Rabbit Ears Audio has released Winter Atmospheres, a sample library featuring winter ambiances.
This Library is all about cold! The temperatures of these files range from a low of −20°F up to a balmy 35°F. Our Rabbit Ears froze so your ears would not have to.
Winter Atmospheres was culled from some of the coldest forests and wilderness areas in North America. Our frozen locations include: Nemadji State Forest and Superior National Forest in Minnesota, Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and Algonquin Park in Canada.
This library is Rabbit Ears Audio’s first quad (L/R/Ls/Rs) ambience collection. We dragged, hiked, skied, and snowshoed a double ORTF rig into the woods. The collection features airs, winds, tree creaks, ice cracks, and even a few winter birds. Each ambience is between two and nine minutes long, with interesting variations.
The sound library is on sale for $99 USD (regular $115 USD).
More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Winter Atmospheres
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on Jun 06, 2012
ToneBytes has released Ambient Nature Noise, a virtual instrument for Windows, which adds the sound and atmosphere of alive and lifeless nature to your recordings.
The purpose of the plug-in is to add sounds typically found in the surrounding world. For this goal, Ambient Nature Noise has 21 sound profiles, including the sound of birds, insects, bats, trees and other flora and fauna, and the sounds of lifeless nature such as sound of waterfall and rain, wash, fire crackling and much more other.
Add the sounds of nature to your music with ToneBytes Amient Nature Noise for Windows.
Ambient Nature Noise features
- 3 slots for mixing different noise profiles to produce complex and variable noise environments.
- Embedded equalizer for emphasizing or muting those parts of the noise profile you want.
- 32 factory presets based on 21 noise profiles.
- Built-in preset manager makes it easy to save the settings and quickly access them or share them with other Ambient Nature Noise users.
- VST automation and full MIDI Learning are supported.
The Ambient Nature Noise plug-in for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $20 USD / 15 EUR.
More information: ToneBytes / Ambient Nature Noise
AtomSplitter has released another samplepack recorded with a Zoom H4, Nature Sounds: Bird Calls v1.00.
These samples were recorded around 5 in the morning from my window, Various birds call out in these samples making different sounds. There is 14 samples in this pack and they are great for soundscape and ambient music. Size 3.74MB.
Visit AtomSplitter to download the samples.
Clive Thompson mentions a study in which Dutch scientists recorded and compared the song of the Great Tit in urban and rural areas.
The report, features in this month’s issue of Current Biology, finds that Cities change the songs of birds.
In the new work, the researchers studied songs of the great tit (Parus major), a successful urban-dwelling species, in the center of ten major European cities, including London, Prague, Paris, and Amsterdam. The researchers then compared these songs to those of great tits in nearby forest sites. The results of the comparison showed that for songs important for mate attractions and territory defense, the urban songs were shorter and sung faster than the forest songs. The urban songs also showed an upshift in frequency that is consistent with the need to compete with low-frequency environmental noise, such as traffic noise.
I enjoyed watching quite a few Great Tits and Blue Tits feeding on nuts and suet on my balcony last summer but I didn’t know their song was different from their friends in the forest.
Great Tits on my balcony: Feeding the baby
To read the full paper by Hans Slabbekoorn and Ardie den Boer-Visser you’ll have to pay (ScienceDirect), but you can check out some audio samples of the bird songs for free.
Earth Science Picture of the Day has some wonderful images of flocks of European starlings (sturnus vulgaris) which appear in Denmark during spring.
I remember BBC’s Springwatch with Bill Oddie had some amazing footage of starlings in last years series.
It is breathtaking to see the way they move. If there is a location near you where starlings appear and you have an opportunity to go out and see them, please do!
For more cool images check Flickr or Google.