Weather sound effects and recordings, including rain, wind, thunder, storms and lightning
Here is the thunder I recorded in 1988, to DAT with an ORTF pair of Schoeps MK-4s, which includes a strike from ~12′ away! Hair standing up on end and everything. You may know some of this material as what I released through “The Hollywood Edge Signature Series” back in 1993. Well, a lot has changed. More than half the material was then unusable back then due to rain ‘ruining’ the recordings. Not so with Izotope RX 7 Advanced. Rain? What rain? Not a drop survived. Not. A. Drop.
Painstakingly remastered to 96kHz 32-bit floating-point (no shortcuts padding it with useless zeros: That would be cheap and lazy). Embrace it; it’s our near-future and everything I publish from here on out will be as such.
Hundreds and hundreds of mic capsule failures were repaired along with plenty of distortion – without removing any time; so if you line up the old with the now new, they won’t hold sync for long. Back then all I could do was cut out time. No more. Come hear the utter clarity and crispness of this thunder as it should be. To differentiate and make it quick and easy for people to cut, I’ve called the very close strikes “Lightning” and the not-as-close strikes “Thunder”. Already prepped in/for Soundminer ready to go, and a spreadsheet document for those using other systems.
Woodland Atmosphere is a collection of clean and immersive natural ambiences recorded in forests around Europe by George Vlad. The library is updated with new content on a regular basis, all free for existing users.
Get more than 5 hours of pristine nature recordings and birdsong with this SFX library:
MAFX019 Volcano is a collection of unique sounds recorded in Ethiopia’s Afar region at Erta Ale volcano. Erta Ale is one of only a handful of volcanoes with lava lakes in the world, situated in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world. The name means Smoking Mountain in the local Afarigna language and Erta Ale does not disappoint in this regard, as you can see in the video. This place is also known as the Gateway to Hell, an appropriate moniker given the 47C/117F temperatures and lots of dead fauna we encountered.
There were only a few lava pits when the library was recorded but plenty of continuous and violent toxic gas releases. Occasionally the ground would move creating low frequency rumbles and debris falling. I had to use a long boompole in order to suspend my trusty MKH8060 over the edge and I improvised a spaced omni array by taping the MikroUsi mics to a video tripod ballhead. The expedition wasn’t 100% risk-free but it was more than worth it for these beautiful sounds.
We all know what central London sounds like. It’s noisy, crowded, and full of people trying to sell you watches. Ok, maybe that last point wasn’t that relevant, but have you ever wondered what lies beyond?
A short drive towards the suburbs will reveal a world filled with warm beer, cricket, and endless parks, where deer roam free.
When planning this library, the intention was to capture the quieter side of the metropolis, all year round! As a result, this library will receive multiple updates over the coming months. There will be one more summer update soon, along with an autumn update, winter update, and spring update.
So far, the first version of the library contains 15 .WAV stereo files at 96kHz/24 bit, recorded with a Sony PCM-D100/1, and contains approximately 35 minutes of summer ambiances in different locations throughout suburban London. Over the following months, I’ll keep traveling around the suburbs, collecting more and more ambiances, each update representing its own season.
Each file has been carefully edited in iZotope RX in order to remove as much unwanted noise as possible, such as random shouting, barking, etc. This will provide you with clean ambiences that will add character to your projects, without distracting the audience. That being said, do please note that the recordings contain some amount of traffic noise, and some also contain airplane noise. This is, of course, unavoidable when recording in a city such as London.
In addition to that, each file has been filled to the brim with SoundMiner metadata, allowing you to quickly search through the files, waste less time and dedicate more time to what you love doing!
Nature’s Soundscapes – Organic Sounds of Planet Earth is a dynamic sound library that includes premium quality background sounds, ambient sounds of nature and nature sound loops. The collection features sounds of beaches, bird sounds in nature, forests background sounds, the sound of rain, ocean, summer nighttime sounds, thunderstorms with the sound of lightning, woodland ambient sounds, mountain environment sounds and mountain wind sounds and more. It’s easy to cover long form scenes and settings with such a wide range of environmental sounds totaling 3+ hours elapsed-time.
