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The team at Boom Library, known for their excellent sound effects libraries, recently released two plugins: Turbine and Enforcer. Anne-Sophie Mongeau caught up with Boom's Axel Rohrbach for the full story on how they were created, why they're getting into creating plugins - and what makes the plugins so special:
Interview by Anne-Sophie Mongeau
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Hi! Thanks for doing this interview with us. First could you introduce Boom and your products?

We started Boom Library in 2010 mostly because we needed some more content for our own daily work. At that time we missed similar variations of the same, especially when working on games, but also to be more flexible for sound design in other media. We missed some raw recordings as well that are similar to things you would get from your own field recordings in order to be able to create unique sound effects. Most of the other vendors at that time applied more or less preprocessing that limits the usage possibility and the value over time. On the other hand we wanted to offer quite the opposite, basically the sounds we were thinking of when went out to record. That is where the whole “Construction Kit” vs. “Designed” collections come from.
 

Boom is known for high quality, versatile and original sound effects libraries. Where did the decision to develop plugins come from?

Plug-ins just give us the chance to widen the possibilities

I am very glad our work is being perceived like that. We are constantly trying to improve all disciplines all the time. Even though we love working with good recordings, there are some limitations with that. Plug-ins just give us the chance to widen the possibilities. There are only a few plug-in creators that really come from the sound effects / post pro business, most are music oriented. Even though these plug-ins are super helpful and a main part of sound designers tools, I feel we can fill a little gap here. Of course we would love to see our plug-ins being used by musicians as well – that also happens with our recorded sound effect libraries – however we always start a concept considering our own needs as sound designers.
 

You have now released 2 plugins, Turbine and Enforcer, can you summarise what both of them are about? What are their respective main uses as well as greatest strengths?

These two are in fact extremely different in all aspects. The Turbine simulates Turbofan and Turbojet engines plus some more but was never intended to be used for airplanes or devices using turbines only. We see it as a more flexible tool compared to the use of pre-recorded turbines with timing and movement backed into the recording. In our opinion it is a tool helpful for sci-fi engines and spaceships, robotic movements, servos of small and big machinery or even to create whooshes.

Enforcer is a timesaver and that frees up time to be more creative and productive

The Enforcer on the other hand is a tool that should help on a task many of us do manually a lot I guess: adding clean punch without messing up the frequencies, especially in the low end. Of course there are some other specials to it, but in general it is a timesaver and that frees up time to be more creative and productive.
 

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In Turbine, the presets are quite an important part of the design process, can you tell us more about how to navigate them and work with them?

The presets should be seen as a starting point. If it is about airplanes, you can pick a presets that either is exactly the plane you need or most similar. Or of course use a totally different plane if it matches the wanted emotions / intensity better. So lets say you have a A-10 Thunderbolt (aka Warthog) in your pictures, navigate to Military, Fighter and load the A-10 Thunderbolt II preset. In the presets menu you will always find a description on the lower right including basic information about the device like max speed and hints concerning the sonic character plus some tips and tricks about the usage.

There is more to the presets menu, but this would most likely be overkill for that interview. One thing however might be interesting: you can also only load the simulation parameters of a plane. That mostly includes the sonic behavior of a plane over distance, such as how tonal a fly by is. In reality that differs a lot, the A-10 Thunderbolt for example has a very distinctive howling sound when passing. You can apply that to other presets when loading the simulation only.

We created tutorials for all the different parts of the turbine. For the presets, check out this one:

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On a practical perspective, you can play with Turbine’s settings within your DAW with the help of automations as well as with your mouse wheel. Is it possible to map them to a midi controller for more flexibility?

We strongly recommend to use automation instead either the mouse or MIDI

We strongly recommend to use automation instead either the mouse or MIDI. Automation in current DAWs is 64-bit, the mouse resolution in DPI on the GUI is much lower, even worse with MIDI having only 127 steps. This lower resolution will result in tonal steps you can clearly hear. Under the hood for example the Thrust lever has 100.000 steps which you simply can not reproduce with the mouse or MIDI, but using automation you can. So even though it might be fun to use with MIDI, we do not offer direct MIDI integration by purpose. What however is possible with all DAWs I know is to map automation to MIDI controllers. You will still have these steps when using it, but after you record this data to automation and smooth out the 127 steps (ProTools for examples does that automatically) the sonic result during playback is once again step free.

