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DynInt006 – Stately museums

DynInt006The Smithsonian is quite possibly the largest network of museums in the world. It’s facilities can be found scattered throughout the Washington, DC, area, but it is the museums on the National Mall and the Zoo in Adams Morgan that attract the most visitors. Each building has its own distinctive sound; both when open and closed. None of them are ever truly empty though, and the sparse and occasional sounds of voices and activity that can be heard in the museums when they are closed to the public gives a distinctly different impression. The Zoo provides its own unique backdrop, being a space devoted to nature in the center of urban sprawl. When was the last time you heard wolves howling amidst the sound of a city’s hum? You can here!

This library includes sounds from the Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History, Museum of Air and Space, Museum of the American Indian, The Freer Gallery, the subterranean exhibits of the Sackler Gallery and the Museum of African Art, the Administrative Ripley Center, and the National Zoo. All told, three and a half hours of unique ambiences!

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  • 7.07GB
  • 46 stereo files, recorded M/S with a Sennheiser MKH40.30 pair, manually decoded to stereo and delivered at 24/96
  • Metadata embedded and Soundminer ready
  • Full track listing and metadata can be viewed by downloading this tab-delimited text file (load into any spreadsheet software such as MS Excel or Open Office Calc)
  • Single User License – $100 (for inquiries regarding multiple user licenses, please use the contact form)

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Shaun is a sound designer living in and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His audio-post career began in 2004 at WGBH in Boston, and has since included a wide array of film and television/streaming projects, with brief forays into games and VR. He has presented at the Smithsonian Institute, been published in Game Developer Magazine and currently works at Skywalker Sound.

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