This past week on A Sound Effect, you might start in a fictional world where the ice cracks beneath your feet as you walk to your anvil and forge your sword for an all-out ninja battle. Or perhaps you may begin in modern day Germany, exploring the country from its rooftops and suburbs as you drive around in your BMW, or perhaps an instantly-recognizable French van. Once you leave, make sure you head to Portugal and enjoy the beauty of its residents’ language, and don’t forget your camera!
is your one-stop shop for suburban and urban ambiences. This library from SoundBits
has ambiences from restaurants, bus rides, construction sites, airplanes, trains, backyards, generators, car washes, residential areas, and supermarkets all over the greater Berlin area. It also has several group ambiences including cheers, people enjoying fireworks, and kids playing outside. As a collection of three volumes of sound effects, if you buy all three together, you will save 20%!
Adding to their elemental library series is 'Elements: Ice'
by Mindful Audio
. This library has over a 1.5 GB and 1500 sounds of chilly sound effects from one of your favorite solid elements. Whether you're looking for hollow icy steps, creaking frozen lakes, or ambience from the chilly waters below, you're sure to find what you're looking for in this library. The sounds were recorded over a 4-month period in Romania and Scotland at temperatures between -25C/-13F and 5C/41F for a maximum range of icy thicknesses and slush.
covers all the sounds you need from this BMW sedan. With over two hours of content, this library covers just about every part of the cabin with sounds of the turn signal, ignition, handbrake, compartment, windows, and seat adjustments. It also has recordings from passbys, the exhaust pipe, and the engine - from both onboard and the exterior - as the car goes various speeds. For a fully fleshed out vehicle in your soundscape, this is one to consider.
Atmospheres of Lisbon
From the master of world ambiences comes 'Atmospheres of Lisbon'
by Monte Sound
. Ana Monte recorded several neighborhoods in Lisbon to capture its bakeries, markets, busses, coffee houses, construction sites, airport, pubs, museums, and restaurants to create this two-hour library. It features the beauty of the Portuguese language as people live their lives in this historic city, and it features a 5.1 surround sound recording of the world-famous Train 28 Lisboa Street Train.
This short and sweet library will sweep itself into the heart of your stylistic soundscape the moment you hear it. With over 150 sounds, 'Whooshes (PSD)'
by Principle Sound Design
has the sweeps, swishes and swinging you need for combat scenes and in-your-face foley. Since it was recorded at 192 kHz, the sounds in this library have maximum flexibility to be transformed into any swinging weapon with pitch and time bending. Hear and experiment for yourself!
features more than 20 cameras from manufacturers Canon, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Fujica, and others. These cameras range from the modern 5d Mark II DSLR to the classic 80's Polaroid Spectra to the nearly ancient Kodak Eastman Pocket Camera. This library contains all the camera effects you could capture with sounds of shutters, flashes, focusing, mechanisms, buttons, handling, rewinding, and turning on and off. Whether your character is a film student unknowingly capturing a nearby heist or an early 20th century doctor taking pictures of his cadavers, this library will have the sounds you need for your scene.
Renault Master II 2.8DTI
Not every vehicle in a film or game is a high-powered 8-cylinder beast or a quick zippy race car. Sometimes what you need is a good old reliable van, and Soundholder
has you covered. This library features a second-generation 'Renault Master II 2.8DTI'
, an upper-medium-sized vehicle with an ambulance body. With 88 minutes of content, this library has the passbys, cabin sounds, and onboard and outside engine recordings as the vehicle idles and drives at various speeds.
Quad City Berlin
'Quad City Berlin'
collects the four-channel recordings you can't find anywhere else. Get immersed in Berlin from her rooftops, main roads, squares, residential areas, parks and freeways. Though bird sounds often infiltrate outdoor recordings, the folks at Sonocaine
were lucky enough to capture clean city sounds with the pure frequencies of trains and traffic without chirps and tweets interrupting the high range. For a library that will add the low city rumble to your busy urban soundscape, give 'Quad City Berlin' a listen.
For the candy-like sweetness that can only be heard when metal hits metal,
Principle Sound Design
offers you their 'Metal'
library. It's a massive 1.4 GB with over 500 sounds of hammers on anvils, chains dropping and rustling, debris flying, metal bells and pipes ringing, and all the scratching, rolling, and pinging you could desire. With a large range of frequencies captured in this 192 kHz library, your creativity will have few limitations. Play with the time and pitch to create haunted ships, massive hammers, huge debris and whatever your imagination conjures up.
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