City and urban sound effects & recordings – including crowds, walla, traffic and other city activity
'Turkey' is a unique collection of 36 sounds recorded during a Turkish journey on the road last summer with an amazing meeting point between Europe and Asia through incredibly diverse landscapes, cultures and traditions. What an unusual and surprising journey from Istanbul through the plains of Anatolia and Aegean coast during Ramadan. This library includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through the western part of the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio Technica mics powered by an Atea Mixy. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
This library contains an eclectic collection of sounds sourced on a recent trip to Japan. It's an auditory sampler of the beauty and stillness as well as the chaos and busyness of Japan, from elevator rides to fish markets, temples, busy streets and mountain streams.
All tracks were record with a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040's and a Sound Devices 633.
Over 100 stereo ambiences from across the UK, including city, countryside, beaches, interior and exterior – available for instant download. View the full list of sounds below.
Comes with comprehensive metadata – and in total, this library gives you more than 6 hours of pristine, authentic recordings from the UK!
A collection of ambiances and street sounds recorded in ukraine between 2015-2018. With these recordings I tried to grasp the unique character of Ukraine. The distinct traffic sounds, the wonderful nature and the lively language.
You will find recordings of airport and train station with p.a announcements, street sounds with Russian walla and voices, quiet residential ambiances, Ukrainian village ambiances, supermarkets and markets, schoolyard, school corridor, parade, street traffic, trains, conversations in Russian, prayers, street player talking, pedestrian areas, and more.
This library delivers 70 recordings, each 5 minutes in length and recorded at 96khz at 5 different universities.
You’ll find find a range of distinctive locations from exterior walkways to interior study spaces, stairwells and many more. Each sound file is contains useful metadata describing the location and distinct sounds present in the recording.
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
If you're after city ambiences, URBAN & SUBURBAN provides a solid foundation for any sound designer to create a believable acoustic backdrop right out of the gate with common ambiences in varying intensities, daytimes and configurations. Easily accessible public places are captured in excellent quality, yet enough balance and distance to support the scene in the background and embed more prominent sounds into the mix.
COMMON VS UNUSUAL
While URBAN & SUBURBAN provides all the necessary basics, it also goes the extra mile by providing more isolated environments as well as recordings of special events that will come in handy when a change of scenery or dramaturgy is required. Various forms of traffic, groups of people, buildings, animals, wind and many more sound sources that make an appearance in this library ensure that you are able to craft an experience complete with the necessary components.
Urban Air is a collection of long duration / ready to use / surround urban backgrounds.
This is aXLsound’s first surround ambience library, it has been recorded across different cities with various microphones setup ( LCR ORTF / QUAD / 5.0 ) and then carefully collected and edited into 5.0 surround tracks.
You’ll find various moods and sonic characteristics including: downtown, suburban, industrial, small towns, quiet, loud and annoying traffic beds, wet city, side streets, parks, wide city squares, diffuse and distant urban elements, clean air tones or dirty gritty city noise …
The duration of the tracks varies between 02m 30s for the shortest and more than 08 minutes with the vast majority lasting around 04-05 minutes, so long scenes shouldn’t be a problem. Also, some sounds include markers highlighting (un)interesting sounds and events.
For more convenience, 2 versions are available for this library :
– C / LR / LsRs : the 5.0 sounds are delivered “splitted” in three separate files : ( 1 mono + 2 stereo files ) , this way you can easily use the stereo files if you don’t need surround.
– .C / .L / .R / Ls / .Rs : multiple mono files
This ambience pack contains 33 sounds / 99 files embedded with full and detailed metadata ( Soundminer, Basehead, iXML ).
Urban Berlin Vol. 1 is the first release from a set of different Sound Librarys from Germany’s Capitol City Berlin. This first Volume contains Sounds like Citylife, Leisure, Traffic and Train Stations, Pleasure Boat, Flea Market, Trade Fair, Shopping and Crowds in different public Situations. Indoor and Outdoor.
