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

  • Amusement Rides & Ambiences is a unique collection of hard to access amusement park sound effects. Package includes high-quality multichannel recordings captured with a full access to the amusement rides – and a total of 8 rides are included!

    Some recordings were made in an amusement park that was closed from the public. This enabled us to capture the sound effects as clean as possible without background music or people.

    Recordings of 8 amusement rides included:

    Convoy, Disk’O Coaster, Log Flume, Magic Bikes, Piggy Train, Pirate Ship, Supernova, Take Off.

    Ambience recordings are authentic amusement park ambiences with people and amusement rides. They include children and adults, cheering and screaming, chatter in different languages, amusement rides loading and operating, and more. All sounds were recorded in Särkänniemi amusement park, Tampere, Finland. Also available in the special Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle.

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  • City Life Armenia Play Track 37+ sounds included, 118 mins total $35

    Armenia Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 37 sounds recorded in this small country landlocked in the Caucasus mountain range, right in the middle of Orient, Middle-east and Asia.

    All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment at 24 Bit / 96 kHz.


    This collection offers a wide diversity of soundscapes such as:
    • Villages and countryside
    • Church and catholic ceremony
    • City of Yerevan
    • Markets and many other public places

    This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.

    All Faunethic tracks include metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.

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  • City Life Asia Echoes – Laos / Vietnam Play Track 36 sounds included, 156 mins total $30

    Asia Echoes is a unique collection of sounds captured in Laos and Vietnam providing more than 2 hours ( 5GB) of various atmospheres at different times of the day.

    From Cat Ba island National Park, to Luang Prabang night and food markets, to mountains of Sapa, Tam Coc Fields and many more, this collection will make you explore an exotic soundscape through this two beautiful countries.

    All recorded in 24 bit / 96 kHz and fully tagged with metadatas compatible with Soundminer, Basehead and Soundly.

    Gear Used: DPA4060 stereo set powered by a Sound Devices 702


    This collection include ambiences from

    • Vientiane Night Market
    • Vientiane Morning Interior Market
    • Vientiane Chao Anouvong Park
    • Vang Vieng
    • Luang Prabang Food and Night Markets
    • Nong Khiaw Mountains and Forests
    • Sapa Mountains and City
    • Cat Ba National Park
    • Tam Coc Forest and Fields
    • Hanoï City and Train

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  • City Life Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences Play Track 174+ sounds included, 625 mins total From: $45

    'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' delivers a huge amount of recordings (more than 10 hours total!) from a trip to Vietnam. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Transportation ambiences.

    'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' ambience types:
    City ambiences include recordings from Hanoi such as the Thien Mu Pagoda temple, street terraces, outside the imperial city, the literature temple, parks, streets, markets and more.

    Nature / town ambiences include recordings from the Halong Bay, Hue Tu Duc mausoleum park, the banks of the River of Perfumes, the town of Thuy Bieu, the Dam Chuon lagoon, brick manufacturing in the Mekong Delta, the waterways of Nhon Thanh Town, Phu Quoc Island (day and night), Cai Coi paddle boat excursions and more.

    Transportation includes a motorboat excursion, cruise ship excursion, the Hanoi Train, a rickshaw excursion, a fishing excursion, car rides, Long Xuyen canal and Ben Tre river boat excursions and more.

    'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' is available in two versions:
    STEREO EDITION, with a total of 176 stereo audio files at 48 kHz / 24 bit (102 ambient sounds / 74 FX sounds)
    Total library size (rar compressed: 7 GB, extracted: 10 GB)

    EXPAND EDITION, with a total of 102 audio files at 96 kHz / 24 bit, in each of these folders: STEREO, MS, UPMIX 5.0. It also includes 74 FX sounds. Total library size (rar compressed: 58 GB, extracted: 91 GB)

  • City Life Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences Play Track 193+ sounds included, 315 mins total $60

    'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' delivers a generous amount of recordings (more than 5 hours total) from a trip to Japan. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Trains / Stations ambiences & FX folder.

    You obtain three format folders : Stereo / MS / 5.0 Upmix

    'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' ambience types:

    City ambiences include recordings from Osaka to Tokyo  such as geek Denden town & Akiharaba Arcade-Pachinko room, Stroll in Nishiki market, Kitanomaru Park, Famous Shibuya crossing and more.

