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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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TRAIN
 
  • Trains TRAIN Play Track 105+ sounds included, 319 mins total $49

    A wide selection of local trains and subways from Japan, featuring recordings such as pass-bys, departing and arriving, interiors, rail chimes which really distinguish from other and many many more. Train and subway stations from Japan are also included to complete the railway atmosphere. A total of more than 5 hours of recordings are included.

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'TRAIN' 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
 
  • Cars Smart Fortwo, 2005 Play Track 60+ sounds included, 37 mins total $49

    The Smart Fortwo is a unique everyday car. Under the hood, or rather under the trunk (it’s a rear mounted engine) this hatchback sports a tiny 41hp diesel engine. Normally covered for obvious reasons, we opened it up to expose the engine and get some super clean onboard recordings from inside the car.

    Also, because the Fortwo has a quasi-manual transmission, we were able to perform the gear changes with dramatic sequences in mind. So they are more pronounced, adding some character that is sometimes lost in a fully automatic transmission.

    Included are a full set of exterior and onboard (engine/tailpipe) recordings at varying speeds as well as all the doors and a couple dashboard chimes.

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'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
 
  • This collection contains a wide variety of buttons and switches. We pushed, flicked, turned and twisted all the buttons, knobs and switches we could find to make sure you have everything for your sound design needs. To give you as many options as possible, we recorded everything at a high sample rate with several microphones. Every sound was recorded with at least a contact microphone, a large diaphragm microphone and a small diaphragm microphone. In addition, most of the sounds were recorded with two small diaphragm microphones with different pickup patterns (omni and cardioid).

    The high sample rate and multiple microphone setup makes this collection excellent for sound design and heavy processing. We have also included all sounds in 96 kHz and 48 kHz in case 196 kHz is not required for your projects.

    The following microphones were used:

    1x Barcus Berry (contact microphone)
    1x Neumann U87 A1 or Brauner Phantom Classic (large diaphragm)
    1x Sanken CU31 (small diaphragm, cardioid)
    1x DPA 4041 (small diaphragm, omni)

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'Multichannel Buttons and Switches' by Norsonant 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
 
  • User Interface (UI) G4F SFX11 – ExoInterface Play Track 517 sounds included, 24 mins total $40

    The G4F SFX11 – ExoInterface soundbank is dedicated to futuristic interfaces.

    The library contains high-quality sounds recorded or synthesized at 96 kHz/24 bit. This soundbank is ideal for science-fiction and futuristic worlds and environments.

    Sound Designers: Benjamin Michenaud & Alexandre Bobe

    Features UI sound elements such as:

    Action confirmed – Action refused – Cursor click – Misc – Process – Close screen – Open screen

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'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
 
  • Cars BMW X5 M Play Track 328+ sounds included $149

    BMW X5M’ by Flysound is a comprehensive sound catalogue for this highly-tuned performance champion. The suite of 328 recordings is a systematic compilation authored by a dedicated full service post-production team, deploying Neumann U87s, Neumann USM69, Sonosax, Sound Devices 788Ts, Aaton Cantar-X2s, and further top quality recording equipment.

     

    The subject of the suite is a 750 horsepower high-performance road dominator, while also remaining the dream car for suburban soccer moms. Our BMW X5M and its professional driver have been tracked from a myriad of angles and distances, both external and onboard, from the moment the doors close and a seatbelt fastens, right down the gamut of revs, take-offs, turns, passes-by, skids, pedal slams, handbraking, gearshifting, and panel buttoning galore with all the corresponding actions as the BMW’s fabled “M” division  SUV variant peels away fast, chugs along slow, or just cruises an everyday commute. In short: Everything you’ll need, all the maneuvers manifested by the immensely powerful and versatile 4.4 litre bi-turbo gasoline engine, here in this suite.

     

    The symphonic grace of this German masterpiece in motion is captured with orchestra-grade studio equipment and field kit, by professionals, for professionals, ready to be used as authentic sound, ready to be arranged into seamless edits and proper 5.1 post-production. The 96kHz/24bit synced and multi-channel recordings have comprehensive metadata tags giving full position, microphone, and action detail. This catalogue constitutes the canon of sound for BMW X5M (M for motorsport), whether you seek the sound of a high-octane road ruckus, or an everyday trip to the supermarket. The suite is parked here, ready to give you the exact audio you need.

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'BMW X5 M' by Flysound 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
 
  • • In Northern Rockies: Quiet Nature, get a collection of the most serene ambiences from the mountains of Montana. Hear the massive sparseness of glacial valleys and still water. Hear majestic swaying of old growth forest and naked trunks left by wildfire. Hear Lodgepole pines creaking and Douglas fir slamming to the forest floor. This library is packed full of “quiet nature” tracks from the continental divide of North America, the crown of the continent where glacial meltwaters flow all the way to the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, and to the Hudson Bay. Perfect for use as the foundation of your designed environment, some stretches of rare natural silence are up to 35 minutes!
    • Only 26 glaciers (of the 150 in 1850) remain in Glacier National Park and all are predicted to melt within 30 yearsHear the sounds of this stunning natural cathedral while the glaciers remain. The ecosystem won’t sound the same when they’re gone.

