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.

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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!).

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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

    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 Clothing Foley HD Play Track 429 sounds included, 29 mins total $35

    Clothing Foley HD is a collection of four different outfits performing walking Foley at various speeds without shoes. Also included are various body pats, buttons, zippers, and cloth sounds like shifting, reaching, rubbing, and pocket sounds.

    Clothing Foley HD highlights:OUTFITS:
    Jeans + T-shirt
    Khakis + Button Down Shirt
    Suit + Tie (suit pants, suit coat, button down shirt, necktie)
    Snow Pants + Winter Coat

    SOUNDS INCLUDED:
    Walking Foley – without shoe sounds, various speeds for each outfit
    Material Sounds – reaching, shifting, rubbing
    Pockets – hands going in and out, rustling around, inserting and removing cell phone
    Body Pats – various strengths on each material, on belly, legs, back, arms
    Zippers – jeans, khakis, suit pants, winter coat
    Buttons – suit coat, winter coat, button down shirt
    Tie Sounds – tying, untying, adjusting

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  • Animals & Creatures Frogs and Grasshoppers Play Track 10+ sounds included, 14 mins total $15

    This library was recorded in southern France and Komagane, Japan for a diverse collection of cricket, grasshopper and frog sounds. With a Fostex FR2, Sennheiser 418S and Olympus LS11, these focused sounds were captured without the rumbling of nearby traffic or wind. They are clean enough to be dropped right into your project, and they are long enough to offer loop points for interactive use.

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  • Get some real insect sounds with this SFX library – almost entirely recorded in and around one large grassy meadow throughout various times of day and season. GRASSHOPPERS, CRICKETS & KATYDIDS is a small collection of 14 crisp recordings focusing on 12 insect species commonly found in open fields and forested areas of northeastern North-America. Each sound is 2:30 mins or longer (96kHz/24bit), for a total of 38+ mins of sound.

    Features insects such as:

    Allard's Ground Cricket • Carolina Ground Cricket • Northern Bush Katydid • Oblong-Winged Katydid • Red-Legged Grasshopper • Roesel's Katydid • Short-Winged Meadow Katydid • Slender Meadow Katydid • Snowy Tree Cricket • Spring Field Cricket • Sword-Bearing Conehead Katydid

    – as well as multiple mixed choruses of various sizes!

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  • The 2015 German MAN Lion’s Coach tourist bus includes 760 clips in 41.05 gigabytes of audio. It features the sound of a 6-cylinder 460 hp Euro 6 diesel engine.

    The collection includes a total of 29 synchronized takes from exterior and onboard microphones. The exterior microphones captured departures, passes, arrivals, ignition, shutting off, idles, and doppler horns from 9 microphones at 4 positions. The onboard microphones were placed inside, at the exhaust, in the engine, the luggage hold, and in the washroom in 15 perspectives (including an Ambisonic perspective) as the coach drives at steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and ramps. Also provided are 4 designed mixes of the interior, exhaust, engine, and luggage compartment.

    The package comes complete with performed effects of doors, wipers, fans, and more, Pro Tools and Reaper mixing sessions, impulse responses, and full Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS metadata embedded in every clip.

  • Fight the forces of evil and call upon arcane magic with a heroic protector of your fantasy world! Introducing Epic Stock Media’s new voice sound library “AAA Game Character Wizard”. This sound collection features an ancient male game character hero facing immeasurable odds. He’s a conduit of nature, wields a legendary staff, has magical abilities and enjoys saving the day!

    Library highlights:

    • 13 battle cries and sayings
    • 5 breathing types – exhausted, running, frantic, quiet
    • 16 coughing recordings – sickly, wheezy, deep, short, throat
    • 12 sad cries – short, explosive, pitiful, brokenhearted, sniffling, wailing
    • 108 immersive custom dialogue lines like by fire be purged, I am a servant of the sacred fire
    • 40 fight vocals – big, growl, swing, throw, groan, grunt, quick, painful
    • 25 jumping vocalizations – big, single, double jump, windup, painful
    • 21 Laughing voice files – chuckle, evil, confident, hearty, short, hilarious
    • 37 pain vocals – dying, wounded, hurt, and sayings
    • 107 stock dialogue lines like alright, affirmative, attack, no

  • Drones & Moods Dare_Small Pack Play Track 50 sounds included, 11 mins total $10

    “Dare” is a small pack of 50 atmospheric elements (WAV, 96kHz/24bit) suited for horror productions.

    Thanks to his dark tone, this library is great to induce tension, fear and oppression in your game, movie or trailer. If you want to evoke the sensation that someone or something is hiding and watching you, this library is great for you.

    The following musical instruments were used to create Dare: An Ukulele, Transverse flutes, a Kalimba and a Melodica.

  • Ships Container Ship Voyage Play Track 157 sounds included From: $64

    We had the chance to make the crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship container (ATLANTIC STAR).
    We boarded in the Antwerp industrial port in Belgium, sailed the English Channel, and then stopped at Liverpool’s industrial port.
    Then we crossed the North Atlantic Ocean to reach Halifax, Canada. This trip took us 10 days, 10 days of sounds recording.

    Through this trip, we were able to access places that normally are closed to the public: industrial ports, and a container ship.

    -The completed sound bank (Stereo + Surround-Ambisonic) contains 154 files record in 24 bit / 96 kHz

  • Footsteps Carpet Footwork Play Track 40+ sounds included $10

    ‘Carpet Footwork’ by Badlands Sound includes 40 high-quality footsteps, scrapes, scuffs, jumps audio files perfect for your projects. The library features two different types of shoes on two different surfaces both hard carpet and soft carpet.

 
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