This week on A Sound Effect, we have sounds that will make you feel relaxed, anxious, powerful, and more! We have a commanding BMW X5 M, peaceful ambiences from the Northern Rockies, creepy drones that swirl and transform, and pristine, reassuring UI sounds. We also have more sounds of transportation with Tokyo trains and a diesel smart car, as well as office sounds, buttons and switches, and intriguing contact mic discoveries. Happy listening!
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by Anti-Node Design
is a large collection of the famous local trains and subways in Japan. You'll hear sounds from within the stations, including announcements and notifications, as well as impossibly clean pass-bys and ambiences from within the train cars, stations, and outside on the railway. All together you get 5 hours of recordings, so whether you need generals sound of metros or the distinct qualities Japanese transportation, this one is for you!
Smart Fortwo, 2005
'Smart Fortwo, 2005'
by Big Room Sound Inc.
shows off the surprisingly diesel engine from this tiny 12-year-old car. The library captures the vehicle from the inside out with sounds of the rear-mounted engine, tailpipe, pass-bys, door sounds, alerts, and more. It also has sounds of changing gears in various ways, offering some dramatic takes that might inspire a tiny car chase scene. If you're looking for the indisputable sounds of a car that is definitely only "for two", give this library a listen.
Multichannel Buttons and Switches
'Multichannel Buttons and Switches'
is a one-stop shop for all those little clicks, flicks, and ticks from just what the title says. With over 2,000 sounds of buttons, knobs, and switches, you'll get an input sound for every need. Plus, each sound was recorded at 192kHz with the ever-popular Barcus Berry contact mic, Neumann U87, and either a Sanken CU31 or DPA 4041, and they even include the 96kHz and 48kHz versions for quick implementation in your audio middleware. If you have devices that need sounds of confirmation, this is all you need!
G4F SFX11 – ExoInterface
'G4F SFX11 – ExoInterface'
by G4F SFX
has futuristic bleeps and bloops to make your audience feel like they're living in a hi-tech world. This library has over 500 sounds that notify confirmed and denied actions, data processing, cursor clicks, opened and closed program windows, alarms, and miscellaneous commands. These sounds are also delivered at 96kHz, giving you even more flexibility in their utility! If you need that recognizable sound of clean, sophisticated technology, check this one out.
BMW X5 M
'BMW X5 M'
gets you the deep grows of this efficient motorsport vehicle (that would set you back over $100K USD if you bought one new). With 328 recordings from multiple microphones, you'll hear revving, pass-bys, pedal slams, turns, peeling away, hand-braking, gear-shifting, and more from a professional driver who knows how to handle this 750 hp beast. Plus, you get some low-key driving in case your character just needs to ship the kids around but couldn't settle with a minivan. Check out the demo and try not to drool!
Northern Rockies: Quiet Nature
'Northern Rockies: Quiet Nature'
is the newest library by Thomas Rex Beverly
, and it perfectly captures the romantic essence of Montana. These enviously serene soundscapes introduce you to the foliage and wildlife of glacial valleys, featuring sparse ravens, grouse, chipmunks, and beaver (tails), as well as rolling wind, creaking pines and firs, and much more. These recording capture space and depth rather than boisterous wildlife, giving you over 200 minutes that are also great for base ambiences. Plus, with smart, detailed metadata, you will quickly find what you need, though you might find yourself listening to relax!
comes from the out-of-the-box thinking of Eiravaein Works
. You can hear nearly 600 contact mic sounds capturing the mechanical sounds of car sunroofs, blow dryers, garage doors, drill presses, air conditioners, and more. You'll also receive textured sounds from carpet, vinyl records, Chinese vases, fabric, paper, and more! If you need sounds that will make you look at objects in a different way, check this one out.
by SKYES Audio
has nearly 7 hours of highly-emotive drones that will give your soundscapes eery tones, creepy textures, and swirling warbles. These 79 sounds last from 1 minute to over 14 minutes, and range from busy and evolving to rich and melodic. Plus, they have detailed metadata to help you find the right "ghostly", "dissonant", "glowing", and "abrasive" atmospheres for your project. If you're looking for an element of unease, these drones have it!
Small Office Foley & FX
'Small Office Foley & FX'
by Max Christensen Audio
gets you all the busy elements from a typical office environment. Rather than having ambiences that are unpredictable and hard to control, this library has clean, multiple takes of the equipment one would interact with as an administrative employee. It has sounds of scissors, hole punchers, fax machines, filing cabinet drawers, shredders, staplers, tape, books and paper, keyboards, trashcans, and more! All together you get over 600 sounds for a small price, so it's definitely worth checking out!
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