After my 3 hours walk in the Rainforest, I went back to my motorbike and checked Google maps because I knew there is a really cool waterfall around the area. The Mae Kampong Waterfall.
Here is the location on Google Maps!
If you drive the small road out of the village for about 3 minutes you will see a sign and you can’t miss it. The sign points to left direction with a little pavilion. If you come on a motorbike you can easily drive to this pavilion. With a car, you can just park next to the street.
By the time I arrived almost nobody was there and I start walking all the way to the top. I thought I should start with the recordings from the highest point and record my way down to the end of the waterfall. I did five recordings in total. Four with the Zoom F4 in 192/24 and one recording with the Zoom H6 in 96/24. If I can provide the highest quality with my recorders then I do it.
Normally the waterfall has 7 plateaus but after I reached the third one, the stairs were blocked with warning sciences and a “No Entry” display board. It looked pretty cool like the whole setup. It feels feel like Jurassic Park.
I guess its rainy season and the waterfall was already pretty strong. The stairs are made out of stone and super slippery and steep. I could understand the danger. One wrong step and you If you fall, it could end very badly.
So I started my first recording at this point.
I used the Zoom F4 with the DPA 4060. The cables are quite long so I tried to go with the mics as close as possible to the stream and recorded for about three minutes.
After this recording, I walked down to the second plateau and I liked that place a lot. The water stream is now bundled and flows down a natural stream. Pretty strong and linear.
For this recording, I used both recorders. I placed the Zoom H6 in front of the beginning of the stream and it’s actually my favorite recordings because you can listen to a variety of sounds in the recording. More ups and downs.
If you check the sound files the most recordings have a constant “white noise” track but the recordings from the H6 has just a little bit more going on. While I was trying to figure out where to put the F4 I kept the recordings running and the audio file is around eight minutes long.
For the second recording, I placed the microphones left and right apart very close to the stream. I had to be careful an always an eye on it. Dropping them in water? I don’t know :).
I recorded the sound for about three minutes and moved to the next area.
I was almost on the foot of the waterfalls and I placed the F4 with the DPA on the left side of the waterfall. At this part, the water flows down a stone wall. I recorded on this point again for about 3 minutes.
Now I am at the end of the waterfall and placed the recorder right in front of the waterfall for another 3 minutes and that’s it. I packed my equipment and drove back home.
I spent around 6 hours in the rainforest and sitting there and listen to the waterfall sounds was just amazing. I will try to record more nature sounds and I am thinking about getting a pair of hydrophones and a pair of contact microphones to offer a new sound chapter for you. I am excited about this idea.
Equipment I used for this field recording trip! -Zoom F4 -Zoom H6 -One Pair DPA 4060 -Rycote Windjammers
I have another waterfall recording from Germany if you are interested and Jungle recordings with a waterfall stream from Bali. Also will publish my waterfall sounds from the Tegenungan Wasserfall very soon!
-Peaceful Waterfall Germany
-Jungle Sounds and Waterstream Abandoned Temple Bali
But for now, I hope you enjoy these waterfall sound effects. Also, if you already have access to my Complete Library you will find the album in the Bandcamp category.
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