An unbeatable value too. Ambient Earth Nature Loops collection of 135 nature loops is included with Nature’s Soundscapes – Organic Sounds of Planet Earth. Now you can set the tone for fantastic audio experiences in Mother Nature’s own voice. Nature’s Soundscapes – Organic Sounds of Planet Earth
What do you get when you combine a nature preserve, a small lake with a stream, and a nearby airport? You get beautiful scenery and a confusing soundscape. Walk along the path in the Barbara Key Nature Preserve in Illinois. But careful not to step on any plants of flowers.
Park N Planes includes recordings of a small fishing lake inhabited by families and birds. Attached to the lake is a small stream, additionally recorded with a stereo pair of Aquarian H2a hydrophone microphones for low rumbles and high popping sounds. Listen as the birds chirp, bugs buzz and fly past the microphones, not to mention planes and helicopters flying overhead. Along with planes and helicopters, you will also hear distant vehicles.
Park N Planes has over three and a half hours of recordings packed into 27 files, over 1500+ sounds, and 15.17GB. All files are recorded using the Sennheiser MKH8050 and MKH30 into a Sound Devices Mix Pre-6. All Metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly.
Rain City is a HQ sound effects library featuring 84 recordings captured at various indoor and outdoor locations, in a quiet urban environment.
Inside, you will find various types and intensities of rainfall, from soft, detailed dripping on roof tiles and heavy machinery in an idle construction site, to heavy rain in the city at night, to torrential downpour against car windows, Plexiglas rooftop panels, umbrellas and more.
Organic Nature gets you more than 3 hours of ambient nature sound recordings, capturing the sounds of forests, woodlands, beaches and more in Tennessee, South Carolina and Washington State. It also delivers weather sounds such as rain, thunder, and freezing rain – and even comes with a collection of campfire / burning sounds. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.
Second episode of our journey to Moscow, Russia, but this time – during summer and autumn
We recorded the most interesting sonic atmospheres, such as wet and dry traffic, streets, singing birds, wind in the endless parks, fountains, construction work, yelling children, rain and thunder, suburban villages, crowds and many more.
To capture this sound palette I made another stealth recording kit, but now, using LDC (large diaphragm condenser) microphones. This has improved the sound quality and made the recordings even more detailed, to continue creating the largest sound library series about Russia.
Back Alley Rain is a collection of 20 rain & thunder sound effects.
Light/medium/downpour rain, aftermath, drips, muffled thunder and more
The collection consists of 20 carefully mastered and rendered rain ambiences with baked-in Soundminer’s metadata.
All sounds (with one exception – see metadata) loop seamlessly which makes them perfect for games, meditation apps etc.
All sounds have been created and processed using top tier gear in order to deliver crisp, modern, error free sound.
RECORDED WITH: Sony PCM D100
EDITED WITH: iZotope RX, Pro Tools.
The Forest Ambience 1 library focuses on the ambient sounds of Central Florida’s forest ecology. The focus of this library is a collection of as much general background ambience as possible with minimal focus on any one individual element. It also focuses on a Mid Day – Early Dusk time frame.
The range of ambiences include windy gusts through thick canopies, forests alive with birds and bugs, and erie dead silences void of any life recorded near one of the nation’s largest active bombing ranges. Also included are a few plane flyovers and some outdoor trail ambience near an apartment complex as a bonus.
Captured in environments such as:
• Bottomland hardwoods
• Pine Flatwoods
• Upland hardwoods
• Urban nature trail
Suburbs of Chicago: Woods is the 6th in the Suburbs of Chicago Series. This pack takes us deep into another suburban forest preserve. This one drapes the sky in tall trees, providing shade and plenty of trails to walk through. Watch out for small critters jumping around as one recording in this pack caught a squirrel hopping through tall grass and weeds. There are plenty of grass and leaves rustles along with bird chirps. There is also a recording over 10 minutes at the intersection, filled with passing and idle vehicles, right out side the wooded forest preserve. Recorded at 24 bit, 192 kHz using the Sennheiser MKH8050 and MKH30 into a Sound Devices Mix Pre-6.
Over an hour and a half of recordings, all metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly. As in the all the other packs in this series, you will hear distant traffic and planes throughout.
This library comprises ambiences recorded from inside a sea shell/conch in various settings as city streets, nature, waves, traffic, walla.
Discover distorted realities from the sea shell, the sounds are filtered, occluded by the natural shell, an organic resonator.
In addition there are few sounds that are created by blowing inside the shell and making a note, which is a traditional Inca instrument (Pututo).
