Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect, we have new libraries that will take you to far and familiar places. You can hear the rural and urban environments of the Pacific Northwest, morning choruses from West Texas, eastern Australian farms, and sounds of long lost passages tucked away in jungles and deserts. You’ll also hear various coin drops and rattles, too. For sounds that will grab your imagination, we have plenty for you to hear.
High Desert Ambiences 2
 
  • Explore a large collection of beautiful, tranquil sounds from remote desert locations across the American southwest and enjoy listening to the morning sun awaken desert wildlife. This serene collection features sounds that will make you fall in love with the harmonious desert dawn. Sounds include doves cooing, woodpeckers hammering, White-throated Swifts in swirling flocks, and much more. Featured like never before are recordings of Swainson’s hawks so close you can hear the whoosh as their powerful wings cut through the air. For the second installment of my extensive nature sounds from the heart of the American Southwest, here is High Desert Ambiences 2: Active Nature.

    2% for the Planet:
    Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!

    KEY FEATURES:

    • This library is filled with the “Active Nature” sounds of desert mornings.
    Swainson’s Hawks – a male and female recorded near their nest in a 200-foot cliff. Recordings are from below the nest and include close, distant, circling, diving, and soaring perspectives.
    White-throated Swifts – flocks of small barn swallow-like birds circling, darting, and whooshing in front of a desert cliff.
    • Other Birds/Wildlife Included: Canyon Wrens, Bewick’s Wrens, Montezuma Quail, White-winged Doves, Western Screech-Owls, Aoudad Sheep, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, and many more labeled as “songbirds” if not identified by species.
    • Tracks starting with the filename “Quiet Desert” have low wildlife activity and are perfect “natural roomtones” to use as the foundation of a designed environment. If you need more “Quiet Nature” tracks check out High Desert Ambiences 3: Quiet Nature or the miniature pack of desert sounds in High Desert Ambiences 1: miNiATURE.
    • Most files are 3-6 minutes in length
    • Named markers included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform. Starting in Soundminer 4.5Pro_v252 you can now read text markers from within Soundminer!

    • Marker text included in the Soundminer Description and BWAV description fields.
    • Recording Location – Davis Mountains, Texas
    • *Note – Birds were self-identified using several iOS apps and bird identification websites, so I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy of species identification.

    Sounds from this library were used in the upcoming movie Woman Walks Ahead starring Jessica Chastain!
    GEAR USED:
    • Sennheiser MKH 8040 Matched Pair
    • Sound Devices 702
    • Rycote ORTF Blimp
    FILE LIST:
    • View in Browser or Download CSV
    • UPDATE – the name of this library was changed from High Desert Ambiences 2: Dawn Choruses to High Desert Ambiences 2: Active Nature on 11/28/2017.
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'High Desert Ambiences 2' has nearly five hours of beautiful morning choruses that echo across the ranges and forests. Featuring barn swallows, wrens, quail, doves, owls, and meadowlarks, these tracks capture the peaceful soundscapes of the American Southwest as nature praises the rising sun. You'll also hear boisterous Swainson's hawks as they fly and chatter close by, plus most files are 3-6 minutes in length giving you - as Thomas Rex Beverly calls them - 'natural roomtones' for easily dropping into your project. For a collection of beautiful souvenirs from Davis Mountain State Park, look no further.
 
Huge Hidden Passages
 
  • Materials & Texture Huge Hidden Passages Play Track Up to 1727+ sounds included From: $70

    Huge Hidden Passages takes you from the depths of the jungle, to the entrance of a temple, and behind the thick walls of a castle to discover a buried pyramid – and beyond. Some of passages will be hidden to your eyes, but we offer you the sonic keys of those closed passages. The library is the final installment in the World Of Secrets series.

    Available in two versions, and a bundle:

    Huge Hidden Passages – Designed

    A ready-made collection of elements designed for your mysterious access. All designed elements have separated layers (sorted by textures) to give you the possibility to construct your own.


    Specs: 187 .WAV files, 1.07 GB
    Recorded with: 744T + EAA Micromix • Schoeps MS Couple • KM 82i Neuman • 2 KM 184 Neuman • DPA 4060 • Barcus berry contact mic
    Huge Hidden Passages – Toolbox

    An incredible toolbox, issued from a year of recording and sound design. Versatile, dense, pitchable.


    Specs: 1540 .WAV files, 10.43 GB
    Recorded with: 744T + EAA Micromix • Schoeps MS Couple • KM 82i Neuman • 2 KM 184 Neuman • Sennheiser MD 441 • DPA 4060 • Barcus berry contact mic
    Huge Hidden Passages – Complete Bundle

    Get both the Toolbox and Designed packs, at a special price.


