9 new sound libraries Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect, we have new libraries that may be just what you are looking for. We have designed elements for cinematic soundscapes, RPG games, smooth and gritty transitions, and eccentric guitar textures. We also have clean recordings of Japanese shores, musical toys, Spanish ambiences, dumpster doors, and cameras that are 50 to 90 years old. Happy listening!
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20th Century Cameras
 
  • Discover the obscure sounds of 24 film cameras designed between the 1930s and 1970s. Carefully organised into 159 files, the 20th Century Cameras library offers over 3900+ sounds recorded at pristine 24bit/96kHz, thus allowing you to not only use the mechanical sounds of the cameras for their intended purpose, but also for sound design.

    In order to help you navigate through the plethora of sounds available, rich SoundMiner metadata has been carefully crafted in order to describe the sounds as simply as possible, using multiple keywords and terms, where needed.

    The library contains mostly mechanical sounds, such as the sound of shutter release at different shutter speeds, knobs, latches, wheels, and more, in addition to some Foley sounds as well.  Due to the age of the cameras, most of the shutter release sounds have slight variations between them, even at the same shutter speed.

    The library also comes with a free eBook which can be viewed and downloaded here.

    In addition to the SoundMiner metadata sheet down below, the eBook provides information as to how older cameras work, and more details as to how each of the cameras recorded for the library work. The book goes into a fair bit of detail as to what sounds each camera offers, without getting too technical.

    If you have any questions about this library, feel free to quickly send me an e-mail. I tend to reply within minutes.

    If you would like to hear more, here is a slightly extended version of the video preview:

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'20th Century Cameras' by SKYES Audio has sounds of 24 film cameras from the 1930s to the 1970s. In this collection, you'll get over 3,900 sounds, giving you a wide variety of mechanical sounds that are great for user interface design, console controls, abstract elements, and of course cameras. You'll also get detailed SoundMinter metadata that includes the make and type of each camera as well as the type of mechanism, shutter speed, movement pace, and more. For a thorough camera library (that is currently 50% off), you won't go wrong with this one.
 
AC Guitar FX
 
  • A unique collection of 141 useful effects, created knocking, scraping and disturbing a 12-string acoustic guitar.

    These sounds were recorded and processed with the intention of providing an interesting , different and unique set of audio effects.

    This collection is divided into two folders, for clean recordings, and processed sounds:

    • Clean (71 Sounds): hits, knocks, scrapes and various string sounds.

    • Processed (70 Sounds): Processed and re-designed hits, drones and swells.

    All sounds were recorded, edited and processed at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data.

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'AC Guitar FX' by 3MAZE is an interesting library you may not expect from the title. Instead of spring reverb pedals and feedback, you get immersive ambiences, drones, and cinematic effects from the aggressive handling of an acoustic guitar. With 141 sounds, you'll hear echoing knocks, forceful scrapes, tense tonal drones and swells, and much more. You'll also get these sounds separated into two folders of clean and processed takes so you can find what you need quickly. For an emotive library that will save your own guitar from abuse, this is one to hear.
 
Shores
 
  • This collection includes small to big waves on surfaces such as cliffs, beaches, rocky coasts, tetrapods.
    Captured from close, middle, and distant perspectives at the Bousou peninsula, Chiba, Japan.

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'Shores' by Anti-Node Design has over 60 ambiences from the shores of the Bousou peninsula in Japan. This library has several hours of aggressive waves, windy shores, rocky sand beaches, claps along the cliffs, twittering cicadas, and more. Plus, you get ambiences from different mics and perspectives to help you find the perfect take. For a relaxing library that has 12GB of beach atmospheres, check this one out.
 
Production Elements: Designed
 
  • We’ve raided the SFX Source vaults to bring you a 500+ sound collection of the best, most popular and most useful designed production elements to add to your audio box of tricks. Created for those moments when inspiration may be running dry, all of the sounds are ready to drop straight into your project to use as they are, or can be chopped, layered, mangled and processed to your liking.

