Water Flow sound library took me about six months to record, consumed about 15 thermoses of tea and 42 litres of gasoline to get to all locations. It offers 90 BWAV files recorded in different locations. Huge part of this library is based on the recording sessions on the rivers. Two completely different locations, recorded regularly for the last 5 months allowed me to create this unique sound library. Most of the recording sessions took place during winter just before the sun was rising to reduce the amount of unwanted sounds. Almost all recordings are completely clear and only few have birds in background, since it was my intention to record some location ambients with natural backgrounds.
First location I’ve recorded was river called Łyna, and there I’ve recorded a sound of water flowing down with different speeds, along with sound of dam reducing the speed and high of the rivers flow. The second interesting part of this location was the amount of fallen trees in the water. As you can see on the pictures I’ve provided below, the amount of wood in river caused the water to split. Because of this, there was a lot of sonically interesting places to record.
The second river is called Guber, and it’s much smaller than Łyna. I’ve picked this place because of the really subtle water streams, and something even more amazing, natural dams built by beavers. The amount of work these animals put to built those dams is incredible. I couldn’t miss the opportunity, and I’ve organised 3 recording sessions in those locations. All took place in February, about one hour before the sun rise. I think it’s important to mention, that most of the locations was recorded with different stereo configurations like M-S, XY or ORTF. Some of the sounds were even recorded with DPA 4061 microphones put into the ground very close to super small streams of water, dripping on the leaves and ground. This sound library is not only water flowing out of your speakers, but also a lot of pleasurable textures.
In addition to recorded rivers, this library also includes the sound of water dripping inside the sewers. During one of my field recording trips I’ve discovered a hatch. I could not resist to go inside, and what I’ve discover there was far beyond my expectations. I made a two small trips there to record it from different distances with different microphones in mono and stereo.
Recording this library was challenging and very satisfying. I’ve spent a great time scouting areas, studying maps to find perfect locations. Also editing those beautiful sound effects was really relaxing. Listen to preview, watch a video, experience some of the photos I’ve took during recording sessions and check the sound list to know what exactly is hidden behind this sound library. Water Flow is definitely full of different water sound effects, but it’s not completed. I’m on my way to completely different parts of Poland to record big waterfalls and even bigger water dams, so stay tuned for free updates in the future.
Gear used to record this sound library: Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, 2x Oktava MK012, Oktava figure of 8 adapter, Oktava XY/ORTF adapter, 2x DPA 4061, Sony PCM-M10.