These are the FREE CRAZY SOUNDS that I have made available for download through SoundCloud.

Some files are 24-Bit 96kHz (HD) and others are CD quality. Please Note: The standard “The Recordist single user license” applies to these free sound effects. Copyright laws, international copyright treaties, and intellectual property laws protect The Recordist Sound Effects. Copyright infringement is a serious offense. The Recordist protects its copyrights by all necessary means, including legal action.

19 May 16

A nice evening thunderstorm recorded with a Sennheiser MKH8040-ST ORTF stereo microphone late in the evening. The sound file is 24-Bit 48kHz with Soundminer Metadata embedded. Enjoy! Namaste – Frank

On May 18, 2016 a fairly scattered and isolated storm front moved in the area and I set up a Sennheiser MKH8040ST ORTF microphone setup out under my “Thunder Protection Unit”. This area is basically some trees with a rig to hold a moving blanket over the microphones to protect them from any rain drops. Tres are great, they soften and filter the heavy drops out and the moving blanket keeps everything dry.

This two minute and thirty second soundscape contains the last three thunder claps that occurred after a stunning twenty four minute storm blew through. I had pulled the MKH8040-ST rig out from under the tress and was ready to head off to sleep when a second, quicker set of thunder claps presented themselves. The time was 11 o’clock in the evening which is the best time to record this stuff around here. No cars driving by, no birds or insects. There were a couple of crickets but they ceased as soon as the wind and rain kicked in.

15 June 15

This is a condensed version from 12 minutes of raw wind recorded howling though my garage window. Recorded with a Schoeps MK4/MK8 M/S microphone setup on a very windy June 15, 2015 in North Idaho.

02 June 15

The sound of ravens flying over and around the house on June 2, 2015. Totally crazy free! Recorded with a Sony PCM D100 set in “wide” mode. Enjoy! -Frank

31 March 15

This is a FREE sound effect from a freak Graupel storm that invaded North Idaho on April Fools day 2015. Recorded with a MKH-8040ST ORTF microphone setup in my back yard. On this track are two thunder and lightning strikes.

5 July 14

The 2nd Free “CRAZY SOUND” of the month for July 2014 is some fireworks mortar launches recorded from about 150 meters away with a Sony PCM-D100 recorder set to wide mode. The recorder was outside on the front lawn at 11:30 pm and my next door neighbor shot some off into the night sky. The reverb is totally natural. A dense and smooth report from all the large Fir trees around here.

21 May 13

This is the downloadable CRAZY SOUND OF THE WEEK for May 21, 2013. Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH-8040 at 24-Bit 96K. Two plastic water bottles getting a little intimate. The first part is played at normal pitch and the second part is half speed. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

02 May 13

The universe dropped a couple of horses next door to my ranch a while back. When the owners take one out and ride this one goes nuts. I call him the Crazy Horse. He was quiet for a while after I arrived to record him but then he ignored me and started to make lots of noise. He even kicked up once as he was running by me. Recorded at 24-Bit 192kHz with a Sennheiser MKH-8040 to a Sound Devices SD-702 recorder. This Soundcloud audio file is downloadable at 24-Bit 96kHz.

03 Apr 13

Every Spring without fail a disgusting fly swarm returns to my garage. This year I captured them in ORTF with a MKH8040ST microphone setup. They even sound smelly. This is the downloadable 24-Bit 96K CRAZY SOUND OF THE MONTH for April 2013. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

09 Apr 13

I had nothing better to do today so I put together this compilation of a B-1B Lancer. This is a recording I made back in 1994. I was living in Seattle when they had a air show at King County Airport very close to downtown. Gone are the days of fly-bys over the city. This plane was seriously fast and loud. I was very close on the West side of the runway when this jet took off and ripped by a few times not very far over the runway. After it passed it would go straight up like a rocket. (It sounded like a rocket at times) The B-1B entered service in 1986 with the USAF Strategic Air Command as a nuclear bomber. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

07 Apr 13

If you have ever wondered what the inside of a massive airplane factory sounds like, here is what it sounds like. I recorded this in the late 1990s at the Boeing 737-757 airplane plant in Renton Washington. I think they only make 737s there now. I was granted exclusive access to record sounds for a corporate video and was lucky enough to be there during lunch break. I was able to get the microphone close up on some automated wing drilling and riveting machines. They also started up the huge paint drying room turbine for me which was 3 floors under the building. I also recorded the ambience from a catwalk high above the assembly line. 🙂 Enjoy!. This is a FREE sound effect.

