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This week on A Sound Effect, we have six new libraries to enhance your game worlds and scenes with authentic and imaginatively designed qualities. You can hear cars roaring by with memorable engine growls, futuristic doors cracked in cyberpunk missions, and dazzling mobile game SFX that pay homage to PopCap.

There is also a variety of new ambiences and props for all sorts of fantastic worlds, whether they be set in old European cottages, ancient castles, or villages protected from orcs or draugrs.

For sounds you definitely can’t get in your backyard, these libraries have the details to transport your audience to another world.

Cars In Motion
 
  • Cars Cars In Motion Play Track 561+ sounds included, 340 mins total $60

    The Cars In Motion sound library gets you exterior sounds of cars driving at different speeds, slow/medium/fast/very fast pass-bys, reverse sounds, accelerations, braking sounds and a lot of additional files. You’ll find different engines, and cars with different character.

    From a small BMW 114i through to a powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 with Magna Flow exhaust, up to a fast twin turbo BMW 640D F12. In addition to cars there are also files covering big machines like tractors and excavator.

    The library features 561 WAV files with total length of 340 minutes, recorded in 96kHz and 24 bits with a Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, Rode NTG3 and Sony PCM-M10.

    Here are the cars included in this library:

    • Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI – 73 files – 73 minutes
    • Audi A4 B8 2.0 TDI Avant – 11 files – 10 minutes
    • BMW 114i E87 – 20 files – 10 minutes
    • BMW 530D E60 – 55 files – 21 minutes
    • BMW F12 640D Gran Coupe – 87 files – 49 minutes
    • Excavator MF 860 – 30 files – 20 minutes
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 – 62 files – 51 minutes
    • Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V – 71 files – 32 minutes
    • Renault Master II 2.8 dTi – 21 files – 13 minutes
    • Renault Master F3500 dCi135 – 30 files – 12 minutes
    • Tractor Case II CX90 – 15 files – 10 minutes
    • Volkswagen Golf II – 26 files – 13 minutes
    • Other Cars – 60 files – 23 minutes

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'Cars In Motion' by Soundholder features 561 sounds of momentum from over a dozen cars. Featuring pass-bys by Audis, BMWs, Jeeps, Volkswagens, Renaults, and even tractors and excavators, each vehicle shows off its distinct engine and turbo to give you accurate qualities for your scenes. These cars not only zoom past, they also come to screeching halts and blast their horns as if they were cut off by another driver. For 340 minutes of focused, useful, extensive, and methodically-recorded car pass-bys, check out this library.
 
Old Cottages
 
  • Environments Old Cottages Play Track 375 sounds included, 332 mins total From: $136

    The Old Cottages library was recorded in outdoor museums of old cottage houses and in a remote mountain cottage during quiet winter.
    At first, both libraries (Castles and Old Cottages) were planned to create one big old stuff library. But I soon realised that the topic is too wide for one thematic library and sounds recorded in cottages have different character.
    It’s dominated by old creaky wood. And the same as in Castles library, I treated specific ambience of wooden cottages as a part of the sound.

    So again, lots of old wooden doors, with metal bolts. Starting from small to large heavy barn doors, both INT and EXT. Some Background Activities on different kinds of wooden floors, recorded from different POVs, like one floor below, or next door. Some interesting props movements.

    We also performed some of the objects (like doors), creating rhythmic sounds which could work well for any antique rotating, whirling machines.

    We also recorded old machines with gears, which could be very useful for sound design. Using some pitch shifting changes them into another palette of antique sounds.

    Objects and items include:
    Barn door • Bell • Bench • Carriage • Chest • Chimney • Cooker • Curtains • Door • Drawer • Floors, old and creaky • Locker • Old glass • Old wood • Rope maker machine • Staircases • Well • Winch • Windows • Wooden floors • Wooden furniture • Wooden Mechanisms •

    Recording locations include:
    Old Cottages • Old Cottages, upstairs/next-door activity • Staircase / stairwell • Manor • Barn • Mill

    Types of sounds included:
    Doors: 258 files • Window: 10 files • BG Activities: 37 files • Furniture: 10 files • Mechanism: 73 files

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    You can also get this library along with the Castles library – at a special bundle price. Choose your preferred version below.
'Old Cottages' by Sound Mind's Michal Fojcik features tons of foley from historic cottages. This library has thick, creaking wooden sounds from heavy barn doors, staircases, windows, floors, and wooden furniture captured as they usually function and performed in rhythms to imitate antique machinery. It also includes squeaking gears, grinding ropes, clanking metal chains, creaking chimney doors, and more for a collection with truly age-old character. Whether you need foley for your scenes at Castle Black or interactive devices in a Bioshock-inspired game, this library will immerse your audience in your world.
 
Castles
 
  • Environments Castles Play Track 243 sounds included, 213 mins total From: $136

    Sounds for the Castles library were collected in four castles – museums (medieval, renaissance and baroque) in southern Poland. My intention was to record sounds of old doors, furniture and every interesting prop I could find, in authentic acoustic environment. Some of the spaces were very reverberant, some just have a bit of ambience, but all are authentic and add specific colouration to sounds. Also, part of the sounds was recorded outside.

