Asbjoern Andersen


In this mid-week recap on A Sound Effect, we have lots of immersive, ambisonic ambiences that will give your sound image the positional details you’re looking for. You can hear tropical birds, dense forests, crowded theatres, classical WWII planes, and city construction sites that are all ready in B-Format with the option to be converted to surround or stereo. You can also hear thick traffic ambiences from far above the highways and deep in the underpasses, as well as a meditative crafting of a stove fire, atmospheres from the lovely streets of Amsterdam, and metal recordings that will transport you to extravagant places. With so many ambisonic libraries this week – and still more to come – it’s time to give this versatile technology a look!
Spitfires In Surround
 
  • Over 40 B-Format recordings of the iconic World War 2 fighter aircraft, in flight, on the ground, singly and in groups.

    The library also includes some hard-to-find in-cockpit recordings of two landings and a takeoff of a Mk. IX variant, transcoded from the four-channel recording to B-Format and a 5.1 recording of a parade of 24 Spitfires at the celebration of ‘The Hardest Day’ at London’s Biggin Hill aerodrome.

    Also included are two long-form recordings of the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster Bomber with Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane escort.

    Transcode with the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plug-in in your DAW of choice, or use Svein Berge’s brilliant Harpex-B for stunning results.

'Spitfires In Surround' by Immersive FX is an ambisonic library full of these iconically British WWII fighter aircrafts. With over 40 recordings, this collection features sounds from inside the cockpit, as well as external recordings of overhead passbys, landings, swoops, circling, taxiing, climbs, and more from single planes and squadrons. It even has recordings from ‘The Hardest Day’ at London’s Biggin Hill aerodrome and the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight. For sounds of early modern war technology from an unforgettable machine, give this library a listen.
 
Harmonics
 
  • Metal Harmonics Play Track 168 sounds included $49

    HARMONICS is a new designed sound collection that explores the inner beauty of resonating metals to create an extensive set of inspiring sonic material for sound design and film scoring – proudly presented by SampleTraxx.

    Metal happens to have the right combination of speed of sound and decay. Different metal shapes produce a broad spectrum of soundscapes and tones.

    HARMONICS investigates this hidden magic by designing and layering these unique timbres.
    The result is an extensive set of designed evolving textures and designed metal elements which are great to create sound cues in minutes, metal hits, passby-reverses and evolving drones.

    The nature of this soundpack doesn’t call for compressor or maximizer. Close attention has been paid to preserve the original dynamic excursion of each sound and fully enjoy its natural vibration and evolution.
    Having a wide dynamic range guarantees more freedom in layering and arranging different elements to create endless variations.

    The sonic material contained in the pack is all presented in a designed fashion and different levels of design are provided: from simple elements to evolving multilayered soundscapes and textures, all based on metallic sources. No external sounds apart from metals have been added to the mix.

    Features:

    86 Designed Textures and Elements (dur. up to 1’10″)
    37 Hits (Hi and Low Designed Hits)
    10 Drones
    26 Pass-by Reverse
    9 Tibetan Bowl (Raw Recordings)
    9 Kontakt Instruments -Kontakt 5.5 full required for these (free player not supported)

    Note: the WAV themselves files can be used without Kontakt

'Harmonics' by SampleTraxx isn't your average metal library by a long shot. This beautifully textured and expressive library is a sound designer and musician's dream - whether they're looking for a emotional swell, a memorable timbre, or something to inspire creativity. Each sound is an evolving, complex metallic vibration designed for elements, hits, and drones, and it includes reversed effects, Tibetian bowls, and 9 Kontakt instruments to give you more organic control. If you need sounds of metal that are flexibly musical, this is the library to check out.
 
Exotic Birds
 
  • Ambisonics Exotic Birds Play Track 32+ sounds included, 58 mins total $75

    To set an exotic scene, or to illustrate a different and luxuriant nature, exotic birdsong is a great asset. Even if it is very difficult to identify each of them, the bird's songs of this collection will bring you far from home. Feel surrounded by those songs recorded in Brasil, Thailand, Maldives and France.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
'Exotic Birds' by Spheric Collection has nearly an hour of our feathered friends singing their hearts out for all to enjoy. Recorded in the mountains, forests, and jungles of Brazil, Thailand, and Maldives, these beautiful birds sing alone and with their flocks, surrounding you in peaceful ambisonic and surround landscapes. As usual, Spheric Collection also includes a convenient stereo mixdown, too. For birdcalls that will take you far from bustle of humans, check this library out.
 
