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  • City Life Sounds & Ambiences Of Prague Play Track 47 sounds included, 174 mins total $40 $30

    Beautifully captured sounds from the stunning Czech Republic capital of Prague.

    This library takes you on an whirlwind audio journey around the most popular areas of Prague. Listen to the sounds of people crossing the famous Charles Bridge, take a stroll into the Old Town, visit the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, venture into the atmospheric torture chamber at Daliborka Tower, walk around the palace, listen to the evening chorus while overlooking the city, enjoy the sound of the church bells ringing for mass, walk through the famous Naplavka Farmer’s Market, take some time out to enjoy a drink in one of Prague’s most famous beer halls. These and many more sounds are included in this library of ambiences, traffic and crowd sounds.

    The library is  6.05GB in size and approx 3 hours of audio, all recorded at 96KHz / 24 Bit and is perfect for the film / documentary maker, theatre sound designer or anyone who needs that authentic sound of Prague for whichever project they are working on.

    The whole library contains detailed Soundminer, ID3v2.3.0 and RIFF INFO metadata embedded. It also includes PDF, Numbers, CSV and XLSX info.

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  • City Life Sounds & Ambiences of Sardinia Play Track 59 sounds included, 229 mins total $40 $30

    This library consists of 59 recordings from the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Centred around the North East town of Olbia and surrounding areas, this library includes everything you need to get a real feel of this jewel of the Mediterranean. It includes everything from town ambiences to beaches (both busy and quiet), traffic, harbour sounds, church interiors, transport and much more.

    Almost 4 hours of audio, with most ambiences over 3 minutes in length.

    Perfect for film makers, theatre sound designers and anyone who needs that authentic, everyday sound of Sardinia.

    All recordings are at 24Bit/96KHz with Soundminer, ID3 v2.3.0 & RIFF metadata embedded.

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  • City Life Sounds of Asia Play Track 33 sounds included, 104 mins total $60 $50

    Sounds of Asia explores the sounds native to this diverse and vibrant area of the world.

    These sounds were recorded in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia over a period of several years.

    From various foreign accents, to food courts in Thailand, the famous Tokyo fish markets and metro, wildlife in rural Indonesia, the hill tribes of Vietnam, Jakarta’s omnipresent Islamic call to prayer, and the general chaos of South East Asian traffic and markets, this collection is a true snapshot of Asia. Please check out the Tracklist below for specific track information.

    Sounds of Asia was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in these countries.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Australia Play Track 37 sounds included, 123 mins total $50

    Sounds of Australia features a large collection of high-quality sounds recorded in both natural and urban environments all around Australia.

    This collection has a strong emphasis on native Australian birds and insects as well as genuine Australian crowd ambiences.

    From Australian crowds and accents, to the chaotic Aussie bush chorus, you will find exotic native birds such as the Australian Kookaburra, Currawong, Rainbow Lorikeet and many other native Australian bush birds, frogs and insects.

    Sounds of Australia was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in Australia.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Canada Play Track 43 sounds included, 47 mins total $50

    Sounds of Canada includes a huge variety of local ambiences and sounds unique to Canada. From Canadian crowds, restaurants, bars and markets to community sporting events, stadium events, street parades, nature sounds, ski villages, the distinct rattling sound of the Vancouver Marathon, the Canadian pedestrian crossing button sound and even Vancouver’s famous steam-powered organ clock.

    This collection is a true representation of Canadian sounds, all recorded on location whilst living in Vancouver, around British Colombia, Vancouver Island and beyond.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Central America Play Track 59 sounds included, 153 mins total $60

    Sounds of Central America explores the sounds native to this Latin American region and beyond.

    These high-quality sound recordings were meticulously recorded in Mexico, Guatemala. Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Included is also a taste of the Caribbean and beyond with additional recordings from Belize and Cuba.

    Sounds of Central America was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful for post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you could expect to hear in these countries.

    From wild Mexican rodeos, to howler monkeys screaming in the Guatemalan jungle, local fish markets in El Salvador, various means of local transportation, exotic nature, all kinds of crowds with all kinds of local accents, angry mobs, incredibly close-mic’d hummingbird wings and so much more.

