Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect, we have new libraries that focus on the elements – both as the essentials you need and the physical makeup of our world. You can hear ocean waves from the shores of Taveuni and Northern California, crunchy, twisted ice blocks and ice cubes, and hot and cold combining for some sizzling goodness. You can also find rifles and pistols itemized for your game audio needs, in-depth coverage of amusement park rides, all the pieces of a carpenter’s workshop, and residential ambiences that show daily life from morning to night. If you are working on an interactive project, this is definitely your week!
Thermal Flux
 
  • Materials & Texture Thermal Flux Play Track 213 sounds included $72 incl. vat

    Thermal Flux is a sound effects library formed by extreme temperature reactions. With materials ranging from -119°F to 1900°F all captured at 192kHz/24bit, it's a fiery (and icy) collection of unique sound design source material.

    In each recording, props with vast temperature differentials interact with each other… Red hot ball bearings vaporize liquids, melt ice, and destroy various household products. Extremely cold metal instantly freezes water. Molten metals and glass pour into water, groaning, chirping, and crackling, as they solidify. Dry ice causes coins to viciously chatter. Water beads bounce, whine, and buzz on blazing hot pans. White hot sand roars and erupts upon contact with water. All of this and more was recorded with mics capturing quality frequency information up to ~65kHz. This ultrasonic content allows for extreme pitch shifting without compromising fidelity.

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'Thermal Flux' by Collected Transients discovers extreme temperatures for an interesting collection of elemental sounds. Ranging from -119°F to 1900°F, you’ll hear molten metal and glass being poured into water, water beads falling on hot pans, dry ice interacting with coins, white hot sand hitting liquid, and more. Captured with multiple microphones, this library also gives you the perspectives you need from the designers’ curious minds and ears. For a thermodynamic library with plenty of experimental sounds to play with, check this one out.
 
Battle Rifles and Pistols
 
  • Weapons Battle Rifles and Pistols Play Track 133 sounds included, 80 mins total $96 incl. vat

    Battle Rifles and Pistols is an extensive library collection of modern firearms, recorded and designed by Watson Wu (Assassin’s Creed, Breach & Clear, Operation Flashpoint) and Nick Dixon (Call Of Duty, Homefront: The Revolution, Need for Speed).

    The collection has been mixed and designed from 10, 12 and 16 channel recording sessions. Each weapon features a full suite of ballistics, foley, casings on four surfaces and multiple firing modes where appropriate. The library includes close and distant range ballistics alongside a small selection of impulse responses for acoustic processing.

    Battle Rifles and Pistols includes:

    Firearms included:
    • AK47
    • FN SCAR
    • SKS
    • XM8
    • Micro Uzi
    • MP7A1
    • 44 Magnum
    • Baretta M9
    • Desert Eagle
    • Glock 18
    • TT-33
    • Benelli Supernova
    Casings Included:
    • 9mm
    • 45 ACP
    • 50 BMG
    • 223
    • 303

    Impulse Responses Included:
    • 5 Floor Apartment Stairwell
    • Underground Car Park


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Watson Wu and Nick Dixon, both of AAA fame, know their way around gun foley for games, and their new library 'Battle Rifles and Pistols' brings it all to you. Featuring 17 rifles and pistols, casings falling on various surfaces, foley, stairwell and underground carpark impulse responses, and multiple firing modes and perspectives, this library is the holy grail of ballistic game audio. You can also read about the making of this library, too, in their latest guest post! If you need an all-in-one gun library, this one will make you drool.
 
Residential Ambiences
 
  • City Life Residential Ambiences Play Track 15+ sounds included, 150 mins total $42 incl. vat

    In Residential Ambiences you will get the sounds of 15 different recordings of residential atmospheres with a duration of 10 minutes each so there’s no need to loop.

    Recordings have been done during five different periods of a day. Each one includes three versions:

    1. Early Morning
    2. Morning
    3. Afternoon
    4. Evening
    5. Night

    Recordings feature sounds such as dozens of birds singing in the early morning, dove calls in the morning as the same time traffic gets noisier, human activities in the background in the afternoon distant traffic and voices in the evening, and sirens wailing in distance at night.

