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

  • City Life Sounds on the Underground Play Track 7 sounds included, 40 mins total $12

    Sounds of the London Underground contains 40 minutes of recordings exploring the sounds of the London tube trains and station platforms.

    • 15 minutes of platform ambience with multiple arrival and departures, passengers alighting and announcements.
    • 25 minutes onboard the Circle and Bakerloo lines.
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  • Environments South African Ambiences Exterior Play Track 28 sounds included, 230 mins total $35

    This library is a myriad of uniquely South African exterior ambiences.
    Get true exterior ambience sounds of South Africa in this authentic collection. The South African Exterior ambience sound effects library features recordings from places in and around Cape Town, beach, city, promenade, bus station, market, taxi rank, residential suburb, city rooftop, the CDB, train station, parking lot, primary school, residential areas and many more.

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  • World Sounds South India Play Track 55+ sounds included, 98 mins total $60

    'South India' is a unique collection of 55 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment. This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds from the southwest to the southeastern part of the country! Recorded over many months and different seasons with DPA, Neumann and Audio Technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy, this collection includes:

    • Cities: Mumbai, Chennai and Madurai, hyperactive Indian cities
    • Countryside and villages in Karnakata, entry of the desert
    • Forests and jungles from tropical south mountains
    • Markets: from small to big, outdoor and indoor
    • Rice and tea fields
    • Public spaces and train stations
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  • This sound library features stereo recordings from 7 different cities of Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Cordoba, San Sebastian and Malaga). Some of the locations include are a hospital, a school, a market, a beach, several train stations, cafeterias, bar terraces and many more. All recordings, unless it’s specified, are free of birds and traffic sounds, which will allow you to mix your tracks as you please. If you are in need of crowd ambiences from Spain, this is the go-to library.

    There are 57 recordings included, most ambiences are 2-3 minutes in length and there are more than 190 minutes of crowd recordings in total. Files are 96/24 and 48/24.

    All tracks have full Soundminer embedded Metadata.

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  • City Life Spanish Primary School Play Track 72+ sounds included, 120 mins total $50 $40

    SPANISH PRIMARY SCHOOL brings you interior and exterior stereo recordings of a primary school located in Cordoba, Spain.

    Key features:

    • Kids age from 5 to 11 years old.
    • Locations: interiors (main entrance, corridors, school cafeteria, classroom) and exteriors (schoolyard).
    • Mainly focused on Castilian Spanish. In those cases, the Spanish keyword has been added, both in the filename and the description.
    • Non-verbal communication is also included.
    • General ambiences with more or less distant voices (teachers and students) and activities such as doors opening, dragging chairs, footsteps, school bags with wheels, etc. Any other undesirable noise (traffic, birds) is absent in these tracks.
    • A few room tones of empty locations (classroom, corridor, kitchen, cafeteria) with noises coming from far away are also included.
    • Classroom recordings include actions such as playing, chatting, packing up, laughing, whistling, clapping, cheering and screaming. From small to bigger groups. Most of them can be used for any school, but some others have a specific Spanish identity. All these files have been recorded with two different microphones.
    • Most of the recordings have been stealth-recorded in order to preserve the nature of the action and not influence the performance. For this, Sony D100 and Zoom H2n were used.
    • Whenever possible, another setup was used (Zoom F8 + Sennheiser 8040/30 in MS).
    • School objects (pencils, chairs, wrapping paper) recorded in mono from a near perspective.
    • All files come with Soundminer embedded metadata, in 96 kHz and 24 bit.
    • 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.
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  • City Life Stately Museums Play Track 46 sounds included, 210 mins total $100

    It's not everyday you get the opportunity to record in the Smithsonian Institute when it's open…let alone when it's closed! Now you don't have to. This library contains sounds from seven museums, an administrative area and the National Zoo. All recorded in M/S using the ultra-quiet Sennheiser MKH40 and MKH30, and decoded into stereo files.

