Are there any free, high quality recordings of rain on the internet?
June 6, 2006 4:39 PM Subscribe
Is there a good source for free, high quality recordings of rain (or other nature sounds) on the internet?
posted by subclub to Computers & Internet (25 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
We recently bought a cheap "nature sounds" alarm clock that plays rain sounds while we sleep. While the sound is very helpful (we live in a very old apartment building and it blocks out the sounds our neighbors make), the quality of sound coming out of the clock is pretty awful. I'm not really an audiophile, but digital compression artifacts drive me insane sometimes (I'm talking 128 kbps and lower). So I'd like to load an iPod up with some high quality rain recordings. Is there a (free) good source for these on the internet? Google hasn't been very helpful. Here's what would make me happiest:
Track duration: 30 minutes or an hour long (but looping and crossfading a 5 minute recording would be ok)
Encoding: 192 kbps MP3 (or something better)
Somebody please tell me there is a huge archive somewhere with hundreds of files like this that I just haven't been able to find! I guess if all else fails I can just buy and rip some CDs, but I am poor.
Also: this AskMe post from last year has some good links to software that can generate nature sounds, but I'm looking for actual high quality field recordings.