future sound effects


With a fresh new year ahead of us, I figured it was a good time to highlight some of the great futuristic SFX libraries in the catalog.

So when you need the sounds of the future for your projects, here are 14 SFX libraries that give you everything from robotics and spaceships to strange worlds, slimy aliens and much more:


Spaceships
 
  • Environments Solar Sky Play Track 350+ sounds included $69

    The Solar Sky library features a diverse set of state-of-the-art spaceship sounds. Designed for use in any modern sci-fi production, Solar Sky is an essential addition to add to your workflow.

    Designing sound for spaceships can be quite time consuming, and Solar Sky gives you a great set of sounds to get started.

Solar Sky gets you a fantastic collection of spaceship sounds for your sci-fi projects – from in-ship ambiences, drones, passbys and power-ups and power-downs. Be sure to check out the great demo.
 

Robotics
 
If you need robotic sounds, this SFX library features 3600 files to work from – including a large number of designed and raw recordings, servo and transformation sounds.
 

Strange worlds
 
  • Drones & Moods Kyma Ambiences – vol.1 Play Track 56 sounds included, 112 mins total From: $49

    Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.

    The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis.

 The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.

    The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.



    The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).

From sounds fit for abandoned space stations to alien worlds, this sound library gives you great soundscapes to work with. The sounds are generated in Kyma, with some heavy processing applied.
 

Futuristic UI
 
  • The Users of Tomorrow library is the next level of futuristic and high-tech interface sounds, containing 2.2GB and more than 1,800 sounds designed to be used as final assets or layers.

    Bonus: Users of Tomorrow also includes the unique Galactic Assistant Synthesizer Tool to design your own hi-tech interface sounds – it works in stand-alone mode, as well as with Reaktor and Max4Live.

    So this library gets the full sound pack with more than 1800 user interface sounds, all embedded with Soundminer metadata + Galactic Assistant.

For your high-tech / sci-fi / futuristic interfaces, this library comes packed with 1800 sounds for you to use as-is or tweak further.
 

Sci-fi components
 
Need an inexpensive collection of sci-fi sounds? Glitchedtones has put together this collection of 65 sci-fi sounds suitable for a variety of projects.
 

Communication
 
  • Transmission apparatus is a construction kit designed to create a broad range of communication sounds, from real to “alien” broadcasting signals.

    The library contains more than 2 GB of data, delivered in 373 files of unique sound material. It’s catalogued in five elements: AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation), SSB (single side band – aka ham radio), KYMA (synthesised noises) and VOCAL (unintelligible speeches).

    The first three bands were recorded from the output of different radio receivers at 96 kHz via a Crane Song HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device) to add warmth and tube/analog sonic color to the recordings. All the samples have been carefully selected from these recording sessions, with the addition of just a little dsp processing to widen the stereo field.

    The Kyma folder also contains unique audio files entirely synthesised in the SSC Kyma+Paca(rana) environment. A group of SFX called Vocal is the result of “destroyed” dialogues and vocal sources via spectral processing.

    Transmission Apparatus is available in two versions:

    96 kHz .WAV version• Audio Format: Broadcast Wave Files (.wav)
    • Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 2.49 GB
    • Download size is 1.82 GB (compressed .rar archive)

    Native Instruments Kontakt 5 version• Audio Format: NI Instruments File (.nki)
    • Sample Rate: 96 kHz
    • Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 1.66 GB
    • Download size is 1.64 GB (compressed .rar archive)
    • Full version of NI Kontakt 5 required

USO Project’s ‘Transmission Apparatus’ is a library designed for creating alien and sci-fi communication sounds. The sounds are divided into five categories AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation), SSB (single side band – aka ham radio), KYMA (synthesised noises) and VOCAL (unintelligible speeches) – so there’s lots to work from.

 

Sci-fi zaps
 
  • A collection of sparks, static, drones, hums, zaps, and “alienistic” textures!  The source material ranged from beard scratching to lap steel pickup interference… This one was fun to make, and it will be even more fun for you to play with!

