African Wild West is a collection of lush and immersive ambiences recorded in Senegal over the course of a 3-week trip in 2017. The library consists of 70 recordings totaling more than 6 hours, available both as stereo and surround. The recordings have been captured with a Sennheiser Double Mid-Side rig both at all times of day and night in the following locations:

  • Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, an immense wetland teeming with wildlife
  • savanna areas in Northern, Eastern and Central Senegal
  • desert oases at Desert de Lompoul, Western Senegal
  • arid forests in Central Senegal
  • tropical forests in Niokolo-Koba National Park, South Eastern Senegal
  • the banks of the river Gambia
  • mangrove forests in the Saloum Delta, on the Atlantic coast

Download the surround demo here.

The library is accompanied by a comprehensive list covering more than 80 species. Mammal highlights include Bushbabies in trees, African Golden Wolves howling at night, Spotted Hyenas moaning and grunting and Guinea Baboons barking, shrieking and growling. Avian highlights include Great White Pelicans recorded at their roost, the melodious whistle of the Yellow-crowned Gonolek, the ever-present cooing of various species of doves, the raspy croaks of herons, egrets and storks, the immense variety of songbirds and many others. To top it off, a variety of insects were calling at all times, occasionally at unbelievably loud levels. All this comes together to form an incredibly varied, detailed and immersive soundscape, as you can hear in the accompanying audio and video demos.

At a glance:

  • 70 .wav files
  • 82 identified species
  • recorded and presented as 24 bit/96 kHz, stereo and surround (5.0) files
  • more than 6 hours of content
  • 12/47 GB uncompressed size -  10/40 GB zip archive
  • recorded on Sound Devices 633 with Sennheiser double Mid-side MKH30/8040 microphones

 

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