    Some of the birds included are: doves, sparrows, crows, a cock, woodpeckers, blackcaps, magpies, and pigeons.

    Since some of the files are extremely quiet (mainly in the evening and at night), descriptive markers have been included to highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in separate folder.

    All files have been recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit with Soundminer and BWAV embedded metadata.

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'Residential Ambiences' by GainWalkers gets you a series of 10-minute residential ambiences that contain all the signifiers of a passing day. You will hear sounds of evening birds, morning choruses, night traffic, dogs barking, retirees mowing their lawns in the afternoon, and more. Plus, the notable features in the tracks have been marked for Izotope RX, Reaper, and Soundminer to help you find what you’re looking for. For a cleverly organized library that will give your background the right amount of towniness, this is one to hear.
 
Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle
 
  • The Complete Amusement Park Sound Effects Bundle includes two sound libraries featuring various amusement rides, roller coaster pass bys with and without screaming, amusement park ambiences, and more.

    Most sounds were recorded with LCR (Left, Center, Right) microphone setup with a tracking handheld mono shotgun microphone. Stereo downmixes are included for extra convenience.

    If you are searching for high-quality amusement park sound effects library with a lot of useful content, this is the bundle for you.

    The Bundle includes:

    ROLLER COASTER SOUND BUILDER

    The world’s first roller coaster sound effects library.

    • 5 roller coasters
    • Multi-microphone
    • Pass by & onboard
    • 10.3 gigabytes
    More details about this library

    AMUSEMENT RIDES & AMBIENCES SOUND EFFECTS

    Multichannel amusement park rides & ambiences sound effects library.

    • 8 amusement rides
    • Amusement park ambiences
    • 5.4 gigabytes
    More details about this library

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'Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle' is fantastic, expertly-recorded library by the guys of Effect Sense. This collection is not made up of your typical guerilla recordings: the team shut down a park to record clean takes of the machines themselves - though they knew how much we need those audience screams, too! The collection comes in three versions, plus you can read all about in their recording adventures in their Q&A with us. If you need sounds from an amusement park, this collection is a godsend.
 
Carpenter’s Tools
 
  • Wood Carpenter’s Tools Play Track 100+ sounds included, 43 mins total $36 incl. vat

    “Carpenters Tools” is a collection of sounds that come directly from the carpenter’s workplace. You will find sounds from a variety of machines and hand tools that help the carpenter form his creations. All machines are recorded in their full cycle: start, movement, part machining and stopping. This collection will fill your missing sounds from the carpenter’s workshop.

    Tool recordings included:
    Circular saw, small circular saw, small planer machine, table planer machine, old belt grinder, disc grinder, grinder, band saw, jigsaw, milling machine, hand drill, cordless drill, smirgell, vacuum cleaner, internal aspiration, external aspiration, saw, big size flat file, fine flat file, sandpaper

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The sound designers at West Wolf decided to take a break from recording rural and urban ambiences to stay inside their workshop. In their new library 'Carpenter’s Tools' you’ll hear a variety of machines and tools like saws, planers, grinders, jigsaws, drills, vacuums, sanders, and more for the sounds that some of the craftier of us live for. These tools were also recorded from beginning to end with a Neumann KM184 Stereo Pair in XY configuration at 192 kHz. Whether you needs sounds of carpentry or you are creating new weapons and machines, check this one out.
 
Ice Blocks and Ice Cubes
 
  • Ice Ice Blocks and Ice Cubes Play Track 48 sounds included, 6 mins total $10.80 incl. vat

    Various handpicked and carefully recorded essential and familiar ice sounds. Recorded ice cubes and ice blocks of different sizes to make crackling, breaking, twisting, sizzling, swirling, chipping, smashing, and shaking sounds.

    Several types of tools were used to chip and break the ice objects such as kitchen knives, hammers, rubber mallets, and ice picks. A hot iron was used to melt ice blocks, ice cubes were stepped on to make crushing and walking sounds, ice cubes in glass and plastic cups combined with water, plastic ice trays of freshly frozen ice that was twisted, turned, and recorded different ways.

    These are just handful of examples of the many familiar sounds of ice that are included in this sound library.

