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.

    An update for the library is on its way, which will include the sound of a few different types of camera film being unwrapped, handled and installed into cameras. The update will be free for the people that have already purchased the library.

    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
 
  • World Sounds Jordan Play Track 32+ sounds included, 80 mins total $45

    'Jordan' is a unique collection of 32 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From the northern part of the country to the Red Sea, this collection includes:

    • Desert ambiances from Wadi-Rum and Petra, the “tresor” of the country.
    • Villages, cities and countrysides with nice reverb from the canyons.
    • Various indoor and outdoor markets and bazaars.
    • The muezzin leading the call to prayer at different hours from different perspectives and acoustics with wide and long reverb from the hilly landscape.

    This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through the western part of the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.

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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!).

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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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  • Foley Squeaks & Creaks (MS) Play Track 313 sounds included, 19 minutes 29 seconds mins total $25 $22

    The squeakiest of the squeaks and the creakiest of the creaks! Halloween came early!

    In this library you will find everything from deep, wrenching creaks to high piercing squeaks; quiet door knobs and twisting, turning plastics. Many of these sounds were recorded in a turn of the century old victorian home with decades of wear and tear to give the most authentic, creepy sounds that your heart desires.

    Here you'll find drippy, squeaky faucets, loose boards on stairwells, creaking door hinges, squealing old door coils, metal scraping on metal, rending wood and plastic, quiet, airy floorboards, bone crushing twist and turns, gripping leather and rubber and so much more! With 300+ sounds you're sure to maximize your imagination's spookiest or maybe just that perfect sound design element you needed!

    The sounds were recorded in stereo at 96 kHz 24 bit. The equipment used was a Sony PCM-M10 and the files were processed, edited, and mastered in Reaper.

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  • User Interface (UI) War UI Play Track 1764 sounds included, 63 MB mins total $79 $59

    The War UI Sound Effects Library enables you to quickly outfit your characters with pre-built military classes, gear, inventory, notifications, unlocks and alerts. From natural and organic SFX to highly designed and processed epic war style electronic and digital SFX, all assembled into a value-packed comprehensive collection of 1750+ sounds and effects.

    Library highlights:

    • Military User Interface Sound Effects Library
    • Class specific sounds like engineer, infantry, medic, recon, tech/communications specialist
    • War-themed drum cues, cadences, and alerts
    • Gear, equipment, health, painkillers, loot crates, and unlocks
    • Game starts, navigations, menu transitions, latches, turns, buttons
    • Designed notifications, killstreaks, skill, upgrades,
    • Achievements, unlocks, purchases,
    • Backpacks, Metals, Liquid, Matches, Hinges
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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Ancient Game Play Track 1508 sounds included, 72 mins total
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $79

    Get ready for adventure: Ancient Game gets you 1500+ designed and source MMO / game-ready audio assets. Step into a world of fantasy with Ancient Game – The Legendary RPG Adventure Game Sound Library by Epic Stock Media! Includes Magic, Warfare, Gore, Treasures, Mechanisms, Monsters, Loop-able ambiences and more! All in 96k / 24 Bit for optimum clarity and supernatural sound.

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  • This is a unique bicycle library that captures this characteristic bike in clean, quiet, nicely performed true exterior rides. Including multiple perspectives, speeds and actions. From fast passbys on asphalt to slow onboard recordings and smooth stops.

    The UglyBike is a typical old bicycle that’s working fine, but needs some TLC. It is a bicycle that’s just average, a little rattle a gentle scrape, a bike that everyone has had but got traded in for a newer one. A story of unrequited love.. :)

    Speeds and actions:
    Three speeds. Departures from slow, medium to fast getaways. Arrivals from slow stops with gently squeaking handbrakes to heavy stuttering skids.

    Five perspectives:
    1. Onboard Front: captures the whirring tire and surface sound.
    2. Onboard Pedal: nice overall combination of pedaling, crank creaks, chain rattle, tire and surface sounds.
    3. Onboard Rear: close up sound of the rear axle, with chain, sprocket and switching of gear.
    4. Tracking shot: mono recording of the passby, keeping the bike in focus while passing by.
    5. Static XY shot: stereo recording of the passby that emphasizes speed.