    This library includes sounds from:

    • The Museum of Natural History
    • The Museum of American History
    • The Museum of Air and Space
    • The Museum of the American Indian
    • The Freer Gallery
    • The subterranean exhibits of the Sackler Gallery
    • The Museum of African Art
    • The Administrative Ripley Center
    • The National Zoo

    All told, three and a half hours of unique museum ambiences!

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  • City Life Streets at Night Play Track 15+ sounds included, 75 mins total $25

    This library is full of quiet night ambiences in a small city.

    In this library, you’ll hear 75 minutes of atmospheres that include busy highways and far away sirens, quiet intersections as cars pass through, rooftop and bridge underpass ambiences, distant trains and bar crowds, and more. Each track is five minutes long, giving you plenty of loops points if need be. If you’re looking for that distinct tranquility you feel in the twilight hours of an urban area, check this one out. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.

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  • City Life Suburbia Play Track 36+ sounds included $49

    I can't tell you the number of times I've needed a good clean suburban atmos to fill out a scene. I've got plenty in my sfx collection, but not a whole lot that are local to Australia. So I thought I'd remedy that!

    This collection covers a variety of locations, from quieter suburbs with a gentle breeze, a distant dog, some crickets perhaps and maybe a few birds, to the more densely populated areas, where the traffic and background noise is much higher and some construction is always going on. There some nighttime stuff in there, some ocean side, some with nature at its finest and even lawnmower and whipper snipper recordings so you can layer it all up.

    All recorded at 24bit/96kHz, the library is 2.5GB and contains 36 tracks.

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  • Environments Suburbs of Chicago: Spring Play Track 1000+ sounds included, 532 Minutes mins total $50 $25

    Suburbs of Chicago: Spring is filled with various ambiences and room tones all recorded in the springtime. This environment includes distant cars, car pass, motorcycle pass, bird chirps, close and distant lawnmowers, dog barks, leaf rustles, wet streets wind chimes, a tennis match. and even a dripping sewer!

    As an added bonus, this pack also includes inside a Hyundai Sonata driving during pouring rain, and while parked. Recordings are all exported as stereo 96kHz, 24 Bit stereo .wav files. Files range in length anywhere between 2 minutes and 55 minutes for ultimate creative control, or for the enjoinment of listening.

    All recorded using the Sennheiser MKH8050/30 and MKH20/30 in MS, Audio Technica AT2022 in XY, Zoom H1 XY, and the Sound Devices USBPre2 into the Tascam DR70d.

    All files are meta-data tagged using Basehead.

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  • Trains Subway Play Track 58+ sounds included, 133 mins total $40 $20

    An in-depth collection of subway recordings, captured in Kyiv, Ukraine. There are platform ambiences, train interior and exterior, escalators, underground tunnels with people.
    Recorded in quadro on Nevaton MC 50 QUAD; in double-MS on Oktava MK-012 set; in stereo on AKG C414 pair. The double-MS recordings were encoded to quadro and the sources (Mid, Side, Rear) included as well.
    DMS at the end of file name means Double-MS recording; Quadro means direct quadro recording; AKG means stereo recording.

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  • Environments Surround In a Crowd 5.1 Play Track 25 sounds included, 120 mins total $69

    Surround In A Crowd 5.1 features 25 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of Interior and Exterior crowds.

    Includes interior and exterior recordings from places such as a café, restaurant, park, playground, theatre, museum, courtyard, lobby, classroom, library, subway, shopping mall and more.

    Recorded with discrete Quad microphones and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format). Recording locations are all from center perspective, captured in the center of a room or crowded space. A stereo version of each cue is included as well as embedded metadata. Most recordings are 2-3 minutes in length.

    Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file for free here.

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  • City Life Surround In the City 5.1 Play Track 25 sounds included, 130 mins total $69

    Surround In the City delivers 25 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of City traffic and Ambience. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format). Recording locations are all from center perspective – between traffic lanes on medians, bridges, walkways and tunnels to capture the movement of a city. A stereo version of each cue is included as well as metadata. Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file for free here!