    2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & CARBON NEUTRAL:
    • Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
    • Carbon offset credits were purchased for the Northern Rockies Series. Field Recording travel for this library was carbon neutral!

    KEY FEATURES:
    • Quiet Nature recordings from the coniferous forests of the northern Rocky Mountains.
    • If you need more “active” or “quiet” nature sounds check out: NR: Common Loons and NR: miNiATURE
    • Desolate ambiences with no wildlife.
    • Serene ambiences with minimal or distant flora and fauna.
    • Large glacial and small shallow lakes
    • Ruffed grouse “drumming” can be heard as distant bass thumps. Read more about how males create this sound by beating their wings on hollow logs – here.
    • Close perspective meltwater was not the focus of this library, but water is unavoidable during summertime in the Rockies. Water was always recorded at a distant as, for example, “distant soothing river” as part of flora and fauna ambiences.

    TEXT MARKERS:
    • Named markers are included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform!
    • Marker text included in the Soundminer description and BWAV description fields.
    FILE LIST & METADATA:
    • View in Browser or Download CSV
    • Flora (plants) and Fauna (animals) are described in these terms:
    • stillness – close to absolute silence
    • fauna sparse
    • fauna constant
    • flora sparse
    • flora constant
    • flora and fauna sparse
    • flora and fauna constant
    • Included wildlife: Swainson’s Thrush, Wilson’s Snipe, Common Raven, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Townsend’s Solitaire, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-naped Sapsucker, Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Tree Swallows, territorial beaver tail slaps, angry Chipmunks, and bats up to 90 kHz.

    GEAR USED:
    • Sennheiser MKH 8040 Matched Pair in ORTF
    • Sound Devices 702
    • Rycote ORTF Blimp
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'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!
 
Outward Inversion
 
  • Materials & Texture Outward Inversion Play Track 593+ sounds included, 151 mins total $38

    From creating the breath of a behemoth, to the palpable aura of an ambiance, this is a plethora of contact mic goodness providing you with frequency-deep content for layering, embellishing, bolstering, and new sound creation.

    Contact mics are delicate creatures. They can give you insights into the most excitable yet unheard facets of a soundscape, and then almost immediately get destroyed by the slightest of impacts. We're just going to forget about how many incredible captures were thrown out of the running for this library due to such slight disruptions, and instead focus on the positive: this is a huge collection of super flexible, totally malleable sounds. One of our favorite libraries to make because it satisfied the inner tinkerer's ear, Outward Inversion is our microscope applied to the aural world.

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'Outward Inversion' 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.
 
Aberrant Drones
 
  • Drones & Moods Aberrant Drones Play Track 79 sounds included, 409 mins total
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $49.99

    Discover nearly 7 hours of individually flavoured, hauntingly musical and ever-evolving drones, packaged neatly into 79 of the kind of audio files that you can never have enough of.

    In many ways, Aberrant Drones is the sister library of the Augmentation Elements library, as it provides you with the creative tools required to augment your sound design.

    Whilst the Augmentation Elements library arms you with tools such as whooshes, risers and stings, allowing you to sweeten specific elements of your sound design, the Aberrant Drones library allows you to augment the mood of an entire scene. Each audio file is populated with richly descriptive SoundMiner metadata, making it easier than ever before to sift through hours of abstract drones.

    This is why the metadata is usually described in terms of feeling and mood, like so:

    Drone,Sci-Fi,Abstract,Cacophonous,Glowing,Impending Doom
    Drone,Sci-Fi,Abstract,Textured,Vibrating,Oscillating,Anxiety

    Augment your creative tool-box with Aberrant Drones, and transform your sound design work!

    For really in-depth reviews, check out the articles on 344audio.com and strongmocha.com

    If you have any questions about this library, feel free to quickly send me an e-mail. I tend to reply within minutes.
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'Aberrant Drones' 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
 
  • This library is all about the small insignificant sounds that occur everyday in any small office along with some very special sounds made from those items. All sounds are recorded cleanly with many variations to choose from and named meticulously. They´ve also been noise treated and edited carefully to make the use a seamless experience.
    Since a lot of the sounds very recorded very closely, they open up new possibilities to sound designer. Some of the sounds could easily be used for weapon or impact and other kinds of sound design.

    Some of the categories used in this library are: paperclips, hole punchers, staplers, fax-machine, printers, shredders, lots and lots of paper variations, drawers, file cabinets, ringbinders, post-its, books, keyboards and more.

