future sound effects Asbjoern Andersen

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:

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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

    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.

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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A Sound Effect gives you easy access to an absolutely huge sound effects catalog
from a myriad of independent sound creators, all covered by one license agreement
- a few highlights:
  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
    4 out of 5

    Prepare for impact! This EFX Bullet Impact collection features a huge number of impacts into cars, metal, walls, water, body impacts, as well as passbys, ricochets and underwater passbys.

    A must-have for for actual bullet and combat sounds – and for adding oomph to many other types of impact sounds too!

  • City Life Diffuse City Play Track 116+ sounds included, 752 mins total $75

    Diffuse City is the unique urban ambience sound effects library you didn’t know you were missing. It captures the urban environment in its many forms – all based around the idea of diffuse ambience.

    The Diffuse City library is purpose-built for the times an environment needs to be felt, but not be distracting.

    Every track in Diffuse City was recorded with some sort of real life “filter” in mind; be it distance, elevation, time of day, physical material – Anything to provide the feeling of city life with out the specificity of many urban ambience libraries. No distracting close car pass-bys or people talking; only great natural ambience beds.

    Diffuse City was recorded in big cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural settings over a span of two years. It was largely recorded over very late nights, when very few people we’re around. Occasionally, however, a car would pass by… a gun would go off… While these were edited out of the recordings, they are included as “extras” in the library. Perfect for adding some flavor to a moment that’s authentic to the environment it was recorded in.

    Metadata – and markers:

    In addition to thorough metadata, each ambience in Diffuse City is embedded with markers highlighting unique moments that aren’t easily visible in a waveform. Software like Soundminer v4.5 and Reaper can display these markers, making it easy to identify distinct sonic moments in an otherwise nondescript waveform.


    Markers in Reaper
    There are 10 areas of focus in Diffuse City:

    Elevated City • Distant Highways • Underground City • Distant City • Under Bridges • City Rumble • Empty Parking Lots • Alleys • Industrial • Window Contacts

    Hear examples and learn more about each one below

  • This sound bundle features a mix of 50 button presses, switch flicks, and dial turns. Creative takes are joined by ticks, clicks, and clacks from a variety of console, vehicle, and equipment switches.

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