City and urban sound effects & recordings – including crowds, walla, traffic and other city activity
Melbourne, Australia is home to some very unique sounds and ambiences which can be found within this library. Recorded during the day this library features all the major train stations, streets and locations as well as plenty of side streets, alleyways and general traffic. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
The library ‘Montreal 365’ is the result of a long 5 years endeavour.
These sounds were recorded through 5 years of field recording around the city of Montreal, Canada.
It captures the wide variety of the urban facets and comprises all 4 seasons through which the soundscape is largely modified. The library has 2 main types of ambiences: interior and exterior.
Montreal is a large North-American cosmopolitan city with a European flavour. Many different ethnicities reside there. The main language is French but English is also omnipresent. The highly varied seasons mark the landscape and influence the moods and energy of the city.
'Morocco' is a unique collection of 39 sounds recorded at 2 different seasons, winter and summer for Ramadan. Through different part of the country, this library includes:
This collection provides a wide variety of authentic sounds from this beautiful country. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata carefully edited.
Moscow, Russia in winter and spring time
Streets, covered with melting snow; people, hurrying with their business; street, cleaning from ice; whistling wet traffic; quiet and loud residential neighborhoods; children playing in the snow; windy parks; cold nights and, then, saving spring; water, dropping from the roofs; singing birds and babbling brooks.
How to convey these things without violating their nature?
One of the ways is a stealth binaural recording using miniature microphones DPA 4060. It gave the sense of naturalness and created a presence effect, that you wouldn’t find in any other library about Russia.
Second episode of our journey to Moscow, Russia, but this time – during summer and autumn
We recorded the most interesting sonic atmospheres, such as wet and dry traffic, streets, singing birds, wind in the endless parks, fountains, construction work, yelling children, rain and thunder, suburban villages, crowds and many more.
To capture this sound palette I made another stealth recording kit, but now, using LDC (large diaphragm condenser) microphones. This has improved the sound quality and made the recordings even more detailed, to continue creating the largest sound library series about Russia.
Get the sounds and ambiences of Ethiopia, Africa in this very special sound effects library, featuring 1.5 hours of authentic recordings.
SFX library includes walla sounds of Ethiopian Amharic chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres. So if you’re looking for the real sounds of Ethiopia, here they are:
My Trip To LA_Various Ambience is the second in a four part collection. This pack is filled with a variety of different recorded locations. Locations visited are:
– Wild Wood Canyon
– Lake Arrowhead
– Muscle Beach (Santa Monica)
– Huntington Beach
– Broad Museum
– Los Feliz Library
Most recordings are exterior, with a few interior sprinkled in.
Heard in these recordings range from a go cart race, ocean waves, leaves rolling on dirt canyon, Single Passenger Plane Overhead, Car Pass bys/ Traffic, swing set, Roller Coaster, Interior Library beeps, and more!
All recordings are metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly. Recordings labeled using the Sony D100 Handheld Portable Recorder are recorded at 192kHz, 24 bit. Recordings labeled using the Rode ixy are recorded at 96kHz, 24 bit
Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
This bundle includes 4 different libraries.
The Baltic Sea sound library is compilation of 56 WAV files recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, Sony PCM-M10, two Oktavas MK012 set in MS, XY and ORTF setup. All the sounds were recorded far away from the cities and roads. Since most of the sounds were recorded in late winter, there are no insects or birds in background. There are few files that includes the sound of birds, but I left them on purpose, because of the overall feel of the files. In this library you will find beautiful sound of waves crushing on the rocks and shore, recorded from different perspectives in different stereo configurations, during calm and windy days. In addition to those sounds, there’s foley like walking, running and swimming in the water.
