7 new sound libraries Asbjoern Andersen


Welcome to the year's first look at exciting new indie SFX libraries - and for this one, we have quite a few new libraries that will give you distinct elements for your soundscapes.

We have sounds of London's famous metro system, a concise pack of Ambisonic city recordings, more lush ambiences from the Rocky Mountains, and sounds of ice being obliterated.

We also have a rowdy jet ski, cybernetic weapons, and interesting EMF recordings, too! Happy listening, and happy new year!


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Sounds of the London Underground
 
  • Anybody familiar with travelling on the London Underground will be aware of the distinct soundscapes beneath the streets of London; from the clatter of the ticket hall barriers to the eerie rumbles from the tunnels, waiting in anticipation for the next train to come rushing past before stopping with the squeal of the brakes.

    Each type of train on the network has its own distinct characteristics such as the moaning of the electric traction motors or the peculiar sound of the 1996 Stock used on the Jubilee Line.

    All of these sounds have been beautifully captured in 24-bit 48KHz quality- recorded both with XY stereo microphones and binaurally- creating a highly realistic experience for headphone users.

    Note to users:
    As many of you will know, like many urban transit systems, the London Underground is littered with pre-recorded public announcements.
    These recordings have been extensively edited to the highest quality to ensure that these pre-recorded announcements have been removed where possible.
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'Sounds of the London Underground' by Infrastructure Recordings gets you sounds from The Tube, London's famous underground transportation system. You'll hear the familiar sounds of the cars clattering and whooshing by, plus their squeaky breaks, doors opening and closing, and interior recordings. You'll even know if the train car is a Class 172 Turbostar, 1972 Stock, Class 317, etc., and you'll get platform ambiences with conversing travelers and faraway sirens. For authentic details in your city sounds, give this one a listen.
 
CyberTroops 2040
 
  • The CyberTroops 2040 sound library features 500+ high quality sci-fi weapons sound effects perfect for video games, film and tv, but also very useful for many other applications! If you’re looking to expand your sound collection with different types of cutting edge sci-fi shots, bursts and blasts, this is the sound library for you. With this collection of futuristic sonic ammo at your disposal you’ll have a powerful audio arsenal for immersing your audience in a cybernetic combat experience!

    CyberTroops 2040 contains 520MB of high definition 24bit/96khz sounds, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow and separated into twelve categories.

    Sci-fi Weapon sound categories included:

    1. Sniper Rifles
    2. Assault Rifles
    3. Electric Guns
    4. Plasma Guns
    5. Bio Guns
    6. Heavy Pistols
    7. Light Pistols
    8. Shotguns
    9. Machine Guns
    10. Submachine Guns
    11. Grenades
    12. Source Sound Accessories

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'CyberTroops 2040' by Sound Response gets you over 500 sound effects from 12 newly designed sci-fi guns. This collection packs some futuristic punch with rifles, guns, pistols, SMGs, grenades, and more that have a cybernetic feel for your 22nd-century battles. And these guns don't just fire standard 5.56mm rounds - they are electric, plasmic, and biological, too! Whether you need heavy firepower or a pistol at your side, this library has you covered for your high-tech warfare.
 
Northern Rockies: miNiATURE
 
  • Nature & Countryside Northern Rockies: Miniature Play Track 15+ sounds included, 101 mins total $29

    • In Northern Rockies: Miniature, get a mini-nature collection of ambiences from the mountains of Montana. Hear hallowed halls carved by glacial sculptors. Hear quaking Aspens and Ruffed grouse drumming on hollow logs. Hear euphoric dawn choruses, merry songbirds, sacred stillness, and stately woodpeckers knocking on forest doors. This library gives you a small collection of both “quiet” and “active” nature sounds from the continental divide of North America.
    • Only 26 glaciers (of the 150 in 1850) remain in Glacier National Park and all are predicted to melt within 30 yearsHear the sounds of this stunning natural cathedral while the glaciers remain. The ecosystem won’t sound the same when they’re gone.

    2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & CARBON NEUTRAL:
    • Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
    • Carbon offset credits were purchased for the Northern Rockies Series. Field Recording travel for this library was carbon neutral!

    KEY FEATURES:
    • Sounds in this library are NOT included in other Northern Rockies Series libraries.
    • A mini-nature collection of both “quiet” and “active” nature ambiences from Glacier National Park in the Northern Rockies.
    • Active – euphoric dawn choruses
    • Quiet – soothing afternoons and nights
    • A 42-minute evolving dawn chorus (with 2 Loon wails)
    • Ruffed Grouse – drumming on hollow logs
    • If you need more “active” or “quiet” nature sounds check out: NR: Quiet NatureNR: Common Loons, and NR: Active Nature.