Turbine and Enforcer + more popular releases from BOOM Library:

Learn more about the two new releases from BOOM – and explore their popular sound effects libraries too:

 
  • ENFORCER, a bass plug-in that adds irresistible punch, powerful body and a rigorous low-end bass impulse to your samples.
    You can heavily beef up sounds or add only a hint of weight. You can use it as a kick-drum synth, exchange kick drum tails and tune them easily using semitones or you can completely exchange given source sounds.
    ENFORCER – A scalpel for punch with unmatched precision.

    WHAT IS ENFORCER?
    Ever wasted your time adding sub sweeteners to every single shot of a fully automatic weapon? Ever got stuck layering a kick drum with controllable and tunable low-end or enhance live drums with well defined punch? Having a hard time adding steady weight to every single footstep? Look no further, Enforcer is the Swiss Army Knife for punch, low-end, sub power, kick… you name it.

    KEY FEATURES:

    • Add power and punch to your mix
    • Triggered by source audio material – no need to manually synch it to your tracks
    • Trigger can be adjusted with surgical precision – enforce exactly and only what you want
    • Tune kick drums and snares using semitones
    • Duck source frequencies for an absolutely clean & professional mix
    • Easy-to-use bass plug-in


    Updated to version 1.1, which features:

    • A highly requested Midi-mode
    • Phase invert
    • Link hi and lo pitch
    • 15 new presents

    Please note:

    • ENFORCER is a software plugin (VST, AU, AAX) for Windows & Mac. It requires an audio host software, and does not work as a standalone application.
    • ENFORCER works with the most common audio host software apps that support VST 2.4, AU or AAX plugins, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools (11+), Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, Reaper.
     
    iLok is an industry standard that we use to manage our BOOM Interactive software licenses (Please note: iLok is NOT required to work with our regular BOOM Library Sound FX packs). For ENFORCER, there are two different types of iLok protection available:

    MACHINE LICENSE: This activation option is FREE. You can deposit the software license on the computer where you’re running the software. You don’t need an additional iLok USB device. All you need is a valid account on www.ilok.com and the free iLok license manager software.

    USB-DONGLE: If you already own a 2nd generation or newer portable iLok USB device, you can deposit the license on the device instead of your computer. Please note that a lot of software plug in creators use the iLok system, so if you already own a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device, you don’t need to purchase another one and if you purchase an iLok USB device now you can use it with software from other manufacturers (one iLok to rule them all).

    An iLok device can be purchased directly at ilok.com or – if you want to purchase from outside the USA – here. Additionally, you can get an iLok device from the most music or audio software retailers.

    Add to cart
  • TURBINE is a revolutionary sound design plug-in that gives you access to a wide range of authentic virtual engines based on their real-world counterparts. Over the last 4 years of intense research and development we shaped this breakthrough software tool that revolutionizes the way we do sound design. TURBINE is here to blow your mind and to simplify your work in so many ways.

    You can change and automate all parameters in real-time, giving you full control over the final result.

    Key features:

    • Control Engines in Real-Time
    • Create realistic Flight Paths and Fly-bys in seconds
    • More than 50 versatile Presets
    Go Far Beyond Engine Sounds and Use Turbine for:

    Whooshes, pressure releases, robotics, sirens, musical fx, sci-fi elements, futuristic engines, home appliances, electric tools, flame bursts and more
    Please note:

    • TURBINE is a software plugin (VST, AU, AAX) for Windows & Mac. It requires an audio host software, and does not work as a standalone application.
    • TURBINE works with the most common audio host software apps that support VST 2.4, AU or AAX plugins, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools (11+), Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, Reaper.
     
    iLok is an industry standard that we use to manage our BOOM Interactive software licenses (Please note: iLok is NOT required to work with our regular BOOM Library Sound FX packs). For our clients, the iLok system consists of two components:

    1. A free license management software
    2. A portable USB device that must be purchased separately. Please note that a lot of software plug in creators use the iLok system, so if you already own a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device, you don’t need to purchase another one and if you purchase an iLok USB device now you can use it with software from other manufacturers (one iLok to rule them all).

    An iLok device can be purchased directly at ilok.com or – if you want to purchase from outside the USA – here. Additionally, you can get an iLok device from the most music or audio software retailers.