Urban Berlin Volume 2 is the brand new library in addition to volume 1, capturing the many sounds of the German capital.
We recorded in the districts: Kreuzberg, Mitte, Charlottenburg and Tiergarten. This Library contains the most-visited places, as well as quiet streets and backyards. Most of these recordings were made during the spring of 2016. For further details about the locations, please read the spread-sheet and take a look on the location photos.
It was completely recorded in MS-Stereo (mid/side Signal) which gives you the great opportunity to handle the stereo-spread in post production. For those of you, who want fast results, we offer you a converted version in full Stereo-spread or take both as a bundle. The excellent Neumann Shotgun MS-Microphone RSM 190i was used in this session.
We recorded in the districts: Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain. This Library contains roomtones of a Hospital, a Playground, Trainstations and other crowded places. For further details about the locations, please read the spread-sheet and take a look on the location photos.
More than just roomtones, this collection is about living in town. Changing an appartment’s common sounds into simple poetry. This collection was recorded in a big city such as Paris and London but also more quiet places.
This is the second part of Urban Housing ambisonics series. Those atmospheres are the most helpful to create an immersive sensation of living in town. Mostly recorded in upper class hotel room from New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Bangkok. Sounds are deep and comfortable – and with an open window, it’s a totally different story.
Urban Passes By delivers hundreds of different vehicles passing by in an urban environment, covering all your needs for traffic scenes, especially to edit cars in the background or vehicles passing by your main character’s car during an onboard scene.
No need to search through your numerous traffic recordings to find the one “pass by”, we gathered hundreds of them from very slow to fast, dry cobblestones to very wet asphalt.
This library aims to help sound editors quickly find the whooshin’ vehicles they need, it includes passes by of cars, motorcycles, mopeds, trucks, etc…
All the sounds are 96 kHz / 24 bits and most importantly embedded with exhaustive metadatas for improved search results, including a detailed description, surface type, microphone setup, etc…
Metadata compatible with Soundminer, Basehead, etc…
The “Source” folder contains 337 files corresponding to 183 different recordings with various microphones setups :
– Cinela LCR array ( ORTF + Center )
– Some sounds are simultaneously recorded from inside and outside a car, giving you extra edit possibilities
The “ Designed” folder contains 59 stereo files with processed sounds such as :
– Interior “whoosh” passes
– Isolated wet asphalt textures
– Resonant bass vehicle textures
Urban Rain is a sound library that delivers 50 city rain sounds recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit, with Soundminer and BWAV embedded metadata. The library contains various types of rain at different intensities, from very light to downpour. Several thunder claps and rumbles are present as well. Locations are as follows: a terrace, a balcony, a backyard, several streets, a rooftop, a garage, inside a car, a loft (from inside), Chelsea FC Stadium and two patios (interior). All files have been recorded at night so human activity is minimum, although you will hear a tiny bit of traffic rumble in the background.
The library also includes 8 Ambisonics files (B-Format, both in FuMa and ambiX, along with a downmix in stereo) and other sounds related to water in the citylife, such as pipes, a drain and a gutter, which are loopable. By using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 7.1).
Descriptive markers have been added to several files to highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in separate folder.
The total length of the library is 200 minutes.
Gear used: Zoom F8, Sennheiser Ambeo, Sony D100.
Urban Rain II brings you 53 urban rain sounds captured at various indoor and outdoor locations. Recorded at night or at quiet times so it’s free of unwanted sounds, this library includes light, medium and heavy rain over different locations and surfaces.
Urban Russia is a unique sound effects library that captures the atmospheric sound of modern-day Russia.
Ambiences are recorded in places like the streets, parks, the subway, a museum, bank, airport, bookstore, mall, hotel, restaurant, elevators, train stations etc.
It comes with 171 sound clips recorded in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russia – a total of 8 hours of recordings are included!
