Popular sound effects in 2017 Asbjoern Andersen


Curious to know what the most popular sound effects libraries have been this year? So were we, so we crunched the numbers – and the results are in. Here are this year’s best-selling SFX libraries:

 

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High Tech Interface Sounds
 
  • Sci-Fi High Tech Interface Sounds Play Track 290 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $30

    Looking for futuristic interface sounds? The High Tech Interface Sounds library is a targeted solution for just that. It features 280 sound effects in categories like Beeps, Buttons, Clicks, Data Processing, Micro High Tech and more – created by Sergey Eybog, who recently won an award for his user interface sound design.

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For dynamic, sparkling user interface sounds that seem to trickle from a spacecraft dashboard, 'High Tech Interface Sounds' by Lesser Vibes will put you in the captain's chair. This library features 280 sounds of beeps, bloops and clicks that signal notifications, data processing, text transmission, and more. It even has bursts, crackles, sparks, alarms, drones and buttons sounds to give you the components of a functional ship. This library has already proven its favor, so let it inspire your next sci-fi RTS or space opera.
 
Bullet Impacts
 
  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
    Rated 4.00 out of 5
    $35

    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!

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What can be harder to acquire than gunshots? Sounds of where those bullets went! 'Bullet Impacts' by Diegetix Sound LLC solves this dilemma with over 300 pings, pops, dings, and cracks of rounds destroying their targets. You will find metallic hits on a car door, shattering wall debris, meaty thuds of body hit foley, and much more. You will also find sonic details that will bring your sound design into a convincing reality with ricochets, reverb tails, near-misses and underwater passbys. It's no wonder this library has been so popular!
 
Lethal Energies
 
  • Sci-Fi Lethal Energies Play Track 1096 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $45 $35

    The Lethal Energies sound effects library gets you a powerful and versatile collection of designed sci-fi guns and weapons. We work as game sound designers and are huge sci-fi fans, and our aim with this SFX library was to build the ultimate, self-contained sci-fi weapon library – in the sense that it includes everything you need to create powerful weapon sounds.

    It comes with a range of designed weapons, divided into Light, Medium and Heavy weapon categories. Also included in the library are weapon construction kit sound effects like aiming sounds, laser blaster shots, shot punches, electricity sounds, foley sounds, force fields, sensors, servos, transitions and more.

    NEW version 1.2:
    Lethal Energies has just been updated with 65 new blaster shot layers and 9 loopable force field sound effects
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'Lethal Energies' by Digital Rain Lab packs a punch that many cannot resist. This library was created to be the ultimate sci-fi weapon library, and with over 1,000 comprehensive sounds, it has achieved its goal. You can find sounds of blasters, cannons, lasers, electric currents and sparks, force fields, transitions, servos and sensors. It even has aiming sounds and tons of weapon foley for designed heavy, medium and light guns, making this a weapon construction kit that will give you seemingly limitless options. Once you see its jaw-droppingly modest price, we bet these sounds will be on your next timeline.
 
Swordfighter
 
  • Human Swordfighter Play Track 479 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $25 $20

    Swordfighter is a robust package with sharp sounding swords, heaps of variations and all the extras you need to make a fight come alive. Build unique sword swings with various hits, swooshes, schings, different fighter vocals and impacts on various surfaces. All up there are 137 sword sounds, 93 surface impact sounds, 15 knife throwing sounds, 48 swooshes and 180 fighter vocals.

    This version includes two sub-folders: one optimised for a film & TV workflow and the other optimised for video games workflow. Plus a few bonus sounds of a charging army.

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'Swordfighter' by Squeaky Fish doesn't hold back in its sword-swinging warrior action. This library has 180 vocals of male and female fighters giving it all for the Queen, both as lone soldiers and as a horde. It has the swooshing and slicing of swords, as well as sounds of these weapons being dropped, drawn, sheathed, and more. Plus it features foley of knife throwing, various surface impacts, and two separate folders optimized not only for film and TV but also game development. This well-rounded library is a no-brainer for your collection, and it's deserving of its admiration.
 
Just Impacts – Simple
 
  • Just Impacts – Simple is a huge collection of plain impact sounds. Metal hits, wood impacts, glass smashes, junk destruction – 618 Sounds in 360 files.

    This is a must-have construction kit whenever it comes to a movie or game scene where one object hits another. Think car crashes, robot fights, sci-fi battles or any other kind of impact that needs the right sound effect.

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'Just Impacts – Simple' by SoundBits is dedicated to individual destruction with over 600 punchy, crumbly impacts. With sounds of blocky wood hits, shattering glass, metallic rings, smashed plastic, and much more, this library not only gives you the variation you need for interactive scenarios, it also has textures and debris for the right amount of embellishment and accuracy - and metadata to lead you there. This library won't make a dent in your wallet, but it will surely impact your timeline.
 
