Get a collection of 134 impulse responses – recorded in the forest.
What if, instead of going to the forest to record the sound, we can find a way to bring the characteristics of the forest to us? Say, for example, we have recorded a sound in the studio like the sound of chopping wood or foley footsteps, but we want them to sound like they are in the forest?
There is a way to emulate this. To make our source sound like it is, in fact, in a forest. The answer is to use the impulse response of the forest and one of the convolution reverb plugins for your DAW.
An impulse response of the forest (or “forest IR”), is the sum of reflections from trees, foliage and the ground by very short signal at high volume. For this sound library, I recorded different impulses in a stereo at different locations of the forest with perfect conditions. Also, the library includes alternate versions of these impulses for use in the processing of the sounds that are far away from the listener.
For using these impulse responses, you need a convolution reverb plugin (not included). The library can be used with the built-in convolution plugins in many DAWs like ProTools, FL Studio amd Sony Vegas, and there are other commercial options on the market, but costs can be high. For starters, you can use a free convolution reverb from the following
A wide choice of IR’s will allow you to choose the most appropriate nuanced impulse response for your material. As you gain more experience with this forest IR, you will find that you can quickly adjust the ratio and volume level for wet and dry channels and effectively use other options of convolution reverb. This powerful forest reverb emulation will be incredibly effective for your sounds.
‘Wave Break Vol.1’ is a compilation of 50 audio files that capture the natural sounds of water breaking on land. There are 42 main sound effects with 8 bonus water sounds totaling 230 minutes and most are 5 minutes in duration. 'Wave Break' features recordings from beaches, coves, reefs, sand dunes, rocky platforms and headlands – recorded in Sydney, Australia and Taveuni Island, Fiji.
Check out ‘Wave Break Vol.2’ here!
For easy reference, sound descriptions are identified in the track title. All files are metatagged.
This Gym Weights library focuses on clinking weights in different shapes and sizes, mostly barbell and hand weights – recorded in an empty gym. As a bonus it contains hits on a punching bag, an ambience track from a large gym (with the sound of people & exercise activity), and some workout machine sounds.
The library is recorded with film sound in mind, so the sounds are not compressed to death. These are also great ingredients for metal impact sound design.
Need electrical sounds? Electricity-Sparks N Arcs delivers more than 200 files of 12,000 volt sparking electrical arcs, industrial welders, electrical shorts, Taser gun discharges, Van Der Graph Generator and custom-made Jacob’s Ladder for those classic sci-fi lab effects… even the sounds of the electrocution of an innocent pickle.
These hard-to-find sounds of massive power and electricity are perfect for adding sizzle to video games, movie projects and multimedia.
All sounds were recorded at 96k/24 bit with multiple microphones. Embedded with metadata (Soundminer, Broadcast Wav)
The Bears Sound Effects Libraries feature numerous bear recordings, capturing the sounds of species like Brown Bears, Kodiak Bears, Himalayan Bears – and even pandas!
Both cubs and adults have been recorded, as they growl, bark, grunt, yelp, whimper, sniff and snarl.
Each pack contains around 80 files, and you save 10% by grabbing both bear SFX packs together.
The sound designer's secret weapon! These files have been used a LOT by us at Double Trouble Audio when we've needed some heavy punchiness to our sound effects. Punchy Cardboard is a collection of high quality cardboard sounds processed with tape to make a really organic sound that can help you sound a lot more punchy.
We’ve also processed all the sounds with three different levels of analogue saturation, which is a great and affordable way to add an analog uniqueness to your sound effects.
This pack really shines when layered with explosions, impacts, car crashes, slaps and fights. Anything that needs that extra oomph!
Water Flow took six months to create, and offers 90 BWAV files recorded in different locations. A huge part of this library is based on the recording sessions by (and in) rivers. Most recordings were done during the winter just before sunrise, to reduce the amount of unwanted sounds.
Almost all recordings are completely clear and free from any birds in the background.
The first location was river called Łyna, and there I’ve recorded a sound of water flowing at different speeds, along with the sound of a dam reducing the speed and height of the river’s flow. The second interesting part of this location was the amount of fallen trees in the water, causing the water to split. Because of this, there was a lot of sonically interesting places to record.
The second river is called Guber, and it’s much smaller than Łyna. I’ve picked this place because of the really subtle water streams, and something even more amazing, natural dams built by beavers. The amount of work these animals put to built those dams is incredible.
In addition to recorded rivers, this library also includes the sound of water dripping inside underground sewers. During one of my field recording trips I discovered a hatch. I could not resist to go inside, and what I discovered there was far beyond my expectations. I made a two small trips there to record it from different distances, with different microphones in mono and stereo.