    A 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device must be plugged into your workstation to run our TURBINE software. Without a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok device, the TURBINE software will not load. This applies to both editions, the free trial and the full version. When plugged into your workstation, our software will recognize your license and you can work with it.
    Add to cart
 

More popular SFX libraries from BOOM:

  • Destruction & Impact CLOSE COMBAT Play Track 400-2400+ sounds included From: $119

    Our CLOSE COMBAT SFX library is definitely the place to go when you‘re in need of flying fists, roundhouse kicks and general hard-hitting combat action.
     
    CLOSE COMBAT Close comes in two variations:

    Designed, featuring 400+ SFX in 100+ 96kHz files. Delivers pre-designed, ready-to-use fight sounds

    Construction Kit with 2400+ SFX in 400+ 192kHz files. Gets you a huge arsenal of raw punches, kicks, clothes, whooshes, slaps, bone breaks and more to build from.

    You can also get them both together in the Close Combat Bundle – and save 20%!

  • Electricity MAGIC Play Track 2.300+ sounds included From: $119

    Want the ultimate collection of Magic Sound Effects?

    Here you go! Pick your version below:

    MAGIC - DESIGNED:
    A powerful collection of ready-made, designed magic sounds, divded into categories like fire, ice, water, acid, electricity, healing and more. A total of 450 ready-to-use Magic sound effects are included!

    This pack features 130+ files and 450 magic sound effects (full tracklist (PDF))


     

    MAGIC - CONSTRUCTION KIT:
    Design your own magic sounds, from the more than 2300 sounds included in this bundle. It features a huge selection of sound elements like zzling, sparkling, explosions, fire whooshes, water splashes, ice crackles, bubbles, chimes, humming, wobbling, squeaks, choirs, drones and more to build from.

    This pack features 430+ files and 2300+ magic sound effects (full tracklist (PDF))


     

    MAGIC - BUNDLE:
    The ultimate collection of magic sounds, featuring BOTH the DESIGNED and CONSTRUCTION KIT versions. This gives you access to a fantastic selection of ready-made magic sounds + a wealth of sound components so you can design and sweeten your own magic sounds. Unleash some truly magical sound design with this strong bundle – and save money in the process.

    This pack features 570+ files and 2700+ magic sound effects!

  • Destruction & Impact Cinematic Horror Play Track 500-1700+ sounds included From: $119

    This downright terrifying collection of horror sound effects – co-produced by Hollywood horror master Richard Adrian (The Hills Have Eyes, Gothika, Thir13en Ghosts, Ghost Ship, House Of Wax, Haunted Hill, Mirrors etc) – is available in three different versions:

    CINEMATIC HORROR – DESIGNED:

    cinematic horror sound effects - designedWant an easy, high-quality solution for horror sound effects? You have a tight schedule and need to meet a bloody deadline by tomorrow? That calls for our CINEMATIC HORROR – DESIGNED collection: a handy pack full of pre-designed, ready-to-use SFX that crawl and slither into your projects, ready to scare the audience with precision. There are booms, drones, hits, shockers, stingers, stutters, whooshes and further nightmares, including screams and screeches, distortion, whispers, echoes, metal squeaks and other haunting sounds. No need to fear short-term inquiries anymore – this library will fix your needs in an instant.

    The CINEMATIC HORROR DESIGNED offers you a great selection of more than 4 GB high quality SFX, brought to you in more than 100 single files. Each file contains 4 versions to ensure flexibility and alternation. All of it recorded and produced in 96 kHz and 24-bit by horror expert Richard Adrian and our devoted sound designers. The library also comes with key word search and well-grounded Soundminer metadata.


    Key features:
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • Extremes, hits, drones, shockers, stingers, stutters, whooshes & more
    • 500+ HD SFX in 100+ files
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    CINEMATIC HORROR – CONSTRUCTION KIT:

    cinematic horror sound effects construction kitThis frightful collection not only creeps up your spine, but clasps your whole body. Symptoms such as cold skin, anxiety, dizziness, shivering, paleness and increased heart rate may occur, indicating the degree of sonic impact this library entails. The CINEMATIC HORROR CONSTRUCTION KIT is not for the sensitive nature, but for those who dare to play the complex facets of primeval fear. If you want to create something unique – the next terrifying attack, an evil twist, a horrifying moment of pure despair – this library should be your tool kit.

    A glance at the content list of the CINEMATIC HORROR CONSTRUCTION KIT suggests a dreadful future: ambients, drones (organic and synthetic), human sounds, impacts (e.g. guitar distortion, creepy clangs, smacks and thunks), metal impacts, metal squeaks and scrapes, rises, instruments (e.g. piano, violin, wine glass), metal scrapes, metal squeak, vocals and vocal choirs (breaths, laughs, exhales, screams (male and female), wood creaks, groans and more – all ready to follow your wicked phantasies and effects.

