Asbjoern Andersen


There’ve been some really interesting sound effect libraries added to A Sound Effect recently. Here’s a look at four of them:

Interesting new sound effects:

Wild whooshes from bobsleds


  • Sports Bob Skeleton Play Track 82 sounds included, 24 mins total $35 $29

    Bob Skeleton library delivers exciting action sounds of  Two Men Bob and Skeleton heroes that go down the track with more than 100 kilometers/hour.

    The sounds of this library were taken from 9 spots along a track in Altenberg in the south of Germany. Each take is sorted and meta-tagged by recording spot and with this content you are able to assemble a complete run from start to finish or even to extend it by easily combining start sceneries, energetic passes in different speeds and noisy brakings down in the valley.

    Furthermore Bob Skeleton´s content is an inspiring resource for sound mangling experiments and artificial foley design.

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Stephan Marche from Detunized had the clever idea to record the sounds of bobsleds for his latest SFX library. They produce some great, lively sounds as they whirl by at more than 100km/hr – really useful for spicing up your whoosh arsenal, or perhaps for designing interesting new vehicle or spacecraft sounds?

 

Undercover agent SFX tools


 
  • SHHhhhhh… They are listening…

    282 strange, ghostly and spy-like sounds collected from 2 old analog dictaphones, 1 portable cassette recorder, 1 very small digital dictaphone, 3 portable modern recorders, 1 video cam, and finally 1 very famous portable Reel to Reel recorder (a Nagra IS).

    The Undercover Sound FX Library Contains:

    • 136 tracks of, Microphone bumps, lav. Microphone put on clothes, Microphone Feedback, Microphone Noises, and the sounds of the inside of a video cams Mechanics.
    • 41 tracks of, Dictaphone & Cassette Processed (Kyma, GRM Tools, SoundToys) Sounds, weird telephone answering machine noises, Buttons, Play, Rewinds, and Fast Forward sounds.
    • 82 Reel To Reel sounds. Buttons, Tape on, Rewinds/Fast forwards, Manual searching and scratches, where the recorded sounds are heard through the internal speaker of the tape recorder, as well as recorded line out.
    • 23 Various processed (Kyma, GRM Tools, SoundToys) sounds. Different stuff speed up, and mangled.

    Many of the recorded sounds have been re-recorded on to tape to get that smooth analog sound. Especially the feedback sounds, and bumps benefit from this technique, but also ambience sounds recorded onto a over used 5″ tape has a certain undercover sound to them!

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Another great collection of SFX comes from Mikkel Nielsen over at Sonic Salute. His latest library captures bumps, hums and other quirky sounds from old recorders, video cams, dictaphones and more – perfect for surveillance, stakeouts and secret agent missions.

 

Bizarre metal sounds


  • An audio library for which metal was kicked, hammered, bowed and… induced to vibrate through feedback loops?! The collection features 346 unique sounds recorded through field trips in US, UK and Italy.

    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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Mattia Cellotto returns with his third SFX library – capturing some truly bizarre and fascinating metallic rattles, moans and groans. These are equally useful for a lot of purposes – from dark soundscapes and spooky, shocking stingers, to strange groans from otherworldly creatures

 

Authentic sounds from Japan


  • Environments Tokyo City Play Track 39+ sounds included, 106 mins total $49

    Get the authentic sounds of Tokyo City in this library from Original Sounds. It features everything from sounds captured in the city centre, busy streets, pedestrian streets, parks, residential areas, trains and subways – exterior and interior recordings captured at different times of day. Check out the full sound list below.

    So If you're looking for the sounds of Tokyo, this one gets you 1 hour and 46 minutes of great, authentic recordings!

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A new release from Original Sounds that captures the ambiences of Tokyo. They’ve been recorded in the Tokyo city centre, busy streets, pedestrian streets, parks, residential areas, trains and subways – exterior and interior recordings captured at different times of day.
 

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  • Drones & Moods Singing Bowls Play Track 151 sounds included $10 $7.50

    Rich tonal singing bowls played, sustained, and hit. Two octaves of an A Bowl and a D Bowl. Recorded and edited at 96kHz.

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  • Wind Elements – Interior is 75 minutes/2.43 Gb of howling, blasting and fluttering wind, recorded from inside various buildings. 90 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using Sennheiser MKH & Primo EM172 microphones, and mastered in X/Y stereo.
    This collection is the bigger, badder sequel to bestseller Howling Winds – Interior, with more of everything: fresh recordings, more types of wind, more locations and just more variation.

    Everything from violent blasting and howling, to gentle, caressing wind. Some with sleet and rain, cracking and creaking of window frames and roof materials, others with faint sound of rustling leaves or urban buzz.

    You get both long ambiances from various locations, as well as plenty of short files to sweeten up your mix.
    Some sounds have been eq'ed aggressively to enhance the feeling of being indoors, but very little processing has been applied otherwise. You'll hear a bit of hiss here and there; I left it in because I felt noise reduction would take away too much character in those specific cases.