    Specs: 1727 .WAV files, 11.05 GB
    Recorded with: 744T + EAA Micromix • Schoeps MS Couple • KM 82i Neuman • 2 KM 184 Neuman • DPA 4060 • Sennheiser MD 441 • Barcus berry contact mic

    All packs contain stereo & mono, 192 / 96 kHz, 24 bit files.

The sound designers at The Red Libraries are masters of creating worlds out of a single foley idea - as shown by their other collections 'World of Secrets' and 'Water Rush' - and 'Huge Hidden Passages' turns up their imaginative design to eleven! You'll hear sounds of hidden temple entrances deep in the jungle, creaking metal portcullises guarding the kingdom, stone pyramid doors and pillars, and much more. The library is even divvied up into a ready-made selection and a flexible toolbox of elements for all the moving parts in your complex portals. If your project was inspired by Indiana Jones, Uncharted, or The Mummy, you will not find a better collection!
 
Coins
 
  • Foley Coins Play Track 105 sounds included $15

    ‘Coins’ by Badlands Sound includes 100+ clean and high-quality coin sounds. Everything from one coin, a few, too many coins dropping on various surfaces like wood, water, metal, and other coins. Also, includes Foley sounds of grabbing coins perfect for film and video games.

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'Coins' by Badlands Sound is a straightforward pack featuring a sonically recognizable type of object: coins. You'll hear over 100 sounds as coins are dropped on surfaces like wood, water, metal, and a pile of other coins, or they are picked up, grabbed, and shook. Each interaction has several takes, making this library useful for interactive use, too. Whether you need sounds of money being interacting with for counting and simply because your character likes the sound, this library will bring out their inner Scrooge.
 
NXNW – Cascadia 2017
 
  • Nature & Countryside NXNW – Cascadia 2017 Play Track 69+ sounds included, 209 mins total $35 $30

    This library of environmental recordings is the culmination of three recording expeditions to the stunningly gorgeous Pacific Northwest. We visited a variety of locations ranging from urban Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle to the wild and untamed Olympic Peninsula. We captured dynamically disparate sounds such as a noisy Seattle shipyard and the quietest location in the continental US – deep within the primordial Hoh Rainforest. There are excellent crowd wallas, and contemplative mountain streams. From beaches to mountain tops to luxury high rises no environment was left un-recorded! This is what the Northwest sounds like!

    In all, this library features 69 individual files totaling over three hours of runtime. Total un-zipped file size is over six gigabytes. All sounds have been edited to remove discernable dialog and unwanted noises. What’s left is pure, loop-able ambience suitable for no-fuss editing.

    All sounds were captured on a Sound Devices 744T recorder. Microphones used include a Sanken CSS-5 stereo mic and a matched stereo pair of Sennheiser 8040s in ORTF configuration. All recordings are accompanied by a high quality photograph for reference and tagged with Pro Tools searchable metadata.

    Bonus library included:

    As a special incentive we will also include a bonus mini-library of ambiences from the Irish countryside that James recorded on a recent trip home! Highlights include some great mountain winds and a rare recording of a starling formation taking flight!

    Credits:
    Recordist, Producer, Editor – Jason Strawley
    Photography, Video – Andrew Garraway
    Asst Producer – James Nolan

    Thanks, and enjoy!

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'NXNW – Cascadia 2017' by Blackguard SMG is a peaceful collection of soundscapes from the American Northwest. From Portland to Vancouver, this library has ambiences from camping in the wilderness like waterfalls, mountain streams, camp fires, and rain on Rattlesnake Lake, as well as urban sounds of traffic, rooftop ambiences, parks, shipyards, and ferries. It even has a few highlights from a trip to the Irish countryside for a bit more heavy wind. If your setting is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, Silent Hill, or Alan Wake, then this collection should have you covered.
 
Farmed Out
 
  • The Australian bush is something very close to my heart. Most of these recordings were taken on my family's property in Molong NSW.

    This collection includes a large number of natural bush ambiences recorded at all times of day. There are plenty of birds, some sheep, turkeys, bees, cicadas, crickets, dogs and chickens. As well as motor vehicles on gravel, chainsaws, campfires, generators, footsteps, and even a wall construction. There is as always some random stuff fin there as well.

    Recorded with a Sound Devices 633 and Sennheiser MKH8040s. The library is 2GB and includes 126 x 24bit 48kHz .wav files. Sound Miner metadata embedded.

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'Farmed Out' by Smackheads is a collection of over 120 sounds from an Australian farm in New South Wales. You'll hear ambiences of the usual farm chatter from animals like cows, sheep, turkeys, and chickens, as well as the rumble of machinery from chain saws, ATVs, and station wagons. It also has various other sounds like footsteps, construction, campfires, and generators. If you need a wide variety of sounds from the laid back but busy life on the ranch, give this one a listen.
   

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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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