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Here are some podcasts both new and long-running to help inspire in your work.

Meet the Sound Perspective Podcast with host Alfred Faber as he interviews director George Miller. Hear from Amos Miller about Microsoft’s Guide Dogs app which uses audio cues to help blind users navigate their cities. Composer Chase Bethea shares his lifelong love for games and game music. Live Sound Engineer Niclas Jeppsson gives his tips for being a calm, cool, and collected freelancer who can ride the waves of life. Voice Actors Victoria Atkin and Patricia Summersett talk about their upcoming projects and what they’ve learned from the industry. Soundgirls hosts a panel with Onnalee Blank, Karol Urban, Kate Finan, and April Tucker about working in television and film. And finally, hear Shuji Kohata’s talk from GDC about real-time processing for spatial audio and reverb in NieR:Automata.

Sound Perspective – Fury Road: From Storyboard to Soundtrack

Episode outline: ‘In this special episode I talked to the Oscar-winning director of the Mad Max franchise, George Miller, as well as many of the people behind the soundtrack of this visceral action film, including David White, Wayne Pashley, Derryn Pasquill, Mark Wasiutak and Andrew Miller. In this comprehensive look at a franchise, I discuss with them how George approaches sound in his his films, the extensive pre-production process of Fury Road, the difficulties of the production sound, creating sonic personalities for cars and how they translated George’s vision into a concrete soundtrack. This debut is not to be missed!’

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Assistive Technology Update – Ep 370: Microsoft’s Soundscape with Amos Miller

Episode outline: ‘Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.

In this interview, hear from Amos Miller, Microsoft’s Soundscape Product Lead, about the development of Guide Dogs app that help guide people with visual impairments navigate their cities.’

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we R1 you R2 Playstation Podcast – Game Sound Design & Audio Composition with Chase Bethea

Episode outline: ‘This week we look at the composition side of gaming with audio composer/sound designer Chase Bethea. We talk inspiration, his beginnings, favorite go to games, smashing a Gameboy, and contemplate the Game Award announcements with him. It’s a fantastic episode with a talent of the industry not to be missed!’

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Sound Design Live – How To Find Work And Become A Freelance Sound Engineer

Episode outline: ‘In this episode of Sound Design Live I talk with Niclas Jeppsson about how to find work and become a freelance sound engineer. We discuss the method he has used to successfully get work at recording studios and live music venues in London through authentic outreach and relationship building.’

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Latest releases:  
  • Environments Nature Essentials Play Track 139 sounds included, 220+ mins total $219

    THE COMPLETE NATURE AMBIENCE TOOLKIT
    NATURE ESSENTIALS is the first SFX library from a series of absolutely stunning nature recordings by Emmy-winner and nature recording genius Gordon Hempton. Hempton has searched the globe for more than three decades to record nature at its most pristine.

    INCLUDED SOUNDS – KEYWORDS:
    NATURE, WIND, THUNDER, RAIN, INSECTS, SURF, TROPICAL FORESTS, DECIDUOUS FORESTS, OCEAN SHORES, PRAIRIES, WETLANDS, CANYONS, DESERTS, MAMMAL, ESSENTIALS, BASICS, NATURAL, SOUNDSCAPES, WILDLIFE

    PREMIUM SELECTION OF NATURAL SOUNDSCAPES

    NATURE ESSENTIALS offers all the necessary ingredients to immediately produce stunning natural soundscapes. The sonic palette includes wind, rain, thunder, streams, surf and a wide selection of ambiences and wildlife vocalizations. These sound files are unmixed so you can confidently present actual places or creatively mix something uniquely yours.

    USEFUL CATEGORIES AND GUIDES

    In addition, these files are embedded with metadata offering geographic location, the bird species or animals that are heard, plus advice on how to use a particular sound to achieve best results.

    This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.

    Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
    Add to cart
  • The scary and creepy creature sounds you`ve been looking for your projects.

    Dark Creature Sounds is a creature sound effects library created following the highest standard to provide the maximum quality. The perfect sounds for your game, film or media project.