The Harbours Of Norway sound library features 25 files with ambients recorded in Myre, Sto and Nyksund, very small towns with direct access to the sea. Most of the sound effects were recorded at night, but since it’s a polar day time of the year, it was very pleasurable to walk and look for convenient places to set up my gear. Everything was recoded with ORTF setup built from two Sennheisers MKH 8040. Inside this library, you’ll find a lot of seagulls, waves crushing on the rocks and plants, windy ambients from the cliff, industrial sound from port in Myre with ship unloading the cargo, walla with steam engine boat and additional sounds from boat engine market and air cooling aggregates from food containers. Every file was recorded in 96kHz, edited (i removed any unintentional bumps, pops and unwanted sounds). I limited EQing to removing harsh frequencies, or enhancing a little bit the good sounding ones. At the end of the chain there is a small compression, for louder sounds.
The Summer Ambients sound library contains 33 beautiful WAV files recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, two Oktavas MK012 in MS and stereo XY pattern. All sounds were gathered in different and beautiful places like forests, lakes, meadows or swamps. You can expect amazing ambients, textures, different birds, insects, forest during rain, calm and windy days. It’s a perfect library for designing background sounds. Everything was recorded in amazing Masuria in Poland.
Summer ambients Update – library got 2x bigger and heavier than the original library. 59 additional files, 123 minutes of high quality audio recorded with Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF setup, Rode NTG3, Oktava MK012 XY setup plugged into SD702 and Sony PCM-10. It features ambients from the forests, ponds, swamps, meadows, lakes and suburbs recorded is very quiet locations, mostly just before the sunrise, during the day and before sunset far away from the cities.
Water Flow sound library took me about six months to record, consumed about 15 thermoses of tea and 42 litres of gasoline to get to all locations. It offers 90 BWAV files recorded in different locations. Huge part of this library is based on the recording sessions on the rivers. Two completely different locations, recorded regularly for the last 5 months allowed me to create this unique sound library. Most of the recording sessions took place during winter just before the sun was rising to reduce the amount of unwanted sounds. Almost all recordings are completely clear and only few have birds in background, since it was my intention to record some location ambients with natural backgrounds.
You can see the metadata and sound list below.
This small library contains 23 unique ambience tracks recorded in the Central Florida area. The nature ambiences range from forests to oceans in both the night time and during the day. Urban ambiences range from industrial warehouse settings, to small city parks and parking garages. One particularly unique track included is a recording from inside a home during hurricane Irma.
Overall, This collection covers a lot of ground for 23 tracks. Each track contained is fairly unique within the set.
While cities are probably the noisiest places on earth, few delicate sounds forge their character across the sonic chaos of our modern life. Natural sounds are visceral of humans;
In urban jungle, the animals, or natural elements alleviate uniqueness and create whimsical cohesion for the contemporary soundscape.
This new sound collection depicts a wide spectrum of natural sounds existing in cities. With many isolated animals, ambiences, and weather, water elements. Inside you’ll find high quality content from Articulated, well edited and instantly useable sounds.
We recorded these sounds through many travels across the world from 4 continents: Europe, North America, Asia, South America, and Africa.
Rich Soundminer/bwf metadata are embedded, well classified, and thoroughly edited. –>See our Quality charter
The sounds are classified into 3 main folders: Ambiences (multiple sources soundscapes), Animals (isolated sounds), and Weather/Water (environment)..
Characteristic atmospheres, crowds and room tone recordings made at a variety of locations in and around New York City.
The collection includes 3 hours and 44 minutes of New York ambiences in 50 files – with an average duration of 5 minutes.
So if you want the atmosphere and ambience of New York in sound, this library gets you exactly that!
A collection of interior and exterior ambience recordings made in New York, spanning streets and museums, subways and the Staten Island Ferry. Over three hours of urban ambiences recorded using a stereo pair of DPA 4060 omni mics.
The library contains different perspectives of the city including crowded and empty subway trains, distinctively dynamic New York traffic and the quiet and loud sides of New York’s museums. The library will help you build exciting and bold backgrounds for any project, whether it be film, TV, radio or games.
