Atmospheric drones and ambiences – light and dark, beautiful and eerie, lively and serene
800+ sounds from one of the most complex and varied sounding instruments that we’ve come across in our junk shop travels. Broken strings, creaky wood and a great resonant cavity gave us a massive collection of sounds ready to be bent and twisted.
This is a fretless German harp zither, which differs in quality significantly from concert zithers, which have several strings with fretted necks beneath them. This version was manufactured by Friederich Menzenhauer, the father of the zither in the US. Zithers of this kind are notoriously difficult to identify because they contain no distinguishing marks on the bodies themselves, and the only branding is on the paper label deteriorating inside the soundhole.
Our version had been worn beyond all repair through decades of age and neglect. Broken strings, creaky wood and a great resonant cavity gave us a massive collection of sounds ready to be bent and twisted.
We did much more than just throw a couple of mics up and pluck – this instrument was recorded with a stethoscope mic, a lav inside the cavity, overhead xy, room mics, and more. We banged, scraped, bowed, ebowed, and thumped every last noise out of this one in three separate sessions. The end result was a collection of about 5 Gb of edited stereo 24 bit 96k sound.
The Kontakt instruments are where the real magic happens with this instrument. There are presets for horror string hits, angelic and demonic pads, old creaks and more. The zither barely survived, but it gave us an array of sounds that are very different from what you’ll get from a properly tuned and maintained instrument. It is the uniqueness of the decay that gives our zither its character.
This collection of sounds, include a variety of ambiences, gear drones, and room tones recorded during the last few years!
54 tracks recorded in different recording sessions during last few years. 48Khz and 24 bits HD Audio. Room Tones, Designed Ambiences and Gear Drones recorded and edited for audio atmos designers!
All the files have metadata embedded for Soundminer and similar programs. They both include Spanish and English description.
[Updated 11/2018 : The extension “Ghosts Return” has been added as a bonus to this library]
Looking for haunting, spooky sounds (ready for VR and 360 degree content) – this library gets you up to 600+ sounds to work with. The Ghost Designed Sound library offers 20 atmospheres and 125 sound elements finely crafted, and spatialized in 360° (3 format options: Ambisonics, Surround 5.1, or stereo).
The Ghosts Construction Kit delivers 545 raw sound sources (monophonic). It provides the sonic material to create custom sound effects and soundscapes of ghostly auditory experiences with your own settings.
Through the development process, we gathered unique sonic materials from the scary inaudible sounds up to the piercing cry of Banshee ghosts. Included are: 14 pre-baked atmospheres, 38 designed sound, and 373 useful source sounds.
It comprises recordings of male and female ghosts, crows, miscellaneous sounds of the house, bells, extensive door knocks from various perspectives, and sounds of ghost trying to enter a room.
The atmospheres are easy and ready to use, containing haunting houses, town, forest, cemetery, thunderstorm, and eerie soundscapes.
The designed sounds are mainly focused on ghosts creature with spooky murmur, breathe, group of ghosts and creepy inhalations.
Glacier Ambience is a pack of ambient drones created especially for the purpose of being used anywhere.
If your voice-over needs life, your video needs a mood, your sound design ambience needs a lift, and more.
These are ambient soundscapes and drones and not sounds from an actual glacier, but they were created while I was looking at one.
All this in one package. All designed for the specific ability to drag and drop any of the tracks in the package to your soundtrack and it will instantly bring a background mood and life to your creation.
All the sounds in here have been created while I was living in Iceland – with drones, glaciers, ambient life, nature and northern lights in mind.
Glass and Metal Clouds are the result of experimenting with the tonal and noise elements of a glass or metal impact via granular processing. Various household objects were struck and recorded, ranging from metal shovels, desk legs and brass ornaments to glass and crystal objects – basically anything that would ring after it was struck.
The recordings were then sent through ‘Clouds’ and processed with gentle, chaotic modulation by a combination of sloth chaos modules and standard cyclic modulation resulting in drones that gently sweep between musical tonal sounds and the random noise produced by the strike and are ever evolving; some more than others.
Sometimes some surprising sounds came out of the drones and I let them run, some were kept quite constant with only a subtle amount of modulation so there is a lot of variation in the pack.
