City and urban sound effects & recordings – including crowds, walla, traffic and other city activity
Christmas time. The time of the year everybody calms down and settles. The period is also dominated by a lot of festivities, shopping and winter actions.
To bring you the christmas cheer, this library includes a broad variety of musical instruments, city ambiences, foleys and ready to use scenes.
A distinct sound of the traditional English countryside, the ringing of church bells is an art that has been practiced for centuries, be it to summon the people to their prayers, celebrate a wedding, or announce a death.
“Church Bells of Norfolk” is a collection of sound recordings taken at a variety of different churches throughout the County of Norfolk, England- an area famous for it's large number of surviving medieval churches.
The bells of each church vary in size, weight and tone and no two towers are the same, meaning that the resulting sound varies from location to location.
Some churches are nestled amongst the bustling town centres- their chimes echoing off nearby buildings whilst competing with the raucous noise of passing traffic whilst others stand in glorious isolation in the countryside.
Aside from the exterior recordings, this collection also features recordings taken from inside the belfry as well as below in the ringing chamber, capturing the clatter of the rope pulleys and the calls of the tower captain as they instruct the ringers.
Also included are a selection of clock chimes as well as a set of sounds from the automated 12-bell carillon of St. Martin's, Glandford, which plays one of a selection of hymn tunes every third hour.
Cicadas is a collection of summer ambiences recorded in Southern Spain over the course of 2018 summer. You will get massive chorus in different densities and areas, individual chirps, and a designed section.
The temperatures during this time of the year are so high, ranging from 30ºC to 45ºC (86ºF to 113ºF), that cicadas are always present in daytime. The higher the temperatures, the more cicadas chirp. Having this in mind, some recordings from early June have less cicadas than the ones recorded in July and August. In addition to this, there are recordings both in the morning, where the cicadas are not so many but are already present, and in the evening, chirping all of them as a chorus after a whole day under the sun. The library contains:
All files come in 96 kHz / 24 bit and with embedded metadata, both in Soundminer and BWAV.
Featuring more than 250 minutes of cicadas recordings plus 65 minutes from the Designed Section.
In City Balcony Ambiences you will get the sounds of 10 different stereo recordings of city atmospheres, all of them recorded from the perspective of a balcony.
Recordings have been done during different periods of a day and in different locations:
Recordings feature sounds such as traffic, people talking, pedestrians walking by; cars, trams, trucks, motorbikes and scooters passbys, dogs barking, all of them from a distant perspective.
Descriptive markers have been included to highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in separate folder.
All files (except one) have been recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit, with Soundminer and BWAV embedded metadata. Recordings go from 4 minutes up to 22.
The City Distant library gets you a series of high quality, diffused city ambiences. Choose ‘flat’, unobtrusive background tracks, or versions with emerging elements: trains, cars, trams, bells, sirens, fireworks and other noises. Captured in Prague, Czech Republic.
• Native 192kHz /24bit
• excellent mics used – Sanken CO100K (wide range, ultrasonic mic, recording frequencies up to 100kHz) and Sennheiser MKH30 (industry standard) in MS stereo configuration.
• Use any of rendered LR tracks or reach for included raw MS data.
• Long takes (up to 7 minutes).
• 12 files (plus the raw data), at several locations.
• Flat and normal versions
City Life: Central America is a collection of sounds captured across 3 Central American countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
This library focus is on city atmosphere, especially in street/cover markets, pedestrian areas, parks, and many more.
The sounds captured in Mexico show a more “modern” Spanish atmosphere, compared to the more “traditional” Maya’s markets of Guatemala, where people speak a mix of Spanish and k’iche'(traditional Mayan language used in some parts of Guatemala)
For the 3 countries we visited a large amount of cities (x10) to capture the exceptional urban soundscapes of Central America.
The record duration are around 6:00 min per take. For the cities, we used a discreet setup: Sennheiser AMBEO and an AB stereo setup with x2 Sennheiser MKH 8040.
Each sound recording are located with GPS coordinates and full soundminer metadata.
The Sennheiser AMBEO is an ambisonic microphone, than can be decode in many differents formats (binaural, 7.1, 5.1, stéréo, mono, etc…) for decode it you can use the Harpex plugin or the free Soundfield/Rodes plugin.
-The Full sound bank (Stereo + Surround/Ambisonic) contains 71 sound takes record in 24/96khZ and decline in 267 files
-The stereo sound bank contains only the stereo files (119 files).
