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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  • City Life Pedestrian Streets Play Track 50 sounds included, 127 mins total $45

    Pedestrian Streets 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.

    Another basic idea is the minimal presence of cars (as much as possible). There are also atmospheres with greater dynamism, lively streets and various periods of the day.

    All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer

    Gear used: Sound Devices 633, Edirol R4pro, Neumann KM184 st, Rode NT4, Zoom H4,

    Enjoy the City Life

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  • Mechanical Wooden Gear 192 kHz Play Track 215 sounds included, 345 mins total $64

    This construction kit creates the world of various rotating gear sounds. Medieval astronomical clocks, fantasy inventions and steampunk gizmos with a lot of wooden shafts, cogs, sprockets and other parts. From tiny to large objects, you can hear the wooden material working in all its nudity – friction, knocking, clacking, rattling, squeaking, crackling, howling and so on.

    The product includes 75+75 source recordings and 65 designed tracks of different wooden and sometimes metal gears, variety of styles, types, speeds and timbres.

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  • Mechanical Old Engines Grab Bag Play Track 486 sounds included, 265minutes of multitrack recordings mins total $129 $99

    “Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.

    The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.

    Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.

    Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).

    The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
    All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.

    Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.

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  • Mechanical Old Engines Grab Bag Play Track 486 sounds included, 265minutes of multitrack recordings mins total $129 $99

    “Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.

    The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.

    Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.

    Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).

    The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
    All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.

    Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.

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  • Weapons Gun Sound Pack Play Track 416 sounds included $19

    Gun Sound Pack contains 266 gun sound effects. Guns included: Pistol, Revolver Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Semi-Auto Rifle, Sub-Machine gun, Machine gun.

    A perfect collection of gun sounds suitable for all types of sound designers, video editors, game developers or anyone who needs a large range of high quality gun sound effects ready to use out-of-the-box. Designed specifically for games, video and other media by award winning sound designers.

    This pack also includes a variety of 150 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection. ALL sounds from Gun Sound Pack are included Pro Sound Collection, so if you need more sounds including bullets, silenced guns, explosions, footsteps, death screams plus MANY more be sure to check it out before purchase.

  • Drones & Moods Shepard Ambiences Play Track 88 sounds included, 27 mins total $39

    When looped, these abstract ambiences & drones seem to rise or fall endlessly.

    • 44 rising + 44 falling ambiences
    • seamless loopable
    • audio illusion based on the Shepard Tone

    All sound files are included in the Unreal Ambiences library and:
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  • Water & Oceans Hydro Contact Play Track 1000+ sounds included $40 $30

    HYDRO CONTACT brings you 273 audio files recorded with a contact mic and a hydrophone over the course of a year, in order to get you covered for any kind of underwater scene, in the outer space, for pitch shifting, time stretching or to add a weird tone to your soundscape.

    Recorded at 96 kHz and 24 bits, this collection provides underwater motion, waves, bubbles, impacts, hits, hums, buzzes, car foley, rumbles, bouncing, dripping water, dragging items, blasts, switches, engines, underwater screams, exotic musical instruments and many more sounds, ideal to take your sound design imagination a step further.

    All files are metadata tagged and named.

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  • This library features recordings of a Moog analog synthesizer. The sounds range from raw lo-fi zaps, buzzes and glitches, to more futuristic high-tech robot movements, morphs, vocalizations and drones.

    Both source recordings, and designed sound effects are included for further sound manipulation.

  • Human Fight Vocalizations Play Track 1000+ sounds included $69 $52

    Fight Vocalizations is a sub-library from the more complete “Universal Emotes”. All the files in this library are already included in the Universal Emotes Library.

    ! If you already own the “Universal Emotes” library, you do not need to purchase this library!

    There is here 20 actors/20 folders, from all ages (kids, teen, middle-aged, elderly), male & female.

    You will find the material you need to “soundify‟ combat/fight scenes or to insert into your fighting/action video game software.

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  • Thriller Whooshes sound library brings you 200 tension-building transition sound effects perfect for horror, thriller and action movies, trailers, games, music, and more! In contrast to Sound Response's first installment of whoosh sound effects Whooshes & Transitions that features predominantly sci-fi whoosh sound effects, Thriller Whooshes soundpack contains transition sound effects designed using exclusively organic source sounds recorded with high-end recorders and microphones, in order for effects to be more raw-sounding.

    A must have for anyone looking for sinister-sounding transition sounds, these sound effects will instantly find a way into your production and help you with intensifying the atmosphere of your project!

    Thriller Whooshes sound library contains 547MB (200 sound effects) of high definition 24bit/96khz Stereo WAV files, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow.

  • Mechanical Old Engines Grab Bag Play Track 486 sounds included, 265minutes of multitrack recordings mins total $129 $99

    “Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.

    The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.

    Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.

    Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).

    The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
    All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.

    Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.

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