Game Audio Toolkit Asbjoern Andersen


Looking for great tools and resources to get you up and running in game audio - without breaking the bank? After extensive research, Greg Lester brings you his road-tested overview of must-have tools for game audio:
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There is a flood of free and paid products for sound designers and game audio professionals out there. Especially in the beginning, it can be tricky to figure out what you actually need and what tools are worth investing in.

In this article, I’ll give you a glimpse into my personal sound design toolbox, and share some recommendations and tips to get you started building your own.

 

 

DAW

Reaper (Paid)

Reaper is the DAW of choice for many pro sound designers.

Its main selling points include an incredible feature set for post-production, highly customisable workflow with the ability to create custom scripts, very low CPU usage, and lifetime free updates.

With an unbeatable price of 60$ for a personal licence or 225$ for a commercial license (at the time of writing) and an unlimited trial period with access to all features, it’s one of the cheapest and best DAWs on the market.

Download/Buy REAPER here

Learn more at the REAPER blog here



Reaper for Game Audio | Part 1 - Intro and Setup


Watch the Reaper for game audio tutorial series above

Plugins


 

The tools we use mould, sculpt, layer and ultimately design sounds. There are an overwhelming number of plugins out there which can be counterproductive as a tool is only as good as the hands that wield it. So my biggest advice is to download only the plugins that will benefit your workflow and get to know them intuitively. Experiment, set yourself creative limitations, learn and enjoy the process. You’ll get so much more out of your tools once you know how to use them.

That being said, the plugins listed below are ones that I use myself and can highly recommend. They are in my opinion worthy of your money and time investment.


 

Bundles

Melda Plugins (Free)

One of if not the most powerful free plugin bundle for sound design out there. It contains 37 amazing plugins of which most are incredible for sound design. This one is a must-have for anyone starting out as they are simple to use and offer incredible flexibility.



Quick start guide to MeldaProduction plugins


Learn the Melda Plugins basics in the tutorial above


Download and learn more

 

Soundtoys Effect Rack (Paid)

The swiss army knife for sound design. I use this on almost anything, from giving warmth and colour to a sound all the way to crazy processing chains. At 299$ it’s an investment but it goes on sale down to around 130$ a couple of times a year so it pays off to be patient.

Download and learn more

 
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Analysis / Spatial

iZotope Ozone Imager (Free)

iZotope put out this amazing free plugin allowing you to control the width of a signal and visualise the audio through three different vectorscope meters.

Download and learn more

 

Youlean Loudness Meter 2 (Free)

An essential tool to monitor the loudness of your mix which is a good practice as in professional environments you are sometimes obliged to conform to certain loudness standards.

Download and learn more

 
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Distortion / Saturation

Fabfilter Saturn 2 (Paid)

From a little warmth and saturation to full-blown distortion with tons of modulation, Saturn 2 can do it all. It has some amazing presets which are great for fast experimentation finding a tone you like quickly.

Download and learn more

 

Inphonik PCM2612 (Free)

This bitcrusher (controlling sample rate and bit depth) is one of the cleanest free ones out there. Perfect for adding some crunch to your sounds or downsampling them to match the tone with the pixel art style and the retro aesthetic.

Download and learn more

 
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Delay

Valhalla FreqEcho (Free)

This is definitely one of my favourite tools to create sci-fi, UI and all kinds of other interesting sounds. It combines a frequency shifter with a delay and the results are mind-boggling. I recommend modulating all of the different parameters (manually, with LFOs or envelopes) to get some awesome results!

Download Valhalla FreqEcho

 

Glitchmachines Hysteresis (Free)

This delay is the ultimate glitch creation tool. It features a randomise button which I use a great deal – simply start recording and press it until you get something fun, there are plenty of happy accidents to be had with this plug-in.

Download and learn more

 

Native Instruments Replika (Paid)

A pristine delay plugin that can also create huge dark reverberant atmospheres. Great for drones and ambiences as well as adding a slapback delay to sounds that need to sit in large spaces.

Download and learn more

 
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Dynamics

Xfer OTT (Free)

The ultimate “make it bigger” tool. OTT is awesome for bringing out hidden details in the sound by crushing the dynamics. It’s one of those effects that you have to hear and experiment with to properly appreciate its capabilities.



Why Does OTT Sound So Good?


Learn more about Xfer OTT

Download Xfer OTT

 

Cytomic The Glue (Paid)

The name is a perfect description of what it does. I love to put this compressor at the end of my processing chains to glue all of the different sound layers and plugins together. It’s also really good at making gun sounds, explosions and other heavy transient material punchy.

