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City and urban sound effects & recordings – including crowds, walla, traffic and other city activity

  • This library consists of 59 recordings from the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Centred around the North East town of Olbia and surrounding areas, this library includes everything you need to get a real feel of this jewel of the Mediterranean. It includes everything from town ambiences to beaches (both busy and quiet), traffic, harbour sounds, church interiors, transport and much more.

    Almost 4 hours of audio, with most ambiences over 3 minutes in length.

    Perfect for film makers, theatre sound designers and anyone who needs that authentic, everyday sound of Sardinia.

    All recordings are at 24Bit/96KHz with Soundminer, ID3 v2.3.0 & RIFF metadata embedded.

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  • This library consists of 80 recordings from the beautiful Italian island of Sicily. Centered around the Eastern coastal city of Catania and surrounding areas, this library includes everything you need to get a real feel of this historical island.  It includes everything from town ambiences to beaches, traffic, harbor sounds, markets, church bells, transport and much more.

    Over 4.5 hours of audio, with most ambiences over 3 minutes in length.

    Perfect for filmmakers, theatre sound designers and anyone who needs that authentic, everyday sound of Sicily and Sicilian life.

    All recordings are at 24Bit/96KHz with Soundminer & RIFF metadata embedded.

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  • World Sounds Sounds of Asia Play Track 33 sounds included, 104 mins total $60 $50

    Sounds of Asia explores the sounds native to this diverse and vibrant area of the world.

    These sounds were recorded in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia over a period of several years.

    From various foreign accents, to food courts in Thailand, the famous Tokyo fish markets and metro, wildlife in rural Indonesia, the hill tribes of Vietnam, Jakarta’s omnipresent Islamic call to prayer, and the general chaos of South East Asian traffic and markets, this collection is a true snapshot of Asia. Please check out the Tracklist below for specific track information.

    Sounds of Asia was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in these countries.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • Sounds of Australia features a large collection of high-quality sounds recorded in both natural and urban environments all around Australia.

    This collection has a strong emphasis on native Australian birds and insects as well as genuine Australian crowd ambiences.

    From Australian crowds and accents, to the chaotic Aussie bush chorus, you will find exotic native birds such as the Australian Kookaburra, Currawong, Rainbow Lorikeet and many other native Australian bush birds, frogs and insects.

    Sounds of Australia was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in Australia.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Belgium Play Track 56 sounds included, 252 mins total $19 $5

    Greetings from Belgium!

    The Western Europe’s kingdom of ancient castles, museums, beautiful parks, cathedrals and fortresses, the capital of beer, chocolate, waffles and Art Nouveau style!

    The distinctive sounds of Belgium are narrow streets with cobblestone, horses, trams, canals and, of course, lots of echo!

    On our way we’ll visit three cities of Belgium: Ghent, Bruges and Brussels and try to capture their atmospheres using stealth recording technique armed with a pair of DPA 4060s.

    Take a chance to hear this western land of beautiful sounds!

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    – An excellent addition to your library for film, TV and multimedia – three cities of Belgium in winter time

    – Stealth recording with DPA 4060 gives the absolute naturalness and allows you to be where you cannot operate with a traditional set of microphones

    – Sorted by location-type categories

    – All files have extensive metadata included

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  • Ambisonics Sounds of Belgrade Winter – Ambisonic Play Track 29 sounds included, 69 mins total $49

    The library is the collection of atmosphere recordings in the city of Belgrade during the winter months. It’s a gathering of 29 ambisonic atmospheres recorded at many different places in Belgrade. There are atmospheres from famous places in Belgrade, parks, busy streets, traffic, underground passages, pedestrian streets, atmospheres on Ada Isle, below and on the Ada bridge, Ada Lake, two rivers Sava and Danube.

    All atmospheres are recorded at 96kHz/24Bit with condenser ambisonic microphone Rode NTSF1 and Zoom F8, in FuMa format.

    You can convert ambisonic FuMa format in real time with free SoundField plugin to stereo, 5.1, 7.1, 7.1.4, or any other surround format. You can also change the panoramic view of the sound because they are 360 degrees recordings, as well as automate the panoramic perspective.

    All recordings have metadata.