    A’mixed-bag’ sound library featuring deep tones, scary atmospheres, ambient textures, whooshes, transitions, loops, user interface sounds and much more. This one is really handy to have around, you never know what you may find to bring that idea to fruition!

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'Production Elements: Designed' by SFX Source is a collection of 545 sounds that will give your project a cinematic edge. With whooshes, transitions, UI sounds, horror and sci-fi elements, choir phrases, and lots of other interesting textures, you'll have an arsenal of sounds that can be used as-is or as a final layer of extra impact. These recordings also last anywhere from a few seconds to over half a minute, giving you lots of variations. For a unique, abstract library, give this one a listen.
 
RPG Magic 2
 
  • Brand new Magic SFX Pack 2 with 446 high-quality magic sound effects for your RPG, Battle Arena and more! SFX comes in flexible layers, variations, and combos for you to Mix & Match to create and sync them easily to your magic animation!

    This collection contains basic whooshes, magic attacks and impacts, elemental spells (fire, wind, water, plant, electric and ice), magic spells (JRPG-style and modern RPG) and ‘weapon’ spells (magic punches, sword slashes and more!).

    [ Tutorial – How does it work? ]
    Read the blog post: https://wowsound.com/rpg-magic-pack-tutorial/

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W.O.W Sound is back with another set of highly useful SFX for your brave explorers, shrewd mages, and evil beasts. In 'RPG Magic 2', you get 446 sounds for not only your role-playing games but also your MOBAs, turn-based fantasy games, and more. With magic spells of ice, wind, and fire, melee and sword impacts, powerful whooshes, and modern JRPG design, you will have everything you need for battles both brutal and fantastic. And with each sound on its own file and mastered at 44.1kHz/16-bit, this library is ready to be implemented. Give the demo a listen and decide for yourself!
 
Scene Switch: Transitions & Textures
 
  • Scene Switch: Transitions & Textures features 64 sound elements ready to bring an extra dimension to your cutaways, wipes, time shifts or any kind of motion change.

    From subtle swooshes and smooth synth tones to glitched-out, abstract phrases and dramatic noise rushes, as well as serving as a ready-to-go sonic toolkit, this highly malleable bag of tricks is also useful for sound designers looking for inspiring source material to mangle.

    With a raw, dark and edgy feel to a lot of the sounds, they are particularly well-suited to Science Fiction, Horror and Dystopian projects. If you're looking for quick fix scene stitch sounds, this one is handy to have around!

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'Scene Switch: Transitions & Textures' by Glitchedtones has 64 sounds to give your cutaways, wipes, time shifts, and motions the memorable characteristics they deserve. These sounds cover a range of sources with gritty signals, smooth synth delays, high-frequency passbys, whooshes, shimmers, alien sonar, and more. Plus, they will fit right in with your sci-fi, horror, and dystopian projects, too. For a collection of stylish sounds that will move your audience in space and/or time, look no further.
 
Viva North of Spain
 
  • Viva North of Spain is a massive sound effects library featuring authentic sounds of the northern part of Spain, along the route of the Camino de Santiago.

    This collection contains sounds of Cities, Villages, Beaches, Nature, Cathedral of Santiago, Highway Bridges and the basque country’s national sport Pelota.

    It features typical Streets, Walla, Traffic Sounds, Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Residential Village Sounds.

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'Viva North of Spain' by Soundklemmi takes you to northern Spain to areas along the Camino de Santiago. You will hear a variety of locations like vibrant cafes, quiet beaches, ringing cathedrals, nighttime ambiences, industrial complexes, and more. Plus, the metadata includes key information like the time of day and the main events featured. If your setting is in the Land of the Setting Sun, this is the one you need.
 
Musical Oddities — Bells, Whistles, Horns, Percussion & More
 
  • This library contains a wide selection of musical and non-musical instruments, toys and noisemakers.