    Includes a variety of roars, groans, hisses, grunts, warning, screeches, throat, breaths, hurt and death sounds from monsters, golems, zombies, dragons, dinosaurs, devils, cyborgs, mutants and other world creatures.

    Ready to use and royalty free sounds.

    TECHNICAL INFO:
    • Number of files: 116
    • Format: WAV 192kHz/24Bit Stereo
    • Includes Metadata

    Add to cart
  • Environments Tick Tock Play Track 25+ sounds included, 25 mins total $26

    Tick Tock contains a wide range of loopable clock ticking sounds, meticulously crafted from recordings of antique clocks, machines, victorian equipment, the human body, and household items by our award-winning Sound Designers.

    These sounds are perfect for adding unique clock effects to your library and projects.  All effects were recorded in 24Bit 96kHz, allowing for further sonic manipulation.

    If you’re tired of using the same, mundane clock sounds, then this library is for you! Tick Tock is ideal for use in Film, TV and Game projects, and will make a perfect addition to your sound design arsenal.

    Add to cart
  • Environments Riparian Zones Play Track 132 sounds included, 720+ mins total $219

    WATER CLOTHED IN VEGETATION – A UNIQUE ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT
    RIPARIAN ZONES are one of the 15 terrestrial biomes that characterize the Earth’s thin green mantle. They border streams and rivers. These soundscapes are characteristically diverse and rich with reflections, providing wonderful opportunities for sound designers to attract audience attention as well as take them on a sonic journey.

    WHAT’S INSIDE

    INCLUDED SOUNDS – KEYWORDS

    RIPARIAN ZONES, NATURE, RIVERS, RIVERSIDES, BIRDS, BIRDSONGS, STREAMS, FROGS, FLOWING, WATER, INSECTS, THUNDERSTORMS, CRICKETS, BABBLING, WATERFALLS, RUSH, CALLS, GURGLE, TRICKLING, ROLLING, SPLASHY, DROPS, DRIPS, TERRESTRIAL, BIOMES, REFLECTIONS, WILDLIFE, AMBIENCES, ATMOSPHERE

    SONIC DIVERSITY – INCREDIBLE RECORDING QUALITY

    Increased available water at the edges of streams and rivers allows for plentiful plant growth, resulting in added food and shelter, which, in turn, increases wildlife diversity and translates into greater sonic diversity. An added plus is higher humidity. Humid atmospheres are more elastic than arid atmospheres and therefore propagate sound faster and more clearly to your microphones, resulting in excellent sound quality.

    EXCEPTIONAL REVERBERATION

    From a sound designer’s perspective, these lush and varied locales also often feature a unique tubular echo due to overhanging vegetation and the landforms cut by the flowing waters. Factor in the much higher biodiversity than in adjoining habitats and you can generally count on mesmerizing soundscapes that will delight your audiences.

    This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.

    Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
    Add to cart
  • Environments The Complete Quiet Planet Play Track 1000 | 2250+ sounds included, 2700+ | 6360+ mins total From: $1,249

    EARTH’S MOST BEAUTIFUL & NATURAL SOUNDS – ALL IN ONE PACK
    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® is one of the most extensive and meticulously recorded HD nature ambience sound libraries on the planet. It contains all our 17 QUIET PLANET® sound packs recorded all over the globe by Emmy-winner and recording genius Gordon Hempton – The Soundtracker®. This bundle will be an invaluable addition to your daily sound design resources as it is THE perfect toolkit for sound designers that appreciate absolutely magnificent and realistic ambience sounds for a professional production environment.

    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® is available in two editions:
    COMPLETE STEREO & COMPLETE BASICS


    WHAT’S INSIDE

    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – STEREO

    THE LAST NATURE AMBIENCE LIBRARY YOU WILL BUY

    High quality nature and ambience sound effects are a real treasure when it comes to designing the backround ambience of a movie or game scene. If you’re looking for such sounds, you’ve just found the Holy Grail. With this package you’re ready for the next sound design decades.


