11 new sound libraries Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect, we've got a diverse range of sonic treats to fill your projects with life!

For sounds of machines, rev up for a classic Kawasaki EN 500 motorcycle or enjoy the unique subway trains of Los Angeles.

For nature lovers, we have the haunting calls of periodic cicadas and the serene sounds of the ocean.

Need a touch of the unexpected? Check out the intriguing EMF recordings, or the rich, expressive Chroma upright piano.

And if you're seeking a conglomeration of sounds, we have a comprehensive Foley collection, a charming bundle of lovely bells (as well as separate volumes), and the fully immersive Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection.

No matter your project, there's something here to inspire you. Happy listening!


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Shipscape

'Shipscape' by Studio Obsidian is a sonic exploration of a World War II Victory Ship, an ammunition freighter that later saw use as a commercial freighter and was ultimately restored to serve as a floating museum and event space.
 
  • Environments & Ambiences Shipscape Play Track 22 sounds included, 82 mins total $50

    Shipscape is a sonic exploration of a World War II Victory Ship, an ammunition freighter that later saw use as a commercial freighter and was ultimately restored to serve as a floating museum and event space. It’s perfect for building space station, starship, industrial, naval, submarine, and factory environments. 

    The SS Red Oak Victory, built in 1944 in, and now returned to, Richmond, California, is a vast steel space with great room tones and objects. Its blast-proof bulkheads and double hull transmit and reflect sound in wild ways. No one has ever recorded in this location until now.

    While there are some prop and object recordings, this library’s core focus is long ambience recordings (5 – 13 minutes in length). This UCS-compliant library was recorded with a combination of a Sennheiser and Schoeps microphones, and contains both stereo and quad recordings.

    Nearly an hour and a half of recordings cover its four-story engine room, long and narrow shaft alley, massive cargo holds, and bridge. Some recordings are subtle room tones, while others feature distant, ominous booms and clanks transmitted through its cargo bays, hull, and bulkheads. 

    Explore this fascinating environment with Shipscape, a library released in celebration of the SS Red Oak Victory’s 80th birthday.

Beautiful Bells Bundle

'Beautiful Bells Bundle' by Nicolas Titeux is one of the biggest collections of bells ever recorded with nearly 6 hours of sounds. This bundle contains the solo ringing of 76 swinging bells and 135 stationary bells, captured in 62 carillons, chapels, cathedrals, and clock towers across France.
 
  • Bundles Beautiful Bells Bundle Play Track 2000+ sounds included, 358 mins total $189

    Discover one of the biggest collections of bells ever recorded with nearly 6 hours of sound.

    Beautiful Bells BUNDLE contains the solo ringing of 76 swinging bells and 135 stationary bells, captured in 62 bell towers, carillons, chapels, churches, cathedrals, basilicas and clock towers across France, with unprecedented quality. Most of the sounds were recorded inside bell towers.

    Swinging bells are struck by a hanging clapper. They have a natural pitch modulation due to the Doppler effect, and a timbre modulation due to varying orientation. They produce a deep and lively sound and are mostly used to announce masses, religious holidays, weddings and funerals.

    Stationary bells are struck by external hammers. They have a steady and rich tone, with a long sustain. They are mostly used as musical instruments in carillons, to indicate the hour in clock chimes or to alert the population in tocsins.

    Every bell size and pitch is represented in this library, from huge 10 ton bourdon to tiny carillon bells weighing a few kilograms. You will find bells founded from 14th to 21st century with a great variety of timbres and tunings, over a range of more than 5 octaves. The sounds are sorted by note from D2 to G7.

    The library contains 2 carillons with 54 bells and 10 bells, available as sound files and virtual instruments (NI Kontakt and EXS24 with round robin).

    You will also get 15 peals of multiple bells, called plenum.

    By sorting the solo sounds by location, you can recreate authentic bell combinations. You also have the freedom to create any custom combination or use the sounds as instruments in musical scores.

