My bedroom window faces the south and often I have listed to the rhythm of rain when a southerly storm arrives in Wellington, direct from Antarctica… The temperature tends to drop about 10 degrees and you instantly know its a day for staying inside and I’m not sure if its because I’m on the 4th floor or what, but this oblique rain tends to be very percussive, and knowing glass is reasonably resonant I wondered what it would sound like through contact mics… So I resolved the next time a southerly is predicted I’ll set up to record it, and I did…
but the rain never arrived! As I was busy on other things I left the gear set up and sure enough a week or so later I woke to the sound of sporadic rain, jumped out of bed, hit record & this is what I recorded….
0.00 Rain drips on window via Trance Audio Inducer Contact Mics
1.00 processed via GRM Spectral Contrast plugin
1.30 processed via GRM Spectral Contrast + Altiverb Borsendorfer IR
2.00 processed via GRM Spectral Contrast + Altiverb Borsendorfer IR + Valhalla Shimmer
FWIW I recorded using a new stereo contact mic rig from Trance Audio created specifically with sound designers in mind, and I’m in the process of writing a review of it as I received literally their first unit released into the wild! I’ll post it in the next week or so once I do some more recording with it as I want to try it in as wide a range of situations as possible…