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'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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  • Foley Switch Play Track 124 sounds included $20

    124 recordings of various switches and buttons, flipped, pressed and clicked. This collection contains household light and lamp switches, radio buttons and a variety of other activate and click presses.

    Recorded in 2018 and 2019 with a stereo shotgun microphone.

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.

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  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
    Rated 4.00 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!

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  • World Sounds Human Africa Play Track 46+ sounds included, 260 mins total From: $75

    Human Africa is a collection of authentic ambiences recorded in rural and urban locations across various countries in Africa.

    The library covers a wide range of settings, from urban idyllic countryside ambiences and conversations in various languages to traffic and skyline soundscapes. Each file is carefully meta-tagged with location, time of day and language (if present) information.

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  • Foley Switch Play Track 124 sounds included $20

    124 recordings of various switches and buttons, flipped, pressed and clicked. This collection contains household light and lamp switches, radio buttons and a variety of other activate and click presses.

    Recorded in 2018 and 2019 with a stereo shotgun microphone.

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.

  • Destruction & Impact Modular Explorations: Bristol Play Track 700+ sounds included, 90 mins total
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $35

    Modular Eplorations: Bristol features cinematic alien arcades and cities, deserted crystalline caverns, vast hives of digital insects, distressed metal impacts and abstract user interface sounds.

    Created in Bristol with Eurorack equipment (Mutable Instruments, Intellijel, Doepfer, Erica Synths, Make Noise, Arturia, Expert Sleepers, 2hp, Ladik) recorded into an Emu E5000Ultra Sampler, then processed digitally using a variety of techniques and high-end effects in Berlin.

    Modular Explorations: Bristol is an experimental collaboration between Gregor Quendel and ARC Noise.

    Professional metadata provided and edited by Kai Paquin.

    Modular Bristol highlights:
    • 546 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / 700+ Sounds / Meta-tagged (Soundminer)
    • 104 Alien Textures
    • 46   Harmonic Textures
    • 30   Simple Textures
    • 50   Ambient Effects
    • 108 Chaotic Effects
    • 93   Nano Effects
    • 38   Organic Effects
    • 77   Transition Effects

  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
    Rated 4.00 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!

 
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  • Introducing Foam Gun Fun! Over 300 fun-filled plastic toy gun sounds to share with your friends. Featuring small to large sizes of gun cocks, dry gunshots, and bullet fires. Also featuring designed, processed or effected sounds such as rapid-fire and sci-fi blasts! New from Carma Studio! 44k/24bit and 96k/24bit metadata enabled.

  • Fire Medieval Play Track 605 sounds included $59

    The Dark Ages are calling! With this curated package full of high-quality sound effects everything in your medieval world is brought to life. From objects like doors, chests and fire over foley sounds like steps, chains and gore to weapons such as the crossbow, sword, hammer and axe. This compilation provides a solid foundation of „ready to use“ sound effects to give your project an authentic medieval feeling.

     

    The Library includes:
    Horse, Textile, Impact, Whoosh, Armor, Chain, Gore, Step, Chest, Door, Drawbridge, Fire, Gate, Mechanical, Flag, Portcullis, Carriage, Axe, Blade, Bow, Catapult, Crossbow, Hammer, Knife, Quarterstaff, Sickle, Sword

  • Environments Sports Crowd Cheer! Play Track 41 sounds included, 15 mins total $9.95

    Welcome sports fans to Sports Crowd Cheer sound library.  Be in the crowd up close with this mini-pack of over 40 crowd reactions including cheers, boos, your ups, and downs, down to the buzzer, score and more!  Short crowd bursts to longer reactions with sirens and horns.  With sounds from the arena, ballpark, stadium, and court, it's a score from Carma Studio!

  • Environments Comedy Stand-Up Crowd Play Track 33 sounds included, 4 mins total $9.95

    Hi folks and welcome to the Comedy Stand-Up Crowd sound library.  We’re here tonight from Carma Studio delivering you a mini pack of over 30 sounds including laughter, applause, and cheers to add comic relief to any of your production work whenever that comedic moment is desired.  Very short bursts to extended fill-ins.  Great for television audience reactions too.  Try it out, it’s a laugh!  44k/24bit with metadata added.

  • Vehicles Classic Vehicles Play Track 40+ sounds included $20 $15

    Classic vehicles is a jam packed high-quality classic vehicle sound library filled with fantastic engine starts, engine revs, engine idles, door opening/closing, kick starts and much much more! Recorded at 24 bit/192 kHz you'll be able to pitch/bend these sounds to your hearts desire to create some truly monstrous sounds! The vehicles in this library are: a custom 1930 Ford Model A with a V8 flathead engine & a 1967 Triumph Bonneville. Let this pack be a small but powerful addition to your sound FX library.

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