Sometimes you need that background sound to define the mood: The buzzy insomnia of a flickering light, a lost alien transmission, the lazy spin of a fan above, haunting radio static, the violent rush of air as you free fall into terminal velocity…
With noise sounds recorded from an incredible array of sources, if it goes hum, whir, buzz, or hiss this library has got you covered.
All natural and organic sounding makes this versatile library an outstanding resource for both film and game sound designers.
Generators and Compressors
• Industrial Machinery
• Radio static
• Crackles and glitches
• Ground hum and buzz
• Transportation cabin hums
• Gas leaks, air leaks and bursts
• Air conditioners
• Fans, from tiny to massive
• Force fields
• Sci-Fi Machinery
• and more…
The BMW 420D Gran Coupe sound library delivers 72 files recorded with a Zoom F8, Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, two DPA 4061 microphones and Rode NTG3.
Inside you’ll find engine recorded under the hood, exhaust and inside drivers cabin (all in sync), exterior passes recorded in mono following a car and static stereo ORTF perspective.
Pass-by sounds cover different speeds, from 15kmph up to 140, reverse, engine on and off, stopping and driving away.
In addition there are foley recordings included, covering opening and closing doors, back, windows, handbrake and the seat belt mechanism.
This collection of Air Conditioners, Vents, and Ducts gives a collection of understated airs and room tones appropriate for most every day situations.
Modular Synth is a collection collaborated by Ross Fish and Kai Paquin, this collection represents a series of one shot sounds featuring sample and hold, granular, and FM synthesis using a custom built modular synth rack.
Ronks is a collection of metal screaming, groaning, and resonating. This library primarily features dry ice resonating a large air duct in a variety of ways, but also covers a variety of smaller metal objects like cans, spoons, and small bits of metal.
This Muscle car was hoisted up on jacks and run up to 40 miles per hour, recorded from the hood, underbelly, interiors and tail pipes you’ll get full coverage of the car running, getting up to speed, and slowing to a stop. Included in the library is through car foley covering doors, glove box, seat belts, and seat adjustments.
Using a Magnetic Coil, this library contains electro-magnetic fields of a variety of household, commercial, and industrial electronics. Hear electronics like you’ve never heard them before in the Series 1000 Induction SFX Library
In a unique experiment, this glass breaking library was designed to use multi mic-ing from various locations in a large live room.
Mics were placed close, medium and distant ranges with a variety of different types of microphones. All the files in the library are labeled and begin at the same sample, and can be layered, or cut for multiple perspectives.
Useful for party scenes, fights, and instances with multiple perspective shots. (for instance reality television)
The RE-201 Space Echo. Introduced in 1973 is Roland’s most notable outboard FX unit, its sound is both utility and musical. The Space Echo carves its place in music history with its sweeping echoes and infinite oscillations. Its warm and pleasant sound has been heard a million times in a million different ways in both score and album. Hear its soothing oscillations, its creaking pleather case, switches, knobs, and vintage science fiction expressive UI and emotive aural gestures.
We have designed this library to be as useful as possible while offering an insight into every sound the RE-201 Space Echo offers. This means both the internal, and external sound sources from the whirls and vibrations of its motor, to the clicks, snaps, and clunks of its switches and into the world of its echoes, spring reverb, and oscillations of its processed sound.
Full: The complete library.
Micro: A cut down library featuring some of our favourite sounds from the complete collection.
‘Dark World’ is a collection of 50 drones and moods (250 mins +) that explore ideas of designed spaces.
Blurring the lines between score and sound design, ‘Dark World’ combines sound effects and musical instruments to create tense, beautiful and eerie moods. Made for composers and sound designers and ideal for surround sound placement.
Can’t wait for quitting time? Then have a listen to this sound pack of office & general business related sound effects.
Made up of over 100 edited sounds recorded on the job (not in the studio) at 24bit/96khz in M/S Stereo, this pack is a perfect compliment for any office, workplace or business scene. You’ll find sounds of printers, fax machines, photo copiers, paper shuffling, telephones ringing, chairs rolling, paper shredding, cash drawers, elevators, clocks ticking, HVAC ambience and more.
Don’t wait until the weekend, pick this up today!
Want weapon sounds that stand out? With Steampunk Weapons, we mixed the old with the new to make this uniquely diversified collection of weapons. Combining modern recording techniques with metal, rusted objects, and synthesis, if you need some more weapons that break the mold of traditional weapons, this is the collection for you!
Looking for car horn sound effects? This library delivers more than 230 sounds in 80 files. It features recordings such as short, medium and long car horn sounds from both exterior and interior perspectives – and includes recordings from cars such as a Jeep Wrangler (2016 and 2004), Honda Pilot (2008), Ford F150 (2016), Volkswagen Beetle (2002), Merzedes Benz E350 (2010), Corvette Stingray (2015), and a Chevy Silverado (2016).
Disclaimer: Music in the audio demo is not included in the product.
