In films and documentaries there are often images of people in spaces speaking to other people, who are listening attentively.
The recordings of the person doing the talking are pristine from the set. The recordings of the rest of the room don’t exist. Room tones of empty spaces don’t possess movement and life that your soundtracks require for these situations.
Quiet Spaces is a collection of recordings of people gathered in rooms of various sizes and not talking
Libraries are a natural place to capture these environments, and so a high quality stealth kit made from a pair of Sanken CUB 01s discreetly placed from a backpack onto empty tables in various libraries. We also got access to a university campus right at the end of finals week where we recorded out in the open with a pair of MKH50s in ORTF. We captured an entire class taking a test, as well as various other lightly and sparsely populated spaces in and around campus.
The end result is a beautiful set of recordings of quiet spaces that are still filled with texture and movement.
Available in two versions:
Get the true sounds of Italy in this authentic collection.
The Italian Ambiences sound effects library features recordings from places such as an Italian airport, bar, beach, city ambiences, crowd, countryside, market, pub, school, residential area, supermarket, train station, marina, museum, office, restaurant, tavern, village and many more.
Also includes a great collection of recordings from the historic city of Venice, Italy – excellent for old-city atmospheres. In total, more than 4.5 hours of atmospheric Italian recordings and ambiences are included.
Quad City Berlin is a comprehensive collection of quadrophonic recordings from the busy and multifaceted german capital, the second largest city in the European Union.
It was created to work as an internationally usable library of urban ambiences while still capturing the unique sounds of Berlin. It’s a set of extensive and versatile recordings focused on large open spaces and the nice fat low-end hum of major city traffic.
Quad City Berlin comes in two flavors:
– Quad + MS: four channels with omni-directional mics + two channels mid-side (6 channels total, please check out diagram below. 102 files)
– Stereo only: the two front channels of the quad setup only (A-B stereo, 34 files)
The locations covered in Quad City Berlin include: rooftops, main roads & squares, residential areas, parks, freeways, room ambiences
The recording session took place in the fall of 2015 where birdsong is usually very sparse and the weather can still be sunny and dry. Thanks to these conditions, most of the recordings contain no bird chirping at all. All recordings where made using the same microphone setup: four omni-directional mics with equal distances to each other and one MS rig at the front side.
Depending on the location, the omnis where placed up to 3 meters apart to deliver a truly wide sound that works well on a cinema mixing stage. The MS signal serves as both a center signal (if needed) and a stereo option that is also mono compatible.
The four omnis where the high-end DPA 4006 (Bruel&Kjaer) microphones with a remarkable quality in the low frequencies. They work exceptionally well for city background hum and low engine sounds producing a very full and warm, yet precise sound.
This library features nearly 100 vocalizations from a recording session with a VO artist that has mastered the art of weird utterances and creature voices.
You will find violent growls, grunts, sounds of pain, moans and groans, breaths, whispers, gargling, hisses, choking, growls and everything else you'd expect from a zombie, humanoid monster or demon.
These sounds are also dry overall, with only minimal editing, and recorded at 96 kHz to allow you to continue to play around with them. The library features dual mono recordings with a set of two different microphones—one crispier and one warmer. If combined and panned, some create a stereo feel.
Ambient/Breath • Choking • Gargle • Growls • Hiss • Moans • Panting • Snarl • Word / Phrase / Gibberish / Latin • Yell / Scream
This library was created to provide designers with drag and drop sounds for sweeps, fades, surges, swells, and other embellishments. Each of the sounds in this collection were designed to be used to heighten events, but they can be mashed, stacked, and chopped to create all sorts of eclectic designs. There are plays on musical concepts as well as thematic events, with each sound purposefully building up, culminating in a peak moment, and then dissipating in some way. They are organized into 100 families (designs) with 5 variations each, ranging wildly in topic, movement, duration, dynamics, attack, release, loudness, density, and speed. Some are natural and organic while others are completely rigid and synthetic (and some fall variably in between).
If you need to festoon the heck out of a scene or event in your project…If you need some complex SFX designs craftily layered and ready-to-go…If you need a diverse set of easy-to-tweak, overflowing sonic enrichment, then look no further. You've found it.
Swishes consists of 331 sounds beautifully recorded in both mono and stereo, edited, and tagged with rich metadata. From baking trays and bamboo, to colanders, mops and more.
It took a lot of sunscreen to record this collection of ocean waves, gentle currents, and life on the Boardwalk. From Venice Beach, to Santa Monica and Malibu, Southern California boasts some of the world's greatest resources for coastal recording. This is a terrific library that features a variety of beachside sounds, including huge wave crashes on rocks, calm estuaries, and even amusement parks on the Pier. 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!
