Rain And Thunder (Free Sample Pack)

Rain And Thunder is a free sound library featuring 64 high quality audio samples which were recorded during a spring storm on the streets of Belgrade. The sounds were recorded in 24-bit depth using a portable Edirol R-09 stereo field recorder.

This free sample collection contains all the sound effects you may need in order to evoke the atmosphere of a rainy day in a large city. You can hear the cars passing by on some of the recordings, tires splashing through puddles and people walking around in a hurry. The rest of the audio content was recorded in quieter parts of the city, far from the busy downtown. I’ve also recorded the beautiful sound of raindrops falling on an umbrella, it almost sounds like vinyl noise.

There are also around twenty recordings of distant thunder rumble. These can be mixed with clean recordings of rain, if you need background noise for a movie or an audio project. The coolest part of this sound library though are the samples of seven thunders which struck very close, even too close if you ask me. Those are the most valuable samples in the pack, because recording a storm from such close distance is indeed a very rare opportunity.

The funny thing is that I got a bit scared at one moment, so I turned off the recorder and took shelter inside a building. This is something I regret from today’s perspective. There would have been around five or six more fantastic thunder strike samples if I kept recording that time. Still, at that moment I was pretty sure that staying outside would be too dangerous, so I played it safe.

Play the last sample in the “Heavy Thunder” folder at a loud volume and you’ll understand why I chickened out. It was almost as if the storm was trying to tell me that it ain’t playing around and that it doesn’t really fancy ending up in a free sample pack such as this one.

Loop Content

The majority of the samples in the “Rain” and “Distant Thunder” folders have been edited to loop perfectly. You can easily connect multiple copies of the same audio file in an audio track inside your DAW in order to create infinite rain loops. The provided loops can be used at any tempo and of course there is no need to use time-stretching because the loops do not contain rhythmic content.

The “Heavy Thunder” samples are provided as one-shots. They have long tails, so it’s very easy to layer them on top of a rain loop and get natural sounding results. In the audio example embedded in the sidebar, a single rain sample was looped five times, with four different heavy thunder samples layered on top.

Technical Stuff

The heavy thunder samples have been normalized to -0.1 dB to ensure maximum volume without clipping. The rain and distant thunder loops have been normalized to values ranging from -12 dB to -6 dB, depending on the overall atmosphere and the feel of the loop. The rain sounds will probably be rather quiet in your mix anyway, so the normalization settings reflect this.

No effects were used on any of the sounds provided in the pack. They were only trimmed in order to find perfect loop start and end points. You can always use additional EQ and dynamic processing in order to make these recordings fit your project perfectly. I would start by trimming some of the low end, as anything below 60 Hz can most likely be removed without impacting the sound of the samples.

All included samples are available in stereo 24-bit WAV format with 44.1 kHz sampling rate. There are 64 individual audio samples inside, adding up to 659 MB of audio data.

LICENSE

The included samples are provided free of charge. You can use them for free in your music, as well as audio and video projects. The sounds included in the library may not be re-distributed. You are not allowed to use them as the source material for another sound library or virtual instrument.

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35 thoughts on “Rain And Thunder

  • June 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    Great! Thanks for sharing!

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    • June 11, 2014 at 9:30 am
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      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  • June 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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    Great free sounds – thanks!

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    • June 11, 2014 at 9:30 am
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      Thanks for the kind words!

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  • June 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    Very nice ! thank you !

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  • June 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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    There was a storm last night and I had regret because I couldn’t record the sound. This pack come at the right moment :D

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    • June 11, 2014 at 9:30 am
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      Do you have a recorder which you can use for this? Trust me, purchasing my portable recorder was one one of the best purchases I ever did. It really gives you a unique chance to explore new sounds and experiment. Just scan the online ads daily for a bargain price and get one ASAP if you’re like to get into field recording.

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      • June 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm
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        Sure ! I have a Zoom H4, bought the year it came out (2006 !), I use it all the time but I don’t have heavy fur/dead-cat for it, so it’s a bit inconvenient for windy environment.
        I tested the new Zoom H6 and I have to say that I liked it, the Zoom H4 is not ultra performing (that’s why they made the Zoom H4n few years later), it tends to be a bit squeaking when hand-hold.
        What field recorder do you have ?

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        • June 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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          Zoom H4 looks nice! Have you tried their new cheap H1 and H2 models?

          I’ve used Edirol R-09 for this, bought at a bargain price second hand. It’s one of my favorite pieces of gear ever. Awesome little thing.

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          • June 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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            H4 is nice, indeed, but there is better for same price now ;)
            I didn’t test the H1 H2 cause I definitely need a couple of XLR inputs :)
            I have to say that the edirol has a pretty good sound for its size/price !

  • June 11, 2014 at 12:07 am
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    Thanks for making this recordings available!

    Please help me understand your licensing… “The sounds included in the library may not be re-distributed. ” and “You can use them for free in your music, as well as audio and video projects” looks orthogonal to me, but IANAL.

    If I use any of them in a video or in a music, can I redistribute the derivative work? Can I publish my video under a more permissive license that allows redistribution and the use of the work for a virtual instruments, sound libraries and everything else (cc-by-sa or cc-by for example)?

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    • June 11, 2014 at 9:24 am
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      Hi Fabricio! IANAL either, but I’ll try to explain.

      You are absolutely free to use the samples from Rain And Thunder in a music video, a song, as a backing track for a dialogue, etc. The non-distributing part refers to taking the samples themselves and re-distributing them as your own.

      It is to prevent people from taking these sounds and using them in commercial or non-commercial sound libraries as a sound source. There are websites out there who take other people’s free samples and sell them for profit.

      Please let me know if you need any further details about this. Thanks for visiting!

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    • June 11, 2014 at 9:26 am
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      Wow, that looks great! I’ll translate it and check it out. Thanks so much for spreading the word.

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  • June 12, 2014 at 1:06 am
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    Hvala brate :) Pozdrav iz Svedske.

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      • June 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm
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        :) Posto nikad nisam bio u Begeu pa bar da cujem kako zvuci kad ga kisa pere.

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  • June 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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    I can imagine rainy narrow Belgrade streets :) Thanks!

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  • June 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    Hi, Those are great recordings, thanks a lot. I´m glad you went inside to take shelter! And I really like the umbrella samples too. They do sound like vinyl :-)!

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  • June 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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    Thank you so much for your “Generosity and Benevolence”.

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    • June 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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      Very nice example Charlie, thanks for posting this!

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  • June 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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    Kicks A$$….Thanks so much…..

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    • July 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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      There are no donations, but thanks for asking. Support is more then appreciated though, so please spread the word about 99Sounds. Tell your friends!

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  • July 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    Sound isn’t just about music, but can also be about entertainment. Regarding this soundbank and bits of your others, this is a goldmine for effects to use in Halloween haunts. I have linked this page to some haunt forums (for people who think about haunts all year). Great work! Keep the weird, creepy, and atmospheric gold coming.

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  • July 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm
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    Thanks a lot for these very useful sounds! Keep up the great inspirational flow :-)

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  • July 30, 2014 at 5:15 am
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    Amazing samples. Thank you so much! Thanks for the sharing. :)

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