    Nature / town ambiences include recordings from famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest, Philosopher's path, Kibune-Kurama Forest and more.

    Trains / Stations include recordings from Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo Stations, Stroll in Fujikyoko Line, Railroad Crossing and more.

    FX include gashapon machine, Crows & Birds, Train doors etc…

    'Asia Reminds – Japan Ambiences' : with a total of 76 audio files in each of these folders: STEREO (48 kHz / 24 bit), MS & UPMIX 5.0 (96 kHz / 24 bit).

    It also includes 117 FX sounds.

    You have access to two download folder :

    • Three Format library (rar compressed:  25 GB, extracted: 39 GB)
    • “STEREO ONLY” Folder for low speed download connection. (rar compressed:  3,8 GB, extracted: 5,3 GB)

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  • Animals & Creatures Athens & Crete Play Track 75+ sounds included, 400 mins total $66

    Ya su, Kalós órises, and welcome to Athens & Crete!

    From the ancient bustling markets to the untouched natural beauty of the Mediterranean coast, this library epitomises the notion of two sonic worlds colliding. We set out with the goal of capturing this historical part of the world and quickly learned this could only be done by fully embracing this polarity. So here we are, two libraries in one and boy is it a cracker!!

    Athens

    This capital city, steeped in history, wrestles elegantly with the old and new. Market trader calls fill the archaic streets as they have for centuries before whilst across town the modern heart of Athens beats to the sound of cars and motor bikes.

    We captured street buskers, back alley murmurs, bustling city squares, markets, heavy traffic, skylines and even a religious sermon!


    Crete

    400km away from the chaos of Athens sits the serene island of Crete, a picture of unchanged Mediterranean life. Unlike Athens, nature dominates here and we got our ankles wet recording all she has to offer; big surf, coves and gurgling rock pools. Mountain goats, crows, roosters and an early dawn chorus. Insects of the Agia Erini Gorge – more Cicadas than you can shake a stick at!

    So whether it's Game of Thrones or the next Bourne film, this beast will help bring your locations to life!


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  • City Life Athens Rooftop Play Track 9+ sounds included, 120+ mins total $29 $19.43

    Want the sounds of Athens? The Athens Rooftop sound effects library delivers 9 long ambiences recorded from different perspectives, and at different times of day – from calm mornings to busy days and nights.

    In order to capture Athens' soundscape in all its nuances, very low-noise Neumann Microphones and Sound Devices Recorders were used to record long takes (between 8 and 21 minutes each) totaling to over 2 hours of audio.

    The recording location was a two floor rooftop on a three storey building above a very small street with no nearby traffic that allowed recording the city with some distance from above: Traffic, restaurants, bars, construction work, birds – in some evening recordings we hear crickets in the distance, in some day recordings the AC of a neighbouring flat is running.

    Most of the recordings can also be used to represent a general city ambience, while some takes include specific regional sounds like Greek walla, churches and cicadas characteristic for the Greek capital.

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  • City Life Atmospheres of Amsterdam Play Track 27+ sounds included, 64 mins total $30

    Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the Dutch capital from locations such as an amusement park, a boat ride, church, ferry ride, metro ride, plaza, the science museum, a street market (a Turkish one, too), a train station, restaurant and more.

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  • City Life Atmospheres of Lisbon Play Track 43+ sounds included, 136 mins total $40

    Get the authentic sounds of Lisbon, Portugal in this SFX library by Ana Monte. It includes recordings from various Lisbon neighborhoods, places such as a bakery, big market, bus ride, coffee house, construction site, airport, pub, museum bookstore, busy and quiet restaurants and more. It also features a 5.1 recording of a train ride in the world-famous Train 28 Lisboa Street Train.

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  • City Life Atmospheres of Rio De Janeiro Play Track 27+ sounds included, 75 mins total $30

    Get the sounds of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, captured by Ana Monte. It features recordings from places such as busy streets, restaurants, downtown, suburbs, markets, subway and bus rides and more.

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  • City Life Authentic Thailand Vol. 4 Play Track 203 sounds included, 703 mins total $188 $94

    Authentic Thailand Vol.4 is the latest volume in the Authentic Thailand series.