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.
The Iron 883 is not the biggest Harley Davidson bike around, but it has that recognizable HD throttle sound – in a different tone that you might lack in your sound collection.
The library contains starts, idling, passbys at different speeds and onboard driving on both gravel and asphalt roads. A bunch of foley tracks, burglar alarm, false starts, on spot revving recordings and more.
The onboard recordings consists of a Shure SM57 on the motor and an Oktava MK012 cardioid pointed at the exhaust pipe. These are conveniently exported together as stereo tracks to ease synchronization and mixing in your daw.
Each clip contains detailed metadata information, with filename, description, microphone, picture and more.
African Wildlife is an utterly unique collection of pristine wildlife and nature sounds, recorded in the wilderness of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia over a period of 4 months, 2015. It comes in four categories, covering Mammals, Birds, Ambience and Insects recordings.
It features animals such as elephant, baboon, jackal, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippo, impala, zebra, bat and hyena, as well as insects and 45 species of birds. 50 minutes of ambience recordings are also included.
The diversity of African wildlife sounds is widely reflected in this library, with the material including but not limited to screaming, barking, growling, roaring, breathing, grunting, feeding, hooting, warbling, screeching, farting, guffawing, whooping, gurgling, rutting, yapping, snorting, tweeting, trumpeting, chattering and squeaking.
Extensive metadata including detailed information on location, species, habitat, behaviour and usage is included, formatted for Soundminer. Metadata sheets in .xls and .csv formats are also provided.
Recording equipment: Sennheiser MKH8040-ST (ORTF) / Sony D100 / Telinga MK2 / Sound Devices USBPre2 / Tascam DR-680
Looking for vinyl noises, crackles, pops and buzzes? PHONO is a set of textures lovingly recorded from the blank spots of old and new vinyl records.
Comprised of various loops pops and decays, this collection spans the range of what a needle on an empty track can sound like.
108 flavors of rhythmic noise, crackles, hiss, pops, buzzes, bumps and air – packaged, looped, and ready to go. Great straight or with fx.
Looking for funny, squeaky sound effects? This library by George Hufnagl delivers them by the bucket: Whether it’s a rubber bone, cloth dog, or a giant flamingo, over 16 Minutes of squawks, honks and wheezes await your squeaky, sound effects needs. Squeezed, shaken, and stomped, all 190 stereo files include metadata at 96kHz, 24bit recording quality.
Here are some of the squeaky, squealy toys included:
Cloth Lobster Claw • Cloth dog • Compressed Fire Hose • Diamond Ring • Rubber Ball • Rubber Bone • Rubber Chicken • Rubber Dog • Rubber Flamingo • Rubber Frog • Rubber Legs • Rubber Pig • Rubber bone • Rubber giraffe • Tennis Ball • Tiny Tennis Ball • Wiggly Ball
Need bicycle sound effects? This SFX library delivers more than 650 bike sounds in 125 files, covering everything from cycle gears, chains, crankset, spokes, brakes, the saddle, gearbox, bells, bicycle pumps and valves – and of course lots of wheel sounds, spinning at various speeds.
It also features outdoor ambiences of cycling, bike passes, skids and even some falls.
“Infinite” specializes in dark drones, wide ambiances and thrilling textures that play with great depth and large stage.
Each of the 160 included samples was carefully handcrafted by treating various sources with a complex chain of hardware FX units. The resulting sounds can be used out of the box whenever it comes to the creation of impressive background layers or establishing otherworldly movie scenes.
The library contains two folders: North and South.
The sounds in the North folder still have trace elements of harmonic structures while the South folder provides textures without decent pitch.
All contained sounds have looppoints embedded so that they can play infinitely in the true sense of the word.
This is achieved best with the two additional Kontakt 4 instruments that have all sounds layered across the keyboard.
Nevertheless, the delivered WAV files can be loaded into any modern software sample with loop support.
Get 100+ sound effects of chain mail, plate armor, leather armor getting impacted in three different intensity layers (glancing, weak, hard) – ready for implementaion. It also includes shield impacts in two variants (weak, hard), as well as weapon parry and gory weapon impacts.
This pack also includes footsteps and movement sounds/rustles of chain mail, leather armor and plate armor.
Urban Berlin Vol. 1 is the first release from a set of different Sound Librarys from Germany’s Capitol City Berlin. This first Volume contains Sounds like Citylife, Leisure, Traffic and Train Stations, Pleasure Boat, Flea Market, Trade Fair, Shopping and Crowds in different public Situations. Indoor and Outdoor.
