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

'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 $59 $35

    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 $59 $35

    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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Popular sound effects this week:

 
  • Sci-Fi High Tech Interface Sounds Play Track 290 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $30

    Looking for futuristic interface sounds? The High Tech Interface Sounds library is a targeted solution for just that. It features 280 sound effects in categories like Beeps, Buttons, Clicks, Data Processing, Micro High Tech and more – created by Sergey Eybog, who recently won an award for his user interface sound design.

  • Drones & Moods Tibetan Crystal Singing Bowls Play Track 93 sounds included, 43 mins total $16

    Tibetan Singing Bowls – The ancient brain entrainment methodology for healing and meditation. Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. They are also used for sound baths, which is when participants lay on the floor and let the waves of sound from the Tibetan Singing Bowls wash over them.

    9 total bowls were recorded. Notes C, D, D#, E, F, G, A, A one octave up and B. A variety of bowl sizes were used from 8 to 12 inches.

  • Cats are remarkably expressive creatures. And capturing their voices can be a daunting task. Not anymore…

    The “Meow” sound library provides all the core cat vocalizations you'll need in a single package.

    Using 11 different cats cherry picked for their characters, this library provides over 272 vocalizations for your productions.

    From sweet mewls, to longing cries, or vicious shrieks, this library has got you covered.

    This library also includes the Sonic Worlds “CAT” sound pack.

    Meet the beasts:

    JASPER
    A lunatic Calico. A treasure trove of enraged vocalizations.

    AFORI & FANGS
    Sweet natured Russian Blues for that soft gentle character.

    BASTARDO
    A nasty mean tomcat, hence his name. A Tabby with a rich growl.

    BOGART
    Deep threatening growls and hisses. A Ginger in a foul mood.

    GINGY & LUCIFER
    Whiny sounding Ginger cats. For those hungry begging cries.

    JESSICA
    Classic meows that work like a charm.

    MARTY
    A sad sounding Tabby cat. For those longing mewls that will break your heart.

    SWEETY
    An absolute sweetheart black cat. Purry meows galore.

    Cat sounds included:
    ● Screeches and Shrieks
    ● Snipes
    ● Yelps
    ● Mewls
    ● Cries
    ● Purrs
    ● Growls
    ● Grumbles, Groans and Moans
    ● Whining and Begging
    ● Hisses
    ● Squirms
    ● Meows in a huge variety of characters
    ● And more…

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  • Cats are remarkably expressive creatures. And capturing their voices can be a daunting task. Not anymore…

    The “Meow” sound library provides all the core cat vocalizations you'll need in a single package.

    Using 11 different cats cherry picked for their characters, this library provides over 272 vocalizations for your productions.

    From sweet mewls, to longing cries, or vicious shrieks, this library has got you covered.

    This library also includes the Sonic Worlds “CAT” sound pack.

    Meet the beasts:

    JASPER
    A lunatic Calico. A treasure trove of enraged vocalizations.

    AFORI & FANGS
    Sweet natured Russian Blues for that soft gentle character.

    BASTARDO
    A nasty mean tomcat, hence his name. A Tabby with a rich growl.

    BOGART
    Deep threatening growls and hisses. A Ginger in a foul mood.

    GINGY & LUCIFER
    Whiny sounding Ginger cats. For those hungry begging cries.

    JESSICA
    Classic meows that work like a charm.

    MARTY
    A sad sounding Tabby cat. For those longing mewls that will break your heart.

    SWEETY
    An absolute sweetheart black cat. Purry meows galore.

    Cat sounds included:
    ● Screeches and Shrieks
    ● Snipes
    ● Yelps
    ● Mewls
    ● Cries
    ● Purrs
    ● Growls
    ● Grumbles, Groans and Moans
    ● Whining and Begging
    ● Hisses
    ● Squirms
    ● Meows in a huge variety of characters
    ● And more…
  • Space Space Racer – Pass-bys Play Track 62+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $15

    The Space Racer library features a diverse set of spaceship and pod racer pass-by sounds – designed for use in any futuristic sci-fi movies or video games. Strengthen your sci-fi sound design toolbox with this new collection – entirely edited at 96kHz, 24 bit, and embedded with Soundminer metadata.

    With over 60 sounds, you will find podracers of all shapes and technologies with massive flanging vehicles, quick stuttering pods, booming plasmic rumbles and much more.
    Whether you have an intergalactic competition or a more contentious extraterrestrial war, you will find your futuristic vehicle passbys here.

  • The Foleyart Collection | Extended Footsteps Collection is an Add-On for “The Foleyart Collection | Footsteps & Movements“. This package gives you access instantaneously to thousands more of high quality footsteps as WAV files, including different walking speeds, behaviours and surfaces.

    Foleyart Collection: Extended Footsteps –
    key features:

    • 8.848 real Foley sounds in HD quality @ 24Bit, 96 kHZ
    • 14 combinations of shoes and surfaces
    • Unique recording setup to adjust footstep distance
    • Different walking speeds and behaviors
    • All WAV files are Meta ready

    Includes the following surfaces:
    Asphalt • Diamond • Dirt • Grass • Dry Grass • Leaves • Metal • Rocks

    Includes the following shoes:
    Sneaker • Boot

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