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Welcome to The A Sound Effect Podcast
– the world’s first podcast dedicated to sound effects


 

I’m really happy to present The A Sound Effect Podcast, a brand new podcast dedicated to sound effects. Co-hosting the podcast with me is Christian Hagelskjær from Hzandbits, and together, we’ll be looking into what’s happening in the independent sound effect community, unearthing the inside-stories behind the latest SFX libraries – and highlighting some of the great new SFX releases that are coming out.

Hope you enjoy it!

Best wishes,
– Asbjoern

Where to find the A Sound Effect Podcast:

 

You can find the A Sound Effect Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and SoundCloud
 

The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 6:
Soundly Strikes Again!

In this episode we give you an in-depth interview with Peder Jorgensen and Christian Schaanning from Soundly, on the story behind the groundbreaking Soundly platform (and the brand new version 2). Co-host Christian From Hagelskjaer also takes you on a sonic journey to Sri Lanka.

Here’s what’s in this episode (with starting times):

01:03 — New independent sound effects: We take a listen to some of the many interesting SFX releases that have come out

04:43 — Soundly Strikes Again: Interview with Peder Jorgensen and Christian Schaanning from Soundly, on their groundbreaking sound effects platform

31:43 — A sonic journey to Sri Lanka: Christian Hagelskjaer From takes you on an aural trip to Sri Lanka

Hear the sixth episode below:

Sound effects libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • Cars Chevrolet Berretta, 1990 Play Track 68+ sounds included, 54+ mins total $69

    Regular everyday cars are part of any working sound designer’s toolbox. Vehicles with some character but nothing that calls too much attention to itself. This 1990 Chevrolet Berretta is one of those cars:

    It’s got a little oomph when the engine revs up and still maintains presence at low speeds. It works great for taxi cabs, police cruisers or regular sedans.

    This collection will give you a proper amount of coverage at a variety of speeds including by’s, start & aways, up & stops, 3 point turns, onboards (engine/tailpipe) as well as some character doors (interior and exterior), and switches.

    Add to cart
  • Drones & Moods DARK Play Track 15+ sounds included, 30 mins total $15

    ‘DARK’ by Badlands Sound delivers you 15 scary, ominous dark drones that will add an added layer to terrify the audience. You will hear low-end rumbles, sinister drones, creepy atmospheres and more! This sound library includes 15 high-quality 96k / 24-bit dark drones. All audio files are two minutes long subtly changing over time.

    Add to cart
  • Animals & Creatures Fun Monsters Play Track 2000+ sounds included $49

    The “Fun Monsters” library is a vocal collection of 18 cute little monsters.

    It comprises 2000+ non-textual vocalizations with variations of actions and emotions recorded by voice actors – all carefully edited, classified, thoroughly metatagged.

    The sounds are suitable for cartoons, games, and any projects featuring cute funny characters! It is delivered in 192Khz which allows for additional pitch and treatments.

    Gear used: Neumann TLM170R, Sanken Co-100k, Sound Devices 788T, Sennheiser MKH8090

    Add to cart
  • Fabric Scratches Play Track 700 sounds included $59

    Scratches library is a comprehensive library of 700 recordings of scrapes, cuts, scuffs, peelings and rubs. This high-quality collection of versatile sounds will make skin crawl and hairs stand on end.

    The idea behind this project was to gather a wide assortment of objects like saws, scissors and chalks, and to record their acoustic interaction with surfaces such as wood, glass, metal, concrete and gravel. We even came to vandalize a few musical instruments (snare drums, oriental percussions, cymbals and more) with hammers and knives in order to capture weird noises and unique musical qualities.

    If you want to get an insight into how we created Scratches library, head over to our blog here

    Add to cart

The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 5:
Extreme Sound Effects!

Go behind the scenes on the making of an extreme sound effects library: Recordist Stosh Tuszynski shares how he created ‘Thermal Flux’, an impressive sound library that captures the sounds of extreme temperature reactions – with materials ranging from a freezing -119°F to a fiery 1900°F!

Here’s what’s in this episode (with starting times):

01:00 — New independent sound effects: We take a listen to some of the many interesting SFX releases that have come out

04:40 — Creating extreme sound effects: Interview with Stosh Tuszynski on the making of the extreme (and extremely impressive) ‘Thermal Flux’ sound effects library

Hear the fifth episode below:


Sound effects libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • City Life Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle Play Track 753+ sounds included $299

    The Complete Amusement Park Sound Effects Bundle includes two sound libraries featuring various amusement rides, roller coaster pass bys with and without screaming, amusement park ambiences, and more.

    Most sounds were recorded with LCR (Left, Center, Right) microphone setup with a tracking handheld mono shotgun microphone. Stereo downmixes are included for extra convenience.

    If you are searching for high-quality amusement park sound effects library with a lot of useful content, this is the bundle for you.

    The Bundle includes:

    ROLLER COASTER SOUND BUILDER

    The world’s first roller coaster sound effects library.

