15 great new sound libraries Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect, we've got a fresh batch of sound libraries to level up your audio!

For nature lovers, we got you covered with the serene meadow soundscapes and and dramatic sounds of fallow deer clashing during rutting season.

Feeling the need for speed? Rev your engines with a Chevy Corvette Stingray, cruise in luxury with a classy '75 Mercedes Benz E Class W123, or hang out in a sporty Citroen Cactus subcompact SUV.

Need some everyday sounds to flesh things out? Hear the "micro movements" of playful shakes and rattles and the satisfying clicks of a Rubik's cube, or check out a comprehensive library of fabrics, 14 distinct drawer types, and a quirky mix of everyday sounds ranging from 1890s elevator and crunchy bread.

And for more niche sounds, we have eerie sounds for your horror games, sounds of a crafty tufting gun, the single toll of large and small bells, the otherworldly textures of static electricity, and the nostalgic crackles and pops of vinyl.

Happy listening!


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The Oasis at Ash Meadows

'The Oasis at Ash Meadows' by Sky River Sound captures the ambience of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the Mojave Desert's largest oasis. Recorded in scorching summer heat, hear wind rustling through plants, wildlife calls, and near silence.
 
  • Animal Sound Effects The Oasis at Ash Meadows Play Track 91 sounds included, 367 mins total $65

    This library of ambiences from the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert where the highest concentration of endemic species in the United States can be found was recorded in the summer of 2023 during a week when daytime temperatures were breaking 120 degrees Fahrenheit, (49 degrees Celsius) and yet the recordings at each of the three locations are full of wildlife calls attesting to the resilience and adaptability of nature.

    Great care and no small amount of time was spent identifying the birds and other wildlife in each recording and the calls have been tagged with metadata markers that appear in Soundminer as well as most DAWs to make it easier to know what you are hearing and when.

Micro Movements: Puzzle Cubes

'Micro Movements: Puzzle Cubes' by Experimental Samples offers over 250 recordings of two Rubik's cubes (standard and speed) being handled. Sounds include rotations, scrambles, handling noises, and both slow and rapid movements.
 
  • Micro Movements: Puzzle Cubes – A collection of recorded sounds using two different 3×3 puzzle cubes. (or Rubik’s Cubes) Utilizing one standard cube and one speed cube.

    Key Features

    • Over 250+ sounds
    • Separated into 14 WAV audio files
    • Recorded in 24bit/192kHz, Delivered in 24bit/96kHz
    • UCS File Naming Compliant
    • Extensive Metadata Tagging

    Each cube (labeled normal & speed) were recorded with the same movement types:

    • 90° Quarter Rotations
    • 180° Half Rotations
    • 360° Full Rotations
    • Rapid Rotation Movements & Turns
    • Slow Rotations (Slower, more drawn out rotations, compared to the others that are faster movements)
    • Mixing/Scrambling of the cube (like one does before solving it again)
    • Handling Sounds (holding, rubbing, tossing, grabbing, squeezing, etc.)

    What is “Micro Movements”?

    Micro Movements is a series of sound libraries that currently aim to achieve these goals:

    1. Affordable, low cost sound libraries that don’t sacrifice quality or usability.
    2. A collection of smaller sound libraries, particularly with niche use cases and recorded samples. This allows for an opportunity to fill smaller holes in the market and/or experiment without a large investment and high risk.
    3. Allow for more options that don’t require the purchase of a larger library to acquire the sounds you need and/or want.

     

SINGLE TOLL BELLS

'SINGLE TOLL BELLS' by SampleTraxx boasts a unique collection of 130 handcrafted sounds of single bell tolls. Categorized as Church Bells, Hand & Mallet Bells, and Abstract Design, it offers a spectrum of sounds from the classic and somber to the unconventional and imaginative.
 
  • SINGLE TOLL BELLS presents a rare gem in the sound effects market. A compact yet precious collection of 130 bell sound effects, meticulously organised into three folders.

    Church Bells: Experience the solemn resonance of single toll church bells, perfectly suited for poignant funeral scenes in movies, trailer campaigns and score.

    Hand and Mallet Bells: Discover pristine single toll bell sounds, showcasing warm overtones. These bells have been played with varying intensities using both hands and mallets to capture a range of dynamics overtones.

