January 23rd, 2007

Lightning strikes the house next door, and echoes off the houses and hills of the neighbourhood. Sennheiser MD421 pointed at open window during thunderstorm, Ampex MX10 tube mixer, Ampex 960 tube reel-to-reel. Dual mono recording, good fidelity. Tape hiss is masked by white noise from rain. If you listen closely, the leading edge of the clap is preceded by a faint click (visible in audio editing software), which is likely the instant the bolt makes contact and sends electricity through everything in the vicinity (tubes are forgiving). The shockwave from the superheated air (which only travels at the speed of sound) arrives as the main clap a split second afterwards. Startled recordist can also be heard in the fadeout.


  • avatar
    lhall146 4 years, 6 months ago

    great the team loves it!

  • avatar
    lhall146 4 years, 6 months ago

    great just what i needed

  • avatar
    spullman 4 years, 7 months ago

    now that was awsome

  • avatar
    DJElite3 4 years, 10 months ago

    Nice. Very sharp.

  • avatar
    Tomlija 5 years, 6 months ago

    Excellent! Cypress Hill should have used this on their album 'IV' in the song 'Lightning Strikes', it would be more than awesome!

Please log in to comment

  • Currently /5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Wave (.wav)
2.7 MB
44100.0 Hz
16 bit
Sound illegal or offensive? Flag it!