    • 5 roller coasters
    • Multi-microphone
    • Pass by & onboard
    • 10.3 gigabytes
    More details about this library

    AMUSEMENT RIDES & AMBIENCES SOUND EFFECTS

    Multichannel amusement park rides & ambiences sound effects library.

    • 8 amusement rides
    • Amusement park ambiences
    • 5.4 gigabytes
    More details about this library

    Add to cart
  • Genres Future Weapons 3 Play Track 755+ sounds included $99

    The Future Weapons sci-fi sound effects series is back with our newest and most cutting edge library yet: Future Weapons 3. We made this one huge, both in size and scope. In fact, since we are concluding the Future Weapons series, we wanted to do it with a bang, so we made this one the biggest of the 3! It has over 29 weapons and categories! Future Weapons 3 was created by SoundMorph in collaboration with Nikolay Semenov and Vedran Kapetinic.

    Future Weapons 3 features more than 750+ files, 1.2 GB of 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata.

    Future Weapons 3 includes the follwoing weapons and categories:

    Acid Hand Gun – Anti-Tank Rifle – Assault Riffle – Assault Riffle Collection – Big Acid Gun – Big Plasma Gun – Bio Weapons – Blaster -Blaster 2 – Crossbow – Grenade Launcher – Grenade Launcher 2 – Laser Canon – Laser Hand Gun – Laser Submachine Gun – Loading FX – Machine Guns – Plasma Hand Gun – Rocket Launchers – Scanners and Shields – Shotgun – Sniper Rifle- Sniper Rifle 2 – Source Sound Accessories – Submachine Gun – Submachine Gun 2 – Venom Spitter
    Add to cart
  • Foley Huge Hidden Passages Play Track Up to 1727+ sounds included From: $70

    Huge Hidden Passages takes you from the depths of the jungle, to the entrance of a temple, and behind the thick walls of a castle to discover a buried pyramid – and beyond. Some of passages will be hidden to your eyes, but we offer you the sonic keys of those closed passages. The library is the final installment in the World Of Secrets series.

    Available in two versions, and a bundle:

    Huge Hidden Passages – Designed

    A ready-made collection of elements designed for your mysterious access. All designed elements have separated layers (sorted by textures) to give you the possibility to construct your own.


    Specs: 187 .WAV files, 1.07 GB
    Recorded with: 744T + EAA Micromix • Schoeps MS Couple • KM 82i Neuman • 2 KM 184 Neuman • DPA 4060 • Barcus berry contact mic
    Huge Hidden Passages – Toolbox

    An incredible toolbox, issued from a year of recording and sound design. Versatile, dense, pitchable.


    Specs: 1540 .WAV files, 10.43 GB
    Recorded with: 744T + EAA Micromix • Schoeps MS Couple • KM 82i Neuman • 2 KM 184 Neuman • Sennheiser MD 441 • DPA 4060 • Barcus berry contact mic
    Huge Hidden Passages – Complete Bundle

    Get both the Toolbox and Designed packs, at a special price.


    Specs: 1727 .WAV files, 11.05 GB
    Recorded with: 744T + EAA Micromix • Schoeps MS Couple • KM 82i Neuman • 2 KM 184 Neuman • DPA 4060 • Sennheiser MD 441 • Barcus berry contact mic

    All packs contain stereo & mono, 192 / 96 kHz, 24 bit files.

  • Environments Medieval Life Play Track 500+ sounds included From: $119

    Are you creating a world as vast as Game of Thrones – with all the courtyards and marketplaces to boot? Then you need the ‘Medieval Life – Designed’ sound library. This collection has over 50 designed and ready-to-use medieval ambiences of life as a peasant, farmer, King’s guard, thief and more, all in stereo and 5.0 Surround. Also available is the ‘Medieval Life – Construction Kit’ that features sounds of farm animals, chopping wood, church bells, rattling chains, blacksmiths hammering, etc. to help bring your medieval or fantasy soundscapes to life! You can also get both in a bundle. Who says going back to the Dark Ages is a bad thing?

    Version overview:

    MEDIEVAL LIFE DESIGNED – STEREO & SURROUND

    MEDIEVAL LIFE DESIGNED gets you 50+ ready-to-use, completely pre-designed medieval places like campsites, construction sites, farmyards, courtyards and market places. All of them in different sizes, multiple variations and long enough to loop them without sounding repetitive. What, you have a surround environment? We got you covered. All sounds come in stereo and 5.0 surround.
    The Middle Ages is one of these eras that can give our imagination wings like no other. With this collection you can achieve this. Just drag and drop the MEDIEVAL LIFE – DESIGNED sounds in your project and let everybody feel the vivid atmosphere of the dark age.

    KEY FEATURES
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • High quality medieval background soundscapes
    • 50+ royalty free state-of-the-art sound FX
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata

    MEDIEVAL LIFE – CONSTRUCTION KIT

    MEDIEVAL LIFE – CONSTRUCTION KIT is a real treasure when it comes to quickly designing the background ambience of a movie or game scene. As the sounds are meant to create a convincing background soundscape, the source sounds were recorded in distance to the microphone to capture the original medieval environments and to provide you with a nice open room environment right from the start without having to add complex synthetic reverb or impulse responses.