Advanced UI
 
  • User Interface (UI) Advanced UI Play Track 928 sounds included, 21 mins total $59 $49

    Looking for UI sound effects? The Advanced UI collection gets you a wide range of interface sound effects – from natural, organic and minimal pops, beeps and chirps to 8-Bit, hybrid and highly processed, electronic and digital SFX that will complete almost any project where UI/UX sounds are required. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.

    Designed for use in animations, video games, mobile apps, motion graphics, film, software development and industrial design projects, Advanced UI is a perfect fit for getting user interface sounds just right.

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'Advanced UI' by Epic Stock Media has over 900 user interface sounds to fit a wide variety of projects. With sounds ranging from 8-bit bleeps and bloops, smooth minimalist finishes, complex calculations, futuristic chirps, organic bubbles, cybernetic notifications, and much more, this library will no doubt find its way into your game or film. It also has sounds that will give voice to your computers, navigational systems, robotic AI, sci-fi consoles, and whatever hybrid creations you design. Loved for its versatility, range and professionalism, this library is one to check out.
 
WINGS
 
  • Animals & Creatures WINGS Play Track 1444+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    From: $99

    We are extremely proud to present our first library, WINGS – a one-of-a-kind sound library.

    From tiny insects to small birds, from fairies to dragons, WINGS offers a creative palette with a diverse range of sounds to choose from.

    With over 1400 files (more than 4 GB for the 192 kHz version ) we’re confident you will find the perfect sound.

    When purchasing WINGS you get 2 packs, our Design category that includes 180 files and the Source category that offers more than 1200 sounds. Featuring the very best of our foley sessions.

    All single flaps have been careful edited, allowing for unique speed or rate adjustments.

    Pick your preferred version at the introductory prices below:

'WINGS' was the first library created by Bonson, and they couldn't have compiled a better collection. Featuring 1,400 sounds of wings, from the tiniest of insects to fantastic dragons, this library will inspire the creature design in your project. These detailed recordings of carefully crafted flaps offer variation in speed, proximity, and scenario - with landing, taking off, hovering, and flying franticly - and their 192kHz quality and designed versions offer immediate use as well as flexibility. This collection of airborne travel will last you for projects to come.
 
Diffuse City
 
  • Environments 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.

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    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

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When 'Diffuse City' by Collected Transients was released, it told other SFX creators to step up their game. This library has sounds that are not only void of distracting voices and nearby cars, it also features the many ambient perspectives in a city. With sounds underneath rumbling bridges, through glass windows, from skyscraper rooftops and balconies, and away from the urban sprawl and interstates, you can sonically place your character exactly where she'd be. It also has sounds of alleys, deserted parking lots, airports, train yards, and factories during day and night. For dependable ambiences that meld accuracy and pliability, you won't find a better collection.
 
Signal Frontiers
 
  • Sci-Fi Signal Frontiers Play Track 1108 sounds included $40 $30

    Signal Frontiers is a huge collection of cutting edge futuristic sounds for interfaces, robotics, space machinery and more. The library contains 1000+ uniquely designed assets and covers everything from web interface to spaceship consoles, telemetry and ambiences, offering an unparalleled variety for any project. Signal Frontiers features more than 1000 stereo 48 kHz/24 Bit sounds, all Soundminer friendly.

    Sound effects include:
    Alarms • Confirmation • Computation • Data Scanning • Denial • Drones • Glitch • Navigation • Noises • Simple Tones • Telemetry and Transitions
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'Signal Frontiers' by Digital Rain Lab is your go-to library of sci-fi and robotic textures for foley, UI and ambiences alike. This massive collection has over 1,000 sounds designed to be used immediately onto your timeline to deliver the immersive feeling of living on a spaceship. Whether you need smooth dashboard sounds, alerts and alarms for your machines, or assets to flesh our your ambience, this library has the variety and consistency to get you on your way. And with such detailed metadata, it won't be hard to find what you need.
 
Explosions
 
  • Looking to blow stuff up? The EFX EXPLOSIONs Collection features a selection of grenade explosion & blast sounds – closeups, distant and muted/muffled explosion recordings included.

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Explosions aren't something you can easily go out and record yourself, which is why it's best to keep some handy. If you are looking to start your collection of booms, 'Explosions' by Diegetix Sound LLC is a great place to start. With over 40 sounds of grenade blasts that have a beautiful punch followed by massive, rolling tails, this library will give you what you're looking for so you can quickly get your player into the action. With clean takes that shred the landscape and provide variation in perspective and proximity, it's easy to see why so many choose this library for their collection.
   