Download and learn more

 
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EQ

Fabfilter Pro Q3 (Paid)

Fabfilter is renowned for its amazing UI and the ProQ delivers. This is an incredibly accurate, powerful and easy-to-use EQ that I use on a daily basis.

Download and learn more

 
 

Modulation

Glitchmachines Fracture (Free)

Another awesome “happy accidents” plugin by Glitchmachines. Equipped with delay, buffer and filter modules it excels at turning transient materials into interesting textures.

Download and learn more

 

Cableguys PanCake (Free)

This nifty tool lets you modulate the pan with LFO’s and envelopes that you can shape and customise to your liking.

Download and learn more

 

Xenakios PaulXStretch (Free)

This is an absolutely crazy time-stretching plugin letting you either load in or capture sounds with the built-in recording function and radically time-stretch them. It then adds reverb to smooth out the sound letting you create dreamy pads, ambient atmospheres, drones and a huge variety of other interesting sounds.

Download and learn more

 
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Reverb

Valhalla Supermassive (Free)

A crazy combo of delay and reverb where you can get some insane sounds from modulating the different parameters.

Download and learn more

 

Smartelectronix Ambience (Free)

One of my favourite reverbs. It’s incredibly quick and easy to dial in and excels at subtly putting sounds in the background to become part of the ambience with its diffuse sound.

Download and learn more

 
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Synthesis

Xfer Serum (Paid)

An incredibly versatile wavetable synth that can create anything from gentle UI sounds to planet-destroying lasers and everything in between. Serum has a passionate community of creators who make awesome tutorials and presets so you can utilise it’s full potential very easily.

Download and learn more

 

Vital Synth (Free with paid upgrades)

This one is a community pick. It’s the new synth on the block and it’s here to stay. You can modulate anything and everything and easily create your own wavetables.

Download and learn more

 

Boom Enforcer (Paid)

This subharmonic enhancer is incredible for beefing up gunshots, explosions, footsteps and many other things. It’s easy to use and offers tons of amazing presets with tons of customizability.

Download and learn more

 

MH Thump (Free)

The free and slightly more lightweight solution to Boom Enforcer still packs a punch!

This will make the job of adding subharmonics to your sounds a lot easier and faster.

Download and learn more

 
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Stock Plugins

Reaper has some amazing stock plugins that shouldn’t be overlooked. They are easy to use, sound and work great. While they don’t have the prettiest UIs you’ve ever seen, they are more than up to the task sonically and I often find myself using them over some premium plug-ins for the sake of simplicity!

Some of my favourites are:

  • ReaEQ: the stock EQ has very low cpu use makes it perfect for large sound design sessions with lots of instances.
  • ReaPitch: a great frequency shifter plugin with the ability to pitch the formants.
  • ReaVerb: an excellent reverb module with the ability to add and stack various reverb types including convolution reverb, a reverb generator an echo generator as well as effects like high pass & lowpass filters, gain, trim, stretch and a reverser.

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Other

iZotope RX – Elements (Paid)

This is one of the essential tools for cleaning up your recordings. From hums, clicks, and excess reverb to background noise and clipping, RX is the swiss army knife for any field recordist and or audio editor who struggles with these common issues.

Download iZotope RX – Elements

Learn More about iZotope RX – Elements

 
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Scripts & Extensions for Reaper

Reaper allows you to customize all aspects of its workflow, and there are some excellent third-party scripts and extensions that can improve your workflow and save you lots of time.
 

Themes (Free)

The Reaper UI is an acquired taste, but thankfully we can change the theme to our liking. I’ve linked some of my favourite themes below including the one I’m currently using:

Download Concerto Reaper Theme

Download Smooth 6 Reaper Theme

Download HYDRA Reaper Theme

 
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Reaper Scripts (Free/Paid)

Part of what makes Reaper a powerhouse of a DAW is the huge number of scripts you can download to optimize your workflow.

If you’re unfamiliar with scripts and how to use them then I recommend watching the video below.



ReaScript & ReaPack Tips


Learn more about Reaper Scripts above


 

ReaPack – MUST HAVE (Free)

This tool is a package manager for reaper scripts saving you lots of time and effort when installing and updating new scripts.

Download and learn more

 

MFXlist (Free)

This awesome script lets you view, add and remove plugins from the sidebar.
Download: search MFXlist in your ReaPack extension (or download from the GitHub Page that is linked here)

Learn more

 
 

SWS Extensions (Free)

This bundle is a must-have for any Reaper user. It brings tons of useful actions to your fingertips that you can simply assign to any keyboard shortcut.

