Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Get the sounds of New York City, as captured by sound designer and recordist Rusty Dunn. The Essential New York City library includes recordings from locations like Manhattan, Coney Island, Brooklyn and more – and it packs recordings like ambiences from Times Square, Playgrounds, Central Park, the Subway, Sidewalks and streets around NYC and more. More than 2 hours of recordings are included.
In this sound pack I’ve included an in-depth selection of active ambiences. This library is focused more on the natural ambience of both busy main streets and calmer side streets.
Most sounds were captured below 110 St. and prominently in the Lower East and West Village. There are a multitude of police and firetruck sirens at varying distances as well as some not so common areas like the Intrepid Pier and the Hudson River Heliport ambience.
I’ve also included some extensive subway rides. All boring bits were edited out for a strong final product. There are multiple train rides with various levels of walla and PA announcements.
One thing that is very common in NYC during the summer months are the rain and thunderstorms. I’ve included a number of wet traffic, distant thunderstorms and heavy rains.
All in all this is a good representation of New York's streets and subway systems.
This library was compiled over the course of 5 years with 3 different recorders (Sony D50, Zoom H6 and Roland R07). The Roland was used in stealthy situations because of its size.
This collection of tracks depict the sound of traffic, both near and far, with the (seemingly) constant hum of the Los Angeles helicopter. There are plenty of those in these recordings, as well as a good variety of locations and situations. I believe this library represents the actual sound of Los Angeles in a general sense.
All tracks have been mastered in Pro Tools, with light compression to even out the bumps, and use EQ here and there to hide the rumble and calm the hiss. All bumps and unwanted noise has been edited out for the best result.
I hope you appreciate this collection, as I’ve used all the tracks myself. In most cases, these sounds have been bolstered and mastered for a fuller, more interesting sound.
All tracks have full metadata implemented for a clear and concise explanation of each track.
Recorded throughout 4 parts of Italy (Rome, Naples, Positano, Tivoli Gardens), the 3 hours and 45min of material gives you a large variety of sound to choose from.
Every city/town has signature sound of its own. The constant hum or “Din” of a city varies. Rome is known for its many scooters, motorbikes, and church-bells.
This library is made up of various location Dins, and small side-street ambience.
Of the 60 tracks, a majority are over 4 mins. and some are 5 min in length. There are sections that rival others, but overall there is a large selection to pick and choose from.
Of course I've edited out all the rough areas, and material of no consequence (the boring bits) to tighten and heighten the clips, and make them sound interesting.
The processing used is minimal. DMG EQ, C4 Compressor, and a little noise reduction in some cases. Mostly very transparent processing. There may be a moment or two where there is a wind bluster, but because of the nature of the track, I chose to minimize instead of chop out.
Ethiopia is a unique collection of 62 sounds recorded through central and northern part of Ethiopia during a period of holly festivities.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
The Eurasian Cranes sound effects library gets you the sound of almost 1500 Eurasian Cranes (Common Cranes) singing their song at the same time. It features 13 stereo wav files and nearly 70 minutes of these unique recordings.
European mountain forest: animals and soundscapes – sound library with more than 4 h 56 mins of recordings. In total 8,97 GB, 193 files of high-quality recordings. Ambiances and textures of woodlands, meadows, bush-lands, mountain slopes, etc. Animal sounds/vocalization, individual clean recordings (see tracklist) with scientific names included in the metadata description chunk. All recordings are captured in pristine nature in: morning, daytime, night time and all year round. Recordings are free of noise pollution and air traffic, ready to use in your project. This library may be interesting to sound designers working in the game industry for making more realistic worlds or even for those working in nature history documentary production. Here you can find ambiances and other possible sounds missing from original footage (often the case with telephoto lens shooting). Among nature soundscapes, dawn choruses, nocturnal recordings here you can find sounds of European gray wolf (Canis lupus), Brown bear (Ursus arctos), Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Red deer (Cervus elaphus) and many other woodland mammals.
Black grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) , Western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Woodpeckers, Nightjars, Owls and many other woodland birds are included too.
There is an essential guide where to use sounds regarding habitat (in metadata description and tracklist). Especially for video if you are not sure where specific birds or other sounds belong.