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  • City Life Sounds of Cairo Play Track 49 sounds included, 207 mins total $60

    This sound effects archive contains sounds recorded in Cairo and Alexandria in September 2015. I spent a month in Cairo recording sounds. There are many crowds, traffic recordings and recordings of prayer calls. The city has 20 million people, 5 million cars and it never sleeps. It is truly a fantastic, noisy place, recorded in glorious 96 kHz/24 bit. I hope you enjoy the archive.

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  • Sounds of Canada includes a huge variety of local ambiences and sounds unique to Canada. From Canadian crowds, restaurants, bars and markets to community sporting events, stadium events, street parades, nature sounds, ski villages, the distinct rattling sound of the Vancouver Marathon, the Canadian pedestrian crossing button sound and even Vancouver’s famous steam-powered organ clock.

    This collection is a true representation of Canadian sounds, all recorded on location whilst living in Vancouver, around British Colombia, Vancouver Island and beyond.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • 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).

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  • This sound collection combines the best of England and both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. After travelling extensively throughout the region we now provide you with a range of useful, high-quality sounds.

    Sounds of England and Ireland is primarily an ambience library featuring sounds recorded on location from bars to restaurants, trains to airports, parks to suburban environments, native birds (including English seagulls), a broad spectrum of accents, and a whole range of other sounds unique to the region.

    All tracks were recorded in high definition by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • Ambient Backgrounds recorded in various European Cities. These are the kind of sounds that are required for practically every modern TV show or movie, and some video games – e.g. Cafés, train stations, lobbies, churches, bars, public spaces etc., but all with a European flavour.

    Indistinct walla and background voices that could be used for any city, including some tracks with recognisable European language dialogue (e.g. English, French, Italian, German and Czech.) All of this is catalogued in the tracklisting so there are no surprises.

    The library features recordings from cities such as London, Venice, Prague, Vienna and Annecy, France.  Real world sounds with no reverb or other fake effects applied! They have been painstakingly edited, EQ’d and mastered to avoid unwanted sounds and loud annoying spikes in level and frequency that would otherwise mess up your workflow.

    New related volume coming soon….!

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  • Bonjour! Welcome to the Sounds of France. This collection features a collection of high quality sounds recorded on location all around the beautiful regions of France.

    From traditional bistros and cafes, to the famous Paris Metro, authentic crowds and accents, airports, church bells and so much more. Please see the tracklist below for more detailed track information.

    Sounds of France was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in France.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • The sounds of Hong Kong, recorded in 2007. It includes the sounds of a ferry from Lantau Island to Hong Kong, the legendary Star Ferry, trams, street scenes including the iconic pedestrian crossing beeps and MTR (Metro) trains, interior and exterior.

    Some tracks could be used for any modern or futuristic city, where you need to add an exotic or futuristic dimension, that Blade Runner-esque feel if you will, not just for Asia!

    In total, 30 recordings are included for more than 40 minutes of authentic Hong Kong sounds.

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  • City Life Sounds of Istanbul Play Track 80+ sounds included, 360 mins total $59

    Sounds of Istanbul gets you more than 6 hours of oriental-flavored soundscapes and ambiences – gathered around Istanbul, Turkey. It features calls to prayers, bazaars, harbor sounds, Walla, crowds of people passing through the streets and alleys, car traffic, street musicians, both close and distant emergency siren sounds, as well as the quiet crowd at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

    So if you’re after middle-eastern city ambiences, Sounds of Istanbul delivers:

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  • World Sounds Sounds of Morocco Play Track 19 sounds included, 62 mins total $40 $30

    Welcome to the Sounds of Morocco. This essential collection features carefully selected, high-quality sounds recorded on location in the North African region of Morocco.

    From the chaos of Marrakech’s bazaars and souks, to the relative calm of the seaside town, Essaouira, to the laid-back surfside village of Taghazout, this collection captures a true snapshot of the sounds you can expect to hear in Morocco. This collection includes crowds, accents, cafes, birds, traditional markets (or souks), the Islamic call to Prayer (Adhan) and so much more. Please see the tracklist below for more detailed track information.

    Sounds of Morocco was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in Morocco.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • Environments Sounds of Prague Play Track 51 sounds included, 197 mins total $15 $5

    The next stop in our sound journey is Prague, Czech Republic


    This old city of beautiful churches, narrow streets, ringing trams, echoey squares, cobblestones and bridges has an incredibly attractive atmosphere. And we, as always, will not disturb this natural environment and capture it with stealth recording using DPA 4060 mics.

