New sound effects libraries in February 2016 Asbjoern Andersen


Lots of excellent SFX libraries have been added since the last roundup – check out some of the highlights below:
Grit
 
  • Destruction & Impact Grit Play Track 400+ sounds included $23

    An onslaught of movement and force using various granularities of dirt-like substances. It's all in the name. Dirty, gravelly, and ragged.

    In this library you will find a myriad of gritty movement sounds derived from 4 different granularities: Course, Medium, Fine, and Ultrafine. There are sweeps, smears, crushes, scatterings, drops, scrapes, rubs, and more, with multiple variations of each. The assets chain together particularly well so that you can use them to make long continuous runs.

    The timbre and dynamics of these sounds lend them to be used for many different designs than just scrapes and scratches, such as movement in snow or sand, powerful bursts, high energy flames, shifting heavy objects, large beast vocalizations (dragons, anyone?), and more. As well, their metadata is organized conveniently to allow you to grab chunks of variations on similar movements and drop them into your favorite audio implementation software for quick assignment to random containers or sequences for an asset or call.

    This library will almost always find itself being thrown into a creative media project one way or another. Its full of a particular cornerstone sound that is essential to any sounds designer's toolbox.  And with such a variety and versatility to explore, we promise it will serve you well.

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A really great idea from Eiravaein Works: Gritty movement sounds from 4 different granularities: Course, Medium, Fine, and Ultrafine. There are sweeps, smears, crushes, scatterings, drops, scrapes, rubs, and more, with multiple variations of each.
 
Future Weapons 2
 
  • Sci-Fi Future Weapons 2 Play Track 527+ sounds included $69

    The top-selling futuristic weapons series returns with Future Weapons 2: An all-new collection of the most cutting-edge weapon sounds made for the future.

    We spent months recording and designing all-new sounds to bring you the freshest set we could. Great-sounding guns, blasters, reloads, foley, and much more!

    Includes sounds such as:
    Ammunition – Reloads Foley • Bass Layers • Big Friggin' Gun • Bio Gun • Blaster • Blaster Layers • Blaster Layers • Bolt Pomp Gun • Electro Gun • Electro Rocket • Energy Gun • Explosions • Future Hand Gun • Gamma Ray • Impulse Gun • Kerosene Gun • Laser Layers • Machine Gun • Mines • Nine Inch Nail Cannon • Plasma Gun • Power • Random Source • Rifle Laser • Ripper Fast gun • Transform Layers • Weapons Foley

    Be sure to also check out the first Future Weapons collection, these two collections are must-haves! Created in collaboration with the Russian sound design team from Principle Sound Design, Future Weapons 2 features more than 500+ sounds and 1.2GB of 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata, including:

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The future weapons series from SoundMorph returns with a vengeance. This one is done in collaboration with Russian sound team Principle Sound Design and features more than 500 powerful, futuristic weapon SFX.
 
Phantom Magic
 
  • Sci-Fi Phantom Magic Play Track 545 sounds included, 31 minutes mins total $49 $39

    Now you can harness supernatural powers in sound design and bring peak levels of mesmerizing magic to your next project. Phantoms in the night, mischievous wizards, sorcerers conjuring black magic, supernatural creatures and telekinetic objects all come to life in fantastic 96k/24bit sound with Phantom Magic. The library delivers game trinkets, spells and sparkles, casts and conjures, potions and power-ups, shields and revives, lightning impacts, transitions, whooshes, and more.

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Get the sounds of spells, sparkles and magic in this new release from Epic Stock Media. More than 500 magical sound effects are included in the pack.
 
Hybrid Electric Car
 
  • Cars Hybrid Electric Car Play Track 100 sounds included $45 $23

    The Hybrid Electric Car SFX library features a collection of exterior and interior sounds from a 2007 Toyota Prius. A majority of the recording was conducted at El Mirage Lake, a six mile long dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

    This barren landscape, unique for its miles of completely flat terrain, is a popular filming location for automobile commercials and feature films. The recording sessions took place late in the evening and early in the morning, when the surroundings were completely silent.

