Rain is by far one of the most calming sounds of our world while also being one of the most difficult to record cleanly. Urban and anthropogenic noise, lack of water resistance of certain equipment, and unwanted sounds caused by surfaces like awnings and concrete can make it a challenge to capture rain sounds that work well in a sound design context.
Thanks to my backyard being both sheltered and free of hard surfaces, I figured out that I can record really clean rain sounds from my fire escape that would contain little to no urban noise, people, or sirens. After learning this around April, I have been recording rain every time it occurred, amassing over 200 GB of rain recordings that I have condensed down to a new sound effects library: Backyard Rain & Thunder.
This library contains a wide variety of rain and thunderstorm recordings captured at high resolution with little to no anthropogenic noise yet still anchored firmly in the sonic environment of a suburb - thus making it ideal for layering. If you need to create the feel of a rainy day or night in a small town or village, this library is ideal.
For recreational Listening...
Since I know that many of you love listening to rain sounds to help you unwind, focus, or sleep, I decided to make some of my favorite recordings from this library available to stream or download via Bandcamp and all popular streaming platforms. Wherever supported, these recordings can be enjoyed at up to 24 Bit / 96 kHz lossless audio.
Just Mixed: Cheyenna – Drifter
Early Black Friday Sale
Interview with Field & Foley
The best Free Library Manager Apps for Sound Designers
Rain Sound Effects for Games, Film, and recreational Listening
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