Asbjoern Andersen


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 $50

    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

    Note:
    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

    Note:
    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 $32

    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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  • City Life Pedestrian Streets Play Track 50 sounds included, 127 mins total $45

    Pedestrian Streets is a library of 50 ambiences from around 15 different streets, recorded in about 7 cities mostly in Bulgaria.

    Most recordings are made in late autumn or winter because bird life is minimized. The task of this library is to capture much of the different dynamics of pedestrian streets: from zero activity to busy streets, basically concentrating on light activity periods.

    It's principally recorded in the morning, and you'll hear the sounds of single footsteps, light voices, shopping streets, dogs, air conditioners, and more of the sounds of a rising city.

    Another basic idea is the minimal presence of cars (as much as possible). There are also atmospheres with greater dynamism, lively streets and various periods of the day.

    All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer

    Gear used: Sound Devices 633, Edirol R4pro, Neumann KM184 st, Rode NT4, Zoom H4,

    Enjoy the City Life

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  • Mechanical Wooden Gear 192 kHz Play Track 215 sounds included, 345 mins total $64

    This construction kit creates the world of various rotating gear sounds. Medieval astronomical clocks, fantasy inventions and steampunk gizmos with a lot of wooden shafts, cogs, sprockets and other parts. From tiny to large objects, you can hear the wooden material working in all its nudity – friction, knocking, clacking, rattling, squeaking, crackling, howling and so on.

    The product includes 75+75 source recordings and 65 designed tracks of different wooden and sometimes metal gears, variety of styles, types, speeds and timbres.

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  • Mechanical Old Engines Grab Bag Play Track 486 sounds included, 265minutes of multitrack recordings mins total $129 $99

    “Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.

    The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.

    Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.

    Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).

    The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
    All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.

    Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.

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  • Mechanical Old Engines Grab Bag Play Track 486 sounds included, 265minutes of multitrack recordings mins total $129 $99

    “Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.

    The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.

    Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.

    Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).

    The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
    All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.

    Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.

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  • Weapons Gun Sound Pack Play Track 416 sounds included $19

    Gun Sound Pack contains 266 gun sound effects. Guns included: Pistol, Revolver Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Semi-Auto Rifle, Sub-Machine gun, Machine gun.

    A perfect collection of gun sounds suitable for all types of sound designers, video editors, game developers or anyone who needs a large range of high quality gun sound effects ready to use out-of-the-box. 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. ALL sounds from Gun Sound Pack are included Pro Sound Collection, so if you need more sounds including bullets, silenced guns, explosions, footsteps, death screams plus MANY more be sure to check it out before purchase.

  • Drones & Moods Shepard Ambiences Play Track 88 sounds included, 27 mins total $39

    When looped, these abstract ambiences & drones seem to rise or fall endlessly.

    • 44 rising + 44 falling ambiences
    • seamless loopable
    • audio illusion based on the Shepard Tone

    All sound files are included in the Unreal Ambiences library and:
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  • Water & Oceans Hydro Contact Play Track 1000+ sounds included $40 $30

    HYDRO CONTACT brings you 273 audio files recorded with a contact mic and a hydrophone over the course of a year, in order to get you covered for any kind of underwater scene, in the outer space, for pitch shifting, time stretching or to add a weird tone to your soundscape.

    Recorded at 96 kHz and 24 bits, this collection provides underwater motion, waves, bubbles, impacts, hits, hums, buzzes, car foley, rumbles, bouncing, dripping water, dragging items, blasts, switches, engines, underwater screams, exotic musical instruments and many more sounds, ideal to take your sound design imagination a step further.

    All files are metadata tagged and named.

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  • This library features recordings of a Moog analog synthesizer. The sounds range from raw lo-fi zaps, buzzes and glitches, to more futuristic high-tech robot movements, morphs, vocalizations and drones.

    Both source recordings, and designed sound effects are included for further sound manipulation.

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  • Human Fight Vocalizations Play Track 1000+ sounds included $69 $52

    Fight Vocalizations is a sub-library from the more complete “Universal Emotes”. All the files in this library are already included in the Universal Emotes Library.

    ! If you already own the “Universal Emotes” library, you do not need to purchase this library!

    There is here 20 actors/20 folders, from all ages (kids, teen, middle-aged, elderly), male & female.

    You will find the material you need to “soundify‟ combat/fight scenes or to insert into your fighting/action video game software.

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  • Thriller Whooshes sound library brings you 200 tension-building transition sound effects perfect for horror, thriller and action movies, trailers, games, music, and more! In contrast to Sound Response's first installment of whoosh sound effects Whooshes & Transitions that features predominantly sci-fi whoosh sound effects, Thriller Whooshes soundpack contains transition sound effects designed using exclusively organic source sounds recorded with high-end recorders and microphones, in order for effects to be more raw-sounding.

    A must have for anyone looking for sinister-sounding transition sounds, these sound effects will instantly find a way into your production and help you with intensifying the atmosphere of your project!

    Thriller Whooshes sound library contains 547MB (200 sound effects) of high definition 24bit/96khz Stereo WAV files, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow.

  • Mechanical Old Engines Grab Bag Play Track 486 sounds included, 265minutes of multitrack recordings mins total $129 $99

    “Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.

    The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.

    Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.

    Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).

    The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
    All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.

    Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.

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