    As always, visiting those places, I found many interesting characterful objects – most of them are heavy wooden or metal. So expect a lot of creaks and squeaks. Where I could, I recorded variations and versions from different POVs.

    Another important part of the library are Background Activities.
    Editing sound for films, I always find myself in need for adding some background life to scenes. We all love great foley, but having isolated background activities recorded in real spaces adds another level of realism. So wherever I found interesting spaces, we performed some activities and movements on old stone or wooden floors.

    It’s not supposed to substitute foley, syncing it step by step. But it will help to create separate layer of atmospheres.

    We also found medieval Torture Chamber, which inspired us to record some of the tools, distant movements of chains etc. but also some screams, all with real dungeon reverb.

    Sounds recorded in locations such as:
    An armoury • blacksmiths • cellar • chamber • chapel • corridor • courtyard • dungeon • gothic hall • hallway • stairwell • torture chamber • tower

    Objects and activities include:
    A chest • chain • crate • door • floor • footsteps • handle • locks • metal objects • movement • stone • tool • trapdoor • window • wooden objects

    Sound categories:
    Doors – 145 files • BG Activities – 49 files • Props – 20 files • Furniture – 16 files • Screams – 12 files

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    You can also get this library along with the Old Cottages library – at a special bundle price. Choose your preferred version below.
'Castles' by Sound Mind's Michal Fojcik has sounds from four castles in southern Poland. From the thick, defensive Medieval fortresses to lavish and ornate Baroque citadels, this library features their doors, ambiences, and wooden and metal objects from various perspectives. It includes reverberating chains and shackles, squeaking chairs and window shutters, creaking footsteps, and even horrific screams that echo throughout a torture chamber. With 243 sounds and 213 minutes of content, you will have authentic reverb and props for scenes of royal banter and gothic horror.
 
Dimensions
 
'Dimensions' by Melee Sound Design has a wide variety of unique, ready-to-go entrances for your interactive project. Taking place in the imaginative worlds found in science fiction, this collection has 459 sounds of doors, lifts, vaults, gates, and elevators that will help set or blend in with the cyberpunk tone of your scenes. It also includes foley of buttons, handles, exhaust, and hydraulics so your entrances will appear as complex as the high-tech, classified information they protect. For detailed futuristic door sounds, this library will quickly find its place in your project.
 
Vibrant Game
 
  • Funny / Comedy / Cartoon Vibrant Game Play Track 503 sounds included, 17 mins total $49 $43

    The Vibrant Game library delivers sounds are inspired by hit app games like Bejeweled and Color Switch. You’ll immediately find a bank of lovable game sounds that users will recognize, enjoy and connect with. From colorful comedic sounds, musical cues hits and loops, to item pick-ups high energy alerts and notifications, awards, level-ups and treasure unlocks.

    Comes with 500+ files in 96 kHz, 24bit resolution (as well as 44.1 kHz, 16 bit resolution for convenience), and includes Soundminer metadata. Speed up your workflow by an x-factor when you use these ready-to-use sound effects and loops.

    Features sounds such as:

    Game award items, collects • Alerts and notifications • Background and lobby loops • Musical cues, musical hits • Cartoon movements • Clicks and button sounds • Taps, tabs, and slides • Funny chirps, dings and doinks • Object hits and bumps • Opens and treasure unlocks • Positive pick-ups, wrong moves • Specials and power-ups

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'Vibrant Game' by Epic Stock Media has shiny, happy sounds that will match the colorful and pleasing balance of your gameplay. With musical tones, brilliant textures, and effects that subconsciously indicate a positive or negative action, this library will help you teach and reward your players. Available in both 96kHz/24bit and 44.1kHz/16bit, these 503 SFX can also be further manipulated to match your puzzles or dropped right into your Wwise project. To expedite your workflow so you can start building a fan base, check out this collection.
 
Fantasy World
 
  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Fantasy World Play Track 111 sounds included, 120+ mins total $39 $20

    Now you can create the perfect mood and sound environment for your fantasy and adventure games, film and audio productions. With Fantasy World you get 52 royalty-free Ambience loops with full and 49 minimal versions and 10 Extra Non-Melodic Loops for a total of 111 dynamic loop-able audio assets. Inspired by massive hit games like World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls, Fantasy World is an all original royalty free ambience loop library designed to help you create stunning and immersive audio environments quickly. With over 2 hours of popular location sound loops, you’ll be well equipped with background sound effects and scene setting ambient tones that bring your Fantasy World to life.

    Features settings such as: 

    Assassin Camp • Elven Outpost Haunted Cavern • Mystical Sanctum • Tribal Camp • Desolate Dungeon Ancient Tomb • Forest of the Unknown • Fairy Land • Ominous Jungle Barren Foothills • Shamans Apothecary, • Orc Ruins • Orc Slaughter Den • Werewolf Den • Vampire Spire

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'Fantasy World' by Epic Stock Media is a collection of High Fantasy designed ambiences that will give an instant sense of adventure to your game. Featuring worlds inspired by the beloved landscapes of Tamriel, Azeroth and Middle-earth, this library has over two hours of environments with easy to find names like 'Assassin Camp', 'Cold Tunnel', 'Sanctuary' and 'Travelers Rest'. Each track is thick with atmosphere, and they conveniently loop so as to not break immersion. For sounds that are just begging to give your open-world games a dramatic and touchable quality, give these a listen.
   