Download SWS Extensions

 



An Introduction to SWS Extensions in REAPER


Learn more about the SWS Extensions above


 

 

NVK Sound Design Tools (Paid)

Nick von Kaenel has created some awesome Reaper scripts specifically for sound designers. They are huge timesavers when it comes to workflow and I personally use the nvk_LOOPMAKER on a daily basis.

Download and learn more

 
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Organisation Tools


In our jobs, we have to deal with huge amounts of sound files, schedules, bugs and other information. Below I’ve listed some tools I use to maintain oversight, find what I need quickly and work as efficiently as possible.

Google Sheets (Free)

An absolutely essential tool for keeping your projects organized and collaborating with team members in real-time on asset lists, bug lists, and various other documents.

Visit Google Sheets

 



How To Use Google Sheets


Learn more about Google Sheets above


 
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Library Managers (Free/Paid)

Soundly (Paid)

As a “sound hoarder” my library has quickly grown extremely large. This can make it incredibly hard to find the right sounds I’m looking for. A sound library manager solves that problem by letting you organize your local library to easily find any sound you need quickly and efficiently as well as providing some additional features.

Soundly is my tool of choice as it’s very affordable, lets you edit metadata in the browser and has a smart search engine (utilising AI) to make finding sounds easier than ever. It also offers Google Drive or Amazon S3 integration so you can access your entire sound library anywhere on the go.

The last but probably best feature is that it comes with a huge sound library that receives regular updates.

Download Soundly

 



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Learn more about Soundly above


 

Reaper Media Browser (Free)

A free alternative to Soundly. While it doesn’t have some of Soundly’s advanced features, it’s a useful file manager built into your DAW and works well, especially when starting out.

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Sound Effects


Building your sound library is a never-ending process. Starting out with nothing can be very daunting so I’ve put together a couple of methods and tips to help you get going.
 


 

Field Recording

Recording your own sounds is not only an amazing way to build your library, but you’ll train your ears and get unique sounds that no one else has.

I recommend getting a basic handheld recorder as it will enable you to get high-quality recordings. I’ve listed some recommendations below:

Zoom H5 (270$) Learn more about this

Tascam Portacapture X8 (650$) Learn more about this

Sony PCM d100 (900$) Learn more about this

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Independent Sound Effects

The independent sound community has released 1000s of ready-made sound effects libraries. You can explore the selection by searching below, or browse here. Try a search below to discover what’s available from the sound community:



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Free Sound Effects

Here is a selection of completely free sound effects libraries from the independent sound community:

 

Download Modular Morphs by Ville Sorsa here

Download Mr Buzzy EMF library by Mike Romaniak here

Download the Spectravelers Free SFX Bundle here

 

The two newsletters below are definitely worth signing up for as you get high-quality SFX free with each edition:

Subscribe to the A Sound Effect Newsletter

Subscribe to the Boom Library Newsletter

 
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Subscriptions

Some services offer subscriptions that give you access to thousands of sounds to download. This can be incredibly useful when you need a specific sound that you can’t record yourself but don’t want to buy an entire sound library.

I personally recommend Soundly’s sound library subscription, which comes with their library manager software as it’s very extensive and gets updated regularly. Additionally, you can request sounds for them to add to the library and they are very diligent about fulfilling them.

Get the Soundly subscription (Paid)

 
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Backups


People usually don’t think of backups until it’s too late. Unfortunately, I was one of the ones who learned the hard way. Not only is it frustrating but it can cost you and your client a lot of time and money.


External Hard Drive

I personally recommend getting an external hard drive to back up your work locally. A 2-5 terabyte one is ideal (WD Elements 2TB External Hard Drive) as audio and game dev projects take up lots of space.

Free File Sync (Free) I use a program called Free File Sync to easily back up any new data onto my external hard drive on a daily basis.

Download Free File Sync

 

As a Windows user, I’m not sure what options are available for MacOS, and can’t recommend anything from personal experience, but a file sync utility app is definitely worth looking into!

Cloud Backup Service (Paid)

Unfortunately, local backups are not 100% reliable, as local drives can be destroyed in a house fire, flood, or other incidents. This is why I also recommend backing your data up in the cloud. Backblaze (Paid) is highly rated by lots of game audio folks and I personally use it as it my cloud backup service of choice as it’s easy and affordable. For the basic subscription, you get unlimited storage and automatic upload in the background on all of your data.

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Other Hardware


Some essential things I can’t do my job without that I highly recommend investing in at an early stage in your career.

Headphones

Headphones are a great alternative to speakers when you don’t have the ideal acoustically-treated listening space, and generally good to have to reference your mixes, when doing work on the go, or field recording.

