best new sound effects libraries Asbjoern Andersen


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!
Collected Ambiences
 
  • 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

    Vol 12: Countryside, Heavy Duty Gardening, Riverside, Rain, Zeppelin, Garden, Trainstations, and more. 33 Files, 6.37 GB, 180 Minutes

    Vol 13: Countryside, Heavy Duty Gardening, Riverside, Rain, Zeppelin, Garden, Trainstations, and more. 50 Files, 9.88 GB, 275 Minutes

    Vol 14:Harvester Cabin, Home Improvement, Busy Exhibition Hallway, Kids Crowds, Farm, Coutryside, and more. 33 Files, 5.76 GB, 160 Minutes

    All recorded with Sound Devices 744T, Sonosax SX-R4+, Sound Devices MixPre-6, Sennheiser MKH-8040 ORTF, Sennheiser MK-30 + MKH-8050 (MS), 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.

    If you buy all 14 Libraries together in the “Collected Ambiences – Bundle”, you land some great savings compared to the individual collection prices.

    Get the “Just Ambiences | Construction Sites” Library for free by purchasing the “Collected Ambiences – Bundle”

'Collected Ambiences' 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%!
 
Elements: Ice
 
  • Ice Elements: Ice Play Track 1500 sounds included, 86 mins total $60

    Elements: Ice is a collection of ice sounds recorded and edited over the 2015/2016 winter by George Vlad. The library is made up of more than 1500 individual ice sounds including cracks, creaks, hits, impacts, smashes, drags, stomps, splashes and water under ice ambience. The sounds have been recorded over more than 4 months in Romania and Scotland at temperatures ranging between -25C/-13F and 5C/41F.

    The library’s most obvious use is as Foley elements since it covers a wide variety of ice thicknesses and performances. As is the case with other libraries in the Elements series, these sounds can also be used for other purposes such as gore sweeteners, glass or wood cracks, bone breaks etc. Additionally, all files are recorded and mastered at 24/96 quality which makes them excellent sound design elements ripe for serious processing.

    Elements: Ice at a glance:

    • 89 .wav files ranging from 3 seconds to 8 minutes long; more than 1500 sounds in total
    • recorded and presented as 24 bit/96 kHz mono files
    • 1 hour and 26 minutes total length
    • 1.59 GB uncompressed size – 1.09 GB zip archive
    • recorded on Sound Devices 633 with Sennheiser MKH-8040 microphones and Sony PCM D100 with on-board mics and JrF hydrophones
    • comprehensive metadata compatible with Basehead and Soundminer

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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.
 
BMW530D E60
 
  • Cars BMW 530D E60 Play Track 155 sounds included, 124 mins total $100 $50

    The BMW 530D vehicle sound effects library was recorded with two track Sound Devices 702 recorder on the streets of Poland. Foley was captured with mono Rode NTG3 microphone. The engine sounds were recorded with two DPA 4061 omni microphones set under the hood.

    The car sound effects were captured during regular driving, accelerating and decelerating. Engine was recorded in two different configurations with one mic in engine compartment and exhaust, and other one with two microphones set under the hood.

    In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder. In this 124-minute sound library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin.

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'BMW530D E60' by Soundholder 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
 
  • City Life Atmospheres of Lisbon Play Track 43+ sounds included, 136 mins total $40

    Get the authentic sounds of Lisbon, Portugal in this SFX library by Ana Monte. It includes recordings from various Lisbon neighborhoods, places such as a bakery, big market, bus ride, coffee house, construction site, airport, pub, museum bookstore, busy and quiet restaurants and more. It also features a 5.1 recording of a train ride in the world-famous Train 28 Lisboa Street Train.

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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.
 
Whooshes (PSD)
 
  • WHOOSHES is a collection of very clear whoosh sounds, and features whooshes, sweeps and swinging SFX. Perfect for action and combat scenes!

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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!
 
Cameras
 
  • The Cameras sound library features sounds of no less than 20 different cameras. Everything was recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3 and Oktava MK012. The Camera library delivers sounds of different camera shutters, pulling film advance levers, handling noises, self timers, AF mechanisms, pushing buttons and rotating dials. This sound library features camera models from companies like Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon, Olympus, Yashica, Minolta, Fujica, Halina or Pentax.

    Includes recordings from the following cameras:
    Canon 5d Mark II • Canon Eos 3000n • Fujica AZ1 • Halina H160 • Kodak Brownie 127 • Kodak • Coloursnap 35 • Kodak Eastman Pocket camera • Kodak Instamatic 55x • Kodak Instamatic 200 • Kodak Six 20 Brownie D • Minolta Dynax 303 • Nikon D5000 • Nikon D5500 • Nikon FM2n • Olympus Newpic XB AF • Olympus SP510UZ • Pentax SP1000 • Polaroid Spectra • Yashica Minitec Super

    This library will be updated in the future, so you will receive free update link every time I’ll record new cameras.

