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

  • A collection of real and gritty skateboard sounds. We recorded these sounds on the streets and not in the studio. Featuring various skateboard riding movement and trick sounds. These sounds are so real, you can hear the bearings squeak.

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  • Skytrain Rapid Transit FX is a collection of unique passby’s, overhead POV and onboard sounds recorded at 24bit 96khz both in stereo and mono, giving you maximum flexibility and realism for your projects.

    The Vancouver transit system is world renowned and carries millions of residents and visitors on board each year since its beginnings in the 1980’s. The older cars have a particular screech to them, perfect for creative design for monsters or machines, and can compliment any variety of air craft or land transport library.

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  • “Slush and Wet Streets” is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets.

    Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.

    You will encounter sounds of people who walk in slush and snow, voices and other sounds typical of the winter urban environment. The library was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer.

    Gear used: Neumann KM184st, Rode NT4, Edirol R4pro.

    Enjoy the winter streets.

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  • City Life Smooth City Traffic Play Track 21+ sounds included, 63 mins total $25

    ‘Smooth City Traffic’ by Badlands Sound includes 21 high-quality city traffic ambiences great for your projects. Hear the smooth sounds of traffic rushing through the city. This library was recorded by Sound Devices 702t with a pair of Line Audio CM3’s and a matched pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s in 96k / 24bit.

    Feel the weight and the whooshing of the various vehicle passbys rushing through the city. You will also notice the unique qualities in each file like a car passing by with a flat tire, semi trucks, sports cars speeding by, as well as aggressive diesel trucks.

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  • This is a collection of snowy, icy, slushy, crunchy winter traffic. Single car passes, busy city roads, distant skylines, village roads, highways. All files are 96khz 24bit with metadata, and recorded with 2 x Sennheiser mkh 8040, mkh 416, Audio Technica BP4025 and Sony D100.

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  • This library captures the sounds of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. With crowds, transport, water and general ambiences. From the busy street to the quiet park, from the red light district to the outdoor café, there is everything here for the theatre designer or film maker to get a true taste of the Dutch capital.

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  • Get the sound of Las Vegas, the original Sin City: Ambient and crowd recordings of locations on the famous Las Vegas Strip and beyond. Also includes recordings from the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, including a 30 minute internal helicopter flight through the canyon. Perfect for film makers, documentary makers and theatre sound designers to get those authentic Vegas sounds. Includes Soundminer embedded metadata.

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  • City Life Sounds & Ambiences of London Play Track 101+ sounds included, 264 mins total From: $60

    Get the sounds and ambiences of London: Here are 101 authentic recordings from the English capital.

    Featuring crowd sounds, traffic, general ambience, underground / tube, church bells, emergency and much more, this library is the perfect backdrop to any film / theatre project in need of that lively, living city sound. Detailed file names plus Soundminer, ID3 v2.3.0 and RIFF INFO metadata embedded.

    In total, this library gets you more than 4 hours of atmospheric London sounds!

    Sounds captured at famous (and some not-so-famous) London locations and landmarks such as:
    Alexandra Palace • Borough Market • Bricklayers Arms • British National Gallery • Buckingham Palace • Cardington Street • Carnaby Street • Chelsea Wharf • China Town • Courtyard Gallery • Covent Garden • Euston Station • Festival Pier • Gough Square Warwick Court • Greenwich Foot Tunnel • Hyde Park • Islington Green • Joseph Grimaldi Park • King’s Cross underground station • London Eye • London Underground • Old Compton Street • Palladium Theatre • Piccadilly Circus • Pubs around London • River Thames • Royal Horticultural Halls • Seven Dials • Shaftesbury Avenue • Soho • Somerset House • Southbank • Southbank Skatepark • Southbank Tower • Southwark Street • St Paul’s Church gardens • The Strand • Theatre Royal • Trafalgar Square • Warwick Court • West End • Whitechapel

    A special bundle opportunity:
    Get this library on its own – or get the special bundle featuring both Sounds & Ambiences Of London Vol 1 and Vol 2 at an excellent price, for more than 590 minutes of signature London sounds

  • Following the success of WW Audio’s, ‘Sound & Ambiences Of London’ – here is Volume 2, with even more interesting and useable files for your theatre or film projects.

    Consisting of 101 great, and sometime eclectic recordings from the English capital, and over 10GB in size, this is a library every sound designer needs in their arsenal. It comes with detailed file names plus Soundminer, ID3 v2.3.0 and RIFF INFO metadata embedded.

    In total, this library gets you  5.5 hours of atmospheric London sounds!

    Sounds captured at famous London locations and landmarks, including:Bow Bells – Two amazing, over 10 minute recordings from the belfry at St Mary Le Bow Church  • The famous crossing outside Abbey Road Studios, made famous by The Beatles • Stunning overhead plane recordings coming into land at Heathrow airport • Christmas Markets • Crowds outside Buckingham Palace before and after the changing of the guard • Various emergency vehicle sirens • Various markets both internal and external, quiet and busy • Tube train journeys • London Underground ambiences • Various Parks • Great sounding famous London pub ambiences • Train stations • Room tones, including the infamous possible Newgate Prison Cell in the cellar of the Viaduct Tavern Pub • Churches • Crowds in some of London’s most popular and obscure streets • General traffic sounds • North, South, East and West London locations • Hotels • London Aquatic Centre • The Royal Exchange • St Bartholomew’s Hospital Grounds • Scrooge’s Counting House Location • The Tower of London • The River Thames from Execution Dock • Pudding Lane – the location of the start of the Great Fire of London • Various Gardens • Underground car park • Tower Bridge • And much more – check out the complete file list below

    A special bundle opportunity:
    Get this library on its own – or get the special bundle featuring both Sounds & Ambiences Of London Vol 1 and Vol 2 at an excellent price, for more than 590 minutes of signature London sounds

  • 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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  • 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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  • This library consists of 80 recordings from the beautiful Italian island of Sicily. Centered around the Eastern coastal city of Catania and surrounding areas, this library includes everything you need to get a real feel of this historical island.  It includes everything from town ambiences to beaches, traffic, harbor sounds, markets, church bells, transport and much more.

    Over 4.5 hours of audio, with most ambiences over 3 minutes in length.

    Perfect for filmmakers, theatre sound designers and anyone who needs that authentic, everyday sound of Sicily and Sicilian life.

    All recordings are at 24Bit/96KHz with Soundminer & 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 Cairo Play Track 49 sounds included, 207 mins total $60

    This sound effects archive contains sounds recorded in Cairo and Alexandria in September 2015. I spent a month in Cairo recording sounds. There are many crowds, traffic recordings and recordings of prayer calls. The city has 20 million people, 5 million cars and it never sleeps. It is truly a fantastic, noisy place, recorded in glorious 96 kHz/24 bit. I hope you enjoy the archive.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 $15

    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

    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 $9

    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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  • 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 $9

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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