Nature sound effects and recordings, from forests, jungles, plains and fields
This library gets you atmospheric ambiences from all over the world; from the UK, Greece, Spain, Morocco to Germany and America – and includes cities like Jerusalem, Las Vegas and many more. The recordings have been captured on land, at sea and in the air – and with over 6 hours of ambiences in total, 101 Ambiences offers a wealth of material for your projects.
Abandoned Shelters – The Danish Bunker Coast features mysterious and eerie sounds recorded in and around abandoned bunkers along the Danish West Coast.
The gathered ambiences form a comprehensive resource of steady winds, heavy gusts, rustling undergrowths as well as single waves and strong surfs that constantly stream and break through these inhospitable areas with concrete remains all around.
A big part of the library was recorded inside the bunkers where the strong nature elements of wind and water are transformed into heavily comb filtered textures and dark atmospheres.
African Cloud Forest is a collection of immersive ambiences recorded in Ethiopia’s high-altitude montane rainforests. These recordings will transport you to the heart of remote cloud forests, teeming with wildlife and free from man-made noise.
African Jungle is a huge collection of unique ambiences recorded in Central Africa’s Congo Basin rainforests. To my knowledge, these are the first surround field recordings made in this area. Last year I spent a whole month off the grid, listening to and recording a variety of habitats at all times of day and night, at the height of the rainy season when birds are most vocal. It took me many days of travel to get to these places, from using trains, boats, cars and planes to hiking on foot in the jungle.
African Rainforest is an expansive collection of recordings made in the various types of rainforest that lie on the Ugandan side of the Albertine Rift, ranging from high-altitude afromontane to tropical lowland jungles.
From the spooky croaking choruses of black and white colobus monkeys to barking baboons, hooting DeBrazza’s monkeys, moaning Mona monkeys, screaming chimpanzees, warbling mangabey and the otherworldly twang of the blue monkey, these forests are packed to the brim with primates calling from the canopy. Yet beyond all the monkey exuberance, these recordings are characterised by tranquility and spaciousness, where slow lazy bird calls are interspersed by gently fluttering insect choruses and pinging tree frogs.
Available in stereo and surround and covering all times of day, African Rainforest not only features lengthy ambient recordings but also includes a number of close-up vocalisations of two kinds of great ape: chimpanzee and mountain gorilla, recorded on location in their natural habitat.
• 5.5 hours of lush ambiences in surround & stereo
• 10 primate species
• 50+ birds
• Numerous frogs and mammals
• Bonus recordings of close up chimp & gorilla vocalisations
African Wild West is a collection of lush and immersive ambiences recorded in Senegal over the course of a 3-week trip in 2017. The library consists of 70 recordings totaling more than 6 hours, available both as stereo and surround. The recordings have been captured with a Sennheiser Double Mid-Side rig both at all times of day and night in the following locations:
African Wildlife is an utterly unique collection of pristine wildlife and nature sounds, recorded in the wilderness of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia over a period of 4 months, 2015. It comes in four categories, covering Mammals, Birds, Ambience and Insects recordings.
It features animals such as elephant, baboon, jackal, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippo, impala, zebra, bat and hyena, as well as insects and 45 species of birds. 50 minutes of ambience recordings are also included.
The diversity of African wildlife sounds is widely reflected in this library, with the material including but not limited to screaming, barking, growling, roaring, breathing, grunting, feeding, hooting, warbling, screeching, farting, guffawing, whooping, gurgling, rutting, yapping, snorting, tweeting, trumpeting, chattering and squeaking.
Extensive metadata including detailed information on location, species, habitat, behaviour and usage is included, formatted for Soundminer. Metadata sheets in .xls and .csv formats are also provided.
Recording equipment: Sennheiser MKH8040-ST (ORTF) / Sony D100 / Telinga MK2 / Sound Devices USBPre2 / Tascam DR-680
Ambiences of Markets, Skylines, a Café etc. from Agadir, Morocco, by award winning Sound Recordist and Sound Editor Rob Bourke, edited and mastered by Sound Designer Ian Macbeth.
