From the wilderness of the North Idaho Panhandle, mostly from my ranch, comes a crazy collection of bats, birds and bugs. Recorded over a year and a half, Bats, Birds & Bugs HD Professional Sound Effects Library stars some of the best animal actors money can’t buy. They did not charge any fee as they like to just work at their own pace and show up when and where they want to. I spent countless hours sitting by the microphones trying to get performances worthy of their talent but in the end it was many coffee breaks and just plain waiting.
All of these sound recordings are from various acts of nature. They just happened and caught me by complete surprise most of the time. I spent time in my yard, out in the pastures of Sagle Idaho and the high mountains in and around Sandpoint to capture this off-beat set of sounds at 24-Bit 96kHz.
Bats are tough to record. After hours af recording I was able to pick out just a few great squeaks. Most of their noises are above the range of human hearing. Birds on the other hand were all over the place. Sometimes when recording one bird another would jump in and upstage the one I was trying to get. Included in this library are bird nest feeding, wing flaps, chirps, squawks and fly bys. One of the birds liked to jump on the MKH-416 and walk across it like it was a branch and then return to chirping and head-banging a large window. There is the sound of a hummingbird and a very pissed off Robin. Every year some wild turkeys hang around until a fox eats them up for dinner and I was able to chase them around sometimes but they did not want any part of this production. Some chickens and a cocky rooster are also included.
The insects are crazy if not somewhat strange. Included is a moth, a stink bug, a alien beetle due and totally disgusting house flies. The crickets in this collection were recorded with ultra high frequency microphones and they produce sounds in the 35K range. Pitched down is when you can really hear all the crickets doing their mating call (I assume).
Most of this collection was recorded with ultra high frequency microphones and when pitched down and mangled the options for a spooky fantasy forest are endless. I hope you enjoy this library at least as much as I did recording it. I learned a great deal about certain animals and am better for it. -Frank
Sound Devices 702 – Sennheiser MKH-8040ST – Sennheiser MKH-8060 – Sennheiser MKH-416 – Sanken CSS-5 – Audio Technica AT-835ST – Sony PCM-D1 – Sony D-50
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