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
 
  • Mechanical 20th Century Cameras Play Track 3900+ sounds included $200 $180

    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
 
  • Water & Oceans Shores Play Track 62+ sounds included $39

    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
 
  • Environments Viva North of Spain Play Track 59 sounds included, 328 mins total $90 $44

    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
 
  • Foley Dumpster Door Play Track 43 sounds included $9

    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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  • Electricity Electric Arcs and Energy Play Track 266 sounds included $39.99 $19.99

    Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds.  The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw.  These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project.  They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more.  They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.

    The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups.  Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.

    Recording and Editing

    This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds.  The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz.  All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

     

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  • Animals & Creatures Broken Robot Play Track 87 sounds included $12.99 $6.99

    This library is a small “utility” collection of sounds great for use as Robot/Machines but also great for UI and Weapon design elements.  Servos, various metal objects and analog synths were recorded as source material to create this library.  The library includes raw servo recordings and meticulously performed or designed robotic/machine-like sounds.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

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  • Foley Footsteps & Movements Play Track 7.400 sounds included, 228 mins total $49 $39

    The Foleyart Collection | Footsteps & Movements brings high quality Foley Artist footsteps to every audio production studio: offers high end recordings in different distance to adjust perfectly to your scene. All sounds in WAV and tagged with Metadata.

    Key footstep features:
    Footsteps & Movements gets you thousands of high quality footsteps, including different walking speeds, behaviours & surfaces.

    Shoes
    • Business
    • Boots
    • High Heels
    • Slipper
    • Sneaker
    • Barefoot
    Surfaces
    • Concrete
    • Carpet
    • Timber Floor
    • Hardwood Fl.
    • Gravel
    Clothes
    • Light
    • Medium
    • Jeans

    Also available bundled with the Kontakt Instrument version here for a sweet 41% total discount

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  • Vehicles Skate on Board Play Track 112 sounds included, 22 mins total $49.99

    Skate on Board is an SFX library with the purpose of bringing alive the hidden sounds of skateboarding. This library has 65 stereo recordings with the best sound quality of actions such as jumps, pass by, and grinds over different surfaces like concrete banquets, and rail tubes. Furthermore, this library contains 47 mono audios of P.O.V perspectives which were reordered with different microphones attached to the skateboard to capture the full maneuvers and details of skateboarding.

  • The west is still wild.  A collection of clean and loopable natural ambient atmosphere elements – each 3 minutes long. This collection represents my best content and works great in multitrack layers.

    The core of this collection are natural sounds captured in the wilds of Oregon, USA – Western North America. The wildlife in the forests, streams, lakes, coast, and deserts of Oregon are a good substitute for most US and Canadian states west of the Rocky Mountains, including Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, British Colombia, Alberta, Alaska, and Wyoming.

    These recordings are from a pristine environment that avoid any human caused sounds.

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  • Animals & Creatures Broken Robot Play Track 87 sounds included $12.99 $6.99

    This library is a small “utility” collection of sounds great for use as Robot/Machines but also great for UI and Weapon design elements.  Servos, various metal objects and analog synths were recorded as source material to create this library.  The library includes raw servo recordings and meticulously performed or designed robotic/machine-like sounds.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

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  • Electricity Electric Arcs and Energy Play Track 266 sounds included $39.99 $19.99

    Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds.  The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw.  These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project.  They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more.  They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.

    The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups.  Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.

    Recording and Editing

    This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds.  The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz.  All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

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  • Whooshes liftFX Play Track 275+ sounds included $89 $71.20

    AWE YOUR AUDIENCE WITH RISERS, BUILD-UPS, DROPS AND MORE.
    Risers, build-ups, drops, breaks, downlifters, swells, sweeps, falls – it has never been so easy to hype your audience. Forget samples, just turn the knob or let liftFX even do that for you, automatically, in beat sync at the length you need it to be.

    KEY FEATURES:

    • Playable in real-time with instant auditive and visual feedback
    • Any length, tempo, pitch range and root note possible
    • Tempo sync or time (s) duration
    • Control key parameters independently or automatically (+ reversed)
    • Automation and modwheel (cc1) support for each parameter
    • 275 nifty presets included
    • Optional time lock and control lock to try different presets with current setting
    • High cut and low cut filters, reverb and delay
    • Lightweight plug-in, as it relies on synthesis
    USE CASES:

    • Build captivating uplifters, downlifters, drops, rhythmic, percussive builds and more effects out of the box
    • Any electronic genre such as EDM, Trap, Dubstep, Pop, Hip Hop, Drum’n’Bass, House, Techno, and more
    • Cinematic and experimental sound design
    • Beef up your synthesizers with tonal layers or harmonic overtones to achieve a fat, rich sound
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