Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect we have new libraries that feature tons of game sounds, textures, ambiences, and more. You will find a handy audio tool to help you create the perfect UI sounds, a collection of fantasy RPG sounds, lots of foley footsteps, plenty of booms and blasts from military weapons and vehicles, and rainy ambiences from the cozy indoors.

There are also experimental sounds of brushed and tapped metal/PVC pipes, resonating panels, otherworldly contact and hydrophone mic recordings, whizzing and zapping magnetic balls, and a library full of household objects and rural ambiences. If you need sounds that will make your audience wonder where they came from, there is plenty for you to explore this week.

Rain Indoor Ambiences
 
  • Environments Rain Indoor Ambiences Play Track 26+ sounds included, 96 mins total $26

    Get the sound of rain – recorded from an interior perspective.

    This library contains various types and intensities of rain, from soft dripping to downpour, and the files are long enough to cover the rainbursts from start to end. Most of the files are also easily loopable.

    Some of the sounds are recorded with closed windows for a realistic indoor perspective. In other takes a window is left ajar to enhance the sound of the rain outside and four files gives you an exterior perspective from a porch.

    Locations covered: two greenhouses, two cars, a privy, a shed, a boathouse, a variety of rooms and roof materials.

'Rain Indoor Ambiences' by Borg Sound gives you 26 rainy ambiences from a variety of spaces. From drizzles to downpours, these sounds were captured inside porches, sheds, boathouses, a privy (or outhouse), bedrooms, cars, hallways, etc., for over an hour and a half of sounds that make you glad to be inside. It also includes rooms with the windows ajar, plus each sound lasts from 2 minutes to nearly 6 minutes. For plenty of rainy interiors, listen to this library.
 
Sonic Transmission
 
  • Sonic Transmission is a unique collection of 257 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment at 24 bit /96 Khz. Recorded in a 0 acoustic fields with a large range of piezo, contact, suction and hydrophone microphones, this sound library offer original audio textures ready to use or to design.

    Plenty of material has been recorded over many months to provide a wide range of variety, such as:

    -Metal: small to big, hollow to thin, resonating, heavy, soft
    -Plastic: hit, impact, scrape, squeak
    -Glass: brillant to low and deep, saturated, bouncing
    -Water: oxygen, bubbles and movements into resonant containers
    -Wood: low and long creaks, hit and movements
    -Servo motors: clean, low, accidented, revs
    -Spring: creaky and tonal
    -String: cello and bass
    -And much more

    This collection comes in two section:
    -Raw material: construction kit to create and design your own effects. Most of the sounds comes with many variations.
    -Designed: ready to use sound effects, tonal, scifi, bassy, whoosh, saturated, modulated, drone, impacts

    Recorded and edited in high resolution, these sounds are easy to pitch down and time stretch to create unique and surprising sounds. All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer.

'Sonic Transmission' by Faunethic is a very interesting sound library that takes organic sounds and gives them life and personality. Using a variety of piezo, contact, suction and hydrophone mics, you will hear strange, detailed textures of metal, plastic, glass, water, wood, instruments and more. This is a library that will immerse your audience in a new world - and once you hear the demo, you will be transported to another world, too.
 
Magnetic Balls
 
'Magnetic Balls' by Arrowhead Audio SFX is exactly what the title says but with 283 sounds, you're bound to find the variety you need. It has sounds of magnetic balls whizzing, zapping, sparking, bouncing, chirping, and rattling, as well as different speeds, pitches, and perspectives. These high-quality sounds may also have interesting weapons and spells hidden inside them waiting to come out when manipulated. For a focused library that costs less than lunch, check this one out.
 
Tubular
 
  • Whooshes Tubular Play Track 365 sounds included, 62 mins total $33

    This library is the result of tinkering with shotgun mics recording inside of different tube structures. When our initial tests produced a wide range of sonic colors, we went all in.