The maximum peak level on all recordings is -5 dBFS (for great dynamic range, great headroom).
Want the sound of the real Paris? This library gets you the authentic sounds and ambiences of Paris, captured by Parisian natives Frederic Devanlay and Cedric Denooz. From the charms of the Quais de Seine, the quietness of its parks, the liveness of its courtyards, the frenzy ballet of its boulevards, and the warmness of its markets, the library captures the colors and shades of the French capital.
Paris locations recorded include:Alboni Street • Bercy Village • Dasnier Street • Daumesnil Market • Durban Street • Gare De Lyon • Lekain Street • Montmatre • Mouffetard Street • Nadeau Street • Notre Dame • Oberkampf Street • Pere Lachaise • Place Contrescarpe • Place Menilmontant • Place Tu Tertre • Porte De Vincennes • Quays of the Seine river • Robineau Street • Sacre Ceur • Saint Maur Street • Saint Mandé Station • Trocadero Park – and many more!
The whole collection of Lesser Vibes sound libraries.
Artificial Life (sci-fi, user interface, designed)
Automatic Umbrellas (foley, cloth, mechanical)
Handheld Transceivers (radio, glitch, noise)
High Tech Interface Sounds (sci-fi, user interface, designed)
Urban Russia (environments, transport, crowds)
All libraries were created by Sergey Eybog, a sound designer and music composer from Russia.
Entire PMSFX catalog in one bundle.
Thousands of high quality sound effects (48-192kHz 24Bit) recorded with top tier gear (Sennheiser, DPA, Sound Devices, Ambient, Sony etc) and processed with some of the best plugins and outboard on the market.
All SFX have baked-in Soundminer’s meta data.
FORGOTTEN NEONS (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.1GB | 415 FILES | META DATA)
LOFI TERMINAL (96KHZ 24BIT | 157.7MB | 195 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
BLURRY DREAMS (96KHZ 24BIT | 616.3MB | 203 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
OBSCURE FREQUENCIES (96KHZ 24BIT | 3.4GB | 336 FILES | STEREO + MONO | META DATA)
CineDrop (96KHZ 24BIT | 414.5MB | 57 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
Cinescapes II (96KHZ 24BIT | 962.75MB | 20 FILES | STEREO | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
Cinescapes (96KHZ 24BIT | 741.5MB | 20 FILES | STEREO | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
Cinenergy (96KHZ 24BIT | 550.4MB | 130 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
FOUNDATION SERIES: SCI-FI (96KHZ 24BIT | 739.8MB | 164 FILES | META DATA)
SCIFI ATMOS (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.32GB | 30 FILES | 38MIN | STEREO | META DATA)
Industrial Terror – Hits & Transitions (96KHZ 24BIT | 804.5MB | 145 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
Industrial Terror – Textures (96KHZ 24BIT | 731.1MB | 66 FILES | STEREO | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY | META DATA)
Industrial Terror (96KHZ 24BIT | 690MB | 210 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
DARKSCAPES (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.24GB | 30 FILES | 35MIN | STEREO | META DATA)
MicroBots (96-192KHZ 24BIT | 187.7MB | 293 FILES | STEREO + MONO | META DATA)
IN MOTION (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.59GB | 40 FILES | META DATA)
CYBERSPHERE (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.14GB | 340 FILES | META DATA)
BLOODBATH (96-192KHZ 24BIT | 959.9MB | 360 FILES | META DATA)
GHOSTLY AIR (96KHZ 24BIT | 311.9MB | 33 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
SCI-FI MECHANICS (96KHZ 24BIT | 636.6MB | 301 FILES | META DATA)
SYNTHASSAULT (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.18GB | 320 FILES | META DATA)