    Abstract Design: A dedicated folder of designed bell sound effects, broadening the creative possibilities for your projects.

    Single Toll Bells is a unique collection that is hard to find elsewhere. A must-have for every professional.

     

Chevy Corvette Stingray (C8)

'Chevy Corvette Stingray (C8)' by Watson Wu brings the iconic car to life with roaring engine and exhaust sounds. Recorded from 7 microphones inside and outside the vehicle, it offers an immersive experience, capturing cabin noise and engine details, as well as tracking the car with stereo options.
 
  • Car Sound Effects Chevy Corvette Stingray (C8) Play Track 192 sounds included, 559 mins total $159

    Specification: C8 Stingray model, V8, 495 horse power, 6.2 liter, Flowmaster Cat Back Exhausts
    Onboard perspective sounds are from 7 separate microphones.
    Cabin Left, Cabin Right, Engine Center, Engine Left, Engine Right,
    Exhaust Left and Exhaust Right
    External perspective sounds are from a MS (mid side) stereo mic, tracking the moving car.
    Sound Designers and Editors can use mid from MS if mono is needed.

Fallow Deer

'Fallow Deer' by Peter Smith captures the intensity of the fallow deer rut. It features the stags' low growls, bellows, and antler clashes as they compete for mates at night. Some sounds were captured from close range, and the metadata makes for easy searching.
 
  • Fallow Deer is a collection of recordings taken during the amazing spectacle that is the fallow deer rut. The library includes  the strange low frequency grunting, bellowing and dramatic antler clashes as the male deer fight to compete for mating rights. Many of the recordings were made at night and being in a hide surrounded by around 40 aggressive males in the pitch dark was a breathtaking experience I will never forget.

    Please listen to the demo and look at the metadata PDF below to get a sense of what type of recordings are included.

    The library includes detailed metadata and is UCS compliant

    • Recorders used: Sound Devices 633, Sound Devices MixPre 6ii, Sony D100, Sony M10
    • Microphones used: Sennheiser MKH 8040, Sennheiser MKH30, Sony D100 onboard, DPA4060, Clippy EM172
Mercedes Benz E Class W123 1975

'Mercedes Benz E Class W123 1975' by Krampfstadt Studio features an executive car recorded at an impressive 32bit/192kHz quality. It features both the interior and exterior with door slams, mechanical clangs, and electrical hums.
 
  • All files are recorded 32bit, 192 kHz, with Shure KSM 137, Line AudioOmni1, FEL Clippy XLR EM272, Sonorous Objects SO.3 and JrF C-Series Pro+ microphones, Sound Devices MixPre-6 II & Zoom F3 recorders. Library contains wav files of driving, interior and exterior foley, mechanical and electrical sounds. It is also available in UCS.



    Recording Mercedes Benz W123 1975 executive car


Micro Movements: Shakes and Rattles

'Micro Movements: Shakes and Rattles' by Experimental Samples provides 300 tiny shaking and rattling sounds from everyday objects like pills and coffee beans in containers. Get a variety of shakes, rattles, and rotations at different intensities.
 
  • Micro Movements: Shakes & Rattles is a simple capturing of smaller shaking and rattling sounds using tiny objects inside small containers.

    Perfect for use in foley, percussive elements in music, and sound design layers. Trimmed and non-destructively post processed to remove unwanted noise, these sounds are production ready to use out of the box.

    Key Features

    • Over 300+ sounds
    • Approximately 10+ minutes of audio
    • Separated into 12 WAV audio files
    • Recorded & delivered in 24bit/96kHz
    • UCS File Naming Compliant
    • Extensive Metadata Tagging

    Sounds:
    • One-Shot Shakes
    • Side to side rattles
    • Up and down shakes
    • Rotations
    • Varying degrees of gentle to aggressive force
    Containers Used:
    • Prescription Pill Bottle
    • Aluminum Candle Tin
    • Thin & Small Cardboard Box
    • Plastic Container
    Filling Used:
    • Coffee Beans
    • Rice
    • Coins
    • Pills

    What is “Micro Movements”?

