New sound effects libraries Asbjoern Andersen


This week on A Sound Effect we have ambiences aplenty, as well as gunshots, footsteps, UI sounds, metal and wood impacts, and a monster vocalization processor you will fall in love with. You can go to South Africa and hear their immersive crickets and beautifully bewitching birds, or to Germany or rural Philippines to experience their domestic atmospheres. There are also collections of massive metal and wood impacts, futuristic UI sounds, enormous footsteps, and a vocal processing program that will inspire your monstrous performances. With so much exciting content available, the best thing to do is dive right in!
Southern African Ambience
 
  • Nature & Countryside Southern African Ambience Play Track 56/112 sounds included, 330 mins total From: $75

    Southern African Ambience is a collection of rich and immersive savanna ambiences, recorded by George Vlad and Daan Hendriks in the north of South Africa, just on the border with Botswana.

    Library highlights:• Lush ambiences, each over 4 minutes and up to 10 minutes in length, in stereo and surround
    • Huge amount of birds, with 45 species identified in metadata
    • Mammals such as Baboon, Bushbuck and Black-backed Jackal
    • Crickets, cicadas, flies and frogs
    Download the surround demo wav here

    Excerpts from The Audio Spotlight’s review:
    “The quality of the recorded sounds is phenomenal”
    “A special mention goes to the Baboons which are scary as hell”
    “The birds are fantastic”

    – read the full review of Southern African Ambience here

Great minds think alike, and this recap features two libraries from South Africa! 'Southern African Ambience' by George Vlad and Daan Hendriks is a beautiful, entrancing sound library of soundscapes near the Botswana border. These enchanting, impossibly pure ambiences feature 45 different species of birds with their entrancing incantations and almost human-like calls. Each ambience ranges from 4 to 10 minutes and also include cicadas, crickets, frogs, baboons and jackals. Plus, each recording is available in stereo and surround. For lush, beautiful, expertly recorded sounds of the savanna, give this one a listen.
 
Machine Factory – Impact and Foley
 
  • The Machine Factory library delivers 265 unique impact & foley sounds with over 26 minutes of playtime – including sounds such as metal doors, stairway, wood impacts and many other like metal impacts or thundering metal. The library is perfectly suited for post production, audio books, radio broadcasts and other audio channels. All sounds are in WAV, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.

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'Machine Factory – Impact and Foley' by Depth of Sound has sounds of crashing metal and wood that will add thick flavors and moods to your ambiences. Featuring 265 sounds, you will hear recordings of beaten metal doors, footsteps on stairways, stones rolling on metal, and over 120 metal and wood impacts. These effects are also recorded at 96kHz, so there is almost no limit to the shear mass of your lignin and iron structures. If you are producing audiobooks and radio broadcasts that need distinct context in their sound design, check out this library.
 
Dehumaniser 2
 
  • Dehumaniser 2 is a powerful vocal processing tool perfect for creature sound design. Utilising incoming live or pre-recorded signals, the software allows you to dynamically tailor effects while creating multi-layered sound instantly.

    Perfect for audio professionals, this versatile tool makes a strong addition to any film, TV or video game post-production process. Its flexibility also makes the plugin ideal for use in live environments, including theatre performances, Halloween attractions or voiceover/dialogue sessions.

    Ships with over 100 monstrous presets and 133 high-quality animal recordings, including Tigers, Leopards, Pigs, Parrots and more.

    System requirements:
    Dehumaniser is a VST/AU/AAX Plugin – requires a supported host/DAW. Covered under the Dehumaniser 2 EULA. An iLok account (available for free at ilok.com) is required to activate and use the software. A dongle is not required, but if you want to use one, an iLok 2 or later is the one to use.
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If you didn't hear of 'Dehumaniser 2' at the past GDCs, then you are in for a treat. Krotos Audio's flagship program has been developed and improved and their newest installment will change how you think of beastly performances. This powerful vocal processing tool doesn't just transform your voice into chilling, professional-sounding monsters, animals and robots, it also manipulates on the fly in your DAW to inspire the demon within your voice actors! Whether you work in film, games or horror attractions, this program will make each performance wickedly fun.
 