 

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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Fantasy Game Play Track 517 sounds included, 14 mins total $49

    More than 500 sound effects inspired by hit computer games like World of Warcraft, and Diablo. Tell your story, equip your quest and outfit the adventures in your fantasy world with imaginative and immersive sounds, effects and creative crafted audio. Fantasy Game empowers today’s game developers, audio remixers, sound designers engineers, DJs and even game oriented modern podcasters with an ultra exciting collection of designed sounds derived from stunning 192k source recordings.

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  • Bring the monsters to life! Bestial roars, screams and murmurs of 6 bizarre creatures. From brutal, deep growls to sharp, ear-pearcing screeches.

    Each character has several expression variations, such as “talk”, “scream”, “hit”, “attack” or “death”.

    Monsters included:
    Black Boss – brutal and dirty, hardcore metal-styled, saturated beast
    Behemoth – deeply-growling, dark animal from shadow swamps
    Ghoul – deeply-burbling, stagnant undead being
    TwinHead – eerie, weird beast with multiple mutated vocal-cords
    CruelGoblin – sharp, piercing, damned sabre-teeth mutant
    DeadBaby – sharp, high-pitched, demonic spirit of an unlucky toddler

    The SFX demo consists of several 6Monsters sounds mixed with a light spatial effect and an ambience from The Horrid library.

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  • User Interface (UI) Advanced UI Play Track 928 sounds included, 21 mins total $59 $49

    Looking for UI sound effects? The Advanced UI collection gets you a wide range of interface sound effects – from natural, organic and minimal pops, beeps and chirps to 8-Bit, hybrid and highly processed, electronic and digital SFX that will complete almost any project where UI/UX sounds are required. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.

    Designed for use in animations, video games, mobile apps, motion graphics, film, software development and industrial design projects, Advanced UI is a perfect fit for getting user interface sounds just right.

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Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Vehicles Skate on Board Play Track 112 sounds included, 22 mins total $49.99

    Skate on Board is an SFX library with the purpose of bringing alive the hidden sounds of skateboarding. This library has 65 stereo recordings with the best sound quality of actions such as jumps, pass by, and grinds over different surfaces like concrete banquets, and rail tubes. Furthermore, this library contains 47 mono audios of P.O.V perspectives which were reordered with different microphones attached to the skateboard to capture the full maneuvers and details of skateboarding.

  • The west is still wild.  A collection of clean and loopable natural ambient atmosphere elements – each 3 minutes long. This collection represents my best content and works great in multitrack layers.

    The core of this collection are natural sounds captured in the wilds of Oregon, USA – Western North America. The wildlife in the forests, streams, lakes, coast, and deserts of Oregon are a good substitute for most US and Canadian states west of the Rocky Mountains, including Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, British Colombia, Alberta, Alaska, and Wyoming.

    These recordings are from a pristine environment that avoid any human caused sounds.

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  • Animals & Creatures Broken Robot Play Track 87 sounds included $12.99 $6.99

    This library is a small “utility” collection of sounds great for use as Robot/Machines but also great for UI and Weapon design elements.  Servos, various metal objects and analog synths were recorded as source material to create this library.  The library includes raw servo recordings and meticulously performed or designed robotic/machine-like sounds.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

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  • Electricity Electric Arcs and Energy Play Track 266 sounds included $39.99 $19.99

    Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds.  The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw.  These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project.  They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more.  They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.

    The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups.  Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.

    Recording and Editing

    This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds.  The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz.  All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

     

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  • Whooshes liftFX Play Track 275+ sounds included $89 $71.20

    AWE YOUR AUDIENCE WITH RISERS, BUILD-UPS, DROPS AND MORE.
    Risers, build-ups, drops, breaks, downlifters, swells, sweeps, falls – it has never been so easy to hype your audience. Forget samples, just turn the knob or let liftFX even do that for you, automatically, in beat sync at the length you need it to be.

    KEY FEATURES:

    • Playable in real-time with instant auditive and visual feedback
    • Any length, tempo, pitch range and root note possible
    • Tempo sync or time (s) duration
    • Control key parameters independently or automatically (+ reversed)
    • Automation and modwheel (cc1) support for each parameter
    • 275 nifty presets included
    • Optional time lock and control lock to try different presets with current setting
    • High cut and low cut filters, reverb and delay
    • Lightweight plug-in, as it relies on synthesis
    USE CASES:

    • Build captivating uplifters, downlifters, drops, rhythmic, percussive builds and more effects out of the box
    • Any electronic genre such as EDM, Trap, Dubstep, Pop, Hip Hop, Drum’n’Bass, House, Techno, and more
    • Cinematic and experimental sound design
    • Beef up your synthesizers with tonal layers or harmonic overtones to achieve a fat, rich sound
    • liftFX requires a free iLok account (click to learn more)
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