Rain Sound

The consistent sound of rain has been with us constantly since the birth of our planet. Rain drips and patters onto the ground in millions of different ways; rain drips onto streets and makes it's specific sound on roofs, stone, wood, rain on cement, rock, rain on dirt, rain on grass, fields, bushes, trees, leaves, even rain onto water itself which is a characteristic water dripping sound - as well as in many other variations and combinations of elements.

Rain Sound Effects

Like a deluge, hard rain pours down onto the country. Strong rain sounds are similar in character to white noise, just like the sound of waterfalls. This constant, monotonous sound has a very distinct calming effect. If you want to make rain sound more interesting in your sound design, you can combine different intensities of rain sounds with each other, e.g. dripping and pattering rain sounds combined with hard rain creates a sense of depth and structure and yields very nice rain sounds.

Rain Sounds on Different Surfaces

Rain sounds different from one surface to another. If rain drips onto sheet metal, the sound is more like a loud patter. The stronger the rain, the more drum-like the rain sound. Rain drops hitting cement or stone surfaces create a dull, monotonous noise that can be quite relaxing. Rain that streams continuously from roof gutters creates a gargling, rushing sound, depending on the intensity.

When rain drips onto window glass or a sky light, the sound is usually quite loud and drum-like. The sound of rain hitting wood is quite unique, though: rain sounds on wooden beams, slabs or roof have a distinct wet and glitchy character. Rain and wood create a dull, glitchy sound.

Classic rain sounds consist of rain hitting mud, dirt or forest floors. These dull, dripping sounds are yet another reminder of how long we have been used to them as a race of beings - they have been with us for aeons.

Rain Sounds in the Forest

Rain in the forest is one of those sounds that are hard to capture. Rain is generally a very flat sound that is hard to capture with microphones. The structure of the rain disappears in a sound carpet made out of noise. When recording rain in the forest, we recommend that you capture different perspectives of the rain sound, i.e. by going close to dripping elements and combining these individual rain sounds later on to give the sound a structure.

Rain dripping on large leaves, twigs or bushes creates an atypical rain sound that is different from the one made by rain hitting the forest floor. Rain often drips from the trees in big drops, because it collects on the leaves first before running off. While these drops create a very typical pattern for rain sounds in the forest, they are rather hard to capture, sometimes combining them with similar dripping sounds might help.

Rain Sounds and Civilisation

Cities and streets sound very different in the rain. Wet streets create a distinct dragging sound, when cars and other vehicles race across the slick tarmac. Distant noises tend to disappear in a sound carpet of white noise created by the rain -- or, in other words, the rain covers the cacophony of modern civilisation with a comforting carpet of white noise.

Rain and Storm Sounds

Storm sounds as well as lightning and thunder sounds are collected in a separate thunderclap category. Naturally, storm recordings contain rain sounds as well. But you don't always want thunderclaps in with your rain recordings, so we put rain sounds and rainy storm sounds into separate categories.

Hail Sounds

Hail sounds are a very interesting element for sound designers. Hail sounds are basically similar to rain sounds, but they are much harder and more intense. This is fairly useful when trying to create heavy rain. When designing sounds, you often have to exaggerate the intensity of a sound to achieve the desired effect; in this respect hail sounds are an ideal tool to create heavy rain in sound editing.

In the Coll Anderson Sound Archive you will find some nice, impressive hail sounds that are ideally suited for the creation of heavy rain.

Rain Stick Sounds

Rain sticks are commonly used to create artificial rain. A rain stick is a hollow rod with nails on the inside, filled with pellets. The rain stick is closed on both sides, so that the pellets that are used to create the rain sound can't fall out. If you move the stick, the pellets will trickle through the nails, creating a rain sound that sounds very authentic.

Rain sticks were used in theatre and film post-production (foley stage). Nowadays, rain sticks can be bought at music stores; they are used for all sorts of purposes, including meditation.