The recordings capture the full dynamic range of the city and the characteristic acoustic signature that it imparts to sounds, as well as containing a lot of low end power and mid to high range detail.
One of the greatest cities in the world, New York is always a whirlwind of activity, with famous sites at every turn and never enough time to see them all. Some people come here to enjoy the Broadway shows; others come specifically to shop; and many come simply to see the sights: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, historic neighborhoods, and numerous world famous museums. All of them offer unique perspectives of the city. Any time of year and any time of day there are an endless array of things to see and do in New York.
We visited New York last summer and once again, we have recorded recorded 22 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format, decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS at AdHoc Studios. The New York city sounds will give you the essence of the most iconic film city in the world. AmbiX First Order Ambisonic, Dolby ATMOS 7.12, 5.1 and ST files have been mastered with Pro Tools HD 2018 system are included in the package.
Get the sounds of incredible New Zealand with this new library: I went down to New Zealand to visit a relative and record and experience the north island. It was an unforgettable trip. I rented a car, stayed on a farm, and explored as much as I could of the island.
I recorded everything from cities to beaches to forests and farms and beyond! I even hopped on a 8 person plane to the Great Barrier Island off the coast of New Zealand to capture sounds.
BONUS – I traveled to Sydney, Australia for a week and recorded ambience and walla along the way. This is all included in the library!
New Zealand Ambiences is a beautifully crafted ambience library exploring the incredible country and sounds of New Zealand (mainly focusing on the South Island). This library will take you on a sonic adventure exploring the many unique birds and creatures ranging from locations such as: Haast, Queenstown, Lake Paringa, Lake Wakatipu, Te Anau, the Clay Cliffs and Pukaki!
Recorded at 24 bit/192 kHz you’ll have the flexibility to pitch these ambiences and bird songs to create some truly amazing other worldly atmospheres!
Night Cityscapes delivers the urban sounds of a sleeping city. The collection includes more than 3 hours of night and early morning ambiences that are recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All recordings were made between 01:30 and 05:30 am. This collection will uncover city in a way you may not know.
You will find atmospheres of quiet and empty small streets in the city center, where can be heard some air conditioners, urban hum and light traffic in the far background.
Lonely sounds of traffic lights. One single taxi passes and disappears into the night, and then it is followed by silence. Empty streets and squares with distant voices and footsteps going somewhere. Major boulevards with light night traffic. Industrial empty streets, where electric buzz and big air conditioners can be heard.
Very, very early morning atmospheres filled with singing birds eager to foreshadow the beginning of a new day.
‘Night Cityscapes’ will fill the missing part of your nocturnal urban atmospheres.
Gear used: Sound Devices 633, Neumann KM184 in ORTF configuration
‘Nightlife’ is an collection of authentic nightclub based crowd ambiences, professionally recorded over an entire evening outside a busy and popular nightlife location in London.
This unique library captures audible moments beginning with a few small groups of revellers, excitable but sober as they arrive for their evening out. Then the ambiences journey through to the earlier hours of the next morning and throwing out time, when larger crowds emerge louder, looser and perhaps drunker than before.
These expressive tracks perfectly capture the atmosphere of a night evolving, featuring genuine nightlife walla and including ‘spot’ type effects of reactions such as; whoops, shouts, cheers and screams.
All sounds in the ‘Nightlife’ SFX pack have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and DPA microphones. In addition, each individual file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.
The North India sound effects library is a unique collection of 73 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment in North India.
From west to east at different seasons over many months, this collection includes:
• Varanasi: The most religious city of the country, bordered by Ganga
• Cities: Delhi and Kolkata, hyperactive Indian cities
• Country-side and villages mostly in Rajasthan.
• Temple: Ceremony, prayer
• Mountains of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, next to Pakistan
• Market: from small to big, outdoor and indoor
• Public space and train stations
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through north west to the north east part of the country!
All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer.
