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The Rustle is a sound library with recordings of grass, leaves, scrubs, branches, rods, twigs & trees rustling in the wind. The goal was to create a versatile library with high quality recordings of natural sounding ambience and Foley sweeteners.

Designing beautiful winds or other natural ambiences can be tricky. Often, the rustling of leaves is the key to convey wind movement clearly and believably. And sometimes it’s simply an in-scene tree or bush that needs some presence, but with the right perspective.

I always found it difficult to get my hands on nicely textured and well-defined rustling sounds and that’s why I recorded this library. Many different (as diverse as possible) plants where dragged in the studio and tied up to hang dangling from the ceiling. Then I tested different methods of making them rustle in the most natural way.

The problem here is that things quickly start to sound “purposeful”. It’s quite hard to take a branch in your hand and recreate the random and natural movement produced by a light breeze. There’s a certain poetry in the tenderness and lightness of truly free-swinging objects in the wind that is difficult to reproduce artificially. Real wind will not sound purposeful, it’s perfectly random and follows the smooth dynamic typical for wind. Of course, the best way to tackle this is to use natural wind and record in the field. And I did exactly that for a large part of this library.

But in the studio, simply shaking these plants by hand was not always satisfying. So after lots of unfruitful experiments with all kinds of artificial wind sources, I ended up with a quite simple method: a Chinese paper fan. The results where far better and much more subtle than touching the leaves directly (the files where the fan was used are marked with “fanned”).

Sample rate 96
Bitdepth 24
Number of files 58
Size 5.05 GB
Duration 21:58:00
Type Source
Format Mono & Stereo
Metadata Yes

