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How to capture the sounds of rain ...

Post by dennisjames » Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:56 pm

A co-worker sent this to me. I'm not a fan of the song (nor the treatment), but the intro is worthy of note:

http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/Z71S ... hoir-Storm

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Post by drumsound » Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:59 pm

That's really cool until the song starts. Then it's Cheezewizz City!

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Post by KennyLusk » Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:09 pm

The thunder is too cool.

You guys dissin' on Toto?
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Post by oldguitars » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:34 pm

the snapping didn't really work, but the other rain stuff was cool.
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Post by JGriffin » Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:44 pm

My affection for Toto is pretty well-documented here on TOMB, but I didn't care for that arrangement...past the cool rain stuff of course.
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Post by Archmart » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:44 pm

Hey Hey! I don't think it works as well close mic'd like that. I saw a Christian artist named Rich Mullins conduct an audience of 2300 in a similar way and it was much more real and immersive, of course.

And yeh, it's all downhill once the rain stops. Toto's Africa is amazing, and the first recording I can remember marveling at the sound of.

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Post by Mystic Steamship Co. » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:22 am

Sounds more like 10,000 spiders crawling on a wood floor to me. Very ethnically diverse group of singers he's got there...

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Post by firby » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:42 am

I like it.

You are all jaded hipsters.

Hey so, is that what a whole bunch of sm58s sound like ? Its not bad.
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Post by trodden » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:13 pm

*has "Africa" as main ringtone, may possibley be a jaded hipster/scenester punk rawker as well*

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Post by roderick » Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:10 am

Archmart wrote:Hey Hey! I don't think it works as well close mic'd like that. I saw a Christian artist named Rich Mullins conduct an audience of 2300 in a similar way and it was much more real and immersive, of course.
I agree--distant miking in a reverberant room is the way to go. Here's a piece by Eric Whitacre that uses the same trick (fast forward to the six minute mark if you're impatient, though I rather like the entire peice):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zqp0OpzMAI

I recorded a different version of this work with a local choir back in May in a medium sized cathedral. It was with a much smaller group than what you hear in the youtube video (40 people vs 200 or so, plus an additional 20 people snapping and clapping), which I think worked to its advantage as the percussion hits were that much louder and more dramatic compared to the level of the choir.

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Post by Judas Jetski » Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:53 pm

trodden wrote:*has "Africa" as main ringtone, may possibley be a jaded hipster/scenester punk rawker as well*
My respect for you (never low in the first place) just like tripled. :D
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Post by trodden » Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:19 pm

Judas Jetski wrote:
trodden wrote:*has "Africa" as main ringtone, may possibley be a jaded hipster/scenester punk rawker as well*
My respect for you (never low in the first place) just like tripled. :D
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Post by Scodiddly » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:21 pm

trodden wrote:
Judas Jetski wrote:
trodden wrote:*has "Africa" as main ringtone, may possibley be a jaded hipster/scenester punk rawker as well*
My respect for you (never low in the first place) just like tripled. :D
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Post by Scodiddly » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:23 pm

About a year ago I did sound for a show featuring high-end Brazilian guitarists (the Assad bros. were the headliners!). One of the other guys did a very cool rainforest thing, with sound effects, blowing into the side of an SM57 to simulate distant thunder, etc. Not to mention he was a badass guitarist! The vocal ensemble thing was cool, though.

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Post by uncle bastard » Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:17 am

I recorded a thunderstorm by hanging a Shure 515SD out of the window and letting Tracktion record about 10 minutes or so of thunder and heavy rain. It sounded pretty good, and I was able to use it as the background for a cover of 'You Look Like Rain'- shame about the vocals.
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