STOMPS – Creature Footsteps
 
  • We're incredibly excited to introduce the 'STOMPS – Creature Footsteps' sound effects library – these are footsteps like you’ve never heard them before!

    STOMPS is a massive collection of more than 8,500 files to boost your creativity and help you add special footstep sounds to your new project.

    The library is organized into 3 categories –
    Source, Textures, Design:

    In the Source category you’ll find the “best of” several hours worth of our recordings sessions, with more than 7,500 files (with lots of variations) organized into 83 folders. Every single sound is the product of a new recording.

    You’ll find the sequences that include: 2 Legs WALKING, 2 Legs RUNNING, 4 Legs GALLOPING, 4 Legs TROTTING, and 4 Legs WALKING.

    We used all kinds of weird props to record original, versatile sounds with lot of character, different textures, and in very different frequency ranges.

    These sounds form the DNA of your future footsteps. You’ll have lots of different sound colours to play with, ranging from very small and harsh sounds to very low and bold ones, and all the ranges in between.


    In the Texture category, you’ll find more than 600 sounds with different textures to help you customize your footsteps. These textures are also a very valuable sonic material that will help you construct lots of varying sound design work.


    Finally, we have the Design category. Here you’ll find more than 500 processed sounds created by veteran sound designer Michel Marchant, covering a wide range of characters like Robots, Snow Creatures, Distant Dinosaurs, Rock Golems, Armies, Colossus and many, many more!

    With “STOMPS, Creature Footsteps,” you’ll have anything you’ll need to create everything from small creature footsteps to big, out-of-this-world ones.

'STOMPS – Creature Footsteps' by isn't an homage to the UK percussion sensation, it is a huge collection of over 8,500 massive footsteps. Created by Bonson, this library has footsteps inspired by androids, giant crabs, minotaurs, pirate zombies, vikings, cyclops, dinosaurs, and more! You'll hear various paces like walking, running, trotting and galloping with 2 or 4 legs. Plus, there are over 600 textures and 500 designed sounds to bring body to your clomps and plods. If your game has individual character footsteps to help your players detect their enemies by sound, this is the perfect library for you!
 
South African Crickets
 
  • Animals & Creatures South African Crickets Play Track 40 sounds included, 197 mins total $55

    Get an extensive collection of South African nature ambiences (average duration: 5 minutes), from places like the Mhkaya Jungle, Kruger National Park, The Wetlands and more. Locations include jungles, swamps, ponds, rivers and towns. Featuring all sorts of crickets and cicades, of course – but there’s also plenty of other South African wildlife, like mosquitoes, birds, fighting baboons and snorting hippos The sounds were captured during various times of both day and night and give you a huge variety of ambiences to work with.

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'South African Crickets' by Tonschliff GmbH is collection of lush cricket and cicada ambiences from the southern countries of Africa. Recorded in Swaziland and various areas in South Africa, this library has over three hours of these chirping, humming insects; each file ranges from 1.5 to 12 minutes. In their persistent and bewitching buzzes, you can hear mosquitoes, birds, baboons and even hippos, too! If you want your audience to be transported deep into the heart of the veld, give this library a listen.
 
Philippines
 
  • Environments Philippines Play Track 41 sounds included, 77 mins total $50

    The Philippines Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 41 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment.

    Through the whole island of Palawan, the rice field of Luzon and the city of Manilla, this collection includes:

    -Village and rice field from Banaue, rice field in the north of Luzon
    -Forest and jungle of south Palawan
    -Market, small to medium.
    -The city of Manilla

    This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through 2 islands after the rainy season! All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer. All tracks are delivered as 48k/24bit .wav files. This collections come in easily downloadable zip file.

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Faunethic's Charlie Atanasyan is back with his newest library, 'Philippines'. This collection captures sounds of humankind and wildlife from the rural areas of the islands of Palawan and Luzon. You will hear sounds of farm life and Banaue's rice fields with roosters calls and snorting pigs, as well as children playing and vendors shouting in village markets. You will also hear various birds - and even a gecko - in the nearby forests and jungles. Whether you need close up sounds for that 'man on the street' feel or unique animal sounds and ambiences, this is one to hear.
 