22 Mar 13

FREE Crazy Sound of the Week for March 22, 2013: Rain Drips Splatty MKH8040ST ORTF. I’ve been doing quite a bit of ORTF recording lately and this week the weather was perfect for recording in the field. The weather changed on a dime this week, one minute it was sunny and the next hail and rain stormed through. I recorded this downpour on my deck during a hail storm which then gave way to some heavy rain. The sound is mostly the drips hitting the wood deck. I am just loving the stereo image of this setup. Recorded with a MKH8040ST set in ORTF inside a ORTF Rycote system. It’s FREE at 24/48. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

04 Mar 13

Dog Chomping Tennis Ball. One last Free “Ricey” dog sound for a while. This time I recorded him chewing a tennis ball up close with a Sennheiser MKH-8060 Shotgun microphone. Let me know what you think after playing with it for a while pitched down and I might release a Mini SoundBox HD with all his sounds at 192K. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

03 Mar 13

Wind Through Fir Trees ORTF MKH8040ST. I finally got around to recording some wind with the Rycote ORTF system and a Sennheiser MKH8040 Stereo Pair. I used the microphone on a long boom pole and stood under some beautiful fir trees I have on my property. The wind was gusting just right, not too soft and not too strong and it made the trees sway back and forth. The stereo image is very wide and even. There is also a distant Raven that chimes in at the end, they do not like to be excluded or they will swoop down and grab your cat if you have one. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

02 Mar 13

This is Ricey! He is a Pomeranian/American Eskimo crazy dog. He played around with a tennis ball today and I had my MKH8040 microphone out and recorded some barks and growls along with him attacking and chomping the tennis ball. The first section is played back at 22% speed. Then there is the normal speed and a short tennis ball chomping session. This sound is the FREE “Ricey The Giant Wolf Monster” Crazy Sound Of The Week. 24-Bit 96k. 🙂 Enjoy -Frank

05 Feb 13

Here is the Crazy Sound of the Week for February 5, 2013: Water Drips Into Cold Snow Holes. This is a mono 24-Bit 96kHz (MKH-8040) recording of drips off my roof into snow and ice holes drilled by the drips over time. It was a very quiet evening and the rain had just stopped. The water makes strange sounds when it hits the water inside the hole. Grab short sections for use in video game interface sound design or pitch down for crazy bubble like water sounds. Enjoy this free sound! -Frank

23 Jan 13

Presenting the Crazy Sound of the Week: Snow Farts. Squeezing very cold snow crystals (not fine snow flakes) with my hand. Recorded with a MKH-8040 very close up. Free to download at 24-Bit 96kHz. 🙂 Enjoy! -Frank

12 Jan 13

Cold Wind Gusts MKH8040 ORTF: This is a test I conducted recording some very cold gusty wind on January 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM PST with a pair of Sennheiser MKH8040 microphones inside The new Rycote ORTF setup. The recording was made at 24-Bit 96kHz but this file is the 24-Bit 48kHz version. I have been using a MKH8040ST XY rig for a couple of years now and have become quite used to the stereo width and sound. This ORTF recording really shows off how wide the ORTF image can be. I have just begun recording in ORTF and will post more sounds as they become more interesting. 🙂 Enjoy! -Frank

19 Nov 12

This is a set of processed bullet and gun sound effects recorded at the “Cliffs” in the North Idaho mountains in October 2012. The 1st sound is the final composite mix and then the individual elements used to create it. There was no synthesis applied juts pitch change, transient enhancement, compression and some substantial hard limiting. All the processing was done via the VST Rack in Soundminer Pro. All sounds recorded with a Sennheiser MKH-8040ST into a Sound Devices 702 recorder. This set of sounds is FREE to download at 24-Bit 96kHz.

The sounds are made from a special shotgun shell called “Double Mule”. The shell has 3 small steel slugs with wires attached and twirls through the air when shot. Slowed down you can hear the mule “whinney” as it passes close by the microphone. The other sounds are from a 22 caliber bullet hitting a huge rock face and last but not least a custom Mauser rifle shot from the very edge of the cliff and has a really nice long echo tail.

20 Sep 12

Here is the sound of a custom Mauser 6.5×300 Weatherby rifle I recorded during the cliff bullet ricochet sessions earlier in September 2012. I include the full microphone mix, the MKH8040ST, the MKH8040 (L-R dual mono stereo) and the MKH8040ST played back at 50% and 25% speed. The file is available for a short time at 24/96 so you can hear the full bandwidth of the 8040 mics and experiment with various processes. I did add some Compression and L2 limiting to bring out the beautiful mountain reverb tail and if you listen closely you can hear the bullet hit a rock very far away (2.8 seconds after the shot).

09 Sep 12

Here is the FREE crazy sound of the week for Sept 9, 2012. Warning: this track contains mild profanity from yours truly in reaction to some of the ricochet sounds. These sounds are from a high mountain cliff location in North Idaho. The guns used were a suppressed Savage .22 rifle and a Mossberg 590A shotgun (shooting a shell called “Double Mule”. The microphone used was a Sennheiser MKH-8040ST set to X/Y at 90 degrees.

29 Aug 12

This is a prop plane engine start and run at various speeds recorded on August 11, 2012 in Sandpoint Idaho. I was 50 yards from the plane when it started up and performed some high RPM tests. It then approached and strolled on by me it’s the way to the runway for take off.


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