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'Ice Blocks and Ice Cubes' by Kevin Durr is a quick pack of ice sounds that cover a wide variety of needs. In its 48 files, you will hear sounds of ice blocks and ice cubes being cracked, twisted, shaken, and chipped with knives, hammers, mallets, and ice picks. You’ll also hear the sizzling sounds of melting ice and the twisting swirls of cubes as they are slowly thawed in a cup of water. If you’re looking for an ice library that will make a dent on your timeline but not your wallet, check this one out.
 
Binaural Beaches of Northern California
 
  • Water & Oceans Binaural Beaches of Northern California Play Track 11 sounds included, 54 mins total $19.20 incl. vat

    This is a collection of various Northern California beaches recorded binaurally with a Neumann KU 100 Dummy Head. Recorded at Black Sand Beach, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Bodega Bay.

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'Binaural Beaches of Northern California' by Kevin Durr has nearly an hour of lush waves as they creep upon the shores of Northern California. Recorded at Black Sand Beach, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Bodega Bay, this library contains ambiences that last from three to seven minutes and capture peaceful, ever-changing whooshes that might just lull you to sleep. It also has different perspectives that capture close-up drips and hisses on the sand, as well as the low, engulfing rumble of waves charging toward the shore. For a solid collection of waves, give this one a listen
 
Wave Break Vol. 2
 
  • Environments Wave Break Vol. 2 Play Track 50 sounds included, 286 mins total $60 incl. vat

    ‘Wave Break Vol.2’ is a compilation of 50 recordings (286 minutes total) capturing the natural sounds of the sea breaking on land. This library follows on from ‘Wave Break Vol.1’ but is uniquely different as it only features stereo recordings from Taveuni, a tropical Island in Fiji.

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Sometimes sound designers are drawn to capture the same types of sources, and this week is proof. 'Wave Break Vol. 2' is another new wave library and Alexander Gastrell’s next installment in his collection of both soothing and intense waves. Recorded on Taveuni Island, one of the Fiji islands, this collection captures this remote location with nearly five hours of tranquil laps and terrifying crashes. To help you navigate all it has to offer, Alexander also included helpful metadata with words like ‘pebbles’, ‘sand’, ‘rough water’, ‘low rumble’ and more. If you need waves, you have some good options this week!
   

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Popular sound effects this week:

 
  • Horror Mutation Play Track 200 sounds included, 40 mins total $24 incl. vat

    “Mutation” is a collection of 200 mutation sound effects aimed to be used in horror/sic-fi productions.
    The pack is focused on bloody and creepy transformations where you can hear how the flesh, blood and bones of the subject are being transformed and reshaping into something else.

    Uncommon sources like plastic and scrap movements, dry leaves and metallic guitar picks were used to create this collection.

    The library contains 20 files (WAV, 24 Bit / 96 kHz), 10 variations each, summing a total of 200 sfx.

    As a bonus I included the sources (32 sfx) used to create the sounds in the library.

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  • City Life Slush And Wet Streets Play Track 34+ sounds included, 92 mins total $36 $24 incl. vat

    “Slush and Wet Streets” is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets.

    Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.

    You will encounter sounds of people who walk in slush and snow, voices and other sounds typical of the winter urban environment. The library was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer.

    Gear used: Neumann KM184st, Rode NT4, Edirol R4pro.

    Enjoy the winter streets.

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  • Weapons Sci-Fi Weapons (PSD) Play Track 1847+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $72 $54 incl. vat

    The Sci-Fi Weapons library delivers more than 1000 futuristic weapon shots, charges, ricochets and other related sounds.

    All of them were designed using exclusively recorded Foley sounds, synthetic layers, various sound manipulation and morphing techniques.

    Single shots and automatic fire, reloading ammo, energy blasts, impacts and explosions, surface hits – it’s all there, ready to be used in your sci-fi projects!

    Forthcoming updates and extensions of the library are free! You have to pay the actual price once, and you will be getting new stuff as it is released.

    Version 1.2 is out:
    A new version has just been released, with another 537 sounds – bringing the total number of sounds in the library to more than 1800

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  • Weapons Sci-Fi Weapons (PSD) Play Track 1847+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $72 $54 incl. vat

    The Sci-Fi Weapons library delivers more than 1000 futuristic weapon shots, charges, ricochets and other related sounds.

