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 $55

    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:

 
  • Animals & Creatures WINGS Play Track 1444+ sounds included
    5 out of 5
    From: $99

    We are extremely proud to present our first library, WINGS – a one-of-a-kind sound library.

    From tiny insects to small birds, from fairies to dragons, WINGS offers a creative palette with a diverse range of sounds to choose from.

    With over 1400 files (more than 4 GB for the 192 kHz version ) we’re confident you will find the perfect sound.

    When purchasing WINGS you get 2 packs, our Design category that includes 180 files and the Source category that offers more than 1200 sounds. Featuring the very best of our foley sessions.

    All single flaps have been careful edited, allowing for unique speed or rate adjustments.

    Pick your preferred version at the introductory prices below:

  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
    4 out of 5
    $35

    Prepare for impact! This EFX Bullet Impact collection features a huge number of impacts into cars, metal, walls, water, body impacts, as well as passbys, ricochets and underwater passbys.

    A must-have for for actual bullet and combat sounds – and for adding oomph to many other types of impact sounds too!

  • Weapons Assault Rifles Play Track 126-629 sounds included
    5 out of 5
    From: $25

    The EFX Assault Rifles collection includes weapon sounds from the AK-47 Kalashnikov, the Colt AR15/M16 and the European FN-FAL, HECKLER & KOCH 33 and SIG 551 assault rifles.

    Three collections are available:

     
    The AK47 Collection:
    126 sounds, 110 MB

    The AR15/M16 Collection:
    377 sounds, 324 MB

    The European Assault Rifle Collection
    featuring the FN-FAL, HECKLER & KOCH 33 and SIG 551: 126 sounds, 123 MB

    Get all three together in the Assault Rifles Bundle – and save 20%!

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  • Environments Backyard Play Track 30+ sounds included, 167 mins total

    ‘Backyard’ by Badlands Sound puts you right in the middle of America's backyard. You will hear in the morning the peaceful sounds of mourning doves, robins, and other song birds along and at night you will hear a distant American School Football Game with crowds cheering and a sports announcer among with crickets and distant dog barks and yelps.

    It includes 30 high-quality 96k / 24-bit ambiences of the backyard, perfect for your projects. All sounds are long – Five and a half minutes each!

    The library features four different times during the day; morning, afternoon, evening, and night.

  • ‘Concrete Foot Work’ by Badlands Sound includes 274 high-quality footsteps perfect for your projects.

    The library features five different types of shoes; Boots, Heels or Dress Shoes, Leather Smart Shoes, Old Shoes, and Trainers on three different surfaces – Concrete, Gritty Concrete, and Wet Concrete.

  • Electricity Energy Play Track 370 sounds included

    Energy is an entirely synthesized library, inspired by classic sound effects heard in a wide variety of action and adventure TV shows. Synthesized source material to create energy beams, lasers, blasts, whooshes, explosions, magical effects and more is bundled in this library and ready to be layered and processed. Energy contains 74 audio files with 5 variations of each sound effect per audio file, totalling 370 sounds.

Explore the full, unique collection here
 
 
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