Have you heard about fractals, if so then you probably know that they can be used as art; to an almost-infinite detail creating mind boggling patterns. Luckily, it so happens that one of our core team sound-designers is also a well known fractal artist.
With the help of “photo-synthesis” and “spectral-manipulations”, we extracted the unique impulse responses straight out of some of the most mathematical pieces of art we have ever seen. These visually insane patterns resulted in some truly unique sonic experiences, which we have been unable to find anywhere else. More importantly, now you can add an extra layer of complexity and dimension to your sound with the easy-to-use impulse responses.
These are not the typical reverb tones that can be found or created, in most already-existing convolution reverb plugins.
Think about these Mathematical Impulse Responses, as unique effects and textures, a sound designer’s’ paradise. Make your math-rock mathematically richer than ever before, or give your EDM a new harmonically otherworldly twist, go where you want to go without the fear of being held back by the tools you use.
Let’s step into the wonderful world of classic hardware reverbs. The Lexicon legends; the 960, the 480L, the PCM90 and so forth used in thousands of tracks across tens of thousands of albums, and a number of the world’s’ greatest hits. Everyone knows what’s special about them, and how good they sound. We just love the natural beauty of the “Lexicon 960”, “Lexicon 480L” and “Lexicon PCM90”.
However, instead of giving you our sampled Impulse Responses from those marvelous pieces of audio engineering, we decided to step up the game and combine them into one new device. All three of them were combined into one product, thanks to the use of FFT algorithms and complex audio processing aimed for precision and sound quality.
The final result is just astonishing, we named it “Lexi”; a new hybrid with a natural and richer sound that keeps the warm tonal character of the classics. Our team also couldn’t resist to the temptation to push our audio-processing scripts to the limits, so you not only get the great sounding regulars, but also a few of the modern (both brighter and way deeper) Impulse tones that those original devices couldn’t produce. Now it’s your turn to decide which way you use them. Will it be the remaster of a classic rock song or the new EDM club hit? The decision is truly yours.
GRANULAR is the ultimate source library for anyone looking to add compelling and distinctive granular textures into their sound design; it contains designed sounds, a large collection of processed sounds, and some additional raw recordings.
This library is the culmination of many hours of exploration and experimentation in the area of granular sound processing, using a variety of plugins, audio tools, recording techniques and processes.
GRANULAR features 395 24bit / 96kHz WAV files, each embedded with full metadata.
We are proud to present the next step in our impulse response research; Impulse Exploration 4. This time we have combined all the algorithms and processing techniques used in our previous IR-based products including FM, AM, time stretching, pitch-shifting, spectral-synthesis and multi-faceted manipulations, then added rhythmic elements, which result in tape echo-like sounds or metallic-comb textures.
All of these new impulses were optimized with a slightly soft-warm feel which perfectly fits the mix. It’s an entire world of brand new processing effects and possibilities which can be easily unraveled within any convolution engine, ready to be explored. We hope you enjoy the trip.
A perfect tone. It’s the thing that you always wonder about when you play with your guitar. We know your needs. This collection of impulse responses, will finally unlock the character of your electric guitar.
It’s a unique collection of accurately sculpted cabinet tones for electric guitars and bass, made with a truly scientific approach focused on precision.
We physically reconstructed the impulse responses of the very best studio equipment, as well as the mic coloration from mathematically-modeled high grade dynamic, condenser and ribbon microphones. It’s a great companion for your convolution engine and amp sim, for the extra vintage feel and mighty character that you as a musician require.
The NRS quest for the perfect guitar tone continues. This time we have covered the grounds that are wild and hard to reach, for most. Our unique team of sound designers have, spent the last 6 months developing a brand new set of cabinet and mic impulse responses for you. Thanks to our custom mathematical equations and processing algorithms that aid us in accurate hardware modeling, we have reached a much wider than usual variety of sound possible.
The final result closes the gap between our previous release and adds an inspiring selection of new tones which will fit both acoustic guitarist and aggressive rock-roll head or pure bass guitar virtuoso. We can guarantee that you will be very positively surprised. Try our mic-coloring IRs for gentle character or creative use, or dive deeper into guitar and bass cabs, to enjoy an experience full of wonderful tones and possibilities. Buckle up, it will be a wild ride.
Following Residential Ambiences approach, RESIDENTIAL WINTER – Ambisonics brings you 15 ambisonic residential atmospheres recorded during different times of a day in winter: early morning, morning, afternoon, evening and night.
In these recordings you will hear birds chirping, traffic, sirens wailing in distance, dogs barking, cats meowing and rooster calls. Recording done at night and in the early morning are very quite due to the absence of traffic.
Recordings have been done with a Sennheiser Ambeo + Zoom F8. All files are in 96 kHz/24 bit and meta-tagged.
This Ambisonics sound effects library contains the original recordings in A-Format (no processing whatsoever) and in B-format (AmbiX). By using Harpex, 5.1 (LRCLfeLsRs) and stereo (ORTF) mixdowns have been also added. Note that the Lfe channel is mute. It hasn’t been removed to follow the SMPTE path order.
