Get the sounds of everyday life in Tokyo, Japan. A quiet neighborhood with moderate traffic, birds singing and a dog barking in the distance. Recorded in densely populated, but quiet and civil Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.
Sounds include traffic in the form of cars, trucks, lots of bicycles and pedestrians, commuters at Kyodo Station, cicadas at night, Japanese crows cawing, as well as the unmistakable sounds of a Buddhist cemetery in a light breeze (!). In short; just the right sounds to make Japanese suburbia come alive in your productions.
Recorded exclusively using stealth methods (near-concealed microphones), this is a slice of life, as lived by the locals of this rather pleasant middle-class neighborhood.
If you're after hospital sounds, here's a beautiful suite of surround sound hospital ambiences.
Access to hospitals can be tricky. Credentials are required, and different rules must be followed for every step one takes deeper into the building. It's not as simple as just grabbing a rig and walking in the front door.
Our hospital ambiences were recorded during one extensive day long shoot where we were granted access to one of the nation's top medical campuses. There are surprisingly few “hospital machines” making beeping noises at any given location within the building, which gives these sounds the flexibility to be used in any large institutional building.
Each location was recorded in dual MS and decoded using the excellent Schoeps double MS decoding tool.
The end result is an immersive set of recordings that show off the reality of what a hospital really does sound like. Pick up a copy and cover your hospital scenes the right way.
Two versions are available:
Welcome to the jungle: 'Pura Vida – Sounds of the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica' delivers a wealth of rainforest recordings and ambiences.
Recordings include exotic sounds such as atmospheric jungle ambiences, howler monkeys, hummingbirds, tropical birds, insects, cicadas, waterfalls, bats and a slew of other tropical sounds.
A total of more than 4.5 hours of jungle sounds and ambiences are included!
Get a great selection of gory sounds with Bones & Flesh – including bone-breaking, cracking and crunching, flesh ripping and manipulations, different kind of stabs, and many other disgusting sounds.
Sounds of Istanbul gets you more than 6 hours of oriental-flavored soundscapes and ambiences – gathered around Istanbul, Turkey. It features calls to prayers, bazaars, harbor sounds, Walla, crowds of people passing through the streets and alleys, car traffic, street musicians, both close and distant emergency siren sounds, as well as the quiet crowd at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
So if you’re after middle-eastern city ambiences, Sounds of Istanbul delivers:
Did you drop something? Turns out recordist Mikkel Nielsen from SonicSalute dropped a LOT of objects for you, so you don't have to! The drop sound effects are divided into 4 different recording categories: Closeup interior recordings, off-screen impacts and crashes in large halls, grainy debris in large halls, and “Next Door” room recordings. The Falling Objects library comes with 89 tracks with 1000+ falling object sounds in total.
Books and Magazines • Cables • Cameras • Cardboard Boxes • Clothes • Coins • Computer Keyboard • Cutlery • DVD Cases • Handbags • Leather Cases • Pens and Pencils • Plastic Cups • Suitcases • Tin Cans • Toys
Metal Bars and rails • Glass • Glass Shards debris • Porcelain • Plastic • Sand debris • A bench :D
Books • Cutlery • Plastic Toys • Empty Plastic Bottles • Pencils/Pens/Keys/Plastic
The Rocks Momentum sound effects library gets you more than 1100 sounds of rocks, bricks, wood logs, stones, impacting on different surfaces, rolling, being scraped one against the other and so on. The library was recorded in the Italian alps, and in Inverness, Scotland. Defective construction materials were used for the recording of bricks, roofing tiles, cement blocks etc.
After umbrella sound effects, but with no time to record them yourself? The Automatic Umbrella sound effects library gets you 159 umbrella sounds, including opening, closing, folding, tapping, squeezing, cleaning, catching, locking and unlocking clasp and much more. The library was recorded using a highly acclaimed Nevaton MC48 microphone and a Tascam DR-70d recorder, and comes with metadata.
The Exotic Birds sound effects library is a unique collection of 24 different species of exotic birds. It features birds like flamingos, parrots, parakeets, crane, crow, ibis, peacock, and many others.
Bali mynah • Black headed ibis • Canada goose • Chilean Lapwings • Collared parakeet • Crows • Grey parrots • Grey winged trumpeter • Guira Cuckoo • Indian peacock • Kookaburra • Little bustard • Macaw parrot • Moorhen • Palm nut vulture • Paradise crane • Parakeet mouse • Red breasted goose • Red flamingos • Senegal parrots • Southern screamer • Superb starling • White naped crane
Want the sounds of Athens? The Athens Rooftop sound effects library delivers 9 long ambiences recorded from different perspectives, and at different times of day – from calm mornings to busy days and nights.