    All the sounds in this library were recorded in bell towers or as close as possible to provide great sonic precision and optimal signal-to-noise ratio.

    Over 12,000 kilometers were traveled during six months to get you one of the most exhaustive swinging bell collection ever recorded.


    SUMMARY:

    • Contains BEAUTIFUL BELLS Vol 1 & BEAUTIFUL BELLS Vol 2
    • A total of 227 sounds recorded in 62 locations
    • Wide variety of bells (size, age, tuning)
    • Contains the ringing of 10 bourdons
    • 2 carillons virtual instruments
    • Contains peals of multiple bells
    • Contains a collection of 10 small ancient bells
    All notes from D2 to G7
    • Metadata with detailed information about each bell


    SPECS:

    • 96KHz/24bit
    • Very low noise
    • Metadata UCS-compliant
    • Mainly recorded with Sennheiser MKH 8040

Periodical Cicadas

'Periodical Cicadas' by Evocative Sound and Visuals captures the cacophony of periodical cicadas during their emergence. It features close-up recordings of buzzing, fluttering, and mating calls, alongside distant drones from vast cicada choruses.
 
  • Periodical Cicadas features the sounds of millions of periodical cicadas singing en masse. There are extended drones and screeches, up-close wing-fluttering pass-bys and multiple pharaoh, or mating calls. Two broods, XXII and V, were recorded in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

    Hear cicadas fluttering inches away from the microphones. I climbed an 80-foot tall fire tower to be where the cicadas sang their loudest. I also positioned microphones atop wide vistas and open fields adjacent to woods to capture the cicada’s near-deafening drones.

    Except for cicadas fluttering back and forth directly overhead, landing on me, and having to keep calm, quiet and still while recording, I thoroughly enjoyed making this library. It’s a small library packing a big sound. I can’t wait for the next brood to emerge in southeast Ohio next year. I hope you enjoy using this cicada-mania wall of sound for your next project.

Kawasaki EN 500 1990

'Kawasaki EN 500 1990' by Krampfstadt Studio focuses entirely on this cruiser motorcycle. It provides a variety of sounds of the engine starting, idling, and revving, along with other mechanical and electrical sounds specific to this motorcycle - all UCS compatible.
 
Beautiful Bells Vol 1

'Beautiful Bells Vol 1' by Nicolas Titeux has the solo ringing of 76 swinging bells, recorded in 43 churches, cathedrals, abbeys, basilicas and chapels across France, and 15 peals of multiple bells, called plenum, with unprecedented quality.
 
  • Cinematic/Trailer Instruments Beautiful Bells Vol 1 Play Track 1000+ sounds included, 253 mins total $109

    Beautiful Bells Vol 1 contains the solo ringing of 76 swinging bells, recorded in 43 churches, cathedrals, abbeys, basilicas and chapels across France, and 15 peals of multiple bells, called plenum, with unprecedented quality. Most of the sounds were recorded inside bell towers.

    Swinging bells are struck by a hanging clapper. They have a natural pitch modulation due to the Doppler effect, and a timbre modulation due to varying orientation. They produce a deep and lively sound and are mostly used to announce masses, religious holidays, weddings and funerals.

    Every bell size is represented in this library, from huge bourdons (bells whose pitch are below C3) weighing several tons to small chapel bells weighing around 20 kilograms. You will find bells founded from 16th to 21st century with a great variety of timbres and tunings. The sounds are sorted by note, from D2 to F5.

    By sorting the solo sounds by location, you can recreate authentic bell combinations. You also have the freedom to create any custom combination or use the sounds as instruments in musical scores.

    All the sounds in this library were recorded in bell towers or as close as possible to provide great sonic precision and optimal signal-to-noise ratio.

    Over 12,000 kilometers were traveled during six months to get you one of the most exhaustive swinging bell sound library ever recorded.