    Most of the sounds were recorded in authentic medieval environments in Germany. We went out to visit medieval heritage sites like ruins and castles. For the market place recordings we went to farmers markets around the cathedral in Mainz, Germany that was built around 975 A.D. A perfect place to capture the spirit of medieval market places.
    On our trip we recorded the hard life of people living in this era. We recorded medieval farm sounds like animals, mechanics of old tools, hurly-burly on marketplaces, blacksmiths hammering metal and working with wood, church bells, voices and a lot more.

    MEDIEVAL LIFE – CONSTRUCTION KIT with hundreds of single stereo source sounds from the categories ACTION, CRAFT, ANIMAL, WORK, VOICE, MECHANIC as well as hundreds of LOCATION recordings (some of them in Stereo and 5.0 Surround sound) has a size of more than 34GB. All files come in 96kHz/24bit HD sound quality.
    Inspire your audience with the unmistakable sound of the life in the Middle Ages.

    KEY FEATURES
    • Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
    • 45+ GB High quality sound FX
    • ACTIONS, ANIMALS, LOCATIONS, CRAFTS, MECHANICS, VOCALS and more
    • Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata


    MEDIEVAL LIFE – BUNDLE

    The MEDIEVAL LIFE – BUNDLE gets you both the DESIGNED and CONSTRUCTION KIT versions, at a special discount



The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 4:
Incredible Creature Stomps and SFX Creation

Here’s what’s in this episode (with starting times):

01:27 — New independent sound effects: We take a listen to just a few of the many (many!) interesting new SFX releases that have come out recently

04:44 — Creating a unique creature stomps library: We’ve got an exclusive interview with Michel Marchant, creator of the massive ‘STOMPS – Creature Sounds’ SFX library which is causing quite a stir at the moment

22:54 — The story behind Sound Ex Machina: Kostas Loukovikas, founder of Sound Ex Machina, shares his creative process in the studio and in the field – and the story behind a field recording trip that took a VERY unexpected turn

36:38 — Creative approaches to field recording: Co-host Christian Hagelskjaer shares his approach to field recording – and how to plan it

Hear the fourth episode below:


Sound effects libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • Ambisonics Ambisonic Steam Trains Play Track 55+ sounds included, 218 mins total From: $45

    Ambisonic Steam Trains features recordings of 3 different narrow-gauge railways in Saxony/Germany where they meander through narrow valleys and bends.
    The library includes more than 3.5 hours of recordings that are taken directly at the train drivers position in the cabin as well as from wagon platforms and passenger seats.
    Also recordings of train pass-bys, shunting and service operations in the depot are included.
    With the Ambisonic format it is guaranteed that the acoustically rich and diversified surroundings of steam trains in action are captured spherical in each and every detail.

    Ambisonic Steam Trains is available in two versions:
    Ambisonic and Stereo

    The Ambisonic version delivers 4 channel A-Format files recorded with the Ambeo VR microphone in upright position.
    These files need conversion to B Format prior to further processing.

    The Stereo version contains the same number of files with equal playing length, but, as the name suggestions, only in stereo versions. All takes are already decoded to 180° stereo that can be manipulated with any stereo width plugin.

    About Ambisonics:

    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library – and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the included A-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.

  • Environments Castles Play Track 243 sounds included, 213 mins total From: $136

    Sounds for the Castles library were collected in four castles – museums (medieval, renaissance and baroque) in southern Poland. My intention was to record sounds of old doors, furniture and every interesting prop I could find, in authentic acoustic environment. Some of the spaces were very reverberant, some just have a bit of ambience, but all are authentic and add specific colouration to sounds. Also, part of the sounds was recorded outside.

    As always, visiting those places, I found many interesting characterful objects – most of them are heavy wooden or metal. So expect a lot of creaks and squeaks. Where I could, I recorded variations and versions from different POVs.

    Another important part of the library are Background Activities.
    Editing sound for films, I always find myself in need for adding some background life to scenes. We all love great foley, but having isolated background activities recorded in real spaces adds another level of realism. So wherever I found interesting spaces, we performed some activities and movements on old stone or wooden floors.

    It’s not supposed to substitute foley, syncing it step by step. But it will help to create separate layer of atmospheres.

    We also found medieval Torture Chamber, which inspired us to record some of the tools, distant movements of chains etc. but also some screams, all with real dungeon reverb.

    Sounds recorded in locations such as:
    An armoury • blacksmiths • cellar • chamber • chapel • corridor • courtyard • dungeon • gothic hall • hallway • stairwell • torture chamber • tower

    Objects and activities include:
    A chest • chain • crate • door • floor • footsteps • handle • locks • metal objects • movement • stone • tool • trapdoor • window • wooden objects

    Sound categories:
    Doors – 145 files • BG Activities – 49 files • Props – 20 files • Furniture – 16 files • Screams – 12 files

    Note:
    You can also get this library along with the Old Cottages library – at a special bundle price. Choose your preferred version below.
  • Animals & Creatures STOMPS – Creature Footsteps Play Track 8500+ sounds included From: $299

    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.

