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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
 
  • 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 $80

    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 $35

    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 $30

    “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 $9

    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
 
  • 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 $50

    ‘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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  • The second in a series of WW Audio SFX Sample Packs. This is Volume 2 – Crowds & Ambiences and contains 70 high quality, professional random, sometimes eclectic sound effects for your theatre or film projects.

    Recordings include;
    Marrakech skyline – calling for prayers, fireworks let off on a Spanish beach, the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem – the holy crucifixion site, Benidorm Old Town, Go Karting, The Cheesecake Factory – Las Vegas, The Ramblas – Barcelona, Dam Square – Amsterdam, Italian harbour, Leadenhall Market – London, Munich beer hall, London Aquatic Centre, The Old Town Square – Prague, British National Museum, Mersey ferry ambience, Ducks on a canal and much more.

    ​All files include Soundminer, ID3v2.3.0 and Riff Info metadata embedded into the files to make for easy searching in your database of choice.

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  • Footstep & Foley Sounds contains 511 high quality professionally recorded footstep sounds. Surfaces included: concrete, dirt, grass, gravel, metal, mud, water, wood, ice and snow. Plus 141 Foley sounds covering a variety of character movement sounds. A perfect addition to add realism to your footstep sounds.

    This pack also includes a variety of 160 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection. ALL sounds from Footstep & Foley Sounds are included in Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.

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  • Whooshes Airy Whooshes Play Track 409 sounds included $29 $24

    Over 400 focused sound design accents of airy swooshes, subtle swipes, thin whooshes, and breathy fly-ins.

    This collection features:

    • Each clip is trimmed into its own file.
    • Available in multiple pitches and speeds.
    • Meticulously named and organized in both metadata and folder classification.
    • Includes 18+ fields of professional Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata.
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  • The second in a series of WW Audio SFX Sample Packs. This is Volume 2 – Crowds & Ambiences and contains 70 high quality, professional random, sometimes eclectic sound effects for your theatre or film projects.

    Recordings include;
    Marrakech skyline – calling for prayers, fireworks let off on a Spanish beach, the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem – the holy crucifixion site, Benidorm Old Town, Go Karting, The Cheesecake Factory – Las Vegas, The Ramblas – Barcelona, Dam Square – Amsterdam, Italian harbour, Leadenhall Market – London, Munich beer hall, London Aquatic Centre, The Old Town Square – Prague, British National Museum, Mersey ferry ambience, Ducks on a canal and much more.

    ​All files include Soundminer, ID3v2.3.0 and Riff Info metadata embedded into the files to make for easy searching in your database of choice.

  • Foley Angry Door 192 Play Track 1400+ sounds included, 103 mins total $42 $33.60

    The doors are very kind, but don’t make them angry. They could lose their temper resulting in a very noisy bang.

    This library enriches the sfx world with new door and gate objects, both source and designed, with variety of expressive actions and perspectives. The everyday usual noises along with fantasy stimulating sounds – e.g. deep “dungeon” metal door, high pitch squeaking wire-netting gate, heavy church gate and so on. To make the slams and smashes even more hard, heavy and dirty, wildly designed “Angry” versions have been added.

    Library highlight:
    18 door and gate objects, recorded in old, gloomy houses and a church
    • 6.29 GB, 645 files, several takes for each action
    • “Close-Up”, “Near”, “Middle” and “Behind” perspectives in selected cases, plus mix of them
    192khz/24 bit including ultrasonic information- the greatest resolution for next design processes
    Sound Devices MixPre6, Sanken CO100K, Sennheiser MKH30, DPA 4007, DPA 4060, Schertler Dyn Uni P48
    Photo reference for each object

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  • Sports Soccer SFX Play Track 100 sounds included $20

    Want the sound of soccer (or football, if you like)? This library delivers a wide range of soccer sounds, including various kicks and ball impact sounds.

    It also packs keep-up, knee, chest and header sounds + ball impacts on various surfaces / items. And finally, soccer boot footsteps, keeper sounds and ref whistles are also included.