This ambience sound pack comprises of street recordings taken in the city of Edinburgh. Expect lots of cars driving by, traffic, distant chatter, construction works, machinery and even the occasional seagull. Perfect for use with film to add ambient realism to outdoor scenes.
– This pack contains 7 beautiful long soundscapes (5 mins+) and 18 other shorter clips
– Sounds were recorded professionally using a shock-mounted Mid-Side microphone with a windjammer
– 1 hour long
– Metadata included
People in the street without any traffic, that’s what this collection delivers – featuring city life, with restaurants and pedestrian commercial streets. Most of those sounds have been recorded in Venice, which is one of the largest pedestrian zone in the world.
Far from the heart of town. Where you see the cityscapes in the distance. You hear the sounds of downtown deep and low. This collection is made for those shots, when you need to feel at the edge of the city.
“City Streets Bundle”is a collection of 5 libraries or a total of 258 atmospheres that are recorded in urban environments and encompass a wide variety of city streets across different seasons and hours of the day. Inside you will find more than 20GB and over 10h of high quality ambiences.
Night CityscapesThe library delivers the urban sounds of a sleeping city. The collection includes more than 3 hours of night and early morning ambiences that are recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All recordings were made between 01:30 and 05:30 am. This collection will uncover city in a way you may not know. You will find atmospheres of quiet and empty small streets in the city center, where can be heard some air conditioners, urban hum and light traffic in the far background.
Pedestrian StreetsIt is a library of 50 ambiences from around 15 different streets, recorded in about 7 cities, mostly in Bulgaria. Most recordings are made in late autumn or winter because bird life is minimized. The task of this library is to capture much of the different dynamics of pedestrian streets: from zero activity to busy streets, basically concentrating on light activity periods. It’s principally recorded in the morning, and you’ll hear the sounds of single footsteps, light voices, shopping streets, dogs, air conditioners, and more of the sounds of a rising city.
Slush and Wet Streets
It is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets. Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.
It is a library of atmospheres that tracks different processes from the construction site. It was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria during the renovation of several objects in the city center, namely: small streets, squares and big streets. The processes are shaking and removing old pavements and placing new ones (pavement, asphalt, tiles, etc.). You will hear a variety of road construction equipment: Hydraulic Jackhammer, Excavator, Fadroma, Plate Compactor, Buzzsaw, Chainsaw and other hand and mechanical tools.
Cityscapes and streets
It is a collection of different atmospheres, recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. Inside you will find various cityscapes from hectic street traffic through city parks, subway stations, pedestrian zones to quiet morning urban sounds. This package covers various city states and is an excellent choice for filling your library or using it in a project where urban environment is necessary.
Enjoy The City Streets
Need the sound of thunder in the city? City thunderstorm delivers a series of atmospheric rain and thunder effects recorded in London. Rolls, rumbles and claps, close and distant, and three long thunder and rain sequences to help create your perfect city storm, including one complete storm from start to finish. More than one hour of sounds from thunderstorms in the city – all recorded at 24 bit / 96 kHz, and embedded with full Soundminer Metadata.
City Traffic brings the daily noise of Berlin to your library. It delivers 10 different locations – split into 55 single takes with metadata embedded.
The library contains recordings of main roads during the morning rush hour, when the trolley car rumbles over the rails and the trucks are roaring through the kettles. In between a bunch of honking mopeds and cars with broken exhaust pipes are fighting for their space. Commuter trains are crossing every minute, the omnibus arrives just in time and the long-distance trains pass the station with squeaking brakes. In the evening it is rainy and at least the suburb calms down a little bit.
This unique library contains atmospheres from Cologne and its surroundings. If you're looking for that certain Germany city sound, you'll find lots of it right here, captured in the city centre, parks, churches, the Rhine shore, the trains, the subway – and the beer garden.
‘Cityscapes and street’ is a collection of different atmospheres, recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. Inside you will find various cityscapes from hectic street traffic through city parks, subway stations, pedestrian zones to quiet morning urban sounds. This package covers various city states and is an excellent choice for filling your library or using it in a project where urban environment is necessary. Enjoy the varied sounds of the city.
Coastal Spain is a collection of 21 ambiances recorded in a Spanish costal city.