• In Alaska: Active Nature, get a collection of the energetic ambiences from Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Hear the resounding sound of glacial valleys as the endless sun fuels the ecosystem. Hear playful shorebirds energetic calls and whooshing flybys. Hear the sweet singing of Swainson’s Thrush and resonant woodpeckers that ring for miles. Hear cottonwoods creaking and the eerie winnowing of Wilson’s Snipe circling overhead.
• This library is packed full of tracks with vibrant flora and fauna from the lively summer landscapes of the Arctic. Hear the sounds of this stunning natural cathedral while the nearby glaciers remain. The ecosystem won’t sound the same when they’re gone.
2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT & CARBON NEUTRAL:
• Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause, as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• Carbon offset credits were purchased to offset my field recording travel for this library.
“Alps” includes a huge variety of Ambiences recorded in a pristine region in Switzerland which is still in its original and natural state. Through a minimum of civilisation and a base in a cabin up on the mountains, it was possible to catch super clean and natural ambiences with a minimum of noise pollution. We made sure this library includes a pure alps experience. This collection gets you a great collection of rivers, quiet forests, birds, valleys, fields and more recorded from different perspectives and heights.
Amazon Jungle is a collection of unique ambiences recorded in the Amazon rainforest on the border between Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. The library was recorded during the rainy season when birds are vocal and humidity is at its highest. These recordings feature species such as the Screaming Piha, Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Trogons, Tinamous, Owls, very vocal Bamboo Rats and a multitude of insects and frogs.
City Life Ambiance is a small collection of ambisonic recordings performed at various locations of different cities. The recordings took place at both internal and external locations.
This collection is great for post production, VR/AR experiences, game developers and any real-time 3D audio engine.
All files are tagged and categorized for your convenience – supporting tag filtering browsing applications.
To create this product a Sennheizer Ambeo microphone paired with Zoom H8 was used.
This package includes 24 Samples – Total 67 minutes of content.
The library is also available in 360 Ambisonic version here.
The Ambiance Collection 1 aims to provide a complete solution for a wide variety of sound scenarios.
It features a range of ambience recordings such as cities, roads, parks, countrysides, shores, airports, shopping malls, underground parking lots, various room-tones and much more.
This package includes 71 Files – Total 3:23:00 hours of content, with an average track duration of 0:02:45 minuets.
The library is also available in 360 Ambisonic version here.
This library brings you 200 sounds (3+ hours) of 96kHz/24-bit stereo audio from the remote region of Banaue in the northern Philippines. This includes 180 x 1-minute loopable ambiences recorded from dawn to dusk, including local animals, towns, villages, vehicles, rain, thunder and waterfalls – an extensive variety of ambiences from multiple locations.
As the region is currently undergoing extensive restoration efforts due to landslides, abandonment and other destruction, 20% of this library’s earnings will be donated to the “Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project” to help maintain this unique landscape and soundscape.
Since our beginning, we have the opportunity to travel around different places and record many ambiences. Here is a package that we have built with the better of them.
Recorded from City, Country, Forest, and outside and inside places.
The library contains 117 files, 2 hours 54 minutes and 5.74 gigs of stuff.
Each sound has been meticulously edited individually, all files were recorded and are delivered in 24 Bit 96 kHz Broadcast Wave files, all embedded with metadata information for easy import and ensure fast and easy workflow.
One hundred ambiences. From English pubs and cafes to Charles Bridge in Prague to a rooftop on Madison Avenue and the pastoral city ambience of Central Park. Great background ambiences for film, TV, games and many other uses.
Iceland, a volcanically and geologically active island with striking landscapes is being visited by millions of tourists each year. It also inspired many creative artists such as Bjork, Olafur Arnalds, GusGus, Mum. This sound library includes sounds from Reykjavik and local areas on Golden Circle tourist route: ambiences from Gulfoss waterfall, Pingvellir national Park, Geysir and natural spas.
