Industrial sound effects and recordings – from factories, construction sites, docks and much more
Designed Mecha features 47 cinematic mecha / robot sound effects, ambiences, mechanism and servo sounds, impacts, and glitches. It is about exploring the inner and outer working mechanisms of an at times slightly malfunctioning mecha and its environment.
Created in collaboration with Thibault Csukonyi.
47 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged
Diffuse City is the unique urban ambience sound effects library you didn’t know you were missing. It captures the urban environment in its many forms – all based around the idea of diffuse ambience.
The Diffuse City library is purpose-built for the times an environment needs to be felt, but not be distracting.
Every track in Diffuse City was recorded with some sort of real life “filter” in mind; be it distance, elevation, time of day, physical material – Anything to provide the feeling of city life with out the specificity of many urban ambience libraries. No distracting close car pass-bys or people talking; only great natural ambience beds.
Diffuse City was recorded in big cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural settings over a span of two years. It was largely recorded over very late nights, when very few people we’re around. Occasionally, however, a car would pass by… a gun would go off… While these were edited out of the recordings, they are included as “extras” in the library. Perfect for adding some flavor to a moment that’s authentic to the environment it was recorded in.
In addition to thorough metadata, each ambience in Diffuse City is embedded with markers highlighting unique moments that aren’t easily visible in a waveform. Software like Soundminer v4.5 and Reaper can display these markers, making it easy to identify distinct sonic moments in an otherwise nondescript waveform.
Markers in Reaper
Elevated City • Distant Highways • Underground City • Distant City • Under Bridges • City Rumble • Empty Parking Lots • Alleys • Industrial • Window Contacts
Hear examples and learn more about each one below
Distant City Ambiences introduces the sounds of the ever-present noisefloor that is generated by the life in a modern city.
Several spots around the hills along Dresden/Germany have been visited in order to record these noisefloors from a distance.
All recordings are made with a 3-channel setup of Sennheiser MKH8020 / 8040 microphones that are able to capture the finest nuances which are often hidden by an aggressive compound of ever roaring engines, passing airplanes, trains and other acoustic emissions.
The library features 16 different locations that were visited several times between October and December 2015. Each place was recorded at different day and night times so that an entire 24h cycle of city ambiences is covered.
Dock Ambiances and SFX is recorded in the industrial part of Varna port in Bulgaria. This small pack includes 16 high-quality sound effects and ambiances in 24 bit, 96/48 kHz – a total of more than 20 minutes. You will hear sounds of large cranes loading cargo ships, trucks passing by, or working in place, hits by massive iron tools, creaky elements and an old industrial barrier. You can use this pack as a background or sfx in movies, games or any other project that needs industrial atmospheres or sound effects. All files are Meta-tagged.
Introducing Docks, an authentic collection of industrial harbor sounds captured in Dunkerque, France. It features containers being loaded and unloaded, trucks, cranes, sirens, alarms, steam + huge pieces of metal creaking and scraping. You also get lots of loud impacts with nice reverb from the container ships.
Enjoy that industrial atmosphere! All Recordings are in Stereo AB ORTF.
Dumpster Truck (Skiploader) delivers the sounds of a DAF CF 75.310 mid-size truck that delivers open steel containers. They are mostly used to collect debris, junk or discarded furnishings. Once these containers filled up, the truck picks them up again to bring them to the suburban garbage dump.
The library delivers 103 files in 5 categories:
Container Handling, Driving Activities, Engine, Foley and Props, Underneath Truck
This includes sounds of container dumps, noises from load chains and their locking mechanisms as well as sound from the truck itself (interior, door slaps, air pressure system, wheel noises, 7.5l 310hp diesel engine, exhaust and much more).
Get the hums of a big electric station, a small buzz of an electrical substation’s transformer and also synthesized sounds. All synthesized sounds were re-recorded with the “Worldizing” technique initially conceived by legendary sound designer Walter Murch.
