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For a live-sound design production of "King Lear" we constructed a rain machine that consisted of a long, narrow (5 foot by 7 inch) wooden box on a teeter-totter fulcrum. The box had dozens of nails sticking out of the bottom and we filled it with dried beans. As you rocked the seesaw back and forth you could get more or less continual rainfall and also ...


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ian headley has a pretty great composite going on. https://soundcloud.com/ianbattenfieldheadley/fs-11-meteor-russia-feb-15


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A really good way of waterproofing XLR connectors outdoor are these casings made by Stanley for outdoor power socket connectors: http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-39387-Protect-Protection-Connector/dp/B0036DEC0W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1360791701&sr=8-2&keywords=cable+connector+protector+outdoor+garden They fit XLR connectors well, and have used ...


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Two decent options are 1) using waterproof Neutrik connectors (pricey and requires custom cable making) and 2) use of silicone tape. Called 100mph tape in the military, it adheres only to itself. You make a single, narrow, very tight wrap around the mating point of the cables, and a wider secondary wrap over that. Stuff's neither cheap nor re-usable but is ...


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I agree with Justin, condoms will probably degrade your recordings too much. IMO you should seriously consider some sort of large and tall tarp on sticks that can protect a rig you intend to leave out in the rain. If the structure is tall enough then the sound of the rain hitting the world around you will mask the sound of the rain hitting the covering. ...


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A Rainman would be a good start. Condoms work great on SM57 and other dynamics as hydrophones, but I'd be concerned that any sort of condenser in one would loose high end frequency response (which is pretty important if you're recording rain). My suggestion would be to build some sort of tarp/structure out of soft rubber packing foam like this. Perhaps cut ...


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I have had experience with the rain jammer by rycote and found it to be an amazing addition to your kit. I am not affiliated with rycote but do like their products. http://store.locationsoundcrew.com/en/remote-audio/127-remote-audio-rainman-boom-mic-rain-cover-for-zepplin-rycote-kit-4.html Gets kinda heavy under rain machines but your mic is completely ...


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I've no experiencewith this, and am not affiliated with rycote: http://www.rycote.com/products/rycote_duck_rain_cover/ You could probably rent it to check the usage and protection value. Good luck


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I was in La Porge in France last week and there was an almighty storm which I was lucky enough to record for a couple of hours, I've not listened back to the recordings yet let alone edited, but would be happy to share them with you if you are interested, you might be able to get something interesting out if it.


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NASA should do that in the future. Stick a contact mic to an asteroid and await SFX heaven!


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fascinating!! Like, the boom and the glass blowing, its the type of thing you have to imagine the SFX, we're been graced with the chance to hear it (albeit from mobile phones) BTW, if a sonic boom can blow out a window, what would it do to a mic?


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One should have set up a recorder with half an hour pre-rec all the time ... ... meteors ... earthquakes ... imagine: aliens! ... no one would be prepared to record them ... it's a shame!


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-10C! Dude in a Canadian winter, we consider that a "nice" day! LOL. Seriously... I've shot films out here in -40C! But to answer your question... The most common thing used on set is, as Fred said, gaffer tape. Bit of a b@#$! to take off, but does the job. Mind you, that's usually production sound, so a whole FOH rig could be more difficult. Another idea ...


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I think you could wrap gaffa tape round the connection, enough of it will waterproof anything. But it'd be a bitch to replace quickly, nasty to clean afterwards etc. I know lighting would use a plastic food box, cut hole in side, and make the connection there, pop a lid on and done. Might work if you break out your cables all in one place.


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Usually when its raining i roll an insane amount of cellophane around the conection,wich works pretty well, but thats for rain, never had to do it in the snow... The only gripe i have with it its that its not reusable and its a pretty nasty kind of pollution... so i'm curious to read about other solutions as well!


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Here's a link to quite a useful post about rain recording http://audiofieldrecordings.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/the-trials-tribulations-of-field-recording-%E2%80%93-a-beginner%E2%80%99s-guide-part-ii/ Cheers, Andy


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