About the Sound Effects Library

Wilderness Americas : Amazon Rainforest is a collection of sounds captured in the West part of the Amazon basin (El Oriente) across 3 country of south america : Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.

This library focus on the wildlife and wilderness sounds of the Amazon rainforest/jungle.

Reaching the Amazon region is not easy and need many resources and time.
Also the weather conditions are very bad for the people and audio equipment : extrem humidity, rain and heat don’t works great with microphones and recorders.
We have selected audio gear for this purpose : tropicalized microphones : sennheiser MKH 8020 and MKH 30 series in a surround configuration + a world-renowned recorder : Sound devices Mixpre 10T. We have taken also a humidity proof microphone basket (Cinela)
This weather proof setup permit us to record even under strong tropical rains. (We have also a special mic cover which reduce the sound of rain drop on the microphone basket)

We have always focus on places, where they protect and respect the “Selva” (Forest), especially place like National Park, Research Station or community places.
-> We went record in this different place : Madidi National Park (BOLIVIA), Podocarpus National Park (Ecuador), biological station of “Jatun Sasha” (Ecuador),
the forest around the Rio Napo (a affluent connect to the amazon river) (Ecuador), the “Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno” (Ecuador) and the region around Mocoa, between Santa Rosa Canyon and the Paway Reserva (Colombia).

We have used “sound trap” technics for long and immersive recording :
we have hide microphones and protect recorder in a waterproof bag and let it for days and night in the middle of the rainforest (usualy 24 hours non stop recording).
This system allow us to record the sunrise, dawn chorus, and sunset, time where the animals are more active.

Here is some animals we have recorded :

Exotics Birds and more especially : parrots, parakeet, cuckoo, Oro Pendulo, cacique, magpie, etc.
Insects and more especially : cricket, cicada, mosquito, fly, etc.
Mammal : Amazonian flying squirrel, spider monkeys, howler monkey
Amphibien : frogs, toads

Each sound recording are located with GPS coordinate and a full soundminer metadata.

-The Full sound bank (Stereo + Surround/Ambisonic) contains 117sound takes record in 24/96khZ (Total length : 566 minutes) and decline in 351 files

Recordings include:

-> this 117 sound takes include sound of :

-56 sound takes recorded in the Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest.
-53 sound takes recorded in the Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest.
-8 sound takes recorded in the Colombia’s Amazon rainforest.

-> this 117 sound takes include sound of :

-88 sound takes recorded in the Amazon rainforest during the day.
-29 sound takes recorded in the Amazon rainforest during the night.

and

-34 sound takes recorded in the Amazon rainforest under the rain.

-The stereo sound bank contains only the stereo files (117 files).

Formats:

-117 DMS files, to be decode in many differents formats (5.1, stéréo (XY/ORTF/AB), mono, binaural). for decode it you can simply use your DAW or for more convenient the Harpex plugin or the free Shoeps DMS plugin.
-117 5.0 files, directly decoded from DMS setup using Sennheiser MKH 8040-30.
-117 2.0 (stereo) files, decoded from MS setup using Sennheiser MKH 8040-30.

Number of Files: 117 High Quality WAVS (566 minutes)
Size Unpacked: 91 GB
Sample Rate: 96kHz/24bit
Gear Used: Recording equipment:

-Recorder : Sound Device Mixpre 10T
-Microphones : x2 Sennheiser MKH 8040 + x1 Sennheiser MKH 30
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