    SUMMARY:

    • A total of 91 sounds recorded across France
    • Contrains the peal of 10 bourdons (below C3)
    • More than 4 hours of sound
    • Wide variety of bells (size, age, tuning)
    • Contains solo bells sorted by note
    Notes from D2 to F5
    • Contains peal of multiple bells
    • Metadata with detailed information about each bell


    SPECS:

    • 96KHz/24bit
    • Very low noise
    • Metadata UCS-compliant
    • Mainly recorded with Sennheiser MKH 8040

Beautiful Bells Vol 2

'Beautiful Bells Vol 2' by Nicolas Titeux contains the solo sound of 135 different stationary bells struck with hammers, captured in 39 bell towers, chapels, carillons, churches, cathedrals and clock towers across France. Most of the sounds were recorded inside bell towers.
 
  • Beautiful Bells Vol 2 contains the solo sound of 135 different stationary bells, captured in 39 bell towers, chapels, carillons, churches, cathedrals and clock towers across France, with unprecedented quality. Most of the sounds were recorded inside bell towers.

    Stationary bells are struck by external hammers. They have a steady and rich tone, with a long sustain. They are mostly used as musical instruments in carillons, to indicate the hour in clock chimes or to alert the population in tocsins.

    Every bell size and pitch is represented in this library, from huge 8 ton bourdon to tiny carillon bells weighing a few kilograms. You will find bells founded from 14th to 21st century with a great variety of timbres and tunings, over a range of 5 octaves (from G2 to G7).

    The library contains 2 carillons with 54 bells and 10 bells, available as sound files and virtual instruments (NI Kontakt and EXS24 with round robin).

    All the sounds in this library were recorded in bell towers or as close as possible to provide great sonic precision and optimal signal-to-noise ratio.

    Over 12,000 kilometers were traveled during six months to get you one of the most exhaustive stationary bell, chime and carillon sound collection ever recorded.


    SUMMARY:

    • A total of 135 different bells, sorted by note from G2 to G7
    • Wide variety of bells (size, age, tuning)
    • 2 carillons virtual instruments
    • Contains a collection of 10 small ancient bells
    All notes from G2 to G7
    • Metadata with detailed information about each bell


    SPECS:

    • 96KHz/24bit
    • Very low noise
    • Metadata UCS-compliant
    • Mainly recorded with Sennheiser MKH 8040

Electromagnetic Fields

'Electromagnetic Fields' by Evocative Sound and Visuals contains 163 sounds from 68 devices and structures captured with a Sony PCM D100 recorder and two small induction coil mics. Included are hums, drones, beeps, bleeps, buzzes, glitches, pulses, static and more strange, hard-to-describe sounds.
 
  • Drones & Mood Sound Effects Electromagnetic Fields Play Track 163+ sounds included, 135 mins total $50

    Evocative Sound and Visuals is pleased to announce the release of Electromagnetic Fields. This library contains 163 meticulously crafted and mastered sounds from 68 devices and structures captured in high-quality stereo with a Sony PCM D100 recorder and two small induction coil microphones. Included are hums, drones, beeps, bleeps, buzzes, glitches, pulses, static and more strange sounds I cannot describe.

    With few exceptions, we mere mortals can’t hear the electromagnetic fields (EMF) surrounding us. If we could, we’d go crazy, especially in our ever-expanding electronic environment. We can tune our ears into this other sonic world using induction coil microphones. I never knew quite what to expect when placing mics on an object. Having two microphones with fairly long cables allowed me to find the most sonically interesting parts of an object to focus on. Two mics spaced apart also allow for a nice stereo spread.

    Have fun experimenting with and inserting these hi-tech sounds (some captured in 96kHz/24-bit and others in 192kHz/24-bit) into your next science fiction and otherworldly creations. Please don’t take the device’s sound literally. That SLR’s motor drive may just be your next rapid-fire laser cannon.