In order to capture Athens' soundscape in all its nuances, very low-noise Neumann Microphones and Sound Devices Recorders were used to record long takes (between 8 and 21 minutes each) totaling to over 2 hours of audio.
The recording location was a two floor rooftop on a three storey building above a very small street with no nearby traffic that allowed recording the city with some distance from above: Traffic, restaurants, bars, construction work, birds – in some evening recordings we hear crickets in the distance, in some day recordings the AC of a neighbouring flat is running.
Most of the recordings can also be used to represent a general city ambience, while some takes include specific regional sounds like Greek walla, churches and cicadas characteristic for the Greek capital.
3Dimensional Printing is the multicolored result of different recording sessions of a couple of 3D printers (the Sharebot NG – Next Generation and the DeltaWASP 20 40) at Fabb and at FabLab Milan between 2014 and 2015.
All the sounds were recorded directly as uncompressed .wav files through both a RME Fireface UCX and a Zoom H6 Portable Recorder.
Duration ranges vary from 1 to 5 minutes, with the most sonically interesting excerpts from full printing cycles. Lots of pattern and sequences are available for selection and transformation.
Five different transducers were chosen to capture all the sonic details of these mechanisms:
– C-SERIES pro contact microphones, hand-made by Jez Riley French;
– Barcus Berry 4000 Planar Wave System (Piezo crystal sensor+4000XL Piezo Preamp);
– Piezo Film Tab Contact Microphones by Cold Gold Audio;
– Custom Induction Coil Pick-up (also used to create the Unseen Noises collection);
– Zoom MSH-6 MS Capsule (the stereo image of the Mid-Side recordings is rendered as balanced stereo LR files).
FOOTSTEPS is practically a whole rack of shoes compiled into one single outstanding playable KONTAKT 5 instrument: it comprises boots, dress shoes, high heels, leather shoes and sneakers. We got accurate recordings of paces on all sorts of different grounds: wood, concrete, gravel, metal, sand and parquet. In addition, we added a lot of generic sound layers that can be easily added to the mix. Those layers include sounds of cloth, leather, metal, grass, water and snow.
Need silencer / suppressed weapon sound effects? Here's a very special collection of weapon sound effects, recorded in collaboration with the makers of the world's best suppressors: SilencerCo – a leader in gun silencers innovation.
The SILENCERS DESIGNED weapon sounds come as pre-designed, “ready-to-use” SFX. You’ll get perfectly mixed silenced gun sounds that will save you precious time and energy when it comes to time-critical projects. Each weapon shot comes in three styles.
MECHANIC: The sound focus lies on the mechanics of the weapons. The sound is cold, uncompromising and very close.
REALISTIC: This version is for the purists. The most realistic and well-balanced sound of a suppressed weapon.
RICOCHET: The most characteristic version. You hear the typical high-frequency fizzle of a suppressed weapon shot.
Each file contains 4 versions of a shot to ensure flexibility and alternation. Get your hands on more than 400 high quality SFX delivered in more than 100 files.
The DESIGNED version also contains recordings of automatic shooting and impressive gunfire bursts, all silenced of course with the SilencerCo suppressors. We assure you best quality and impressive SFX – high quality recorded and produced in 96 kHz and 24-bit by our devoted sound designers, including well-grounded Soundminer metadata.
• Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
• 3 styles per shot – 4 variations per file
• 400+ HD SFX in 100+ files
• Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata
• Full PDF sound effects list for Silencers – Designed here
With the SILENCERS CONSTRUCTION KIT, you get our multi-channel source recordings so you can balance and mix the sounds just the way you want to. It contains more than 10GB and comes with rich weapon variety: 8 pistols, 11 assault rifles, 6 rifles, 4 shotguns and 2 submachine guns, including for example the pistols Glock 23, Walther PPK, HK USP 9, the assault rifles AK47, HK 416, Sig 556, CZ Scorpion, the submachine gun HK MP5, the shotgun Benelli M2 and many more. You can check out the list of weapons below. Additionally, you also get lots of bullet drops, bullet pings, handling, mechanics, ricochets, ricochet fly-bys, tails and whiz-bys to not miss any sound when designing your suppressed weapon sounds for your projects.
