6 new sound libraries Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect, we have interesting new ambiences from around the world and recordings of new cars.

You can hear sounds of tourists in popular destinations like the Pantheon and Grand Palace, as well as pedestrians on the streets of Stockholm, quiet nights in Bulgarian cities, and construction ambiences of a large building being erected.

You can also hear recordings of the engines, exhaust pipes and devices from a Mercedes E 53 AMG and an Opel Astra H CDTI 1.7. Happy listening!

Opel Astra H CDTI 1.7

'Opel Astra H CDTI 1.7' by SoundBits has lots of recordings of Foley and diverse driving sounds. The diesel engine, exhaust and interior of this compact car was recorded simultaneously to let you easily blend between the sounds and perfectly match your picture.
 
  • Cars Opel Astra H CDTi 1.7 Play Track 327+ sounds included $45 $22.50

    This car library brings you a comprehensive Sound Effects collection of the 125 PS Opel Astra H CDTi 1.7 (Diesel Engine).

    You get anything you need from opening and closing doors, hood, trunk, windows, glove department. Pushing buttons, hazard lights, ignition, window wipers, seat adjustments, several pass-bys, idle mixtures, pull aways and approaches.
    And most importantly lots of diverse driving sounds, simultaneously recorded with 5mics (2x Engine, 2x Exhaust, 2x Interior) so you can easily blend between the sounds to perfectly match you picture.

    All source sounds were recorded with a Sonosax SX-R4+ and a Sound Devices MixPre-D with a Sennheiser MKH 8050 + MKH 30 M/S rig (Interior),twoRode NT-1A (Engine)and a MKH8060 (Exhaust).

    All sounds come with embedded Metadata.

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City Streets Bundle

'City Streets Bundle' by West Wolf is a collection of 5 libraries for a total of 258 atmospheres (20 GB and over 10 hours of high-quality ambiences) from urban Bulgarian environments, encompassing a wide variety of city streets across different seasons and hours of the day.
 
  • City Life City Streets Bundle Play Track 258 sounds included, 637 mins total $150 $70

    “City Streets Bundle”is a collection of 5 libraries or a total of 258 atmospheres that are recorded in urban environments and encompass a wide variety of city streets across different seasons and hours of the day. Inside you will find more than 20GB and over 10h of high quality ambiences.

    Night CityscapesThe library delivers the urban sounds of a sleeping city. The collection includes more than 3 hours of night and early morning ambiences that are recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All recordings were made between 01:30 and 05:30 am. This collection will uncover city in a way you may not know. You will find atmospheres of quiet and empty small streets in the city center, where can be heard some air conditioners, urban hum and light traffic in the far background.

    Pedestrian StreetsIt 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.

    Slush and Wet Streets
    It is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets. Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.

    Construction Ambiences
    It is a library of atmospheres that tracks different processes from the construction site. It was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria during the renovation of several objects in the city center, namely: small streets, squares and big streets. The processes are shaking and removing old pavements and placing new ones (pavement, asphalt, tiles, etc.). You will hear a variety of road construction equipment: Hydraulic Jackhammer, Excavator, Fadroma, Plate Compactor, Buzzsaw, Chainsaw and other hand and mechanical tools.

    Cityscapes and streets
    It is a collection of different atmospheres, recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. Inside you will find various cityscapes from hectic street traffic through city parks, subway stations, pedestrian zones to quiet morning urban sounds. This package covers various city states and is an excellent choice for filling your library or using it in a project where urban environment is necessary.

    Enjoy The City Streets

     

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Tourist Crowds

'Tourist Crowds' by GainWalkers has 30 stereo stealth recordings from tourist areas that feature several languages - Spanish, English, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French, you name it. Hear ambiences from the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Pantheon, Sacré-Cœur, Bruxelles-Central, Les Rambles, and more.
 
  • City Life Tourist Crowds Play Track 30+ sounds included, 100 mins total $34

    TOURIST CROWDS is a collection of 30 stereo recordings, specially designed for scenes set in tourist places and points where a mix of different languages is a must. Spanish, English, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French… you name it.

