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 $72.60 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 $96.80 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 $42.35 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
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    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 $36.30 $24.20 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 $10.89 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 $19.36 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 $60.50 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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  • Foley Switch Play Track 124 sounds included $24.20 $14.52 incl. vat

    124 recordings of various switches and buttons, flipped, pressed and clicked. This collection contains household light and lamp switches, radio buttons and a variety of other activate and click presses.

    Recorded in 2018 and 2019 with a stereo shotgun microphone.

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.

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  • Animals & Creatures Animal Hyperrealism Vol II Play Track Over 2000 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $205.70 incl. vat

    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 Glacier Ice Play Track 300+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $48.40 incl. vat

    Glacier Ice is a library containing over 300 high quality sounds of ice cracking, breaking, shattering in various sizes of blocks – recorded entirely in the Italian Alps over the course of two winters.

    The library contains sounds of all dimensions, from ice cubes being dropped in a drink to a designed iceberg collapsing.

    The majority of the material was recorded at 192 KHz with a Sanken CO100K and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH8040, making this library greatly flexible for pitch shifting and all sorts of heavy processing.

    A small section recorded at 96KHz features sounds recorded exclusively with contact microphones placed directly on the surface of a frozen water stream.

    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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  • Foley Switch Play Track 124 sounds included $24.20 $14.52 incl. vat

    124 recordings of various switches and buttons, flipped, pressed and clicked. This collection contains household light and lamp switches, radio buttons and a variety of other activate and click presses.

    Recorded in 2018 and 2019 with a stereo shotgun microphone.

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.

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  • Metal Gun Shell SFX Collection Play Track 3647 sounds included $59.29 incl. vat

    The Gun Shell sound effects library features a comprehensive collection of sounds made with empty gun shell casings. Including 12 different shell types, 7 surfaces, and a huge amount of takes (3600+ files in total), this library is more than just a collection of falling shell sounds. It includes shells colliding with each other, rolling, bouncing, being picked up, and more.

    These expressive little sounds can add the essential detail in your project, or you can use them creatively to craft totally new sound effects layers for weapons or item/coin pick up. Ammo box handling foley and bullet belt link sounds are also included.

    Included calibers / shell types: 

    7.62×39mm • 7.62×54mmR • 9mm • .22LR • .30-06 • .38 SPL • .44 MAG • .45 ACP • .223 REM • .308 WIN • 12-gauge Shotgun Paper Shell • 12-gauge Shotgun Plastic Shell


    Included surfaces: 

    Concrete floor • Wooden floor • Carpet floor • Rumbling metal • Hard metal • Gravel • Dirt

    Recorded in a quiet studio environment in 96 kHz / 24 bit, these well-edited and meta-tagged sound clips make it easy to add the perfect gun shell sounds in your projects. In addition to a massive amount of variations of shells falling on different surfaces, the sounds are useful for sweetening bullet impacts, creating collect/pick up sound assets, and pitch-shifting them to create totally new sci-fi weapons.

    An informative PDF spec sheet is included with a lot of details about the shells. There you can easily find example firearms using the specific cartridge to accurately match the correct shell sounds with the guns in your projects.

    Two variations included:

    The library comes in two versions: One with multiple takes in a single audio clip, the other has a new audio clip for each shell drop. Both versions are included with this library.

  • Animals & Creatures Real Snakes Play Track 22+ sounds included $18.15 incl. vat

    Need real snake sounds? This compact, hand-picked pack delivers recordings of actual snakes hissing, inhaling and exhaling, shaking, rattling – and striking. Features snakes such as Boa, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Mexican Rattler, African Puff Adder, and Gopher Snake.

 
Explore the full, unique collection here

Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Fire Medieval Play Track 605 sounds included $71.39 incl. vat

    The Dark Ages are calling! With this curated package full of high-quality sound effects everything in your medieval world is brought to life. From objects like doors, chests and fire over foley sounds like steps, chains and gore to weapons such as the crossbow, sword, hammer and axe. This compilation provides a solid foundation of „ready to use“ sound effects to give your project an authentic medieval feeling.