Guns, Bullets and Explosions
 
  • Guns contains 266 gun sound effects. Guns included: Pistol, Revolver Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Semi-Auto Rifle, Sub-Machine gun, Machine gun. (The Gun part of this sound library can also be purchased individually HERE)

    Bullets contains 153 bullet sound effects (23 bullet flybys and 130 bullet impacts). Bullet impacts covers 16 different surfaces. Body Flesh, Body Thump, Concrete/Brick, Dirt, Grass, Rock, Gravel, Glass, Metal Light, Metal Heavy, Wood Light, Wood Heavy, Water, Mud, Snow and Ice. Each surface has 8-9 sound variations.

    Explosions contains 37 high quality, professionally designed explosion sounds. (The Explosion part of this sound library can also be purchased individually HERE)

    This is the perfect collection of guns, bullets and explosions at a very affordable price. Designed specifically for games, video and other media by award winning sound designers. All sounds come ready to use.

    This pack also includes a variety of 160 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection. ALL sounds from “Guns, Bullets and Explosions” are included in Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.

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'Guns, Bullets and Explosions' by Gamemaster Audio is a collection of 266 gun sound effects - but wait, there's more. Along with the firing of a pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifles, SMG, and machine gun, it has foley of their mechanics, as well as flybys and impacts on 16 different surfaces like flesh, dirt, grass, glass, metal and snow. On top of all that, you receive 27 high-quality explosions sounds! And with flexible purchasing options, you can buy the gun or explosions separately, or go all out and purchase their entire 'Pro Sound Collection'.
 
Collected Ambiences
 
  • City Life Collected Ambiences Play Track 33-380 sounds included From: $30 From: $15

    Each SFX library in the “Collected Ambiences” series features 33 Stereo Ambiences from many different locations.
    The series includes ambiences such as Public Spaces, Roomtones, Drones, Forests, City, Train, Bus ride, Rain and many (many!) more.

    Collected Ambiences highlights:

    Vol 1: Airplane Landing/Take Off, Backyards, City, Car Wash, Residential Area, Construction Site, Birds, Fireworks, Crowd, Train, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 3.85 GB, 111 minutes

    Vol 2: Car Wash, Chop Shop, Backyard, City, Residential Area, Fireworks, Construction Site, Supermarket, Train, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 3.58 GB, 103 minutes

    Vol 3: City, Birds, Crows, Pedestrian Area, Residential Area, Bus, Roomtone, Village Fair, Weekly Market, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 3.45 GB, 100 minutes

    Vol 4: City, Traffic, Birds, Funfair, Pedestrian Area, Residential Area, Bus, Roomtone, Shopping Mall, Train, Roomtone, Drone and more. 33 files, 4,69 GB, 136 minutes

    Vol 5: City, Park, Train Station, Plaza, Birds, Crows, Pedestrian Area, Residential Area, Bus, Roomtone, Village Fair, Weekly Market, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 4.66 GB, 135 minutes

    Vol 6: Public Spaces, Roomtones, Forests, City, Small Towns, Country Side, Rain and more. 33 files, 4.65 GB, 134 minutes

    Vol 7: City, countryside, creek, forest, park, open-air bath, small town, water park and more. 33 files, 4.9 GB, 147 minutes

    Vol 8: Public Spaces, Roomtones, Public Bath, City, Busride, Farm and more. 33 files, 5.14 GB, 148 minutes

    Vol 9: Public Spaces, Industrial, Animal Shelter, Factory, Mall Food Courts, City, Park, Schoolyard and more. 33 files, 4.62 GB, 129 minutes

    Vol 10: Public Spaces, Gym, Train Interiors, Fireworks, Public Bath, , City, Train, Busride, Rain and Wind, Wind and many more. 50 files, 8.94 GB, 248 minutes

    Vol 11: Beach, Public Space, City, Rain, Wind, Weekly Market, Bistro and many more. 33 Files, 4.93 GB, 122 minutes

    All recorded with Sound Devices 744T, Sennheiser MKh8040 ORTF, Beyerdynamic MC930 ORTF, RODE NT4 or Sony PCM-D100. All files were cleaned, edited and most of the files loop seamlessly.

    Please check the Content Lists below for each library to see what the full list of ambiences in each library – and if you get all 10 Collections together, you land some great savings compared to the individual collection prices.

