Hot Air Balloon Sound Effects Sounds Of Turkey
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Hot Air Balloon Sound Effects, Cappadocia
We spent one week in Cappadocia and I was able to record the sounds of several hot air balloons from the ground, while flying in the air and landing. Additional sounds are fire bursts, filling up the balloon with air and gas. Passengers boarding and leaving the basket and much more.
December is a challenging month for visitors and balloonists due to the different weather conditions. The first two days I was there, the balloon rides were canceled, but on the third and fifth day, I was lucky enough to record many different sound effects.
I set my alarm to 5:45 am because I really didn’t want to miss anything. When I looked at the sky from the window, everything was still pitch black. I left the house around 6:15 a.m. The sunrise in Cappadocia is in December at 7:45 AM.
I drove to Goreme and looked for the pick-up trucks that transport the hot air balloons on trailers. At this point, I couldn’t find any and drove to the love valley. Maybe they were here already, I thought? When I got there I still couldn’t see any hot air balloons or cars.
It’s a stressful situation because I really don’t want to miss anything. Especially since I know that flights can be canceled at any time.
Back to Goreme and finally I saw a couple of trailers in the middle of the town and near the main roundabout. Also, keep in mind that every company has different starting points and you need to carefully choose which one to follow. It’s a hit or miss. Especially if some of them are using radios while preparing the balloons. Then it’s over because it’ll ruin the recordings and I’ll have to find another place. Time is running out.
Take Off Was At Rose Valley Not Love Valley
I decided to follow two trailers into the sunset valley. Keep in mind that it’s still pitch black and the temperature is at 28 °F or -2,222 °C. Freezing!
It was the perfect spot between the hills and off the main road. I came just before the crew started filling the hot air balloon with air. It is fascinating to witness the entire process and to watch how slowly and steadily the balloon rises.
The sound of the industrial fan, which is responsible for the air, creates a perfect drone sound. The sun is slowly rising and I noticed other balloons in the distance protruding from the valley and between the hills.
A few minutes later the tour bus with the tourists arrived. The balloon pilot starts the gas burner and I was able to record the burst of fire.
The passengers climbed into the basket and the hot air balloon slowly took off. It was time for me to leave the place because I wanted to record the distance fire burst during the flights and later the landing. That was another stressful situation, but I made it to the other side in time to record a balloon landing. I recorded happy and clapping passengers.
You will find other blog post writing about the take off point inside the love valley. This all depends on the wind and can change between love valley or rose valley.
I recorded around 7Gb and you can find all recordings on Bandcamp.
How far are the flights of the hot air balloons in Cappadocia?
It depends on where the hot air balloons take off and in which direction the wind is blowing. Most flights take 90 minutes and you can expect a distance between 1 and 2 km.
Are hot air balloons flight in Cappadocia expensive?
No! For personal and safety reasons, I am currently not comfortable sitting in a balloon with other people, but I can say that it is not expensive. Here are the reasons why I think the pricing is reasonable.
Most companies have different pricing models and different baskets. You can expect to pay € 140 for a 16-passenger basket, € 180 for an 8-passenger basket, or € 210 for a 4-passenger basket.
A balloon itself costs over $ 40,000, and each balloon has a trailer, pickup truck, and a crew. I counted five people working on each balloon plus the balloon pilot.
Keep in mind that the tax on cars in Turkey is incredibly high and people have to pay twice and sometimes three times the regular price. If you consider that the Turkish lira has lost three times its value since 2015, such imported items become even more expensive. Also, remember that spare parts have to be imported and the maintenance of the balloons is not cheap either.
A company also needs a shuttle car with a driver to pick up the tourists. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of other factors, but these alone are already a huge overhead and if the weather conditions are bad the balloons won’t fly, which must also be included in the price calculation.
Sounds Of Cappadocia
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