    In order to avoid unobtrusively sounds, all files are stealth recordings. Therefore, equipment used consists of small handheld recorders (Sony D100 and Zoom H2n). A couple of Clippy stereo mics were also used, plugged into the D100.

    Files come in 24 bit and 96 & 48 kHz, with embedded metadata.

    Have a scene at an airport? Maybe a temple? A central station? I got you covered.

    Some of the locations included in this library are:

    • The Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand)
    • Pantheon (Rome, Italy)
    • The Mosque (Cordoba, Spain)
    • Sacré-Cœur (Paris, France)
    • Jardin du Luxembourg (Paris, France)
    • Bruxelles-Central (Brussels, Belgium)
    • Les Rambles (Barcelona, Spain)
    • Plaza Mayor (Madrid, Spain)

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Building Construction

'Building Construction' by Badlands Sound features 8 long, loopable recordings from the construction of a large building. You will hear the roar of the concrete mixer trucks, shouts and whistles from instructing the crane operators, loud reverberant sounds of hammering the metal beams, and more.
 
  • Environments Building Construction Play Track 8+ sounds included, 27 mins total $10

    Building Construction by Badlands Sound features eight long and loop able audio files of a large building being built. You will hear the roar of the concrete mixer trucks, shouting and whistles instructing crane operators, to the loud reverberant sounds of metal hammering of beams, and a lot more.

    These sounds were recorded early in the morning at the same location with not many outside sounds other than construction and people working. All of these sounds were recorded with high quality professional audio equipment like Sound Devices 702t, ORTF Rycote, and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s. If you are looking construction of buildings in the city or in the distance then this library is for you. All files in this product have great file names and metadata with descriptive words with no number lists.

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Sounds Of Sweden

'Sounds Of Sweden' by KEDR SFX features Stockholm's charming city ambiences of tolling bells, cobblestone streets, bridges, quaysides, and flocks of seagulls. Weather is constantly changing there, from snow to rain, and winds are heavy, but strong Swedish people are always on the streets.
 
  • City Life Sounds of Sweden Play Track 50 sounds included, 178 mins total $15 $7
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    Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden!

    This is a charming city of tolling bells, cobblestones, narrow streets, bridges, quaysides and seagulls has an incredible atmosphere of North Lands.

    Weather is constantly changing from snow to rain, winds are heavy, but strong Swedish people are always on the streets. So, we, as always, should not disturb this natural environment and capture it with stealth recording using DPA 4060 microphones.

    Take the chance and dive into the attractive sonic atmospheres of North Spirit!

    KEY POINTS:

    • An excellent addition to your library for film, TV and multimedia – Stockholm in winter time
    • Stealth recording with DPA 4060 gives the absolute naturalness and allows you to be where you cannot operate with a traditional set of microphones
    • Sorted by location-type categories
    • All files have extensive metadata included
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Mercedes E 53 AMG

'Mercedes E 53 AMG' by SoundBits will give you everything you need from this convertible with sounds of opening and closing the doors, hood, trunk and windows, as well as sounds of the buttons, lights, wipers, etc., and recordings of the engine, exhausts and interior as the vehicle drives around.
 
  • Cars Mercedes E 53 AMG Play Track 179+ sounds included $45 $22.50

    This car sfx library brings you a comprehensive Sound Effects collection of the 435 PS Mercedes E 53 AMG.
    You get anything you need from opening and closing doors, hood, trunk, windows, glove department. Pushing buttons, hazard lights, window wipers, ignition, seat adjustments, several pass-bys, idle mixtures, pull aways and approaches.
    And most importantly lots of diverse driving sounds, simultaneously recorded with 6mics (2x Engine, 2x Exhausts, 2x Interior) while forcing this beast through the streets lead-footed. So you can easily blend between the sounds to perfectly match your picture.

    All source sounds were recorded with Sonosax SX-R4+ and Sound Devices MixPre-D with a Sennheiser MKH 8050 + MKH 30 M/S rig (Interior), MKH 8040 ORTF rig (Exhausts), two Rode NT-1A (Engine)

    All sounds come with embedded Metadata.