    TEXT MARKERS:
    • Named markers are included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform!
    • Marker text included in the Soundminer description and BWAV description fields.
    FILE LIST & METADATA:
    • View in browser or Download CSV
    • Flora (plants) and Fauna (animals) are described in these terms:
    • stillness – close to absolute silence
    • fauna sparse
    • fauna constant
    • flora sparse
    • flora constant
    • flora and fauna sparse
    • flora and fauna constant
    • Included Wildlife: Common Raven, Cassin’s Vireo, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, Townsend’s Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Western Tanager, angry Chipmunks, and bats up to 90 kHz. *Bonus – two Common Loon wail calls within an extended 45-minute dawn chorus.


    GEAR USED:
    • Sennheiser MKH 8040 Matched Pair in ORTF
    • Sound Devices 702
    • Rycote ORTF Blimp
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'Northern-Rockies-miNiATURE' by Thomas Rex Beverly gets you even more peaceful sounds of the beautiful Montana mountains. In this pack, you'll get over 100 minutes of new ambiences with woodpeckers, grouses, and songbirds, as well as a 45-minute extended recording with two loon calls. You'll also get quiet sounds of swaying trees and some absolute stillness. Don't forget, if you like this pack, check out 'Northern Rockies: Quiet Nature' and 'Northern Rockies: Common Loons', too.
 
Ice Fury
 
  • Ice Ice Fury Play Track 348+ sounds included $39

    “Ice Fury by Flysound” is a sound library of ice breaking to pieces in as full a variety of ways as possible. This is a thesaurus of the various ways ice gets undone, with blasts and crashes as well as scrapes and swishes and cracks and splinters too.

    Ice Fury is recorded on two superb ultra low-noise Neumann D-01 digital mics at 96k/24bit in a fantastic foley studio. Our equipment and processing make it ideal for downpitching and other tweaking to match your project.

    The full range of 348 sounds from the ice is thanks to a spread of massive and moderate ice blocks, that have been obliterated by a variety of implements such as a kettle bell, saws, picks, bars, drills, and a bat! If your project involves the sound of frozen water, allow us to break the ice…

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'Ice Fury' by Flysound has sounds of ice being broken into pieces in a variety of ways. You'll hear scraps, cracks, swishes, and impacts as the ice blocks are crushed by kettle bells, chisels, ice picks, saws, bats, spatulas, drills, knives, crowbars, axes, and more. All together you get 348 clean, close-up studio-recorded sounds that will give your debris, impacts, or snowy monsters a below-zero edge. If you need a flexible library featuring the destruction of ice, look no further.
 
Ambisonic City Life
 
  • Ambisonics Ambisonic – City Life Play Track 24 sounds included, 67 mins total $29

    Ambisonic City Life is a small collection of ambisonic recordings performed at various locations of different cities. The recordings took place at both internal and external locations.

    This collection is great for post production, VR/AR experiences, game developers and any real-time 3D audio engine.
    All files are tagged and categorized for your convenience – supporting tag filtering browsing applications.

    To create this product a Sennheizer Ambeo microphone paired with Zoom H8 was used.

    This package includes 24 Samples – Total 67 minutes of content.
    Supported formats: First Order AmbiX B-Format and Stereo (Total of 48 files).

    Download a B-Format Ambix demo here: Demo

    The library is also available in a stereo only version here.

     

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'Ambisonic City Life' by Sen6 is a quick pack of sounds from the city. With 24 recordings, you'll get the essential elements you need to infuse your soundscape with an urban flavor. You'll hear sirens, crowds, busy traffic, skate parks, parking lots, fountains, markets, and more. And of course, each sound is available in both First Order Ambix B-Format and Stereo. If you need city sounds for you VR project, check this one out.
 
PWC – Jet Ski – Sea Doo
 
'PWC – Jet Ski – Sea Doo' by The Chris Alan takes you out for some summer fun on a Sea-Doo watercraft. This library contains sounds of this vehicle as it accelerates, decelerates, passes by, float on the water, and rides around for fun. You also get wave ambiences and varying perspectives from the exhaust pipe and the driver's seat, as well as careful transitions for audio middleware use. If you're looking for the fun sounds of riding a jet ski, you'll find them here!
 
Electromagnetic – Field & Emissions
 
  • We have recorded strange noise rhythms originating from different technology around us… Machines from everyday life, like coffee makers, washing machines, mobiles, wireless routers, shavers, TVs and more. Surrounded by technology, we are immersed in electromagnetic fields!