BONE BREAKS (192KHZ 24BIT | 56.1MB | 57 FILES | META DATA)
HI-TECH ELEMENTS (96KHZ 24BIT | 25.2MB |35 FILES | META DATA)
MONSTRUM (96KHZ 24BIT | 38.1MB | 38 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
RESOSCAPES (48KHZ24BIT | 235.5MB | 10 FILES | 13M30S | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
EERIE LFE PULSE (48KHZ 24BIT | 47.71MB | 5 FILES | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
Haunted Doors [DESIGNED & SOURCE] (96-192KHZ 24BIT | 420MB | 209 FILES | MONO&STEREO | META DATA)
Books Alive (192KHZ 24BIT | 488.4MB | 434 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
Point and Shoot (96KHZ 24BIT | 94.3MB | 200 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
Kitchen Foley (96KHZ 24BIT | 240MB | 241 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
Mediterránia (96KHZ 24BIT | 2.18GB | 30 FILES | 62 MINUTES | META DATA)
Tactical Backpack (96KHZ 24BIT | 42.4MB | 72 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
Back Alley Rain (192KHZ 24BIT | 1.1GB | 20 FILES | STEREO | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
Just Coins (192KHZ 24BIT | 289.2MB | 287 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
Old Drawers (192KHZ 24BIT | 209.35MB | 151 FILES | MONO | META DATA)
Along The Grid (48KHZ 24BIT | 321MB | 8 THEMES | 54 LOOPS | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
SynthRunner (96KHZ 24BIT | 107.5MB | 3 FILES 1 MIN EACH | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
DIGITAL ILLUSIONS (48KHZ 24BIT | 313MB | 5 THEMES | 35 FILES | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
INFECTED (48KHZ 24BIT | 44.1MB | 1 THEMES | 10 LOOPS 14s EACH | META DATA | LOOPS SEAMLESSLY)
STEPS: Dirt & Gravel (96KHZ 24BIT | 120.5MB | 96 FILES | MONO + STEREO | META DATA)
WASHER (96KHZ 24BIT | 2GB | 121 FILES | MONO + STEREO | 56m 35s | META DATA)
Empty City Rain (96KHZ 24BIT | 437MB | 12 FILES | STEREO | META DATA)
Costal Spain (96KHZ 24BIT | 2.57GB | 21 FILES | STEREO | 74m 04s | META DATA)
Point and Shoot Fuji Cam (192KHZ 24BIT | 357MB | 346 FILES | META DATA)
Abstract Guns (96KHZ 24BIT | 86MB | 165 FILES | META DATA)
Shattering Bricks (192KHZ 24BIT | 647MB | 232FILES | META DATA)
Rocky Impacts (192KHZ 24BIT | 647MB | 262FILES | META DATA)
Glitchy Circuits (96KHZ 24BIT | 613MB | 220FILES | META DATA)
STEPS: Dry Grass & Shrubs (192KHZ 24BIT | 202MB | 226FILES | META DATA)
Ancient Sea Ruins (192KHZ 24BIT | 3.7GB | 10FILES | META DATA)
Foundation Series SCI-FI 2 (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.1GB | 627FILES | META DATA)
Mini Printer (192KHZ 24BIT | 328MB | 178FILES | META DATA)
NanoTech (96KHZ 24BIT | 180MB | 226FILES | META DATA)
Back Alley Rain II (192KHZ 24BIT | 1.1GB | 12FILES | META DATA)
Phone Foley (192KHZ 24BIT | 85MB | 76FILES | META DATA)
Windy Hill (192KHZ 24BIT | 1.7GB | 8FILES | META DATA)
Magic Metal (96KHZ 24BIT | 1.1GB | 160FILES | META DATA)
Lethal Blow (96-192KHZ 24BIT | 0.5GB | 983FILES | META DATA)
Rain Designer (96-192KHZ 24BIT | 7GB | 396FILES | META DATA)
Sci-fi Gunnery (96KHZ 24BIT | 404MB | 580FILES | META DATA)
Bullet Bys & Impacts (96KHZ 24BIT | 3.7GB | 130FILES | META DATA)
Timeless SLR’s (192KHZ 24BIT | 2.12GB | 1392FILES | META DATA)
Mechanical Morphs & Mutationss (96KHZ 24BIT | 1GB | 336FILES | META DATA)
SCIFI PASS BY [DESIGNER SRIES] (96KHZ 24BIT | 6.8GB | 742FILES | META DATA)
To set an exotic scene, or to illustrate a different and luxuriant nature, exotic birdsong is a great asset. Even if it is very difficult to identify each of them, the bird’s songs of this collection will bring you far from home. Feel surrounded by those songs recorded in Brasil, Thailand, Maldives and France.
