Asbjoern Andersen


With a fresh new year ahead of us, I figured it was a good time to highlight some of the great futuristic SFX libraries in the catalog.

So when you need the sounds of the future for your projects, here are 14 SFX libraries that give you everything from robotics and spaceships to strange worlds, slimy aliens and much more:


Spaceships
 
  • Environments Solar Sky Play Track 350+ sounds included $83.49 incl. vat

    The Solar Sky library features a diverse set of state-of-the-art spaceship sounds. Designed for use in any modern sci-fi production, Solar Sky is an essential addition to add to your workflow.

    Designing sound for spaceships can be quite time consuming, and Solar Sky gives you a great set of sounds to get started.

    Solar Sky features more than 2.2GB of 350 24bit/96kHz files, all embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata.

    Solar Sky highlights:

    • Ship ambiances and drones
    • 120+ Ship passbys, both large and small
    • Ship power ups
    • Ship power downs
    • Ship door opens and closes
    • Wave Warped passbys

Solar Sky gets you a fantastic collection of spaceship sounds for your sci-fi projects – from in-ship ambiences, drones, passbys and power-ups and power-downs. Be sure to check out the great demo.
 

Robotics
 
  • Mechanical Robobiotics Play Track 3600+ sounds included $356.95 incl. vat

    Robobiotics is an exciting new sound effects collection from The Library by Empty Sea. It delivers 3600+ original sound effects for scifi and robots. We’re talking about almost 3 hours of material here.

    We spent over a year recording and designing Lasers, Robot Vox, Impacts, Servos, Ratcheting Metal, Ambiances, Transformations, Foley, Vehicle Bys and much much more!

If you need robotic sounds, this SFX library features 3600 files to work from – including a large number of designed and raw recordings, servo and transformation sounds.
 

Strange worlds
 
  • Drones & Moods Kyma Ambiences – vol.1 Play Track 56 sounds included, 112 mins total From: $59.29

    Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.

    The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis.

 The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.

    The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.



    The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).

From sounds fit for abandoned space stations to alien worlds, this sound library gives you great soundscapes to work with. The sounds are generated in Kyma, with some heavy processing applied.
 

Futuristic UI
 
  • User Interface (UI) Users Of Tomorrow Play Track 1800 sounds included $119.79 incl. vat

    The Users of Tomorrow library is the next level of futuristic and high-tech interface sounds, containing 2.2GB and more than 1,800 sounds designed to be used as final assets or layers.

    Users of Tomorrow features more than 2.2GB of 1,800 24bit/96khz files, all embedded with Soundminer metadata.

    Users of Tomorrow gets you:

    • Confirms
    • Calculations and text
    • Drones
    • Environment loops
    • Holograms
    • Glitch
    • Liquid interfaces
    • Beeps
    • Buttons
    • Static and noise
    • Alarms
    • Interface expansions and compressions

     

    Bonus:

    Users of Tomorrow also includes the unique Galactic Assistant Synthesizer Tool to design your own hi-tech interface sounds – it works in stand-alone mode, as well as with Reaktor and Max4Live.
For your high-tech / sci-fi / futuristic interfaces, this library comes packed with 1800 sounds for you to use as-is or tweak further.
 

Sci-fi components
 
Need an inexpensive collection of sci-fi sounds? Glitchedtones has put together this collection of 65 sci-fi sounds suitable for a variety of projects.
 

Communication
 
  • Transmission apparatus is a construction kit designed to create a broad range of communication sounds, from real to “alien” broadcasting signals.

    The library contains more than 2 GB of data, delivered in 373 files of unique sound material. It’s catalogued in five elements: AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation), SSB (single side band – aka ham radio), KYMA (synthesised noises) and VOCAL (unintelligible speeches).

    The first three bands were recorded from the output of different radio receivers at 96 kHz via a Crane Song HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device) to add warmth and tube/analog sonic color to the recordings. All the samples have been carefully selected from these recording sessions, with the addition of just a little dsp processing to widen the stereo field.

    The Kyma folder also contains unique audio files entirely synthesised in the SSC Kyma+Paca(rana) environment. A group of SFX called Vocal is the result of “destroyed” dialogues and vocal sources via spectral processing.

    Transmission Apparatus is available in two versions:

    96 kHz .WAV version• Audio Format: Broadcast Wave Files (.wav)
    • Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 2.49 GB
    • Download size is 1.82 GB (compressed .rar archive)

    Native Instruments Kontakt 5 version• Audio Format: NI Instruments File (.nki)
    • Sample Rate: 96 kHz
    • Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 1.66 GB
    • Download size is 1.64 GB (compressed .rar archive)
    • Full version of NI Kontakt 5 required

USO Project’s ‘Transmission Apparatus’ is a library designed for creating alien and sci-fi communication sounds. The sounds are divided into five categories AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation), SSB (single side band – aka ham radio), KYMA (synthesised noises) and VOCAL (unintelligible speeches) – so there’s lots to work from.