 
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  • Foley Angry Door 192 Play Track 1400+ sounds included, 103 mins total $42 $33.60

    The doors are very kind, but don’t make them angry. They could lose their temper resulting in a very noisy bang.

    This library enriches the sfx world with new door and gate objects, both source and designed, with variety of expressive actions and perspectives. The everyday usual noises along with fantasy stimulating sounds – e.g. deep “dungeon” metal door, high pitch squeaking wire-netting gate, heavy church gate and so on. To make the slams and smashes even more hard, heavy and dirty, wildly designed “Angry” versions have been added.

    Library highlight:
    18 door and gate objects, recorded in old, gloomy houses and a church
    • 6.29 GB, 645 files, several takes for each action
    • “Close-Up”, “Near”, “Middle” and “Behind” perspectives in selected cases, plus mix of them
    192khz/24 bit including ultrasonic information- the greatest resolution for next design processes
    Sound Devices MixPre6, Sanken CO100K, Sennheiser MKH30, DPA 4007, DPA 4060, Schertler Dyn Uni P48
    Photo reference for each object

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  • Industrial Motor Fan Play Track 76+ sounds included $58 $40.60

    MOTOR FAN household edition features both Internal & External mechanical sound from household items.
    Motors and compressors found in the kitchen, ACs & outdoor units + heaters and compressors and more.

    Features motor, fan & compressor sounds from sources like:

    Refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, juicers, fans, AC / hvac, washing machines, boilers, compressors, vents, heaters, chain saws & more
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  • Igniter is the new industry standard for creating any real-world or sci-fi vehicle and engine sound effects with ease and at unbeatable value. Whether you work in audio post or game audio, Igniter enables you to design, perform and automate any complex vehicle behaviour directly in your DAW – from sports cars, motorbikes, planes, helicopters, spacecraft and other engine sounds to moving ambiences, textures, Foley or whatever sparks your imagination.

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    Igniter is the only solution of its kind to come jam-packed with over 20 performable vehicles and 1,943 audio assets from vehicles including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Tesla, Harley Davidson, Huey UH-1H, Agusta Westland 119x, CH-47D Chinook, Bombardier Challenger, Cessna 560XL, skids, sweeteners and much more. Recordings come from Watson Wu, The Recordist, Sounding Sweet, George Vlad, Echo Peak and Flysound.

    For vehicle fanatics, Igniter Full Tank comes with 75GB of additional library content including onboard recordings, ramps & static rev bands, Foley sounds, skids, slides and much more!

  • Igniter is the new industry standard for creating any real-world or sci-fi vehicle and engine sound effects with ease. Whether you work in audio post or game audio, Igniter enables you to design, perform and automate any complex vehicle behaviour directly in your DAW – from sports cars, motorbikes, planes, helicopters, spacecraft and other engine sounds to moving ambiences, textures, Foley or whatever sparks your imagination.

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    Igniter is the only solution of its kind to come jam-packed with over 20 performable vehicles and 614 audio assets from vehicles including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Tesla, Harley Davidson, Huey UH-1H, Agusta Westland 119x, CH-47D Chinook, Bombardier Challenger, Cessna 560XL, skids, sweeteners and much more. Recordings come from Watson Wu, The Recordist, Sounding Sweet, George Vlad, Echo Peak and Flysound.

  • Aircraft - Jet/Propeller Planes F16 Maneuvers Play Track 70 sounds included, 45 mins total $39 $27

    The F16 Maneuvers library features 36 recordings of F16 Fighter jets, captured at three different locations from the ground perspective. In addition to those, we included :

    – 22 flight formation sounds (up to six aircrafts), designed using Sound Particles 3D software.

    – 8 recordings captured using contact microphones, attached in a nearby parked vehicle, leading up to some low tones and rumbles, that could be useful as sweeteners in aircraft or other complex sounds.

    – 4 mixing sessions, combining ambient and contact mic recordings.

    The product includes a total of 45 minutes of HQ material (24bit/96kHZ) and a total of 70 sounds, including 17 Soundminer metadata fields, such as description, keywords, category/sub-category, microphones and more.

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