Library Waveform Filename add Price Description Channels Duration ShortID Category Subcategory Location Resolution Track ID Library
1 Civilisation Soundscapes Avosound Rain Sound Effects, RainForestHeavyHail.L Sound Effects Waveform RainForestHeavyHail.L.wav 7.40* Rain: Increasing Rain In A Forest: Light Rain Increases To Hard Rain And Decreases To Light Rain, Birds 5.1 3:30

Rain

Rain Light

Forest 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 403 Civilisation Soundscapes
2 Civilisation Soundscapes Avosound Rain Sound Effects, RainForestIncreasing.L Sound Effects Waveform RainForestIncreasing.L.wav 9.50* Rain: Increasing Rain In A Forest. No Rain At The Beginning, Light Rain Increases To Steady Rain, Birds In Background 5.1 4:00 Rain Rain Light Forest 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 404 Civilisation Soundscapes
3 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain in Jeep 01 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain in Jeep 01.wav 3.50* Rain: Rain, Interior, Rain From In A Jeep, Windows Closed, Steady Rain, Big Drops On Metal Roof, Small Popping Hits 2.0 0:52 Rain Rain On Metal 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9525 Coll Anderson Sound Library
4 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-RainThroughRainGutter- Sound Effects Waveform Rain-RainThroughRainGutter-.wav 4.20* Rain - Rain Through Rain Gutter - Ext - C U - Steady Light Rain, Big Loud Drips And Drops, Hollow Thuds, Bg Traffic, Walla, Cars Splash Through Puddles 2.0 1:16 Rain Rain Light 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158584 SoundStorm Library
5 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 02 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 02.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain Under Umbrella, Heavy Rain And Running Water Splattering On Cloth And Around On Ground 2.0 1:10 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 16170 Coll Anderson Sound Library
6 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB EXT Rain on Roof 03 Sound Effects Waveform AMB EXT Rain on Roof 03.wav 6.20* Rain: Rain, Interior, Rain Falling On Tin Roof Of A Barn With Outside Rain As Well 2.0 3:36 Rain Rain 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12397 Coll Anderson Sound Library
7 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB EXT Umbrella Rain 03 Sound Effects Waveform AMB EXT Umbrella Rain 03.wav 3.50* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain Splatter On Umbrella, Steady, Fairly Heavy Rain 1.0 0:48 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9433 Coll Anderson Sound Library
8 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 04 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 04.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain Under Umbrella, Steady Rain, Splattering On Cloth Umbrella And Around On Ground 2.0 1:21 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 16172 Coll Anderson Sound Library
9 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, EFX EXT Rain Under Porch 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Rain Under Porch 01.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain From Under A Porch Roof Hard, Steady Rain, Splattering On Lawn 2.0 1:23 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 96000 Hz 14651 Coll Anderson Sound Library
10 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain In Car 02 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain In Car 02.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Interior, Rain From In A Car, Windows Closed, Steady Rain, Pings And Large Drops On Metal Roof 2.0 1:37 Rain Rain On Metal 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9524 Coll Anderson Sound Library
11 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-MediumRainHitsRoofOr_1 Sound Effects Waveform Rain-MediumRainHitsRoofOr_1.wav 4.30* Rain - Medium Rain Hits Roof Or Window - Int - Medium Rain Fall, On Thin Roof, Awning Or Window, Possibly Car Windshield, Rain Fall Spread Out 2.0 1:24 Rain Rain 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158563 SoundStorm Library
12 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 01 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 01.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain Under Umbrella, Steady Rain, Splattering On Cloth Umbrella And Around On Ground 2.0 1:07 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 16169 Coll Anderson Sound Library
13 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB EXT Rain on Roof 02 Sound Effects Waveform AMB EXT Rain on Roof 02.wav 6.20* Rain: Rain, Interior, Rain Falling On Tin Roof Of A Barn With Outside Rain As Well 2.0 3:30 Rain Rain 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12396 Coll Anderson Sound Library
14 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 03 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain Under Umbrella 03.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain Under Umbrella, Steady Rain, Splattering On Cloth Umbrella And Around On Ground 2.0 1:20 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 96000 Hz 16171 Coll Anderson Sound Library
15 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, EFX EXT Rain on Gutter 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Rain on Gutter 01.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain Hitting Metal Gutter, Steady, Hard Rain, Metal Pinging, Spattering 2.0 1:46 Rain Rain On Metal 24 Bit / 96000 Hz 14650 Coll Anderson Sound Library
