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

  • City Life Collected Ambiences Play Track 33-380 sounds included From: $30

    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.

    Collected Ambiences highlights:

    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.

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  • 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.

    The Bundle includes:

    ROLLER COASTER SOUND BUILDER

    The world’s first roller coaster sound effects library.

    • 5 roller coasters
    • Multi-microphone
    • Pass by & onboard
    • 10.3 gigabytes
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    AMUSEMENT RIDES & AMBIENCES SOUND EFFECTS

    Multichannel amusement park rides & ambiences sound effects library.

    • 8 amusement rides
    • Amusement park ambiences
    • 5.4 gigabytes
    More details about this library

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  • City Life Construction Ambiences (WW) Play Track 38 sounds included, 87:39 mins total $30

    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.

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  • Cars Crowds and Streets in Tokyo Play Track 133+ sounds included $55 $44

    Every area in Tokyo has a unique landscape and distinguishing atmospheres.
    Because of it being a metropolitan city, once you step into one of the alleys, skyscrapers defuse the traffic sound which then becomes city rumbles and only delivers distant trains and distant traffics.

    And on the contrary, main streets are always busy with traffics and pedestrians.

    This time, we captured crowds and streets from many locations in Tokyo.
    Crowds in TOKYO features Japanese crowds (walla) such as in authentic izakaya bars, cafes, train stations, and on shopping streets, fish market streets and more.
    And STREETS in TOKYO features busy traffics on highways, main streets, distant traffic from alleys and city rumble and more.
    GEARs: sennheiserMKH8040s, lineaudioCM3s, lomaudioUSIPRO, ZOOM F8

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  • Environments Crowds at the restaurant Play Track 25 sounds included, 57 mins total $75

    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.

    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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  • Environments Diffuse City Play Track 116+ sounds included, 752 mins total $75

    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.

    Metadata – and markers:

    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.

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    Markers in Reaper

    There are 10 areas of focus in Diffuse City:

    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

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  • City Life Distant City Ambiences Play Track 88 sounds included, 150 mins total $49

    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.

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  • Environments Distant Traffic Play Track 23+ sounds included, 69 mins total $20

    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.

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  • Environments Ecuador Play Track 100 sounds included, 505 mins total From: $79

    Ambiences recorded during the month of March 2017 throughout a 3 weeks trip dedicated to the sonic capture.

    Features diverse Ecuadorian geographical tropes, urban & rural:

    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)

    Library highlights:

    • total 100 Ecuadorian ambiences (56 quad surround)
    • recorded full HD with SSS technique, ORTF and double ORTF
    • Urban, Rural, Nature, from coast, mountain, and forest
    • Amazon rainforest ambiences
    • Andean town ambiences
    • Fishermen village ambiences
    • Nature & frogs ambiences
    • Downtown capital city (Quito) ambiences
    • Airport ambiences
    • Gear used: Sennheiser MKH8090, Sound Devices 788T, Rode NT5

    The itinerary on Polar Steps:

  • Industrial Elevators Play Track 42+ sounds included $30

    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.

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  • City Life Essential New York City Play Track 54+ sounds included, 135 mins total $56

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • City Life Ethiopia Play Track 62+ sounds included, 188 mins total $75

    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 collection offers a wide diversity of soundscapes such as:
    -Prayers and ceremonies, outside and into stone carved churches
    -Active volcano, captured at the edge of the crater
    -Geological and geothermal activity
    -Busy and crowded cities
    -Quiet villages and countryside
    -Market indoor and outdoors, from big to small
    -Forest mountain of Simien national park, up to 4500m
    -Tuktuk ride from captured at different perspectives

    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.

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  • City Life Everyday Life in Paris Play Track 118+ sounds included $90 $50

    Want the sound of the real Paris? This library gets you the authentic sounds and ambiences of Paris, captured by Parisian natives Frederic Devanlay and Cedric Denooz. From the charms of the Quais de Seine, the quietness of its parks, the liveness of its courtyards, the frenzy ballet of its boulevards, and the warmness of its markets, the library captures the colors and shades of the French capital.

    Paris locations recorded include:Alboni Street • Bercy Village • Dasnier Street • Daumesnil Market • Durban Street • Gare De Lyon • Lekain Street • Montmatre • Mouffetard Street • Nadeau Street • Notre Dame • Oberkampf Street • Pere Lachaise • Place Contrescarpe • Place Menilmontant • Place Tu Tertre • Porte De Vincennes • Quays of the Seine river • Robineau Street • Sacre Ceur • Saint Maur Street • Saint Mandé Station • Trocadero Park – and many more!

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  • Environments EXT Play Track 125 sounds included, 546 mins total $39

    Over 9 hours of carefully recorded exterior ambiences, from cities, streets, squares and stations, to natural environments such as forests, parks and waterfalls.

    These recordings were made over a four year period, mainly in locations across Europe, including the streets of Malta, the Black Forest in Germany and city squares in Lithuania.

    Includes EXT ambience types such as:

    • Busy city streets and roads with traffic, trams, people, etc
    • Quiet suburban streets, parks and squares
    • City and town squares with people and distant traffic
    • Wet streets with traffic and people, during and after rainfall
    • Canals and boats
    • Airport Taxi area
    • Outdoor parking lots
    • Rooftop and balcony recordings
    • Walla
    • Countryside ambience with birds
    • Forest and lagoon
    • Sea and waves
    • Waterfalls
    • Rain and thunder

    All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data.

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