Ambiences from Thailand is a collection of sounds from busy and exotic Bangkok, idyllic Railay Beach and Khao Sok with oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. You will hear tourists’ excitement, local Thais conversations, traditional gongs at world-famous temples and cricket chirps and other insects in middle of the night. Additionally you will find soundscapes generated by Asian means of transportation: boats, tuk tuks, buses and planes.
Sounds have been captured in Bangkok, Ao Namm, Railay Beach, Phra Nang Beach, Krabi, Khao Sok and Surat Thani.
This natural selection of seamless loops is a subset of our Nature’s Soundscapes sound library. Particularly suited for games, multi-layer environments, and backgrounds. The Ambient Earth Nature Loops sound FX collection includes traditional and alternative points of view on the sounds of wind, water, rain, thunder, forests, mountains, and nighttime. The collection is a fantastic complement to any sound designer needing to recreate organic environments or soundscapes.
All files inside Ambient Earth Nature Loops loop seamlessly. Most loops are 45-60 seconds in duration and can be played for as long as you need them to. This nature ambience loop library showcases sound effects from all across the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee, the countryside of New York, The Rocky & Smokey Mountains. After 1 year of recording different locations with the aim of creating a valuable resource for game nature loops, we present to you this ultra-affordable and versatile library.
Binaural and Ambisonic ambiences from Bishopstone Beach on England’s south coast. No people, stony beach, lovely crisp ambiences. Variety of distances will make this very useful for anyone working with VR work.
All recorded with the Sennheiser AMBEO VR and a Zoom F8.
Very rough seas but no wind noise.
B-Format Ambisonics and Binaural Stereo Files.
The library is a collection of atmosphere recordings of different sized/aged spruce and birch forests during spring time in Eastern Finland.
In these recordings you can hear a variety of common birds during different times of the day and also change of the weather such as multiple states of the wind or even sudden snowing.
The library contains 28 files (14 B-format and 14 Stereo files) captured at 24bit/96kHz. Total length of about 2.5 hours.
B-format files are in FuMa format.
With 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). There's also other plugin options such as Harpex-B.
The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
These recordings are very raw. Very little or none denoising, EQ or any other processing method was used.
Note: The preview is in binaural stereo, so please listen with headphones!
The library is a collection of atmosphere recordings of different sized/aged forests during summer time in Eastern and Southern Finland.
In these recordings you can hear a huge variety of birds during different times of the day and also some changes of the weather such as multiple states of the wind.
The library contains 30 files (10 FuMa, 10 AmbiX and 10 Stereo files) captured at 24bit/96kHz. Total length of over 1.5 hours.
B-format files are in FuMa and AmbiX format.
With 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). There's also other plugin options such as Harpex-X.
The library also contains ready-made stereo (ORTF with wide cardioid pattern) mixdowns for your convenience.
These recordings are very raw. Very little or none denoising, EQ or any other processing method was used.
For this sound effects library, we traveled across Alaska, from the extreme north to the south coast to capture the spirit of these nordic and wild landscapes: Boreal forests, arctic and alpin tundras, glaciers, rivers, and lakes.
Here the soundscapes reflect the extreme weather conditions: Silent ambiances punctuated by the elements: Wind, snow, rain, serving the erosion.
In this wilderness, animals remain discreet. We had the chance to capture many birds with our microphones: Owls, ducks, seagulls, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, common ravens, migratory birds, and many other species – and a few other animals: Hoary marmots, arctic marmots, squirrels and moose.
-The sound bank contains 66 sound takes recorded in ambisonic at 24/96khZ (a total of 330 files).
here is an exemple of an ambisonic recording embeded in a 360° movie (go on youtube to listen the 360° sound) :
We traveled across Canada, from the east coast to the west coast, and from the north to the Southern American’ border to capture the spirit of this fantastic country and its wild landscapes:
infinite forest and boreal forest, huge lakes, mountain rivers, torrents, ocean, plains, alpine tundra, mountain ranges, caves, and also city environments.