Get a wide range of versatile electric and mechanic motors, engines, tools and toys in the “Electro-Mechanics ToolKit” Sound Effects Collection features.
The SFX library features many different grinders, drills, screwdrivers, buzz saws, sanders, kitchen tools, electric and mechanic toys, CD-drives, doors, and much more. All waiting to be cut up, layered, edited and mangled with FX to become spaceship engines, robot movements, sci fi doors, weapon mechanics and anything that moves by electricity.
This library is not meant to be a comprehensive tools library, but rather a composite toolkit to bring life to futuristic electro-mechanic machines, devices, weapons, vehicles and more.
All sounds in this pack were recorded with up to 4 mics and mixed to give a full and rich sound. All cleaned and edited for direct use in your productions.
An library of elevators! From your standard elevator to EWP, platform elevator, large industrial lifts, one of the largest elevators in Europe and an old elevator from the early 1900s. Hear them pass by, listen to room tones, button presses, door movements and more! Everything recorded in Stereo, 96 kHz 24 Bits with Neumann KM184, DPA 4017 and Sennheiser MKH50 on a Sound Devices 633. Total 46 files in 625 Mb.
This is a selection of more than 30 different elevators, displaying a broad variety in sound. The whole library was recorded in 192 kHz (with Earthworks QTC50) as elevators often have high pitched metal sounds, squeaks and electrical hum up there, which makes great material for extreme pitch shifting. In addition to the omnis, which get you a very accurate impression of the space, a harsher, more direct pair of microphones were used in m/s on a lot of recordings. You could even build a surround version from these mics together.
The library focuses on the most important sounds for games and movies, elevators going up & down as well as doors sliding open and closing. Besides, I recorded atmos, buttons and footsteps wherever possible. I also added some studio foley takes to add a selection of rattles, squeaks, metal impacts, doors etc. to create the exact elevator sound that suits your needs.
The elevators range from a 1929 wooden paternoster, metallic freight elevators/goods lifts to a 90s futuristic Kone disc drive and 2015s all-glass cabins. Carrying a maximum of 2 people to 33 people. Recorded in universities, offices, hotels, warehouses, industry, town halls, private households, malls and many more.
The meta-data allows you to sort by year, kg, people, brand, action and of course character.
You like to hear it rattle, squeak, groan, grind, slide, clatter and hiss (yeah, lots of fan noise)? This is one for you.
Factory Ambiences features sounds from the largest laminate factory in Europe.
It has huge production lines where laminate of all types is manufactured by almost completely automated machineries and robotics.
The library contains 64 stereo takes gathered at 31 spots inside the main production hall and from across the factory premises.
These sounds don't explain laminate production sound-wise but deliver universal factory ambiences instead.
Recorded at 4 different factories in Denmark.
Sounds range from plastic foundries, casting machines, and machinery alarms, to giant textile processing units, and medical equipment manufacturing, clean-rooms and robotics.
All very loud environments. All recordings are several minutes long.
Factory Tones by Badlands Sound features 17 two minute seamless loopable roomtones, making these a breeze to work with – perfect for your projects.
I was able to capture all these sounds with no one there so these are just factory room tones that are steady with very little movement or noises from the outside world. All sounds are available to hear in the products audio demo.
This sound library was recorded with professional gear including the Sound Devices 702t, Rycote ORTF, and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s creating high quality roomtones of 96k / 24 bit.
If you are looking for factory room tones or looking for bigger tones and beds to fill the scene then this library is for you. All files in this product have great file names and metadata.
'Fans Light Machines' is a collection of different mechanical fan and electrical sounds recorded over the last 10 years. Presented in this library are interesting machine hums and buzzes from air conditioners, vents, vending machines, heating fans, light strips, washing machines, steam engines, and more. It also includes the creator's favorite – the ping of a light turning on that was recorded in the bathroom of Bugbear Studios in 2009. To flesh out your industrial buildings with distinct and detailed sounds of lighting and appliances, this is the one you want.