    These SFX come with more than 12 GB of high-quality source recordings delivered in 96 kHz, 24-bit, giving you only the best quality for heavy editing, pitching, and FX processing while keeping a top notch level of clarity and precision. To provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible, all files contain extensive metadata. Balance and mix the sounds just as you like and expand the range of panic, fright and terror.


    Key features:
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • Scrapes, squeaks, creaks & groans, vocals & drones and so much more!
    • 270+ files, 1.200+ HD sound effects
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    CINEMATIC HORROR – BUNDLE:

    cinematic horror sound effectsGet BOTH versions above in one, sweet, terrifying bundle. It provides an unbeatable 12 GB arsenal of horror sounds that'll be a cornerstone for anything scary in your sound effects collection.

     
    Key features:
    • Gets you both Cinematic Horror – Designed and Construction Kit
    • 370+ files, 1.700+ sounds | 96kHz/24bit, WAV

  • Destruction & Impact Medieval Weapons Play Track 500-4500 sounds included From: $119

    Want the ultimate collection of medieval weapons?

    Here you go! Pick your version below:

    MEDIEVAL WEAPONS – DESIGNED:
    Get 400+ “ready to use” sound effects to unleash an epic medieval battle right out of the box. Pre-designed bone-crushing hammer impacts, deadly sword hits, wall-tearing catapult shots and much more will help you to build an incomparable medieval soundscape – Instantly. Impressive results in no time? The “designed“ collection is your best choice.

    This pack features 120+ files and 500+ sounds in 5 categories (full tracklist (PDF))

     

    MEDIEVAL WEAPONS – CONSTRUCTION KIT:
    Get ready for more than 4400 sound effects of Swords, Axes, Rapiers, Flails Sabres, Daggers, Arrows, Crossbows, Hammers, Catapults, Shields, Armor, Whooshes, Blood & Guts, delivered in top notch BOOM quality. Want to design some skull-breaking and orc-smashing epic battles? You need that one special heroic arrow shot? This collection is the right choice and provides the ultimate touch for your medieval scenario.
    This pack features 750+ files and 4.500+ sounds sounds in 6 categories (full tracklist (PDF))

     

    MEDIEVAL WEAPONS - BUNDLE:
    Medieval sound effectsWith this collection you won’t take no prisoners! Here you get BOTH the DESIGNED and CONSTRUCTION KIT versions above, for an armory filled with thousands of high quality source recordings to create any kind of medieval weapon sound.

    On top of that, you get the finest choice of deadly sound effects, pre-designed by our award-winning sound designers. And you save money. The bundle leaves nothing to be desired.

 

What about the UI design and the choices of parameters – how did you come up with them and decided that those features would best support design?

There are some obvious choices we did, like Thrust in percent or Burn to get on load and off load or even afterburner when the turbofan engine has one. The others are parameters we think are useful for both, re-creating real airplanes or going into full creative sound design. The most underrated parameter for example might be the MAX RPM on the turbine stages N1, N2 and N3. Going to extremes here (especially low values) create really non-turbine-sounding audio that are quite fun to experiment with. In the engine tutorial starting at 5:02 minutes you can get a quick idea how drastically this alters the sound:

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Can you tell us about the sounds – where are they from and what lies behind the real time processing we hear when playing with the various parameters?

I love to get this question and luckily I hear that a lot with mostly surprised reaction when the answer follows. This actually is exactly what we aimed for. There are no recordings, the whole installer download including the manual and Mac and PC installer is only 145 MB – no space for any good audio in that. There is a lot going on under the hood, including several FFT filters, generators, several on the spot calculated impulse responses and even three Lorenz attractors for more modulation deriving from the Chaos Theory. The Turbine is rather CPU heavy because a ton of information is getting processed and calculated on a sample accurate basis in realtime, for example the speed and position of the turbine in the simulator and similar things. Even though it is in fact a calculated audio output, the basis of the sound are real values of the corresponding real life turbine, such as how many stages does the engine have, how many blades per fan / compressor / turbine and so forth.
 

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Could you give a few examples in which Enforcer is best put to use?

