I’m really pleased to be able to welcome Lukas Tvrdon as a contributor with us. I came across him via an article published on A Sound Effect, checked out his libraries, liked them so thought I’d reach out and, luckily for us, he said yes. It’s always great to get new contributors on board, what with the different styles and techniques they have, but what could please a Brit like me more than having a batch of rain recordings to review? And that’s exactly what he’s given us. So put on your galoshes and here goes.
All these field recordings were captured in Bali, Kuala Lumpur or Krabi, Thailand. The location where each ambience was captured is given in the file name. For the most part, all that is clearly audible is the sound of the rain, wind and thunder so, although it’s certainly very helpful to have information about precisely where a recording was made in situations where selections need to be made to achieve the greatest possible realism, if your project is set in a different countries, that by no means precludes the use of these sounds.
The detailed descriptions that constitute the file names not only contain the location where the recording was made, but also the types of surface on which the rain is falling, how heavy the rain is, how close the thunder is, if there is any and what other sounds can be heard. This is very helpful when selecting just the right type of rain for a scene. There’s rain on concrete, rain on a rice field and this nice recording of rain on an umbrella. There’s even the sound of rain falling on a bucket, as well as other surfaces. In addition to light, medium and heavy rain, we also have diffused rain, which I think is a very good description.
A couple of the ambiences encompass a broader range of elements such as birds or, in this example, crickets and frogs, but, for the most part, the recordings are very tightly focused. They have a good stereo image and sound really good. Unfortunately, in a couple of cases, where there is thunder and it trips the compressor/limiter, this modulates the sound of the rain slightly, but the thunder itself is very characterful with low ominous rumbles containing lots of bass as well as sharper cracks.
One element that will feature in almost every project is weather, so having the greatest variety of nature sound effects possible is always beneficial. These field recordings provide a valuable addition to anyone’s toolkit when needing to set a rainy scene and we’d like to thank Lukas Tvrdon once again.
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