Surround Sound LAB is proud to present our first ambisonic library decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS.
After several months recording around Madrid, we are including 22 tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD of Far city Ambiences.
As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects.
This time we have mastered all the files in Ad Hoc Studios Madrid (link), Post Production sound studios certified by Avid and Dolby ATMOS, one of the best post production facilities in Spain.
We have decoded all the First Order Ambisonic recordings with the HarpeX plugin into a 7.1.2 Dolby ATMOS bed configuration, using the top channel to create totally outstanding ambiences tracks ready to use.
We want to let you know that Surround Sound LAB. new releases will be in Ambisonic format. This way you will be able to decode it from mono to Atmos systems. Also it's important to think in ambisonics as the way to go for VR – and we are ready for it.
HARBOR & INDUSTRIAL consists of authentic industrial ambiences, one third of which capture sites close to the water. Almost all files are loopable; every sound is ready-to-use and recorded to sit well within your mix. An accessible, yet highly flexible toolkit for you to create signature locations with ease.
This collection features a large variety of places to explore – both indoor and outdoor, busy and desolate, organic and constructed. HARBOR & INDUSTRIAL also offers a series of isolated components to assemble just the environment you envision with multiple layers and sources of sound. Especially game environments profit from the diverse palette of sounds available to give each area its own distinct character.
THE SOUND OF SIZE
In HARBOR & INDUSTRIAL you have access to massive mechanical constructs with enough body to set up huge, incredible acoustic scenes. Without sounding intrusive these metallic beasts blend smoothly into their surroundings at just the right proximity and volume.
The harvester Claas Lexion 530 Library contains all the sounds a decent harvester produces on the field in one day. We were allowed to accompany this gigantic 300+ horsepower machine on the field and document all its activities. It roars and sounds harsh and dangerous.
Whether you are looking for realistic farm sounds or want to design a futuristic vehicle. The harvester files are ready to use or very easy to manipulate as they deliver sounds across all frequencies captured with high end equipment. Both helium-3 harvesting spaceships and apocalypse scrap transporters can be produced in just a few steps.
In addition to the standard exterior recordings such as bypass, away and up, the library also includes on-board recordings from the cab, from the platform, as well as various mic positions such as directly above and beside the cutting knives, on the belt, at the unloading pipe and many more. In addition, there are selected foley sounds, as well as a few distant atmo sounds.
70% of the revenue will benefit the non-profit association “Bulldogs for Kids e.V.” and by this benefit chronical ill children.
An incredible assortment of organic, elemental and abstract source files at delivered in .WAV 192k 24Bit. The beauty of this library besides the stunning recorded quality is that it was recored with top gear like Apogee Symphony and Sennheiser MKH 416 in a professional sound studio. This is a go to pack to grab for those wanting the cleanest audio files to manipulate.
307 Abstract Source files • 264 Cinematic • 125 Clicks Hits and Buttons • 202 Cloth and Plastic • 132 Construction • 185 Household • 165 Kitchen • 54 Laundry and Bathroom • 1080 Metals • 67 Metal Chains • 177 Metal Slide • 196 Pantry Cabnets Pots • 63 Paper • 214 Plastic • 360 Tools and Machines • 1151 Bonus files (Mud, Stone, Dirt, Glass, Clicks + more)
A total of more than 4700 files in 24 bit / 192 kHz – 18 GB in total
Sound Mind Heavy Industry sound effects library is a massive collection of over 600 sound files of unique and hard to access machines and industrial ambiences, recorded both interior and exterior. To create this 45+ GB pack we went underground and climbed on constructions, we have been in both very hot and cold, humid and smelly places, wearing funky protective clothing, helmets and glasses.
You will find large, heavy machines sounds in it, industrial vehicles, as well as pneumatic, electric, diesel or even antique steam engines sounds and many metal, wooden, debris and also liquid textures.