The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 4:
Incredible Creature Stomps and SFX Creation

Here’s what’s in this episode (with starting times):

01:27 — New independent sound effects: We take a listen to just a few of the many (many!) interesting new SFX releases that have come out recently

04:44 — Creating a unique creature stomps library: We’ve got an exclusive interview with Michel Marchant, creator of the massive ‘STOMPS – Creature Sounds’ SFX library which is causing quite a stir at the moment

22:54 — The story behind Sound Ex Machina: Kostas Loukovikas, founder of Sound Ex Machina, shares his creative process in the studio and in the field – and the story behind a field recording trip that took a VERY unexpected turn

36:38 — Creative approaches to field recording: Co-host Christian Hagelskjaer shares his approach to field recording – and how to plan it

Hear the fourth episode below:


Sound effects libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • Ambisonics Ambisonic Steam Trains Play Track 55+ sounds included, 218 mins total From: $45

    Ambisonic Steam Trains features recordings of 3 different narrow-gauge railways in Saxony/Germany where they meander through narrow valleys and bends.
    The library includes more than 3.5 hours of recordings that are taken directly at the train drivers position in the cabin as well as from wagon platforms and passenger seats.
    Also recordings of train pass-bys, shunting and service operations in the depot are included.
    With the Ambisonic format it is guaranteed that the acoustically rich and diversified surroundings of steam trains in action are captured spherical in each and every detail.

    Ambisonic Steam Trains is available in two versions:
    Ambisonic and Stereo

    The Ambisonic version delivers 4 channel A-Format files recorded with the Ambeo VR microphone in upright position.
    These files need conversion to B Format prior to further processing.

    The Stereo version contains the same number of files with equal playing length, but, as the name suggestions, only in stereo versions. All takes are already decoded to 180° stereo that can be manipulated with any stereo width plugin.

    About Ambisonics:

    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library – and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the included A-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.

  • Environments Castles Play Track 243 sounds included, 213 mins total From: $136

    Sounds for the Castles library were collected in four castles – museums (medieval, renaissance and baroque) in southern Poland. My intention was to record sounds of old doors, furniture and every interesting prop I could find, in authentic acoustic environment. Some of the spaces were very reverberant, some just have a bit of ambience, but all are authentic and add specific colouration to sounds. Also, part of the sounds was recorded outside.

    As always, visiting those places, I found many interesting characterful objects – most of them are heavy wooden or metal. So expect a lot of creaks and squeaks. Where I could, I recorded variations and versions from different POVs.

    Another important part of the library are Background Activities.
    Editing sound for films, I always find myself in need for adding some background life to scenes. We all love great foley, but having isolated background activities recorded in real spaces adds another level of realism. So wherever I found interesting spaces, we performed some activities and movements on old stone or wooden floors.

    It’s not supposed to substitute foley, syncing it step by step. But it will help to create separate layer of atmospheres.

    We also found medieval Torture Chamber, which inspired us to record some of the tools, distant movements of chains etc. but also some screams, all with real dungeon reverb.

    Sounds recorded in locations such as:
    An armoury • blacksmiths • cellar • chamber • chapel • corridor • courtyard • dungeon • gothic hall • hallway • stairwell • torture chamber • tower

    Objects and activities include:
    A chest • chain • crate • door • floor • footsteps • handle • locks • metal objects • movement • stone • tool • trapdoor • window • wooden objects

    Sound categories:
    Doors – 145 files • BG Activities – 49 files • Props – 20 files • Furniture – 16 files • Screams – 12 files

    Note:
    You can also get this library along with the Old Cottages library – at a special bundle price. Choose your preferred version below.
  • Animals & Creatures STOMPS – Creature Footsteps Play Track 8500+ sounds included From: $299

    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.

 

The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 3: The indie sound effects explosion!

Here’s what’s in this episode:

New independent sound effects: We take a listen to some of the interesting new releases that have come out since the last episode (and wow, there were quite a few to pick from!)

The indie sound effects explosion: Paul Virostek, recordist, SFX creator and author, returns with a look at independent sound effects. The indie SFX scene has exploded in the year since we last had him on the podcast, and here are his thoughts on what’s new, what excites him in indie SFX right now – and how to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.

The sounds of Crete: Christian went on a trip to Crete, Greece, managed to capture a lot of interesting sounds for this travel montage – and learned a few lessons along the way :)

Hear the third episode below:


Sound effects libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • Animals & Creatures African Wildlife Play Track 363+ sounds included, 154 mins total $149

    African Wildlife is an utterly unique collection of pristine wildlife and nature sounds, recorded in the wilderness of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia over a period of 4 months, 2015. It comes in four categories, covering Mammals, Birds, Ambience and Insects recordings.

    It features animals such as elephant, baboon, jackal, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippo, impala, zebra, bat and hyena, as well as insects and 45 species of birds. 50 minutes of ambience recordings are also included.