     

    Devices Recorded for Library

    • battery charger
    • Blu-ray player
    • board game
    • calculator
    • camera flash (studio and on-camera)
    • point and shoot cameras (4)
    • SLR camera
    • cd player
    • smartphone and charger
    • computer (desktop and laptop)
    • external hard drive
    • flatbed scanner
    • printer
    • dog nail file
    • Rotary die grinder tool
    • drill
    • electric shaver
    • electronic reader
    • face cleansing brush
    • battery-powered fan
    • flashlight
    • hair dryer
    • hand blender
    • hand sander
    • handheld game console
    • laser pointer
    • LED flicker lights
    • LED light strings
    • LED closet lights
    • LED mirror
    • LED therapy light
    • microwave oven
    • milk frother
    • nose trimmers
    • overhead power lines (6)
    • paper shredder
    • plasma ball
    • pulse oxygen meter
    • hand crank radio
    • transistor radio
    • handheld and boombox cassette recorders
    • digital recorders
    • sound level meter
    • spark timer accelerator
    • TENS unit
    • toothbrush
    • typewriter
    • vacuum
    • vehicle
    • walkie talkie
    • washing machine
    • wristwatch

Trains of Los Angeles: Subways

'Trains of Los Angeles: Subways' by Cheviot Sound offers a deep dive into the sounds of the Los Angeles Metro. It features everything from train arrivals and announcements to crowd chatter and escalators in both stereo and immersive formats (Ambisonic, 5.1, 7.1.4).
 
  • City Life Sound Effects Trains of Los Angeles: Subways Play Track 71 sounds included, 150 mins total From: $60 From: $35

    Trains of LA: Subways is an extensive collection of high-quality recordings capturing the wide variety of sound in the Los Angeles Metro subway system.
    Available in both Stereo and Immersive versions. All recorded at 24Bit 48kHz on Los Angeles Metro’s B (red) and D (purple) subway lines.

    This library includes a huge variety of subterranean transportation related sounds including but not limited to clicks of fare gates, crowd walla and ambience at Union Station, echoes of crowded underground platforms, roaring and screeching subway train arrivals and departures, announcements, elevators, long recordings of train interiors during rides with and without chatter, an end to end ride of the D line from Union Station to Wilshire Western, doors opening and closing, lights humming and buzzing in walkways, escalators, and more!

    Recorded mostly on the Rode NT-SF1 ambisonic microphone and Tascam X8, with a few sounds from the Rode NTG5/Zoom H5 and Zoom H3-VR.

    Stereo Version Includes: All Stereo and Mono Files and Stereo Files Decoded from AmbiX
    Immersive Version Includes: All Files, AmbiX, 5.1, 7.1.4, Stereo

    Produced by Cheviot Sound
    Recorded by Jack Weiss and Roy Berardo
    Edited by Jack Weiss

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Foley Collection Total Pack V2 (ORIGINALS)

'Foley Collection Total Pack V2 (ORIGINALS)' by Foley Collection & Surround Sound LAB is a sound library upgrade for Foley artists. It includes a new "ORIGINALS" instrument with various sound combinations, plus all the instruments from the previous version (FC200-207).
 
Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection (perpetual subscription)

'Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection (perpetual subscription)' by Foley Collection & Surround Sound LAB has over 6,000 sounds, totaling 500 GB. It offers a wide variety of sounds including ambiences from various cities around the world, nature, vehicles, and even soundscapes from national parks and French countryside.
 
  • Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection

    Unlock the full potential of your audio projects with the Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection. This bundle offers our entire Surround Sound Lab catalog in one comprehensive, perpetual one-time subscription.

        The Ultimate Audio Resource

    Our Complete Collection is the ultimate audio resource, meticulously curated and updated with our newest releases. Deliver your best work with the most extensive collection of world-class sound effects we’ve ever offered. This flagship collection is perfect for creators, post-production professionals, video editors, game developers, and more.

    Our equipment is proudly part of Blacktone Studio team in Madrid, a studio with over 10 years of experience in sound post-production for cinema and TV.