During our searches we found many unusual sounds with great potential for sound design.
Sounds were recorded multi-mic and from different perspectives, giving large variety for designing purposes. We used microphones with extended frequency range (Schoeps CMC6XT MS kit, Sanken CO-100k) recording on 192kHz sample rate, shotgun mics (Sennheiser MKH-8060, MKH-815T, Neumann KMR81/KM120 MS kit) as well as Trance Audio Inducer stereo contact microphone (which was very useful in noisy environments and which also has very wide frequency range). We used Sound Devices 702, 744 recorders with MixPre, plus Zoom F8 and Sony PCM D-50.
Industrial Ambiences – perfect for industrial settings, subtle intricate backgrounds, eerie man-made areas and horror ambiences. Features long, four minute files for extended scenes.
• 53 Tracks Total (25 Day time Tracks, 28 Night time Tracks)
• High Resolution Photographs of Recording Locations Included
• Thorough metadata included in all files
• All tracks recorded and edited at 24bit, 96kHz
• Each Track around 4 Minutes in Length
• 5 GB compressed download, 7.1 GB uncompressed
This library contains a large variety of ambiences and drones that stylized as industrial or science fiction. All of these files are derived from on location recording sites and carefully edited and crafted to create a large variety of unique sonic textures. Source material ranges from large industrial buildings, parking garages, utility rooms, air condition unites, fans, buzzing electrical components, analog synthesizers etc.
Ambient recordings from various industrial sites, including the port of Aarhus with its bulk cargo and container terminals. Most of the sounds are quite generic though, and could be used in many different contexts. Some recordings are teeming with activity, while others feature deserted, yet humming and droning, industrial landscapes. Lots of HVAC with fans and pumps. Containers are moved, gravel is unloaded, engines are running. Very little wind, and hardly any legible speech. A few of the sounds are cut as seamless loops.
Most of the sounds were originally recorded with a Sennheiser MKH60/30 M/S setup. A few sounds 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. 4 of the sounds were recorded with a quasi binaural setup . All sounds were captured in Aarhus, Denmark.
INDUSTRIAL TERROR – Hits & Transitions is a second installment of Industrial Terror series.
It is a collection of dark, distorted, ear-piercing, industrial hits, impacts, crashes and transitions.
IT Hits & Transitions is an expansion pack that focuses in single, sharp hits and transitions rather than evolving, textural impacts and whooshes (as heard in Industrial Terror).
Collection consists of 145 carefully designed and rendered sound effects.
Unique processing of organic field recordings combined with modular processing makes it both grounded in reality and creepy. This collection is a perfect choice for any kind of horror genre.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Discord4, Modular
This library features recordings of a turbine warehouse specializing in refining gasoline. In these recordings you will hear metal lathes, compressors, soldering, and other mechanical movement. This library was recorded at 3 different perspectives.
All sounds in this collection are in stereo 24bit 192khz Broadcast Wave format. Files are in a zip file, which includes a PDF with detailed metadata.
Inland Port is an authentic collection of industrial port recordings, focused on the distinct sounds of giant cranes, alarms, trucks, and the ambience of the container terminal. These were captured at Duisburg, Germany, the largest inland port in Europe, which is normally closed to the public.
Taken in wintertime, these recordings are nearly bird-free. Using Schoeps MK4/MK8 MS microphones and paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder, the files are also embedded with detailed Soundminer Metadata.
Container crane, container terminal ambiences, crane alarms, container impacts, reach stackers, straddle carrier, trucks, cargo trains, shipyard ambiences, distant terminal atmosphere & more
Here’s 144 minutes of composite German construction site ambiences. It comes with all the hammering, sawing, digging, drilling, some yelling workers, squeaky crawling excavators and loud jack hammers you’d expect. All edited, cleaned, mixed and packed with metadata.
