City and urban sound effects & recordings – including crowds, walla, traffic and other city activity
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.
Recorded in September 2018, over 1 month of travel around the Caucasian country.
Tucked between Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Armenia; the lesser-known country Georgia is at the confluent of many cultures and has a wide variety of landscapes.
This library is full of watery sounds to give your urban and residential soundscapes detail and character. This collection has 29 recordings of these troughs after various storms, offering everything from water lightly dripping into a sewer to heavy flowing drains. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
Welcome to the Hong Kong Ambience sound effects library (1 hour and 15 minutes long, 1.6gb compressed .rar file, 2.4gb Uncompressed). This package contains sounds of what the Cantonese people hear during their daily commutes and can be used for common Asian scenes, China Town scenes, etc. All 18 ready to use and loop-able stereo wave files were captured in 24 Bit, 96 kHz (each in 3, 4, or 5 minutes long), and include metadata.
A comprehensive Ambience Collection of Urban India ambiences, featuring cities like Mumbai, Port Blair, Rishikesh and Udaipur.
It includes Scenes of everyday life in India, street life scenes, Prayer, Chants, Mantras, Muslim Prayer, Train Rides, Busy streets, Traffic, Markets, Rivers, Roomtones of Busy People, Andaman Islands, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand.
'Indonesia' is a unique collection of 57 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment of DPA, Neumann and Audio Technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy. This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded on three different islands during national festivities for nice diversity! This collection includes:
This extensive collection of industrial ambiences features heavy machinery, mechanical rumbles and diffuse urbanscapes from the following locations:
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 and Sennheiser MKH 8020s to capture the extensive low frequencies present within the aforementioned locations.
This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of industrial ambience recordings.
Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of factory machines, rail yards, ports, harbours and refineries.
Over 9 hours of interior ambience recordings, from busy shopping malls, underground carparks, markets and stations, to quiet indoor pools, empty basements and room tones.
These recordings were made over a four year period, mainly in locations across Europe, including Malta, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania and Spain.
Stores Markets Malls: From crowded market places to empty shopping malls.
Public Transport: Buses, airplanes, train stations, airports and more.
Restaurants and Cafeterias: Quiet to noisy, with crowd walla and chatter in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German and more.
Room Tones: Empty basements, old houses, offices, city apartments, hotel rooms and more.
Underground Parking: Busy and quiet
Lobby Church Pool: Hotel lobby, large cathedral, small church and indoor swimming pool.
This audio library brings 29 crowd ambiences from several interesting places in Israel: the Jerusalem Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher, Tel Aviv’s traditional Carmel market, streets and parks, beaches and villages, and more. Recorded in May.
• 29 diverse Hebrew and international speaking crowd ambiences
• recorded with a Sony PCM-D100
• 96 kHz / 24 bit high resolution
• each track lasts for 3-6 minutes
• exclusively on A Sound Effect
Istanbul Ambiences delivers an extensive collection of sounds from Istanbul, Turkey.
Locations include many areas of the Great Bazaar, the tram station, the harbor, the railway station, the hippodrome, many different neighborhoods and streets, The Blue Mosque courtyard, the gold stock exchange, hotels, workshops, the spice bazaar, open markets, quiet streets, and much more.
166 recordings are included for more than 5 hours of authentic, atmospheric ambiences from Istanbul in total!
Get the true sounds of Italy in this authentic collection.
The Italian Ambiences sound effects library features recordings from places such as an Italian airport, bar, beach, city ambiences, crowd, countryside, market, pub, school, residential area, supermarket, train station, marina, museum, office, restaurant, tavern, village and many more.
Also includes a great collection of recordings from the historic city of Venice, Italy – excellent for old-city atmospheres. In total, more than 4.5 hours of atmospheric Italian recordings and ambiences are included.
The provided collection features over 1 hour of ambient recordings in Northern Italy, in the Trentino, Veneto, Lombardia, Piemonte, and Liguria regions and include cities, country sides, mountains, grape fields, national parks, roomtones, crowds, mornings/days/afternoon and nights. Also noted is some city ambiences and crowds are void of traffic noise as some city laws forbid traffic, they are clean and isolated calm and quiet crowds.
They are stereo recordings in decoded MS and XY. All files are mastered the same, in Protools HD, and are monitored through a phase scope to keep the files phase coherent, and edited to be M&E friendly.