The most important thing to know is that it only works on percussive material. The Enforcer is no subharmonic generator and also no replacement for such. It can not be used on sustained sounds to create low frequencies over time. It can be used on things where you need extremely fast (sample accurate) and clean material to support it, either by adding transients or low frequencies. Some examples for sound design are steps, body-drops, rifles either single or in full auto, explosions, door slams, trailer hits, car crashes, punches and so forth. I even added some short low end to a tiger roar on each rattle of the roar. In music it is helpful on all sort of percussions, for example adding thumb or kick to a bass drum or even replacing the sustain and tune it but keep the original transient. It works on snares, even high hats, on modern percussion and drums in all styles and even orchestral things, depending how obvious you mix it in it can be a subtle low end to widen the overall perceived frequency response or go full throttle and replace original content.
 

Can you share more details on how Enforcer works – how is the sound generated/how does it manage transients vs tails?

The most basic explanation is this: Enforcer is a kick drum generator which is triggered by the amplitude of an input signal. Obviously that is not the whole story, but definitely the easiest way to understand it. There is a synth with different waveforms, which are very carefully programmed and top notch. Especially for low frequencies it is very important to not have any sort of artifacts but a rather extremely clean and thus controllable sound. You can choose the length, the pitch envelope and the amplitude envelope, so basically again what you would do with a kick drum generator. Adding overtones based on time is possible as well to have a harsher sound for the transients or to add harmonics the deeper the sound goes to make it better translatable to smaller speakers. So that is is the sound generator.

Enforcer offers two ways to help avoid creating rumbling or phase issues in the low frequencies

The detector is key to the whole thing. It has a high and a low threshold. Every time the input signal rises above the high threshold, Enforcers triggers, but it will only trigger a second time once the input signal goes below the lower threshold. There is also frequency dependent way to set the detector more freely and more precise (you can for example only trigger on a kick drum within a full drum kit loop using that).

One thing that happens very quickly when adding bass to content is that you mess up the low frequencies, creating rumbling or phase issues. Enforcer offers two ways to help avoid that. One is a ducking, dependent on the time envelope of the created signal. So you can for example leave the transients of the original input through but duck after that by the gain you choose. The other option is the possibility to remove exactly the frequencies Enforcer produces from your input signal. You can set the intensity of that as well. You can even use both in combination, which helps a lot to embed Enforcer into diverse input signals and to clean up for even more punch and control.

What motivated the choices behind the UI design?

Good question. First thing is that even though Enforcer is a totally different thing compared to the Turbine we wanted to stay in a certain style. I like orange, it is a warm and rich color, kind of aggressive but not really annoying, so that is the color. The most important part is the detector, without setting this right nothing at all comes out of Enforcer. So we needed this to be in the focus all the time. Then we tried to go from left and high to right and low in the workflow we think the sound should setup Enforcer. But of course that is no must, you can start wherever you want or even simply load a preset…

The Enforcer UI – GUI and visuals by Jannic Böhme, programmed by Jan Obergfell-Bourmer

 

Do you recommend Enforcer as more of a processing and mixing plugin, or a mastering plugin?

At first we intended it to be used on single tracks. However I tried it on busses or even the master as well with great success. I guess this mainly depends on the content and the goal. On the master or on busses it helps to remove some rumbling on a sum, however it might be harder to find the right trigger spots, especially in dense mixes. On single tracks you have more control, but the ducking and filter only affect the selected channel. But since you can use the side chain to trigger Enforcer, you can also put it on a bus or master and trigger it with a different track that probably contains all the major hits you need to support. So this is really up to the user.
 

Is there any way to feed your own oscillator into Enforcer in order to create completely custom sounds, with the help of the Enforcer interface and features?

Not right now. But lets say this is not off the table for future updates ;-)
 

In both Turbine and Enforcer, is it possible to save your own presets?

In Turbine it is not possible for several reasons. But all parameters get saved within the host session. You can import that track to another session or create a host dependent preset, something that all hosts I know can do.

In Enforcer this is possible. There is a context menu using right click on the presets dropdown menu. You can save a preset file on your computer and exchange with others who can load the file using the same context menu.
 

Do you have any pro tips, advice or interesting sound design practices you can recommend for both Turbine and Enforcer?