25 stereo files (15 ambiences + 10 Shell Blowing note)
This is a unique mini-library of useful rain loops, recorded in various settings, and with different level of intensity.
Get creative or just use them as is. These sounds are a nice companion to have when creating beds for rainy scenes. Evocative, emotional, rich and subtle.
Suburbs of Chicago: Forest Preserve 2 is the fourth in the Suburbs of Chicago series, and 2nd trip inside a suburban Forest Preserve.
Included you will hear bird chirps, tree rustles, bike passes, distant chatter, a small brook and families near a small lake, and more! Every wonder what it sounds like inside a hollow tree trunk? Wonder no more! This pack consists of 12 audio files, all metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly.
Recorded at 24 bit, 192 kHz using the Sennheiser MKH8050 and MKH30 into a Sound Devices Mix Pre-6. About an hour and a Half of recordings! Like in the other packs in this series, you will always hear distant traffic and planes.
The Game Pack Mini 01: FPS contains over 7 minutes (200 files) of high quality ready to use individual designed assets for use with an FPS style game.
This pack offers a chance to sample some our released & upcoming new libraries for a accessible low price.
This pack has also been created to assist anyone learning our game audio implementation guide series found here.
The assets have been designed for use with computer game media, however this pack is suited for all forms of audio media.
All assets have been recorded & produced at 96kHz/24bit with high quality hardware.
Included in this pack, Individual Designed assets for:
Please Note: this is a mini sample pack with minimal asset variations. Please see our vendors page for full unique packs that contain multiple asset variations & much more!
Nature’s Fury: Rain, Wind, Thunder is a massive collection of storm sounds to help you build your environments.
Whether you need a light rain ambience all the way up to heavy rain, howling winds, and cracking and rumbling thunder blowing through your scene – we have you covered. We even isolated some low rumbling thunder to be used in your sound design.
Consider this a storm toolkit that comes with three 4-minute long 5.1 surround designed thunderstorms to get you started!
From winds rushing through empty streets to winds whistling and whipping across a marina, “Town Winds” offers a broad spectrum of wind ambiences in urban environments.
This library includes the sounds of wind blowing through flagpoles, strong wind gusts at a railway station, and wind whirling around a backyard. There are recordings of clattering masts, fluttering plastic, rattling fences, and much more.
Taken in very calm spaces, these recordings have minimal traffic bleed and are nearly bird free. Recorded with a Shoeps MK4/MK8 MS, paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder.
Whether you’re designing a stormy scene in a city or a suburban environment, this is the library for you.
Empty streets, parking lots, railway stations, school, rural street, marina, harbor, lighthouse, athletics field, backyard, town square
This sound library is the ultimate achievement of a really ambitious project of recording winds from very remote places across the world.
Included are authentic recordings from the Boreal region (North hemisphere: in Canada and Iceland), from the Austral region (South hemisphere: Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the Last Hope province in Chile), on Islands in Mediterranean region (Thira in Greece), in the Sahara desert (Marocco), Isle-aux-Grues (Canadian winter), and more (see file list for more details)
Included is a set of useful synthesized, tonal, and designed winds.
The sounds are categorized into 3 folders: Designed, Indoor & Outdoor.
An interior wind collection is a must-have. It howls and it hoots through the recess of a door or a window.
This library consists of several kinds of wind. There are recordings of soft wind in extremely quiet open spaces at winter time. Some recordings were made in a coniferous forest in winter time – and the library also features a few sounds of canes and leaves rustle.
Recorded on a Schoeps MS set.
In this collection, get the blustery sounds of High Desert Winds 1 recorded in the resonant mountains of west Texas. This library includes sounds of the mountain ridge tops of the David Mountains with 15-50 mph gale force gusts, low whistling drones, breezes through pinyon pines, mesquite and much more. There are also seasonal recordings with leafy gusts, pouring rain, broad spectrum wind through winter grass, and crickets at night braving the weather. If you need sounds of the blustery wide open American Southwest, this is the library to check out.
2% for the Planet:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• 80% bird and insect free
• High altitude desert wind: 6000 ft. average elevation
• Turbulent gale-force gusts ranging from 15-50 mph
• Mountain ridge tops
• Indoor window perspectives
• Dead winter and spring grass
• Pinyon Pine
• Scratching Mesquite
• Bats above 20kHz
• Locations: Davis Mountains, Texas
*Bowed metal sounds in demo not included
Hurricane Winds features some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area in many, many years. Both both interior and exterior recordings are included.