Forest 2
 
  • Ambisonics Forest 2 Play Track 35+ sounds included, 84 mins total $75

    With this second forest opus, you will add details to your forest atmosphere. Various foliage, cracking branches, night animals and other great elements that will enhance the surrounding nature. From pine, to deciduous trees and exotic foliage this collection will help you to cover many type of forest ambiances.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
'Forest 2' by Spheric Collection continues the team's collection of lush, natural woodlands and their various foliage, wildlife, and climates. This ambisonic library features sounds of gusting wind and breezes that rustle leaves, break branches, and clatter bamboo. You can also hear trickling streams, buzzing insects, tranquil birdsongs, and surprised deer throughout mountainsides, tropical palms, and coniferous forests. If you like this collection, be sure to check out their 'Forest Atmosphere' library, too!.
 
Above & Below Traffic
 
  • Environments Above & Below Traffic Play Track 13+ sounds included, 70 mins total $15

    Above & Below puts traffic ambience in a new perspective: This library features 70+ minutes of traffic ambience above and below bridges, hills, underpass, overpass, buildings, walkway bridges, and more.

    Recorded in 96 kHz / 24 bit – All files last five minutes and thirty seconds each.

'Above & Below Traffic' by Badlands Sound is 70 minutes of traffic from underpasses, overpasses, under bridges, in buildings, and on the hills near the unleaded veins of a city. This library gives you smooth, rumbling atmospheres with blended passbys and speed bumps that will realistically pad your bridge and traffic scenes. Each recording is exactly 5 minutes and thirty seconds, giving you plenty of loop points and variation, too. If you need sounds of heavy traffic from narratively seedy areas, this is one to hear.
 
Ambisonic Audiences
 
  • Human Ambisonic Audiences Play Track 133+ sounds included $50

    Applause and Laughter recorded in various spaces in full B-Format Ambisonic surround. Over 90 tracks of audience laughter an another 40 of so of applause and audience reactions and chatter. 96 kHz / 24 bit recordings with full Soundminer-embedded metadata.

    Transcode with the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plug-in in your DAW of choice, or use Svein Berge’s brilliant Harpex-B for stunning results.

Want to make your audience feel like they're actually in Row P, to where they're cautious of bumping the seat in front of them? 'Ambisonic Audiences' by Immersive FX has over 130 sounds of audience reactions that were recorded in concert halls, churches, and theatres. This library features audience members laughing, applauding, murmuring, and cheering with many variations and intensities. It also has studio recordings of controlled laughs, shouts, boos, shushes, and whoops for reactions that are often heard in films and TV shows. If you want to give an uncanny VR experience, check out this library.
 
Sounds & Ambiences of Amsterdam
 
  • Environments Sounds & Ambiences of Amsterdam Play Track 35 sounds included, 135 mins total $45

    This library captures the sounds of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. With crowds, transport, water and general ambiences. From the busy street to the quiet park, from the red light district to the outdoor café, there is everything here for the theatre designer or film maker to get a true taste of the Dutch capital.

Despite the chilly weather of the Netherlands, the Dutch capital is beloved for all its history, points of interest, ideologies, and vices. 'Sounds & Ambiences of Amsterdam' by WW Audio captures this legendary city through its various transportation (including bikes, of course), and its cafes, canals, markets, busy squares, gardens, airport, the infamous red light district, and lots of Dutch conversations. Most of these tracks also last 3 or 4 minutes, giving you over two hours of laid-back city ambiences. Veel plezier!
 
The Wood Stove
 
  • Fire The Wood Stove Play Track 18+ sounds included $7.50

    Enjoy the comfort of a warm fire. The Wood Stove Audio Prop includes the basic elemental sounds needed to recreate character interactions with that prop. The Wood Stove includes opening the stove, match strikes, building the fire, various tool and accessory sounds, and fire loops to keep those chestnuts warm indefinitely.

    Library highlights:
    • 18 high definition sound clips
    • 96 kHz, 24-bit mono and stereo WAV files
    • Includes file lists and broadcast WAV compliant metadata
    • Hot cocoa not included

'The Wood Stove' by UberDuo walks you through the process of creating a full, long-lasting stove fire complete with foley, ambiences, and loops. This library features sounds of opening and closing a wood stove, building the fire, striking matches, controlling the burn size and intensity, and cleaning up the soot. It also includes different perspectives and costs only the price of breakfast. Whether you need the crackling of a warm fire or the hands-on sounds of building one, this library has you covered.
 