The Ambisonics version contains all the formats. Stereo version only includes the stereo files.
Soundcloud demo plays the stereo version.
This library brings you 840 meta-tagged sounds recorded and created at 96kHz/24-bit stereo that can be used to bring your spaceships to life. This includes 376 designed sounds with various flybys, lift-offs, and landings for large, medium and small spaceships, as well as the 464 ingredient sounds that were used to create them, allowing you to customize and tailor the sounds to fit your project.
Note: The sounds in the audio sample have some panning and reverberation added; the sounds in the library itself are centered and entirely devoid of reverb.
Vinyl Record Noise is the first sound library from Oddball Audio. The library features eleven 10” blank records recorded from start to finish at 45rpm. The records were cut and pressed by Lathecuts in Arizona using a myriad of techniques to get the most surface noise, pops, crackles, and hiss for your sound design pleasure. In the cutting process they used four different lathes with varying noise floors and records made from many types of materials.
The library is perfect for use in any project that may need vinyl records to give it that vintage feel! Additionally these samples are great to use in granular processing, music, or to add subtle layers to a burning fire.
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Gore is just plain & simple great high quality bloody impacts, splatters, and weapons. You can't go wrong with this library, and it will be a work horse go to for many years! GORE features more than 875 files, 2.92 GB of 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata. GORE was created in collaboration with Michael Leaning, a UK based Triple AAA video game sound designer.
Dystopian Drones sound library features 200+ high quality drone sound effects that instantly evoke unsettling feeling and post-apocalyptic images of a machine-dominated world, destroyed dystopian cities, deserted landscapes and sci-fi machine rooms, reactors and engines!
Perfect for creating disturbing industrial ambiences and dark otherworldly soundscapes, these sound effects will work great as a background for any dark futuristic sci-fi scene full of tension and suspense.
You can choose between different types of drones ranging from intense pulsating ones, dynamic and evolving ones to the constant drones. Whether you’re working on a post-apocalyptic video game, movie, tv show or if you need dark ambient textures for a music production, this sound library has you covered!
Dystopian Drones sound library contains 7.39GB (227 minutes total) of high definition 24bit/96khz stereo WAV files, embedded with metadata to speed up your workflow and separated into three categories: 1. Evolving Drones 2. Pulsating Drones 3. Constant Drones
Looking for electric car sounds? This library delivers 111 files / 123 minutes of 96k recordings in mono and stereo of the Renault Fluence Dynamique electric vehicle.
The Reanult Fluence was one of the first medium sized electric vehicles in Europe, originally produced in 2012. The car is based on the Renault Megane conventional vehicle.
In these recordings, we have recorded the engine with contact mics, capturing the raw sound of the otherwise very quiet electric engine.
We also have a lot of tire sounds on different surfaces, gravel, asphalt and rumble strips on the highway, as well as passby sounds.
Get ready for your next project with this unique combo! Grab SPACE DIVERS together with DIVE DEEP – 1057+ sounds in total – at a very special price:
Exclusively on A Sound Effect!
Need sound effects for your explainer videos? The EXPLNR sounds series is a collection of sfx libraries designed and produced with the classic 2d animated explainer video in mind. These sounds will give quick and useful coverage to the common moves used in this style.
Vol 1 is an excellent all-around base library that includes whooshes, clicks, pops, swells, ratchets, slides, rips, drags, flicks, crumples, and dings – all custom designed with the playfulness and clean edges required to match the explainer video style.
To help cover repetitive visual movements, multiple iterations of each sound are included. A host of designed sounds will quickly cover more complex movements.
The next time you have an explainer video in the house, you know your starting point.
If you're after city ambiences, URBAN & SUBURBAN provides a solid foundation for any sound designer to create a believable acoustic backdrop right out of the gate with common ambiences in varying intensities, daytimes and configurations. Easily accessible public places are captured in excellent quality, yet enough balance and distance to support the scene in the background and embed more prominent sounds into the mix.
COMMON VS UNUSUAL
While URBAN & SUBURBAN provides all the necessary basics, it also goes the extra mile by providing more isolated environments as well as recordings of special events that will come in handy when a change of scenery or dramaturgy is required. Various forms of traffic, groups of people, buildings, animals, wind and many more sound sources that make an appearance in this library ensure that you are able to craft an experience complete with the necessary components.
This library was made for the small stuff. I have always had a hard time finding small fire sounds. I work mostly in games, and trying to find a small fireplace sound, or torches on the wall in a castle, or perhaps a candle or oil lamp sound, are impossible to find in commercial libraries! I've always been unhappy with what I had to make for those elements. So, I went to work getting small and delicate fire sounds.
It took multiple field recording trips using a variety of different materials to find the best small fire sounds. Finally, after a lot of hard work (and smoke to the lungs), here is the Small Fire SFX Library!
Cuff ‘Em is a collection of all things handcuff. Lock up the villain using the Smith & Wesson 100-1 series nickel plated carbon steel handcuff. Use the key to unlock and unlatch to make your escape. Pick up and drop the cuffs on numerous surfaces. Surfaces include: Wood Table, Resonant Wood Table, Carpet, Carpeted covered Hardwood, Hardwood Floor, Two Metal Tables, Resonant Metal Table, Chaise Lounge, and Leather Drum Stool. Also included is opening and closing of the latches, fidget and jiggle around, spin on different surfaces, and more!
