12 of the most popular sound effects libraries in 2020
(presented in no particular order):
'Metamorphosis' by Mattia Cellotto is a huge collection of source, synthesized and hybrid sounds. It covers a wide range of themes with rich textures, aggressive impacts, pass-bys, bass drops, pyrotechnics and many more types of material. The recorded section was captured at 384KHz with microphones capable of recording up to 200KHz, resulting in sounds that can be stretched to new extremes.
'Vintage Anime SFX' by Moon Echo Audio continues to be a community favorite for its authenticity and playful nostalgia. Inspired by classic '80s and '90s Japanese cartoons, this collection will no doubt bring life to your anime with sounds of auras, beams, mecha blasters, atmospheres, magic spells, guns, sonic blasts and explosives. Library creator Cooper Skinner gives you the the story behind the library here.
'Wings' by Bonson was their first library, and since its release, it's been a consistent hit with the community, year after year. It has everything from insects and birds to fairies and dragons, and with over 1,400 192kHz/24-bit files that make up its designed and source libraries, it will be a long time before you ever need another wing sound. This one definitely sets itself above the rest!
'Turbine' by BOOM Library is a revolutionary sound design plug-in that gives you access to authentic virtual engines based on their real-world counterparts: whooshes, robotics, sirens, musical fx, futuristic engines, flame bursts and more. Over the last 4 years of intense research and development we shaped this tool to revolutionize the way we design sound. You can change and automate all parameters in real time, giving you full control over the final result.
'Airy Whooshes' by Airborne Sound is another library that you find yourself putting into your project time and time again. Whether for film, animation, games or radio, whooshes are the cornerstone for building tangible movements. With 400+ sounds, this library will become a permanent favorite with its variety of whooshes. You'll hear ones that are breathy, hollow, strong, energetic, thin, punchy, full, smooth, subsonic, muted, plain, resonant, warbling, soft, thumping, shimmering, whistling - and on and on - at different speeds and pitches! And having been created by Paul Virostek, you know its metadata is top-notch.
'Submersion - Underwater Library' by Spectravelers is such a realistic sub-aquatic library that it will have you gasping for breath. This collection has over 1,800 sounds and covers diverse elements like bubbles, impacts, watery whooshes, ambiences, propellers sounds, lava, explosions and more! It was all captured with an Aquarians H2a Hydrophone in pools, rivers and from within props, and it includes a raw section as well as ready-to-use sounds that will add spectacle to your cinematics. If you are working on anything that involves water, you won't be disappointed with this purchase.
'Origins Bundle Vol.1-5' by Sonuscore lets you travel into a musical world with the rare instruments of the ORIGINS cosmos. Unfold pure sound and authenticity and complement your sound with 10 unique playable solo instruments, combined in 5 instrument-pairs, and interlocking and entwined pulses, patterns and arpeggios. Requires a FULL version of Native Instruments' KONTAKT (not included).
'Abandoned Doors' by SKYES Audio has 1,400+ sounds recorded in abandoned mansions and houses with unique sonic characteristics. It was recorded in stereo, usually from two perspectives (inside the room and in the hallway), allowing you a great deal of choice and sonic diversity. Additionally, splitting the stereo tracks into mono will give you two more slightly different perspectives on each sound.
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'Cinematic Metal' by BOOM Library has massive, metallic, mind-blowing impacts so you can pound theatres with edgy, hard-hitting & brazen SFX. Let your audience know you mean business with huge impacts, barbell drops, metal, hammers, crunches, crashes, pendulums, clocks, sticks, cars, doors, chains, coffers, containers, distortions, rattles, hatches, bicycles, swords, robots, and sweeteners.
'Computer Sounds: Sci-Fi Minipack' by KEDR Audio is a small collection of 180 easy-to-use futuristic interface sound effects. All sounds are categorized by the most popular cases in production, such as alarms, beeps, buttons, confirm/deny, telemetry, text, noises, and others. This library is a fast, easy, effective and extremely affordable way to complete your production tasks and contains simple and complex sounds.
The Dark Ages are calling! With 'Medieval' by SmartSoundFX, everything in your medieval world is brought to life. From objects like doors, chests and fire - to Foley of steps, chains and gore - to weapons such as the crossbow, sword, hammer and axe, you'll be covered for any battle or woodland face off. This compilation provides a solid foundation of ready-to-use sound effects to give your project an authentic medieval feeling.
'Animal Hyperrealism Vol I' by Mattia Cellotto contains real and designed creatures totaling more than 1,300 individual sounds in 290 files. The sounds were partly recorded with animals trained for media production and partly recorded in zoos and wildlife centers. The asset list includes but is not limited to: African lions, Bengal tigers, horses, donkeys, cows, exotic birds, owls, bobcats, pumas, dromedaries, wolves, dogs, geese, lemurs, gibbons and more.
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