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'Collected Ambiences' by SoundBits is a series that has been captured by Saro Sahihi over the last year. With nine collections, each ranging from 100 to 150 minutes long, this mass of material features domestic sounds that are so often needed in documentary film and television. With ambiences of crowds, residential areas, construction sites, shopping malls, markets, fairs, countrysides, supermarkets, and train stations, you will find plenty of variation for unique backgrounds in hours upon hours of clean, often loopable, recordings. Listen to the demos and hear for yourself!
 
Binary Code
 
  • The Binary Code sound library delivers 570+ high quality futuristic interface sound effects perfect for video games, movies, tv and other multimedia presentations. This collection of UI sound effects will give your project the futuristic, hi-tech vibe that you’re after. With the vast selection of quality beeps, data processing and typing text sound fx you’ll easily find the type of sound that you’re looking for to create that sought-after, sci-fi, distant-future sound for your next project!

    The Binary Code soundpack contains 616MB of high definition 24bit/96khz sounds, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow and separated into three main categories: 1. Beeps 2. Readouts/Calculations 3. Typing.

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When it comes to UI sound effects, it's hard to get enough bleeps and bloops to indicate all your system functions. But with over 570 sounds, 'Binary Code' by Sound Response should appease your artificial intelligent for the foreseeable future. This library has beeps, read-outs, calculations, and typing SFX, all with a consistent hi-tech aesthetic that won't break your audience's belief that they are hearing life as experienced by the generations ahead. For UI sounds you can quickly drop into your project, this library has the futuristic edge you've been looking for.
   

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Popular sound effects this week:

 
  • Destruction & Impact Fireworks (KB) Play Track 211 sounds included, 27 mins total $60 $30

    Fireworks frankly are a difficult thing to record due to a mixture of legal restrictions, location, and price. This little collection are all sorts of novelty and aerial fireworks shot in a very remote desert with no birds, bugs, cars or anything of the sort, recorded at 192 with a spaces pair of Sanken CO100k microphones in close proximity for pitch and speed manipulation.

    No microphones were hurt in the making of this library

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  • Genres Vintage Anime SFX Play Track 350+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $69

    The Vintage Anime Sound Effects Library brings all of the excitement of your favorite Japanese animated series to your fingertips. Inspired by classic cartoons from the 80's and 90's, these recognizable and versatile sounds will instantly enhance any FX collection. Vintage synths were used to create the auras, beams, mecha blasters, atmospheres, magic spells, guns, sonic blasts and explosives that makeup this pack of over 350+ custom 24bit/96khz .WAV files. Perfect for film, video games, podcasts and any project that could benefit from a power up!

    Both designed sounds and source recordings:

    • Classic anime sfx from the 80’s and 90’s

    • Auras, mecha, beams, blasters, spells, explosives and more! 350+ sounds!

    • Tons of source material for experimentation

    • Expert crafted metadata

    • Vintage Anime PDF

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  • Human Swordfighter Play Track 479 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $25 $20

    Swordfighter is a robust package with sharp sounding swords, heaps of variations and all the extras you need to make a fight come alive. Build unique sword swings with various hits, swooshes, schings, different fighter vocals and impacts on various surfaces. All up there are 137 sword sounds, 93 surface impact sounds, 15 knife throwing sounds, 48 swooshes and 180 fighter vocals.

    This version includes two sub-folders: one optimised for a film & TV workflow and the other optimised for video games workflow. Plus a few bonus sounds of a charging army.

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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Fantasy Game Play Track 517 sounds included, 14 mins total $49

    More than 500 sound effects inspired by hit computer games like World of Warcraft, and Diablo. Tell your story, equip your quest and outfit the adventures in your fantasy world with imaginative and immersive sounds, effects and creative crafted audio. Fantasy Game empowers today’s game developers, audio remixers, sound designers engineers, DJs and even game oriented modern podcasters with an ultra exciting collection of designed sounds derived from stunning 192k source recordings.

  • Bring the monsters to life! Bestial roars, screams and murmurs of 6 bizarre creatures. From brutal, deep growls to sharp, ear-pearcing screeches.

    Each character has several expression variations, such as “talk”, “scream”, “hit”, “attack” or “death”.