    All of them were designed using exclusively recorded Foley sounds, synthetic layers, various sound manipulation and morphing techniques.

    Single shots and automatic fire, reloading ammo, energy blasts, impacts and explosions, surface hits – it’s all there, ready to be used in your sci-fi projects!

    Forthcoming updates and extensions of the library are free! You have to pay the actual price once, and you will be getting new stuff as it is released.

    Version 1.2 is out:
    A new version has just been released, with another 537 sounds – bringing the total number of sounds in the library to more than 1800

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  • User Interface (UI) Ui One Play Track 1400 sounds included $42 incl. vat

    This collection contains over 1400 original sound effects for user interfaces, telemetry, gadgetry and more.

  • User Interface (UI) UI Sounds: Futuristic Play Track 400 sounds included $46.80 incl. vat

    UI SOUNDS: Futuristic, the next step of our user interface (UI) SFX series, is a collection of 400 well organized selections ranging from subtle to glitchy and vivid elements which are ready to use in any futuristic user interface environment, smart TV app, wearable device app, UI demonstration or infographic video, as well as in your games.

    All sounds are spread across these 9 categories: selections, buttons, open – close – pause interfaces, holograms, alarm loops, notifications, calculations, screen errors, browse menu and delivered to you in the 3 most commonly used file formats to save you the trouble of having to create them yourself; WAV, MP3, OGG

 
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  • City Life Venice Play Track 27+ sounds included, 53 mins total $38.38 $30.60 incl. vat

    Get a rich collection of Italian ambiences captured in legendary Venice / Venezia. The library features lots of pedestrian ambiences

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  • Sci-Fi Digital Dust Play Track 128+ sounds included $48 incl. vat

    Digital Dust delivers 128 tracks of pure digital bit-crushing distortion, deep atmospheric drones, and ear-piercing interface sounds.
    Digital Dust is not your usual clean and modern computer command sound effects library. All sounds have been designed from real world electrical or organic recorded sounds.

    Granulated, stretched, pitched and mangled in endless chains of plugins and hardware, for very different and almost apocalyptic kinds of rogue computer command sounds. The samples can easily be stretched or processed even more, for even weirder sound fx.

    The library contains:

    26 Drones/atmospheric beds. All are minimum 1 minute long, and are easily loopable.
    61 Glitchy, bitcrushing FX.
    41 Otherworldly signal FX.
  • Mechanical Alarms & Warnings Designed Play Track 104 sounds included $30 incl. vat

    ‘Alarms & Warnings Designed’ is a collection of 52 alarm sounds suitable for the science fiction genre. This library includes ‘one-shot’ audio files that are ready to be placed in a sampler as well as 30 second loops of those same files. All sounds are ‘dry’ and ready to be processed.

    This library goes well with ‘Fully Charged Vol.1’

  • Mechanical Lifts & Elevators Play Track 350+ sounds included, 140 minutes mins total $54 $43.20 incl. vat

    This library contains a collection of sounds sourced from 22 different elevators found in the following locations:

    • Apartments
    • Car Parks
    • Libraries
    • Offices
    • Theatres
    • Universities
    • Warehouses

    Each elevator has its own unique characteristics featuring creaks, groans, impacts & rattles. All elevators feature roomtones, buttons, doors opening & closing (both interior & exterior perspective) and in motion using the Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6, Sennheiser MKH 416 and Sennheiser MKH 8020 stereo pair at 24bit/96khz for all your sound design needs.

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  • The Renault Master 2.3 dci diesel van sound library is a go-to pack for many transportation-related scenes. It features 102 96kHz files, more than 130 minutes of audio covering different aspects of using the van. Inside you’ll find engine sounds recorded under the hood, stereo recordings from the cabin during driving, exterior passes and different maneuvers and foley recordings.

    The library contains:

    • 6 engine under-the-hood onboard recordings while driving (38 minutes)
    • 10 interior cabin recordings, 6 in sync with engine (54 minutes)
    • 70 exterior passby / driving files
    • 18 foley sound effects
 
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