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:
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.
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.
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.
For your high-tech / sci-fi / futuristic interfaces, this library comes packed with 1800 sounds for you to use as-is or tweak further.
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.
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.
For electrical sci-fi sounds, this release from Soundopolis will come in handy. It features a number of spark sounds, static, zaps and textures.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Stephan Marche’s ‘Humbuz’ features 113 unique recordings of electro-magnetic fields from sources such as fridges, microwaves and many more.
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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