This library, delivered in our brand-new 3D Surround format, is the perfect fit for your 3D urban ambient scenes. From calm downtown areas to busy crossroads and markets, it features both in- and outdoor subway areas, train stations, highways, parks, fountains, urban beaches, and much more. If your next project is set in an urban area, this collection of urban sounds entails everything your needs require. The duration of the files varies from 3 to 11 minutes to give you more flexibility and less repetitions in your sound design. URBAN USA contains both detailed sound scenes as well as quiet basic layers.
THE WHOLE RANGE OF URBAN SOUND DIVERSITY
URBAN USA covers an immense spectrum of different settings of urban city life. From bustling downtown areas such as subway stations, financial districts, as well as marinas and construction sites, or quieter areas including beaches, parks, and suburbs, URBAN USA offers an authentic and detailed picture of American everyday city-life. As usual, delivered in the best possible quality to exceed the requirements of any professional sound design challenge.
DETAILED SOUND SCENES AS WELL AS QUIET BASIC LAYERS
URBAN USA contains a wealth of rich and expressive sound scenes to create spot-on sound design. In addition, you get a variety of different quiet base layers, perfect for creating the sonic foundation of an urban scene.
INCLUDING STEREO VERSION
In addition to the ORTF-3D files, the 3D SURROUND edition also contains all files in 2.0 stereo for your convenience to save time on unnecessary conversions. Instead, you can instantly use these great new sounds for all your projects that don’t require surround sound.
Urban Winds is 49 minutes / 1.33 GB of medium and high-wind sounds in 38 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz M/S stereo (decoded to X/Y stereo and mono), using Sennheiser MKH micophones.
You get empty streets and construction sites, office exteriors and the port of Aarhus. You get plastic that flutters or thrashes, metal fences that clatter and vibrate, pipes and cavities resonating in the gusts. You get ambiances and specifics. I have tried to strike the balance between variety and nuance, to give you sound pros something to build a scene around. In that sense, this really is a construction kit of sorts.
You will hear very little human activity – other than distant traffic. I recorded mostly at night, and in large, undisturbed areas – and on one occasion in the aftermath of a violent storm (the kind that rips the tiles off the roofs). Had a good time standing in the relative safety of my doorway, recording stuff getting blasted down the street! All sounds were captured in Aarhus, Denmark.
• Howling, moaning, whistling wind sounds
• Wind-battered city ambiances
• X/Y Stereo and Mono sounds (decoded from M/S)
• Metadata included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
Urban Winds II gets you 65 minutes (2 GB) of medium and high-wind sounds in 29 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz M/S stereo (decoded to X/Y stereo and mono), using Sennheiser MKH micophones.
You get empty streets and alleys, office exteriors and a marina. You get steel wires that whistle and whip in the wind, pipes and cavities resonating in the gusts. You get ambiances and a few specifics. I have tried to strike the balance between variety and nuance, to give you sound pros something to build a scene around. In that sense, this really is a construction kit of sorts. This collection picks off where Urban Winds left off.
You will hear very little human activity – other than distant traffic. I recorded mostly at night, and in large, undisturbed areas.
In some of the recordings, you will hear wind buffeting – more of the windscreen than the microphones – but there is some. In some cases, I opted to tame the most violent events, but others I left in. In many cases, wind noise reduction simply took away too much of the forcefulness, so I left it as is.
Some specifics appear in both mono and stereo versions, where the stereo version are X/Y derived from the M/S source files and the mono versions are simply the Mid channel. I did this, because most people seem to prefer X/Y files for post-work, rather than M/S – but a down-mix of X/Y to mono would be inferior to using the original Mid-mic signal. All sounds were captured in Aarhus, Denmark.
SSL16 USA CONTRASTS is a great collection of American Ambiences. Recorded in Summer 2015, I traveled to some of the most beautiful cities of the country to explore the American way of Life.
From San Francisco to New York, visiting:
Room tones from the quietness of a Las Vengas Hotel vs the Wild Nature of California & Crowd and traffic of the big cities…. This is the real contrast of USA! As always, recorded in full 5.1 Surround format.