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  • Metal Resonant Rusty Door Play Track 100+ sounds included $15 $10

    Recorded at a remaining bunker constructed near the Chebucto Head lighthouse (Halifax, Nova Scotia) during WWII, now in a state of semi-ruin and covered in rust.

    These recordings were a happy accident, discovered on the way to record something else. This large, heavy steel door has been rusting since wartime, and when I noticed it I immediately knew it would have a unique sonic character. When moved, it produces interesting almost musical tones, rich with harmonics and ripe for processing.

    This library includes a variety of sounds generated by interacting with the door in different ways (scraping, punching, and moving at various speeds) and was recorded in mid-side with a Schoeps Mini CMIT + CMC6 MK8 into a Sound Devices 633.

    All sounds are decoded to LR stereo, normalized and processed minimally beyond noise reduction. Files are tagged with metadata in Basehead and stamped in iXML, bext and ID3 formats.

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  • Cars Skids & Screeches Tarmac Library Play Track 212+ sounds included $199

    Who doesn't love the sounds of speed? In this library, you'll hear the fast, harsh sounds of a drift car skidding on tarmac. The library contains skidding with engine running, skidding with engine switching off, skidding on wet tarmac, roll bys on wet and dry tarmac, spinning in circles, rolling with flat tire and much more. Both onboard and exterior perspectives are covered, and several microphones were positioned at each wheel, inside the car, and along the skidding path.

    Some additional material is included, such as a supercharged Chevy -57 burnout, handbrake skids from a Skoda, and more.

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  • Destruction & Impact Just Impacts – Extension II Play Track 500+ sounds included $40 $20

    Get 500 sound effects of mainly metal and wood impacts, metal junk hits, crashes, heavy door slams, metal drops, metal wall and oil tank hits in this SFX library.

    All sounds were recorded with a RODE NTG-3, a RODE NT-4 and a Beyerdynamic MC950 microphone on a Sound Devices 744T (+ SD MixPre-D). Each sound was heavily edited and cleaned, so there is no noise or other unwanted sounds. The sounds were layered, EQed and compressed for that extra punch – so they can be instantly used to sonically treat your medieval and sci fi battles, fighting and walking robots and anything else that needs some heavy metal treatment.

    You can use the sounds right away. No further editing needed. But you can, of course… :)

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  • Metal Resonant Rusty Door Play Track 100+ sounds included $15 $10

    Recorded at a remaining bunker constructed near the Chebucto Head lighthouse (Halifax, Nova Scotia) during WWII, now in a state of semi-ruin and covered in rust.

    These recordings were a happy accident, discovered on the way to record something else. This large, heavy steel door has been rusting since wartime, and when I noticed it I immediately knew it would have a unique sonic character. When moved, it produces interesting almost musical tones, rich with harmonics and ripe for processing.

    This library includes a variety of sounds generated by interacting with the door in different ways (scraping, punching, and moving at various speeds) and was recorded in mid-side with a Schoeps Mini CMIT + CMC6 MK8 into a Sound Devices 633.

    All sounds are decoded to LR stereo, normalized and processed minimally beyond noise reduction. Files are tagged with metadata in Basehead and stamped in iXML, bext and ID3 formats.

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  • Metal The Junkyard Metal Library Play Track 3183 sounds included $249 $74.70

    The Junkyard Metal sound library includes 3183 clips in 98.49 GB. It collects the sound of metal hits, drops, pick ups, rattles and clatters, rumbles and rummaging, rocking, rolling, and scraping.

    Featuring diverse props ranging from large metal storage containers, diesel tanks, shopping carts, and tractor buckets to to smaller propane tanks, crates, shopping carts, and bolts, nails, and ammunition, the collection provides multiple performances in each clip.

    The sounds were performed from light to heavy intensities and captured at 192 kHz, 24-bit resolution with Sanken, Sennheiser, Neumann, and Schoeps microphones.

    The bundle is delivered with Pro Tools and Reaper mixing sessions, full professional embedded metadata, and metadata keyword import files in 7 languages.

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  • Footsteps Gamemaster Pro Sound Collection Play Track 8076 sounds included, 189 mins total $49 $39

    Pro Sound Collection is the highest quality and most affordable sound library you will find. The ultimate collection of 8076 ready to use sound effects!!!

