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Updated: Oct 3, 2021

A few days ago whilst in my flat in London, it started raining, heavily.

This quickly turned into a full-on lightning and thunderstorm, which presented me with a fantastic opportunity to do a bit of field recording! I've been wanting to capture thIs sound since I bought my very first portable recorder, and have not yet managed it due to how elusive and uncommon they are in this country, and never being prepared when it happens.

This type of subject matter is difficult to plan to record unless you are one of those 'storm chasers' off the telly, and even then you never know exactly when it is going to hit. This week, I happened to be in the right place at the right time..

The recording set up was as above. I used two Sennheiser MKH8040 microphones mounted on a mini tripod in an ORTF configuration. I like recording in ORTF as I find the stereo image to be very satisfying on both headphones and speakers.

The mics were connected to the recorder with a custom cable assembly I made. Click the link below to listen to an excerpt from the recording.



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