    The tubes used include organic and man-made materials, some rigid, some flexible, some dense, some light, all with varying lengths, diameters, and thicknesses. They consist of bamboo, PVC, 2 variations of vinyl, thin plastic, copper, tin, rubber, dense foam, and a steel-coiled membrane. Each material has a different effect on the sounds passing through them. We generated turbulent drones, thick strikes, resonant scrapes, noisy bells, delicate debris, and more. The overarching characteristics are soft, insulated, and misty. Due to the behavior of the waves in the open tubes and the pickup pattern of the shotgun mics, there is a natural frequency modulation that gives the sound a slightly narrowed, hollow timbre. They work very well in simulated settings, enclosed spaces, and when there is a need to exaggerate the magnitude of tiny worlds. But they are equally as useful as raw design fodder, especially when a unique texture is needed.

    This is our first library created solely for the sake of experimentation, though based on the results, it may not be the last!

Eiravaein Works has released another library, and this one features detailed stereo-image textures from various tubes. The peculiar sounds of 'Tubular' were captured in pipes made of PVC, plastic, copper, tin, rubber, foam, and steel, allowing each sound to feel enclosed and tactile as the tubes are struck, scraped, dragged, and brushed. It also has sounds of drones, blowing air, confined debris, and more for an experimental library that will not only add new perspectives to your project, it may even change how you approach your own sound design.
 
Galactic Assistant
 
  • Galactic Assistant is the first synthesizer software specifically made for creating hi-tech interface sounds. Developed for sound designers and musicians alike, it's the perfect companion for creating a new sonic universe. Use it to design your own hi-tech interface sounds or create glitch or highlights for your musical project.
    If you need even more interface sounds, Galactic Assistant is still included for free with our Users of Tomorrow soundpack, which contains over 1,800 different high-tech interface sounds, created by our sound design team using some of the most leading audio tools and software.

    Galactic Assistant is now for Reaktor, Max4Live, and Standalone – all three versions included here

    Features:

    • One tone generator
    • Two beep generators
    • One FM synth module
    • Save and recall presets
    • Randomized parameters
    • Record and export audio files within the synth while performing
    • Shift click on knobs & sliders to midi learn and control them
    • Compatible with Mac and PC (32 bit and 64 bit) Reaktor5.5 or higher, Max4Live, and Standalone


    System Requirements:

    An Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 (or later), OR a PC with Windows 7 (or later); Multicore processor; 2 GB RAM; 1024×768 display.
'Galactic Assistant' is a handy synthesizer from SoundMorph that lets you create loads of high-tech user interface sounds. With one tone generator, two beep generators, an FM synth module, presets, randomized parameters, MIDI control, and the ability to export while you perform, this new tool is more than useful, it's also fun! Whether you're looking for a version for Reaktor or Max4Live, or a standalone version for Mac or PC, you'll find the bleep and bloops you need from this new synthesizer.
 
The Warfare Library
 
  • This warfare SFX library was recorded during a three-day military exercise, using several Combat Vehicle 90s performing live firing exercises with 40mm cannons and 7.62 machine guns. The recording consists of several multichannel setups from various distances, perspectives and environments such as forest and huge fields.

    The library contains huge tails in different environments, shooting at close and far distances with various occlusion, onboard firing, sonic booms, ricochets, bullet cracks, projectile tails and much more. It also has some onboard and exterior vehicle movements and maneuvers. For sounds of military operations, you can't go wrong with this collection.

'The Warfare Library' by Pole Position Production features a three-day live-fire military exercise and the weapons and vehicles that were deployed. You'll hear sounds of 40mm cannons and machine guns firing 7.62mm rounds with several perspectives of up-close cracks and ricochets as well as long, distant tails as the blasts ring through the forests and fields. You'll even hear sounds of the vehicles with interior idling and exterior passbys. For over 12 GB of the 'big guns', check out this library.
 
RPG Magic
 
  • The RPG Magic library delivers a total of 215 ready-made unique magic sound effects suitable for Role-Playing Games, Battle Arena and more. The SFX comes in flexible layers for you to mix & match to create the most unique and fitting sound for your magic. Bring your magic sound design to the next level with this collection.

