Backyard Rain & Thunder

Undisturbed Recordings of calm Summer Rain and Thunderstorms in a New England Backyard.

Calm Rain for Sound Design and recreational Listening

Rain is high on the list on people's favorite sounds to relax, study, or sleep to. For how soothing and common of a sound it is, it certainly is one of the most difficult to record - that is, if you want to still be able to use your gear afterwards.

In early spring of 2023, a little rain recording experiment on the fire escape leading to my somewhat sheltered backyard revealed that little to no city noise would actually make it onto the recording. Surprised by how clean these recordings came out, and by how wet of a summer we've been having this year, I proceeded to record in the backyard of my apartment almost every time it rained.

Over a period of 6 months, I recorded hundreds of gigabytes of rain and ultimately narrowed it down to the 3 hours contained in this library. If you are looking for rain recordings that are clean and work well for layering while still clearly anchoring your soundscape in suburban spaces, this is the library for you! Also included are two long thunderstorms that can be heard moving into the distance.

These recordings contain no distinct car sounds, people, or sirens, and have been minimally processed to make them flexible for use in films, games, and video productions.

As an added bonus, this library contains immersive, Ambisonic (AmbiX) recordings of rain captured from the inside of a tin shed. To convert these recordings to binaural or surround formats I recommend downloaded the free SoundField by RØDE plug-in.

Want something to relax or study to?

If you're not looking to use these sounds commercially but would love some calming rain soundscapes to relax, study, or sleep to, you can stream or download an album of these recordings via Bandcamp and all popular streaming services.

Library Specs

Categories: Nature

Total number of Files: 19

Total Duration: 3hrs 2min 33sec

Metadata: UCS file naming, SoundMiner, Soundly, BWF

Recording Specs: 24 Bit / 96 kHz

Channel Formats: Stereo, AmbiX (Ambisonics B-Format)

File Format: WAV

Size: 7.3 GB

Gear used: LOM Uši Pro Mics, RØDE NT-SF1 Ambisonic Mic, Zoom F3, Zoom F6, Zoom H1n

Processing: Level adjustment, Crossfades, Low-Shelf Filtering where necessary.

License Type: Single-User, royalty-free.
Multi-user licensing available via A Sound Effect.

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About me

Hi there! My name is Chris and I'm a sound designer and audio mixing & mastering engineer based in the Boston area. While my background has been performing and recording music, it was the process of creating my first ever musical sample pack, Low'n'Slow, that truly made me fall in love with sound design in 2019.

Since then, I've sampled rare synthesizers and drum machines, turned field recordings into contemporary hip hop drum kits, and created loops for fellow producers to use. During the course of the pandemic, I realized creating sounds for film and games was something I really wanted to pursue and while working towards that goal, I also started creating sound libraries for fellow sound professionals, video editors, and multimedia artists.

I strive to provide uncompromising, meticulously captured high-quality audio assets at an affordable price and help creatives at all stages of their career find the right colors for their sonic palette.