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Gear Used: - Schoeps CMC6ug + MK4 - Sennheiser MKH50 - Oktava MK012 - Sound Devices MixPre-D - Sony PCM D50
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Filename
Description
BitDepth
SampleRate
Channels
Duration
SON_The_Rustle_001 - Dry Scrubs Fanned.wavDry Scrubs Fanned2496000102:51.553
SON_The_Rustle_002 - Grass Rustling Light.wavGrass Rustling Light2496000201:42.849
SON_The_Rustle_003 - Grass Rustling Medium.wavGrass Rustling Medium2496000202:04.078
SON_The_Rustle_004 - Grass Rustling Heavy.wavGrass Rustling Heavy2496000201:18.197
SON_The_Rustle_005 - Very Small Leaves Rustling Light.wavVery Small Leaves Rustling Light2496000101:13.558
SON_The_Rustle_006 - Very Small Leaves Rustling Medium.wavVery Small Leaves Rustling Medium2496000201:52.661
SON_The_Rustle_007 - Small Bamboo Leaves Rustling.wavSmall Bamboo Leaves Rustling2496000201:54.090
SON_The_Rustle_008 - Small Leaves Rustling Light.wavSmall Leaves Rustling Light2496000101:32.780
SON_The_Rustle_009 - Small Leaves Rustling Medium.wavSmall Leaves Rustling Medium2496000201:53.340
SON_The_Rustle_010 - Small Leaves Rustling Medium-Heavy.wavSmall Leaves Rustling Medium-Heavy2496000201:10.637
SON_The_Rustle_011 - Large Bamboo Leaves Fanned Light (AB Mic).wavLarge Bamboo Leaves Fanned Light (AB Mic)2496000203:23.946
SON_The_Rustle_012 - Large Bamboo Leaves Fanned Light.wavLarge Bamboo Leaves Fanned Light2496000203:23.946
SON_The_Rustle_013 - Large Bamboo Leaves Rustling Light.wavLarge Bamboo Leaves Rustling Light2496000201:47.519
SON_The_Rustle_014 - Large Bamboo Leaves Rustling Medium.wavLarge Bamboo Leaves Rustling Medium2496000201:04.245
SON_The_Rustle_015 - Large Bamboo Leaves Rustling Medium.wavLarge Bamboo Leaves Rustling Medium2496000202:45.077
SON_The_Rustle_016 - Large Bamboo Leaves Rustling Heavy.wavLarge Bamboo Leaves Rustling Heavy2496000203:25.354
SON_The_Rustle_017 - Bundle Of Large Dry Bamboo Leaves Crumpled.wavBundle Of Large Dry Bamboo Leaves Crumpled2496000201:31.050
SON_The_Rustle_018 - Bundle Of Large Dry Bamboo Leaves Shaken.wavBundle Of Large Dry Bamboo Leaves Shaken2496000200:40.501
SON_The_Rustle_019 - Bundle Of Large Dry Bamboo Leaves Twisted.wavBundle Of Large Dry Bamboo Leaves Twisted2496000200:20.266
SON_The_Rustle_020 - Bundle Of Large Bamboo Leaves Twisted, Could Work For Ice.wavBundle Of Large Bamboo Leaves Twisted, Could Work For Ice2496000201:21.493
SON_The_Rustle_021 - Small Thick Hedge Leaves Fanned Very Light.wavSmall Thick Hedge Leaves Fanned Very Light2496000101:31.269
SON_The_Rustle_022 - Small Thick Hedge Leaves Fanned Light.wavSmall Thick Hedge Leaves Fanned Light2496000102:23.084
SON_The_Rustle_023 - Small Thick Hedge Leaves Fanned Medium.wavSmall Thick Hedge Leaves Fanned Medium2496000101:01.833
SON_The_Rustle_024 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Light.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Light2496000201:22.144
SON_The_Rustle_025 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Medium.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Medium2496000200:55.146
SON_The_Rustle_026 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Medium.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Medium2496000201:57.855
SON_The_Rustle_027 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Heavy.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked Against Each Other Heavy2496000201:12.092
SON_The_Rustle_028 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked And Moved With Hand.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Stroked And Moved With Hand2496000202:23.753
SON_The_Rustle_029 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Slapped Against Each Other Light.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Slapped Against Each Other Light2496000201:58.853
SON_The_Rustle_030 - Large Thick Hedge Leaves Slapped Against Each Other.wavLarge Thick Hedge Leaves Slapped Against Each Other2496000201:19.482
SON_The_Rustle_031 - Large Leaves Fanned Light.wavLarge Leaves Fanned Light2496000101:59.861
SON_The_Rustle_032 - Large Leaves Fanned Medium.wavLarge Leaves Fanned Medium2496000102:17.736
SON_The_Rustle_033 - Large Leaves Fanned Medium.wavLarge Leaves Fanned Medium2496000102:40.898
SON_The_Rustle_034 - Large Leaves Stroked Light.wavLarge Leaves Stroked Light2496000201:46.850
SON_The_Rustle_035 - Large Leaves Stroked Heavy.wavLarge Leaves Stroked Heavy2496000201:10.699
SON_The_Rustle_036 - Large Leaves Rustling Heavy.wavLarge Leaves Rustling Heavy2496000201:08.446
SON_The_Rustle_037 - Thin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Light.wavThin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Light2496000203:00.841
SON_The_Rustle_038 - Thin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Medium.wavThin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Medium2496000202:44.745
SON_The_Rustle_039 - Thin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Heavy.wavThin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Heavy2496000202:05.816
SON_The_Rustle_040 - Thin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Very Heavy.wavThin Dry Bamboo Rods Dangling Very Heavy2496000201:57.830
SON_The_Rustle_041 - Field Grass Rustling Light.wavField Grass Rustling Light2496000205:18.079
SON_The_Rustle_042 - Field Grass Rustling Light (AB Mic).wavField Grass Rustling Light (AB Mic)2496000203:57.925
SON_The_Rustle_043 - Dry Field Grass Rustling, Occasional Birds.wavDry Field Grass Rustling, Occasional Birds2496000209:40.437
SON_The_Rustle_044 - Leaves On A Tree, Birdsong.wavLeaves On A Tree, Birdsong2496000207:30.389
SON_The_Rustle_045 - Thick Leaves Rattling On A Tree, Birdsong, Faint Airplane.wavThick Leaves Rattling On A Tree, Birdsong, Faint Airplane2496000204:31.884
SON_The_Rustle_046 - Maple Tree, Occasional Birds And Crow.wavMaple Tree, Occasional Birds And Crow2496000205:54.645
SON_The_Rustle_047 - Maple Tree, Inside Perspective (AB Mic).wavMaple Tree, Inside Perspective (AB Mic)2496000204:24.874
SON_The_Rustle_048 - Maple Tree, Outside Perspective (AB Mic).wavMaple Tree, Outside Perspective (AB Mic)2496000205:06.005
SON_The_Rustle_049 - Single Small Maple Branch In Wind.wavSingle Small Maple Branch In Wind2496000203:22.560
SON_The_Rustle_050 - Single Large Maple Branch In Wind.wavSingle Large Maple Branch In Wind2496000204:52.501
SON_The_Rustle_051 - Single Branch With Leaves In Wind.wavSingle Branch With Leaves In Wind2496000203:43.402
SON_The_Rustle_052 - Single Branch With Dry Leaves In Wind, Occasional Bird.wavSingle Branch With Dry Leaves In Wind, Occasional Bird2496000203:16.949
SON_The_Rustle_053 - Single Branch With Dry Leaves In Wind, Occasional Bird.wavSingle Branch With Dry Leaves In Wind, Occasional Bird2496000205:05.920
SON_The_Rustle_054 - Bamboo Field In Wind.wavBamboo Field In Wind2496000204:52.351
SON_The_Rustle_055 - Bamboo Field In Wind, Distant Ocean Surf.wavBamboo Field In Wind, Distant Ocean Surf2496000205:04.021
SON_The_Rustle_056 - Bamboo Field In Wind, Rattling And Squeaking.wavBamboo Field In Wind, Rattling And Squeaking2496000205:15.221
SON_The_Rustle_057 - Bamboo Field In Wind, Inside Perspective, Occasional Crow.wavBamboo Field In Wind, Inside Perspective, Occasional Crow2496000203:42.357
SON_The_Rustle_058 - Palm Trees In Strong Wind.wavPalm Trees In Strong Wind2496000206:00.580

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Sample rate 96
Bitdepth 24
Number of files 58
Size 5.05 GB
Duration 21:58:00
Type Source
Format Mono & Stereo
Metadata Yes

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