    You get:

    • Indoor wind sounds
    • Howling, blasting, fluttering – a bit of sleet & rain too
    • Lots of variations of each sound
    • Searchable file names
    • BWF Metadata embedded – with more included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats

     

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  • Fire Fire, Sizzles & Ignites Play Track 68+ sounds included $40 $20

    Need the sound of burning fire, flames, fizzles, ignites, melting, crackling, rumbling, fire popping, or flame hissing?

    This library is hot stuff in every sense of the word, delivering a range of burning sounds from a wide range of sources, including branches, black powder, burning bags, butane torches, celluloid, deep-frying batter, flares, gas stoves, frying pans, matches, sparkling candles, boiling water, huge torches and much more.

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  • Animals & Creatures Western Play Track 200+ sounds included $50 $25

    The Audio Hero Western collection features 200 professionally recorded sound effects, ready for use in your productions.  Included in this library are guns and pistols, horses, stagecoaches, steam trains, jail cell doors and much more!  These sounds are all hand-picked from the Hollywood Edge Burtis Bills' Sounds of the American West sound effects collection.

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  • Drones & Moods Infiltration Play Track 161 sounds included, 39 mins total $30 $20

    Welcome to “INFILTRATION”, a collection of 161 sound effects aimed to be used in modern espionage/infiltration productions.

    From intense low frequency atmospheric elements to powerful synth movements this 1.4 GB pack can be your secret tool to enhance trailers, movies, games or musical compositions. See it as a powerful kit to create a modern espionage feel in your production.

    As a bonus I included the sources (24 sfx) used to create some of the sounds in the library.

    Sounds included:
    Atmospheric element_Low • Fx_Alert • Fx_Synth_Drop • Drone_Pulse • Fx_Snare_Synth_Tension • Fx_Transition • Fx_Movement • Fx_Distant_Atmospheric • And More

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  • The Vocal Pack 01: Human Male contains over 29 minutes (451 files) of high quality human male exertion vocalisations from 2 different actor types.

    The assets have been designed for use with computer game media that demands high asset variations, however this pack is suited for all forms of audio media.

    All assets have been recorded & produced at 96kHz/24bit.
    Included in this pack:

    • 2 actor ID sets, mid ranged & deep voicing
    • Individual vocal designed assets
    • Sets of individual vocal designed assets (e.g. 4+ individual designed assets in one file)
    • Exertion Types included: Attack, Breath, Cheer/Roar/Taunt,  Death, Final (Death) Breath,  Jump, Land, Pain
    • ID set 02, features a basic generic set of dialogue lines
    • Bonus content: Actor ID03 – Designed Generic adviser/narrator messages for basic in game actions as if delivered via walkie-talkie/radio. Also a basic adviser construction kit is included of the original vocal recordings
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  • AudioHero's Cartoon collection Volume 3 features 200 professionally produced sound effects, ready for use in your productions.  This library includes everything you need to turn your production into a cartoon masterpiece!  These sounds are all hand-picked from the Sound Ideas Cartoon Express and Hollywood Edge Cartoon Trax 1 and 2 sound effects libraries.  Included are musical accents, bells, boings, hits, skids, honks, squeaks, bounces, crashes and more.

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  • Weapons The Range 20 Guns Play Track 3581+ sounds included $120 $100

    This library by Nathan Smith delivers the sounds of 20 guns, 20+ casing/mags/weapon impacting 20 different surfaces, and studio Foley. Files were recorded at 96kHz sample rate (48kHz to 192kHz), 24 bit resolution.

    Weapons included:

    5 Pistols:

    Kimar Cal 6mm, Kimber 9mm, MP Shield 9mm, H&K USP .40 S&W, H&K P30

    14 Rifles:

    22 LRG Rifle, 22 Lever Action, 22 Magnum Henry. Springfield M1A, Springfield M1A SOCOM2, Steyr AUG A3, Sig 551 A1, AR 15, COLT AR 901 semi auto .308, CMMG AR15, Remington 700 Bolt action .308, Uzi full auto IMI model b, AAC MPW full auto, Colt M4 full auto, Barrett M82 A1

    1 Shotgun:

    12 gauge Mossberg

    Bullet casings: Impacts, Handling, Foley

    Surfaces (20): bone, carpet, concrete, dirt, drywall, grass, glass, marble, metal auto, metal grate, metal plate, plastic, rock, rubber, sand, tarp, Tarpaper, tile, wood

    Casing Types: 9mm, 223 – 5.56, 308, 40 S&W, 30.06, 40.75GOV, 357MAG, 45 ACP, 303, 50 BMG, 12 gauge

    Other: Pistol, Rifle, AR, Grenade, Artillery, M1 Garand clip, AR mag metal, AR mag plastic, M1, Pistol mag small, Pistol mag large

    Gun Cleaning Foley: H&K USP and AR15

    Targeted for sound designers – 96kHz, 24bit (multi ch A1, A2, A3 channel layout). All files have been cleaned and organized for easy use for your projects, including detailed Soundminer metadata.

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