Two little hints for the Turbine: rising the “Thrust” too quickly will always sound like vacuum cleaners. Mass / size needs some time to get to speed, an average start-up of an airplane turbofan engine takes about 40 seconds to only 60% thrust. The second thing is about the “Simulation”. On the left you will find the speed you are currently moving at (“VEL”). You can do whatever you want, but only expect realistic outcomes at reasonable speeds. Other than that: there are tons of useful information in the descriptions within the presets tab.

Enforcer can be very aggressive or extremely subtle

Enforcer can be very aggressive or extremely subtle. On footsteps for example you can only add a little bit of weight, mixing it in by only 10% or even less. Using it via side chain on a bus give you the freedom to avoid the same processing of the original track on Enforcer (then of course use 100% Mix). Check the output to avoid clipping unless you really want it to clip. Also use the A/B comparison to quickly save the current settings and go on using the other slot from there, so basically use it as quick save instead for comparison only.

For both reading the manual will be very helpful including some usage tips plus we try to get interesting tutorials with more tips and tricks and use cases on our Youtube channel.

Learn more about Turbine and Enforcer:

Visit the Turbine and Enforcer Youtube channels to explore the tutorials.
 

Enforcer and Turbine could certainly prove to be a very useful tools in interactive medium such as games, processing sounds at run time, any chance we’ll see that happen?

We are diving into this, yes. But this will not be available very soon. Especially the Turbine is very CPU heavy, using it in runtime will necessarily mean that we have to lower the internal processing features quite a bit and we will need a lot of time to figure out how to do this without bad / not believable sounding results and if this is possible at all with reasonable results or if we can find workarounds by probably using pre-rendered (sampled) parts.
 

What is next? Are there any other products we should be looking out for from Boom in the near future?

Absolutely! We are currently working on another library for the “Noisy Places” series plus something that we already started last year with some epic fire and water stuff ;-) Follow our newsletter to get a small set of monthly free sound effects, our Facebook page or on Twitter to stay up to date.
 

A big thanks to Axel Rohrbach for this in-depth interview!


Get the full versions of Turbine and Enforcer here:

 

  • ENFORCER, a bass plug-in that adds irresistible punch, powerful body and a rigorous low-end bass impulse to your samples.
    You can heavily beef up sounds or add only a hint of weight. You can use it as a kick-drum synth, exchange kick drum tails and tune them easily using semitones or you can completely exchange given source sounds.
    ENFORCER – A scalpel for punch with unmatched precision.

    WHAT IS ENFORCER?
    Ever wasted your time adding sub sweeteners to every single shot of a fully automatic weapon? Ever got stuck layering a kick drum with controllable and tunable low-end or enhance live drums with well defined punch? Having a hard time adding steady weight to every single footstep? Look no further, Enforcer is the Swiss Army Knife for punch, low-end, sub power, kick… you name it.

    KEY FEATURES:

    • Add power and punch to your mix
    • Triggered by source audio material – no need to manually synch it to your tracks
    • Trigger can be adjusted with surgical precision – enforce exactly and only what you want
    • Tune kick drums and snares using semitones
    • Duck source frequencies for an absolutely clean & professional mix
    • Easy-to-use bass plug-in


    Updated to version 1.1, which features:

    • A highly requested Midi-mode
    • Phase invert
    • Link hi and lo pitch
    • 15 new presents

    Please note:

    • ENFORCER is a software plugin (VST, AU, AAX) for Windows & Mac. It requires an audio host software, and does not work as a standalone application.
    • ENFORCER works with the most common audio host software apps that support VST 2.4, AU or AAX plugins, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools (11+), Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, Reaper.
     
    iLok is an industry standard that we use to manage our BOOM Interactive software licenses (Please note: iLok is NOT required to work with our regular BOOM Library Sound FX packs). For ENFORCER, there are two different types of iLok protection available:

    MACHINE LICENSE: This activation option is FREE. You can deposit the software license on the computer where you’re running the software. You don’t need an additional iLok USB device. All you need is a valid account on www.ilok.com and the free iLok license manager software.

    USB-DONGLE: If you already own a 2nd generation or newer portable iLok USB device, you can deposit the license on the device instead of your computer. Please note that a lot of software plug in creators use the iLok system, so if you already own a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device, you don’t need to purchase another one and if you purchase an iLok USB device now you can use it with software from other manufacturers (one iLok to rule them all).

    An iLok device can be purchased directly at ilok.com or – if you want to purchase from outside the USA – here. Additionally, you can get an iLok device from the most music or audio software retailers.