The sounds came from my need as a sound designer to embed strange mood, emotion and feeling of uncertainty into everyday ambience.
Granular Textures is a collection of Foley sounds, instrumentals and lo-fi recordings which were fed into granular processors to deliver a set of unique and versatile atmospheres which bear little resemblance to their original source. Instruments such as guitar, piano, kalimba and zither have been exploited, dissected, stretched, resampled and mangled beyond all recognition and served up as inspiring grainscapes which will find their home in a variety of productions.
Whether your project calls for gritty, industrial and dystopian soundscapes, surreal, science fiction elements, twisted signals and transmissions, horror soundbeds, deep drones or experimental noise pieces, Granular Textures is a versatile collection which will serve as a great sonic asset, whatever field of multimedia you work in.
Halloween 101 is a great collection of sounds for your spooktacular projects! Inside are eerie ambiences; ghosts and zombies; human grunts, dying, screaming, and wailing; bloody gore; blade sounds, glass breaks, squeaky floors and doors, and so much more!
• Strange, haunting ambiences
• Blades – impacts, hits, chainsaw, war-hammer, battle ax
• Fighting and Gore – punches, rib cage ripping open, splats, goops
• Footsteps – glass, creaky wood
• Glass Breaks
• Human Sounds – evil laughs, screams (solo and group), grunts
• Unhuman Sounds – Groups of ghostly voices, zombies (solo and groups), speaking in tongues
• Weather – thunder & wind
• Doors – creaking, “Demons Gate”
• Harmonic Series Drones is an extension of several of my music compositions. Over the past few years, I've been very interested in data sonification, writing several pieces that turn real-time weather data into music. This library was created using a drone generator that turns weather data into sound. I built this drone generator for my piece Sitka for piano and seasonal electronics.
• Instead of pulling weather data from Sitka, Alaska, as I did in the piece, I used 2016 daily temperature data from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a fragile place wrapped up in current political drama and now open to drilling. This library is a sonification of 2016 temperature data in ANWR. The highest global temperature on record was recorded in 2016 (2016 Global Climate Report). It is even worse in the Arctic where temperatures are warming at twice the rate of lower latitudes (2016 Arctic Report Card). With this library, you'll be able to hear the warming, and I hope this library helps to draw attention to the rapidly changing environment of the Arctic.
• Each of the forty-eight drones corresponds to the average temperature of a day in 2016, with twelve drones from each of the four seasons. The drones are built from pure tones made from tightly filtered pink noise. These pure tones are then stacked in harmonic series relationships. For instance, a winter drone might consist of the fundamental and four lowest partials. A summer drone could have the fundamental and partials seven, fourteen, and thirty-two.
• The drones stand on their own without the story. If you never knew they started with weather data, you would still find a variety of pure, rich, microtonal drones with enough variety to fit the mood of any project.
2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
• Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
HARMONICS is a new designed sound collection that explores the inner beauty of resonating metals to create an extensive set of inspiring sonic material for sound design and film scoring – proudly presented by SampleTraxx.
Metal happens to have the right combination of speed of sound and decay. Different metal shapes produce a broad spectrum of soundscapes and tones.
HARMONICS investigates this hidden magic by designing and layering these unique timbres.
The result is an extensive set of designed evolving textures and designed metal elements which are great to create sound cues in minutes, metal hits, passby-reverses and evolving drones.
The nature of this soundpack doesn’t call for compressor or maximizer. Close attention has been paid to preserve the original dynamic excursion of each sound and fully enjoy its natural vibration and evolution.
Having a wide dynamic range guarantees more freedom in layering and arranging different elements to create endless variations.
The sonic material contained in the pack is all presented in a designed fashion and different levels of design are provided: from simple elements to evolving multilayered soundscapes and textures, all based on metallic sources. No external sounds apart from metals have been added to the mix.
86 Designed Textures and Elements (dur. up to 1’10″)
37 Hits (Hi and Low Designed Hits)
26 Pass-by Reverse
9 Tibetan Bowl (Raw Recordings)
9 Kontakt Instruments -Kontakt 5.5 full required for these (free player not supported)
Note: the WAV themselves files can be used without Kontakt
Harsh Noise is a collection of analog feedback loop manipulations where traditional audio equipment is pushed to extremes and sent spiralling out of control.