    The diversity of African wildlife sounds is widely reflected in this library, with the material including but not limited to screaming, barking, growling, roaring, breathing, grunting, feeding, hooting, warbling, screeching, farting, guffawing, whooping, gurgling, rutting, yapping, snorting, tweeting, trumpeting, chattering and squeaking.

    Extensive metadata including detailed information on location, species, habitat, behaviour and usage is included, formatted for Soundminer. Metadata sheets in .xls and .csv formats are also provided.

    Recording equipment: Sennheiser MKH8040-ST (ORTF) / Sony D100 / Telinga MK2 / Sound Devices USBPre2 / Tascam DR-680

    Add to cart
  • Industrial Big Machines Play Track 43+ sounds included $79

    The collection consists of 43 stereo recordings of 12 rare, industrial machines used many decades ago in German power plants and industrial sites. It includes the sounds of massive 10KV power switches, a Siemens exciter machine (power generator) built in 1945 and many other vintage machines.

    All machines were recorded in isolation without background noise and at high sample rates (192 kHz / 24 bit) with a Sound Devices 633 recorder and the Sennheiser MKH 8040 Microphones in close ORTF, taking full advantage of the extended frequency range (30 – 50000 Hz) of the microphones. Some machines were additionally recorded with a stereo setup of Barcus Berry 4000 series contact mics.

    The following 12 machines were recorded
    – some in multiple takes:

    • Ash breaker
    • Ash blower
    • Coal dispatcher
    • Siemens exciter machine
    • Gas turbine model
    • Motorized throttle-Flap
    • Oil atomizer
    • Pneumatic power switch
    • 10KV power switch
    • Rotation motor
    • Manual steam machine

     

    Add to cart
  • Materials & Texture rOtation Play Track 182+ sounds included $45

    rOtation is a sound effects library built for sound design centered around things that spin. It contains nearly 200 exceptional sounds and is the first of its kind. If you’re looking for brand new sound design source material, rOtation is the ticket.

    Several months of research and recording has led to this very unique collection. It’s props range from ball bearings to trash cans; magnets to fireworks; water to nuts – all in the realm of rotation.

    It contains sounds of things that have never been included in a sound effects library before: The sound of a Euler’s Disk speeding up exponentially fast – the whir and chatter of Hurricane balls spinning to 5000+ RPM – Nuts and quarters zipping and buzzing by in a rumbling balloon – The power of neodymium magnets bending the tones of vibrating glass.

    Add to cart
  • Human Swordfighter Play Track 479 sounds included $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.

    20 %
    OFF
    Add to cart

 

The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 2: Behind the Sound of BOOM – and Tokyo!

Here’s what’s in this episode:


New independent sound effects: First off, I’m highlighting a few of the interesting independent sound effect libraries that have come out recently.

Behind the sound of the BOOM library: I got the opportunity to speak with Axel Rohrbach & Michael Schwendler, two talented recordists and sound designers from the BOOM library in Germany. They do some incredibly well-crafted sound effect libraries, and in the interview, they share the surprising stories behind some of their most popular libraries, the creative work that goes into making them – and what’s ahead for the team.

The Sounds Of Tokyo: Since the 1st episode, Christian has been on a trip to Tokyo – armed with his trusty recording gear – and has put together a montage that highlights the contrasting and interesting sounds of this huge city, peppered with some insights on field recording in general. I found it to be a really enjoyable and atmospheric listen, and I hope you’re going to like it too.
 

Hear the second episode below:

Sound effect libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • Foley Footsteps One Play Track 1800+ sounds included $20

    If you're after high quality footsteps sounds on unique surfaces, this library is for you: ‘Footsteps One’ is the first library of the series aimed at providing exciting and unique footstep sounds for your next project. All the sounds were recorded in quiet remote locations in Northern Finland.

    Surfaces included:

    Forest Plain • Frozen Stairs • Grass • Gravel • Pine Needle Ground • Snow Deep • Snow Packed • Snow Scrapes • Wood Scrap

    Each surface comes with walk, scuff and stomp sounds with a lot of variations. Also included is bonus material like frozen stairs walk and snowscrapes recorded at various lengths.

    You get the sounds in two formats: 96 KHz 24 bit and in 44.1 KHz 16 bit, for more convenient ways of utilizing the sounds in games and other media.

    Don’t forget to check out the ‘Footsteps Bundle’ which gives you both of the libraries with a special bundle discount price!

    Add to cart
  • Foley Gateway – Part 1, 2 & 3 Play Track 600-3200+ sounds included From: $30 From: $27

    Tired of those same old door knobs and hinge squeaks that you hear in every single game, film and TV show? Well, Gateway aims to remedy that issue while providing you with a brand new palette of sounds.

    Gateway comes packed with doors, doors and more doors! Low end, high end, slow horror creaks and squeaks, huge slams and impacts, tiny compartment doors.

    The Gateway family now includes the just-released Gateway Part 3, with more than 1400 new sounds.

    Doors, gates, overhead rollups, cabinets, closets, drawers, garage doors, fireplaces, sheds, you name it!