50 immersive sound effects (250 mins total) that flow and swell in an organic nature. Designed for composers and sound designers and ideal for surround sound placement.
‘Ice Skating’ is a very comprehensive library of 1000 audio files from the realm of ice skating.
It encompasses a broad variety of sounds using different skating techniques and features many ice skating activities such as hockey games, figure skating, free skating and more.
Most of the recordings have been made in an outdoor setting to reduce reverberations.
Almost all of the sounds were recorded using a M/S technique with AKG C-414 and Rode Nt5, and Sound Devices mixPre.
This library presents unique focused sounds that have been edited meticulously making them easier to integrate in any audiovisual project or interactive program.
The rare distinctive quality of these recordings also allows them to be a base for
any sound experimentation through a creative process; and can be layered with other sounds or treated in order to produce interesting sound design.
A couple of Ambiences are also included in the library. These are ORTF stereo recordings of outdoors/indoors skating.
Like every other sound library from Articulated Sounds, the files are embedded with metadatas (Soundminer/iXML/XMP/BWAV/ID3).
This library is a bit different from the rest. Dx (“Diagnostic”) is a grouping of different audiometric and audiological elements in a neat, diversified package. Our goal was to aggregate audio tests from multiple disciplines and build them into a one-stop-shop collection that most sound designers, engineers, researchers, and artists could utilize as a mainstay in their audio toolbox.
In this collection you will find sets of: binaural beats, audiometric sweeps, full frequency sweeps, multi-spectrum noise, spatializations, resonance tones, impulses, dynamics tests, intermodulated distortion tests, aliasing tests, phase tests, and a few fun examples just for kicks.
These diagnostic sounds are provided in 96kHz/24-bit, 48kHz/24-bit, and 44.1kHz/16-bit resolutions. There are various length and loudness combinations as well, so you don't have to edit these files to use them for their intended tests. That being said, this diagnostic audio can also be used very quick and precise ways in layered SFX designs. Because they are so specific in their development, they can be used with an automatic mathematic disregard…and that, is a good thing.
Quick, clean, and precise. Enjoy.
Many years of trekking in the Dovre mountains (Dovrefjell) at heights from 900 to 1200 masl. and temperatures reaching down to -20°C, has led to many unique recordings.
My main goal when on Dovrefjell was to capture the “sound” of the harsh climate that dominates up there. Subsequently it was hard to avoid the ever restless wind. But it can be quite tricky to capture the sound of wind (or rather the sound of wind on or through objects) and there are only some “sweet spots”, in this vast high altitude climate scattered with rocks and tiny trees, that will generate a good recording.
These recordings were done crouching behind rocks, on cliff sides, on top of summits, behind weathered shelters, old mountain farms and bushes. Partially freezing my hands of, operating recording equipment.
Bells & Bowls – a collection of 86 files/100MB glass & ceramic bell sound effects in 24bit/96kHz mono.
I give you 14 different bell-like objects, each multi-sampled for maximum expressiveness, tuned to the nearest musical note and ready to drop into your favorite sampler and play away. Ranging from only slightly complex sine waves, to strange wobbles and beat frequencies, these actual physical bowls, plates and vases had some pretty amazing musical sounds in them. Many of them took surprisingly little pitch-alterations to reach a musical note – almost as if some glassware factory wanted them to be struck with mallets and recorded!
Get the authentic sounds of the Renault Master III van: The car was recorded during regular driving, accelerating, decelerating and more demanding way of driving with steady RPMs, slow accelerations and decelerations for game implementation.
The library was recorded with a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Foley was captured with a mono Rode NTG3 microphone. The engine sound effects were recorded with two DPA-4061 omni microphones. In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder.
In this 105 minutes long sound library (excluding RAW files) you will find 16 designed and 32 raw engine sounds recorded onboard, 30 pass by and engine exterior sounds, 17 foley files and 9 engine interior recorded inside vehicles cabin in sync with microphones under the hood.
Welcome to BLEED, a new sound effects collection designed with the modern trailer and soundtrack composer in mind. Featuring a vast array of hi-tech hits/impacts and stingers, sophisticated transition and passbys, visceral stutters, risers and more.
Features 270 metadata embedded .wav files + comes with 9 Kontakt Instruments in the Photosynthesis engine (Note: Full version of Kontakt 5.5+ required, free player not supported)
•Risers & Stutters
•Whoosh & Transition
Do you want to make some realistic firefights? Do you want the sound of the Swedish Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket? Got a sudden need for tanks and explosions?