From empty, quiet places to loud, bustling streets. City parks, distant churches, close and distant traffic, restaurants, pedestrians, walla, city hall bells, floating creaky marina docks, doves, sparrows, birds, old Vespas, city presence heard from hills, railway terminal, tiny restaurants, playgrounds and more.
All audio clips loop seamlessly.
All SFX have baked-in Soundminer’s meta data
Download includes additional 44.1kHz 16Bit version for Unreal Engine.
LOCATION: Spain, Costa Blanca
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre-6 + 2x DPA4060
EDITED WITH: iZotope RX, Pro Tools.
Coffee Shop features the acoustical surroundings of a cosy bar in the Old Town of a central European city. The full version of the library encompasses a complete day at the bar and is suitable for all kinds of appropriate sceneries as well as source material for elevated sound design (coffee machine, grinder, pouring liquids etc.).
The material contains various activities of waitress and cleaning persons that arrive in the early morning to prepare the bar for opening. Furthermore several long takes of the typical coffee shop athmosphere of chatting and laughing guests at different times of the day are included.
All relevant waitress activities are recorded from at least two different spots so that the desired sound is available as close-up or with the characteristic ambience of a coffee shop. The library is rounded off with steady room tones of fridges and ventilation taken at night. For detailed description of included material please check the metadata sheets.
Each SFX library in the “Collected Ambiences” series features 33 Stereo Ambiences from many different locations.
The series includes ambiences such as Public Spaces, Roomtones, Drones, Forests, City, Train, Bus ride, Rain and many (many!) more.
Vol 1: Airplane Landing/Take Off, Backyards, City, Car Wash, Residential Area, Construction Site, Birds, Fireworks, Crowd, Train, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 3.85 GB, 111 minutes
Vol 2: Car Wash, Chop Shop, Backyard, City, Residential Area, Fireworks, Construction Site, Supermarket, Train, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 3.58 GB, 103 minutes
Vol 3: City, Birds, Crows, Pedestrian Area, Residential Area, Bus, Roomtone, Village Fair, Weekly Market, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 3.45 GB, 100 minutes
Vol 4: City, Traffic, Birds, Funfair, Pedestrian Area, Residential Area, Bus, Roomtone, Shopping Mall, Train, Roomtone, Drone and more. 33 files, 4,69 GB, 136 minutes
Vol 5: City, Park, Train Station, Plaza, Birds, Crows, Pedestrian Area, Residential Area, Bus, Roomtone, Village Fair, Weekly Market, Roomtone and more. 33 files, 4.66 GB, 135 minutes
Vol 6: Public Spaces, Roomtones, Forests, City, Small Towns, Country Side, Rain and more. 33 files, 4.65 GB, 134 minutes
Vol 7: City, countryside, creek, forest, park, open-air bath, small town, water park and more. 33 files, 4.9 GB, 147 minutes
Vol 8: Public Spaces, Roomtones, Public Bath, City, Busride, Farm and more. 33 files, 5.14 GB, 148 minutes
Vol 9: Public Spaces, Industrial, Animal Shelter, Factory, Mall Food Courts, City, Park, Schoolyard and more. 33 files, 4.62 GB, 129 minutes
Vol 10: Public Spaces, Gym, Train Interiors, Fireworks, Public Bath, , City, Train, Busride, Rain and Wind, Wind and many more. 50 files, 8.94 GB, 248 minutes
Vol 11: Beach, Public Space, City, Rain, Wind, Weekly Market, Bistro and many more. 33 Files, 4.93 GB, 122 minutes
All recorded with Sound Devices 744T, Sennheiser MKh8040 ORTF, Beyerdynamic MC930 ORTF, RODE NT4 or Sony PCM-D100. All files were cleaned, edited and most of the files loop seamlessly.
Please check the Content Lists below for each library to see what the full list of ambiences in each library – and if you get all 10 Collections together, you land some great savings compared to the individual collection prices.
The Complete Amusement Park Sound Effects Bundle includes two sound libraries featuring various amusement rides, roller coaster pass bys with and without screaming, amusement park ambiences, and more.
Most sounds were recorded with LCR (Left, Center, Right) microphone setup with a tracking handheld mono shotgun microphone. Stereo downmixes are included for extra convenience.
If you are searching for high-quality amusement park sound effects library with a lot of useful content, this is the bundle for you.