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'Cameras' by Soundholder 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
 
  • The Renault Master II van sound library was recorded with a two track Sound Devices 702 recorder. Foley was captured with a mono Rode NTG3 microphone. Engine sound effects were recorded with two DPA-4061 omni microphones.

    The car was recorded during regular driving, accelerating, decelerating and more demanding way of driving with steady RPMs and RPM ramps. In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder.

    In this 88-minute long sound effects library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin in sync with microphones under the hood.

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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
 
  • Environments Quad City Berlin Play Track 34+ sounds included, 108 mins total From: $99

    Quad City Berlin is a comprehensive collection of quadrophonic recordings from the busy and multifaceted german capital, the second largest city in the European Union.
    It was created to work as an internationally usable library of urban ambiences while still capturing the unique sounds of Berlin. It’s a set of extensive and versatile recordings focused on large open spaces and the nice fat low-end hum of major city traffic.

    Quad City Berlin comes in two flavors:
    – Quad + MS: four channels with omni-directional mics + two channels mid-side (6 channels total, please check out diagram below. 102 files)
    – Stereo only: the two front channels of the quad setup only (A-B stereo, 34 files)

    The locations covered in Quad City Berlin include: rooftops, main roads & squares, residential areas, parks, freeways, room ambiences

    The recording session took place in the fall of 2015 where birdsong is usually very sparse and the weather can still be sunny and dry. Thanks to these conditions, most of the recordings contain no bird chirping at all. All recordings where made using the same microphone setup: four omni-directional mics with equal distances to each other and one MS rig at the front side.

    Depending on the location, the omnis where placed up to 3 meters apart to deliver a truly wide sound that works well on a cinema mixing stage. The MS signal serves as both a center signal (if needed) and a stereo option that is also mono compatible.
    The four omnis where the high-end DPA 4006 (Bruel&Kjaer) microphones with a remarkable quality in the low frequencies. They work exceptionally well for city background hum and low engine sounds producing a very full and warm, yet precise sound.

'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.
 
Metal
 
  • Metal Metal Play Track 500+ sounds included $40 $20

    METAL delivers various metal sound effects and textures of hard and soft metal: The SFX library includes different sounds of metal impacts and bangs, forging, debris, big metal objects, anvil, hammers, chains and metal scratching noises.

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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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Popular sound effects this week:

 
  • Badlands Sound went to the future to recorded 42 room tones of various spaces like computer rooms, engine rooms, bathrooms, and much more all in 24bit / 96k. We also recorded electrical buzzes and distorted sci-fi winds. More than 2 hours of futuristic room tones and ambiences included in total.

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  • BEAMS is a comprehensive toolkit for beam sound design. Sounds are separated into activation oneshot, activation/deactivation mechanism, and active loop categories. Each category contains subcategories for small, medium, and large beams. You can design anything from the smallest spy-watch laser cutter to a planet destroying column of chaos. As a bonus, you’ll also get a diverse collection of burning ignition sounds as source for beam environmental destruction.

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  • Need the sound of burning fire, flames, fizzles, ignites, melting, crackling, rumbling, fire popping, or flame hissing?

    This library is hot stuff in every sense of the word, delivering a range of burning sounds from a wide range of sources, including branches, black powder, burning bags, butane torches, celluloid, deep-frying batter, flares, gas stoves, frying pans, matches, sparkling candles, boiling water, huge torches and much more.

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  • Badlands Sound went to the future to recorded 42 room tones of various spaces like computer rooms, engine rooms, bathrooms, and much more all in 24bit / 96k. We also recorded electrical buzzes and distorted sci-fi winds. More than 2 hours of futuristic room tones and ambiences included in total.

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  • BEAMS is a comprehensive toolkit for beam sound design. Sounds are separated into activation oneshot, activation/deactivation mechanism, and active loop categories. Each category contains subcategories for small, medium, and large beams. You can design anything from the smallest spy-watch laser cutter to a planet destroying column of chaos. As a bonus, you’ll also get a diverse collection of burning ignition sounds as source for beam environmental destruction.

  • Footsteps Ultimate Footsteps Play Track 1176-3056+ sounds included, 237-610 mins total From: $160

    Need footstep sound effects? Get 5 Shoes, 25+ surfaces, 15+ variations – created by Foley Supervisor Joshua Reinhardt and professional Foley walker Lara Dale.

    Deep heavy metal, crunchy snow, old boat wood, crisp grass, gritty dirt, clean tile – this library has it all. Not only does this library contain walking but it's got pretty much every performance you can think of, from scuffs to jumps and lands and scrapes. With this library you can cut Foley for pretty much any film or game that comes your way.