    An ample collection of exterior pass bys, starts, and stop recordings on pavement, gravel, and dry lake bed are included. Speeds range from 5MPH to 80MPH from only running on the electric motor/battery pack, to pushing the Prius' gas engine towards its max. Other sounds such as washer/wipers, electric motor and gas engine idling complete the collection.

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A classic library from New Sound Lab, this one captures the sound of a Toyota Prius hybrid electric car. It was recorded on a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert, and delivers a large selection of hybrid car sound effects to work with.
 
Piping Systems
 
  • Drones & Moods Piping Systems Play Track 46 sounds included, 110 mins total $49

    Get the sounds of gas and water running through massive and tiny pipes, at three processing sites closed to the public.

    This library delivers the sounds of a gas control station, a sewage plant and a waterworks. We recorded the hissing of gas, low drones of water rushing through massive pipes, and the sounds of various stages of sewage processing, recorded indoors and outdoors in multiple locations and rooms throughout the three facilities. The library includes close-up sound effects, indoor and outdoor ambiences, and features ambiences and stereo contact mic recordings of active gas and water pipes, capturing the various resonating pipes in isolation.

    Total play time of all recordings is just under 2 hours.

     

     

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David Kamp from ShapingWaves got special access to three processing plants that are normally closed to the public. The result is an interesting library that delivers a unique collection of gas, water and sewerage rushing through pipes + some great ambience recordings.
 
Dreamscape Vol 2
 
  • Drones & Moods Dreamscapes vol.2 Play Track 21 sounds included, 22 mins total $10

    Dreamscapes is a collection of versatile, carefully crafted drones and textures, that would take you away into the deep unknown realms. The pack includes all kinds of moods: from low-rumbling environmental ambiences and spacey drones, to the divine and transparent textures. All sounds are seamless loops, thus will fit perfectly in any project including games, with no additional tailoring required.

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A new release by Digital Rain Lab, this one gets you a selection of sci-fi drone sounds at a very affordable price.
   

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Popular sound effects this week:

 
  • Animals & Creatures Animal Hyperrealism Vol II Play Track Over 2000 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $170 $136

    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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  • Materials & Texture Explainer Video Sound Kit Play Track 1222 sounds included, 120 mins total $96 $59

    Skip all the hassle and wasted time trying to find the right sounds. Explainer Video Sound Kit has everything you need to create dynamic sound tracks for video ads, commercials, animations, marketing and explainer videos. Importantly, it’s all royalty-free and an unbeatable time saving value.

    As you know, creators of motion graphics, animations and explainer videos struggle mightily with finding the right sound effects for their projects. Sadly, wasting lots of time and energy. That’s why we created the Explainer Video Sound Kit. It’s an all-in-one power pack that gets your project done fast. 1200 designed sounds, cinematic elements, transitions, Foley, natural and organic sounds and a sweet selection of background music all ready to go.

    Instantly take your production to a new level of engaging sound. Create compelling audio/video experiences easier than ever. Save time and level up your audio skills like a pro with the Explainer Video sound library!

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  • Sci-Fi Inaccuracy Play Track 152 sounds included, 15 mins total $22 $5

    “INACCURACY” is a collection of 152 digital glitches, errors and malfunctions. These sounds were created using a great variety of audio sources (from vocalizations to, even, designed Sci-Fi weapons) processed with extreme changes in time, velocity and pitch to obtain very direct and aggressive glitches.

    The sounds in “INACCURACY” are great for any kind of Sci-Fi production (games, trailers and movies).

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  • Electricity Electric Arcs and Energy Play Track 266 sounds included $39.99 $19.99

    Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds.  The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw.  These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project.  They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more.  They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.

    The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups.  Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.