    Latches and knobs, wrought iron and chain link! Metal, wood, glass and MORE! All of these doors were acoustically captured in the real world. You won’t find anything synthesized here!

    Did we mention doors? Yeah, Gateway has those too.

    Gateway Part 1 features 675 files, 1200+ sounds

    Gateway Part 2 features 365 files, 600+ sounds

    Gateway Part 3 features 772 files, 1400+ sounds

    The Gateway 1-3 Bundle features 1812 files, 3200+ sounds

    Special offer:Do you already have Gateway Part 1 or 2? Send a message here for a special upgrade offer for part 3.

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  • Weapons Rifles & Pistols of The World Wars Play Track 587+ sounds included $159

    Get the sounds of 12 authentic weapons from both World War 1 and World War 2, captured by recording specialist Watson Wu. A total of 587 files are included – 107 foley sounds and 480 firing sounds.
     

    Weapons included:
     
    Rifles:

    Enfield • M1 Carbine • M1 Garand • Mauser • Mosin Nagant – long • Mosin Nagant – short

    Pistols & revolvers:

    British Webley Revolver • Colt 1911 Pistol • German Luger Pistol • Smith & Wesson 1915 Revolver • Smith & Wesson 1917 Revolver • Walther PKK Pistol


     
    Each complete weapon set includes close, medium, far and incoming stereo perspectives.

    All the weapons are authentic, the gunpowder is real and 100s of rounds were sent downrange to get you these powerful weapon sounds from the World Wars.

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  • Destruction & Impact Sinematic Neon Expansion Play Track 300+ sounds included $49

    If you're looking for cinematic SFX, here's the follow-up to the wildly popular Sinematic sound library from SoundMorph: This Neon Expansion pack focuses on avant-garde cinematic sounds including synthesized impacts, static glitched hits, mechanical mechanisms, cyber & biotech hits, motion graphic sound glitches and passbys, organic slams and electronic punches. Perfect for adding punch to your projects – and a heads up: These sounds go extremely well with visuals!

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The A Sound Effect Podcast Episode 1: The state of independent sound effects

In this very first episode, we’re talking with Paul Virostek from Airborne Sound, for a bird’s eye view of the state of independent sound effects, and why indie SFX are so useful. We’re also highlighting four very interesting sound libraries from the community. The interview with Paul starts around 10 minutes in.

 

Sound effect libraries highlighted in this episode:

  • Drones & Moods Cinematic Darkness – Bundle Play Track 2000+ sounds included $249

    We enter the next round of absolutely striking new SFX! CINEMATIC DARKNESS is the fourth release in our grand CINEMATIC series and is absolutely no less exciting than its predecessors: dirty BLASTS, scary DRONES, digital GLITCHES, synthetic SCREAMS, disturbing STUTTERS, creepy NOISE – the list continues as we have packed more than 15 GB of high-quality SFX into this collection.

    CINEMATIC DARKNESS has been co-produced with sound designer Sebastian Johnson who left his footprints in the world of sound design starting in the 90s with the first commercial library for the Waldorf Microwave and sound design for Ensoniq, Clavia, DSI, and recently for more than 40 blockbuster trailers in the last 4 years such as Gravity, World War Z, Godzilla, Maleficient, The Hobbit, Transcendence, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Resident Evil 5, Star Trek & much more!

    Our new library comes all nasty, disturbing & unsettling. It’ll shake you to the core & without a doubt it will power your next project. Evil, murky, harsh, synthetic and edgy are only a few characteristics of CINEMATIC DARKNESS. You have the possibility to customize this collection to your very own needs: the CONSTRUCTION KIT offers you high-quality source recordings to be creatively processed, while the DESIGNED version comes in handy with pre-designed, “ready-to-use” sounds, ideal for time-scarce projects. CINEMATIC DARKNESS is the next generation of evil SFX – add a wicked new tone to your sound pool!

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  • Kontakt Instruments and SFX Packs MaK (Mouse & Keyboard) Play Track 1800 sounds included $25

    MaK is a Kontakt instrument which replicates the sounds of a person using various computer keyboards, mice, or touchscreen devices. This allows you to very quickly perform the foley of using one of these devices via midi.

    There are 15 devices available in MaK: 5 Keyboards, 5 Mice, 2 Touchscreens, and 3 digital keyboards. Each of these devices has been meticulously recorded at a number of different velocities for a very realistic playback performance.

    The majority of the devices have 5 velocity layers; from soft to hard. Each of these velocity layers have 32 different samples: 16 for the press sound, and 16 for the release sounds of each device. That’s 160 samples per device! MaK will randomly trigger press and release samples for each layer based on the velocity you play the notes. Easy to use controls allow you to adjust additional layers of randomness in both velocity and pitch. All of this adds up to realistic devices, and convincing performance. This library requires the full version of NI Kontakt (not included)

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  • Environments SEASIDE Play Track 16 sounds included, 50 mins total $16

    Get the sounds of the sea – captured at different beaches along the Japan coast and the French Normandy coast. Recorded at the marina, pier, harbor, bridges and beaches, the SEASIDE library delivers around 50 minutes of waves, water, seagulls and more. All recordings are AB ORTF stereo, and there's a mono center added in some cases to deliver a LCR format.