    This is the perfect collection of sounds for all types of sound designers, game developers and video editors who need a large range of high quality sound effects ready to use. Designed specifically for games, film and other media by award winning sound designers.

    What’s included? EVERY sound Gamemaster Audio ever made! ALL our other other sound libraries (plus other sounds) have been packed into in this amazing sound collection.

    Pro Sound Collection Includes:
    Animal Sounds $25
    Explosion Sound Pack $10
    Footstep and Foley Sounds $10
    Fun Casual Sounds $15
    Fun Character Voices $10
    Gun Sound Pack $19
    Guns, Bullets and Explosions $35
    Human Vocalizations $25
    Magic and Spell Sounds $25
    Punch and Combat Sounds $29
    Retro 8 Bit Sounds $15
    Sci-Fi Sounds and Sci-Fi Weapons $25
    Silenced Gun Sounds $25
    Troll Monster Vocalizations $10

    Total value $278!!!

    Sound Categories:

    • Alarms • Ambience • Animals • Beeps • Bullets • Buttons • Cartoon • Cinematic • Collectibles • Comedy • Doors • Electricity • Explosions • Fire • Foley • Footsteps • Guns • Hums • Items • Levers • Magic • Misc. • Nature • Powerups • Punches • Retro/8Bit • Sci-Fi • Snow / Ice • Switches • User Interface • Voice • Water • Weapons • Whooshes + MANY MORE!

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  • Foley Footstep Loops II Play Track 663 sounds included $75 $49

    Editing footsteps in audio post-production can be time-consuming. Footstep Loops II is a sound library that delivers a comprehensive kit of footstep sound effects made to ease your daily work.

    The collection contains footstep sounds of various shoes and surfaces, recorded in different paces and edited to continuous but lively 30-second sound loops.

    VARIETY

    The Footstep Loops II Sound Library covers a wide range of different footsteps:

    Barefoot, Socks, Slippers, Flip-Flops, Sneakers on Wood, Sneakers on Concrete, Boots on Wood, Boots on Concrete, Heels on Wood, Heels on Stone;
    Grass, Gravel, Forest, Foliage, Dry Foliage, Stones, Puddle, Mud, Snow;
    Stairs up + down: Wooden Stairs, Metal Stairs, Stone Stairs



    PACE

    Each type of footsteps is available as a set of 13 sound files that represent a range from walking very slowly up to very speedy. Paces are sorted by Footsteps per Minute (FPM):

    Ground Footsteps: from 40 FPM to 160 FPM
    Stairs Footsteps: from 60 FPM to 180 FPM (up) / from 80 FPM to 200 FPM (down)



    LAYERS

    Since all (ground) footstep loops have the same FPM paces, they can be layered easily. E.g. you can add a puddle sound element to sneakers walking on concrete etc.



    CLOTHING

    You can add clothing as a layer to make the movements sound more natural. The sounds of jeans & jacket fit to all ground footsteps. Furthermore, versions with well-balanced clothing sounds of all main footstep loops are already included as ready-to-use files!



    ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS

    Some experimental elements are also included in the library:
    2 layers of floor creaks and one layer that adds the sound of keys in the pocket while walking.



    TIME-COMPRESS

    Paces of the sound loops included in the Footstep Loops II sound library increase in steps of 10 FPM each. If you need a value in between, time-compress the file just a tiny bit – the quality loss is almost inaudible in modern digital audio workstations.



    ONLINE FOOTSTEPS GENERATOR

    To get an impression of what you get with the Footstep Loops II sound library, go HERE and play around with footsteps online.


    • 663 audio files
    • 331 minutes total runtime
    • all files contain meta-data / keywords for easy search


    All sounds from this library are included in:
    Diversity

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  • Environments Stream River & Waterfall vol.2 Play Track 88 sounds included $59 $46.20

    43 locations from various perspectives.

    STREAM / RIVER & WATERFALL features WATER MOVEMENT from JAPAN and NEW ZEALAND.
    Each STREAM and RIVER have their unique flows, and varieties of topographies gives each its characteristic sound – and WATERFALLS from small to medium adds nature feeling to it.
    In addition, the library also features places where SPRING WATER GUSHES in Japan, and huge ELECTRIC WATER PUMP from New Zealand and more.

