popular sound effects 2017 Asbjoern Andersen


Want to see what libraries have been dazzling sound designers this year? In no particular order, here are 14 libraries that have proven particularly popular in 2017:
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Polarity
 
  • Sci-Fi Polarity Play Track 975 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $90

    Polarity delivers more than 950 sounds of electricity, science and technology – captured in several locations around the world, from electricity museums to science labs. About 50% of the library is all about electricity, with various types of Jacob’s Ladders, Tesla Coils, Ruhmkorff lamp and all sorts of impactful bursts of energy.

    Then we go through welders, plasma spheres, 3D printers, starting to cover a more broad technology theme – like old phones, telegraphs, dynamo wheels, rotary dials, whirling watchers, alarm, lab centrifuges, something scientists call a roller and a rocker, servo sounds, neon lights, a wimshurst machine and sparklers.

    Many sounds in this section were captured from vintage equipment, from a 1928’s tram to old telephone switchboards, high voltage levers and control surfaces.

    All content was recorded at 192KHz with a Sanken CO100K, a couple of Sennheiser 8040 and a Neumann 81i, translating into final assets that have plenty of ultrasonic content, ready for the most extreme manipulation.

    Bonus: Two extra libraries included for free:
    This library also includes two additional releases from Mattia Cellotto - for free: Crunch Mode delivers 230 crunchy sounds made with a variety of vegetables, fresh bread, pizza crust and a selection of frozen goods. The Borax Experiment gets you 158 squishy, gory, slimy and gooey sounds.
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'Polarity' by Mattia Cellotto has sounds of electricity, science and technology. It has Jacob's Ladders, Tesla Coils, Ruhmkorff lamps, and other impacts and bursts of energy, as well as sounds of welding, plasma spheres, and 3D printers. It also has sounds of old phones, telegraphs, dynamo wheels, rotary dials, whirling watchers, alarms, lab centrifuges, roller rockers, servos, neon lights, a Wimshurst machine, sparklers - the list goes on! As an impressive collection with unique recordings, this one is one to check out!
 
Gateway – Part 1, 2 & 3
 
  • Foley Gateway – Part 1, 2 & 3 Play Track 600-3200+ sounds included From: $25

    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.

    Choose your preferred version below – or land some great savings by getting all three in one handy package!

'Gateway – Part 1, 2 & 3' by The Library by Empty Sea features three massive libraries, giving you all the door sounds you need! You'll get the creaks and knob sounds from entering sheds, offices, bathrooms, classrooms, stairways, aircraft hangars, and more. You'll also get sounds of opening cabinets, gates, compartments, mailboxes, refrigerators, dishwashers manhole covers... and with over 3,200 sounds, you know the list doesn't end there! Whether you're looking for your first door library or you already have an extensive collection, there is definitely something here you don't have.
 
Thermal Flux
 
  • Thermal Flux is a sound effects library formed by extreme temperature reactions. With materials ranging from -119°F to 1900°F all captured at 192kHz/24bit, it's a fiery (and icy) collection of unique sound design source material.

    In each recording, props with vast temperature differentials interact with each other… Red hot ball bearings vaporize liquids, melt ice, and destroy various household products. Extremely cold metal instantly freezes water. Molten metals and glass pour into water, groaning, chirping, and crackling, as they solidify. Dry ice causes coins to viciously chatter. Water beads bounce, whine, and buzz on blazing hot pans. White hot sand roars and erupts upon contact with water. All of this and more was recorded with mics capturing quality frequency information up to ~65kHz. This ultrasonic content allows for extreme pitch shifting without compromising fidelity.

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'Thermal Flux' by Collected Transients discovers extreme temperatures for an interesting collection of elemental sounds. Ranging from -119°F to 1900°F, you’ll hear molten metal and glass being poured into water, water beads falling on hot pans, dry ice interacting with coins, white hot sand hitting liquid, and more. Captured with multiple microphones, this library also gives you the perspectives you need from the designers’ curious minds and ears. For a thermodynamic library with plenty of experimental sounds to play with, check this one out.
 