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Fox Audio Post-Production has once again used the power of manipulation to create interesting new sounds. 'Electromagnetic – Field & Emissions' is a collection of the various machines we see in our day-to-day - such as coffee makers, washing machines, phones, WiFi routers, shavers, TVs, etc. - but you wouldn't know it from hearing the demo. These sounds have been twisted and experimented with to bring out static rhythms, buzzes, and sweeps that are perfect for your harsh transmissions or ghostly ambiences. Check out the demo and hear for yourself!
   

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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Ancient Game Play Track 1508 sounds included, 72 mins total
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $79

    Get ready for adventure: Ancient Game gets you 1500+ designed and source MMO / game-ready audio assets. Step into a world of fantasy with Ancient Game – The Legendary RPG Adventure Game Sound Library by Epic Stock Media! Includes Magic, Warfare, Gore, Treasures, Mechanisms, Monsters, Loop-able ambiences and more! All in 96k / 24 Bit for optimum clarity and supernatural sound.

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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 Advanced Game Sounds Play Track 3119 sounds included, 72 mins total $79 $44

    Advanced Game Sounds is an electrifying power pack of more than 3100 compelling source and engineered sounds. It includes a broad selection including arcade game sounds, real coins, casino game sounds, correct answers, epic positive sounds, gained xp, tokens, game wins, controller and console sounds, indie game sounds, organics, pickups, processed, retro and 8 bit game sounds, synthesized, touches, indicators, interface, victory sounds and many many more.
    Quit camping and level up friends, FTW! Add some awesomeness to your next production with the Advanced Game Sounds sound effects library. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data

    Version 2 features:
    All files are game-ready, mastered and optimized in length, size to reduce game distributions and space. The sounds are free of clipping, always start/end at volume 0 to avoid any clicks or pops, and looping sounds are seamless.
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  • Foley Squeaks & Creaks (MS) Play Track 313 sounds included, 19 minutes 29 seconds mins total $25 $22

    The squeakiest of the squeaks and the creakiest of the creaks! Halloween came early!

    In this library you will find everything from deep, wrenching creaks to high piercing squeaks; quiet door knobs and twisting, turning plastics. Many of these sounds were recorded in a turn of the century old victorian home with decades of wear and tear to give the most authentic, creepy sounds that your heart desires.

    Here you'll find drippy, squeaky faucets, loose boards on stairwells, creaking door hinges, squealing old door coils, metal scraping on metal, rending wood and plastic, quiet, airy floorboards, bone crushing twist and turns, gripping leather and rubber and so much more! With 300+ sounds you're sure to maximize your imagination's spookiest or maybe just that perfect sound design element you needed!

    The sounds were recorded in stereo at 96 kHz 24 bit. The equipment used was a Sony PCM-M10 and the files were processed, edited, and mastered in Reaper.

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  • User Interface (UI) War UI Play Track 1764 sounds included, 63 MB mins total $79 $59

    The War UI Sound Effects Library enables you to quickly outfit your characters with pre-built military classes, gear, inventory, notifications, unlocks and alerts. From natural and organic SFX to highly designed and processed epic war style electronic and digital SFX, all assembled into a value-packed comprehensive collection of 1750+ sounds and effects.

    Library highlights:

    • Military User Interface Sound Effects Library
    • Class specific sounds like engineer, infantry, medic, recon, tech/communications specialist
    • War-themed drum cues, cadences, and alerts
    • Gear, equipment, health, painkillers, loot crates, and unlocks
    • Game starts, navigations, menu transitions, latches, turns, buttons
    • Designed notifications, killstreaks, skill, upgrades,
    • Achievements, unlocks, purchases,
    • Backpacks, Metals, Liquid, Matches, Hinges
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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Ancient Game Play Track 1508 sounds included, 72 mins total
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $79

    Get ready for adventure: Ancient Game gets you 1500+ designed and source MMO / game-ready audio assets. Step into a world of fantasy with Ancient Game – The Legendary RPG Adventure Game Sound Library by Epic Stock Media! Includes Magic, Warfare, Gore, Treasures, Mechanisms, Monsters, Loop-able ambiences and more! All in 96k / 24 Bit for optimum clarity and supernatural sound.

 
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  • This is a unique bicycle library that captures this characteristic bike in clean, quiet, nicely performed true exterior rides. Including multiple perspectives, speeds and actions. From fast passbys on asphalt to slow onboard recordings and smooth stops.

    The UglyBike is a typical old bicycle that’s working fine, but needs some TLC. It is a bicycle that’s just average, a little rattle a gentle scrape, a bike that everyone has had but got traded in for a newer one. A story of unrequited love.. :)

    Speeds and actions:
    Three speeds. Departures from slow, medium to fast getaways. Arrivals from slow stops with gently squeaking handbrakes to heavy stuttering skids.