Jungle gyms, sports fields, whistling birds, and barking dogs. This is a diverse collection of recreational Parks that spans the Southern California area. From quiet city plazas to busy skate parks, this library provides a variety of ambisonic ambiences suited for your next project.
Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.
What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!
Databending: A digital art form where flaws in digital systems are exploited and used for creative purposes.
Data Disruption contains 200 sounds sourced from raw computer files which have been interpreted as audio data. Bitmaps, executables, plugin files and more have been exploited to bring you a unique, varied collection of sound effects and atmospheres ready for a range of productions.
This sound collection has 100 'raw' files which include harsh, random data noises, intense drones and a versatile selection of glitch one shots as well as 100 processed sounds which were subject to extreme editing and mangling to deliver an array of abstract sonic artefacts.
Most useful for scenarios where computer technology – known or otherwise – is glitching out, these sounds are best suited to Science Fiction productions which call for the noise of broken communications, signal failures, ailing machines, industrial settings, planetary ambience and dystopian soundworlds.
That's not to say they won't also come in handy for Glitch/IDM music producers looking to build up an original collection of sounds for their latest kit, or for the creative sound designer to further shape these sounds into anything from user interface clicks, blips and bleeps to surreal soundscapes and beyond.
The Steam Trains library delivers 175 sound effects of three different types of steam train engines, and the clatter, rattle, and grinding of wagons.
The collection includes riding, idling, pass-bys, departing and arriving trains, bells, whistles, steam blasts, platform atmospheres, and doors and windows.
Engines are the heavy Santa Fe 2-10-2, the Bavarian BB 0-4-4-0 Heavy Mallet, and a 4 Wheel Switcher 0-4-0 light railway. Also included are door and window handling effects of passenger cars
Each engine is well documented and listed in full Soundminer metadata.
The Steam trains library also includes a “Specification Sheet” with detailed information about the trains and environments.
Recorded with a Schoeps MK4/MK8 MS, paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Some takes provide an alternative mix with recordings from an additional Sony PCM-D recorder.
The Machine Factory library delivers 265 unique impact & foley sounds with over 26 minutes of playtime – including sounds such as metal doors, stairway, wood impacts and many other like metal impacts or thundering metal. The library is perfectly suited for post production, audio books, radio broadcasts and other audio channels. All sounds are in WAV, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.
This library features a Volvo A30E articulated dump truck with a 6 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, rated to 343 horsepower. The hauler weighs 23 tons and has a top speed of 53 km/h. The recordings consist of eight onboard tracks: interior left and right, two engine, intake, transmission and two exhaust, and eight exterior tracks. With 169 sounds of startups, idling, driving at various speeds and RPMs, blips, shutdowns, approaches, passbys, aways, doors, horn, flatbed up and down and more, you're sure to have all the dump truck action you need.
Southern African Ambience is a collection of rich and immersive savanna ambiences, recorded by George Vlad and Daan Hendriks in the north of South Africa, just on the border with Botswana.
Library highlights:• Lush ambiences, each over 4 minutes and up to 10 minutes in length, in stereo and surround
• Huge amount of birds, with 45 species identified in metadata
• Mammals such as Baboon, Bushbuck and Black-backed Jackal
• Crickets, cicadas, flies and frogs
• Download the surround demo wav here
Excerpts from The Audio Spotlight’s review:
“The quality of the recorded sounds is phenomenal”
“A special mention goes to the Baboons which are scary as hell”
“The birds are fantastic”
– read the full review of Southern African Ambience here
The Binary Code sound library delivers 570+ high quality futuristic interface sound effects perfect for video games, movies, tv and other multimedia presentations. This collection of UI sound effects will give your project the futuristic, hi-tech vibe that you’re after. With the vast selection of quality beeps, data processing and typing text sound fx you’ll easily find the type of sound that you’re looking for to create that sought-after, sci-fi, distant-future sound for your next project!
The Binary Code soundpack contains 616MB of high definition 24bit/96khz sounds, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow and separated into three main categories: 1. Beeps 2. Readouts/Calculations 3. Typing.
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.
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.
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.
Guns contains 266 gun sound effects. Guns included: Pistol, Revolver Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Semi-Auto Rifle, Sub-Machine gun, Machine gun. (The Gun part of this sound library can also be purchased individually HERE)
Bullets contains 153 bullet sound effects (23 bullet flybys and 130 bullet impacts). Bullet impacts covers 16 different surfaces. Body Flesh, Body Thump, Concrete/Brick, Dirt, Grass, Rock, Gravel, Glass, Metal Light, Metal Heavy, Wood Light, Wood Heavy, Water, Mud, Snow and Ice. Each surface has 8-9 sound variations.
Explosions contains 37 high quality, professionally designed explosion sounds. (The Explosion part of this sound library can also be purchased individually HERE)
This is the perfect collection of guns, bullets and explosions at a very affordable price. Designed specifically for games, video and other media by award winning sound designers. All sounds come ready to use.
This pack also includes a variety of 160 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection. ALL sounds from “Guns, Bullets and Explosions” are included in Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.