Bullet Impacts
 
  • Destruction & Impact Bullet Impacts Play Track 320 sounds included
    Rated 4.00 out of 5
    $35

    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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What can be harder to acquire than gunshots? Sounds of where those bullets went! 'Bullet Impacts' by Diegetix Sound LLC solves this dilemma with over 300 pings, pops, dings, and cracks of rounds destroying their targets. You will find metallic hits on a car door, shattering wall debris, meaty thuds of a targeted body, and much more. You will also get ricochets, reverb tails, near-misses, and underwater pass-bys to create a convincing reality in your sound design. It's no wonder this library has been so popular!
 
Just Chains
 
  • Foley Just Chains Play Track 973 sounds included $35

    As you've probably guessed from the title, this SFX library is all about metal chain sound effects. Various sizes of chains were pulled, dropped, shaken, rattled, whipped, hung, dangled and jingled.

    These sounds could come in handy for a wide range of purposes like morning star swings / whips, coin ringing, chain metal armor movements, hoists, addons for footstep movements and many more.

    So if you're after any kind of metal chain sounds, this SFX library is one to get!

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'Just Chains' by SoundBits gets you nearly 1,000 sounds of chains ranging from small, metal links to large pulley systems. You'll hear jingles that are perfect for armor, heavy clicks of a winding drawbridge, swinging and whipping metal weaponry, rhythmic chained footsteps, and more! Each performance has from 21 to 162 takes, so you'll have enough consistency to design long scenes without repeating sounds. To hear what has convinced many others to invite this into their collection, give the demo a listen!
 
WINGS
 
  • Animals & Creatures WINGS Play Track 1444+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    From: $99

    We are extremely proud to present our first library, WINGS – a one-of-a-kind sound library.

    From tiny insects to small birds, from fairies to dragons, WINGS offers a creative palette with a diverse range of sounds to choose from.

    With over 1400 files (more than 4 GB for the 192 kHz version ) we’re confident you will find the perfect sound.

    When purchasing WINGS you get 2 packs, our Design category that includes 180 files and the Source category that offers more than 1200 sounds. Featuring the very best of our foley sessions.

    All single flaps have been careful edited, allowing for unique speed or rate adjustments.

    Pick your preferred version at the introductory prices below:

'WINGS' was the first library created by Bonson and they couldn't have compiled a better collection. Featuring 1,400 sounds of wings - from the tiniest of insects to fantastic dragons - this library will inspire the creatures you design for your project. These detailed recordings of carefully-crafted flaps offer variation in speed, proximity, and performance with sounds of landing, taking off, hovering, and flying frantically. Plus, the 192kHz sample rate and designed versions offer immediate use as well as flexibility. This collection of airborne travel will last you for projects to come!
 
Swordfighter
 
  • Human Swordfighter Play Track 479 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $25 $20

    Swordfighter is a robust package with sharp sounding swords, heaps of variations and all the extras you need to make a fight come alive. Build unique sword swings with various hits, swooshes, schings, different fighter vocals and impacts on various surfaces. All up there are 137 sword sounds, 93 surface impact sounds, 15 knife throwing sounds, 48 swooshes and 180 fighter vocals.

    This version includes two sub-folders: one optimised for a film & TV workflow and the other optimised for video games workflow. Plus a few bonus sounds of a charging army.

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'Swordfighter' by Squeaky Fish doesn't hold back in its sword-swinging warrior action. This library has 180 vocals of male and female fighters giving it all for the Queen, both as lone soldiers and as a mighty horde. It has swooshing, slicing sword action, as well as sounds of the weapons being dropped, drawn, sheathed, and more. It also features sounds of knife-throwing, surface impacts, and two separate folders optimized for film/TV and game development. This well-rounded library is a no-brainer for your collection, and it deserves its admiration.
 