All of the recordings are delivered in 96 kHz, 24-bit, giving you the best quality for heavy editing, pitching, and FX processing while keeping a top notch level of clarity and precision. To provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible all files contain extensive metadata.
Noveske 8 inch • Noveske 10 inch • AK 47 • Colt AR 15 • FN SCAR 556 • FN SCAR 762 • HK G3 • HK 416 • Smith & Weeson M&P15 • Colt M16 • SIG 556
HK MP5 • CZ Scorpion
Glock 19 • Glock 21 • Glock 23 • Colt 1911 • Ruger SL 22 • HK USP 9 • HK USP 40 • Walther PPK
Armalite AR 10 • Chiappa Little Badger • Christensen Arms 338 Lapua • Desert Tech DTA SRS 308 • Tikka T3
Benelli M2 • Benelli Super Black Eagle • Remington 870 Tactical • Saiga 12
Get BOTH the DESIGNED and CONSTRUCTION KIT versions of Silencers in one bundle, for maximum firepower and flexibility – at a very special price.
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.
The Hydrophone underwater sound effects library gets you a rich collection of water sound effects, captured with a DPA 8011 hydrophone.
It delivers you everything from bubbly underwater sounds, fizzes, droplets, dragging sounds, crab walking (!), underwater footsteps, bathtub drains, waves, splashes – and even an underwater scream.
Drones and Tones gets you recordings of a brass Tibetan singing bowl – massively processed with granular synthesis for some haunting, otherworldly soundscapes.
Ambient interior and exterior recordings from Savannah, Georgia – recorded over an 18-month period. It gets you original recordings of sounds like weather, birds and wildlife, oceans, traffic, parks, and much more. More than 2.5 hours of recordings are included from Savannah, Georgia.
KLAP Sound took a piano and tortured it, dismembered it and finally destroyed it—and recorded the whole process. For the making of this library, they used several tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, knives, and saws, as well as props like dirt, send, gravel, forks and other sharp objects. The results are raw sounds of foley with musical rings, harmonic tails and creepy vibes that are dry yet barely edited for your own enjoyment.
Need the sounds of a snowmobile / snow scooter? The Ski-doo library gets you the sound of no less than 6 different snowmobiles. It comes with a selection of sounds such as engine start, engine loop, acceleration, speed loop and much more.
A unique collection of engine sounds, for when you need snowmobile sounds specifically, as well as for other creative sound design purposes!
• 1977 El Tigre 5000
• 1978 Yamaha ET250
• 1979 Yamaha ET250
• 2003 Bombardier MXZ 600
• 2003 Bombardier Rotax 800RS
• 2004 Bombardier Arctic 4
If you need sounds of gore, this SFX collection is truly something special. Delivering more than 600 sounds of blood, guts, bone breaks, sword and knife stabs and cuts, splatters, spurts, flesh tears, impacts – and sawing – its gets you a brutally effective collection of sounds to work with, both raw and designed.
Bane Cinematics is a powerful collection of cinematic sound effects, perfect for games, trailers and other projects where you want to make a monumental impact. Bane Cinematics gets you more than 470 sound effects such as cinematic impacts, risers, thuds, strikes, flybys, whooshes, drones, hums, power shots and hits. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.
From newborns to toddlers, this sound effect library gets you 175 recordings of the cutest babies you will ever find, captured in 24bit/96khz. It features all-original recordings, and gets you sounds such as baby and toddler grunts, burps, whines, coughs, excited screams, giggles, gurgles, laughs, sneezes, babbling, talking, coos, breathing, hiccups, snoring, vocalizations, exclamations and much more.
Modulated Movement is a cohesive and potent collection of the sounds things make when in motion. Be it mechanical, organic, tech, sci-fi, futuristic, articulated or ambient, this collection plays the perfect compliment to characters, machines, objects or any graphic assets that are flying, creeping, crawling, crashing, sliding, swinging, swiping or displaying any kind of transitions or motions in the real world or even closer to home, in the unreal world of your projects. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.
This collection is a great fit for creative audio settings like movie trailers, explainer videos, animations, multimedia, game and movie sound design or straightforward video productions.
The Modulated Movement collection includes more than 500 dynamic, unique, trade craft movement and transition sounds including morphs, whooshes, swishes, transitions, projectile throws, mechanical movement sounds. Modulate the motion in your next audio soundscape with Epic Sounds and FX Modulated Movement.
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