    We hope you enjoy this high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of England & Ireland Play Track 71 sounds included, 49 mins total $70

    This sound collection combines the best of England and both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. After travelling extensively throughout the region we now provide you with a range of useful, high-quality sounds.

    Sounds of England and Ireland is primarily an ambience library featuring sounds recorded on location from bars to restaurants, trains to airports, parks to suburban environments, native birds (including English seagulls), a broad spectrum of accents, and a whole range of other sounds unique to the region.

    All tracks were recorded in high definition by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Europe 1 – Busy Places Play Track 33+ sounds included, 105 mins total $40

    Ambient Backgrounds recorded in various European Cities. These are the kind of sounds that are required for practically every modern TV show or movie, and some video games – e.g. Cafés, train stations, lobbies, churches, bars, public spaces etc., but all with a European flavour.

    Indistinct walla and background voices that could be used for any city, including some tracks with recognisable European language dialogue (e.g. English, French, Italian, German and Czech.) All of this is catalogued in the tracklisting so there are no surprises.

    The library features recordings from cities such as London, Venice, Prague, Vienna and Annecy, France.  Real world sounds with no reverb or other fake effects applied! They have been painstakingly edited, EQ’d and mastered to avoid unwanted sounds and loud annoying spikes in level and frequency that would otherwise mess up your workflow.

    New related volume coming soon….!

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  • City Life Sounds of France Play Track 26 sounds included, 82 mins total $40

    Bonjour! Welcome to the Sounds of France. This collection features a collection of high quality sounds recorded on location all around the beautiful regions of France.

    From traditional bistros and cafes, to the famous Paris Metro, authentic crowds and accents, airports, church bells and so much more. Please see the tracklist below for more detailed track information.

    Sounds of France was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in France.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds Of Hong Kong Play Track 30+ sounds included, 43 mins total $25

    The sounds of Hong Kong, recorded in 2007. It includes the sounds of a ferry from Lantau Island to Hong Kong, the legendary Star Ferry, trams, street scenes including the iconic pedestrian crossing beeps and MTR (Metro) trains, interior and exterior.

    Some tracks could be used for any modern or futuristic city, where you need to add an exotic or futuristic dimension, that Blade Runner-esque feel if you will, not just for Asia!

    In total, 30 recordings are included for more than 40 minutes of authentic Hong Kong sounds.

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  • City Life Sounds of Istanbul Play Track 80+ sounds included, 360 mins total $59 $41.30

    Sounds of Istanbul gets you more than 6 hours of oriental-flavored soundscapes and ambiences – gathered around Istanbul, Turkey. It features calls to prayers, bazaars, harbor sounds, Walla, crowds of people passing through the streets and alleys, car traffic, street musicians, both close and distant emergency siren sounds, as well as the quiet crowd at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

    So if you’re after middle-eastern city ambiences, Sounds of Istanbul delivers:

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  • City Life Sounds of Morocco Play Track 19 sounds included, 62 mins total $40 $30

    Welcome to the Sounds of Morocco. This essential collection features carefully selected, high-quality sounds recorded on location in the North African region of Morocco.

    From the chaos of Marrakech’s bazaars and souks, to the relative calm of the seaside town, Essaouira, to the laid-back surfside village of Taghazout, this collection captures a true snapshot of the sounds you can expect to hear in Morocco. This collection includes crowds, accents, cafes, birds, traditional markets (or souks), the Islamic call to Prayer (Adhan) and so much more. Please see the tracklist below for more detailed track information.

    Sounds of Morocco was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in Morocco.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Prague Play Track 51 sounds included, 197 mins total $15 $7

    The next stop in our sound journey is Prague, Czech Republic


    This old city of beautiful churches, narrow streets, ringing trams, echoey squares, cobblestones and bridges has an incredibly attractive atmosphere. And we, as always, will not disturb this natural environment and capture it with stealth recording using DPA 4060 mics.

    Take the chance and dive into the attractive sonic atmospheres of Eastern Europe!