This is a special assortment of design fragments from Eiravaein Works. Libraries in the Vaeyan series will be produced over time as new assorted concepts are explored and designed. A welcome addition of flavor for any sound designer's archive!
Get a rich collection of Italian ambiences captured in legendary Venice / Venezia. The library features lots of pedestrian ambiences
Take an acoustical tour through Vienna, Austria with this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from the downtown area, churches, touristic areas and busy restaurants, subway stations and more!
20 read-to-use stereo and surround (5.0) tracks with all the appropriate metadata ready to be used on your next production.
Vienna City Ambiences – Stereo:
– 20 ready-to-use ambiences in stereo
– 1.31 GB
Vienna City Ambiences – Surround:
– 20 ready-to-use ambiences in 5.0 surround(split mono)
– 100 split mono files
– 3.34 GB
Vienna City Ambiences – COMPLETE Pack:
– Surround + Stereo downmix bundle for maximum savings!
– 120 files
– 4.66 GB
Vintage automobiles passing singly and in groups, from the earliest part of the 20th century. Perfect for those traffic backgrounds in your period production. Hundreds of vehicles, none dated later than 1910, passing at various speeds, and in various configurations and at various lengths. Captured in First Order Ambisonic and available n both FuMa and ambiX order and weighting.
Viva North of Spain is a massive sound effects library featuring authentic sounds of the northern part of Spain, along the route of the Camino de Santiago.
This collection contains sounds of Cities, Villages, Beaches, Nature, Cathedral of Santiago, Highway Bridges and the basque country’s national sport Pelota.
It features typical Streets, Walla, Traffic Sounds, Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Residential Village Sounds.
We're proud to offer our inaugural bundle package, which includes the first four VSCRL libraries- The Park, The Road, The Snow, and The Beach. This collection comes at an incredible deal, and is the ultimate showcase of the immersive and VISCERAL quality of our ambisonics.
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!
We are the People is a sound effects library filled with protests chants from the 2012 NATO protests in Chicago.
Two locations give this library two aurally unique crowd environments. The downtown protests reflect off the surrounding buildings, giving them a neat urban quality, while the Ravenswood protests give the impression of a more open environment. Groups of protesters in unified chant ranged in size from just a few to perhaps 200 or more. Many of the recordings have wonderful builds, starting with one or two voices and grow from there, in both size and intensity.
These recordings work great as stand alone effects or for layering in some specificity to crowds. The next time your designing a defiant crowd, bring some authenticity with We are the People.
Welcome to to the historic city of Rome. Once you get here you feel all the history this city has to offer.
In this short visit to Rome we have captured the essence of this lovely city: Markets, museums, city live and of course, storms.
16 tracks recorded in different places of the city. 48Khz and 24 bits HD Audio. As always, great ambience files to use in your production.
This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration for the surround files. This provides great post production possibilities.
Wroclaw Impressions delivers sounds from one of the most vibrant cities in Poland. Situated by the Odra River, Wroclaw has clearly arrived in modern times without blurring the traces of its eventful history. The downtown consists of calm residential and pedestrian areas with narrow streets and countless tramways. The area around central Rynek place is a large entertainment district thats hardly disturbed by car traffic. And last but not least: Wherever in Wroclaw you are it is for sure that you will hear any bells of the numerous churches and sacral buildings.
The second in a series of WW Audio SFX Sample Packs. This is Volume 2 – Crowds & Ambiences and contains 70 high quality, professional random, sometimes eclectic sound effects for your theatre or film projects.
Marrakech skyline – calling for prayers, fireworks let off on a Spanish beach, the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem – the holy crucifixion site, Benidorm Old Town, Go Karting, The Cheesecake Factory – Las Vegas, The Ramblas – Barcelona, Dam Square – Amsterdam, Italian harbour, Leadenhall Market – London, Munich beer hall, London Aquatic Centre, The Old Town Square – Prague, British National Museum, Mersey ferry ambience, Ducks on a canal and much more.
All files include Soundminer, ID3v2.3.0 and Riff Info metadata embedded into the files to make for easy searching in your database of choice.
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