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City Life

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

  • City Life New York Ambiences Play Track 38+ sounds included, 180+ mins total $54

    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.

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    Surround Sound LAB is proud to present our 4th ambisonic library decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS.

    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.

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  • 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 library highlights:

    • New Zealand North Island crickets, bugs, birds, cows, winds, streams, rivers, beaches, rain and city ambience
    • BONUS – Sydney, Australia ambience and walla
    • 3.8 GB, 120+ mins, 50+ files
    • New Zealand – Stereo 96Khz, 24bit
    • Australia – Stereo 48Khz, 24bit
    • Metadata included for programs like Soundminer

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  • Environments New Zealand Ambiences Play Track 27 sounds included, 88 minutes mins total $30

    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!

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  • City Life Night Cityscapes Play Track 67 sounds included, 186 mins total $65

    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

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  • City Life Nightlife Play Track 30+ sounds included, 113 mins total $45 $31.50

    ‘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.

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  • World Sounds North India Play Track 73+ sounds included, 187 mins total $65

    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:

    North India features sounds such as:

    • 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.

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  • Ambisonics Old Town VR Play Track 32 sounds included, 119 mins total $30 $27

    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

    -convert the Ambix files into any other format, up to 7.1.4 Atmos surround

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  • Oslo central station is the largest station in the Norwegian railway station and the main railway station in Oslo. This collection contains recordings from three recording sessions. This ensures plenty of variation.

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  • City Life Oslo City Ambience Play Track 45+ sounds included, 100+ mins total $60

    Get sounds from Scandinavia with the OSLO CITY AMBIENCE library. Recorded in the capital of Norway, this library delivers the sounds of more than 40 locations around the city.

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  • Welcome to Paris, the city of love. In my short visit to Paris, I recorded 5 tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, great ambience files to use in your production.

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    Also included in the Surround Sound LAB Complete Bundle, featuring 25+ SFX libraries at a huge discount.
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  • Environments Park N Planes Play Track 1500+ sounds included, 218 mins total $50 $35

    What do you get when you combine a nature preserve, a small lake with a stream, and a nearby airport? You get beautiful scenery and a confusing soundscape. Walk along the path in the Barbara Key Nature Preserve in Illinois. But careful not to step on any plants of flowers.

    Park N Planes includes recordings of a small fishing lake inhabited by families and birds. Attached to the lake is a small stream, additionally recorded with a stereo pair of Aquarian H2a hydrophone microphones for low rumbles and high popping sounds. Listen as the birds chirp, bugs buzz and fly past the microphones, not to mention planes and helicopters flying overhead. Along with planes and helicopters, you will also hear distant vehicles.

    Park N Planes has over three and a half hours of recordings packed into 27 files, over 1500+ sounds, and 15.17GB. All files are recorded using the Sennheiser MKH8050 and MKH30 into a Sound Devices Mix Pre-6. All Metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly.

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  • Environments Parks Play Track 32 sounds included, 160 mins total $30

    This library is full of the sound of city and suburban parks.

    You’ll hear relaxing and playful areas like botanical gardens, large and small dog parks, playgrounds, and skateparks, as well as tennis and soccer games. Each track is five minutes long, giving you plenty to work with! Whether you need the relaxing sounds of people enjoying a lazy Sunday or a more active scene with a inner city traffic and recreational sports, give this library a listen. 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 Pedestrian Streets Play Track 50 sounds included, 127 mins total $45 $30

    Pedestrian Streets is a library of 50 ambiences from around 15 different streets, recorded in about 7 cities mostly in Bulgaria.

    Most recordings are made in late autumn or winter because bird life is minimized. The task of this library is to capture much of the different dynamics of pedestrian streets: from zero activity to busy streets, basically concentrating on light activity periods.

    It’s principally recorded in the morning, and you’ll hear the sounds of single footsteps, light voices, shopping streets, dogs, air conditioners, and more of the sounds of a rising city.