    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – STEREO

    Contains all 17 stereo packs of our QUIET PLANET® nature series. You will have full access to the unique spectrum of these vivid regions with all their depth. It will definitely enrich your portfolio!

    TECH SPECS:

      Files: 2294
      Total Length: 106+ H
      Size: 108+ GB
      Format: WAV – 24bit – 48kHz / Windows + Mac


    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – BASICS

    1000 SELECTED SOUND FILES FROM ALL OVER PLANET EARTH

    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – BASICS features a thorough collection of 1000 stereo files from all 17 QUIET PLANET® nature packs.

    TECH SPECS:

      Files: 1007
      Total Length: 45+ H
      Size: 40+ GB
      Format: WAV – 24bit – 48kHz / Windows + Mac

    Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.


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The Sound Architect UK – Ep S2E1: Victoria Atkin & Patricia Summersett

Episode outline: ‘That’s right our podcast is back! As we’ve had so many episodes over the years, it’s time for a bit of a reboot, so we’re introducing The Sound Architect Podcast Season 2! In our first episode, Sam Hughes chats with Victoria Atkin and Patricia Summersett about the Video Games Awards, their approaches to learning and growing professionally, as well as their new and upcoming projects! This episode is definitely a great episode to kick off the new new season with so well worth a listen!’

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Tonebenders Podcast – Ep 87: SoundGirlsOrg: Career Paths in Audio Post-Production

Episode outline: ‘In this episode we are re-broadcasting the “Career Paths in Film and TV” panel hosted by Soundgirls.org. The panel features Onnalee Blank (Re-Recording: Mixer Game of Thrones, If Beale Street Could Talk), Karol Urban (Re-Recording Mixer: Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl), Kate Finan (Supervising sound editor: Future-Worm!, Muppet Babies) and April Tucker (Re-recording Mixer: The Bachelor, Alt-Right: Age of Rage). They talk about the work they do and how they got there.’

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GDC – An Interactive Sound Dystopia: Real-Time Audio Processing in NieR:Automata

Episode outline: ‘In this 2018 GDC talk, PlatinumGames’ Shuji Kohata explains the spatial audio techniques used in NieR:Automata’s desolate landscapes and natural environments and the noise and retro effects used to augment its mechanical themes.’

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  • Animals & Creatures Animal Hyperrealism Vol II Play Track Over 2000 sounds included $170

    Animal Hyperrealism Vol II is a library containing sounds themed animal vocalisations, from real to designed creatures totaling more than 2000 individual sounds in 283 files.

    The sounds were partly recorded with animals trained for media production, partly recorded in zoos and wildlife centers. The asset list includes but is not limited to: amur leopards, bottlenose dolphins, californian sealions, pacific walruses, red ruffed lemurs, owls, parrots, dwarf little fruit bats, hamsters, guinea pigs and many more.

    The content has been recorded at 192KHz with a Sanken CO100K plus a Sennheiser 8050 for center image and a couple of Sennheiser MKH8040 for stereo image.
    A special section of the library features samples recorded at 384KHz. For these sounds an additional microphone was employed, specifically the CMPA by Avisoft-Bioacoustics which records up to 200 KHz. This microphone was actually used to record most of the library but the 384KHz format was preserved only where energy was found beyond 96KHz not to occupy unnecessary disk space.
    All files are delivered as stereo bounce of these for mics, though in some instances an additional couple of CO100K was added to the sides.
    The resulting ultrasonic spectrum is rich and allows for truly extreme manipulation of the content.

    Bonus: Two extra libraries included for free:
    This library also includes two additional releases from Mattia Cellotto - for free: Crunch Mode delivers 230 crunchy sounds made with a variety of vegetables, fresh bread, pizza crust and a selection of frozen goods. The Borax Experiment gets you 158 squishy, gory, slimy and gooey sounds.
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  • City Life Shanghai Ambiences Play Track 65 sounds included, 199 mins total $79

    Shanghai is a fascinating and lively city, full of contrast – a mixture of old and new, with towering skyscrapers looming over winding residential lanes, with streets full of rattling old bicycles and electric scooters, with noisy trucks rolling alongside almost silent electric cars.

