Human Africa is a collection of authentic ambiences recorded in rural and urban locations across various countries in Africa. Some of the included takes were recorded with the Sennheiser Double Mid-Side rig and are available both as Stereo and Surround. In places where a big recording rig would have attracted unwanted attention I used the Sony PCM D100 which is much less conspicuous. As a consequence however, these recordings are only available as Stereo (labeled STEREO ONLY).

The library covers a wide range of settings, from urban traffic and skyline soundscapes to idyllic countryside ambiences and conversations in various languages. Each file is carefully meta-tagged with location, time of day and language (if present) information.

Version 1.0 of the library features extensive recordings from Senegal and Ethiopia plus a few from South Africa. The library will soon be updated with recordings from other countries, all free for existing owners.

At a glance:

  • 32 STEREO and SURROUND .wav files, 14 STEREO ONLY .wav files

  • recorded and presented as 24 bit/96 kHz, stereo and surround (5.0) files

  • more than 4 hours and 20 minutes of content, of which more than 3 hours available as both Stereo and Surround

  • 8.5/26.5 GB uncompressed size - 7.5/21.7 GB zip archive

  • recorded on Sound Devices 633 with Sennheiser double Mid-side MKH30/8040 microphones and Sony PCM D100


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