City and urban sound effects & recordings – including crowds, walla, traffic and other city activity
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.
Here are diffused soundscapes of one of the largest and fastest-growing city on the planet: Dubai. The traffic and activity level is constant in this metropolis.
There are ambiences recorded at ground floor, and traffic tones recorded from high-rise buildings, at the 38th floor, from indoor and outdoor. One bonus included: a Bangkok traffic ambience from 25th floor.
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.
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!
The whole collection of Lesser Vibes sound libraries.
Artificial Life (sci-fi, user interface, designed)
Automatic Umbrellas (foley, cloth, mechanical)
Handheld Transceivers (radio, glitch, noise)
High Tech Interface Sounds (sci-fi, user interface, designed)
Urban Russia (environments, transport, crowds)
All libraries were created by Sergey Eybog, a sound designer and music composer from Russia.
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.
• 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
• Countryside ambience with birds
• Forest and lagoon
• Sea and waves
• Rain and thunder
All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data.
Plunge your users into the worlds of yesteryear with ultra-immersive fantasy or medieval themed background environments of the highest quality. This audio library offers you hours of different soundscapes, including BATTLES with warhorses, knights, and explosions, CASTLE interiors, quiet FARMS, bustling VILLAGES with MARKETS, peaceful GRASSLANDS & COUNTRYSIDES, lush FORESTS, WATERFALLS & RIVERS, wild JUNGLES, PRISONS, and not to mention varying intensities of RAIN STORMS and the wild outdoors! Whether your project is a Lord of the Rings fantasy adventure video game, a King Arthur animation app, or a Game of Thrones slot casino game, everything you’ll need to immerse your users in your creation’s magic is here!
EXPLORE ENTIRE WORLDS
Whether your adventure takes place on a BATTLEFIELD, in a CASTLE or PRISON, on a FARM or in a VILLAGE, or outdoors in the GRASSLANDS, COUNTRYSIDE, FOREST, or JUNGLE, we’ve got you covered! Each ambience contains MULTIPLE VARIATIONS, ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS, and MULTIPLE INTENSITIES to cover each and every scene. This sound effects library is perfect for any setting you can imagine.
AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER
Our expert team of sound designers has meticulously crafted each ambience into CONTINUOUS, NON-REPETITIVE, DRAG AND DROP-READY LOOPS that will serve as perfect background audio for your game, film, animation, live event, or even as relaxing background audio! We have even included FULL and SIMPLIFIED MIXES, SHORT and LONG non-repetitive variants, multiple choices for INTENSITIES, and numerous other options for your convenience!
Each audio file is drag-and-drop ready, presented in high-quality MP3 and WAV formats with meticulously labeled keywords, so you can create the perfect gaming experience for your players in a matter of moments! Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose 600+ games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary pack of ambiences.
Part of the WW Audio Mini SFX Series, for those who want a small amount of recordings of a particular theme, without having to buy large libraries, Festival Fireworks brings you many options when you need some quality firework sounds.
This mini library includes a complete fireworks display from a beach during a Spanish Festival. In addition to that, there are recordings from different perspectives – near, far, busy, occasional, with and without voices and external sounds. Everything when looking to add that bit of bang to your project.
A collection of fireworks sound effects, mostly recorded from the launching area, close to the mortars for some big booms and fuse sounds. Of course you will find classical fireworks atmosphere here too. And if you are looking for rocket sounds or loud blasts, you should try slowing them down.
Get 25 minutes of continuous fireworks recordings from New Year's Eve in Berlin – captured in true 5.0 surround sound!
Recorded with an INA 5 surround microphone array, comes with 5 full range channels (23 – 20.000 Hz) – no LFE (0.1) channel needed.
• Discrete L/R/C/LS/RS routing – just drop 5 tracks into your DAW
• Compatible with the ITU-R BS.775 recommendation, no Ambisonics, no plug-in needed, just drag the 5 tracks into your DAW
• Realistic sound location, true to the original sound color
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz / high dynamic range recording
• Equipment: 5x Rode NT1, RME UCX, RME Quadmic 2
• Royalty free, instantly downloadable
'Fireworks From Paris' is a sound library, recorded as Paris was celebrating the Bastille Day on July 14th 2016. The firework recordings are divided into categories such as tiny explosions, middle explosions, and powerful explosions. The library features both solo explosions, as well as multiple blasts. It comes with 2×138 recordings, in stereo as well as UPMIX 5.1.
France Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 128 sounds recorded at different seasons in various locations.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment at 24 Bit / 96 kHz.
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.
General Ambiences is a generic ambience sound collection which contains a mixup of stereo high quality backgrounds and soundscapes for cinematic purposes.
Sounds have been recorded with different techniques, different microphone patterns and recorders to get the best stereo results in every situation.
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