Last week, I launched a small survey to find out what sound libraries you’d like to see made – and now the results are in! There are some really good ideas in there, so a big thanks to all of you who took part.
I’ve included a few ones from last year’s survey too (these are marked with a *), as I still think these ideas are quite relevant. I’ve also added a comment here and there, for suggestions where there might be something useful available already.
• Animals such as dolphins, whales, cats, big cats, bears, deer, moose and others. (There’s a library with stag sound effects here)
• Bicycles – clean and modern, as well as old and rusty
• Birds, people, nature sounds WITHOUT planes, cars, cities. We need this for historical films.
• Computer Beeps (both basic, and sci fi) – beeps, Interface sounds for zooming, swiping etc. (some of these UI libraries could come in handy)
• Cute, non-annoying dolphin sounds.
• Deep space phenomenon (black holes, quasars, neutron stars, supernova etc)
• Doors – Various wooden ones, big small, plastic doors, sliding doors, every type of door. / Doors and Lockers! Every Sound with different Intensities and performances, to match performances on-screen as much as they can. (this door SFX library could be useful for that)
• Electric cars: Teslas, hybrids
• Farm animals / machines and tools / farm life (there’s an extensive Farm Animal library SFX here)
• Flyby/passby library (there are a number of passby collections in the Whoosh sound effects category)
• Fire / flame (this fire SFX library might fit the bill for that)
• Grains (everything starting from fine sand, to debris)*
• Global events (Olympics, World Cup, Tour De France etc) *
• Heavy Machinery
• Heavy Metal Implements
• Historical village and townscapes, taverns, traffic-free city noises, horses on cobblestone, tanners, blacksmith’s forges etc.
• Knocking / banging on various items such as doors, walls etc – different speeds, intensities, bare-handed, with gloves
• Large Electric Motors: Everything from large industrial servos, to the drive motor of an electric car, to the AC motors on subway railcars, maybe even all the way up to electric motors on certain ships. There are also the highly unique sounds of the Formula E. An ideal recording would include sustained power at several RPMs, as well as varied acceleration and deceleration.
• Monster sounds – I can find some stuff and other I’ve recorded, but it be nice if there were a library with scuttling, high-pitched screeches, growls (something like Creatures – Designed or Creatures could be useful for this. More in the Animals & Creatures sound effect category)
• Non-car vehicle engines and sounds, motorcycles etc, but scifi styles too (there’s a selection of non-car vehicle sounds in the Vehicles category)
• Pens, pencils, brushes, chalk – drawing, painting and other creative uses
• Positive, upbeat, happy, sparkling, swooshy, shiny, shimmery sounds a la Blastwave’s POP! library.
• Reptile recordings
• Rolling loops of different size, weight, texture and if possible by layers organized in frequencies of wood, metal, plastic and their corresponding squeaks. For example, loops of tree logs rolling, or different size metal tanks or pipes rolling downhill on concrete etc etc.
• Rowing boats (there’s a Rowing Boat SFX library here)
• Scifi/fantasy weapons/spells etc (good ideas – for spells and fantasy sounds, check out the Magic sound effects library)
• Sci-Fi vehicle engine sounds – continuous, not just pass-bys. There are lots of pass-by sounds out there, but continuous engine sounds are harder to come by. Could be for spacecraft, as well as for ground vehicles too.
• Skids and Peel outs
• Slingshot bys library
• Small “fire” (candle, lighter, old lamps)
• Steampunk (gears, steam, rusty, etc)
• Swoosh/fx sweetener element library would be pretty fun. Just have lots of gunshot canyon tails, flames and bursts, zings, hits and low end sweeteners. (there might be something useful in the Whoosh category)
• Tiny gears, cranks, mechanisms etc *
• Vintage cars from the early days of the automotive industry (this 1932 Ford might come in handy)
• Walkie talkie (beep, voices in different languages, interference, feedbacks) (there are several walkie talkie SFX libraries available here)
• Wind in grass (this wind / rustle library could be useful)
• WALLA that can be used internationally in M&E! Most walla has distinct words in a language and will be rejected by TV stations in other countries. We need a wall library that has been carefully edited to take this stuff out.
If you’ve got more ideas, please leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list. Once again, thanks a lot to everyone who shared their ideas – and hopefully this will prove inspiring to the sound effect creators out there!
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