    You will find a wide variety of bells, whistles, cymbals, horns, blocks, drums, toys, shakers, crankers, etc. Can be utilized in a multitude of ways. For example, fill out a musical arrangement, for cartoon effects, goofy UI, etc!

    Music is only heard in the demo. Downloads are high resolution and without background music.

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'Musical Oddities - Bells, Whistles, Horns, Percussion & More' by The Chris Alan has classic musical sounds for your cartoons, comedies, cheery user interfaces, and overall silliness. With 66 recordings, you'll receive sounds of cowbells, whistles, cymbals, shakers, bell trees, toys, drums, and more. Each track lasts from a few seconds to almost 2 and half minutes, so you'll get hundreds of musical sound effects for a good refresh of your cartoon sound library. Whether you're honoring Mel Blanc or looking for something new, you'll find it here.
 
Dumpster Door
 
  • This is a metal dumpster door with a really emotive creak. It’s pretty heavy sounding on it’s own but you’ll notice in the demo, as each sound plays, a one octave lower version of the same sound plays immediately after to show how well these pitch. The last slam is two octaves below the original.

    Awesome source material for designing larger doors, creepy atmospheres and dramatic booms.

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'Dumpster Door' by Big Room Sound Inc. features a metal door with a personality of its own. With long droning squeaks, heavy thuds and slams, and a ringing chain lock, you'll have the perfect sounds to create creepy ambiences, cinematic destruction scenes, and doors that welcome your player into an immersive and secret place. You can also hear in the demo what these sound like when they're pitched down. For a library dedicated to an iconic sound, you won't be disappointed.
   

 

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  • Badlands Sound went to the future to recorded 42 room tones of various spaces like computer rooms, engine rooms, bathrooms, and much more all in 24bit / 96k. We also recorded electrical buzzes and distorted sci-fi winds. More than 2 hours of futuristic room tones and ambiences included in total.

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  • Sci-Fi Beams Play Track 1139 sounds included $149 $99

    BEAMS is a comprehensive toolkit for beam sound design. Sounds are separated into activation oneshot, activation/deactivation mechanism, and active loop categories. Each category contains subcategories for small, medium, and large beams. You can design anything from the smallest spy-watch laser cutter to a planet destroying column of chaos. As a bonus, you’ll also get a diverse collection of burning ignition sounds as source for beam environmental destruction.

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  • Footsteps Ultimate Footsteps Play Track 1176-3056+ sounds included, 237-610 mins total From: $160

    Need footstep sound effects? Get 5 Shoes, 25+ surfaces, 15+ variations – created by Foley Supervisor Joshua Reinhardt and professional Foley walker Lara Dale.

    Deep heavy metal, crunchy snow, old boat wood, crisp grass, gritty dirt, clean tile – this library has it all. Not only does this library contain walking but it's got pretty much every performance you can think of, from scuffs to jumps and lands and scrapes. With this library you can cut Foley for pretty much any film or game that comes your way.

    Highlights:

    • 17 different Performances – From slow walk to RUN, 5 scrapes, bodyfall/land, stomps and more
    • Every file is labeled with a description of the shoe, surface and performance type.
    • Every folder has a picture of the shoe and surface plus a description of the distance of the mic from the Foley walker.
    • Combine wood creak sweeteners with Ultimate Interiors wood for scary creaky wood or add grit to a clean interior to give character.
    • Same recording studio mics and preamps used in over 50 major motion pictures
    • Same boots that were used for Sylvester Stallone in The Expendable
    • Mix and match shoes, surfaces and sweeteners to make your own custom characters
    • Can be used as a stereo or separated and mixed/matched as a mono depending which mic works best for your project

    Specs:

    Foot wear type:
    Boots, Dress Shoes, Flats, Heels, Sneakers.

    Performances:
    Extremely Slow Walk, Medium Slow Walk, Walk, Jog, Run, Stairs Slow, Stairs Fast, Stomp, Land, Scuff, Scrape 1, Scrape 2, Scrape 3, Scrape 4, Scrape 5.