    Another basic idea is the minimal presence of cars (as much as possible). There are also atmospheres with greater dynamism, lively streets and various periods of the day.

    All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer

    Gear used: Sound Devices 633, Edirol R4pro, Neumann KM184 st, Rode NT4, Zoom H4,

    Enjoy the City Life

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  • City Life Pedestrian Streets of Moscow Play Track 27 sounds included, 124 mins total From: $44

    This sound library was recorded in Moscow’s downtown on 13 locations at different times of the year. 27 samples include the sounds of passers-by, steps and random conversations against the background of distant traffic, singing birds and other casual sounds.

    It can be useful for audio post-production when working with movies, trailers or commercials in which it is necessary to convey the routine life atmosphere of Russian cities. All files are carefully selected and prepared. Metadata included in the archive – and the library is available in both a stereo and a surround version.

  • Environments Philippines Play Track 41 sounds included, 77 mins total $50

    The Philippines Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 41 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment.

    Through the whole island of Palawan, the rice field of Luzon and the city of Manilla, this collection includes:

    -Village and rice field from Banaue, rice field in the north of Luzon
    -Forest and jungle of south Palawan
    -Market, small to medium.
    -The city of Manilla

    This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through 2 islands after the rainy season! All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer. All tracks are delivered as 48k/24bit .wav files. This collections come in easily downloadable zip file.

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  • City Life Places Play Track 111 sounds included, 159 mins total $19.95

    Places Ambience Library supplies you with 111 common or familiar locations from Airport to Zoo.  Placing focus on locations with human involved or created environments such as public spaces, event gatherings, and public service infrastructures.  Ambiences last from 1-2 minutes in length for use in any place to create a setting or local.  44k/24bit Soundminer enabled. What’s in the Pack? 111 Field Recordings Restaurants Schools Sports Traffic Underwater Hospital Subways Parks and many more…

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  • City Life Porto City Sounds Play Track 27 sounds included, 50 mins total $60

    SSL14 Porto City Sounds is one of our recording travel projects, captured in Porto, Portugal during a 3-days visit to the country. The Surround Sound LAB team traveled to Porto just to record the main essence of this city.

    This library contains the main character of the lovely city: Boats, trains, wine and history in one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal.
    More than 2 hours of original and actual recordings, 27 original field recordings in Surround 5.1 , ST and Double MS RAW format (for custom editions).

    Each ambience recorded in this library is at least 1-2 minutes long, so there is no need for looping ambience in your project. This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration. providing great post production possibilities.

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  • City Life Prisons | CCC Play Track 300+ sounds included, 195 mins total $175 $140

    This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of abandoned and functioning prison recordings.

    Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of prisoner walla (both interior and exterior), doors, guard intercoms, control offices, cell blocks and prison yards.

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  • Human Protesting People Play Track 26 sounds included, 50:42 mins total $25

    Protesting People is a small collection of 26 ambiences recorded in Sofia (Bulgaria) tracking in 3 different days a peaceful protest to protect nature and forests from construction. This library will take you to the middle of 7,000-10000 crowds of people protecting nature. You can hear a lot of people and unrecognizable speech, the noise of a variety of instruments such as whistles, drums and others used in similar events. Moving streak in streets, whistling people and chanting OSTAVKA (Resignation) and MAFIA. This library can be used for any kind of projects in need of a protesting crowd from Eastern Europe

    Gear used:Edirol R4-pro and Neumann KM184 stereo set . All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer

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  • Whooosh! What was that? A pass by from a train? A bus? A tram from the 60s? The longest escalator in all of Sweden!?

    All of them!

    Sonner Sound presents Public Transports

    Essential sounds from different types of transports for your production. A great starting point for new sound designers or to complement your existing library.

    We have recorded buses, trains, trams, subways, ferries, escalators and freight trains in this library spanning over 100 files. Arrivals, Despartures, Pass Bys, Internal Rides, Doors and a toilet flushing on a train. It’s all there, for your essential transport needs.

