasional thunder. MS stereo bar on mic stand projected through open second-floor window, just under the roof eaves. Recorded July 20th during one of the mid-afternoon brief intense storms we can seem to get frequently in the Rocky Mountain foothills beginning around June. If you were listening and wondering, the direct sound of the thunder is somewhat occluded as I believe the storm was behind the overhanging roof and house from the perspective of the microphone array. The mountainous terrain and other objects in the field reflected some of that thunderclap, as well as the exterior wall of the home, and so this is all a little bit funky.

Mid-Side Stereo Recording:
Large diaphragm condensers mounted on Octavia stereo mic mounting bar:
AKG Perception 220 mid (cardiod) (on top, upside-down)
AKG Perception 400 side (in bidirectional mode) (on bottom, facing left)
Sound Devices MixPre-6 preamp+mixer+recorder (ch1+2 paired to MS stereo, gain @ +21dB, fader @ unity, balance at mid/side center) w/48VDC phantom power applied, on-board mid-side encoding and monitoring in L+R, 24/96KHz stereo recording.

CoolEdit 2000: Edited to excerpt from longer recording. Normalized recording to 0dB. Downsampled to 16bit 48KHz.
FLAC: encoded.


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    Danluveseffects 2 years ago

    Fantastic Thunderstorm and rain sounds recording, makes you feel very relaxed!

    The main large deep Thunder burst is so crisp and fades off so nicely in the background!


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