    Add to cart
  • TURBINE is a revolutionary sound design plug-in that gives you access to a wide range of authentic virtual engines based on their real-world counterparts. Over the last 4 years of intense research and development we shaped this breakthrough software tool that revolutionizes the way we do sound design. TURBINE is here to blow your mind and to simplify your work in so many ways.

    You can change and automate all parameters in real-time, giving you full control over the final result.

    Key features:

    • Control Engines in Real-Time
    • Create realistic Flight Paths and Fly-bys in seconds
    • More than 50 versatile Presets
    Go Far Beyond Engine Sounds and Use Turbine for:

    Whooshes, pressure releases, robotics, sirens, musical fx, sci-fi elements, futuristic engines, home appliances, electric tools, flame bursts and more
    Please note:

    • TURBINE is a software plugin (VST, AU, AAX) for Windows & Mac. It requires an audio host software, and does not work as a standalone application.
    • TURBINE works with the most common audio host software apps that support VST 2.4, AU or AAX plugins, such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools (11+), Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, Reaper.
     
    iLok is an industry standard that we use to manage our BOOM Interactive software licenses (Please note: iLok is NOT required to work with our regular BOOM Library Sound FX packs). For our clients, the iLok system consists of two components:

    1. A free license management software
    2. A portable USB device that must be purchased separately. Please note that a lot of software plug in creators use the iLok system, so if you already own a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device, you don’t need to purchase another one and if you purchase an iLok USB device now you can use it with software from other manufacturers (one iLok to rule them all).

    An iLok device can be purchased directly at ilok.com or – if you want to purchase from outside the USA – here. Additionally, you can get an iLok device from the most music or audio software retailers.


    A 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device must be plugged into your workstation to run our TURBINE software. Without a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok device, the TURBINE software will not load. This applies to both editions, the free trial and the full version. When plugged into your workstation, our software will recognize your license and you can work with it.
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    Discover the new and complementary opus of Magic Elements sound library!

    ‘Magic Elements’ is a detailed collection of designed & source sounds of organic elements, actions, characters, items, spells & atmospheres in the realm of Magic.
    Volume 2 is complementary to Volume 1 and comes with almost twice the sounds!

    The library is meant to be modular: while being ready-to-use, it delivers useful materials and building blocks that will allow you to create your own sounds.

    • DESIGNED: (772 SOUNDS)
    Volume 2 of this magic saga is comprehensively focused on these 6 elements:
    Energy, Liquid, Foliage, White, Cartoon/Anime, and Generic.

    Each element comes with a variety of spells, actions/movements such as whoosh, impacts, atmospheres, projectiles, along with many variations in intensity and speed.

    All these sounds are carefully designed, edited and meta-tagged.
    The ‘generic’ category contains handy neutral go-to sounds that are useful for any project.

    The ‘cartoon’ will also work well with anime, & manga.

    • SOURCE: (666 SOUNDS)
    The source folder is packed with`many useful files that cover a large spectrum; thoroughly edited and meta-tagged. They will support your creativity with materials such as electricity, liquids, foliage, explosion, whoosh, drones, textures, impacts, chimes, … (file list here)

    Unique & Useful
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    Chemical Acid, Bubble, Splash
    Aura, Glyph, Shimmer, Fairy Dust
    Electric Spark, zap, Discharge
    Foliage motion, hit, rustle
    Growing vines, Ent Footstep
    Choir, Harp, Chimes, Bells
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    2 DOWNLOAD OPTIONS PROVIDED:

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  • Sci-Fi Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Play Track 1,000+ sounds included, 431 mins total $30 $15

    Lo-Fi Sci-Fi is a library packed full of characterful, authentic and gritty sounds. It was lovingly created by sound designers Barney Oram and Derek Brown, in homage to classic late 70’s and early 80’s sci-fi movies.
    The collection is comprised of a wide range of sounds, including metal, organics, fire, mechanical, interfaces, creatures, foley and footsteps, abstract, ambience, and much more.

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  • Metal Resonant Rusty Door Play Track 100+ sounds included $15

    Recorded at an old bunker constructed near the Chebucto Head lighthouse (Halifax, Nova Scotia) during WWII, now derelict and covered in rust.

    These recordings were a happy accident, discovered on the way to record something else. This large, heavy steel door has been rusting since wartime, and when I noticed it I immediately knew it would have a unique sonic character. When moved, it produces interesting almost musical tones, rich with harmonics and ripe for processing.