        Exclusive Benefits

    • 🚀 Future Releases Included: Purchase once and receive all future libraries for free, directly to your inbox.
    • 🔊 Ambisonic and Surround Recordings: Experience the richness of third-order ambisonic and surround recordings, capturing the most immersive audio environments.
    • 🎧 Pristine and Consistent Quality: Enjoy pristine, high-quality sounds with consistent audio fidelity across all files.
    • 🎤 State-of-the-Art Recording and Mastering Equipment: We utilize the best recording gear available, including cutting-edge third-order microphones and the latest technologies. Your sound experiences are crafted with meticulous attention to detail, edited, and mastered in our 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos immersive mixing stage.
    • 📦 Massive Library: Over 5,800 files, totaling more than 500 GB of premium audio.
    • 🏷️ UCS Compliant: Fully compliant with the Universal Category System.
    • 📋 Detailed Metadata: Each file comes with descriptive, embedded UCS metadata. View the sound list in XLS format.
    • 💻 Flexible Delivery: Choose between download and hard drive delivery options.
    • 💰 Royalty-Free: Use all sounds without any additional fees.

     


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Chroma Upright Piano

'Chroma Upright Piano' by Sonuscore is a virtual instrument that captures the sound of a meticulously restored 100-year-old upright piano. It offers a warm, mid-focused tonal character with rich low-end and a variety of articulations.
 
  • A TRULY SPECIAL PIANO

    CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO stands out, not just because of its rich history and impeccable restoration, but because of its unique character and emotional depth that set it apart.

    The journey began a few years ago in a small studio, where our team initially focused on recording a grand piano. However, an unassuming upright piano in the same studio captured our attention. Though we were committed to recording the grand, the upright’s distinct sound and emotional resonance left a lasting impression. We just had to record it and share it with the world!

    The CHROMA – UPRIGHT PIANO isn’t just another virtual instrument; it’s a culmination of passion, serendipity, and meticulous craftsmanship.

    Warm, mid-focused tonal character with rich low-end
    Multiple unique articulations including felt, muted, plucked, flageolet, and bowed
    Recorded with a diverse array of microphones for a comprehensive sound
    Unique core engine that both recreates the piano’s original sonority and also creates new and abstract soundscapes
    27 velocity layers for nuanced and dynamic playability
    91 presets designed to inspire and enhance creativity



 
 
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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:

  • Human Sound Effects Crowds: Emotions And Reactions Play Track 400 sounds included, 90 mins total $47.40

    This SFX library contains a wide range of reactions and emotional responses varying from quiet crowds to roared battle cries to a large selection of exclamations generated by a group of passionate theatrical actors in indoor venues.

    Apart from the vocalizations, we’ve also included recordings of more unusual crowd ambiances like people walking around the mics, falling down, sitting down and getting up, jumping around, marching, or just being present in the space.

    Crowds library is split into the following two parts:

    Small Groups: Includes small groups of up to 30 people which you can layer together and quickly create the sound of any sized realistic groups of people.

    Large Crowds: Brings pre-designed, easy-to-use sounds of medium to large crowds in various types of reactions, moods, and surroundings.

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  • “The Shoe Collection: Dirt- Knee High Boot“ by Periscope Post & Audio, provides 22 high quality footsteps files in dirt with the knee high boot.  The audio files are recorded at 24bit, 192k with mono and stereo recordings.  The Sennheiser MKH-60 was used for the mono files with a slightly more distant mic placement than the stereo files, which were recorded with the Sennheiser MKH8050 and the Sennheiser MKH-30 near the shoe.  From different walking speeds, to jogging, sprinting, jumping, hard stops, scuffs, and more!  There are several performances with each file to fit the right action you need.  That’s a whopping 268 footsteps between the mono and stereo files!