Tinnitus
 
  • Human Tinnitus Play Track 20 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $15

    ‘Tinnitus’ by Badlands Sound features twenty ear piercing sounds perfect for your projects. These sounds are becoming iconic in the media industry and are becoming common in films and games.

    We believe these sounds will greatly benefit sound editors and sound designers allowing them to skip through the painful process of designing these sounds.

    Disclaimer: Music in the audio demo is not included in the product.

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'Tinnitus' by Badlands Sound has effects that emulate that strange feeling most of us have felt when a loud sound suddenly engulfs us and leaves us light-headed with ringing ears. In this library, you'll hear high-pitched tones baked into evolving soundscapes that wash over you like tense, threatening waves. The metadata also includes plenty of information to lead you through these abstract sound ideas, such as "ear piercing", "pulsating", and "airy" to help you find what you need quickly. For a creative take on this medical condition, check out this library.
 
Gamemaster Pro Sound Collection
 
  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Gamemaster Pro Sound Collection Play Track 8076 sounds included, 189 mins total
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $49

    Pro Sound Collection is the highest quality and most affordable sound library you will find. The ultimate collection of 8076 ready to use sound effects!!!

    This is the perfect collection of sounds for all types of sound designers, game developers and video editors who need a large range of high quality sound effects ready to use. Designed specifically for games, film and other media by award winning sound designers.

    What’s included? EVERY sound Gamemaster Audio ever made! ALL our other other sound libraries (plus other sounds) have been packed into in this amazing sound collection.

    Pro Sound Collection Includes:
    Animal Sounds $25
    Explosion Sound Pack $10
    Footstep and Foley Sounds $10
    Fun Casual Sounds $15
    Fun Character Voices $10
    Gun Sound Pack $19
    Guns, Bullets and Explosions $35
    Human Vocalizations $25
    Magic and Spell Sounds $25
    Punch and Combat Sounds $29
    Retro 8 Bit Sounds $15
    Sci-Fi Sounds and Sci-Fi Weapons $25
    Silenced Gun Sounds $25
    Troll Monster Vocalizations $10

    Total value $278!!!

    Sound Categories:

    • Alarms • Ambience • Animals • Beeps • Bullets • Buttons • Cartoon • Cinematic • Collectibles • Comedy • Doors • Electricity • Explosions • Fire • Foley • Footsteps • Guns • Hums • Items • Levers • Magic • Misc. • Nature • Powerups • Punches • Retro/8Bit • Sci-Fi • Snow / Ice • Switches • User Interface • Voice • Water • Weapons • Whooshes + MANY MORE!

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The 'Gamemaster Pro Sound Collection' by Gamemaster Audio has been a favorite practically since it was released! Compiling the 14 Gamemaster Audio libraries - including popular collections like 'Guns, Bullets, and Explosions', 'Magic and Spell Sounds', and 'Human Vocalizations' - this bundle is a steal for fast prototyping and adding punch to your game. All together you get over 8,000 ready-to-go sounds for your FPSs, RPGs, mobile games, and more, so give the demo a listen and hear why it's a steady favorite.
 
Glacier Ice
 
  • Materials & Texture Glacier Ice Play Track 300+ sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $40

    Glacier Ice is a library containing over 300 high quality sounds of ice cracking, breaking, shattering in various sizes of blocks – recorded entirely in the Italian Alps over the course of two winters.

    The library contains sounds of all dimensions, from ice cubes being dropped in a drink to a designed iceberg collapsing.

    The majority of the material was recorded at 192 KHz with a Sanken CO100K and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH8040, making this library greatly flexible for pitch shifting and all sorts of heavy processing.

    A small section recorded at 96KHz features sounds recorded exclusively with contact microphones placed directly on the surface of a frozen water stream.