Featuring glitched-out signal malfunctions, huge walls of noise and piercing high-frequency tones, these sounds will really set the mood for any abstract scenes, unsettling moments or technological nightmare situations in your productions, particularly if working to a horror, science fiction, dystopian or experimental theme.
With each file coming in at 1 minute in length and recorded at a high resolution of 24/96, you are invited to go beyond the source material and explore your own sonic territory by way of editing, filtering and processing to suit your needs.
Haunting Ambiences contains dense, multilayered horror construction kits. Everything you need to build a world around your scenes with separated stems. We captured and designed field recordings from multiple countries, voices, instruments and synthesizers all in 24Bit 96kHz allowing for further manipulation.
These dense ambiences include split stems to encourage experimentation, allowing you to add or subtract certain elements, balance them or combine them with sounds from other construction kits in the pack. Perfect for your horror films, video games or escape room/live experiences.
Here are the included Construction Kits:
Haunted Factory: Moving gears, pipe bursts and the deafening buzz of industrial lighting.
Haunted Forest: Weird birds, crows, wolves, owls, tree creaks and much more!
Haunted House: Distinct creaks of a wooden building under a bed of creepy winds and clocks.
Haunted Neighbourhood: Dog barks, crickets and clocktowers sit above layered crickets and streetlights.
Haunted Sewers: Build a wet and dripping scene with flowing water and more distinct drips echoing through.
Haunted Swamp: Misty wind, bugs and water splashes suggest an evil presence, combined with frogs and more!
Nightmare: A discomforting array of voices, hums, and rumbles.
Zombie Apocalypse: A crowd of Zombies are taking over the city, breaking into anything they can find.
Torture Chamber: A deep and surreal ambience with screams, drills, tools and other torturous sounds.
High Frequency Feedback Loops is a 57 sound collection of harsh, piercing analogue noise sourced from a No-Input Mixer being pushed to its limits. With constant ringing tones, random oscillations and lots of signal screaming in the higher frequency range, this library is a useful addition for your audio toolkit.
Think situations where a character's hearing is impaired, for constructing glitching communications and old school computers loading or to heighten the tension in horror and science fiction scenes. Whatever the requirement, if your next project calls for some seriously intense high-register noise, this one's got you covered.
Hologram Room [USO001] is the first bundle of the abstract Sound Design Collection produced by Matteo Milani.
These two gigabytes of “ready to use” original sound elements are designed to help you sweetening and enhancing your sound production. The whole library is organized in eight main folders: Active Drones, Alarms, Blips, Buttons, Communications, Ignitions, Telemetries, Transitions. It provides a selection of out of this world drones and ambiences, futuristic sound effects and electronic tools.
Spooky, scary sounds – in ambisonics format. Hollow winds, strange metal resonances, all those sounds are natural and not coming from any kind of sound generator – you will be able to spread them all around the room and make them move as you like. If you plan to do a horror film, this is a must have.
This bundle contain 7 horror focused libraries.
You will get a powerful collection of sounds great to induce fear, tension and panic in you horror production.
You will find tense percussive elements, oppressive sounds to evoke the sensation that someone or something is hiding and watching you, sounds with a distorted, saturated and tense feeling to grab people’s attention, zombie style sound effects, mutation sounds for bloody and creepy transformations and digital screams to evoke human sensations in a digital world.
These packs can be a great tool for horror and sci-fi games, movies and trailers.
Affright: A collection of 208 sounds aimed to induce tension, fear and urgency in horror productions. You will find looped percussive elements (clocks, metals, hits, alarms, musical elements and more at 75 bpm), designed rhythmic elements (75 bpm) and fx (atmospheric elements, reverses, noises, risers, drops).
Dare_Small Pack: A small pack of 50 atmospheric elements suited for horror productions to evoke the sensation that someone or something is hiding and watching you.
Distorted Perception: Abnormal melodies, strange sound movements, transitions and distorted cinematic impacts are some of the things you will find in this collection of 146 sfx; sounds with a distorted, saturated and tense feeling to grab people’s attention and provoke fear, tension and suspense in them.