    Micro Movements is a series of sound libraries that currently aim to achieve these goals:

    1. Affordable, low cost sound libraries that don’t sacrifice quality or usability.
    2. A collection of smaller sound libraries, particularly with niche use cases and recorded samples. This allows for an opportunity to fill smaller holes in the market and/or experiment without a large investment and high risk.
    3. Allow for more options that don’t require the purchase of a larger library to acquire the sounds you need and/or want.

     

Electrostatic Dissonance

'Electrostatic Dissonance' by Kpow Sounds offers a massive collection (over 1,200) of otherworldly sounds. Recorded with electromagnetic sensors, it features everything from static electricity to deep drones and space-like atmospheres - all meticulously tagged to deliver an eerie edge to your projects.
 
Car CitroenCactus (Interior)

'Car CitroenCactus (Interior)' by BoaSound captures the intricate sounds of the Citroen Cactus' interior. From opening doors and adjusting seats to the clicks of seatbelts and wiper whooshes, all actions are recorded in detail and at various intensities.
 
  • This library contains a variety of actions performed inside a Citroen Cactus including: open/close door, adjusting the seat, handbrake, seatbelt, wiper, etc.

    I performed each action with passion and attention to detail, making sure I included everything you’ll need. Each action has been repeated many times and performed at different intensities.

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Cloth

'Cloth' by BoaSound is your one-stop shop for clothing sound effects! It features everyday actions (walking, running, jumping) in 8 distinct fabrics (denim, bomber jackets, etc.) with several variations. You'll find the perfect clothing sounds to bring your project to life.
 
  • Every sound of clothes you need for a classic scene is in this library: walk, run, jump, fight, pat, rustle, etc. I used eight different types of material and recorded each action with a lot of detail and making sure I gave you a lot of variety.

    Clothing: Bomber jacket with zipper, Denim Shirt, Harrington jacket, Hawaiian shirt, Puffer jacket, Tuxedo, Windbreaker, Wool jacket

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Dead Space Vol. 2

'Dead Space Vol. 2' by Sun Sound Studio offers 24bit/96kHz sound effects for video, game, and movie creators. With a total runtime of 15 minutes and 41 seconds, this collection promises to inspire and add a new layer of sound design to your projects.
 
  • “Dead Space Vol. 2”Here it comes!
    This time we bring you 130 sound effects! It’s still a 96K, 24bit high-quality file!
    The total duration is 15 minutes and 41 seconds.
    These sounds will bring more inspiration and innovation to your videos, games, and movies. I hope it can bring you more surprises this time!
    Enjoy it!
Vinyl (SB110)

'Vinyl (SB110)' by Sound Brigade lets you dive into the world of wax! This collection offers everything from classic record crackles and pops to DJ scratches and record player button clicks, plus sounds of crate digging, record handling, and turntable operations.
 
  • VINYL LOOPS AND VINYL FOLEY FOR YOUR PROJECTS
    The SB110 VINYL Sound Effects Library is a collection of end of record vinyl loops, vinyl pops and clicks, record needle ups and downs, buttons from a modern record player and traditional console record player, record scratches and vinyl/record foley and movement perfect for any scene in need of practical record effects.

    A UNIQUE VINYL RECORD LIBRARY
    We started this library with a number of end of record loops perfect for adding authentic vinyl sounds to your music production or sound design, but didn’t stop there. We also recorded DJ-style record scratches, single record scratches perfect for comedic moments and a bunch of foley and handling movement — including crate digging, removing records from sleeves, sorting stacks of records, dropping records on the ground, placing records on a record player and more — perfect sounds to beef up any scene involving records. Also included are recordings of a modern turntable motor at 33 1/3 and 45 RPMs, as well as counterweight adjustment and button pushes on both a modern record player and traditional console record player. We hope you enjoy this unique library as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Drawers

'Drawers' by BoaSound is packed with meticulous recordings of drawer actions. It features 14 distinct drawer types and includes detailed variations like opening, closing, and sliding at different intensities. Each sound is carefully crafted for realism.
 
  • Foley Sound Effects Drawers Play Track 200 sounds included $9

    Drawers is a modern sound library containing very detailed and good-sounding recordings of 14 different types of drawers. I performed each action with passion and attention to detail, making sure I included everything you’ll need. Each action has been repeated many times and performed at different intensities.