    Includes sounds such as:

    – 147 Spells (Buffs, Debuffs, Heals, Negative Spells, Neutral Spells, Positive Spells and Revives)
    – 54 Basic Attacks & Impacts (Magic Swooshes & Impacts Ranging from Small to Large)
    – 13 Misc (Boss Appear, Monster Dies, Skill Unlock, UIs, Teleport)

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'RPG Magic' by WOW Sound is a fantastical library full of the shimmering, glowing sounds you often hear in role-playing and battle arena games. With 215 designed sounds, it features spells that will defeat your enemies or save your teammates, attacks and impacts of all speeds and sizes, and sounds of teleporting, monsters, the user interface, and more. If you have a massive adventure that needs SFX quickly so you can test your server load, this library will not only get you started, it will also provide elements of fun and whimsy to your sound design.
 
Footstep and Foley Sounds
 
  • Footstep & Foley Sounds contains 511 high quality professionally recorded footstep sounds. Surfaces included: concrete, dirt, grass, gravel, metal, mud, water, wood, ice and snow. Plus 141 Foley sounds covering a variety of character movement sounds. A perfect addition to add realism to your footstep sounds.

    This pack also includes a variety of 160 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection. ALL sounds from Footstep & Foley Sounds are included in Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.

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Gamemaster Audio has once again created a library that is a no-brainer for new game audio elements. 'Footstep and Foley Sounds' has 511 recordings of footsteps on a variety of surfaces like concrete, dirt, grass, gravel, metal, mud, water, wood, ice and snow. Plus, is has 141 sounds of foley that will add body to your footsteps with creaking leather, heavy military gear, swishing clothes, etc. For only $10, it's hard to pass up this collection - and if you're looking for more, check out their entire 'Pro Sound Collection'.
 
Vaeyan IV
 
  • Foley Vaeyan IV Play Track 1000+ sounds included, 122 mins total $36

    Vaeyan IV delivers a massive set of assorted sound design ingredients for your audio alchemy. It includes assets captured from natural ambiances, vehicles, tools, cameras, slingshots, scissors, clay whistles, flutes, ceramic jars, dumpsters, kitchen appliances, deconstructed fans, toys, doors, windows, vintage furniture, fountains, projectors, and even a slap bracelet. That's right, a slap bracelet.

    As with Vaeyan I, II, and III, this is a huddling of field recordings and sound designs that do not quite form a library on their own. However, together they make up an audio FX treasure chest gleaming with gold and silver audio loot!

'Vaeyan IV' and its Chinese-inspired cover image by Eiravaein Works is grab bag of rural and domestic textures with sounds ranging from appliances, tools, windows and furniture to cameras, slingshots, whistles, card games and roller skates to forest ambiences and kayaking. This collection has over 1,000 SFX and two hours of content, which will provide sounds that are often needed for your projects - and others that are not commonly found in other libraries. For a wide variety of textures, this is one to hear.
 
Vibration
 
  • Vibration is 40 minutes/676 MB of vibrating, rattling and resonating metal and plastic panels in 96 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using contact microphones.

    This is a collection of sounds that rattle, clatter, vibrate, buzz, hum and oscillate. Think huge cargo vehicles, passenger ferries or mechanical installations with loose metal panels, resonating generators and such. The vibrating was done with a 100 watt tactile transducer (like a bass speaker with no cone) hooked up to an amplifier, and getting it’s signal from a modular synth. Frequencies from LFO’s and VCO’s were mixed, to get interesting vibrations in both sub-audio and audio range.

    Holding the transducer by hand allowed me to move it around and find the sweet spots on the various objects (a steel filing cabinet, a steel suitcase and a spring reverb tank come to mind). Depending on the amplitude of the input signal, different sounds would emerge from the same waveforms. Now and again, the transducer would get too hot to handle, and on one or two occasions, the thermo-relay on the amp would kick in. Excitement in the studio!

    You get:
    • Steel and plastic objects vibrating
    • Lots of seamless loops
    • Searchable file names
    • BWF Metadata embedded, with more included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
'Vibration' by hzandbits has what it says and a lot of it! With nearly 100 files and 40 minutes of content, this library features metal and plastic objects that buzz and resonate. With the distinct tones of a contact mic, this library captures vibrations from a 100-watt tactile transducer hooked up to an amplifier as it interacts with filing cabinets, a metal suitcase, a plastic printer and more. For loopable, consistent, yet organic hums and rattles that are perfect for horror games or sci-fi vehicle engines, give this library a listen.
   