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  • Surround In the Night features 25 HD 24bit/48khz 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of urban crickets and cicada recordings in parks and residential areas. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format).

    Recording locations are all from center perspective – captured in the middle of a park or residential area, to create the widest possible sound. A stereo version of each cue is included, as well as embedded metadata.

    Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!

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  • Get a large selection of ambiences recorded in parks, residential areas, playgrounds and other urban areas with this SFX library. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format).

    Recording locations are all from center perspective – in the middle of a park or residential area, to create the widest possible sound. A stereo version of each cue is included as well as embedded metadata. Most tracks are 2-3 minutes.

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  • Weather Surround In The Rain 5.1 + Stereo Play Track 30 sounds included, 100 mins total $69

    Want the sounds of urban rain storms, gutters, drains and wet traffic? Surround In the Rain features 30 HD 24bit/48khz 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with exactly that. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format). Recording locations are all from center perspective to create the widest possible sound, and a stereo version of each cue is included, as well as embedded metadata. Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!

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  • Environments Sweden Ambiences Play Track 56+ sounds included, 220 mins total $50

    This is our home. Our sounds from the country we live in. Hear the cold winter winds from the hills of Gothenburg, the city life of the student town of Uppsala and the untouched nature far from the highways and industries from the whole year.

    We have collected the nature, cities, parks and rivers in a compact package. A library like this wouldn’t be complete without wallas where you can hear the Swedish language, in a café, shopping mall and train station.

    This comes down to over 220 minutes in 7.2 GB. Everything is recorded on a Sound Devices 633 with Neumann KM184 and Sennheiser MKH50 in Stereo (96 kHz, 24 Bit).

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  • World Sounds Thailand Play Track 101+ sounds included, 251 mins total $70

    'Thailand' is a unique collection of 101 sounds recorded over 2 years and produced with high quality equipment with DPA and Neumann mics, an Audio Technica Preamp, an Aeta Mixy Recorder, and a PCM D-100 digital recorder. This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded throughout the country at different seasons! Ambiences include:

    • Tropical Jungles: 3 National parks, wild wet nature still preserved
    • Buddhist temples
    • Exotic island in the south with white sandy beaches bordered by an abounding nature
    • Mountains and fields of Chiang-mai and the Golden Triangle
    • Markets from small to big, outdoor and indoor
    • Countrysides: Isaan region, ancient Khmer kingdom
    • Cities: busy Bangkok, Chang Rai or Ubon Ratchathani
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  • Welcome to Buffalo, New York!

    The ‘Hood audio playset gives you over 12 minutes of urban ambience delight. This playset was recorded in Buffalo, New York and captures the traffic and neighborhood sounds of a busy city street including:

    • City Busses
    • Garbage and recycling trucks
    • Tractor Trailers
    • A wide variety of passenger vehicles
    • Emergency vehicles
    • A motorcycle
    • Dogs barking and neighborhood quarrels.

    The ‘Hood Playset comes with everything you see here:

    • 78 high definition sound clips
    • 96 kHz, 24-bit mono and stereo WAV files
    • Includes file lists and broadcast WAV compliant metadata
    • Total Runtime 12:35
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  • Ambisonics The Beach Play Track 35+ sounds included $79

    It took a lot of sunscreen to record this collection of ocean waves, gentle currents, and life on the Boardwalk. From Venice Beach, to Santa Monica and Malibu, Southern California boasts some of the world's greatest resources for coastal recording. This is a terrific library that features a variety of beachside sounds, including huge wave crashes on rocks, calm estuaries, and even amusement parks on the Pier. Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.
    What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!

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  • City Life The Elevator Speaks Play Track 342 sounds included, 10 mins total $40

    THE ELEVATOR SPEAKS is a sound pack that has a neutral male English voice reading floors and levels up to 100. Beyond the 100th floor you can use the One Hundred And, Two Hundred And etc up to floor One Thousand, to concatenate the speech files. I.e 'level two hundred and ten' or 'three hundred and fiftieth floor.'