The ambiences were mostly recorded with a Sound Devices 744t and a Sound Devices Mix-PreD through a Beyerdynamic MC930 ORTF setup and RODE NTG-4 microphone, and some ambiences were tweaked to seamless loop from end to start. All sounds were recorded over weeks at several different construction site around Stuttgart / Germany – from very small sites recorded close up to huge construction sites with lots different typical working sounds.
Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.
The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis. The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.
The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.
The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).
Lamps focuses on the buzzing/humming sound of light bulbs, lamps, fluorescent tubes, you name it… You can find a sound for any electricity driven device you can imagine.
These sounds can be used as pure effects or as a layer in your ambiances/atmos tracks to create a buzzing hallway or even to add tension in a basement scene with a fluorescent tube.
Low humming growls, aggressive and high pitched, glass resonant tubes, tiny filament lamp, fridge style hums,etc…
This library contains 44 designed textures and about 20 source material files with full and detailed metadata embedded ( Soundminer, Basehead, iXML ) , all at 96kHz / 24 bits.
Laundry Mangles is a library full of sounds from vintage machines that once where used in many public washhouses. In some locations they are in use even today.
Basically, the weight of a huge box filled with stones was used to press big pieces of linen, bed sheets or towels wound on rollers below. Early models were operated by hand which was very exhausting and soon the machines were equipped with electric motors and belt drives.
This library delivers sounds from 5 different models of various ages that are operated with a crank shaft or electrical belt drive. All machines have been extensively recorded so that any imaginable perspective and operational state is covered. This includes full runs with belt drive and crank shaft, protective grating handlings, idling motors and much more.
Learning Space is the go-to collection for clean and constant school environment room tones and ambiences.
Learning Space has over 1 hour / 2.2 GB worth of material that covers a whole large air-conditioned modern school building and also a small air-conditionless old abandoned school building. The length of the room tones are around 3 minutes and all the room tones are calibrated to -30 LUFS.
The whole library was recorded with a custom designed very low self-noise (4.5 dB) ORTF rig that gives you only the noise of the room and minimal noise from the recording equipment itself.
The variety in the sounds of the room tones gives you a great palette to experiment with various sound design tools so you can create e.g. spaceship ambiences, drones and otherworldly textures.
You get the sounds in two formats: 96 kHz, 24 bit and in 44.1 KHz, 16 bit, for more convenient ways of utilizing the sounds in games and other media.
Abandoned School Hallway • Abandoned School Kitchen • Abandoned School Large Classroom • Abandoned School Small Classroom • Boiler Room • Cleaning Closet • Gym Hall • Hallway • Kitchen • Large Classroom • Lobby • Locker Room • Small Classroom • Small Gym Storage Room • Small Storage Room • Teacher Lounge Toilet • Teacher Lounge • Toilet • Vestibule
The ‘Lifts and Elevators’ library contains a collection of sounds sourced from 19 different elevators. Each model bringing their own unique sonic qualities and character. From slick and smooth modern elevators to weathered old freight and goods lifts, these high-quality recordings have been carefully captured in:
• Warehouses/Industrial Units
Each elevator has been recorded in motion, opening and closing its doors (manually and mechanically), producing metallic rattles, creaks, groans and more. Additionally, Button pressing, alarm bells, buzzers and stationary room tones, have been captured in crystal clear detail.
All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24 bit, 96 kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416 and MKH30 microphones. Each file has been also tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.
The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.
We’ve spent many hours exploring London’s far corners, seeking out the darkest, dirtiest, dimly lit areas of the capital’s streets in search of evocative and truly authentic sounds.
On visiting a large range of locations across the city we embraced our surroundings to capture the city’s natural reverberation and unique sonic qualities.
London Edge is the result of our methodical and passionate search for moods, atmospheres and textures, inspired by our favourite London dramas.
All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416, MKH30 and DPA4060 microphones. Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.
The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower more focused stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.
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