    Bonus: Two extra libraries included for free:
    This library also includes two additional releases from Mattia Cellotto - for free: Crunch Mode delivers 230 crunchy sounds made with a variety of vegetables, fresh bread, pizza crust and a selection of frozen goods. The Borax Experiment gets you 158 squishy, gory, slimy and gooey sounds.
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Mattia Cellotto went all out to create this diverse library of ice sounds. 'Glacier Ice' contains 300+ sounds from every frozen scenario imaginable — crackling hollow ice and river surfaces, exploding ice blocks, falling chunks of various sizes, swirling ice cubes, collapsing icebergs, massive avalanches, underwater sounds, and even a horrific sledge hammer as it's dragged across the ice. Mattia braved two winters in the Italian Alps to give you these high-quality ready-to-go ice sounds, and it was definitely worth it!
 
Noise Elements: Electrical & Interference
 
  • 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

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'Noise Elements: Electrical & Interference' by Glitchedtones features buzzing sounds of imagined electricity and interference that will add distinct tones to your alien transmissions and harsh static. You'll get 36 of these interesting sounds, allowing you a much richer range in your sci-fi and horror projects. Plus, you'll get bonus content with selections from their other libraries 'Data Disruption', 'Drones', 'Signal Interference', and more. Whether you're working on a project inspired by Dead Space, Fallout, or Stranger Things, you'll find the tense noise you're looking for here!
 
Eclectic Whooshes
 
  • 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.

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'Eclectic Whooshes' by Airborne Sound is a collection 375 whooshes with a subtle touch to give your objects in motion the uncanny recognizability they need. In this library, you will hear buzzing pass-bys, airy blasts, fiery bursts, plasmic stutters, power downs, lightning strikes, tonal warbles, and much more. Being from Airborne Sound, these recordings are no doubt high-quality, so you can bend them to fit a large machine or even a quick logo. If you need that a perfect movement, check out this library.
 
Lethal Energies
 
  • Sci-Fi Lethal Energies Play Track 1096 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $45 $35

    The Lethal Energies sound effects library gets you a powerful and versatile collection of designed sci-fi guns and weapons. We work as game sound designers and are huge sci-fi fans, and our aim with this SFX library was to build the ultimate, self-contained sci-fi weapon library – in the sense that it includes everything you need to create powerful weapon sounds.

    It comes with a range of designed weapons, divided into Light, Medium and Heavy weapon categories. Also included in the library are weapon construction kit sound effects like aiming sounds, laser blaster shots, shot punches, electricity sounds, foley sounds, force fields, sensors, servos, transitions and more.

    NEW version 1.2:
    Lethal Energies has just been updated with 65 new blaster shot layers and 9 loopable force field sound effects
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'Lethal Energies' by Digital Rain Lab packs a punch that many cannot resist. This library was created to be the ultimate sci-fi weapon library, and with over 1,000 comprehensive sounds, it has achieved its goal. You can hear buzzes and explosions for blasters, cannons, lasers, electric currents, force fields, servos, sensors, and more. It even has its own construction kit that will give you seemingly limitless options. Once you see its jaw-dropping price, we bet these sounds will be on your next timeline.
 
High Tech Interface Sounds
 
  • Sci-Fi High Tech Interface Sounds Play Track 290 sounds included
    Rated 5.00 out of 5
    $30

    Looking for futuristic interface sounds? The High Tech Interface Sounds library is a targeted solution for just that. It features 280 sound effects in categories like Beeps, Buttons, Clicks, Data Processing, Micro High Tech and more – created by Sergey Eybog, who recently won an award for his user interface sound design.

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For dynamic, sparkling User Interface sounds that seem to trickle from a spacecraft dashboard, 'High Tech Interface Sounds' by Lesser Vibes will put you in the captain's chair. This library features 280 sounds of beeps, bloops, and clicks that signal notifications, data processing, text transmissions, and more. It also has bursts, crackles, sparks, alarms, drones, and buttons sounds to give you all the components of a functioning ship dashboard. This library has proven its favor, so let it inspire your next sci-fi RTS or space opera.
   