    Overview of perspectives and mic placement:

    Onboard recordings are 2-3 minutes long depending on speed. Higher speeds > shorter duration.
    All 3 onboard mics are edited in sync with one another to make layering easy.
    All Passbys, Arrivals and Departures move from Left to Right.

    Metadata & Markers:
    Because we know how important metadata is for your sound libraries we have created a consistent and intuitive description method. This allows you to find the sound you need easily, whether you work in a database like Soundminer/Basehead/PT Workspace work, or a Exporer/Finder window.

    However, we are aware that some people have different needs for different purposes, so we’ve created a Metadata Reference Guide that explains the structure. And because we’ve automated the metadata proces, you can be confident that a ‘find & replace’ command will always replace all instances.

    Download our Metadata Reference Guide

    Download complete metadata PDF

    If you have any questions about this, contact us!

    Additionally, we added Markers to some wave files, so specific sound events are easy to spot in Soundminer or other database apps.

    Need more?
    The UglyBike library is part of the complete ‘City Bicycles’ library package available at www.frickandtraa.com. It consists of all 4 bicycles and includes additional surfaces and extras ranging from one-off  bicycle passes captured in the city and bounces and rattles. The extra bicycles surfaces and additional effects are also available seperately here on ‘a Sound Effect’. If you’ve bought a single library and want to upgrade to the full package, contact us for a reduced price on the complete City Bicycles library. Every part of City Bicycles that you paid for will get you an extra reduction on the full package.

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    344 AUDIO:City Bicycles has a plethora of content, for a great price. The perfect balance between a great concept, great presentation and outstanding execution, lands them an almost perfect score of 4.9..

    The Audio Spotlight: City Bicycles is worth getting if you are in need of great sounding and well edited bicycle sounds.

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  • Environments Museums & Galleries Play Track 272 sounds included, 800 mins total $100 $80

    This library features a wide range of recordings from various museums and galleries, each differentiated by the nuances of their size and space. All recordings feature pristine echos, walla and movement. The library includes stereo & 5.0 recordings from:

    • War Museums
    • History Museums
    • State Museums
    • Science Museums
    • Art Galleries
    • Photography Galleries
    • State Galleries

    All sounds were recorded using a stereo pair of DPA 4060s, DPA 5100, Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 and Sound Devices 788T.

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  • The American M5 High Speed Tractor includes over 20 gigabytes of recordings of a WWII US military vehicle with a Continental 6572 six-cylinder petrol engine with 207 horsepower. 188 sound fx document a full suite of performances from M5, also known as versions M5A1, M5A2, M5A3 and M5A4.

    The performances include starting, idling, departing, arriving, and passing by from 6 exterior perspectives at slow, medium, and fast speeds. 10 additional perspectives feature motor, interior, exhaust, tracks, and other locations that capture idles, driving, and steady RPMs from onboard the tractor.

    Includes extensive Soundminer metadata.

  • Cars Volvo 242 DL 1975 Play Track 364 sounds included $249

    The Volvo 242 sound fx collection includes 271 sounds in 13.51 gigabytes of audio. The 242 is a DL 1975 version of the car, also known as models 240, 244, and 245. It features 25 takes of recordings from the Swedish vehicle and its 4-cylinder B20 A, 82 horsepower engine.

    16 synchronized perspectives capture both onboard and exterior performances. Eight onboard perspectives (12 channels, including 4 in AMBEO) recorded driving at steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and ramps using microphones mounted in the engine, interior, and exhaust. Eight other exterior perspectives (18 channels) showcase driving at fast, medium, and slow speeds approaching, departing, and passing by. There are also steadies in neutral, blips, and performed effects, as well as an Altiverb impulse response.

    All clips have 18 fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata.

  • Sports Downhill Skiing Play Track 37 sounds included, 13 minutes 08 seconds mins total $35 $30

    Get ready to hit the slopes with this wintery gem of a sound library!

    Taken from many trips up and down the slopes in Upstate New York, this library gives you in your face gliding swishes, crunching carves, turns, stops, passbys from the left and right, falls, jumps, landings, poles poking and scraping the snow, chairlift machine sounds, bindings, and more!

    If you need authentic skiing sounds this library has you covered. Whether you need to create loops and insert carves in a video game or film project or if you need lengthy recordings of full trips from the top of the mountain to the bottom this library will give you it all. Enjoy Downhill Skiing!

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