16 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain In Car 01 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain In Car 01.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Interior, Rain From In A Car, Window Open, Steady Rain, Pings On Metal Roof, Splattering On Ground 2.0 1:00 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9523 Coll Anderson Sound Library
17 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-LightRain-Ext-MicdFro Sound Effects Waveform Rain-LightRain-Ext-MicdFro.wav 5.50* Rain - Light Rain - Ext - Mic'd From Outside Of Train Tunnel, Recordist Breathing And Movement, Rain Begins @ 0 05, Some Os Thunder, Os Metal Latch Movement, Decent Rain Sound, Not Fantastic 2.0 3:18 Rain Rain On Metal 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158507 SoundStorm Library
18 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB EXT Rain On Porch 02 Sound Effects Waveform AMB EXT Rain On Porch 02.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Rain On Porch, Less Splattering, More Falling Rain, Running Water From Roof Dripping 2.0 1:30 Rain Rain Splatter 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 16136 Coll Anderson Sound Library
19 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, EFX EXT Close Rain 07 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Close Rain 07.wav 3.50* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Artificial Rain Drops, Very Large, On Clothing 2.0 0:53 Rain Rain 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 10868 Coll Anderson Sound Library
20 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-VeryHeavyRainOnCement- Sound Effects Waveform Rain-VeryHeavyRainOnCement-.wav 6.00* Rain - Very Heavy Rain On Cement - Ext - Medium Distant - Sheets Of Hard Rain Pours Onto Cement, Very Little Drop Definition, Some Splashing 2.0 4:23 Rain Rain On Cement 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158592 SoundStorm Library
21 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, EFX EXT Close Rain 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Close Rain 01.wav 3.50* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Artificial Rain Drops, Very Large, On Clothing 2.0 0:38 Rain Rain 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 10862 Coll Anderson Sound Library
22 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-HeavyRainOnTarp,Awning Sound Effects Waveform Rain-HeavyRainOnTarp,Awning.wav 3.70* Rain - Heavy Rain On Tarp, Awning Or Umbrella - Ext - MCU To Close-Up - Heavy, Fairly Steady With Occasional Rain Hits Cement 1.0 2:14 Rain Rain On Cement 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158489 SoundStorm Library
23 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-MetalTinRoofCar-Ligh_2 Sound Effects Waveform Rain-MetalTinRoofCar-Ligh_2.wav 4.30* Rain - Metal Tin Roof Car - Light Rain On Metal Awning W Thunder - Ext - Rain Taps On Metal Awning, Hits Ground And Patio, Occasional Thunder Rumbles And Claps, Suburban Backyard 2.0 1:23 Rain Rain On Metal 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158578 SoundStorm Library
24 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Rain Night 01 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Rain Night 01.wav 5.30* Rain: Rain, Interior Of Exterior, Rain On Cement Large Dripping Water Run Off 2.0 2:48 Rain Rain On Cement 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 7349 Coll Anderson Sound Library
25 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-Heavy-IntBarn-CU-RainW Sound Effects Waveform Rain-Heavy-IntBarn-CU-RainW.wav 5.10* Rain - Heavy - Int Barn - C U - Rain Water Drips Large Steady Drops, Rain Falls On Tin Roof In Background 2.0 2:28 Rain Rain Heavy 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158462 SoundStorm Library
26 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-MediumRainWithOccasi_1 Sound Effects Waveform Rain-MediumRainWithOccasi_1.wav 4.60* Rain - Medium Rain With Occasional Thunder - Ext - Steady Medium Rain Fall, Hitting Ground And Patio, Some Run-Off Onto Concrete, Thunder Rumbles Near Tail, Suburban Backyard 2.0 1:45 Rain Rain 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158568 SoundStorm Library
27 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB EXT Rain On Porch 02 Sound Effects Waveform AMB EXT Rain On Porch 02.wav 4.40* Rain: Rain, Exterior, Porch, Hard Rain And Dripping 2.0 1:30 Rain Rain 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 7244 Coll Anderson Sound Library
28 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Rain Sound Effects, WeatherRainWind.BBC.EC19Cb Sound Effects Waveform WeatherRainWind.BBC.EC19Cb.wav 6.20* Rain And Wind: Rain And Wind: Wind And Rain Against Windows. (Interior Recording.) 2.0 3:14 Rain Rain and Wind 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 37390 BBC Sound Effects Library
29 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, AMB INT Skylight Rain 01 Sound Effects Waveform AMB INT Skylight Rain 01.wav 3.50* Rain: Rain, Interior, Rain On Interior Skylight, Hard Drops Hit Glass Or Plastic Window 2.0 0:59 Rain Rain 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 16174 Coll Anderson Sound Library
30 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Rain Sound Effects, Rain-MediumRain-Ext-Stead_1 Sound Effects Waveform Rain-MediumRain-Ext-Stead_1.wav 5.60* Rain - Medium Rain - Ext - Steady Medium Rain Fall, Hitting Ground And Patio, Some Run-Off Onto Concrete, Suburban Backyard 2.0 3:30 Rain Rain 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 158559 SoundStorm Library