I personally recommend: Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro (150$) (open back for the studio):

Learn more here

 

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (150$) (closed back for noisy environments):

Learn more here

 

Second Screen

The nature of our job requires that we have a lot of different programs open at any given time. From the game engine, middleware, spreadsheets with bug lists and asset lists as well as our daw, sound library manager, and a bunch of folders.

A second (in my case third) monitor has been an absolute time saver and allows me to monitor multiple things at a time. Definitely a worthwhile investment!

I would go for 24 inch and above but you’ll have to consider your desk space.

Audio interface

An audio interface allows us to route sound from the computer to headphones and speakers and connects a microphone to record sounds into our DAW.

I recommend the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 with two microphone inputs that will allow you to record in stereo with pretty good preamps.

Learn more about the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Microphone

Unless you’re on a laptop or using a webcam with a built-in microphone you’ll have no way of talking to your clients and co-workers (remotely).

The audio quality on your first zoom call with a client can make or break your first impression with them.

So having a headset or microphone will help a lot and obviously being able to record sounds directly into your DAW will also speed up your workflow.

If you’re on a very tight budget and already have a handheld recorder focus on just getting

Webcam

Whether you’re working remotely as a freelancer or from home during a global pandemic, showing your clients and coworkers your face is important for building trust and connection.

A webcam makes that possible. Most basic webcams will do but I personally recommend the Logitech c270

Learn more about the Logitech c270

Notebook

To-do lists, ideas, sketches and occasional journaling. My notebook is a trusty companion and an essential tool to keep my head clutter-free and days organised.

My method of choice is the bullet journal but any notebook will do.

If you want to learn more about the bullet journal method (which is a great productivity method) feel free to dive into the rabbit-hole below:

Learn more

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Other free software


These are some more useful programs that I use on a daily basis which speed up my workflow.

Bulk rename utility (Windows)

This is an incredibly nifty tool for renaming lots of files which you’ll be doing more often than you’d expect to in this industry.

Download and learn more

Notepad++ (Windows)

This source code editor allows you to do all kinds of great things including copying things like folders (with content) inside of Unreal Engine and pasting them into Notepad. Then you can copy the code it spits out and paste it back into Unreal again to paste the folder with the content. This can be a huge timesaver when doing repetitive implementation where you want to copy-paste multiple different things.

Download and learn more

Open Broadcaster Software (Windows)

This program lets you easily capture your screen which is really useful because you will often find yourself needing to record game footage.

It’s simple to use and lets you configure your audio outputs as well as camera inputs so you can even record little tutorials with a webcam and multiple screens.

Download and learn more

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Useful Tips

Set a budget!

Each month on payday I put part of my earnings into a savings account specifically for new gear. This helps me save up for big purchases and sets a spending limit for the times I get a little bit too tempted by killer deals. Doing this helps me to maintain healthy spending habits and not buy things I can’t afford.

Do you need it?

There is an abundance of incredible tools in the world of sound design. It can be all too easy to get lured into picking up a new shiny toy. Even for things I’ve listed here, ask yourself whether they would be useful to you personally.

The following questions help me decide if a purchase is worthwhile:

“Why do I need this? What problem will it help me solve? Can I achieve the same result with tools that I already own?”

Additionally, a good question to ask is “How much time will this tool save me?” Purchasing a tool that will save you 2 hours every week (8 hours every month = 1 whole workday) will often quickly pay for itself. Calculate your day rate and figure out the amount of time it will save you over the course of a week/month/year this will help you in your decision.

Invest in quality!

There have been countless times where I bought the cheaper version of a product only to have it break on me within a very short period of time.

Price does not equal quality but I am a firm believer in saving up that extra bit of money to get better tools that last you longer which will save money over time!

Try it first!

This is a lot easier with plugins than with sound libraries but you can check the sound effect/metadata list to have a glimpse of what’s in the box. This should give you a better idea of the type of assets and the number of iterations you’ll find.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate Asbjoern for giving me the chance to write this. I also want to give a huge thank you to Jonny Sands who was instrumental in putting this together. Best of luck on your sound design journey!

About Greg Lester:

Greg is a sound designer at Soundcuts and is passionate about learning and education. In his spare time, he creates videos demystifying game audio. Explore his game audio videos here

 
 

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  • Vielklang Instant Harmony 2 is an instrument for easy generation of harmonies from an audio or MIDI melody. The utilization of voice leading and harmony progression models allows vielklang to create harmony parts in a more musical way than traditional harmony processors and makes it a versatile and creative tool for musicians, songwriters and producers.

    vielklang utilizes zplane´s widely-used élastique SOLOIST engine for high quality pitch shifting and time stretching.