Modern Combat is a collection of high quality sounds recorded from a real Swedish military drill, captured with a mid side rig and two mics in XY configuration. This pack contains weapon handling and reload sounds, rockets being fired, close-up and distant machine guns, rocket launchers, explosions, flares, distant yelling and firefights. As a bonus we've also included some military jeep and tank driving sounds.
This sound pack is guaranteed to spice up any modern combat scenario!
All sounds included are meta data tagged(keywords+description) for use in soundminer/basehead etc.
Machine Hall delivers all the right sounds for designing sounds for robots, industrial environments and other machines.
This pack was recorded in a car building factory and therefore has a lot of industrial robots, air compressors, small rotors and motors, servos and general heavy industry ambiances. Perfect for creating robots, giant mechanical stuff with loads of moving gears and parts and little tinkering bots. Every machine is counted for, big and small!
Be it steampunk or modern sci-fi, this pack is sure to be a great fit for anything mechanical and robot-y!
All sounds included are meta data tagged(keywords+description) for use in soundminer/basehead etc.
The Foleyart Collection | Extended Footsteps Collection is an Add-On for “The Foleyart Collection | Footsteps & Movements“. This package gives you access instantaneously to thousands more of high quality footsteps as WAV files, including different walking speeds, behaviours and surfaces.
Foleyart Collection: Extended Footsteps –
• 8.848 real Foley sounds in HD quality @ 24Bit, 96 kHZ
• 14 combinations of shoes and surfaces
• Unique recording setup to adjust footstep distance
• Different walking speeds and behaviors
• All WAV files are Meta ready
Includes the following surfaces:
Asphalt • Diamond • Dirt • Grass • Dry Grass • Leaves • Metal • Rocks
Includes the following shoes:
Sneaker • Boot
Get the sounds of the countryside in this library by Original Sounds. It features everything from summer storms in a village, farm animals, wind in the fields, watermills, evenings in the countryside and much more – even some lumberjacks cutting wood.
Windy forest is a collection of forest ambiences with wind ranging from soft to strong. We spent two stormy days out in the deep forests of Norway and managed to capture a wide variety of wind sounds. The recordings are nearly 100% bird free so they are very usable internationally.
The recording of a real BMW E-36 racecar with a Toyota Supra 2JZ engine, captured in a dynapack. Features ignitions, idles, low and hi accelerations and revolution sweeps.
The library features 7 and 9-channel recordings:
3 engine channels: AudioTechnika 8015, Sennheiser 416, Sennheiser 840
4 exhaust channels: Sennheiser 418S (MS), Shure SM 58, Octava 015
and interior 2 channels recorded with Neumann 185 MT stereo pair (not for all)
Gear Used: AudioTechnika 8015, Sennheiser 416, Sennheiser 840, Sennheiser 418S, Shure SM 58, Octava 015 and Neumann 185 MT stereo matched microphone pair with Taskam HS-P82 and Sound Devices 702 recorders
Elements: Gears is a collection of small and large gear, ratchet, cogwheel and other mechanical sounds recorded and edited over more than 2 years by George Vlad. The library encompasses more than 4000 individual sounds covering actions such as single clicks, slow movement, fast movement, short turns etc. The objects recorded include ratchet tools, plastic toys, old sewing machines, wagon wheels and ethnic noise making instruments. Some of the larger objects have been recorded using MKH 8040, DPA 4060 and a JrF contact microphone with each perspective included on a separate track.
The sounds can be used for obvious purposes such as ratchet wrenches, cogwheels, drawbridges, steampunk mechanisms, machinery etc.. As is the case with other libraries in the Elements series, these sounds can also be used as building blocks for more complex sounds such as spaceships, vehicles, industrial machinery and others. Additionally, all files are recorded and mastered at 24/96 quality which makes them excellent sound design elements ripe for serious processing.
• 212 .wav files; more than 4000 sounds in total
• recorded and presented as 24 bit/96 kHz mono files
• 3 hours and 55 minutes total length
• 3.83 GB uncompressed size – 3.11 GB zip archive
• recorded on Sound Devices 633 with Sennheiser MKH-8040, DPA 4060 and JrF microphones
• comprehensive metadata compatible with Basehead and Soundminer
Get the sounds of actual industrial robots – and more – in this special sound effects library. In addition to industrial robot SFX, it delivers hydraulic and pneumatic sounds from various machines at different speeds, such as lathes, plastic molding machines, tank turrets and other sources. Various microphones have been used such as lavs, shotguns, contact and induction microphones etc.
Go (game audio) retro with all the classic 8-bit Arcade Game sound effects! Retro Game is here to offer you the ultimate sonic stockpile to turn your old school 80’s vintage production or idea to life! Over 500 game ready audio assets, over 30 minutes of pure 8-Bit epic-ness!
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