    Recording and Editing

    This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds.  The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz.  All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

     

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  • Animals & Creatures Broken Robot Play Track 87 sounds included $12.99 $6.99

    This library is a small “utility” collection of sounds great for use as Robot/Machines but also great for UI and Weapon design elements.  Servos, various metal objects and analog synths were recorded as source material to create this library.  The library includes raw servo recordings and meticulously performed or designed robotic/machine-like sounds.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

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  • Foley Footsteps & Movements Play Track 7.400 sounds included, 228 mins total $49 $39

    The Foleyart Collection | Footsteps & Movements brings high quality Foley Artist footsteps to every audio production studio: offers high end recordings in different distance to adjust perfectly to your scene. All sounds in WAV and tagged with Metadata.

    Key footstep features:
    Footsteps & Movements gets you thousands of high quality footsteps, including different walking speeds, behaviours & surfaces.

    Shoes
    • Business
    • Boots
    • High Heels
    • Slipper
    • Sneaker
    • Barefoot
    Surfaces
    • Concrete
    • Carpet
    • Timber Floor
    • Hardwood Fl.
    • Gravel
    Clothes
    • Light
    • Medium
    • Jeans

    Also available bundled with the Kontakt Instrument version here for a sweet 41% total discount

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  • Vehicles Skate on Board Play Track 112 sounds included, 22 mins total $49.99

    Skate on Board is an SFX library with the purpose of bringing alive the hidden sounds of skateboarding. This library has 65 stereo recordings with the best sound quality of actions such as jumps, pass by, and grinds over different surfaces like concrete banquets, and rail tubes. Furthermore, this library contains 47 mono audios of P.O.V perspectives which were reordered with different microphones attached to the skateboard to capture the full maneuvers and details of skateboarding.

  • The west is still wild.  A collection of clean and loopable natural ambient atmosphere elements – each 3 minutes long. This collection represents my best content and works great in multitrack layers.

    The core of this collection are natural sounds captured in the wilds of Oregon, USA – Western North America. The wildlife in the forests, streams, lakes, coast, and deserts of Oregon are a good substitute for most US and Canadian states west of the Rocky Mountains, including Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, British Colombia, Alberta, Alaska, and Wyoming.

    These recordings are from a pristine environment that avoid any human caused sounds.

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  • Animals & Creatures Broken Robot Play Track 87 sounds included $12.99 $6.99

    This library is a small “utility” collection of sounds great for use as Robot/Machines but also great for UI and Weapon design elements.  Servos, various metal objects and analog synths were recorded as source material to create this library.  The library includes raw servo recordings and meticulously performed or designed robotic/machine-like sounds.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

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  • Electricity Electric Arcs and Energy Play Track 266 sounds included $39.99 $19.99

    Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds.  The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw.  These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project.  They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more.  They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.

    The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups.  Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.

    Recording and Editing

    This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds.  The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz.  All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

     

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  • Whooshes liftFX Play Track 275+ sounds included $89 $71.20

    AWE YOUR AUDIENCE WITH RISERS, BUILD-UPS, DROPS AND MORE.
    Risers, build-ups, drops, breaks, downlifters, swells, sweeps, falls – it has never been so easy to hype your audience. Forget samples, just turn the knob or let liftFX even do that for you, automatically, in beat sync at the length you need it to be.

    KEY FEATURES:

    • Playable in real-time with instant auditive and visual feedback
    • Any length, tempo, pitch range and root note possible
    • Tempo sync or time (s) duration
    • Control key parameters independently or automatically (+ reversed)
    • Automation and modwheel (cc1) support for each parameter
    • 275 nifty presets included
    • Optional time lock and control lock to try different presets with current setting
    • High cut and low cut filters, reverb and delay
    • Lightweight plug-in, as it relies on synthesis
    USE CASES:

    • Build captivating uplifters, downlifters, drops, rhythmic, percussive builds and more effects out of the box
    • Any electronic genre such as EDM, Trap, Dubstep, Pop, Hip Hop, Drum’n’Bass, House, Techno, and more
    • Cinematic and experimental sound design
    • Beef up your synthesizers with tonal layers or harmonic overtones to achieve a fat, rich sound
    • liftFX requires a free iLok account (click to learn more)
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