Over the course of 3 months we captured quiet soundscapes from gigantic boreal forests only populated by birds and squirrels. We went to the end of the north road, to the edge of the Saint James Bay, where the ice winds of the Arctic met the tundra and the end of the boreal forest.
We discovered many lakes and rivers that characterize this wild country. We crossed the gigantic plains of Manitoba to join the Rocky Mountains and the British Colombia.
Facing this wilderness, we did not forget the cities and its humans: In Montreal and Ottawa we captured many atmospheres: markets, urban parks, streets and pedestrian areas.
-> We went record in these locations: Nova Scotia, Montreal, Ottawa, Tadoussac, Bois Robert, Bay James, Ruppert river, Harricana river, Temiscaming forest, Chapleau Faunetic Reserve, Ontario Forest, Manitoba’s prairies, Northern Rocky Mountains, Salmon Glacier, Lynn canyon, Callaghan lake, Jasper.
-> All GPS coordinate are include in the sound sheet.
-The sound bank contains 68 sound takes (total duration: 329 minutes), recorded in 24/96 kHz and split into 272 files
Ambisonic Surround After Dark features 20 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of evening Crickets, Cicadas, from urban and residential areas.
Recorded with a Brahma Ambisonic Microphone and a Zoom F8 recorder and mastered in 3 configurations: Ambisonic B format (FuMa 1st Order WXYZ), 5.1 Surround Sound (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf ) and Stereo (L-R) – all with embedded metadata. Most tracks are 2 minutes long.
Want a taste of what's included? Download the B Format Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
This library is dedicated to popular farm animals, rural backgrounds and agricultural activities – all you need around farm life. It features 165 sounds in total, from 14 different species with multiple variations for each animal, 25 discreet rural backgrounds and 10 types of modern and traditional agricultural activities.
Recorded and mastered at 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, Animal Farm took over a year to get ready, since the goal was to capture as many seasonal work activities, weather conditions and animal habits, as possible.
List of animals recorded:Cat • Chicken • Cow • Dog (Wolf hound, Sheepdog) • Duck • Fowl • Goat (Mediterranean) • Goose • Horse (Arabian, Andalusian) • Pig • Pigeon • Rooster • Sheep (Mediterranean) • Turkey
Types of agricultural work recorded:Chopping • Feeding • Gardening • Loading Manure • Milking • Mowing • Olive harvest • Sowing • Tilling • Watering
Aotearoa New Zealand. A slice of heaven. This library is an amazing collection of the sweetness New Zealand has to offer. From the broad meadows of the Waikato basin, to the dawn chorus of the magical Marlborough Sounds, and thick bush of Wainuiamata. The library was pieced together between 2016-18 through all seasons with some of the most diverse sounds coming out of Summer. Hear the enchanted Tui, Bellbird and the melodic New Zealand Magpie in dawn chorus, as well as a swarm of Green & Gold Bell Frogs in the Hora Hora Wetlands.
Aotearoa New Zealand gives you a definitive cross-section of the country’s aural beauty in 372 minutes of metadata tagged ambience recordings. The majority of this library was recorded in; Mistletoe Bay, Matapouri, Ōtaki, Hora Hora, Remutaka Range, Mount Holdsworth, and Island Bay.
Full: The complete library.
Micro: A cut down library featuring some of our favourite sounds from the complete collection.
Sound Devices 744T + MixPre-D
Sennheiser MKH30 + MKH50 (M/S)
Sennheiser MKH8040 Pair (ORTF)
Rycote Windjammers + Blimps
Asia Echoes is a unique collection of sounds captured in Laos and Vietnam providing more than 2 hours ( 5GB) of various atmospheres at different times of the day.
From Cat Ba island National Park, to Luang Prabang night and food markets, to mountains of Sapa, Tam Coc Fields and many more, this collection will make you explore an exotic soundscape through this two beautiful countries.
All recorded in 24 bit / 96 kHz and fully tagged with metadatas compatible with Soundminer, Basehead and Soundly.