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  • Environments Yellowstone Play Track 120 sounds included, 238 mins total $50

    Yellowstone is a unique sound effect library created by renowned sound supervisor and SFX editor Tim Nielsen, featuring giant geysers, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, hot springs, water streams and much more.

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THE WORLD’S EASIEST WAY TO GET INDEPENDENT SOUND EFFECTS:
 
A Sound Effect gives you easy access to an absolutely huge sound effects catalog from a myriad of independent sound creators, all covered by one license agreement - a few highlights:
 
 
  • Ambisonics Ambisonic Overview: ALASKA Play Track 66 sounds included, 299 mins total $70

    For this sound effects library, we traveled across Alaska, from the extreme north to the south coast to capture the spirit of these nordic and wild landscapes: Boreal forests, arctic and alpin tundras, glaciers, rivers, and lakes.

    Here the soundscapes reflect the extreme weather conditions: Silent ambiances punctuated by the elements: Wind, snow, rain, serving the erosion.

    In this wilderness, animals remain discreet. We had the chance to capture many birds with our microphones: Owls, ducks, seagulls, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, common ravens, migratory birds, and many other species – and a few other animals: Hoary marmots, arctic marmots, squirrels and moose.

    -The sound bank contains 66 sound takes recorded in ambisonic at 24/96khZ (a total of 330 files).

    here is an exemple of an ambisonic recording embeded in a 360° movie (go on youtube to listen the 360° sound) :

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  • Whooshes Airy Whooshes Play Track 409 sounds included $29

    Over 400 focused sound design accents of airy swooshes, subtle swipes, thin whooshes, and breathy fly-ins.

    This collection features:

    • Each clip is trimmed into its own file.
    • Available in multiple pitches and speeds.
    • Meticulously named and organized in both metadata and folder classification.
    • Includes 18+ fields of professional Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS Finder metadata.
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  • Environments Mountain Streams & Rivers Collection Play Track 100 sounds included, 273 mins total $45

    This library has a unique selection of streams and rivers sounds, recorded and edited with the utmost care in the one of the most beautiful places in the world, the French Alps.

    Includes 100 files recorded in many different places situated in the heart of the Mercantour National Park and the Ecrins National Park, for a total of more than four and a half hours of recording. This work was done over five months, from the end of the winter ( by the time the snow had melted ) until the end of the summer.

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    All recordings have been made early in the morning, between 5 and 8 a.m, resulting in extremely clean recordings with no man-made noise pollution. The majority of sounds has been recorded from a close perspective for beautiful details with four different recording methods :

    Includes embedded Soundminer metadata.

     Get The FREE Mini Pack Here ( 386,8 MB )


             

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Latest sound effects libraries:
 
  • Helicopters Agusta A109 Play Track 243 sounds included $159

    The Agusta A109 sound fx library features 243 clips in 12.22 gigabytes from an Italian
    military helicopter. This collection includes recordings from 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206C Turboshaft engines with 418 kW (561 hp) each, recorded during a military exercise.

    A total of 22 exterior perspectives capture the sound of this helicopter in 14 takes.
    Microphones arranged at the front, side, and behind record idling, departing, and
    arriving. A range of low to high turbine and rotor RPMs are captured in stationary idles.

    Each sound is embedded with Soundminer metadata. The collection is also bundled
    with Reaper and Pro Tools sessions that arrange each take for easy editing and mixing.

  • Destruction & Impact Pirate Game Sounds Play Track 136 sounds included, 9 mins total $19.99 $14.99

    136 high-quality sound effects specially crafted to help you put sound to your pirate game.

     
    They are divided in:

    – Battle (Cannon shoots, impacts on ships and water, sword hits and wounds)

    – Player sounds (eating, drinking, walking)

    – Foleys (map sounds, hoist sail, repairing ship, dig, tavern sounds, chest sounds)

    – Voice (emotions like laughs, shouts, affirmations)

    – Ambiences (Tavern ambient, ship ambient, ocean waves ambient)

     
    More about the pack:

    – Intuitive file naming.

    – All you’ll ever need regarding pirate game sounds.

    – It also contains 2 pieces of music: A tavern song and a fanfare.

     

    [Use them again & again]

    Use the sound effects over and over, in any of your projects or productions, forever without any additional fees or royalties. Use the SFX in your game, in your trailer, in a Kickstarter campaign, wherever you need to, as much as you want to.

     

    [Professional audio services]

    For custom music, sound design, sound engineering or any other game audio services, please send a mail to: audioalchemiststore@gmail.com

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  • The only audio library of its kind on the market, this massive sound pack is designed to go above and beyond in rewarding our customers, offering unprecedented value to your players! Unlock the forbidden magic of Halloween with this truly unique collection of spooky sound effects and music. Each sound is handcrafted and optimized to be the perfect addition to your slot game and is the only Halloween slots library you’ll ever need!

