Presenting Thunderstorm III HD Professional Sound Effects Collection. The perfect storm is here! This sound effects library is a unprecedented audio love-fest of extremely close up dry lightning strikes and massive thunder claps only North Idaho can produce. With much help from the thunder gods over the last 3 1/2 years, this collection of mother nature’s power and fury is finally complete. The library contains 118 24-Bit 96kHz Broadcast WAV files ranging from powerful lightning strikes less than 1000 feet away to deep, booming thunder claps over 20 miles way. Also included are long takes of soothing rain with dynamic close, medium and distant perpective thunder tracks recorded in normal XY and wide ORTF stereo formats with MKH-8040 microphones and a cool little dude called the Sony PCM D-100.
Three years ago I started recording all new thunder and lightning sounds for this new collection. As you might guess you cannot call up the thunder gods and schedule a recording session or two. Strange I know but that’s the way they work. So, I’ve been slowly and patiently waiting, recording, waiting, recording, editing, waiting, recording, etc during this time and recorded quite a bit of source material. I spent years perfecting the art of “waiting” and now after many, many hours of editing and mastering the wait is over… For now.
Until this summer the storms have been few and far between so the library has been delayed. This summer there have been many amazing storms here in North Idaho, and now that I’m in a different location I have been recording some of the best thunder and lightning strikes ever. The weather forecasts for the rest of the summer look promising, and I’m always ready to record when the storms head my way. I have been using a couple of lightning tracker Apps to get a better idea when the storms are coming and from what direction. This has worked out extremely well, but as you all know, recording thunder is very difficult and potentially dangerous. It’s still a game of cat and mouse with these storms. Sometimes you get some great sounds and sometimes you do not.
The best thunder sounds come from when there is little to no wind or rain. We get that kind here but not that often. This year has been the exception as most of the storms, averaging one per week, have been relatively artifact free as they come in and as they exit. This gets me very excited as the editing and cleaning up process is minimal.
(2) Sound Devices 702 – Sennheiser MKH-8040ST XY – Sennheiser MKH-8040 ORTF – Sony PCM D-100
Files: 118 • Download: 3.36GB • Format: Stereo • Bit Depth: 24-Bit • Sample Rate: 96kHz • Metadata: Soundminer/BWAV