For electrical sci-fi sounds, this release from Soundopolis will come in handy. It features a number of spark sounds, static, zaps and textures.
 

Other planets
 
This library is dedicated to giving you the soundscape of other planets – some locations are buzzing with geological and biological activity; others seem distant, cold and lifeless. A really interesting approach to sci-fi sound design.
 

Impacts
 
  • Whooshes & Impacts is a large package of futuristic and magical Whoosh sound FX and heavy weight Impact sound FX. 
    Whooshes & Impacts features 245 heavy, sci-fi, mysterious, magical, futuristic, epic, impacts, whooshes, swishes, pass-by FX

Impact sounds are often very handy for sci-fi settings – whether it’s the sound of futuristic weapons hitting their mark, robots colliding or futuristic vehicles being hit, it’s a handy addition to the sonic toolbox.
 

Servos
 
The sounds of servos are excellent for robot sound design, and, essentially, for a lot of things that move in a sci-fi setting. This library features a very useful collection of sounds to build from.
 

Aliens
 
  • This library features growls, hisses, roars, screeches, and much more of creepy and imaginative, alien-like creatures.

    Bonus:
    This library includes the Suburb Rain SFX collection at no extra cost - featuring almost 50 minutes of rain recordings
For your alien characters, Russell Gorsky’s ‘Creatures’ SFX library gives you 242 growls and hisses, roars and screams to build on. To spice things up, you might want to add some grunts and squeals from these recordings too.
 

Slime and goo
 
Aliens seem to have a certain, inexplicable fondness for oozing slime and goo. To get the sound of that right, Mattia Cellotto’s sound effects library – featuring 158 squishy and slimy recordings – will definitely come in handy.
 

Magnetic Fields
 
  • HumBuzz is a versatile collection 113 tech-noise-sounds with a length from 7 to 27 seconds.
    The files were created by capturing the electromagnetic fields of fridges, microwaves, boilers, cell phones, TVs and computers.

    HumBuzz is organized into 5 categories:

    Buzz • Hum • Noise • Start Up • Tonal

Stephan Marche’s ‘Humbuz’ features 113 unique recordings of electro-magnetic fields from sources such as fridges, microwaves and many more.
 

Whooshes
 
For passbys, vehicles and designed whooshes, Airborne Sounds’ release gives you 70 sounds to work with – from airy whooshes, buzzing sweeps and more.
 

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  • Ice Glacier Ice Play Track 300+ sounds included $40

    Glacier Ice is a library containing over 300 high quality sounds of ice cracking, breaking, shattering in various sizes of blocks – recorded entirely in the Italian Alps over the course of two winters.

    The library contains sounds of all dimensions, from ice cubes being dropped in a drink to a designed iceberg collapsing.

    The majority of the material was recorded at 192 KHz with a Sanken CO100K and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH8040, making this library greatly flexible for pitch shifting and all sorts of heavy processing.

    A small section recorded at 96KHz features sounds recorded exclusively with contact microphones placed directly on the surface of a frozen water stream.

  • Mechanical Driving Forces Play Track 450+ sounds included $55 $40

    Driving Forces” is a brand new and ultimately innovative sound effect library of static engine tones from Digital Rain Lab. The pack is dedicated to futuristic engine sounds: from small hovering drones to huge space motherships. It thoughtfully includes various engine categories such as Jet Turbines, Micro motors, and Recordings. The addition of real textures makes the library well balanced and with a lot of flexibility in designing unique vehicle sounds.

    Natively made in 96k/24bit, all sounds are ready to be heavily manipulated, and are tagged with BWF and Soundminer metadata for a faster workflow.

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  • Environments Sports & Soccer Crowds Play Track 60+ sounds included, 23 mins total $32

    This is a collection of authentic crowd sounds from sporting events, captured at soccer stadiums in Italy.

    The Sports & Soccer Crowds library comes with everything from crowd chanting, singing, cheering, booing and whistling (check out the full list below). Also includes recordings of amateur soccer matches on grass and concrete + more.

    60 sound files (23 minutes total) are included in the pack so you can build an authentic soundscape of a sporting event.

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