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  • *BUZZZZ* Left your phone in your pocket? On the tile floor? Under a pile of your roommate's disgusting laundry? Locate it with these 17 audio files, recorded in various locations using a customized vibration pattern.

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  • Trains Steam Trains Play Track 175 sounds included $40

    The Steam Trains library delivers 175 sound effects of three different types of steam train engines, and the clatter, rattle, and grinding of wagons.

    The collection includes riding, idling, pass-bys, departing and arriving trains, bells, whistles, steam blasts, platform atmospheres, and doors and windows.

    Engines are the heavy Santa Fe 2-10-2, the Bavarian BB 0-4-4-0 Heavy Mallet, and a 4 Wheel Switcher 0-4-0 light railway. Also included are door and window handling effects of passenger cars

    Each engine is well documented and listed in full Soundminer metadata.

    The Steam trains library also includes a “Specification Sheet” with detailed information about the trains and environments.

    Recorded with a Schoeps MK4/MK8 MS, paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Some takes provide an alternative mix with recordings from an additional Sony PCM-D recorder.

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  • The War Zone sound effects library gets you whooshes, debris, cannon shots, beeps, countdown, explosions – ready to be used as they are in your projects, or layered to create complex war ambiences. A total of 170 sound effects are included, categorized into beeps, explosions, beeping mine explosions, debris, low whooshes, whooshes, shots and whooshes + debris.

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  • Destruction & Impact The Vault Play Track 12743 sounds included, 1249 mins total $599.99

    The whole 9 yards.

     

    Comprised of five heavy hitting libraries, this bundle includes GEARBOXSORCERYHEROBROKEN, and MELEE. Save by bundling all FIVE in a single library.

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    Boutique analog mechanical contraptions, steampunk gadgetry, gizmos and machines big and small.


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    Spells, deflects, casts, blocks, beams, and more. Unrivaled wizardry at your fingertips.


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    Car crashes, explosions, crumbling buildings, earthquakes, ripping earth and metal, to debris, and more.


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    HERO – Sword fights, stabbing, guillotines, impaling, battle cries, shields, drawbridges, armor, foley and more.


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  • Mechanical Gearbox Play Track 3551 sounds included, 279 mins total $149.99

    We've ventured to obscure boutiques, prop houses and vintage shops to capture mechanical contraptions from around the world. Ranging from bizarre creations, to steampunk gadgetry, gizmos and machines, GEARBOX clocks in at over 10 GB of high definition, precision mastered sounds spanning across 2987 construction kit sounds and 584 designed sounds.

    GEARBOX equips Sound Designers with a literal toolbox of mechanical gadgetry. Ranging from tiny to huge, GEARBOX's machines and gizmos provide coverage for interacts, mechanism, machine or device in your scene or game.

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    In addition to CONSTRUCTION KIT and DESIGNED SOUND content, GEARBOX features BUILDING BLOCKS. This category of sound consists of designed phrases and oneshots utilized for our designed machinery, empowering Sound Designers with maximum flexibility when trying to get that particular phrase from an existing DESIGNED SOUND. GEARBOX features over 468 BUILDING BLOCKS ranging from levers, hits, grinds, snaps, and more.

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  • Military M16 Halftrack Play Track 313 sounds included $299

    The World War II American M16 Halftrack anti-aircraft sound library features 313 sound effects in 18.86 gigabytes of audio. Based on the M3 Halftrack, this “multiple gun motor carriage” showcases 20 takes of up to 42 channels of performances from a White 160AX, 6-cylinder, 128 horsepower engine.

    Twelve onboard perspectives present the vintage vehicle in slow, medium, and fast speeds with steady idles and ramps. The twelve exterior perspectives include 26 channels of the halftrack starting, departing, passing, reversing, and arriving. Includes over 18 fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS spotlight metadata.

  • Cars VW Polo 2003 Play Track 228 sounds included $249

    Recording of a Volkswagen Polo from 2003 with a 1.4L straight 4 cylinder, 16-valve petrol (79 horsepower) engine.

  • Cars Volvo P1800S 1966 Play Track 363 sounds included $249

    The 1966 Volvo P1800S sound fx collection features hours of recordings of a vintage Swedish sports car. 16 perspectives detail the B18 in-line 4 cylinder ohv 115 horsepower engine also similar to the models 1800S, 1800E and 1800ES.

    The sound library includes 363 sounds from 17 exterior and 12 onboard channels totalling over 15 gigabytes of audio. The performances include departure, passes, and approaches at slow, medium, and fast speeds while accelerating, with ramps, gear shifts, and at constant RPMs. The collection also has idles, horns, an Altiverb impulse response and an extensive range of performed effects.

 
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