    Monsters included:
    Black Boss – brutal and dirty, hardcore metal-styled, saturated beast
    Behemoth – deeply-growling, dark animal from shadow swamps
    Ghoul – deeply-burbling, stagnant undead being
    TwinHead – eerie, weird beast with multiple mutated vocal-cords
    CruelGoblin – sharp, piercing, damned sabre-teeth mutant
    DeadBaby – sharp, high-pitched, demonic spirit of an unlucky toddler

    The SFX demo consists of several 6Monsters sounds mixed with a light spatial effect and an ambience from The Horrid library.

  • User Interface (UI) Advanced UI Play Track 928 sounds included, 21 mins total $59 $49

    Looking for UI sound effects? The Advanced UI collection gets you a wide range of interface sound effects – from natural, organic and minimal pops, beeps and chirps to 8-Bit, hybrid and highly processed, electronic and digital SFX that will complete almost any project where UI/UX sounds are required. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.

    Designed for use in animations, video games, mobile apps, motion graphics, film, software development and industrial design projects, Advanced UI is a perfect fit for getting user interface sounds just right.

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  • Vehicles Skate on Board Play Track 112 sounds included, 22 mins total $49.99

    Skate on Board is an SFX library with the purpose of bringing alive the hidden sounds of skateboarding. This library has 65 stereo recordings with the best sound quality of actions such as jumps, pass by, and grinds over different surfaces like concrete banquets, and rail tubes. Furthermore, this library contains 47 mono audios of P.O.V perspectives which were reordered with different microphones attached to the skateboard to capture the full maneuvers and details of skateboarding.

  • The west is still wild.  A collection of clean and loopable natural ambient atmosphere elements – each 3 minutes long. This collection represents my best content and works great in multitrack layers.

    The core of this collection are natural sounds captured in the wilds of Oregon, USA – Western North America. The wildlife in the forests, streams, lakes, coast, and deserts of Oregon are a good substitute for most US and Canadian states west of the Rocky Mountains, including Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, British Colombia, Alberta, Alaska, and Wyoming.

    These recordings are from a pristine environment that avoid any human caused sounds.

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  • Animals & Creatures Broken Robot Play Track 87 sounds included $12.99 $6.99

    This library is a small “utility” collection of sounds great for use as Robot/Machines but also great for UI and Weapon design elements.  Servos, various metal objects and analog synths were recorded as source material to create this library.  The library includes raw servo recordings and meticulously performed or designed robotic/machine-like sounds.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

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  • Electricity Electric Arcs and Energy Play Track 266 sounds included $39.99 $19.99

    Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds.  The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw.  These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project.  They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more.  They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.

    The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups.  Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.

    Recording and Editing

    This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds.  The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz.  All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.

    Bonus – Forge Sound Design Tool Sample Map

    If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map.  The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.

     

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  • Whooshes liftFX Play Track 275+ sounds included $89 $71.20

    AWE YOUR AUDIENCE WITH RISERS, BUILD-UPS, DROPS AND MORE.
    Risers, build-ups, drops, breaks, downlifters, swells, sweeps, falls – it has never been so easy to hype your audience. Forget samples, just turn the knob or let liftFX even do that for you, automatically, in beat sync at the length you need it to be.

    KEY FEATURES:

    • Playable in real-time with instant auditive and visual feedback
    • Any length, tempo, pitch range and root note possible
    • Tempo sync or time (s) duration
    • Control key parameters independently or automatically (+ reversed)
    • Automation and modwheel (cc1) support for each parameter
    • 275 nifty presets included
    • Optional time lock and control lock to try different presets with current setting
    • High cut and low cut filters, reverb and delay
    • Lightweight plug-in, as it relies on synthesis
    USE CASES:

    • Build captivating uplifters, downlifters, drops, rhythmic, percussive builds and more effects out of the box
    • Any electronic genre such as EDM, Trap, Dubstep, Pop, Hip Hop, Drum’n’Bass, House, Techno, and more
    • Cinematic and experimental sound design
    • Beef up your synthesizers with tonal layers or harmonic overtones to achieve a fat, rich sound
    • liftFX requires a free iLok account (click to learn more)
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