• 5 roller coasters
• Pass by & onboard
• 10.3 gigabytes
• More details about this library
• 8 amusement rides
• Amusement park ambiences
• 5.4 gigabytes
• More details about this library
Construction Ambiences is a library of atmospheres that tracks different processes from the construction site.
It was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria during the renovation of several objects in the city center, namely: small streets, squares and big streets. The processes are shaking and removing old pavements and placing new ones (pavement, asphalt, tiles, etc.).
You will hear a variety of road construction equipment: Hydraulic Jackhammer, Excavator, Fadroma, Plate Compactor, Buzzsaw, Chainsaw and other hand and mechanical tools.
Workers who speak and chat intelligibly in distant backgrounds can also be heard.
Тhe feeling of an urban environment is aided by the reflected sound waves of surrounding buildings.
Gear used: Neumann KM184 stereo set, Edirol R4pro. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer.
CROWDS in TOKYO features Japanese crowds (walla) from authentic izakaya bars, cafes, train stations, and shopping streets, fish market streets and more.
And STREETS in TOKYO features busy traffics on highways, main streets, and distant traffic from alleys and city rumble and more.
Restaurants are some of the most popular film sets. They are all different and it’s impossible to be exhaustive. So, what have we got here? A large French restaurant, an American Diner, a bar, staff canteen and next-table conversation. The Ambisonic recordings will help you to adjust your sound to your picture so you can bring some life to your silent restaurant.
Diffuse City is the unique urban ambience sound effects library you didn’t know you were missing. It captures the urban environment in its many forms – all based around the idea of diffuse ambience.
The Diffuse City library is purpose-built for the times an environment needs to be felt, but not be distracting.
Every track in Diffuse City was recorded with some sort of real life “filter” in mind; be it distance, elevation, time of day, physical material – Anything to provide the feeling of city life with out the specificity of many urban ambience libraries. No distracting close car pass-bys or people talking; only great natural ambience beds.
Diffuse City was recorded in big cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural settings over a span of two years. It was largely recorded over very late nights, when very few people we’re around. Occasionally, however, a car would pass by… a gun would go off… While these were edited out of the recordings, they are included as “extras” in the library. Perfect for adding some flavor to a moment that’s authentic to the environment it was recorded in.
In addition to thorough metadata, each ambience in Diffuse City is embedded with markers highlighting unique moments that aren’t easily visible in a waveform. Software like Soundminer v4.5 and Reaper can display these markers, making it easy to identify distinct sonic moments in an otherwise nondescript waveform.
Markers in Reaper
Elevated City • Distant Highways • Underground City • Distant City • Under Bridges • City Rumble • Empty Parking Lots • Alleys • Industrial • Window Contacts
Hear examples and learn more about each one below
Distant City Ambiences introduces the sounds of the ever-present noisefloor that is generated by the life in a modern city.
Several spots around the hills along Dresden/Germany have been visited in order to record these noisefloors from a distance.
All recordings are made with a 3-channel setup of Sennheiser MKH8020 / 8040 microphones that are able to capture the finest nuances which are often hidden by an aggressive compound of ever roaring engines, passing airplanes, trains and other acoustic emissions.
The library features 16 different locations that were visited several times between October and December 2015. Each place was recorded at different day and night times so that an entire 24h cycle of city ambiences is covered.
Distant Traffic by Badlands Sound puts traffic ambience in a different perspective: The library features over one hour of distant traffic ambience in 23 audio files.
The library includes distant bustling traffic, sparse roadways with everything in between.
Recorded in 96k / 24 bit with Sound Devices 702t – All files are three minutes each.
Ambiences recorded during the month of March 2017 throughout a 3 weeks trip dedicated to the sonic capture.
The library comprises all aspects of the mainland Ecuadorian life, with the 3 geographical tropes: the coast, the highlands (Sierra) and the jungle (Oriente), along with diverse urban settings (in the capital city Quito, and in diverse town size, coastal, Andean and Amazonian)
The itinerary on Polar Steps:
An library of elevators! From your standard elevator to EWP, platform elevator, large industrial lifts, one of the largest elevators in Europe and an old elevator from the early 1900s. Hear them pass by, listen to room tones, button presses, door movements and more! Everything recorded in Stereo, 96 kHz 24 Bits with Neumann KM184, DPA 4017 and Sennheiser MKH50 on a Sound Devices 633. Total 46 files in 625 Mb.
150,000 people protesting the importance of climate change.
This library includes general walla, crowd reactions, applause, angry reactions & chants.