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SFX Smorgasbord – 2019

'SFX Smorgasbord – 2019' by Alfa 18 Inc offers a quirky mix of 27 sounds (nearly 1 hour) recorded in 2019. It features unique elements like an 1890s elevator, New York City ambience, 70s synth drones, and even the sound of crunchy bread!
 
  • Bundles SFX Smorgasbord – 2019 Play Track 27 sounds included, 59 mins total $19.99

    A collection of sounds from the year 2019

    Some highlights from this collection include: An elevator from the 1890s, various recordings of New York City, drones made from a 1970s synth, and very crunchy bread sounds!

    Download includes the following:

    27 Audio Files / 1.19 Gb / 59 minutes
    24 bit / 48 kHz
    UCS Compliant Meta-data (with Artwork included)
    True Channel Integrity (Actual Mono/Stereo/Multi-Channel)
    QCed Editorial

Tufting Gun

'Tufting Gun' by Vadi Sound Library captures the sounds of electric tufting guns. It provides 182 sound effects (thuds, whirring, buzzing) in various lengths (continuous, intervals) and formats (stereo, mono) in 192/96kHz.
 
  • Foley Sound Effects Tufting Gun Play Track 182 sounds included $11.40

    Bringing you the distinctive sounds of electric tufting guns.

    With 60 files and 182 sounds, you will get rhythmic, repetitive thuds as the gun drives the tufts of yarn or fabric into the rug, and the whirring, buzzing and more.

    All organically recorded at 192 and 96kHz, in stereo and mono with a Sennheiser MKH8040 stereo pair, F3 and Tascam DR-40X. You’ll have long, short and medium durations, continuous and in intervals.

    Rich electronic and mechanical clunks and whirs accompanied by the occasional thuds, buzzing and whirring. The resulting spectrum is rich and allows for manipulation of the sounds for complex sound design.

    182 sounds / 100% royalty-free / comes with detailed naming / UCS compatible

    Find the true sound of it with Vadi Sound Library.

     

    Keywords

    Tufting, machine, gun, electric, cut, pile, loop, rug, carpet, yarn, fabric, whirring, buzzing, clunk, weaving, thud, click.

     

    What else you may need

    You may want to check out the new Pottery Workshop for 84 sounds of hums, scrapes, splashes, thuds and more. Our Mechanicals library is another option for 600+ sounds of mechanics, tools, Foley and equipment.

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THE WORLD’S EASIEST WAY TO GET INDEPENDENT SOUND EFFECTS:
 
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 $39.50

    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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  • Electricity Sound Effects A Fluorescent Bulb II Play Track 12+ sounds included, 37 mins total $25

    This library is a continuation of my first library A Fluorescent Bulb. This contains 6 more fluorescent light hums/buzzes with nice plinks and warming sounds. For each light there is at least 2 minutes up to 5 minutes of tone, and a second file with a manipulated light switch where you get multiple plinks and buzzes. The tone of this library is a bit higher pitch than the first 6 bulbs from the first library

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  • Game Audio Packs Mobile Game Play Track 578 sounds included, 30 mins total $42

    Inspired by app market hits like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush, we present to you Mobile Game – a truly fun and genuinely gameplay inspired sound effects library. Filled with a thorough selection of popular game ready audio assets, Mobile Game gives you sounds that you can quickly implement inside any game to give it a familiar “hit app” game feel.

    • Includes 578 files
    • All files in .Wav 96k 24bit
    • Plus game ready mp3 files
    • Inspired by today’s best App Games
    • Includes Soundminer metadata
    • 891.9 MB of samples

    Mobile Game features sounds such as:

    Bubbles • Building • Coins • Crafting • Mechanisms and Contraptions • Musical Stabs • Objective Completes • Pick Ups • Potions • Tonal Designed Organic fx • UI/Menu • Upgrades

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Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Presenting the most malfunctioning, dirty old gritty sounding engine failure library out there

    Featuring a staggering 81 files with numerous takes in most tracks, the Kaput sound effects library will cover the bases of almost any broken false starting engine scene one can imagine.