Building Site
 
  • Ambisonics Building Site Play Track 43+ sounds included $75

    To give a city a good energy, you'll need to add some background activities. Building sites are one of the of sounds of a living city. You will find different kind of atmospheres in this collection – including large building sites with cranes and outdoor elevators, various emergency alarm, excavators, hammers and grinders. All you need to give your set the realism of a big city.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
'Building Site' by Spheric Collection was recorded in areas that make us all reach for our ear plugs. In this collection you'll hear sounds of city construction with cranes, elevators, emergency alarms, excavators, jackhammers, grinders, drills, erecting scaffolding, and more. It also has other city sounds like sirens and the long natural reverb as construction noise bounces between massive skyscrapers. If you want your city to feel alive, this library will make your audience feel like they can smell the faint scent of pollution and amazing street food.
 
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Popular sound effects this week:

 
  • Abstract Sound Design is a budget-friendly collection of unique audio material sourced from digital feedback loop experiments and granular processing sessions. Featuring 25 abstract atmospheres and 35 abstract FX, this library is perfect for those moments when creativity may be running dry, serving as an inspiring starting point for some serious sound sculpting. Of course, they may just fit your needs as they are, too!

  • Weapons Sci-Fi Weapons (PSD) Play Track 1071+ sounds included $45 $35

    The Sci-Fi Weapons library delivers more than 1000 futuristic weapon shots, charges, ricochets and other related sounds.

    All of them were designed using exclusively recorded Foley sounds, synthetic layers, various sound manipulation and morphing techniques.

    Single shots and automatic fire, reloading ammo, energy blasts, impacts and explosions, surface hits – it’s all there, ready to be used in your sci-fi projects!

    Forthcoming updates and extensions of the library are free! You have to pay the actual price once, and you will be getting new stuff as it is released.

    22% off
  • Get the sounds of a hand spinner – or fidget spinner – with this new sound effects library! Separated into 2 folders, Raw recordings and Pre-designed sound effects, you will find your spinning happiness for your projects. With the raw files you can design drones or helix sounds and more… Let your imagination take you away!

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  • Prepare for shivers! Frozen Footsteps is a huge library of winter footstep & foley sounds recorded on 8 expressive and cold surfaces in real -20 °C (and below) temperatures.

    Containing over 2400 sounds in 81 files, Frozen Footsteps foley sfx library is created for game and film sound design. If your game needs winter footstep sounds, or you are missing some authentic source material to take your studio foley tracks to the next level, this is the library for you.

    All surfaces were recorded in real movement with multiple walking and running velocities. Frozen Footsteps library includes also real jumping and landings sounds. Jumping sounds are often missing from other foley libraries, but are extremely useful for creating character movement sounds for games. This package gets you covered.

    7 surfaces were recorded during two freezing winter nights in a quiet rural area in Finland. Everything from ground to trees was totally frozen and covered in frost. However, snow hadn't fallen yet. This special moment allowed recording footsteps on unique surfaces that are usually under snowpack. To make the package complete, the frozen snow sounds were recorded later, with real crusty snow. In freezing temperatures, as well.

    All sounds were carefully edited in iZotope RX and Pro Tools 12 removing the background and clothing noise. This was quite a task, but it was worth it. This makes the sounds extremely clear, versatile, and easy to use.

    Library highlights:

    – 8 frozen surfaces
    – 2400+ sounds in 81 sound clips
    – Sneak, walk, run, jump, slide, scuffs, and more
    – 96 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files
    – 1.20 GB
    – Carefully edited & noise-free
    – Soundminer & BWAV metadata

  • The MicroTone: Doors library contains 189 everyday door open and closes at various distances and speeds.

    Two interior doors, one plastic frame and one wood frame, recorded in mono at close, medium and distant perspectives. Performances range from slam, to normal close, to a soft push shut and finally partial closing.

    Contains sounds which will work for all your household door effect cutting needs.
    MicroTone is a series of smaller, less expensive libraries from Tone Manufacture for those times when you need a small injection of fresh sounds for a project and don’t have time to record your own.

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  • The Cyborg Collection features a wide assortment of over 3000 Sci-Fi sound effects ranging from small user interfaces to massive robots.

    Everything from simple droids to powerful plasma rifles and futuristic transformations are included in this 3.2GB library. Check out the track listing here to see the variety of robots, interfaces, weaponry, vehicles and spacecraft included in the collection.

Explore the full, unique collection here
 
 
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