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

  • Get more than 5.5 hours of urban soundscapes from Chicago, Illinois. The recordings in the ‘Chicago – Urban Atmosphere’ library range from busy sidewalk ambiences, street corners, crowds, subways, skyline tones, horns, to back alley rumbles.

    The library is recorded with a Sound Devices 702 recorder + a stereo pair of Schoeps CMC6s with the MK2 H capsules, and is embedded with extensive metadata.

    Iconic Chicago sounds such as the El Train, Lower Wacker Drive, and Michigan Avenue are only some of the unique sounds found in this library. And although Chicago has many iconic features that create its soundscape, this library can be used for any city or urban application.

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  • Ambisonics Chicago City Life Play Track 17 sounds included, 48 mins total $60

    We visited Chicago last summer and once again, we recorded it, capturing 17 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects. The library was decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS at AdHoc Studios.

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    Also included in the Surround Sound LAB Complete Bundle, featuring 25+ SFX libraries at a huge discount.
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  • Contained in this library are authentic Chicago environmental and transportation ambiences.  You will find ambience inside and outside the famous L train, street cars and Chicago bus routes.  As well, as a few memorable ambiences from the street-side and also down by the water. Recorded in high resolution, this library will put you right in the virtual seat of the city of neighborhoods!

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  • World Sounds Chile Play Track 47+ sounds included, 104 mins total $50

    The Chile Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 47 sounds recorded during a month and produced with high-quality equipment.
    From the north mountains above 4000 meters surrounded by lakes and deserts, to the southern wet Patagonian landscapes, this collection includes:

    -Villages from desert environments to wet Patagonia.
    -Shy wildlife, Flamingo and southern birds.
    -City of Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt and Valparaiso.
    -Forests, always wet and rainy.

    This collection provides authentic sounds recording with high-quality equipment. All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited with Soundminer. All these sounds are delivered at 24/96Khz .wav files downloadable as a zip file.

    Gear Used: DPA and Neumann mics, powered by an Atea 4minX.

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  • 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.
    Merry christmas!

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  • In 1979, bells from more than 100 countries were brought together for a communist event which had the purpose to promote world peace.
    Kids from most countries gathered for the occasion bringing along with them bells from each of their respective country.
    A monument was built for this occasion which is still standing nowadays, situated in the suburb of Sofia.
    This monument encompasses what is known to be the largest drum instrument in the world, as it contains hundreds of bells from all over the world.
    We meticulously recorded each of those bells.
    We were blessed to get clean close sounds of these bells with some variations, isolated takes but also sequence of ringing.
    In this library. you’ll find a selection of 30 of these countries which have bells that have “church-like” sonic characteristics.

    Learn more about these recordings: https://soundxplorer.com/sound-of-bells-around-the-world

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  • 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.

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  • Nature & Countryside Cicadas Play Track 140+ sounds included, 300 mins total $60

    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:

    • Cicadas in the countryside, recorded in different months and times of the day. Some recordings only contains cicadas and some others also include birds, dogs barking, flies buzzing and rooster calls (26 audio files).
    • Close ups of single cicadas, to build your own atmosphere or design insects, creatures and other specimens (17 audio files).
    • Cicadas in urban environments, such as parks (16 audio files) and residential areas (8 files).
    • Ambisonics recordings, also decoded into binaural by using Harpex-X (20 files).
    • Designed Section: includes abstract ambiences, futuristic alarms, glitches, flybys, flapping of winds, flock of birds, individual birds, frogs, and much more (71 files).
    • Descriptive markers that highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper and Soundminer.

    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.

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  • Need a quick fix for your city surround sound needs?Well look no further!

    Sonner Sound presents City Ambiences Surround


    We’ve collected ambiences for a wide variety of applications – consisting of traffic, nature, wallas and more. Everything in in crisp 24 Bits/96 kHz and recorded with Neumann KM184 and DPA 5100.

    But you might think “I’m mostly using stereo files” – Well we’ve got you covered there as well. The package contains both 5.1-surround and Stereo.

    There are 35 files in total, at a running time of 178 min (most are around 5 minutes long) and covers a wide range of places in the city. All files are tagged with metadata, and the complete package has a total size of approx 23 Gb.

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  • 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:

    1. Three recordings from Dublin (Ireland): featuring a general construction ambience, a residential street and a busy street at rush hour (Irish sirens are included).
    2. Two recordings from Menorca (Spain): recorded from a balcony facing a sea front. Restaurants and distant voices are the main character of these files.
    3. Two recordings from Dusseldorf (Germany): the classic German tram is present in both recordings. There are also traffic, pedestrians and German sirens.
    4. One recording from Thessaloniki (Greece): recorded during a rainy day, so the sound of the wet road makes it characteristic.
    5. One recording from Barcelona (Spain): facing an inner patio. The construction crew present in every Spanish building make an appearance.

    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.

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  • Environments City Distant Play Track 14+ sounds included, 130 mins total $18 $17.10

    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.

    Library highlights:

    • 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

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  • Ambisonics City Life: Central America Play Track 71+ sounds included, 456 mins total From: $69

    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).

  • City Life City Noise Play Track 24 sounds included, 59 mins total $15 $10

    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

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  • 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.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
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  • Ambisonics City Rumor Play Track 17+ sounds included, 41 mins total $75 $56.25

    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.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
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  • City Life City Sounds Play Track 79 sounds included, 128 mins total $89.99

    Just close your eyes and immerse yourself into the Big Apple. 79 Sounds you can use cross-city to create a true mild, happy or stressful event happening near you.

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  • City Life City Streets Bundle Play Track 258 sounds included, 637 mins total $150 $80

    “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 Cityscapes: The 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 Streets: It 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.

    Construction Ambiences: 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

     

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  • 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.

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  • City Life City Traffic Play Track 53 sounds included, 54 mins total $29

    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.

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  • City Life CityBeeps COLOGNE Play Track 113 sounds included, 207 mins total $49

    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.

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  • ‘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.

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  • City Life Coastal Spain Play Track 21 sounds included, 74 mins total $24.99 $10.99

    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.

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  • City Life Coffee Shop Play Track +91 sounds included, 210 mins total $29

    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.

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  • “Collected Ambiences“ – Series description:

    Each library of the “Collected Ambiences“ series features 33 various Stereo Ambiences.

    All recorded with Sound Devices 744T, Sonosax SX-R4+, Sennheiser MKH8040 ORTF, Sennheiser MKH8050 + MK30 MS, RODE NT1-A or Sony PCM-D100.
    All files were cleaned, edited and most of the files loop seamlessly.

    Collected Ambiences – Volume XIV
    Harvester Cabin, Home Improvement, Busy Exhibition Hallway, Kids Crowds, Farm, Coutryside

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