    The elevated highways that cross the city give certain areas a dense, constant rumble, while the city’s many parks offer a range of sounds, full of people and activity during the day, and generally quite empty at night – offering a diffuse, distant sonic perspective of the environment.

    This library contains many of the everyday sounds of the city, with a variety of on and off-street recordings, interior and exterior walla, park and bird atmospheres, restaurant interiors, traffic, and even a range of metro recordings. While some of this library’s sounds are quite specific to Shanghai, the majority could be used in other large city environments, particularly in but not limited to those cities where Mandarin is the most common language.

    All recordings were made with a pair of Lewitt LCT 540s microphones in an ORTF configuration. These microphones have extremely low self noise and a wide, balanced frequency response, allowing for the detailed capture of a range of sounds, from distant and quiet to close, loud and chaotic, from the deep rumble of engines to the supersonic screeching of brakes. Recorded at a sampling rate of 96kHz, these recordings contain detailed information above 20kHz, expanding the possibilities for sound manipulation by slowing and pitching down the recordings.

    Add to cart
  • Need sound effects for your explainer videos? The EXPLNR sounds series is a collection of sfx libraries designed and produced with the classic 2d animated explainer video in mind. These sounds will give quick and useful coverage to the common moves used in this style.

    Vol 1 is an excellent all-around base library that includes whooshes, clicks, pops, swells, ratchets, slides, rips, drags, flicks, crumples, and dings – all custom designed with the playfulness and clean edges required to match the explainer video style.

    To help cover repetitive visual movements, multiple iterations of each sound are included. A host of designed sounds will quickly cover more complex movements.

    The next time you have an explainer video in the house, you know your starting point.

    Add to cart
 
Explore the full, unique collection here

Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Environments Nature Essentials Play Track 139 sounds included, 220+ mins total $219

    THE COMPLETE NATURE AMBIENCE TOOLKIT
    NATURE ESSENTIALS is the first SFX library from a series of absolutely stunning nature recordings by Emmy-winner and nature recording genius Gordon Hempton. Hempton has searched the globe for more than three decades to record nature at its most pristine.

    INCLUDED SOUNDS – KEYWORDS:
    NATURE, WIND, THUNDER, RAIN, INSECTS, SURF, TROPICAL FORESTS, DECIDUOUS FORESTS, OCEAN SHORES, PRAIRIES, WETLANDS, CANYONS, DESERTS, MAMMAL, ESSENTIALS, BASICS, NATURAL, SOUNDSCAPES, WILDLIFE

    PREMIUM SELECTION OF NATURAL SOUNDSCAPES

    NATURE ESSENTIALS offers all the necessary ingredients to immediately produce stunning natural soundscapes. The sonic palette includes wind, rain, thunder, streams, surf and a wide selection of ambiences and wildlife vocalizations. These sound files are unmixed so you can confidently present actual places or creatively mix something uniquely yours.

    USEFUL CATEGORIES AND GUIDES

    In addition, these files are embedded with metadata offering geographic location, the bird species or animals that are heard, plus advice on how to use a particular sound to achieve best results.

    This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.

    Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
  • The scary and creepy creature sounds you`ve been looking for your projects.

    Dark Creature Sounds is a creature sound effects library created following the highest standard to provide the maximum quality. The perfect sounds for your game, film or media project.

    Includes a variety of roars, groans, hisses, grunts, warning, screeches, throat, breaths, hurt and death sounds from monsters, golems, zombies, dragons, dinosaurs, devils, cyborgs, mutants and other world creatures.

    Ready to use and royalty free sounds.

    TECHNICAL INFO:
    • Number of files: 116
    • Format: WAV 192kHz/24Bit Stereo
    • Includes Metadata

  • Environments Tick Tock Play Track 25+ sounds included, 25 mins total $26

    Tick Tock contains a wide range of loopable clock ticking sounds, meticulously crafted from recordings of antique clocks, machines, victorian equipment, the human body, and household items by our award-winning Sound Designers.