    I can honestly say, that finding the vehicles and tools for this library, has been among the most challenging I have come by. Old and broken cars and trucks are hard to come by these days. Most cars are obviously either driving and dont have start problems, and many of the rest just wont start at all.

    Just as rare are broken petrol powered tools, which usually fit the latter category of not working at all.

    Still, with amazing recording help from recordist Michal Fojcik Soundmind Poland, and just as amazing help from recordist Erik Watland from Norway, the Kaput sound effects library is featuring no less then

    24 different cars, trucks, moped and motorcycles

    1 boat engine

    A few weird sounding power generators and water pump motors

    Back firing exhausts

    Petrol powered garden tools, chain saws, and hedge trimmers

    Brutal construction machines

    From old eastern european trucks, vintage US V8 muscle trucks, classic scandinavian cars, and more modern diesel and petrol engines to funny sputtering dying petrol power tools.

    There is even a few more recording sessions planned, that just didn’t make the deadline for the first batch of sounds in this library (buying a copy of this first of sounds, will of course make any future sounds added to the library free of charge).

    KAPUT is 81 stereo and mono files, 96/24. 1,6 gb big, all UCS ready!

  • Hear the majesty of tropical seas from soothing surf, trickling water laps, and crashing wave sound effects.

  • ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOLEY FOR YOUR PROJECTS
    The SB111 ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOLEY Sound Effects Library is a collection of handling movements, grabs and sets, string noise, drags, impacts, strumming, fingerpicking, tuning, and the smashing and destroying of an acoustic guitar.

    A UNIQUE ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOLEY LIBRARY
    We’ve gone above and beyond just capturing the sounds of strumming and picking – we’ve recorded the nuances and details that make acoustic guitars so special. Like the subtle sounds of the guitar strap as it settles against your shoulder, string noise of fingers on the fretboard, the satisfying sound of the guitar being tuned, grabs and set downs, strings being clipped and even a full restringing sequence. Of course we’ve also included the playing of chords and riffs while strumming and fingerpicking – some played in tune and some out of tune. We did not forget to record your pick as it rattles around in the abyss of the guitar’s sound hole – and the satisfying sound of the guitar being smashed and destroyed. All the details you need to bring realism to your project.

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  • The Drawers & Cupboards SFX library is an essential collection for professionals seeking high-quality sound effects for their projects. This library features 63 meticulously recorded sounds of opening, closing, and rummaging through cupboards and drawers, making it perfect for game developers, animators, and filmmakers.

    This library offers a diverse range of sounds, including:

    • Opening and closing cupboard doors
    • Picking up glass bottles
    • Rummaging through various materials (glass, mixed materials, containers, plastic)
    • Metal and wooden drawers opening and closing
  • Car Sound Effects Broken Car Engine Play Track 5 sounds included, 28 mins total $27

    My car engine broke! As a result of making a huge costly mistake caused by accidentally skipping an oil change service from getting dates and miles mixed up (on top of being a higher milage car), my 2006 Volvo V50 T5’s engine starting making incredibly loud knocking, clicking and rattling sounds. Took it for one last drive before it was picked up by a junk yard, and recorded the process. I put a DPA 4061 and a Rode NT5 in the engine and drove it around the neighborhood, first on residential streets, then drove it harder on some faster streets (the engine was so loud you can’t hear any other cars in the recordings), abusing the manual mode for higher rpm recordings the whole time until it started overheating, smoking and dumping liquid (coolant I think? Oil? Both?). I Quickly took the DPA out because it was right near a section of the engine that was overheating, but I left the NT5 in. Satisfied with what I recorded but still a couple miles from home, after my car cooled a bit I continued to record my drive home, this time with the DPA inside the car to get an interior perspective (this drive is labeled “bonus drive” in the library).

    This library is just 5 files, totaling 27 minutes and 28 seconds, 24/96k, 956MB. Quality Soundminer metadata and UCS compliant. Recorded with a DPA 4061 and NT5 for starts, idles, off, revving, slow to moderate driving, harder faster driving, with lots of variation. One file is just the NT5 engine recording for an additional 5 and a half minute drive, and one is just the DPA for an interior perspective of that drive.

    I’ll miss that car a lot, but at least I got some great recordings out of it! I hope you find them useful.


   

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