     

    The Library includes:
    Horse, Textile, Impact, Whoosh, Armor, Chain, Gore, Step, Chest, Door, Drawbridge, Fire, Gate, Mechanical, Flag, Portcullis, Carriage, Axe, Blade, Bow, Catapult, Crossbow, Hammer, Knife, Quarterstaff, Sickle, Sword

  • Vehicles Classic Vehicles Play Track 40+ sounds included $24.20 $18.15 incl. vat

    Classic vehicles is a jam packed high-quality classic vehicle sound library filled with fantastic engine starts, engine revs, engine idles, door opening/closing, kick starts and much much more! Recorded at 24 bit/192 kHz you'll be able to pitch/bend these sounds to your hearts desire to create some truly monstrous sounds! The vehicles in this library are: a custom 1930 Ford Model A with a V8 flathead engine & a 1967 Triumph Bonneville. Let this pack be a small but powerful addition to your sound FX library.

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  • Weapons Mosin-Nagant Rifle Play Track 45+ sounds included $47.19 incl. vat

    Designed in Imperial Russia, spread around the world, this is the rifle of Zaitsev and millions of other Soviets and non-Soviets alike, sounding off through the bloodier moments of the 20th century, and sometimes this century too.

    Shooting was recorded at the outdoor range, with additional handling foley taken at the studio. The all-angle library includes the recording of distant shots on Sennheiser Ambeo, and on Neumann U87s in quadro formation. Our mic-ing and capturing process has been intricate enough to give you all the sound versatility you'll need for use in a fully dynamic project, and also for the ability for these sounds to pass for not just authentic Mosin fire, but also for a generic bolt-action internal magazine-fed 'old rifle' sound.

    Also included are several pre-designed mixed sounds for quick-use without additional mixing needed. Our comprehensive library of this WW1, WW2, and freedom fighting classic weapon stands ready to fire!

  • Fabric Party Pack Play Track 210 - 2000 sounds included From: $18.15 From: $16.34

    An extensive collection of party-related sounds, “Party Pack” brings you 96kHz/24-bit stereo recordings of balloons, party horns, matches, sparklers, party poppers, confetti, various toys and more!

    The library is available as 4 individual packs of related sounds (Balloons, Fire, Horns and Toys). So if you are only after balloon sounds, then you can grab only the balloon sounds! Of course, all 4 packs can be picked up together as a heavily discounted bundle!

    Read more about each pack below:

    Note: The sounds in the audio sample have some panning added; the sounds in the library itself are centered.

    Party Pack – BUNDLE (2,000 sounds, 1.98 GB)
    This pack contains all 4 of the individual packs below at a heavily discounted price:

    Party Pack – BALLOONS (649 sounds, 716 MB)
    Party Pack – FIRE (210 sounds, 424 MB)
    Party Pack – HORNS (662 sounds, 573 MB)
    Party Pack – TOYS (479 sounds, 323 MB)

    For a grand total of 2,000 party sounds!

    Party Pack – BALLOONS (649 sounds, 716 MB)
    This pack brings you 649 balloon-related sounds, including the sounds of:

    • Air Pump (Manual)
    • Bouncing (Single and Multi)
    • Deflating (Regular, Squeaking, Farting, and Loose)
    • Friction (Hair, Hands, and other Balloons)
    • Inflating (Mouth and Air Pump)
    • Popping
    • Punching Balloons
    • Stretching
    • Tying (Short, Moderate and Long)

    Party Pack – FIRE (210 sounds, 424 MB)
    This pack brings you 210 fire-related sounds, including the sounds of:

    • Matches
    •• Extinguishing (Blowout, Burnout, Shaking, Water)
    •• Igniting (Close and Distant)
    • Party Poppers
    • Safety Gas Lighter
    • Sparklers (Still, Movement and Water Extinguishing)

    Party Pack – HORNS (662 sounds, 573 MB)
    This pack brings you 662 classic party horn sounds from over 20 different horns, covering numerous durations:

    • Very Short (under 1s)
    • Short (1 – 2s)
    • Moderate (2 – 3s)
    • Long (3 – 5s)
    • Very Long (over 5s)

    Party Pack – TOYS (479 sounds, 323 MB)
    This pack brings you 479 toy-related sounds, including the sounds of:

    • Chattering Teeth
    • Confetti – Plastic (Single and Multi drops, Movement, and Picking Up)
    • Duck Whistle
    • Groan Tubes
    • Hand Clapper
    • Lip Whizzer
    • Oidz Magnet
    • Pig Toy
    • Plastic Whistle
    • Shell Shaker
    • Wooden Train Whistle

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  • Foley Switch Play Track 124 sounds included $24.20 $14.52 incl. vat

    124 recordings of various switches and buttons, flipped, pressed and clicked. This collection contains household light and lamp switches, radio buttons and a variety of other activate and click presses.

    Recorded in 2018 and 2019 with a stereo shotgun microphone.

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.

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