60 files, 51 minutes, with over 2,285 sounds in total! Recordings decoded from MS into stereo using the Sennheiser MKH8050, MKH30 microphones into a Sound Devices Mix Pre-6 Recorder.
All files are metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly.
Viscous materials are probably one of the more common elements that come up on a regular basis, and one of the grossest to record. Let me save you the trouble. Slime is a collection of different Viscous materials ranging from literal slime to more abstract slime-like sounding materials like rubber.
One of the featured sounds of the library is a gallon of slime being tossed around, man-handled, and squished.
All the items in this collection were recorded at 192khz with a Sanken CO100k, so there's a lot of flexibility to be had pitching and manipulating the sounds.
Before you stick your hand in that jar of mayo, give the demo a listen. It might just save you some time, and smelling like a sandwich the rest of the day.
This library is a compilation of the unique sounding horn, quintessential to South Africa and its culture, the Vuvuzela. It's a collection of Vuvuzela sounds from various distances and varying intensities. There are mono and stereo versions, all recorded in isolation in order to be placed in any situation. Included are additional recordings with natural city reflections.
All tracks recorded with the Zoom H5 XY stereo pair as well as a Sennheiser MKH60.
This is your library for making authentic background train ambiences in movies, games or radio plays. It features over 40 indoor ambiences in 5.1 surround sound. Recorded in 2017 with an INA 5 surround microphone array for realistic room impression. Finish your next project in light speed. Simply drag and drop the interleaved surround sounds into your DAW and get perfectly balanced and panned surround sound train ambiences.
• More than 40 indoor (cabin) train ambiences/room tones in 5.1 surround sound (3 GB)
• Fans, rails, machines, motors (diesel and electric), humming, heating, buzz, natural noise
• Doors, passengers, rattling, air conditioning, toilet, speed-up, slow down, pass-by noise
• Realistic room impression and sound location, true to original sound color
• Compatible with ITU-R BS.775 recommendation, no Ambisonics, no plug-in needed, just drag the 5 tracks into your DAW
• Perfect balanced surround sounds for drag and drop integration
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz / low noise recording
• Interleaved surround sound file (L/R/C/LFE/LS/RS), simply drop into your DAW
• EBU/BWF and WAV-Metadata made with Soundminer for use in any DAW
• Equipment: INA 5 surround microphone array, RME UCX, RME Quadmic 2
Louis Armstrong. Wynton Marsalis. Doc Severinson. Miles Davis. What do these legendary trumpet players have in common? None of them would be caught dead recording for this sound effects library.
Trumpet Interface offers you 264 clicking, clustering, chattering and squeaky sound files to be used in your project. Recorded, in private, on a Bach 180S37 Stradivarius Bb Trumpet, George took his time in making sounds that would make any 4th chair trumpet player proud. From mouthpiece buzzes to low-tone squelches, this mangled trumpet stuff will make your user interface blow the face off any unsuspecting user. Over 6 minutes of UI SFX that cost way less than the trumpet used to record them.
Get an elite cache of cinematic power and creative expression. Collision FX delivers an exceptional pallete of sound to design, compose, score, sweeten and create astonishingly impressive cinematic elements that absolutely get noticed. Built on a sonic foundation of cinematic source FX, composers, musicians, DJ’s and sound designers alike are empowered with unmatched inspiration for creating breathtaking cinematic dynamics and orchestrated elements.
This library is a collection of South African Emergency Service sirens. It’s a collection of siren sounds from various distances and for various vehicles. There are mono and stereo versions, as well as processed options. South African Emergency Services use the same 3 sounds whether its an ambulance, police vehicle or fire truck. Combinations of each are used in different situations and are part of this library.
All tracks recorded with the Zoom H5 XY stereo pair as well as a Sennheiser MKH60.
TURBINE is a revolutionary sound design plug-in that gives you access to a wide range of authentic virtual engines based on their real-world counterparts. Over the last 4 years of intense research and development we shaped this breakthrough software tool that revolutionizes the way we do sound design. TURBINE is here to blow your mind and to simplify your work in so many ways.
You can change and automate all parameters in real-time, giving you full control over the final result.
1. A free license management software
2. A portable USB device that must be purchased separately. Please note that a lot of software plug in creators use the iLok system, so if you already own a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device, you don’t need to purchase another one and if you purchase an iLok USB device now you can use it with software from other manufacturers (one iLok to rule them all).
An iLok device can be purchased directly at ilok.com or – if you want to purchase from outside the USA – here. Additionally, you can get an iLok device from the most music or audio software retailers.
A 2nd generation (or newer) iLok USB device must be plugged into your workstation to run our TURBINE software. Without a 2nd generation (or newer) iLok device, the TURBINE software will not load. This applies to both editions, the free trial and the full version. When plugged into your workstation, our software will recognize your license and you can work with it.
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