Prepare for shivers! Frozen Footsteps is a huge library of winter footstep & foley sounds recorded on 8 expressive and cold surfaces in real -20 °C (and below) temperatures.
Containing over 2400 sounds in 81 files, Frozen Footsteps foley sfx library is created for game and film sound design. If your game needs winter footstep sounds, or you are missing some authentic source material to take your studio foley tracks to the next level, this is the library for you.
All surfaces were recorded in real movement with multiple walking and running velocities. Frozen Footsteps library includes also real jumping and landings sounds. Jumping sounds are often missing from other foley libraries, but are extremely useful for creating character movement sounds for games. This package gets you covered.
7 surfaces were recorded during two freezing winter nights in a quiet rural area in Finland. Everything from ground to trees was totally frozen and covered in frost. However, snow hadn’t fallen yet. This special moment allowed recording footsteps on unique surfaces that are usually under snowpack. To make the package complete, the frozen snow sounds were recorded later, with real crusty snow. In freezing temperatures, as well.
All sounds were carefully edited in iZotope RX and Pro Tools 12 removing the background and clothing noise. This was quite a task, but it was worth it. This makes the sounds extremely clear, versatile, and easy to use.
Library highlights:- 8 frozen surfaces
– 2400+ sounds in 81 sound clips
– Sneak, walk, run, jump, slide, scuffs, and more
– 96 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files
– 1.20 GB
– Carefully edited & noise-free
– Soundminer & BWAV metadata
Sounds of Central America explores the sounds native to this Latin American region and beyond.
These high-quality sound recordings were meticulously recorded in Mexico, Guatemala. Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Included is also a taste of the Caribbean and beyond with additional recordings from Belize and Cuba.
Sounds of Central America was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful for post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you could expect to hear in these countries.
From wild Mexican rodeos, to howler monkeys screaming in the Guatemalan jungle, local fish markets in El Salvador, various means of local transportation, exotic nature, all kinds of crowds with all kinds of local accents, angry mobs, incredibly close-mic’d hummingbird wings and so much more.
We hope you enjoy this high-quality sound pack.
All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).
From creating the breath of a behemoth, to the palpable aura of an ambiance, this is a plethora of contact mic goodness providing you with frequency-deep content for layering, embellishing, bolstering, and new sound creation.
Contact mics are delicate creatures. They can give you insights into the most excitable yet unheard facets of a soundscape, and then almost immediately get destroyed by the slightest of impacts. We're just going to forget about how many incredible captures were thrown out of the running for this library due to such slight disruptions, and instead focus on the positive: this is a huge collection of super flexible, totally malleable sounds. One of our favorite libraries to make because it satisfied the inner tinkerer's ear, Outward Inversion is our microscope applied to the aural world.
This library is a myriad of uniquely South African exterior ambiences.
Get true exterior ambience sounds of South Africa in this authentic collection. The South African Exterior ambience sound effects library features recordings from places in and around Cape Town, beach, city, promenade, bus station, market, taxi rank, residential suburb, city rooftop, the CDB, train station, parking lot, primary school, residential areas and many more.
SSL15 Metal Workshop Session is a full angle recordings from a metal workshop. All the machines in all the formats and angles. Choose between the close 416 mono mic, with the full power of the engine, or the far or medium surround format recorded 5/20 meters away.
This way we managed to get all the sounds from the visit to the workshop!
Khao Sok jungle is a unique collection of 30 sounds from Khao Sok national park in south Thailand.
This natural reserve is the oldest evergreen rainforest of the world, it contains more than 1,500 species of tree and plants and over five percent of the world's animal species.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment and a lot of patience.
In addition to that, 2 bonus tracks from the Mekong delta are included to this library for free.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds of wild nature, caught with DPA and MBHO mics powered by an Aeta 4minX at 24/96Khz in multichannel.
All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
This idea was created with efficiency and budget in mind. On independent films we don't always have the luxury of budgeting out an extensive amount of foley. There are tons of resources for cutting cloth, props, and footsteps, but there are none for actions of the human body in every day situations. In this comprehensive library you will find touches, pats, scratches, slides, clasps, slaps, and so many other common actions involving skin that will help bring realism to your projects.
Domestic Drones is a collection of 34 distorted and disturbing drones not for the faint-hearted. Each drone was created from recordings of domestic appliances and household items, such as fans, ventilation, taps, kettles and even coffee machines. Each one was then torn apart and treated using the finest plugins (and no virtual instruments) creating a collection of winds, howls, mechanical textures and alien winds.
This abstract collection is useful for anyone creating soundscapes for distant planets, submersed landscapes or even just a house of horrors.
