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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  • Drones & Moods Strange Moods Play Track 69+ sounds included, 65 mins total $10 $7.50

    Whether you seek eerie ambiences, mysterious chatter, or a bassy sweetener, Strange Moods has you covered. In this collection, you’ll find over an hour of perfectly-loopable, atmospheric audio. Inspired by such games as Limbo, No Man’s Sky, and Badlands, all 69 files are high-quality 96kHz/24bit WAV files and drag and drop ready.

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  • Nature & Countryside High Desert Ambiences 1: Essentials Play Track 10+ sounds included, 94 mins total $29 $14.50

    In High Desert Ambiences 1 – Essentials, get the desolately beautiful sounds of the American Southwest as the sun brings to life the songs of desert wildlife. This collection features sounds that will make you fall in love with the desert with the trickling of distant rivers, smooth cricket chirps, echoey caws from ravens so close you can hear the details in their wings flaps, snorts from a cautious yet curious mule deer, choruses of birds at dawn, and much more. Most recordings are well over 4 minutes, with one half-hour night-time track that will make you want to take out your tent immediately. For lush, peaceful nature sounds from the heart of the American Southwest, here’s High Desert Ambiences 1 – Essentials.

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    KEY FEATURES:
    • Featured on Designing Sound: “Our Favorite Sounds of 2016
    • Desert dawn and evening choruses
    • Distant flowing river, songbirds, and insects
    • Ravens soaring and squawking in a stark and resonant valley
    • Lengthy night-time cricket chorus
    • Partially audible and ultrasonic bat clicks up to 70kHz
    • Ghostly distant animal calls
    • Mule deer warning snorts and jumping movement
    • Files ranging from 31 seconds to 30 minutes
    • Rio Grande dawn chorus along the Texas/Mexico river border
    • Locations: Near Marfa, Texas (in a mountain valley at an altitude of 6,000 ft) and Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico border.
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  • Household Kitchen Play Track 155 sounds included $14

    The Airborne Sound Kitchen sound effects library includes over 150 culinary sounds.

    The package includes appliances: blenders, toaster, fridges, and freezers. There are tools, too: glasses, knives, bottles, dishes, and cans. Also included is the work that ties it all together: cooking, cleaning, preparing, and chopping. Includes over 10 fields of Soundminer metadata.

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  • Fire Fire Burning Stove Play Track 21 sounds included, 30 mins total

    Fire Burning Stove is a 30-minute collection of fire ambiences. With 21 files to choose from, the library was recorded throughout the life cycle of a fire. Featuring multiple variations, examples include the initial start up, full intensity and even down to the last dying embers.

    Using both closed and open door perspectives, typical fire traits such as whining, crackling and popping can be heard throughout. A number of recordings also include the metal of the stove expanding/contracting due to to the heat.

    Short of incinerating the recording gear, the library was recorded using a close mic’d perspective. With a minimum of 1 minute recorded per file, Fire Burning Stove was also entirely produced with looping in mind.

  • Fun Casual Sounds contains over 600 professionally designed sound effects!

    A perfect collection of fun sounds suitable for all types of sound designers, video editors, game developers or anyone who needs a large range of high quality fun sound effects ready to use out-of-the-box. Great for both quickly prototyping and the finished product. Designed specifically for games, video and other media by award winning sound designers.

    This pack also includes a variety of 150 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection featuring over 4800 sound effects. All sounds from Fun Casual Sounds are included Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check out our full collection.

  • The Bars & Restaurants SFX library delivers 167 sounds including ice, kegs, kitchen pots, glass stacking, food preparation and more. Ambiences from places like bars, cafeterias, diners, restaurants, burger joints, and even a German beer hall are also included.

Explore the full, unique collection here
 
 
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