The Philippines Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 41 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment.
Through the whole island of Palawan, the rice field of Luzon and the city of Manilla, this collection includes:
-Village and rice field from Banaue, rice field in the north of Luzon
-Forest and jungle of south Palawan
-Market, small to medium.
-The city of Manilla
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through 2 islands after the rainy season! All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer. All tracks are delivered as 48k/24bit .wav files. This collections come in easily downloadable zip file.
Get an extensive collection of South African nature ambiences (average duration: 5 minutes), from places like the Mhkaya Jungle, Kruger National Park, The Wetlands and more. Locations include jungles, swamps, ponds, rivers and towns. Featuring all sorts of crickets and cicades, of course – but there’s also plenty of other South African wildlife, like mosquitoes, birds, fighting baboons and snorting hippos The sounds were captured during various times of both day and night and give you a huge variety of ambiences to work with.
This library features a Ural 4320, a Russian 6×6 off-road military truck equipped with a 14.9 litres diesel V8 engine. The recordings consist of 10 onboard channels (interior left and right, three engine, two exhaust, intake, airfilter and air pipes) and 8 exterior tracks covering various perspectives. The library contains startups, idling, blips, shutdowns, steady RPMs in neutral, driving at various speeds, accelerations, decelerations, gearing, reversing, aways, approaches, passbys, foley and more.
This library features the original Hummer with the model name H1. The Hummer was originally designed for military use, the Humvee M998, but became popular also on the civilian market. This vehicle has the bigger V8 turbo diesel engine with 195 horsepower. The recordings consist of eight onboard channels, four engine, two exhaust, interior left & right and twelve exterior channels. It contains startups, idle, shutdowns, blips, steady RPMs, accelerations and decelerations, passbys, approaches, aways, and more.
This library features a French armoured personnel carrier VAB manufactured by Renault, equipped with a 320 hp Renault MIDR engine. The recording consists of 15 onboard channels covering the engine, exhaust, fans, interior front and rear, and 17 exterior channels positioned around the recording location. It also contains startups, idling, blips, steady RPMs in neutral, driving and reversing at slow, medium and fast speeds, aways, approaches, passbys, stops, shutdown, horn and more.
Vibration is 40 minutes/676 MB of vibrating, rattling and resonating metal and plastic panels in 96 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using contact microphones.
This is a collection of sounds that rattle, clatter, vibrate, buzz, hum and oscillate. Think huge cargo vehicles, passenger ferries or mechanical installations with loose metal panels, resonating generators and such. The vibrating was done with a 100 watt tactile transducer (like a bass speaker with no cone) hooked up to an amplifier, and getting it's signal from a modular synth. Frequencies from LFO's and VCO's were mixed, to get interesting vibrations in both sub-audio and audio range.
Holding the transducer by hand allowed me to move it around and find the sweet spots on the various objects (a steel filing cabinet, a steel suitcase and a spring reverb tank come to mind). Depending on the amplitude of the input signal, different sounds would emerge from the same waveforms. Now and again, the transducer would get too hot to handle, and on one or two occasions, the thermo-relay on the amp would kick in. Excitement in the studio!
Get the sound of rain – recorded from an interior perspective.
This library contains various types and intensities of rain, from soft dripping to downpour, and the files are long enough to cover the rainbursts from start to end. Most of the files are also easily loopable.
Some of the sounds are recorded with closed windows for a realistic indoor perspective. In other takes a window is left ajar to enhance the sound of the rain outside and four files gives you an exterior perspective from a porch.
Locations covered: two greenhouses, two cars, a privy, a shed, a boathouse, a variety of rooms and roof materials.
Narrowboats consists of 322 beautifully recorded and edited sounds, tagged with rich metadata. From entire journeys and ambiences, to every knob, switch and door and more.
Magnetic Balls consists of 283 beautifully recorded and edited sounds, tagged with rich metadata. From whizzes and sparks, to impacts and more.
This library is the result of tinkering with shotgun mics recording inside of different tube structures. When our initial tests produced a wide range of sonic colors, we went all in.
The tubes used include organic and man-made materials, some rigid, some flexible, some dense, some light, all with varying lengths, diameters, and thicknesses. They consist of bamboo, PVC, 2 variations of vinyl, thin plastic, copper, tin, rubber, dense foam, and a steel-coiled membrane. Each material has a different effect on the sounds passing through them. We generated turbulent drones, thick strikes, resonant scrapes, noisy bells, delicate debris, and more. The overarching characteristics are soft, insulated, and misty. Due to the behavior of the waves in the open tubes and the pickup pattern of the shotgun mics, there is a natural frequency modulation that gives the sound a slightly narrowed, hollow timbre. They work very well in simulated settings, enclosed spaces, and when there is a need to exaggerate the magnitude of tiny worlds. But they are equally as useful as raw design fodder, especially when a unique texture is needed.
This is our first library created solely for the sake of experimentation, though based on the results, it may not be the last!
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