Gear Used: DPA4060 stereo set powered by a Sound Devices 702
• Vientiane Night Market
• Vientiane Morning Interior Market
• Vientiane Chao Anouvong Park
• Vang Vieng
• Luang Prabang Food and Night Markets
• Nong Khiaw Mountains and Forests
• Sapa Mountains and City
• Cat Ba National Park
• Tam Coc Forest and Fields
• Hanoï City and Train
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' delivers a huge amount of recordings (more than 10 hours total!) from a trip to Vietnam. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Transportation ambiences.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Hanoi such as the Thien Mu Pagoda temple, street terraces, outside the imperial city, the literature temple, parks, streets, markets and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from the Halong Bay, Hue Tu Duc mausoleum park, the banks of the River of Perfumes, the town of Thuy Bieu, the Dam Chuon lagoon, brick manufacturing in the Mekong Delta, the waterways of Nhon Thanh Town, Phu Quoc Island (day and night), Cai Coi paddle boat excursions and more.
Transportation includes a motorboat excursion, cruise ship excursion, the Hanoi Train, a rickshaw excursion, a fishing excursion, car rides, Long Xuyen canal and Ben Tre river boat excursions and more.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' is available in two versions:
STEREO EDITION, with a total of 176 stereo audio files at 48 kHz / 24 bit (102 ambient sounds / 74 FX sounds)
Total library size (rar compressed: 7 GB, extracted: 10 GB)
EXPAND EDITION, with a total of 102 audio files at 96 kHz / 24 bit, in each of these folders: STEREO, MS, UPMIX 5.0. It also includes 74 FX sounds. Total library size (rar compressed: 58 GB, extracted: 91 GB)
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' delivers a generous amount of recordings (more than 5 hours total) from a trip to Japan. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Trains / Stations ambiences & FX folder.
You obtain three format folders : Stereo / MS / 5.0 Upmix
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Osaka to Tokyo such as geek Denden town & Akiharaba Arcade-Pachinko room, Stroll in Nishiki market, Kitanomaru Park, Famous Shibuya crossing and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest, Philosopher's path, Kibune-Kurama Forest and more.
Trains / Stations include recordings from Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo Stations, Stroll in Fujikyoko Line, Railroad Crossing and more.
FX include gashapon machine, Crows & Birds, Train doors etc…
'Asia Reminds – Japan Ambiences' : with a total of 76 audio files in each of these folders: STEREO (48 kHz / 24 bit), MS & UPMIX 5.0 (96 kHz / 24 bit).
It also includes 117 FX sounds.
You have access to two download folder :
Introducing ASSORTED WATER – A collection of graceful, pure water sound recordings.
Each sound has been meticulously studied to ensure it is free of any blemishes or unnecessary background intrusions, such as wildlife, to make sure that the recordings can be used for any scene or environment with ease, maximising efficiency and usability. Hear the results for yourself by taking a listen to the audio demo.
This collection focuses on water flowing and falling, with categories such as water through a variety of drainpipes, hose nozzles, taps, storm drains and more. There is also a broad selection of smooth streams, raucous rivers, waterfalls and weirs. Also included is an array of often-useful rain recordings hitting mud, leaves, vehicles, umbrellas, plastic and other surfaces. Check out our sound sheet for the full list.
All sounds are royalty free and equipped with comprehensive Soundminer metadata for rapid access.
We are extremely proud of this collection and we hope you will enjoy using the sounds …we sure have been!
• 96 kHz, 24 Bit mono/stereo WAVs
• 82 individual SFX in 72 files
• 6 GB of data
• All WAVs include extensive embedded Soundminer metadata
Ya su, Kalós órises, and welcome to Athens & Crete!
From the ancient bustling markets to the untouched natural beauty of the Mediterranean coast, this library epitomises the notion of two sonic worlds colliding. We set out with the goal of capturing this historical part of the world and quickly learned this could only be done by fully embracing this polarity. So here we are, two libraries in one and boy is it a cracker!!
We captured street buskers, back alley murmurs, bustling city squares, markets, heavy traffic, skylines and even a religious sermon!
So whether it's Game of Thrones or the next Bourne film, this beast will help bring your locations to life!
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