    KEY POINTS:

    • An excellent addition to your library for film, TV and multimedia – Prague in winter time
    • Stealth recording with DPA 4060 gives the absolute naturalness and allows you to be where you cannot operate with a traditional set of microphones
    • Sorted by the time of day, weather and location-type categories
    • All files have extensive metadata included
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  • City Life Sounds of Russia Play Track 27 sounds included, 70 mins total $40

    Sounds of Russia features a collection of high quality sounds recorded on location in St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.

    From the Moscow underground, to St Petersburg’s famous Hermitage art gallery, a number of unique church bell recordings and even the madness of Red Square celebrations during New Years Eve. This collection features various authentic ambiences, crowds, accents and more. Please see the tracklist below for more detailed track information.

    Sounds of Russia was recorded with the intention to be particularly useful in post-production environments with a range of genuine and rare sounds you can genuinely expect to hear in Russia.

    We really hope you enjoy this extensive, high-quality sound pack.

    All tracks recorded by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Senegal Play Track 41 sounds included, 213 mins total $40

    Get the sounds of Senegal in this interesting collection from Eneas Mentzel. Covering everything from city and village ambiences to night and day atmospheres and much more, this library is a rich source of authentic Senegalese ambiences. More than 3.5 hours of recordings total are included.

    All files in unprocessed M/S format for maximum flexibility in audio post !!!

    Artwork by Annemie Van Roey.

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  • City Life Sounds of Spain & Portugal Play Track 49 sounds included, 34 mins total $50

    Spain and Portugal represent two countries with truly vibrant and distinct cultures. At anytime, day or night, you can expect an abundance of ambient sounds and vocalisations on every corner, except for during the afternoon siesta of course.

    We roamed the streets of Seville, Granada, Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and beyond recording everyday life in tapas bars, restaurants, markets, public transport, universities, local football matches, cultural and religious events and more to bring you an accurate sonic representation of these great countries

    All tracks were recorded in high definition by Evan Buist, sound engineer and field recordist (National Geographic, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures).

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  • City Life Sounds of Sweden Play Track 50 sounds included, 178 mins total $15 $7

    Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden!

    This is a charming city of tolling bells, cobblestones, narrow streets, bridges, quaysides and seagulls has an incredible atmosphere of North Lands.

    Weather is constantly changing from snow to rain, winds are heavy, but strong Swedish people are always on the streets. So, we, as always, should not disturb this natural environment and capture it with stealth recording using DPA 4060 microphones.

    Take the chance and dive into the attractive sonic atmospheres of North Spirit!

    KEY POINTS:

    • An excellent addition to your library for film, TV and multimedia – Stockholm in winter time
    • Stealth recording with DPA 4060 gives the absolute naturalness and allows you to be where you cannot operate with a traditional set of microphones
    • Sorted by location-type categories
    • All files have extensive metadata included
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  • City Life Sounds of the London Underground Play Track 189+ sounds included $40

    Anybody familiar with travelling on the London Underground will be aware of the distinct soundscapes beneath the streets of London; from the clatter of the ticket hall barriers to the eerie rumbles from the tunnels, waiting in anticipation for the next train to come rushing past before stopping with the squeal of the brakes.

    Each type of train on the network has its own distinct characteristics such as the moaning of the electric traction motors or the peculiar sound of the 1996 Stock used on the Jubilee Line.

    All of these sounds have been beautifully captured in 24-bit 48KHz quality- recorded both with XY stereo microphones and binaurally- creating a highly realistic experience for headphone users.

    Note to users:
    As many of you will know, like many urban transit systems, the London Underground is littered with pre-recorded public announcements.
    These recordings have been extensively edited to the highest quality to ensure that these pre-recorded announcements have been removed where possible.
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  • 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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  • City Life 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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  • City Life 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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  • City Life Spanish Crowd Ambiences Play Track 57 sounds included $50 $28

    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 $30

    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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  • City Life 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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  • City Life Subway Play Track 58+ sounds included, 133 mins total $40 $29

    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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  • City Life Surround In a Crowd 5.1 Play Track 25 sounds included, 120 mins total $69 $49

    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 $49

    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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  • City Life Surround in The Night 5.1+Stereo Play Track 25 sounds included, 108 mins total $59 $39

    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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  • City Life Surround In the Park 5.1 + Stereo Play Track 25 sounds included, 130 mins total $69 $45

    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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