Get the voices of Italy in this library, covering Italians in the streets, at concerts, amusement parks, schools, markets, at home and more – it even covers chanting at a gladiator fight at the Colosseum. Features men, women and children – solo and in crowds of various sizes.
Get almost 5 hours of sounds of Sicily, Italy – captured at various locations during different times of the day. The library features sounds of both empty and crowded streets. Mornings and nights sounded different from siesta time, that’s why I’ve recorded streets during all those times.
Another location was a fish market recorded in the morning, during most intense moments.
Other files covers the traffic on the streets full of honking scooters, barking dogs and just cars passing by.
In addition to the recordings from Trapani, you’ll find sound of the airports, not only in Italy but also in Poland, which contains both Polish and Italian walla.
Walla sounds varies from ones with a lot of people talking from different directions, to more narrow ones, with small groups speaking from one place. Most of the recordings are not that easy to distinguish, but there are also files where you can hear very clearly every word.
Italy – Sicilian Ambients features 36 WAV files, recorded with two 8040s plugged into Sound Devices 702 and Sony PCM-M10 portable recorder. The total length of the files is 321 minutes.
Get the sounds and ambiences of Jamaica in this very special sound effects library, featuring 4 hours of authentic recordings.
Recorded over three years, the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes walla sounds of Jamaican patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, Beaches, as well as cooking sounds from a wooden house kitchen. So if you’re looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:
Get the sounds and ambiences of Jamaica in this very special sound effects library, featuring almost 12 hours of authentic recordings.
An Additional Library of Vol 1. the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes Walla sounds of Jamaican Patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, roomtones, beaches, as well as a luxury hotel visit. So if you're looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:
Train and ambience library recorded in Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka. Bullet and regional trains, platforms, and station ambiences. Recorded at 96kHz stereo.
'Jordan' is a unique collection of 32 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From the northern part of the country to the Red Sea, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through the western part of the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
The city of Kolkata, India, is one of the sonically richest locations in the world. This library features over 25 locations and 276 files of both day and night time recordings in 5.1 and stereo formats. Feel the relentless energy of Bagbazar Street, the traffic rumble over Howrah Bridge, walk through the flower market along the Ganges river, and much more…
The LA Ambisonics sound effects library is an extensive collection of 239 immersive urban ambience recordings from throughout the city of Los Angeles. Add these LA ambiences sounds to strengthen your scenes with an authentic city soundscape — from beach and boardwalk sounds, city and freeway traffic, to street and restaurant walla, plane pass bys, and more.
Recorded by Academy Award®-winner Mark Mangini (Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road), LA Ambisonics was captured at various locations throughout Los Angeles including LAX, Venice Beach, Hollywood Boulevard, Union Station, Laurel Canyon and more. To capture these stunning ambiences, Mangini took the opportunity to think critically about what makes Los Angeles sound unique, and how to best achieve the immersion integral to the ambisonics format.
“I’ve been a fan of Ambisonic recording for some time, having developed my own microphones and plugins, not only for their sonic verisimilitude but for their obvious potential in cinema sound. While ‘immersion’ is the word on everyone’s lips as a sonic panacea, there is a great deal of controversy about how best to achieve it. I believe that it is in the reproduction of a believable 360 degree sound field that one achieves the highest level of ‘immersion’ and Ambisonics is one of the most practical and sonically pleasing ways to get there.” – Mark Mangini
Delivered in both Ambisonic and stereo formats, each audio file is embedded with rich descriptions for quick intuitive search results. This library includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to control the Ambisonics files by pointing “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene and decode to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. These recordings are also perfect for 3D Audio applications including VR and 360º video.
La Gomera’s Spirit is a sound effects library featuring authentic sounds of the small Canarian island’s life.
This collection contains sounds of Villages, Beaches and Nature Sounds.
It features typical Streets, Walla, Traffic Sounds, Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Residential Village Sounds.
Langa – Township Ambiences is a collection of everyday sounds recorded within a vibrant township community in the heart of Cape Town. The townships are always a busy place with a lot of different soundscapes to offer – from the chaotic market street in the town centre to the quieter houses/shacks on the outskirts. This collection has both interior and exterior ambiences and wallas to set the scene for any project set in a lively city environment. This pack consists of 25 Ambiences.
Photo Credits: Matthias v.d Neut
'Laos' is a unique collection of 49 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From north to south, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through all the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
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