    This library includes a variety of sounds generated by interacting with the door in different ways (scraping, punching, and moving at various speeds), and was recorded in mid-side with a Schoeps Mini CMIT + CMC6 MK8 into a Sound Devices 633.

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  • Environments Windy Hill Play Track 8 sounds included, 24 mins total $14.99 $10.99

    WINDY HILL is a collection of high quality exterior wind ambiences.
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    Recorded at superb 192 kHz/24 Bit

    2 Super wide AB recordings with a pair of spaced out DPA4060’s

    3 M/S (decoded) with Sennheiser MKH8060 combo + Ambient ATE208

    3 Sony PCM D100 recording

    All SFX have baked-in Soundminer’s meta data.

    RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Sennheiser MKH 8060, ATE208, 2x DPA4060, SONY PCM D100
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  • Environments Transportation – Ambiance Play Track 68 sounds included, 157 mins total $68 $54

    Transportation – Ambiance is a great collection of ambience recordings performed at various transportation scenarios.
    You will find recordings such as a Train car interior, Jumbo jet interior, multiple cars interior under different driving conditions,
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    This package includes 68 Samples.
    A total 2h 37m of content.
    Stereo files sampled @ 96Khz / 24bit.

     

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    50 powerful industrial kicks tell a story about the role of a man among machines and unprecedented heavy mechanisms. The right kick is 50% success for a track in the true techno style and other experimental sounds. The pack includes oneshots of varying sizes and sonics, with booming subs, persistent tones and reflections. Inspired by illegal raves, parties at abandoned factories and dark basements.

    This compilation is not designed for Deep House, Minimal and EDM regular artists.

    This impacts library can be used as sfx’es for movie, trailers and commercial.

  • Ambisonics Ambisonic – Transportation Play Track 68 sounds included, 314 mins total $136 $99

    Ambisonic – Transportation is a great collection of ambisonic ambiences recordings performed at various transportation scenarios.
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    This collection is great for post-production, VR/AR interactive sound-design, game developers and any real-time 3D audio engine.
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    A Sennheiser Ambeo microphone paired with Zoom H8 was used to create this product.

    This package includes 68 Samples – 136 Files.
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  • Foley Footstep Loops II Play Track 663 sounds included $75 $49

    Editing footsteps in audio post-production can be time-consuming. Footstep Loops II is a sound library that delivers a comprehensive kit of footstep sound effects made to ease your daily work.

    The collection contains footstep sounds of various shoes and surfaces, recorded in different paces and edited to continuous but lively 30-second sound loops.

    VARIETY

    The Footstep Loops II Sound Library covers a wide range of different footsteps:

    Barefoot, Socks, Slippers, Flip-Flops, Sneakers on Wood, Sneakers on Concrete, Boots on Wood, Boots on Concrete, Heels on Wood, Heels on Stone;
    Grass, Gravel, Forest, Foliage, Dry Foliage, Stones, Puddle, Mud, Snow;
    Stairs up + down: Wooden Stairs, Metal Stairs, Stone Stairs



    PACE

    Each type of footsteps is available as a set of 13 sound files that represent a range from walking very slowly up to very speedy. Paces are sorted by Footsteps per Minute (FPM):

    Ground Footsteps: from 40 FPM to 160 FPM
    Stairs Footsteps: from 60 FPM to 180 FPM (up) / from 80 FPM to 200 FPM (down)



    LAYERS

    Since all (ground) footstep loops have the same FPM paces, they can be layered easily. E.g. you can add a puddle sound element to sneakers walking on concrete etc.



    CLOTHING

    You can add clothing as a layer to make the movements sound more natural. The sounds of jeans & jacket fit to all ground footsteps. Furthermore, versions with well-balanced clothing sounds of all main footstep loops are already included as ready-to-use files!



    ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS

    Some experimental elements are also included in the library:
    2 layers of floor creaks and one layer that adds the sound of keys in the pocket while walking.



    TIME-COMPRESS

    Paces of the sound loops included in the Footstep Loops II sound library increase in steps of 10 FPM each. If you need a value in between, time-compress the file just a tiny bit – the quality loss is almost inaudible in modern digital audio workstations.



    ONLINE FOOTSTEPS GENERATOR

    To get an impression of what you get with the Footstep Loops II sound library, go HERE and play around with footsteps online.


    • 663 audio files
    • 331 minutes total runtime
    • all files contain meta-data / keywords for easy search
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    All sounds from this library are included in:
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