    This massive collection contains various City and Village Sounds, Beaches, Jungle, and Nature Sounds. As a special it contains Transportation Sounds such as a Offroad ride with 4×4 Pickup, a Longtailboat, Ferry Boat, Public Taxi, driving with a TUK TUK, Railway Station Platform and Sports Sounds such as traditional Muay-Thai-Boxing in many situations, Indoor Volleyball Competition, Snooker-Club, Ping Pong and Volleyball Training in Elementary School etc.

    It features typical Streets, Temple, Funeral Mass, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature/Jungle Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds.

    It also contains some Bonus Tracks with wooden Door Sounds with open/close from int/ext, and Condominum Roomtones in the Heart of Bangkok.

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  • Cars Automatic Car Washes Play Track 15 sounds included, 58 mins total $25

    This library delivers 15 recordings of automatic car washes from interior and exterior perspectives recorded at 96khz.

    All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6, stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s as well as a stereo contact microphone.

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  • City Life Back Alley Rain II Play Track 12 sounds included $9.99 $8.99

    Back Alley Rain II is a second installment of city rain and thunder sound effects.
    This library consists of light/medium/downpour rain, aftermath, drips, muffled thunder, rumbles, drippy gutters and puddles.

    All sounds loop seamlessly which makes them perfect for games, meditation apps etc.

    All SFX have baked-in Soundminer’s metadata.

    RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + 2x Sennheiser MKH 8040 (ORTF)
    EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: RX, Pro Tools, FabFilter.

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  • City Life Backhoe Play Track 34 sounds included, 40 mins total $59

    A collection of sounds from a typical backhoe construction vehicle. Big metal bucket slams and creaks, hydraulic legs extending and retracting, big dirt scrapes and of course working away digging a hole.

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  • City Life Backyard Play Track 30+ sounds included, 167 mins total $15

    ‘Backyard’ by Badlands Sound puts you right in the middle of America's backyard. You will hear in the morning the peaceful sounds of mourning doves, robins, and other song birds along and at night you will hear a distant American School Football Game with crowds cheering and a sports announcer among with crickets and distant dog barks and yelps.

    It includes 30 high-quality 96k / 24-bit ambiences of the backyard, perfect for your projects. All sounds are long – Five and a half minutes each!

    The library features four different times during the day; morning, afternoon, evening, and night.

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  • City Life Backyards & Alleyways Play Track 35+ sounds included, 188 mins total $45

    Need ambiences from backyards and alleyways? This collection delivers more than 3 hours of atmospheric ambiences from places such as cementaries, gardens, churchyards, school yards, industrial alleyways, castles, apartment complexes, small cities and more.

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  • City Life Baltic Ambiences Play Track 440+ sounds included $100

    Baltic Ambiences is a collection of 440 various ambiences across 7 countries: Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Poland.

    Recorded across several trips, Baltic Ambiences is a collection of ambiences from various cities and countries on or close to the Baltic. Really this is a collection of ambiences from my three lengthy trips around doing various lectures in said countries.

    Here you’ll find city streets, museums, churches, restaurants, train stations and airports.

    A general use ambience library of the larger area, you’ll also find some onboard train and ferry sounds. A general use collection of ambiences from Iceland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Germany.

    Equipment Used: Schoeps CCM MS Rig, Zoom H1, Zoom H5, Zoom H6.

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  • City Life Baltic Quad Surroundings Play Track 33 sounds included, 155 mins total $69

    Baltic Quad Surroundings captures the urban sounds of Riga city and its adjacent suburban and rural areas, located in the Baltics, Northern Europe. A Quadraphonic library for your next surround work. Takes are approximately 4 to 5 minutes long or even longer, so that should cover the majority of movie scenes. Please listen to the stereo samples, or download the Quad samples to hear full potential of these recordings here: Quad Recordings Demo

    Since this is our first release, we are also adding a free bonus micro library with quad recordings of passing trains that we encountered during the recording sessions. Enjoy!

    Recorded with a spaced Quadraphonic omni setup.

    The recordings were done in early spring when vegetation has not yet grown leaves, to avoid unnecessary noise pollution. Some recordings are made at night to keep bird activity to a minimum.

    This is the first library that results from a steady need for authentic and realistic surround backgrounds.

    The most common problem we have with surround sound libraries is that they are too exotic, or have too much activity. So, we took matters into our own hands and started to explore different surround recording techniques. Our recordings can be used as a surround soundscape “beds” or layers. This allows controlled additions of other elements to build up the scene and keep the viewer’s focus on the storyline.