Infected Zone: More than 200 zombie style sound effects. You will find ambiences, drones, musical elements, cinematic impacts, zombie hordes, bites, bone breaks, zombies eating, intestine movements, blood drips, stabs, gunshots, machine guns, vocalizations and more.
Minacious: 369 sounds suited for horror/paranormal productions. If you need to induce tension, fear and oppression in your game, movie or trailer and evoke the sensation that someone or something is hiding and watching you ready to scare or kill, this library full of textures and atmospheric elements is great for you.
Mutation: 200 mutation sound effects aimed to be used in horror/sic-fi productions. The pack is focused on bloody and creepy transformations where you can hear how the flesh, blood and bones of the subject are being transformed and reshaping into something else.
SWAP_Digital Screams: You will find 98 male Digital Screams to evoke human sensations in a digital world. If the character of your game/movie is being plugged-in to a computerized world or suffering pain in this digital terrain, this collection of unique Screams is great for you.
Hvac Drones & Tones gets you the noisy insides of hotel rooms, bathrooms and much more; recordings of large ventilation and filter units, cooling compressors and whining fans.
Some of the sounds are completely pristine and unprocessed, while others have been tampered with to reveal hidden qualities. This collection contains both noir and noise!
Over 5000 years in the making, I Had A Little Dreidel is the most extensive library of dreidels spinning on various surfaces. Surfaces include wood end table, snare drum top and bottom, various hand drums, steel drums, and more! These close up recordings include all the clicks, clanks, and drone line spins these spinning tops produce. This pack was recorded using the Sennheiser MKH8050, MKH30, Line Audio CM3, JRF Contact Mics, Audio Technica AT2022, and AT897. Included are recordings of two different dreidels close up, plastic and wood. All Files are metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly.
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.
IN MOTION is a collection of high quality time-lapse-like sound effects, indicating passage of time.
40 high quality, carefully rendered, sound effects created with FILM and TV in mind.
Enhance your time-lapses/hyper-lapses, Created original sound transitions to give your documentary
that desirable, modern sound.
RECORDED WITH: PCM D100, NTG3
CREATED WITH: Sound Particles, Pro Tools
Indecent Machines is a sci-fi sample pack inspired by a concept of mechanical disrepair and emergent AI consciousness. It features 1.7 gigabytes of 24-bit/96khz samples and bundled Kontakt kits, created by producer/sound designer Chad Glenn.
These sounds originated from field and studio recordings of various machines which were then processed through custom DSP algorithms using Kyma and other sound design tools.
The result is a unique set of mutant robotics, mechanical snippets, evolving textures, rhythmic artifacts and menacing atmospheres appropriate for music and sound design projects of all kinds. Features 347 .wav files and 5 Kontakt kits (full version of NI Kontakt required for the Kontakt files).
Industrial Ambiences – perfect for industrial settings, subtle intricate backgrounds, eerie man-made areas and horror ambiences. Features long, four minute files for extended scenes.
• 53 Tracks Total (25 Day time Tracks, 28 Night time Tracks)
• High Resolution Photographs of Recording Locations Included
• Thorough metadata included in all files
• All tracks recorded and edited at 24bit, 96kHz
• Each Track around 4 Minutes in Length
• 5 GB compressed download, 7.1 GB uncompressed
NDUSTRIAL TERROR – Textures is a third and the last installment of Industrial Terror series.
It is a collection of dark, industrial textures, evolving metallic whooshes and textural hits.
The collection consists of 66 carefully designed and rendered sound effects with baked-in Soundminer’s metadata.
All soundscapes/textures loop seamlessly for quick and painless game audio integration.
Unique processing of organic field recordings combined with modular processing makes it both grounded in reality and creepy.
This collection is a perfect choice for any kind of horror genre.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Eventide, iZotope, Discord4, Modular
The collection consists of 421 unique, high quality sound effects such as: Industrial impacts, metallic stutters, textural whooshes, distorted hits, ear-piercing crashes, unsettling transitions and seamlessly looping dark soundscapes.
