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:


Spaceships
 
  • Environments Solar Sky Play Track 350+ sounds included $86.25 incl. vat

    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: $61.25

    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
 
  • User Interface (UI) Users Of Tomorrow Play Track 1800 sounds included $123.75 incl. vat

    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
 
  • Drones & Moods Sci-Fi Electric Play Track 80 sounds included $18.75 incl. vat

    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
 
  • Environments Planets Play Track 20 sounds included, 40 mins total $61.25 $48.75 incl. vat

    Imaginary field recordings on remote planets, close up and distant perspectives, some buzzing with activity, some cold and lifeless.

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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
 
  • Destruction & Impact Whooshes & Impacts Play Track 245 sounds included $43.75 incl. vat

    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
 
  • Animals & Creatures Creatures Play Track 242 sounds included $37.50 incl. vat

    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
 
  • Hum, Buzz & Glitches HumBuzz Play Track 113 sounds included $36.25 incl. vat

    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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  • Materials & Texture Drag & Slide Play Track 550+ sounds included $45 incl. vat

    Need the sound of objects being pushed, pulled, dragged, moved – or perhaps sliding and scraping over different surfaces? The Drag & Slide SFX library gets you exactly that: More than 500 dragging and sliding sounds that are ready to be used as they are – or for intense sound design.

    Drag & Slide features recordings from sources such as:

    Bags, Barrels, Blades, Bottles, Cabinets, Chairs, Coat-hangers, Crates, Dining Tables, Fridges, Frying Pans, Iron Boxes, Iron Tables, Metal Cans, Metal Chairs, Nightstands, Pallets, Paper bags, Plates, Racks, Rakes, Shoes, Shovels, Sledgehammers, Spray cans, Stones/rocks, Toolboxes, Vacuum Cleaners, Various heavy objects, Wooden Boards – and more!
    Technical details:

    All sounds were cleaned, edited and filled with BWF-Metadata for instant use in your projects – and many of the files in the pack contain more than one sound. Recorded with Sound Devices 744T, 788T, Sennheiser MKH8050, Ambient ATE208, Sony PCM-D100

  • Sci-Fi Artificial Life Play Track 477+ sounds included $56.25 incl. vat

    Artificial Life is a collection of designed and raw sci-fi sound effects dedicated to non-organic lifeforms, alien machinery and abstract expressive articulations. Inside you will find sounds of energy bursts, piercing lasers, heavy sparks, warm synthetic drones and otherworldly textures, whimsical glitchy reactions, beautiful beeps and calculations, and much more.

    This library will be a nice addition to your palette of futuristic sound effects, whether you are working on a video game, motion picture or a music track.

    Artificial Life features sounds such as:

    • Designed / Articulations – Abstract
    • Designed / Articulations – Bursts
    • Designed / Articulations – Reverses
    • Designed / Articulations – Transitions
    • Designed / Impacts and Hits
    • Designed / Interface – Beeps
    • Designed / Interface – Gestures
    • Designed / Interface – Glitch
    • Designed / Interface – Calculations and Telemetry
    • Designed / Texures and Drones
    • Raw / Impacts and Bursts
    • Raw / Interface and Glitches
    • Raw / Textures and Drones
    • Raw / Whooshes

  • City Life Quiet Streets Play Track 87+ sounds included, 216 mins total $85 incl. vat

    A slight breeze, the city rumble, distant people chatters, a bird passing by, crickets chirping, a little rain or snow, the tranquility inside the city is a fragile and magical moment.

    City streets are the channels of all the possibles, a heat place for sensorial stimulus connecting people lives and their urban activities throughout the day. Yet when it becomes quiet we still perceive its energy and are able to sense the mood of the moment with serenity.

    These recordings were made at ground level with very little editing in order to keep them natural and as close as a human would experience the city on a daily basis. At times, distinct activities can be heard in the distance although the most noisiest events were taken out. Each file is loopable.

    Also, every season and weather condition are represented. This library has been thought for the universal need of sonic bed in urban scenes, used as glue or ‘exterior roomtone‘.

    This selection is the result of 15 months of recording throughout the multicultural city of Montreal (considered the most European City in North-America). The mix of culture in this city gives it a universal flavor that makes it belongs to the citizen of the 21st Century world.

    The library contains 60 Stereo ambience and 27 Surround ambience recordings. Each sound files are between 1 to 5 minutes long. The surround recordings are embedded in an interleaved wav files of 4 channels (quad).

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