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  • Fun Casual Sounds contains over 600 professionally designed sound effects!

    A perfect collection of fun sounds suitable for all types of sound designers, video editors, game developers or anyone who needs a large range of high quality fun sound effects ready to use out-of-the-box. Great for both quickly prototyping and the finished product. Designed specifically for games, video and other media by award winning sound designers.

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  • Environments Baltic Forest Play Track 53 sounds included, 233 mins total $39 $23.40

    Baltic Forest is a collection of ambient recordings captured over one year in a private forest in Northern Lithuania. 53 carefully recorded exterior ambiences made during summer, autumn, winter and spring. From the bright sound of native birds in spring and summer, to the freezing cold (-20 Celsius) snow storms and tree movements of autumn and winter – sometimes recording in knee-deep snow.

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data.

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  • Destruction & Impact The Vault Play Track 12743 sounds included, 1249 mins total $599.99

    The whole 9 yards.

    Comprised of five heavy hitting libraries, this bundle includes GEARBOXSORCERYHEROBROKEN, and MELEE. Save by bundling all FIVE in a single library.

    GEARBOX:

    Boutique analog mechanical contraptions, steampunk gadgetry, gizmos and machines big and small.


    SORCERY

    Spells, deflects, casts, blocks, beams, and more. Unrivaled wizardry at your fingertips.


    BROKEN:

    Car crashes, explosions, crumbling buildings, earthquakes, ripping earth and metal, to debris, and more.


    HERO:

    HERO – Sword fights, stabbing, guillotines, impaling, battle cries, shields, drawbridges, armor, foley and more.


    MELEE:

    Punches, kicks, blocks, bodyfalls, grabs, slaps, bone breaks, blood splatters, and more.


  • Mechanical Gearbox Play Track 3551 sounds included, 279 mins total $149.99

    We've ventured to obscure boutiques, prop houses and vintage shops to capture mechanical contraptions from around the world. Ranging from bizarre creations, to steampunk gadgetry, gizmos and machines, GEARBOX clocks in at over 10 GB of high definition, precision mastered sounds spanning across 2987 construction kit sounds and 584 designed sounds.

    GEARBOX equips Sound Designers with a literal toolbox of mechanical gadgetry. Ranging from tiny to huge, GEARBOX's machines and gizmos provide coverage for interacts, mechanism, machine or device in your scene or game.

    INTRODUCING BUILDING BLOCKS

    In addition to CONSTRUCTION KIT and DESIGNED SOUND content, GEARBOX features BUILDING BLOCKS. This category of sound consists of designed phrases and oneshots utilized for our designed machinery, empowering Sound Designers with maximum flexibility when trying to get that particular phrase from an existing DESIGNED SOUND. GEARBOX features over 468 BUILDING BLOCKS ranging from levers, hits, grinds, snaps, and more.

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  • Military M16 Halftrack Play Track 313 sounds included $299

    The World War II American M16 Halftrack anti-aircraft sound library features 313 sound effects in 18.86 gigabytes of audio. Based on the M3 Halftrack, this “multiple gun motor carriage” showcases 20 takes of up to 42 channels of performances from a White 160AX, 6-cylinder, 128 horsepower engine.

    Twelve onboard perspectives present the vintage vehicle in slow, medium, and fast speeds with steady idles and ramps. The twelve exterior perspectives include 26 channels of the halftrack starting, departing, passing, reversing, and arriving. Includes over 18 fields of Soundminer, BWAV, and MacOS spotlight metadata.

  • This SFX library features 217 sounds processed by a mint condition Chorus Echo RE-501, including metal impacts, church bells, chainsaws, voices, and water. In addition, self-oscillation sounds from the RE-501 are included. The combination of the 192khz high resolution sample rate and the tape saturation/warmth from the Chorus Echo make these samples sound great when pitch shifted and/or time stretched, even at extreme settings.

 
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