Transitions 003 brings you even more specially crafted sounds for all your animation, game or film post production needs. Each sound has been carefully created using a variety of processing plugins and techniques to give you an arsenal of unique FX to use in your next productions. All files have been meta tagged so they'll be easily searchable in Soundminer.
Crowd walla recordings made at the National Gallery, the Science Museum, National History Museum, Tate Modern, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
59 Ambiences, most of them are loopeable, from the city of San Francisco, California (USA).
Recorded in October 2019.
Learn more about these recordings: https://soundxplorer.com/the-noise-of-san-francisco
Abstract Aqua sound effects library is a result of different field recording sessions with more experimental approach.
It features 208 192kHz WAV files, 92 designed sound effects and 116 RAW recordings. It was recorded with a Sound Devices 702 and Sony PCM-D100, Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones, Rode NTG3 and Aquarian Audio hydrophone. Total length of the files is 334 minutes.
The designed files have more abstract feel to it, so you’ll find aqua whooshes, different underwater sounds and big sounding waves. The RAW files includes different wave recordings from the Baltic Sea, water foley sounds and effects recorded with hydrophones. You can find more informations in the library sound list.
Get the sound of the Baltic Sea with this sound effect library recorded in Poland, featuring both location sound and additional foley, including walking, running in the water and swimming. The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, and is surrounded by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain.
A total of 153 minutes of ocean and water foley sounds are included in this atmospheric SFX library.
This sound library was updated with 37 additional files of waves crushing on the shore and rocks during different weather conditions. It was recorded with various stereo configurations like stereo XY, ORTF, MS and Sony PCM-M10.
The “Fun Monsters” library is a vocal collection of 18 cute little monsters.
It comprises 2000+ non-textual vocalizations with variations of actions and emotions recorded by voice actors – all carefully edited, classified, thoroughly metatagged.
The sounds are suitable for cartoons, games, and any projects featuring cute funny characters! It is delivered in 192Khz which allows for additional pitch and treatments.
Gear used: Neumann TLM170R, Sanken Co-100k, Sound Devices 788T, Sennheiser MKH8090
Mazda Miata MX5 NBFL 1.6 Stock sound library features 149 high-quality files recorded with multi-mic setup. Engine was recorded in sync with interior cabin ambient, and you can expect different styles of driving. From casual city driving, through accelerations on a highway up to rpm ramps and constant rpm loops for game audio. In addition to designed sounds, you’ll find raw recordings for each perspective (3 engine microphones, air intake, 2 exhaust microphones). Additionally, this library features 30 files with exterior recordings (passes, manoeuvres, approaches, engine start and such) and 22 foley files with recordings of doors, trunk, hood, and interior SFX.
The Rare Animals library from Pro Sound Effects is a collection of unique animal sounds from field recordings around the world. They have been meticulously edited and mastered for cross-industry sound design usage from games to mobile/interactive and traditional film/broadcast.
The Rare Animals sound effects library was built from one principal aim: To find, nurture and release rare animal sound effects into the wild. Pro Sound Effects sourced the nature catalogs and archives from its existing global partners for the rarest field recordings, the most unusual of which were hand-selected by Brooklyn Sound Society‘s Neil Benezra to remaster and restore. This collection of animal effects was edited and optimized for game and interactive industries in mind, so most are shorter, trigger-able sounds. The library also contains a collection of ambiences—longer, environmental sound effects that can be further edited, or used as backgrounds.
Recorded and designed by film sound legends Ann Kroeber and Alan Splet (well known for their work with David Lynch), the Cinematic Winds sound effects library delivers diverse recordings from eerie, hollow wind sounds to whipping, stormy moodscapes.
Cinematic Winds is an exclusive collection of sound effects selected from the venerable Kroeber-Splet private recording archive, Sound Mountain. “Of all the sounds from our library, the wind recordings are some of the most iconic and evocative,” says Ann Kroeber, having created an extensive sound catalog with her late partner Splet over decades of pioneering their craft.
Wind is one of the most difficult elements to record. This is why Pro Sound Effects is proud to offer this carefully curated library from two artful sound designers and recordists we have tremendous respect for. Take your next sound design project to the next level by dragging and dropping the work of Kroeber and Splet into your scene.
This special collection includes over 3 hours of 24-bit/48kHz WAV format wind effects and recordings perfect for inducing subtle, subconscious emotion, imposing a powerful presence, and creating earthy or surreal soundscapes in your production.
Descriptive embedded metadata helps you find exactly the sound you need with practical, literal interpretations as well as emotional impressions of the sound effects. The wind sounds are grouped into five categories:
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