    Take the chance and dive into the attractive sonic atmospheres of Eastern Europe!

    KEY POINTS:

    • An excellent addition to your library for film, TV and multimedia – Prague in winter time
    • Stealth recording with DPA 4060 gives the absolute naturalness and allows you to be where you cannot operate with a traditional set of microphones
    • Sorted by the time of day, weather and location-type categories
    • All files have extensive metadata included
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  • Sounds of Russia features a collection of high quality sounds recorded on location in St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.

    From the Moscow underground, to St Petersburg’s famous Hermitage art gallery, a number of unique church bell recordings and even the madness of Red Square celebrations during New Years Eve. This collection features various authentic ambiences, crowds, accents and more. Please see the tracklist below for more detailed track information.

    Sounds of Russia was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in Russia.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • World Sounds Sounds of Senegal Play Track 41 sounds included, 213 mins total $40 $17

    Get the sounds of Senegal in this interesting collection from Eneas Mentzel. Covering everything from city and village ambiences to night and day atmospheres and much more, this library is a rich source of authentic Senegalese ambiences. More than 3.5 hours of recordings total are included.

    All files in unprocessed M/S format for maximum flexibility in audio post !!!

    Artwork by Annemie Van Roey.

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  • Spain and Portugal represent two countries with truly vibrant and distinct cultures. At anytime, day or night, you can expect an abundance of ambient sounds and vocalisations on every corner, except for during the afternoon siesta of course.

    We roamed the streets of Seville, Granada, Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and beyond recording everyday life in tapas bars, restaurants, markets, public transport, universities, local football matches, cultural and religious events and more to bring you an accurate sonic representation of these great countries

    All tracks were recorded in high definition by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • Environments Sounds of Sweden Play Track 50 sounds included, 178 mins total $15 $5

    Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden!

    This is a charming city of tolling bells, cobblestones, narrow streets, bridges, quaysides and seagulls has an incredible atmosphere of North Lands.

    Weather is constantly changing from snow to rain, winds are heavy, but strong Swedish people are always on the streets. So, we, as always, should not disturb this natural environment and capture it with stealth recording using DPA 4060 microphones.

    Take the chance and dive into the attractive sonic atmospheres of North Spirit!

    KEY POINTS:

    • An excellent addition to your library for film, TV and multimedia – Stockholm in winter time
    • Stealth recording with DPA 4060 gives the absolute naturalness and allows you to be where you cannot operate with a traditional set of microphones
    • Sorted by location-type categories
    • All files have extensive metadata included
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  • Anybody familiar with travelling on the London Underground will be aware of the distinct soundscapes beneath the streets of London; from the clatter of the ticket hall barriers to the eerie rumbles from the tunnels, waiting in anticipation for the next train to come rushing past before stopping with the squeal of the brakes.

    Each type of train on the network has its own distinct characteristics such as the moaning of the electric traction motors or the peculiar sound of the 1996 Stock used on the Jubilee Line.

    All of these sounds have been beautifully captured in 24-bit 48KHz quality- recorded both with XY stereo microphones and binaurally- creating a highly realistic experience for headphone users.

    Note to users:
    As many of you will know, like many urban transit systems, the London Underground is littered with pre-recorded public announcements.
    These recordings have been extensively edited to the highest quality to ensure that these pre-recorded announcements have been removed where possible.
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  • Sounds of the London Underground contains 40 minutes of recordings exploring the sounds of the London tube trains and station platforms.

    • 15 minutes of platform ambience with multiple arrival and departures, passengers alighting and announcements.
    • 25 minutes onboard the Circle and Bakerloo lines.
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  • 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.

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  • World Sounds South India Play Track 55+ sounds included, 98 mins total $60

    'South India' is a unique collection of 55 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment. This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds from the southwest to the southeastern part of the country! Recorded over many months and different seasons with DPA, Neumann and Audio Technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy, this collection includes:

    • Cities: Mumbai, Chennai and Madurai, hyperactive Indian cities
    • Countryside and villages in Karnakata, entry of the desert
    • Forests and jungles from tropical south mountains
    • Markets: from small to big, outdoor and indoor
    • Rice and tea fields
    • Public spaces and train stations
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