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  • Materials & Texture Rustle Tones Play Track 400+ sounds included, 181 mins total $59

    Articulated presents the result of several months investigation in the realm of rustling matters:

    Fragile and delicate elements in motion producing soft crackling and rubbing sounds.

    A toolkit to create presence, reality but also interesting textures and silences.

    Outdoor and in studio

    Light breeze and heavy wind gusts were recorded on many locations: in forests, near shrubs, tall grass, corn fields, and in streets. Leaves were captured fluttering on branches but also whirling and dancing on the ground.

    Variety of foliage and other textures

    Great amount of variations: Leaves of all shapes (needles, compound, single, broadleaf, dry, twigs, branches,…), and various materials such as plastic, paper, fabric, dirt were recorded.
    All of which through various interactions such as shuffle, shake, rub, brush, hit, fiddle, whip, and whoosh.


    What's inside:

    • Windy foliage in trees
    • leaves dancing on the ground
    • plants interactions & movements
    • shuffling, shaking, brushing, rubbing, hitting, swooshing
    • all kinds of leaves shape and many types of vegetation such as grass, broadleaf branch, reeds, maple twigs, bamboos, needles, dry leaves, twigs, straws
    • additional texture that can help extend the sonic palette of rustling noises such as plastics, papers, metals, glass, pebbles, dirt, fabric, leather

  • Sci-Fi Signal Frontiers Play Track 1108 sounds included $40 $20

    Signal Frontiers is a huge collection of cutting edge futuristic sounds for interfaces, robotics, space machinery and more. The library contains 1000+ uniquely designed assets and covers everything from web interface to spaceship consoles, telemetry and ambiences, offering an unparalleled variety for any project. Signal Frontiers features more than 1000 stereo 48 kHz/24 Bit sounds, all Soundminer friendly.

    Sound effects include:
    Alarms • Confirmation • Computation • Data Scanning • Denial • Drones • Glitch • Navigation • Noises • Simple Tones • Telemetry and Transitions
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  • The G4F SFX05 – Casual Games soundbank comprises SFX designed specifically for video games.

    The library contains high-quality sounds recorded at 96 kHz/24 bit. The sounds can be used in mobile games and on other platforms, depending on your requirements.

    Sound Designers : Henri-Pierre Pellegrin & Fabien Bourbigot

    Features recordings such as:

    Construction – Destruction – Match3 – Slot – Social – Space – Sports management game – Woosh effects.

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  • Genres Magic and Spell Sounds Play Track 682 sounds included, 29 mins total

    Magic and Spell Sounds is a custom designed sound library covering many types of magic and spells. From shining in the light to bringing darkness.

    Elements: electricity, energy, fireballs, ice, vines, rock, wind and water. Covering actions such as: blasts, casting, conjuring, impacts, healing and more.

    682 total sounds (422 magic and spell sounds, 260 bonus sounds from Pro Sound Collection).

    ALL sounds from this library Magic and Spell Sounds are included in our full sound library Pro Sound Collection. So if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.

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  • The most advanced series of experimental fantasy machinery is here with the release of STEAM MACHINES. Perfect in games, film, or television.

    We spent months recording and designing material to bring you the freshest set of sounds to give you the user maximum potential for sonic creativity. Get great-sounding machinery, gizmos, gadgets, steam releases, foley, and more. This package of sounds also has massive potential for creating your very own fantasy machines!

    Steam Machines features more than 400+ sounds and 2.5GB of 16bit/44.1khz to pristine 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with metadata including:

    • Both designed sounds and source recordings
    • Large, medium and small machines
    • Loads of gizmos and gadgets
    • Machine foley material
    • Lots of potential for experimentation
    • Create your own steam machines!

  • The Lethal Energies sound effects library gets you a powerful and versatile collection of designed sci-fi guns and weapons. We work as game sound designers and are huge sci-fi fans, and our aim with this SFX library was to build the ultimate, self-contained sci-fi weapon library – in the sense that it includes everything you need to create powerful weapon sounds.

    It comes with a range of designed weapons, divided into Light, Medium and Heavy weapon categories. Also included in the library are weapon construction kit sound effects like aiming sounds, laser blaster shots, shot punches, electricity sounds, foley sounds, force fields, sensors, servos, transitions and more.

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