    The voice files are bespoke, recorded for this sound pack and ok to use in any project or indeed, elevator. PLEASE NOTE I have duplicated the VO files, one set is processed to sound as though they are coming through a small speaker, one set are as recorded, unprocessed for you to use as is or process as desired.

    There are also a few sound effects. An elevator travelling, doors and a button press.

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  • Environments The Netherlands Play Track 70 sounds included, 350 minutes mins total From: $50

    Recorded over the course of two months this sound library features an extensive amount of Dutch ambiences including locations such as train stations, parks, cafes, streets and forests.

    All atmospheres run for approximately 5 minutes and were recorded at 24 bit/96khz using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T. This library is available in stereo or 5.0.

     

     

  • Foley The Office Foley FX Play Track 104 sounds included $15

    Can’t wait for quitting time? Then have a listen to this sound pack of office & general business related sound effects.

    Made up of over 100 edited sounds recorded on the job (not in the studio) at 24bit/96khz in M/S Stereo, this pack is a perfect compliment for any office, workplace or business scene. You’ll find sounds of printers, fax machines, photo copiers, paper shuffling, telephones ringing, chairs rolling, paper shredding, cash drawers, elevators, clocks ticking, HVAC ambience and more.

    Don’t wait until the weekend, pick this up today!

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  • Ambisonics The Park Play Track 50+ sounds included, 192 mins total $129

    Jungle gyms, sports fields, whistling birds, and barking dogs. This is a diverse collection of recreational Parks that spans the Southern California area. From quiet city plazas to busy skate parks, this library provides a variety of ambisonic ambiences suited for your next project.

    Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.

    What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!

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  • Ambisonics The Road Play Track 50+ sounds included, 192 mins total $129

    Streets and stop signs, freeways and highways, and yes, even a roundabout! This is a massive library featuring traffic ambiences that range from quiet suburb avenues, to downtown rush-hour. Not just urban environments, we also “hit the road” and drove north to sleepy desert towns, and single lane canyons. There's a ton of variety here!

    Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.

    What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!

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  • Ambisonics The Snow Play Track 25+ sounds included, 192 mins total $79

    From the snow-covered slopes of Mammoth mountain, to the ice-filled shores of Duluth, Minnesota, this library brings together some terrific subzero sounds for your next snow-themed project. With ski and snowboard bys, chairlifts, cold winds, and even melting icicles, this is surely a collection you don't want to miss. Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.

    What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!

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  • City Life Tokyo – Outdoor Ambiances Play Track 33 sounds included, 106 mins total $42 $35.70

    Get the sounds of everyday life in Tokyo, Japan. A quiet neighborhood with moderate traffic, birds singing and a dog barking in the distance. Recorded in densely populated, but quiet and civil Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.

    Sounds include traffic in the form of cars, trucks, lots of bicycles and pedestrians, commuters at Kyodo Station, cicadas at night, Japanese crows cawing, as well as the unmistakable sounds of a Buddhist cemetery in a light breeze (!). In short; just the right sounds to make Japanese suburbia come alive in your productions.

    Recorded exclusively using stealth methods (near-concealed microphones), this is a slice of life, as lived by the locals of this rather pleasant middle-class neighborhood.

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  • City Life Tokyo Tourist Play Track 34 sounds included, 79 mins total $42 $35.70

    Tokyo Tourist is more than 2.5 GBof sound from different locations in Tokyo and beyond.
    34 recordings/79 minutes of stereo recordings featuring temples, trains, religious processions and much more – this library takes you to some of the locations a tourist might visit, all in 24bit/96kHz quality.

    Recording with the same setup as Tokyo – Outdoor Ambiances, I went to Shinjuku station and Gyoen Park. I recorded the Kanda festival procession in the streets of Akihabara, captured the infernal sound in a video game arcade – just to name a few of the sounds in this library.