    The goal was to record diffused sound field atmospheres and that is where a spaced Quadraphonic Omni setup shines. Human hearing does not rely only on level differences across the frequency spectrum – in fact, our auditory system heavily relies on the difference of sound wave arrival time to each ear. This is especially important with frequencies below 800 hertz.

    So spaced microphones result in more believable sound field recordings than point source recording techniques like MS or other compact systems. The phase is also not an issue, it even decreases as microphones get placed even further apart. The only downside to this technique is the big and bulky rig and that it requires individual wind protection for each microphone.

    Our future goal is to add a dedicated center channel to the recording rig and to start building up way bigger and more sophisticated libraries. Stay tuned for future releases!

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  • City Life Barcelona Ambiences Play Track 60+ sounds included, 192 mins total $40 $20

    Get the true sound of Barcelona, Spain, in this sound effects library: It features recordings from places such as a market, coffee shop, park, beach, boulevard, metro, square, parking lot, burger bar, airport, fountain, train, construction site, station, shop and many more. In total, more than 3 hours of authentic Barcelona recordings are included!

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  • City Life Barcelona City Ambiences Play Track 18+ sounds included, 52 mins total $35

    Travel through Barcelona, Spain in sound with this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around parks, beaches, touristic areas and even a marathon finish line!
    18 read-to-use stereo tracks with all the appropriate metadata ready to be used on your next production.

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  • City Life Berlin Ambiances I Play Track 31 sounds included, 114 mins total $26

    Berlin Ambiances I is 114 minutes/3,69 GB of pure Berlin in 31 separate files – recorded mostly in 24bit/96kHz quasi-binaural stereo, with Primo EM172 omni capsules.

    This collection contains stealth recordings of various Berlin locations, including a good deal of train sounds and, well, Berliners!

    I went to locations such as the Bodemuseum (crazy natural reverbs), the Hauptbanhhof (enormous, diffuse train station-ambiance) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (great restaurant vibe and busy foyer). All this captured during January 2015, with a head-worn set of near- or quasi-binaural microphones.

    Why quasi? Because the microphone elements are not entirely behind the Pinna (that thing protruding in front of the ear-canal), which means the true, 3-dimensional binaural experience isn't there. In this setting, my head shadow acted more like a Schneider disc or such, which means these recordings should translate better to speakers than, say, a Neumann dummy head. Btw: the non-binaural recordings were done in October 2013, using just my Sony PCM M10 recorder.

    All in all, a collection of useful ambiances for your next Berlin-esque project.

    You get:

    • People, places and trains!
    • Interiors and exteriors
    • Metadata included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
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  • City Life Berlin Ambiances II Play Track 32 sounds included, 115 mins total $26

    Berlin Ambiances II is 115 minutes / 3,7 GB of pure Berlin in 32 separate files – recorded in 24 Bit / 96 kHz A-B stereo, with Primo EM172 omni capsules.

    This collection is focused on lively locations such as markets, museums, playgrounds and shops, and features several takes from each location (in most cases). I wanted the sound of Berliners more than anything else, so here are sounds from Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Mitte. Whether it's drunks on Alexander Platz or the lunch crowd in Markthalle 9, I tried to capture a good spectrum of public, everyday life in Berlin.

    As always, you get searchable file names and comprehensive metadata in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) format. This allows you to import the metadata into your favorite librarian software.

    You get:

    • Berliners in a variety of their favorite spaces!
    • Interiors and exteriors
    • BWAV metadata descriptions embedded, with even more included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
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  • City Life Berlin Balcony Play Track 6+ sounds included, 131 mins total $29 $19.43

    Traffic and city atmospheres recorded from a balcony in Berlin at different times and weather conditions.

    More than 130 minutes of ambiences included!

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  • City Life Berlin City Sounds Play Track 50 sounds included, 80 mins total $25

    Recordings from the German capital. A collection of  files containing a wide view of  Berlin ambiences: Parks, streets, undergrounds, city ambiences… 50 files of interior and exterior files recorded in the Summer of 2013.

    Another way to get this library:
    Also included in the Surround Sound LAB Complete Bundle, featuring 25+ SFX libraries at a huge discount.
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