    The new version introduces the following features:

    • advanced pitch editing with direct tool access
    • new sleek interface
    • vibrato and tremolo generator
    • hybrid view for score-like harmony visualization
    • MIDI harmonization
    • multiple file harmonization
    • Instant Harmony V2.0 & Advanced Pitch Editing
    • Harmonize your melody with one single click – loading a single-voiced audio file – and create natural-sounding background choirs and brass arrangements.


    vielklang Instant Harmony generates harmonies with 2-4 voices. It is packed with musical intelligence and music theory: it detects the best fitting harmonies for each individual input melody, and automatically synthesizes up to four voices with the voices not merely running in parallel but with their voicings selected to sound most natural (voice leading).

    The advanced pitch editing controls (full version only!) give you fast and easy access to pitch, timing, vibrato control, formant shift, and to many more editing options.

    DOWNLOAD THE DEMO HERE
    WIN | MAC

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  • Animal Sound Effects The Animal Symphony – Watusi Play Track 183 sounds included, 10 mins total $12

    The Animal Symphony will be a series of animal recording libraries, created to offer a wide variety of authentic animal sounds. Over the next few months, each installment in this series will capture the essence of different animal species.

    General description:
    The Animal Symphony – Watusi” features a total of 52 audios, with 183 individual sounds of Watusis mooing, all recorded in exceptional quality. Using two high-end microphones, the Sennheiser MKH 8050 and an EM258 capsule microphone, we have managed to capture every detail and nuance of these natural sounds. Each recording was made at a 192 kHz, 24-bit, ensuring professional clarity and depth.

    Featured Features:
    – Variety of Watusi Sounds: Enjoy a wide range of Watusi sounds, from soft moos to powerful calls, perfect for adding realism and authenticity to your projects.
    – Diversity in Recordings: With multiple takes and variations, with long, short and group moos, so this library offers the necessary flexibility for any type of production that requires this type of animal.
    – Careful Editing: All recordings have been carefully edited to eliminate any external noise, such as birds, wind or people, ensuring pure, clean sounds.

    This collection is ideal for a variety of applications:
    – Video games: Add realism and depth to the natural environments of your games.
    – Cinema and Documentaries: African environment and scenes that require authenticity in fauna.
    – Educational Applications: Use these sounds in educational projects to teach about wildlife and animal behavior.
    – Multimedia Projects: Ideal for any project that seeks to enrich the user’s listening experience.

    Technical details:
    – Total Audios: 52
    – Total Sounds: 183
    – Format: 192kHz/24bit
    – Equipment Used: Sennheiser MKH 8050 Microphone and EM258 Capsule Microphone

    License:
    The sounds from “The Animal Symphony – Watusi” are available under a royalty-free license, allowing their use in multiple projects without additional costs or royalties. You can use these sound effects in your games, trailers, Kickstarter campaigns, and more, as many times as you like.

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  • This library covers the sounds of the Trabant 601, equipped with a two-cylinder, two-stroke Otto-type engine from the late 1980s.

    The driving section contains 48 tracks with a total length of about 36 minutes. These tracks include engine ramps and driving sequences at various constant RPMs, suitable for game implementation. Additionally, there are takes featuring more common driving and pass-bys, which are better suited for linear media usage. Interior and exterior mixes are also included.

    The foley section comprises 23 tracks with a total length of 8 minutes. It covers all basic sounds, such as opening and closing doors, hood and trunk, gearstick shifts, handbrake usage, and horn sounds. These sounds were primarily captured from a close perspective using a shotgun microphone.

    Microphone setup:

    • Sennheiser MKH8040 (ORTF) – Cabin
    • Neumann KMR81i – Cabin / Foley
    • Neumann KM184 – Exhaust
    • Shure SM11 – Engine bay
    • Shure VP88 (M/S) – Exterior
    • Tascam DR40 (XY) – Exterior
  • Sports Sound Effects Pool Play Track 351 sounds included $5.99

    This is a sound library containing the sounds of cue sports games such as pool or snooker. Includes a range of sounds such as ball interactions, potting, breaking, and more, with sounds from both a standard set of 2″ pool balls and a smaller set too.

     

    Features: 

    • 350+ audio files in 24 bit 96kHz quality WAV format
    • “Multi” and “One Shot” files provided for most sounds
    • All files are metadata-tagged, allowing for easy searching in sound library management tools
    • UCS compliant file naming
    • Available for commercial or personal use without attribution

     

    View a summary of included sounds here

    View a full list of included files here

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  • 30 Alicante sound effects recordings of urban street life from a southern Spanish city.

  • Soar across the skies with Boeing 737 jet airliner interior clips from idling, taxiing, flying, landing, and others.


   
 

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