    These sounds are perfect for adding unique clock effects to your library and projects.  All effects were recorded in 24Bit 96kHz, allowing for further sonic manipulation.

    If you’re tired of using the same, mundane clock sounds, then this library is for you! Tick Tock is ideal for use in Film, TV and Game projects, and will make a perfect addition to your sound design arsenal.

  • Environments Riparian Zones Play Track 132 sounds included, 720+ mins total $219

    WATER CLOTHED IN VEGETATION – A UNIQUE ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT
    RIPARIAN ZONES are one of the 15 terrestrial biomes that characterize the Earth’s thin green mantle. They border streams and rivers. These soundscapes are characteristically diverse and rich with reflections, providing wonderful opportunities for sound designers to attract audience attention as well as take them on a sonic journey.

    WHAT’S INSIDE

    INCLUDED SOUNDS – KEYWORDS

    RIPARIAN ZONES, NATURE, RIVERS, RIVERSIDES, BIRDS, BIRDSONGS, STREAMS, FROGS, FLOWING, WATER, INSECTS, THUNDERSTORMS, CRICKETS, BABBLING, WATERFALLS, RUSH, CALLS, GURGLE, TRICKLING, ROLLING, SPLASHY, DROPS, DRIPS, TERRESTRIAL, BIOMES, REFLECTIONS, WILDLIFE, AMBIENCES, ATMOSPHERE

    SONIC DIVERSITY – INCREDIBLE RECORDING QUALITY

    Increased available water at the edges of streams and rivers allows for plentiful plant growth, resulting in added food and shelter, which, in turn, increases wildlife diversity and translates into greater sonic diversity. An added plus is higher humidity. Humid atmospheres are more elastic than arid atmospheres and therefore propagate sound faster and more clearly to your microphones, resulting in excellent sound quality.

    EXCEPTIONAL REVERBERATION

    From a sound designer’s perspective, these lush and varied locales also often feature a unique tubular echo due to overhanging vegetation and the landforms cut by the flowing waters. Factor in the much higher biodiversity than in adjoining habitats and you can generally count on mesmerizing soundscapes that will delight your audiences.

    This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.

    Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
  • Environments The Complete Quiet Planet Play Track 1000 | 2250+ sounds included, 2700+ | 6360+ mins total From: $1,249

    EARTH’S MOST BEAUTIFUL & NATURAL SOUNDS – ALL IN ONE PACK
    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® is one of the most extensive and meticulously recorded HD nature ambience sound libraries on the planet. It contains all our 17 QUIET PLANET® sound packs recorded all over the globe by Emmy-winner and recording genius Gordon Hempton – The Soundtracker®. This bundle will be an invaluable addition to your daily sound design resources as it is THE perfect toolkit for sound designers that appreciate absolutely magnificent and realistic ambience sounds for a professional production environment.

    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® is available in two editions:
    COMPLETE STEREO & COMPLETE BASICS


    WHAT’S INSIDE

    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – STEREO

    THE LAST NATURE AMBIENCE LIBRARY YOU WILL BUY

    High quality nature and ambience sound effects are a real treasure when it comes to designing the backround ambience of a movie or game scene. If you’re looking for such sounds, you’ve just found the Holy Grail. With this package you’re ready for the next sound design decades.


    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – STEREO

    Contains all 17 stereo packs of our QUIET PLANET® nature series. You will have full access to the unique spectrum of these vivid regions with all their depth. It will definitely enrich your portfolio!

    TECH SPECS:

      Files: 2294
      Total Length: 106+ H
      Size: 108+ GB
      Format: WAV – 24bit – 48kHz / Windows + Mac


    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – BASICS

    1000 SELECTED SOUND FILES FROM ALL OVER PLANET EARTH

    THE COMPLETE QUIET PLANET® – BASICS features a thorough collection of 1000 stereo files from all 17 QUIET PLANET® nature packs.

    TECH SPECS:

      Files: 1007
      Total Length: 45+ H
      Size: 40+ GB
      Format: WAV – 24bit – 48kHz / Windows + Mac

    Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
 
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