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

  • Suburbs of Chicago: Night is the 8th in the Suburbs of Chicago Series. Included in this pack are recordings from all four weather seasons, and recorded for over a year. All recordings are within the times of 6PM- 6AM.

    Recordings include:

    Fall
    – Front Porch During Rain, Hitting Roof
    – Traffic Rumble, Rustling Leaves

    Winter
    – Snow Against Cars, Windshield Interior
    – Snowing Parking Lot

    Spring
    – Subdivision, Park
    – Bedroom Room Tone, Thunder Crack

    Summer
    – High School Baseball Game
    – Raining Outside, Open Window

    All tracks are recorded using the Sony D100 Portable Recorder, recorded at 192kHz, 24 bit. Over 5 hours of recordings, metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly. As in all the other packs in this series, you will hear distant traffic and planes throughout.

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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 $49

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • City Life 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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  • City Life Tbilisi Sonic Snapshots Play Track 19 sounds included, 62 mins total $30 $19

    This is a small library that brings you 19 quality sonic snapshots From Tbilisi, Georgia.

    You will get few recordings from Tbilisi international airport including local P.A announcements.

    You will also get several rooftop (skyline) recordings that grasp the unique sounds of this city, traffic and ambiance in different times of the day and night.

    You will have several recordings of Tbilisis’ biggest market, consisting of lively voices and walla in Georgian and Russian.

    And lastly you can find few more recordings of noisy streets and more quiet locations.

    This library will help you design atmospheres for any projects taking place in Georgia or other eastern european cities.

    Gear Used:

    Sound Devices Mixpre 6 + Senheiser MKH8040St in ORTF configuration

    Hope you'll enjoy it

    Rei

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  • City Life 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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  • 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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  • City Life 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.

     

     

  • 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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  • 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

    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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Towns is a new collection by Badlands Sound that features ambiances recorded in American Towns, and all are seamless five minutes long loopable ambiances.

    Summer Parks is one of many sound libraries in the Towns collection. It contains 25 ambiances of parks including walking trails, water parks, and zoos! You will hear ‘Summer’ in these with a wide variety ambiances from the active birds in the park to the loud monkeys in the town’s zoo and the presence of air space in all recordings.
    Other sounds include heavy rain lading on a Wooden Roof Picnic area with rolling thunder and many kids playing in a large pool at a water park.

    These ambiances were recorded with professional equipment including Sound Devices 702t and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s in ORTF configuration inside a Rycote Stereo Windshield with Connbox. There are not a lot of high-quality town ambiances out there – This library will be excellent for expanding your library and your future projects!

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  • City Life 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).

  • City Life Traffic Hush Play Track 20+ sounds included, 70 mins total $30

    Traffic Hush by Badlands Sound offers twenty unique ambience three and a half minute files each of distant traffic hush! This library is perfect for sound editors creating high-quality distant ambiences quickly and easily with several options including very sparse quiet traffic with a few cars driving by to large bustling city roads with semi trucks.

    This sound library was recorded in 96 kHz / 24 bit using Sound Devices 702t with a pair of Line Audio CM3's in ORTF microphone configuration.

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  • Ambisonics Train Station Play Track 17+ sounds included, 39 mins total $75

    This collection is really immersive, distant noises in large halls, people walking away to catch their train and much more.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
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  • City Life Transit: Japan Play Track 40 sounds included, 2.75 hrs mins total $30

    Looking for authentic ambient sounds of Japanese transportation? Look no further! Field recordist and composer Ryan Ayers travelled to Japan in April of 2019 and captured this wonderful collection. His journey took him from Osaka to Tokyo to Fukuoka and all points in-between. Travel aboard the trains of the JR, the famous Shinkansen, the Hanyu Ferry and more! Explore the train platforms and station terminals of Osaka. Get lost in the Kansai International Airport. There is a subway noodle shop as well as specialty food markets. Authentic walla and natural activity give this collection the ear candy necessary to be an integral part of great soundscapes.

    This is a purely recorded sound pack. Nothing is synthetic or layered here. What you hear is exactly what was captured on location. We edited and mastered the files to bring out the best parts of the recordings. Most of the recordings have been ready-made into loops for ease of use. As always, we have embedded the files with detailed metadata for easy database searches.

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  • Cars Transportation Play Track 63 sounds included, 14 mins total $17.99

    Only ground transportation. Sounds of cars, engines and bikes. 63 sounds to enhance your story telling

    Recorded with:

    • Sound Devices 633
    • Rode NTG3
    • Rode NT4
    • Seymour Duncan SCR-1
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  • Get up close and personal with British engineering in this superb motorcycle sound library!

    This library is sampled from a brand new 2017 Triumph Street Twin 900 cc motorcycle. It combines classic motorcycle engineering with modern technology to create a truly unique sound.

    In this library you get a large variety and perspectives of revs, idles, drive bys up to 50 mph, drive ups, drive aways, engine breaking, onboard driving, accelerating and more! Enjoy feeling like you’re riding this brand new modern vintage motorcycle!

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