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 $20 $17

    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
 
  • Ships PWC – Jet Ski – Sea Doo Play Track 17 sounds included, 16 mins total $50 $20

    High-resolution Sea Doo recordings were done from varies perspectives (driver perspective & exhaust perspective).

    Jet ski performing at different techniques for use in all types of integration, including drag and drop samples, audio to picture, as well as video game implementation by use of Wwise of Fmod (utilizing the on – slow rev to full speed – slow decelerate – off), easily building an interactive PWC engine sound.

    Music is only heard on demo, downloads are high resolution and without background music.

    What’s included:

    Power Ons / Power Offs / Gradual Accelerate / Gradual Decelerate / Medium Accelerate / Medium Decelerate / Quick Accelerate / Quick Decelerate / Joy Ridding / Passbys / Drive In / Drive Out / Floating / Wave Ambience

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'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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  • Drones & Moods Atmospheric Dread Play Track 19 sounds included, 63 mins total $80 $40

    Breathe fear and awe into your work with Atmospheric Dread, carefully designed and ever-evolving drones, intertwined with swelling textures.

    Inspired by the sound of films such as Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Interstellar, Alien: Covenant, Prometheus, and more, I’ve created a new Drone library, all whilst listening to the feedback from Aberrant Drones users, and reviewers.

    I’ve not only worked on improving the quality of the soundscapes further, but I’ve also broken down files into more manageable chunks, up to around 6 minutes long, and brutally cut out whatever did not feel like it should go in the library.

    As a result, Atmospheric Dread is a smaller library, at least compared to the massive Aberrant Drones, whilst delivering 63 minutes of gut-wrenching, eye-widening, and fear-inducing soundscapes.

    The library is comprised of 24bit/96kHz .WAV files, all stuffed to the brim with rich, and descriptive SoundMiner metadata, thus allowing you to find what you need immediately.

    If you have any questions about this library, feel free to quickly send me an e-mail. I tend to reply within minutes.

     

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  • Combustion is a sound effects library exploding with combustible sound design material. It encompasses explosions, chemical reactions, fires, and various other forms of combustion. It provides a vast scope of sound design elements for weapons, whooshes, vehicles, impacts, and so much more.

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  • Horror Paranormal Play Track 234 sounds included, 27 mins total $20

    A collection of eerie synthesized tones, ominous drones, abstract textures and ghostly vocals ready to add a whole new dimension to your horror projects. Inject a sense of fear, dread, despair, tension or some spooky ambience to your scene to get the audience on the edge of their seat with sounds ranging from low-end elements to piercing, high frequency noise outbursts.

    Whether you are working on a full-scale scarefest film production, adding background atmospheres to a paranormal reality television series or documentary, soundtracking a gore-laden video game or need some sinister textures for a musical piece with a dark theme, this diverse collection of sounds is sure to have something to suit your project.

    We've included 63 raw vocal files from our voice actor talents, exactly as they were recorded and with no processing, as an exclusive bonus for A Sound Effect customers. These can be used as they are, or even better, put through your favourite effect processors to conjure up your own ghostly creations!

    Bonus: For a very limited time, you get the popular Atmosfear SFX library included for FREE when you purchase Paranormal!
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  • Hum, Buzz & Glitches Noise Elements: Electrical & Interference Play Track 36 (90 including bonus content) sounds included $10

    Noise Elements: Electrical & Interference is a sound effects library featuring 36 noise production elements of imagined electricity and interference particularly well-suited to Dystopian, Science Fiction or Horror scenarios.

    Think cameras on the blink in found-footage horror, industrial alien atmospheres or glitched-out, distorted communications, the potential applications for these sounds are vast and only limited by your imagination.

    With sounds useful as electrical glitches, harsh static, hub drones, transmitter crackles, radio noise, broken circuits, and abstract planetary ambiences – further shaping, layering and processing only adds to this already versatile collection.

    Bonus Content: 

    Noise Elements: Electrical & Interference comes with a selection of bonus interference sounds from the following libraries:Data Disruption • Drones • Feedback Loop FX & Atmospheres • Signal Interference

  • A broad cross-section of whooshes and swipes. Includes storm whooshes, energy sweeps, robotic fly-ins, ghostly swipes, electric whooshes, fire swooshes, and more.

    Also features bursts, blasts, power ups and downs, whip bys, and logo whooshes.

    Includes over 15 fields of metadata in three formats, including Soundminer.

  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
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    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 From: $60

    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 Helinä Play Track 754+ sounds included, 225 mins total $80

    “Helinä” can be translated as “the tinkling sound made by the shaking of tiny bells”.  These may be wind chimes, and some are quite large, but the meaning of the name still rings true.  Beautiful, glorious, and entrancing wind chimes, all stirred up for your designing and listening pleasure.

    We've meticulously recorded and only very lightly edited 15 different sets of wind chimes composed of varying materials, shapes, and sizes. The result is a stirring array of shimmering textures from the soft dull knock of bamboo to the brilliant crystalline sparkle of obsidian. 

    The chimes sets and performances include:

    Chimes: Bamboo, Glass Shards, Porcelain Bell, Cast iron Bell, Glass Bell, Stoneware, Obsidian, Buoy, Paper/Mixed, Copper, Aluminum, Bronze, Agate, Shells, Capiz

    Performances: Flowing (Short, Med, Long), Breeze (Light), Windy (Moderate), Stormy (Heavy), Quaking, Plops, Gusts, Strikes, Grabbing, Releasing

    You'll get incredible tonal depth, preciously sustained tails, and conveniently isolated strikes and “gusts” resulting in a natural representation of each chime.  All of the chime-work was recorded in 192 kHz so you can bend, stretch, and twist with the comfort of the extended harmonic content of each chime.  All of the performances resulted in 50 separate files for each of the 15 chimes, making layering and matching performances a breeze.  In addition to the chime sets, we've included four stereo wind captures, in different capacities and locations, for adding context and ambiance to any wind chime-appropriate environment you may find yourself working on. 

  • Foley The Vintage Toybox Play Track 212 sounds included, 34 mins total $20

    A collection of vintage toy sounds. From the grating noise of a balloon being rubbed, to the childhood memory evoking sounds of a pogo stick bouncing away, a toy train whirring around, a tin robot stomping along, to deliciously gross slime; these sounds may be just what you need for your game, video, film or animation.

  • ‘Fully Charged Vol.1’ is a collection of 205 sound effects from the science-fiction realm. Each sound is made from an original sound source representative of energy movements, impacts, weapons and other alien sounds. Easily manipulable, these sounds are ideal for a range of sound design applications.

  • Horror Horror Cinema Transitions & Impacts Play Track 100 sounds included, 8 mins total $50

    ‘Horror Cinema Transitions & Impacts’ by Cinematic Sound Design delivers a unique hand-crafted selection of sound effects, designed for Horror films, games, apps, music productions, company logos and more.

    The sounds within this pack have been meticulously designed using both synthesis & recording techniques. In addition to a range of outboard synthesizers, a huge selection of foley sound effects were recorded using Sound Devices 702 field recorder and a pair of Neumann KM184 microphones. All sounds have been put together & processed later through an Apogee Symphony AD/DA.

 
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