Here is the sound from a heavy rain storm that pounded North Idaho last night. Recorded on my 40 foot long deck at 3AM with a MKH-8040ST set to XY 90 degrees at 24-Bit 96K on May 4, 2012. The location faces West towards the forest and at 3AM it is very quiet here. No cars, trains, birds or anything else going on to disturb the beautiful rain drops that fall from my roof edge.
This storm woke me up from a deep sleep as I have a metal roof on the house and when we get a heavy downpour of rain it can be quite loud. This storm was fairly calm earlier in the evening so when it ramped up it was dumping huge amounts of rain and knocked me out of bed. I quickly grabbed the recording gear and set it just outside my door on the deck under the roof edge. The sound demo does not sound like a massive downpour but as you can hear it makes a wonderful splatting noise when it hits the deck. Most of the loud downpour sound is way above the microphone at the sheet metal roof line. I pointed the microphone directly towards where the rain drips where hitting the deck and since the water falls though between the deck planks it does not puddle or pool but there is just enough water on the surface that the drips splat against a thin sheet of water.
I have recorded here dozens of times and each time it sounds slightly different depending on the amount of rain falling. This kind of downpour is my favorite because it has a steady action and very little wind. Also, this time of year the leaves are still coming in on the trees so the “noise” from rain hitting thousands of leaves is barely noticeable. Enjoy! -Frank
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