    Five perspectives:
    1. Onboard Front: captures the whirring tire and surface sound.
    2. Onboard Pedal: nice overall combination of pedaling, crank creaks, chain rattle, tire and surface sounds.
    3. Onboard Rear: close up sound of the rear axle, with chain, sprocket and switching of gear.
    4. Tracking shot: mono recording of the passby, keeping the bike in focus while passing by.
    5. Static XY shot: stereo recording of the passby that emphasizes speed.

    Overview of perspectives and mic placement:

    Onboard recordings are 2-3 minutes long depending on speed. Higher speeds > shorter duration.
    All 3 onboard mics are edited in sync with one another to make layering easy.
    All Passbys, Arrivals and Departures move from Left to Right.

    Metadata & Markers:
    Because we know how important metadata is for your sound libraries we have created a consistent and intuitive description method. This allows you to find the sound you need easily, whether you work in a database like Soundminer/Basehead/PT Workspace work, or a Exporer/Finder window.

    However, we are aware that some people have different needs for different purposes, so we’ve created a Metadata Reference Guide that explains the structure. And because we’ve automated the metadata proces, you can be confident that a ‘find & replace’ command will always replace all instances.

    Download our Metadata Reference Guide

    Download complete metadata PDF

    If you have any questions about this, contact us!

    Additionally, we added Markers to some wave files, so specific sound events are easy to spot in Soundminer or other database apps.

    Need more?
    The UglyBike library is part of the complete ‘City Bicycles’ library package available at www.frickandtraa.com. It consists of all 4 bicycles and includes additional surfaces and extras ranging from one-off  bicycle passes captured in the city and bounces and rattles. The extra bicycles surfaces and additional effects are also available seperately here on ‘a Sound Effect’. If you’ve bought a single library and want to upgrade to the full package, contact us for a reduced price on the complete City Bicycles library. Every part of City Bicycles that you paid for will get you an extra reduction on the full package.

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    344 AUDIO:City Bicycles has a plethora of content, for a great price. The perfect balance between a great concept, great presentation and outstanding execution, lands them an almost perfect score of 4.9..

    The Audio Spotlight: City Bicycles is worth getting if you are in need of great sounding and well edited bicycle sounds.

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  • Environments Museums & Galleries Play Track 272 sounds included, 800 mins total $100 $80

    This library features a wide range of recordings from various museums and galleries, each differentiated by the nuances of their size and space. All recordings feature pristine echos, walla and movement. The library includes stereo & 5.0 recordings from:

    • War Museums
    • History Museums
    • State Museums
    • Science Museums
    • Art Galleries
    • Photography Galleries
    • State Galleries

    All sounds were recorded using a stereo pair of DPA 4060s, DPA 5100, Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 and Sound Devices 788T.

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  • The American M5 High Speed Tractor includes over 20 gigabytes of recordings of a WWII US military vehicle with a Continental 6572 six-cylinder petrol engine with 207 horsepower. 188 sound fx document a full suite of performances from M5, also known as versions M5A1, M5A2, M5A3 and M5A4.

    The performances include starting, idling, departing, arriving, and passing by from 6 exterior perspectives at slow, medium, and fast speeds. 10 additional perspectives feature motor, interior, exhaust, tracks, and other locations that capture idles, driving, and steady RPMs from onboard the tractor.

    Includes extensive Soundminer metadata.

  • Cars Volvo 242 DL 1975 Play Track 364 sounds included $249

    The Volvo 242 sound fx collection includes 271 sounds in 13.51 gigabytes of audio. The 242 is a DL 1975 version of the car, also known as models 240, 244, and 245. It features 25 takes of recordings from the Swedish vehicle and its 4-cylinder B20 A, 82 horsepower engine.

    16 synchronized perspectives capture both onboard and exterior performances. Eight onboard perspectives (12 channels, including 4 in AMBEO) recorded driving at steady RPMs, with gearshifts, and ramps using microphones mounted in the engine, interior, and exhaust. Eight other exterior perspectives (18 channels) showcase driving at fast, medium, and slow speeds approaching, departing, and passing by. There are also steadies in neutral, blips, and performed effects, as well as an Altiverb impulse response.

    All clips have 18 fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata.

  • Sports Downhill Skiing Play Track 37 sounds included, 13 minutes 08 seconds mins total $35 $30

    Get ready to hit the slopes with this wintery gem of a sound library!

    Taken from many trips up and down the slopes in Upstate New York, this library gives you in your face gliding swishes, crunching carves, turns, stops, passbys from the left and right, falls, jumps, landings, poles poking and scraping the snow, chairlift machine sounds, bindings, and more!

    If you need authentic skiing sounds this library has you covered. Whether you need to create loops and insert carves in a video game or film project or if you need lengthy recordings of full trips from the top of the mountain to the bottom this library will give you it all. Enjoy Downhill Skiing!

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