    These sound files are also UCS metadata tagged

  • Creature Sound Effects WINGS Play Track 1444+ sounds included 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:

Explore the full, unique collection here

Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Environments & Ambiences Chimney Wind Play Track 30 sounds included, 93 mins total $7

    There was a massive storm going on outside and we could hear the wind from the chimney so we popped our field recording kit up and extended the microphones to as far as they would go up the chimney and pressed record. We managed to capture the low end and rumbles of the wind interacting with the chimney.

    We then tried adding some reverb on to the samples to give space and context which wasn’t exactly part of the plan for this sample pack but we thought it added something so decided to add these samples to the sample pack for no extra cost.

    Chimney Wind will give you enough audio to give your project the authentic sound of wind from a chimney stack, boosting your project to the next level. Chimney Wind has been edited to allow a drop in ready and Royalty Free sample pack. These Samples can be used in a variety of projects from Sound Designing/Compositions for TV, Film, Documentaries and Video Games. UCS Compliant and Metadata is attached to the samples

  • Door Sound Effects Small Furniture Workshop Play Track 17+ sounds included, 52 mins total $15

    This library is recorded in a small furniture workshop where office furniture is sawn and created. We recorded the sounds of the factory so that they can be easily combined together to create a workshop of any scale.

    Here’s What We Recorded:

    • Large circular saw

    • Drill

    • Doors

    • General work noises

    • Industrial Spaces

    Microphones were placed at varying distances from the recording subjects. Many recordings were created using a LOM Geofon contact microphone.

     

     

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  • Rolling thunder, rain in the city or in the countryside – these are the sounds that are included in the collection “Thunderstorm Rain Vol.1”.

    These sounds are well suited for creating a stormy, rainy atmosphere for movies, games and other audio-visual content.

    All sounds are recorded in WAV format, 96 kHz, 24 bit.

     

    The following sounds are included:

    • Atmosphere of Thunderstorm in City Outside Window
    • Drops of Thunderstorm Rain on Windowsill
    • Heavy Rain
    • Pouring Rain
    • Rain Hurricane Rattle Metal Plate Loop
    • Rain in the Gazebo
    • Rain In the Village
    • Rain on Windowsill and City Traffic
    • Rain Thunderstorm on City Traffic Background
    • Rainy Atmosphere with Thunderstorm in City
    • The End of the Thunderstorm
    • Thunderstorm
    • Thunderstorm Rain Intensifies
    • Thunder FX

     

    Product Details:

    • 82 GB
    • 96kHz/24-Bit
    • 73 WAV files

    Thunderstorm Rain Vol.1 – Sound List

  • “Sci-Fi Textures and Loops” are unique sound effects in WAV 24 Bit 96 kHz format that are suitable for creating a dark, mysterious, alien atmosphere when creating science fiction films, games, and music tracks.

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  • The Reindeer/Caribou sound effect library has 150 audio files and over 500 individual sounds. Including:

    • Isolated vocalizations of adults, young calves, and newborn calves, including grunts and nickers
    • Isolated mouth and nose sounds, including breaths, exhales, inhales, snorts, coughs, smacking, swallowing, sniffs, burps, and gurgles
    • Herd activity, including resting, moving, herding and round-up
    • Real and foley bells
    • Antlers clashing
    • Footsteps, walking and running on different surfaces
    • Eating and drinking
    • Sleeping/Resting
    • Digging snow

    Reindeer/Caribou - Sound Effect Library

    Most of these sounds have been recorded with a collar microphone on reindeer, so the sounds are extremely intimate, isolated, and close-up. The collar microphone was attached to a female reindeer with a calf, which captured the most intimate moments. The collar microphone also recorded many other reindeer in the herd, so there are a lot of unique reindeer vocalizations.

    This sound effect library also contains all 33 files from my previous Reindeer sound effect library.

    Note regarding the naming of the animal: Wikipedia says that “Reindeer is the European name for the species of Rangifer, while in North America, Rangifer species are known as Caribou”. So, you can use the same sounds for each of them because, at least in terms of sound, they are nearly identical!

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