All sound effects come with embedded Soundminer’s metadata to allow you to work faster and focus on creativity.
Source sounds have been recorded with top notch recording gear and processed with both outboard gear and plugins.
Perfect for horror/dark sci fi genres.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Eventide, iZotope, Discord4, Modular
Welcome to “INFILTRATION”, a collection of 161 sound effects aimed to be used in modern espionage/infiltration productions.
From intense low frequency atmospheric elements to powerful synth movements this 1.4 GB pack can be your secret tool to enhance trailers, movies, games or musical compositions. See it as a powerful kit to create a modern espionage feel in your production.
As a bonus I included the sources (24 sfx) used to create some of the sounds in the library.
Atmospheric element_Low • Fx_Alert • Fx_Synth_Drop • Drone_Pulse • Fx_Snare_Synth_Tension • Fx_Transition • Fx_Movement • Fx_Distant_Atmospheric • And More
“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.
The Inner ambience sound effects library is a collection of high definition sounds recorded inside various spaces using matched stereo contact microphones.
Each ambience has its own unique character and natural frequency modulation.
Some of them has constant velocity like an industrial hum, power block energy field, fans and compressors, while others have weird fluctuations like road columns affected by wind and passing-by cars, bridge columns, fences, water pipes: some of the mechanical and electrical sequences were recorded as well, such as water pump, lawn mowers, automatic window rollers, pool cover mechanism and others.
The audio files could be used, as they are – for dark, eerie, confusing atmospheres or elements in your game or film projects.
It is a good source for further manipulation and designing new sounds as it is recorded in 24/96. In addition to the pack there are designed sounds of these recordings to give you an idea of how you can push them in a different creative way and of course use it in your projects as well.
INTERACT is a royalty-free sound effects collection providing you with interface, menu and HUD sound effects.
We have aimed to make this collection as versatile and easy to use as possible so that it may be used in a wide range of projects. The collection includes sounds such as power up/down, selection and scrolling, alarms, drones, notifications and many more.
This collection is a simple and practical source of all-things ‘interface’.
Please note: This collection is now part of our legacy catalogue. Although this collection was created to the best of our ability at the time, we feel that it now does not meet our standards. We therefore continue to sell the collection but at a significantly discounted price as the sound effects may still be useful.
The Into Abyss sound library features 200 high quality drones sound effects perfect for creating disturbing, post-apocalyptic atmosphere for your next sci-fi movie, video game, trailer or industrial and ambient music production!
If you’re looking for otherworldly ambient sounds, eerie horror soundscapes or industrial ambiences and textures that you can often hear in science fiction movies and games, this soundpack will provide you plenty of material to choose from.
These dark ambient sound effects always work great as a background to enhance the anticipation and tension of sci-fi scenes and help you with the immersion of your audience into a futuristic dystopian world!
The Into Abyss sound library contains 7.64 GB (236 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
Here you find a composite collection of designed, frightening Whooshes, creepy Transitions and haunting Movements to spice up your Trailers, Cut Scenes, Games and Movies.
From ancient fantasy to futuristic horror projects, here you’ll find the appropriate sound that brings out the goose bumps.
Subtile haunting movent sounds, roomy squeaks, harsh disurbing noises, magical whooshes, soaking reversed horror, terryfying stingers, …
All sounds in this bundle were created by heavy sound design, layering and automation. Using hundreds recorded sounds of impacts, scrapes, swishes and anything else that has a unique motion envelope.
Even breaks, endings and transitions of all different kinds of music will get that extra kick with this sound library – it gets you the sounds that’ll bring out the goosebumps.
Kalipso Atmospheric Drones is a collection of 61 crafted ambient sounds using various recorded sources such as trains, planes, water, various metallic objects and designed sounds.
The duration of each sample varies from a minute to almost two minutes which should give you enough room to create the needed loops if you desire so. Combine and layer provided drones to create bigger, deeper and more intense ambiences.
Kalipso Atmospheric Drones are designed to complete any sci-fi or dark ambient setting in video games, movies or animation projects.
Update volume 1
Update vol. 1 brings 14 additional atmospheric drones.
Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.
The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis. The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.
The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.
The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).
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