Produced and recorded by Pro Sound Effects, NYC Ambisonics is a library of New York City ambiences recorded with a SoundField microphone.
The Ambisonics format allows sound editors and mixers to tweak “virtual microphones” in real time with included software. The Ambisonics recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. The creative possibilities are endless!
“Very well recorded…especially the ride on the New York subway as well as the subway platform, and Chinatown is full of life.” – Pro Tools Expert Review
NYC Ambisonics features 53 high-quality B-format ambiences (nearly 7 hours total) and is bundled with SurroundZone2, software that allows you to point “virtual microphones” in any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. The library features 24-bit/96kHz Ambisonics recordings from all over New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are also included.
In addition to giving sound editors and mixers greater flexibility and control over the recordings, NYC Ambisonics is also perfect for 3D Audio applications including VR and 360º video.
New York City has never sounded better!
Breathe life into your urban scenes with the authentic energy of the NYC Ambisonics Vol. 2 sound effects library. Create pristine backgrounds for everyday applications and specific locations – including tucked-away Brooklyn streets, MTA subway platforms, the New York Public Library, the rumble of midtown Manhattan, the bustling sounds of Grand Central Station, and more.
NYC Ambisonics Vol. 2 features 90 high-quality B-format ambiences with bundled software that allows you to point “virtual microphones” in any direction in real-time with a wide range of polar patterns. Captured by recordist Coll Anderson, this library features 24-bit/96kHz Ambisonics recordings from hand-picked locations throughout New York City, with a focus on Manhattan and Brooklyn. Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are also included.
As a follow-up to Pro Sound Effects’ popular NYC Ambisonics library, and the latest addition to the Urban Ambisonics Bundle, NYC Ambisonics Vol. 2 maintains the standard of quality while expanding the sonic offering to a range of useful new locations.
The Ambisonics recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. In addition to giving sound editors and mixers greater flexibility and control over the recordings, these recordings are also perfect for 3D Audio applications including VR and 360º video.
Your DAW must support Quad (4-channel) tracks in order to use SurroundZone2 plug-in.
East River ferry immersion – pretty much all you’ll need to recreate a trip on the ferry – or how it sounds from the quayside/shore. Immersive binaural stereo locates you right by the ferry station with a groaning pontoon and creaking fenders and gentle river wave action. Then boarding and disembarking, as well as a suite of onboard sounds inside the main passenger cabin and out on deck. No wind buffet here … just awesome variable boat engine sounds and wave lap against the hull.
Binaural stereo – the next best thing to being there. Take a little trip … with the Audio Ninja.
Logo: modified from an original image by Gordon Johnson at Pixabay.com
A good range of street sounds – from traffic that’s light to heavy-with-horns, to whizzing by on a city freeway. Sirens from near and far. Church bell chimes, a kids playground – a garbage truck. From Park Ave to Greenpoint. All in immersive binaural stereo – the next best thing to being there.
Take a little trip – with the Audio Ninja.
Take a sonic dive into the NYC subway – in immersive binaural stereo … the next best thing to being there. Roaring trains, squealing wheels, deep announcer echoes. Recorded from the platform – and on the train. Take a little trip … with the Audio Ninja.
Logo: modified from an original image by Gordon Johnson at Pixabay.com
This ambisonic library takes us to the historical centre of a magic city of Prague. A listener is surrounded by international crowds with lots of voices and footsteps in all possible distances. The soundscape background is complemented by diffused city noises of all kinds. And you can even meet a procession of Asian tourists!
Highlights:-16+16 crowd ambiences take place in narrow streets and large squares
-from decent pads to significantly sounding moments
-recorded on Sound Devices MixPre-6 and Soundfield by Rode NTSF1 ambisonic microphone
-both first order AmbiX and standard stereo files in the box
-96/24 resolution, 6.2 GB unpacked, 59.5 minutes of the original audio, 119 minutes in total
-all tracks are over 3 minutes length
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