    Recorded @ 24 Bit / 96 kHz with ortf, spaced omni, XY and carefully edited.

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  • Cars Renault Master IV 2.3 DCI 165 Play Track 80+ sounds included, 88 mins total $130 $117

    The Renault Master IV 2.3 DCI 165 sound library features 76 high-quality files recorded with a multi-mic setup. The engine was recorded in sync with cabin interior ambients, and you can expect different styles of driving, from casual city driving, through accelerations on a highway up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio.

    In addition to engine recordings, this sound effects library features exterior passes, whooshes and other road-related sounds recorded in mono and stereo. Last but not least, different foley recordings covering exterior and interior sound effects.

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  • Destruction & Impact Rock Brick and Dirt 3 Play Track 500+ sounds included, 17 mins total $27

    Rock, Brick and Dirt 3 is the third of the series! This bundle includes all remastered sounds from RBD 1 and 2. With more than 100 new files recorded and designed. It’s a package of impact, Smash, Crumbling, Scratching, Landfall and more rock debris sounds. The library contains 333 files of various recording texture and perspective.

    A good package to add a dirty texture to your production.

    Each sound has been meticulously edited individually, All files were recorded and are delivered in 24bit 96kHz Broadcast Wave files, all embedded with metadata information for easy import and ensure fast and easy workflow.

  • Animals & Creatures Alaska: Active Nature Play Track 48+ sounds included, 300 mins total From: $69

    DESCRIPTION:
    • In Alaska: Active Nature, get a collection of the energetic ambiences from Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Hear the resounding sound of glacial valleys as the endless sun fuels the ecosystem. Hear playful shorebirds energetic calls and whooshing flybys. Hear the sweet singing of Swainson’s Thrush and resonant woodpeckers that ring for miles. Hear cottonwoods creaking and the eerie winnowing of Wilson’s Snipe circling overhead.
    • This library is packed full of tracks with vibrant flora and fauna from the lively summer landscapes of the Arctic. Hear the sounds of this stunning natural cathedral while the nearby 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, as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
    • Carbon offset credits were purchased to offset my field recording travel for this library.

    KEY FEATURES:
    • Active nature ambiences with dense flora and fauna
    • Lush, dense songbird choruses
    • Close, single species calls
    • Wing flutters and whooshing flybys
    • Water takeoffs and landings
    • Lush forest birds
    • Energetic shorebirds
    • Days and nights in the beaver pond filled marshland
    • Days and nights in the boreal forest
    • Two, 30+ minute dawn choruses
    • Lone moose walking in a beaver pond
    TEXT MARKERS:
    • Named markers are included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform.
    • Markers are included in the Soundminer and BWAV description fields starting with the prefix “Marker Text”.
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    FILE LIST & METADATA:
    • View larger version or Download CSV
    • Flora (plants) and Fauna (animals) are described in these terms:
    • fauna sparse
    • fauna constant
    • flora sparse
    • flora constant
    • flora and fauna sparse
    • flora and fauna constant
    • Included wildlife: Moose, Swainson’s Thrush, Varied Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Common Loon, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, American Robin, Black-billed Magpie, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Wilson’s Snipe, Boreal owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Great Horned Owl, Woodpeckers, bats
    STEREO AND QUAD FILES:
    • Stereo: front mid/side decoded to left and right.
    • Quad: double mid/side decoded to quad.
    MORE INFO:
    • Read 40+ user reviews for Thomas Rex Beverly Audio
    • Read my Field Recording Mastering Rules and learn more about how these recordings were mastered.
    • Browse the Library Info Master List to compare specs on all my libraries.
    • Browse the Metadata Master List to search my entire catalog.
    • MD5 and SHA 256 Checksums are included for each zip file in my catalog. Use these hashes to check the integrity of your downloaded files.
    GEAR USED:
    • Sennheiser MKH8040 pair and MKH30 in Double Mid/Side
    • Sound Devices MixPre-6
    • Cinela Pianissimo Double Mid/Side Blimp
 
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