    All files have meta data and are easily searched for in any database search engine. Everything is recorded with Sound Devices 633 and MixPre-10T with Sennheiser MKH50, Neumann KM184 and DPA 4060 in 96 kHz 24 Bits with a total size of 6,7 Gb.

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  • Environments Quad City Berlin Play Track 34+ sounds included, 108 mins total From: $99

    Quad City Berlin is a comprehensive collection of quadrophonic recordings from the busy and multifaceted german capital, the second largest city in the European Union.
    It was created to work as an internationally usable library of urban ambiences while still capturing the unique sounds of Berlin. It’s a set of extensive and versatile recordings focused on large open spaces and the nice fat low-end hum of major city traffic.

    Quad City Berlin comes in two flavors:
    – Quad + MS: four channels with omni-directional mics + two channels mid-side (6 channels total, please check out diagram below. 102 files)
    – Stereo only: the two front channels of the quad setup only (A-B stereo, 34 files)

    The locations covered in Quad City Berlin include: rooftops, main roads & squares, residential areas, parks, freeways, room ambiences

    The recording session took place in the fall of 2015 where birdsong is usually very sparse and the weather can still be sunny and dry. Thanks to these conditions, most of the recordings contain no bird chirping at all. All recordings where made using the same microphone setup: four omni-directional mics with equal distances to each other and one MS rig at the front side.

    Depending on the location, the omnis where placed up to 3 meters apart to deliver a truly wide sound that works well on a cinema mixing stage. The MS signal serves as both a center signal (if needed) and a stereo option that is also mono compatible.
    The four omnis where the high-end DPA 4006 (Bruel&Kjaer) microphones with a remarkable quality in the low frequencies. They work exceptionally well for city background hum and low engine sounds producing a very full and warm, yet precise sound.

  • City Life Quiet Hotels At Night Play Track 27 sounds included, 93 mins total $30 $20

    Quiet Hotels At Night is the first one of themed library series in which you’ll go through night hotels. The package includes 27 stereo tracks with evening and night atmospheres from hotel corridors and rooms. The library is recorded mostly in large hotels in Bulgaria, Sweden and Romania. You will hear a variety of quiet atmospheres from empty corridors and rooms, air conditioners, bathrooms, an empty lobby bar with working refrigerators, to low activity from neighbouring rooms and backgrounds, screaming from a distant room, etc. Room tones and ambiеnces are suitable background for any audiovisual projects.

    All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer

    Gear used: Sound Devices 633. Neumann KM184 stereo set, Sennheiser MKH8020 stereo set

    Enjoy your stay at the Night Hotel.

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  • City Life Quiet Streets Play Track 87+ sounds included, 216 mins total $69

    A slight breeze, the city rumble, distant people chatters, a bird passing by, crickets chirping, a little rain or snow, the tranquility inside the city is a fragile and magical moment.

    City streets are the channels of all the possibles, a heat place for sensorial stimulus connecting people lives and their urban activities throughout the day. Yet when it becomes quiet we still perceive its energy and are able to sense the mood of the moment with serenity.

    These recordings were made at ground level with very little editing in order to keep them natural and as close as a human would experience the city on a daily basis. At times, distinct activities can be heard in the distance although the most noisiest events were taken out. Each file is loopable.

    Also, every season and weather condition are represented. This library has been thought for the universal need of sonic bed in urban scenes, used as glue or ‘exterior roomtone‘.

    This selection is the result of 15 months of recording throughout the multicultural city of Montreal (considered the most European City in North-America). The mix of culture in this city gives it a universal flavor that makes it belongs to the citizen of the 21st Century world.

    The library contains 60 Stereo ambience and 27 Surround ambience recordings. Each sound files are between 1 to 5 minutes long. The surround recordings are embedded in an interleaved wav files of 4 channels (quad).

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