This week on A Sound Effect, we have libraries that are as interesting as they are useful. If you’re looking for game audio, we have three new collections that feature retro 8-bit sounds, sandbox crafting foley and effects, and adventurous fantasy RPG elements. We also have unique impulse responses and cinematic guitars that will take your audience for a loop. And if you’re looking for something more true to life, we have libraries that feature geysers, dump trucks, Italian atmospheres, and a stockpile of residential and urban ambiences that will likely find themselves on your DAW’s timeline for years to come. Enjoy!
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by Epic Stock Media
gets you an all-in-one library focused on this addicting game genre. With over 625 sounds, you'll have the components to put some sonic magic in your sandbox world. With sounds of torches, fire starters, digging and mining, tools, materials, and footsteps, your game will have satisfying audio for all your gameplay elements. You'll also hear snappy user interface sounds, cute creatures, pops and explosions, twinkles, buffs, and much more! For a library with charm and personality, definitely give this one a listen.
Italy – Sicilian Ambients
'Italy – Sicilian Ambients'
is a collection of ambiences from Trapani with the romantic elements you've come to expect from movies or perhaps your own holidays. Featuring over 5 hours of recordings, you'll hear busy fish markets, honking scooters, seaside birds, uppity chickens, ringing church bells, barking dogs, and Italian walla that ranges from unintelligible to almost eavesdropping. To help you find a fitting atmosphere, the city was also captured at day and night. For sounds of a beautiful city, you won't find a more bella collezione
Dumpster Truck / Skiploader
When you buy a library from Detunized
, you get the chance to listen to the world from the perspective of Stephan Marche. In his newest library, 'Dumpster Truck / Skiploader'
, you will hear over 100 sounds of a dump truck from all sorts of interesting angles. You'll hear the vehicle's hydraulic pump as it lifts and dumps steel containers from the inside and outside, and you'll also hear sounds of the engine revving, foley of the doors, horns, windows and ignition, rattling load chains and carabiner hooks, and even sounds from underneath the dump truck. This library will make you look at dump trucks in a new way.
Game Jingles & 8-bit SFX
'Game Jingles & 8-bit SFX'
by WOW Sound
gives you retro-inspired sound effects for a video game aesthetic that never seems to lose its charm. With over 170 sounds, you'll get user interface sounds like clicks, confirmations, errors, notifications, and alarms all with their shiny, chip-tune sounds. You'll also get lots of arcade-inspired jingles that will reward your players or tell them to try again. Whether you're in the prototyping phase or looking for final tracks, check this one out.
now contains 10 volumes of sound effects from all over city and suburban areas. Each library features 33 stereo ambiences from places like train stations, supermarkets, construction sites, fairs, plazas, forests, school yards, gyms, food courts, shopping malls, farms, and much more! You'll even hear airplanes landing and taking off, fireworks, drones, traffic, creeks, and wind for those extra elements you need. For over 16 hours of ambiences, this collection will give you plenty to work with.
is a unique library that will make you say, 'This is what I was looking for!' You'll hear electric guitars wail straight into your subconscious with chilling chords, impacts, distorted melodies, transitions, and different effects. With 150 files and over an hour of content, this collection is ready to put an interesting edge on your horror and sci-fi projects and trailers. Give the demo a listen to be taken to a dark, new world.
is a collection of impulse responses that will take your sound design out of this world. With short, medium and long reverbs, as well as delays and echoes, you can transport your audience to strange new places like the inside of an armory, a fantastical ice castle, or a 'cavern of whispers'. You'll also get lengthy abstract IRs like 'Daemons Breath' and 'Poseidons Fury' and delays and effects with textures of metal, wood, glass, and ice. If you're still not sure if it's right for you, check out the very informative demo!
Perhaps you're not making a retro game or a sandbox builder, but something with a little more plot and lore? 'Fantasy Game'
by Epic Stock Media
could be what you're seeking. With over 500 sounds inspired by games like World of Warcraft
, this library has magic, weapons, UI sounds, fire, foley, footsteps, growls and grunts, crafting sounds, and more. Plus, it has several takes of each sound, and it may even help you find SFX you hadn't thought of yet! For an immersive and adventurous library that will get your RPG well on its way, check out this library.
The sound designers at Faunethic
have found yet another treasure in their world-wide travels - this time in San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. 'Volcanic Geyser'
captures the steaming, muddy goodness that spouts from these natural wonders. With 21 sounds ranging from 20 seconds to two and a half minutes, you'll hear the geysers' spurts, bubbles, burps, and eruptions for a library that could voice your monsters, creepy ambiences - or simply your documentary on geysers. Whether you need realistic splatters or SFX with a strange familiarity, this library will make your design memorable.
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