    Surface Types:
    Asphalt, Carpet 1, Carpet 2, Concrete, Hardwood, Hardwood house, Hardwood deep, Hardwood parquet, Hardwood boat wood, Hardwood Dock, Lino, Marble, Tile, Dirt, Grass, Metal grate, Diamond plate Metal, Metal Slab, Wood Creak 1 old, Wood Creak 2, Gravel, Rocks, SNOW!!, Puddle, Water shallow, Water Deep.

 
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  • House 01 – A virtual grab bag of normal. A complete house as a document. Doors, windows, more doors. Lots of perspectives and various strengths and positions of just about everything.

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  • The All Metal sound effects library features 765 sounds of metal clashing, clanging and resonating as metal pieces are rummaged through, dropped, and tossed. Create with the various distinct sonic properties of metal objects — from squeaky gates, rattley wires, ringing wrenches, warbling sheet metal, clattering swords and more.

    Each sound was pristinely recorded at 192kHz with lots of variations for more creative freedom. Uncover the sonic treasures that await as you pitch and process the squeals, squeaks and moans of the metallic debris for limitless sound design opportunities. Strengthen your projects with the distinct buzzing, scraping and reverberation of metal impacts for both literal use and creative implementation as layers for intense sound design.

    Each sound file is embedded with diligent metadata to help you find the exact sound effect you need with fast, pinpoint search. Advanced metadata fields ensure compatibility across any database search platform such as Search by PSE, Soundminer, BaseHead, Netmix, Workspace (Pro Tools), Find Tool (Media Composer), Media Bay (Nuendo), Reaper, Adobe Premiere, and beyond.

    Key Features:

    • 765 sound effects (2GB)
    • 24 bit/96k, 24 bit/192k broadcast .wav files
    • Descriptive embedded metadata
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Credits:

    • Saro Sahihi
  • Chicago Ambisonics is a library of B-format city ambiences with “virtual microphone” software.

    Included software allows users to tweak perspective in real time for greater control and creativity. The Ambisonics format offers versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. The creative possibilities are endless!

    Featuring 35 high-quality urban ambiences (over 3 hours total), Chicago Ambisonics includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to point “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene.

    With more productions filming in Chicago than ever before, a Chicago sound effects library is an asset for any sound editor. Chicago Ambisonics features 24-bit/96 kHz city atmospheres captured all over Chicago including recordings from from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field.

    This library is also perfect for use in 3D Audio applications including VR experiences and 360º video – prepare your sound effects library for the future of immersive media! Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are included as well.

    Key Features:

    • 35 pristine recordings in B-Format (FuMa) & Stereo (14GB)
    • Over 3 hours of immersive Chicago ambiences
    • Average recording length of 6 minutes
    • Diverse Chicago atmospheres: Including streets, parks, & subways
    • 24-bit/96kHz broadcast .wav files
    • SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products: Gives you full control over “virtual microphone” position and polar patterns
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Notes:

    • Your DAW must support Quad (4-channel) tracks in order to use SurroundZone2 plug-in.
  • RAW CELLO FX features manipulated and mangled cello sound effects designed to provide the full character of the instrument and harmonic richness in order to create a completely unique set of organic samples between music and noise, intimate and vivid bold sounds expanding new possibilities out of this instrument.

    Different techniques and less-than-conventional microphone placement have been used to create gorgeous harmonics and a wide array of interesting sounds. We “played” with fingers and hands, different bows against the strings, objects and kitchen utensils, bowing, scraping or hitting single and multiple strings or parts of the wood body. 

    The collection features designed hits, bow, crescendo, screech, woosh, swell, bonus fx folder and is ready for trailer and soundtrack projects.

     

     

  • This is a collection of old and modern doors.

    The collection includes wood doors , glass doors and metal doors recorded in an old theater , a cottage and an appartment.
    There are 124 files of slamming doors, doors opening and closing, creaking doors, doors handles and locks.

 
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