 

Sci-fi zaps
 
  • Electricity Sci-Fi Electric Play Track 80 sounds included $18.15 incl. vat

    Sci-Fi Electric is a collection of sparks, static, drones, hums, zaps and textures! The library features 64 files with over 80 audio clips. Here you’ll find a wealth of processed sounds for your Sci Fi adventure. Source material ranges from beard scratching to lap steel pickup interference.

    Through processing they end up as “alienistic” textures, sparks, static, drones, hums, zaps, ambiences, and whatever else your imagination can come up with! Other sounds include raw microphone feedback, streetlight buzz, and electrical static.

    The source material ranged from beard scratching to lap steel pickup interference… This one was fun to make, and it will be even more fun for you to play with!

For electrical sci-fi sounds, this release from Soundopolis will come in handy. It features a number of spark sounds, static, zaps and textures.
 

Other planets
 
  • Environments Planets Play Track 20 sounds included, 40 mins total $59.29 incl. vat

    The Planets SFX library delivers 40 minutes of designed atmospheres from 20 imaginary, extraterrestrial locations. Different perspectives, sometimes close to the ground, sometimes far away. Some locations are buzzing with geological and biological activity others seem distant, cold and lifeless. All sounds are constant, ranging from one to three minutes in duration and can be easily combined to create unique variations, allowing you to dial in your own planets soundscape.

    Library features:

    •Designed planet atmospheres
    •20 extraterrestrial locations
    •Descriptive filenames
    •96 kHz / 24 bit WAV files
    •Embedded Soundminer metadata

This library is dedicated to giving you the soundscape of other planets – some locations are buzzing with geological and biological activity; others seem distant, cold and lifeless. A really interesting approach to sci-fi sound design.
 

Impacts
 
  • Destruction & Impact Whooshes & Impacts Play Track 245 sounds included $43.56 $17.42 incl. vat

    Whooshes & Impacts is a large package of futuristic and magical Whoosh sound FX and heavy weight Impact sound FX. 
    Whooshes & Impacts features 245 heavy, sci-fi, mysterious, magical, futuristic, epic, impacts, whooshes, swishes, pass-by FX

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Impact sounds are often very handy for sci-fi settings – whether it’s the sound of futuristic weapons hitting their mark, robots colliding or futuristic vehicles being hit, it’s a handy addition to the sonic toolbox.
 

Servos
 
The sounds of servos are excellent for robot sound design, and, essentially, for a lot of things that move in a sci-fi setting. This library features a very useful collection of sounds to build from.
 

Aliens
 
For your alien characters, Russell Gorsky’s ‘Creatures’ SFX library gives you 242 growls and hisses, roars and screams to build on. To spice things up, you might want to add some grunts and squeals from these recordings too.
 

Slime and goo
 
  • Horror The Borax Exp.: Gore & Slime Play Track 158 sounds included $13.31 incl. vat

    158 squishy, gory, slimy and gooey sounds – made from Borax. Sound designers often rely on bigger sounding objects to support visuals. For example vegetables are heavily used for snaps and crunches for their natural sound and its rich texture.

    I've always wanted to find a good substitute for meat that could emulate its goriness, so I decided to record and document the “Borax Experiment”.

    I believe the result could be considered an overkill: the composite lasts for days, it can be torn apart and easily reassembled and, most of all, its sound can be controlled by simply adding water.

Aliens seem to have a certain, inexplicable fondness for oozing slime and goo. To get the sound of that right, Mattia Cellotto’s sound effects library – featuring 158 squishy and slimy recordings – will definitely come in handy.
 

Magnetic Fields
 
  • Hum, Buzz & Glitches HumBuzz Play Track 113 sounds included $35.09 $22.99 incl. vat

    HumBuzz is a versatile collection 113 tech-noise-sounds with a length from 7 to 27 seconds.
    The files were created by capturing the electromagnetic fields of fridges, microwaves, boilers, cell phones, TVs and computers.

    HumBuzz is organized into 5 categories:

    Buzz • Hum • Noise • Start Up • Tonal

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Stephan Marche’s ‘Humbuz’ features 113 unique recordings of electro-magnetic fields from sources such as fridges, microwaves and many more.
 

Whooshes
 
For passbys, vehicles and designed whooshes, Airborne Sounds’ release gives you 70 sounds to work with – from airy whooshes, buzzing sweeps and more.
 

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    Need the sounds of a deserted school? This library delivers a range of room tones from empty corridors, cellars, staircases, toilets and dining halls – featuring ventilation sounds and heaters humming in empty halls during the Christmas holidays.

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    The top-selling Space Racer series returns with Space Racer 2 – and this one delivers a wealth of engines, turbines, start-up sounds and more. Be sure to also check out the first Space Racer library to complete your sci-fi spaceship sound collection.

  • Materials & Texture rOtation Play Track 182+ sounds included $54.45 $43.56 incl. vat

    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.

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