All sounds were recorded using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T. This library is available in stereo or 5.0 (5.0 package contains stereo mix downs as well).
Get the sounds of New York City, as captured by sound designer and recordist Rusty Dunn. The Essential New York City library includes recordings from locations like Manhattan, Coney Island, Brooklyn and more – and it packs recordings like ambiences from Times Square, Playgrounds, Central Park, the Subway, Sidewalks and streets around NYC and more. More than 2 hours of recordings are included.
In this sound pack I’ve included an in-depth selection of active ambiences. This library is focused more on the natural ambience of both busy main streets and calmer side streets.
Most sounds were captured below 110 St. and prominently in the Lower East and West Village. There are a multitude of police and firetruck sirens at varying distances as well as some not so common areas like the Intrepid Pier and the Hudson River Heliport ambience.
I’ve also included some extensive subway rides. All boring bits were edited out for a strong final product. There are multiple train rides with various levels of walla and PA announcements.
One thing that is very common in NYC during the summer months are the rain and thunderstorms. I’ve included a number of wet traffic, distant thunderstorms and heavy rains.
All in all this is a good representation of New York's streets and subway systems.
This library was compiled over the course of 5 years with 3 different recorders (Sony D50, Zoom H6 and Roland R07). The Roland was used in stealthy situations because of its size.
This collection of tracks depict the sound of traffic, both near and far, with the (seemingly) constant hum of the Los Angeles helicopter. There are plenty of those in these recordings, as well as a good variety of locations and situations. I believe this library represents the actual sound of Los Angeles in a general sense.
All tracks have been mastered in Pro Tools, with light compression to even out the bumps, and use EQ here and there to hide the rumble and calm the hiss. All bumps and unwanted noise has been edited out for the best result.
I hope you appreciate this collection, as I’ve used all the tracks myself. In most cases, these sounds have been bolstered and mastered for a fuller, more interesting sound.
All tracks have full metadata implemented for a clear and concise explanation of each track.
Recorded throughout 4 parts of Italy (Rome, Naples, Positano, Tivoli Gardens), the 3 hours and 45min of material gives you a large variety of sound to choose from.
Every city/town has signature sound of its own. The constant hum or “Din” of a city varies. Rome is known for its many scooters, motorbikes, and church-bells.
This library is made up of various location Dins, and small side-street ambience.
Of the 60 tracks, a majority are over 4 mins. and some are 5 min in length. There are sections that rival others, but overall there is a large selection to pick and choose from.
Of course I've edited out all the rough areas, and material of no consequence (the boring bits) to tighten and heighten the clips, and make them sound interesting.
The processing used is minimal. DMG EQ, C4 Compressor, and a little noise reduction in some cases. Mostly very transparent processing. There may be a moment or two where there is a wind bluster, but because of the nature of the track, I chose to minimize instead of chop out.
Ethiopia is a unique collection of 62 sounds recorded through central and northern part of Ethiopia during a period of holly festivities.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
With A Sound Effect, Asbjoern has created a web site where our international community can browse, learn, and share the vast fruits of our labors. Together we are accelerating the very real potential power of sound design as a recognized art form.
A Sound Effect is an excellent resource for us to keep our animated films sounding unique and exciting.
A Sound Effect is a great asset to have discovered.
We found the site very easy to navigate, purchasing and downloads were effortless and the effects themselves are awesome! Asbjoern has done us all a great service.
We’ll definitely be back!
There are many great independent sound effect libraries available these days. The main problem with having so many, is keeping track of them!
A Sound Effect is a great hub, and is one of the first places I visit to look for sounds by category or genre. I started coming here to see if I could find libraries that I knew I had heard, but forgot WHERE I had heard them.
And in the process discovered libraries I never would have found otherwise. Great work! Keep it up!
We're always looking for new sounds to mangle, so when A Sound Effect had a holiday sale, I tried them out.
The purchase experience is really smooth and quick, and delivery is almost instant.
I'll definitely come back to them again in the future!
A Sound Effect is a wonderful resource for indie sound effects libraries. On top of that, it has some of the finest sound design, film and game audio interviews!
I often need very specific types of sounds so I've become a big supporter of independent recorders.
Until now I've always had to go to their individual websites. Now I can find them all in one place.
And, Asbjoern is great to work with!
A Sound Effect is a well curated boutique sound effects shop and a great place to find industry interviews and learning resources.