In hindsight, it's been crazy and stupid to be recording at some of these locations, but here they are – three years of unique storm recordings.
• 21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from a yachting and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it flies through rigging, wires, masts etc. Plastic covers, structure, flags moving.
• 6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
• 2 tracks of storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
• 9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.
In the second installment of the High Desert Winds Series, get the blustery sounds of High Desert Winds 2 recorded in the resonant mountains of West Texas. This library was recorded during a massive two-day wind storm with gusts up 75 mph! These extreme winds rattled and shook the house in wonderful ways. The creaking and groaning windows, doors, and walls were vibrating so much that I could record wind for the first time using a contact microphone! There are also recordings of leaf vortexes, sand blasts, tarps popping, umbrella destruction, and much more. If you need the sounds of a stunning desert storm to complement the recordings in High Desert Winds 1, this is the library to check out.
2% FOR THE PLANET:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• 90% bird and insect free
• Turbulent hurricane-force gusts ranging from 20-75 mph
• Droning and singing wind whistles
• Open plastic bottle and wine bottle wind whistles
• Mountain ridge top wind
• Desert grass, scrub oak, and pinyon pine wind
• Indoor ORTF perspectives: adobe house, wooden storage shed, and mid-sized truck
• Indoor contact mic perspectives: chimneys, windows, doors, and walls
• Plastic tarps and umbrellas whipping in 50-75 mph winds
• Locations: Davis Mountains, Texas
• Named markers included in each file to help find interesting events. Starting in Soundminer 4.5Pro_v252 you can now read text markers from within Soundminer!
• Marker text included in the Soundminer Description and BWAV description fields.
Binaural and Ambisonic ambiences from Cromer Beach on the Norfolk North Coast. No people, mixture of Sandy and Stony beach, lovely crisp ambiences. Variety of distances will make this very useful for anyone working with VR work.
All recorded with the Sennheiser AMBEO VR and a Zoom F8.
Combination of Heavy and Light Waves
B-Format Ambisonics and Binaural Stereo Files.
This is your exterior wind collection, mainly recorded outside with a wind trap. You will be surrounded in your editing room by blowing, fresh air.
Useful Winds contains 17 decoded ms recordings of various types of wind, both interior and exterior. From a mild breeze through an Irish field to a storm gale atop of a Spanish hill, the library delivers a vast array of windy goodness. Recorded with Schoeps mk4/mk8 & SoundDevices MixPre-D.
Wind In Broadleaf Trees is a collection of recordings focusing on wind through broadleaf trees. Recorded in a Swedish forest in October it is representative of the most common broadleaf trees in Europe and other areas with a temperate climate.
In this collection I wanted to capture evocative and emotional wind sounds, from the soothing and relaxing soft winds, tense moderate winds, dramatic strong winds and the transitions between the different emotions or speeds of wind.
The collection was recorded at 24 bits 96Khz with an A-B stereo setup. It contains both longer files, with two minutes and more in length and shorter files edited to be a seamless loop. The files also come with embedded metadata.
Abandoned Shelters – The Danish Bunker Coast features mysterious and eerie sounds recorded in and around abandoned bunkers along the Danish West Coast.
The gathered ambiences form a comprehensive resource of steady winds, heavy gusts, rustling undergrowths as well as single waves and strong surfs that constantly stream and break through these inhospitable areas with concrete remains all around.
A big part of the library was recorded inside the bunkers where the strong nature elements of wind and water are transformed into heavily comb filtered textures and dark atmospheres.
This library is full of watery sounds to give your urban and residential soundscapes detail and character. This collection has 29 recordings of these troughs after various storms, offering everything from water lightly dripping into a sewer to heavy flowing drains. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
RAIN IN THE CITY features 41 HD 24bit/96khz Sound Effects with a large assortment of rains, drippings, gutters, traffic, streams and other water movements. Recorded during Los Angeles's heavy El Nino Weather storms in 2015. All new and original recordings.
This small library contains 23 unique ambience tracks recorded in the Central Florida area. The nature ambiences range from forests to oceans in both the night time and during the day. Urban ambiences range from industrial warehouse settings, to small city parks and parking garages. One particularly unique track included is a recording from inside a home during hurricane Irma.
Overall, This collection covers a lot of ground for 23 tracks. Each track contained is fairly unique within the set.
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