    Tokoy Tourist delivers:

    • Clean, realistic ambient recordings of interesting locations
    • Traffic, temples, parks, trains, people, people, people…
    • All sounds recorded with the same microphones – in the same setup (spaced-omni)
    • BWAV metadata embedded with even more included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats

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  • City Life Toolkit for Airports Play Track 53 sounds included, 38 mins total $47.99

    An extensive collection of airport ambiances from departures, arrivals, passport control and luggage reclaim halls, spanning Venice, Saigon, Istanbul and Trieste.

    Also includes a collection of voice-only announcements sound effects, topped with a collection of designed chimes in the style of the ones from London Heathrow and Gatwick, JFK, Johannesburg, Manila, Dubai, Tokyo and Paris provide you with a versatile tool kit of both off-the-shelf, ready-to-use ambiances and all the elements you need to create your own scene.

    Photo by Haiqal Osman on Unsplash

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  • City Life Tourist Crowds Play Track 30+ sounds included, 100 mins total $34 $22

    TOURIST CROWDS is a collection of 30 stereo recordings, specially designed for scenes set in tourist places and points where a mix of different languages is a must. Spanish, English, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, French… you name it.

    In order to avoid unobtrusively sounds, all files are stealth recordings. Therefore, equipment used consists of small handheld recorders (Sony D100 and Zoom H2n). A couple of Clippy stereo mics were also used, plugged into the D100.

    Files come in 24 bit and 96 & 48 kHz, with embedded metadata.

    Have a scene at an airport? Maybe a temple? A central station? I got you covered.

    Some of the locations included in this library are:

    • The Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand)
    • Pantheon (Rome, Italy)
    • The Mosque (Cordoba, Spain)
    • Sacré-Cœur (Paris, France)
    • Jardin du Luxembourg (Paris, France)
    • Bruxelles-Central (Brussels, Belgium)
    • Les Rambles (Barcelona, Spain)
    • Plaza Mayor (Madrid, Spain)

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  • Environments Town & Country Play Track 205+ sounds included $119

    TOWN & COUNTRY provides a wide range of professional sounds for creating perfectly convincing and realistic town and country ambiences in high-end quality. In addition to a broad and solid foundation of town and country lifestyle, we focused on credible ambiences that are full of detail and at the same time leave enough room to place further sound design in the foreground.

    MAJOR STRENGTH: FLEXIBILITY!
    The main part of this library consists of extensive – mostly loopable – background ambiences with varying daytimes and locations of town & country sceneries. More detailed and easily accessible sounds of e.g. camp fire, farm animals or an extraordinarily impressive file with flies on a roadkill are another strong addition to your SFX pool.

    More than 200 files of vivid town and country days and nights give you all the flexibility you need to bridge the gap between a very rural country life with animals and man-made town sounds. TOWN & COUNTRY has all necessary components to design organic and grounded acoustic backdrops while keeping a naturalistic feel and human touch.

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  • Weather Town Winds Play Track 34 sounds included $25 $15

    From winds rushing through empty streets to winds whistling and whipping across a marina, “Town Winds” offers a broad spectrum of wind ambiences in urban environments.

    This library includes the sounds of wind blowing through flagpoles, strong wind gusts at a railway station, and wind whirling around a backyard. There are recordings of clattering masts, fluttering plastic, rattling fences, and much more.

    Taken in very calm spaces, these recordings have minimal traffic bleed and are nearly bird free. Recorded with a Shoeps MK4/MK8 MS, paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder.

    Whether you’re designing a stormy scene in a city or a suburban environment, this is the library for you.

    Locations captured:
    Empty streets, parking lots, railway stations, school, rural street, marina, harbor, lighthouse, athletics field, backyard, town square

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  • Environments Traffic Play Track 84 sounds included, 210 mins total From: $50

    This library features various recordings of traffic ranging from rural highways, inner city, residential, city CBD and wet traffic. Metadata includes information such as time of day, location and how busy the roads are. All sounds were recorded using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T this library is delivered to you in 24bit / 96khz and is available in stereo or 5.0 (5.0 version includes stereo files as well).

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