    Highlights:

    • 17 different Performances – From slow walk to RUN, 5 scrapes, bodyfall/land, stomps and more
    • Every file is labeled with a description of the shoe, surface and performance type.
    • Every folder has a picture of the shoe and surface plus a description of the distance of the mic from the Foley walker.
    • Combine wood creak sweeteners with Ultimate Interiors wood for scary creaky wood or add grit to a clean interior to give character.
    • Same recording studio mics and preamps used in over 50 major motion pictures
    • Same boots that were used for Sylvester Stallone in The Expendable
    • Mix and match shoes, surfaces and sweeteners to make your own custom characters
    • Can be used as a stereo or separated and mixed/matched as a mono depending which mic works best for your project

    Specs:

    Foot wear type:
    Boots, Dress Shoes, Flats, Heels, Sneakers.

    Performances:
    Extremely Slow Walk, Medium Slow Walk, Walk, Jog, Run, Stairs Slow, Stairs Fast, Stomp, Land, Scuff, Scrape 1, Scrape 2, Scrape 3, Scrape 4, Scrape 5.

    Surface Types:
    Asphalt, Carpet 1, Carpet 2, Concrete, Hardwood, Hardwood house, Hardwood deep, Hardwood parquet, Hardwood boat wood, Hardwood Dock, Lino, Marble, Tile, Dirt, Grass, Metal grate, Diamond plate Metal, Metal Slab, Wood Creak 1 old, Wood Creak 2, Gravel, Rocks, SNOW!!, Puddle, Water shallow, Water Deep.

 
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  • House 01 – A virtual grab bag of normal. A complete house as a document. Doors, windows, more doors. Lots of perspectives and various strengths and positions of just about everything.

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  • The All Metal sound effects library features 765 sounds of metal clashing, clanging and resonating as metal pieces are rummaged through, dropped, and tossed. Create with the various distinct sonic properties of metal objects — from squeaky gates, rattley wires, ringing wrenches, warbling sheet metal, clattering swords and more.

    Each sound was pristinely recorded at 192kHz with lots of variations for more creative freedom. Uncover the sonic treasures that await as you pitch and process the squeals, squeaks and moans of the metallic debris for limitless sound design opportunities. Strengthen your projects with the distinct buzzing, scraping and reverberation of metal impacts for both literal use and creative implementation as layers for intense sound design.

    Each sound file is embedded with diligent metadata to help you find the exact sound effect you need with fast, pinpoint search. Advanced metadata fields ensure compatibility across any database search platform such as Search by PSE, Soundminer, BaseHead, Netmix, Workspace (Pro Tools), Find Tool (Media Composer), Media Bay (Nuendo), Reaper, Adobe Premiere, and beyond.

    Key Features:

    • 765 sound effects (2GB)
    • 24 bit/96k, 24 bit/192k broadcast .wav files
    • Descriptive embedded metadata
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Credits:

    • Saro Sahihi
  • Chicago Ambisonics is a library of B-format city ambiences with “virtual microphone” software.

    Included software allows users to tweak perspective in real time for greater control and creativity. The Ambisonics format offers versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. The creative possibilities are endless!

    Featuring 35 high-quality urban ambiences (over 3 hours total), Chicago Ambisonics includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to point “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene.

    With more productions filming in Chicago than ever before, a Chicago sound effects library is an asset for any sound editor. Chicago Ambisonics features 24-bit/96 kHz city atmospheres captured all over Chicago including recordings from from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field.

    This library is also perfect for use in 3D Audio applications including VR experiences and 360º video – prepare your sound effects library for the future of immersive media! Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are included as well.

    Key Features:

    • 35 pristine recordings in B-Format (FuMa) & Stereo (14GB)
    • Over 3 hours of immersive Chicago ambiences
    • Average recording length of 6 minutes
    • Diverse Chicago atmospheres: Including streets, parks, & subways
    • 24-bit/96kHz broadcast .wav files
    • SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products: Gives you full control over “virtual microphone” position and polar patterns
    • 100% Royalty-Free

    Notes:

    • Your DAW must support Quad (4-channel) tracks in order to use SurroundZone2 plug-in.
  • RAW CELLO FX features manipulated and mangled cello sound effects designed to provide the full character of the instrument and harmonic richness in order to create a completely unique set of organic samples between music and noise, intimate and vivid bold sounds expanding new possibilities out of this instrument.

    Different techniques and less-than-conventional microphone placement have been used to create gorgeous harmonics and a wide array of interesting sounds. We “played” with fingers and hands, different bows against the strings, objects and kitchen utensils, bowing, scraping or hitting single and multiple strings or parts of the wood body. 

    The collection features designed hits, bow, crescendo, screech, woosh, swell, bonus fx folder and is ready for trailer and soundtrack projects.

     

     

  • This is a collection of old and modern doors.

    The collection includes wood doors , glass doors and metal doors recorded in an old theater , a cottage and an appartment.
    There are 124 files of slamming doors, doors opening and closing, creaking doors, doors handles and locks.

 
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