lightning_strike.wav
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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.

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    DJElite3 2 years, 9 months ago

    Nice. Very sharp.

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    Tomlija 3 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!
    10/10*

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    audione 3 years, 8 months ago

    Jesus mate, you better watch out!! thats some serious danger recordings over there .
    Brilliant !

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    DatenshiStudio 3 years, 10 months ago

    Many samples, but this is one of the few good & pure!

    Gratz!

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    Lydorn 3 years, 11 months ago

    Used it here: http://vimeo.com/11604737
    Thank you very much!

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Type
Wave (.wav)
Duration
00:15:928
Filesize
2.7 MB
Samplerate
44100.0 Hz
Bitdepth
16 bit
Channels
Stereo
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