    FOR ANY SCARY THEMED OCCASION

    Transform your project with hundreds of incredibly versatile sounds and voice-overs for ZOMBIES, MONSTERS, WITCHES, GHOSTS, DEVILS, DRACULA VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, CREEPY CLOCKS, GHOSTS, BATS, and EVIL LAUGHTER! Not to mention the highest quality spooky Halloween music you’ll need, with SOUND AMBIENCE BACKGROUND LOOPS for interior and exterior environments! This pack’s audio covers a diverse collection of themes and styles — for cartoons, blood-curdling horror, upbeat loops, engaging short stings, stripped back background loops, and more!

    FOR ANY SLOT GAME SOUNDS

    Any sound needed for a slot game user interface is included, such as button sounds, bet high and bet low sounds, minimum and maximum selection sounds, notifications, triggers, reveals, reel spin starts, reel spin loops, hums and whooshes, simple and special anticipation reel stop sounds, win payout tune rollups, coin sounds, spooky symbol sounds, anticipation-building wind-ups, sounds for summaries and transitions, and more! Whether your slot game is physical or online, each asset has been painstakingly optimized to cut through the background chatter and immerse your players in the haunted horrors of Halloween like never before.

    INCREDIBLE EASE-OF-USE

    Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose 600 slot games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary sound pack!

    SPOOKY CASINO SLOT GAME SOUNDS at a Glance:

    • 300 Audio Files (150 original sounds) – all in High-Quality WAV and MP3 formats
    • 100+ Symbol Sounds, Buttons and other Interface Sounds, Reel Spin and Stops, Trigger Sounds, Selection and Reveal Sounds, and more!
    • 30 Music Loops, Stings, Numerous Variations and Edits, Win Tunes, Payouts and other Celebration Tunes + much more!
    • Ready to use – requires no editing, labeling or splicing. Categorized, organized and individually labeled files for maximum use efficiency
    • FREE Updates to higher versions, FOREVER!
    • BUY NOW in time to create an amazing project for Halloween!
  • Destruction & Impact The Eiravaein Collection Play Track 21,000+ sounds included, 3265 mins total $1,129 $790

    The Eiravaein Works total mix.

    This auditory omnibus includes all 30 of our individually released SFX libraries. Encompassing a tremendously diverse amount of content, topics, unique sources, designs, recording techniques, and channel formats, our complete collection provides you with over 2.25 days of professional audio assets.

    With the Eiravaein Collection, you will receive:

    48Kilos, Anarchy, BigBlock, Bunretsu, Burst, Crepitus, Dx, Epona, Flourish, Gravitas, Grit, Helinä, Ilmarinen, Jarred, Kieuk, Latchlocker, Meridian, Mouthy, Nocked, OutwardInversion, Parched, Start Select, Tubular, Unfathomed, Vaeya I, Vaeya II, Vaeya III, Vaeya IV, Wakey Wakey and Yvaine.

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  • Environments Assorted Water Play Track 82 sounds included $70

    Introducing ASSORTED WATER – A collection of graceful, pure water sound recordings.

    Each sound has been meticulously studied to ensure it is free of any blemishes or unnecessary background intrusions, such as wildlife, to make sure that the recordings can be used for any scene or environment with ease, maximizing efficiency and usability. Hear the results for yourself by taking a listen to the audio demo.

    This collection focuses on water flowing and falling, with categories such as water through a variety of drainpipes, hose nozzles, taps, storm drains and more. There is also a broad selection of smooth streams, raucous rivers, waterfalls and weirs. Also included is an array of often-useful rain recordings hitting mud, leaves, vehicles, umbrellas, plastic and other surfaces. Check out our sound sheet for the full list.

    All sounds are royalty free and equipped with comprehensive Soundminer metadata for rapid access.

    We are extremely proud of this collection and we hope you will enjoy using the sounds …we sure have been!
    Introducing ASSORTED WATER – A collection of graceful, pure water sound recordings.

    Each sound has been meticulously studied to ensure it is free of any blemishes or unnecessary background intrusions, such as wildlife, to make sure that the recordings can be used for any scene or environment with ease, maximizing efficiency and usability. Hear the results for yourself by taking a listen to the audio demo.

    This collection focuses on water flowing and falling, with categories such as water through a variety of drainpipes, hose nozzles, taps, storm drains and more. There is also a broad selection of smooth streams, raucous rivers, waterfalls and weirs. Also included is an array of often-useful rain recordings hitting mud, leaves, vehicles, umbrellas, plastic and other surfaces. Check out our sound sheet for the full list.

    All sounds are royalty free and equipped with comprehensive Soundminer metadata for rapid access.

    We are extremely proud of this collection and we hope you will enjoy using the sounds …we sure have been!

    KEY FEATURES
    • 96 kHz, 24 Bit mono/stereo WAVs
    • 82 individual SFX in 72 files
    • 6 GB of data
    • All WAVs include extensive embedded descriptive metadata
    KEY FEATURES
    • 96 kHz, 24 Bit mono/stereo WAVs
    • 82 individual SFX in 72 files
    • 6 GB of data
    • All WAVs include extensive embedded descriptive metadata

 
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