The Exotic Birds sound effects library is a unique collection of 24 different species of exotic birds. It features birds like flamingos, parrots, parakeets, crane, crow, ibis, peacock, and many others.
Bali mynah • Black headed ibis • Canada goose • Chilean Lapwings • Collared parakeet • Crows • Grey parrots • Grey winged trumpeter • Guira Cuckoo • Indian peacock • Kookaburra • Little bustard • Macaw parrot • Moorhen • Palm nut vulture • Paradise crane • Parakeet mouse • Red breasted goose • Red flamingos • Senegal parrots • Southern screamer • Superb starling • White naped crane
Over 9 hours of carefully recorded exterior ambiences, from cities, streets, squares and stations, to natural environments such as forests, parks and waterfalls.
These recordings were made over a four year period, mainly in locations across Europe, including the streets of Malta, the Black Forest in Germany and city squares in Lithuania.
• Busy city streets and roads with traffic, trams, people, etc
• Quiet suburban streets, parks and squares
• City and town squares with people and distant traffic
• Wet streets with traffic and people, during and after rainfall
• Canals and boats
• Airport Taxi area
• Outdoor parking lots
• Rooftop and balcony recordings
• Countryside ambience with birds
• Forest and lagoon
• Sea and waves
• Rain and thunder
All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data.
The Extreme Drift SFX library includes 360 HQ (24bit/96kHz) close and distant range perspective, auto racing recordings. Audio material of vehicles, drifting and maneuvering around race tracks at various speeds and densities taking corners and speeding on long straightaways.
You will find idle engine sounds, powerful engine revs, slow and fast starts, crazy accelerations and wild breaking, roaring overtakings, tandem battles, tire screeches and skids echoing beautifully in the air. The audio found in our library is not limited to startups, shutdowns and gear shifts, but also offers ambiences of pit lane and working team crews.
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.
Over 70 fairground ambiences. Includes fun fair game area atmospheres (plate breaker, BB guns, bingo), exhibition halls, game callers and barkers, and more.
The collection also includes a handful of fair ride sound fx: The Zipper, a Ferris wheel, and bumper cars.
'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.
Plunge your users into the worlds of yesteryear with ultra-immersive fantasy or medieval themed background environments of the highest quality. This audio library offers you hours of different soundscapes, including BATTLES with warhorses, knights, and explosions, CASTLE interiors, quiet FARMS, bustling VILLAGES with MARKETS, peaceful GRASSLANDS & COUNTRYSIDES, lush FORESTS, WATERFALLS & RIVERS, wild JUNGLES, PRISONS, and not to mention varying intensities of RAIN STORMS and the wild outdoors! Whether your project is a Lord of the Rings fantasy adventure video game, a King Arthur animation app, or a Game of Thrones slot casino game, everything you’ll need to immerse your users in your creation’s magic is here!
EXPLORE ENTIRE WORLDS
Whether your adventure takes place on a BATTLEFIELD, in a CASTLE or PRISON, on a FARM or in a VILLAGE, or outdoors in the GRASSLANDS, COUNTRYSIDE, FOREST, or JUNGLE, we’ve got you covered! Each ambience contains MULTIPLE VARIATIONS, ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS, and MULTIPLE INTENSITIES to cover each and every scene. This sound effects library is perfect for any setting you can imagine.
AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER
Our expert team of sound designers has meticulously crafted each ambience into CONTINUOUS, NON-REPETITIVE, DRAG AND DROP-READY LOOPS that will serve as perfect background audio for your game, film, animation, live event, or even as relaxing background audio! We have even included FULL and SIMPLIFIED MIXES, SHORT and LONG non-repetitive variants, multiple choices for INTENSITIES, and numerous other options for your convenience!
Each audio file is drag-and-drop ready, presented in high-quality MP3 and WAV formats with meticulously labeled keywords, so you can create the perfect gaming experience for your players in a matter of moments! Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose 600+ games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary pack of ambiences.
Now you can create the perfect mood and sound environment for your fantasy and adventure games, film and audio productions. With Fantasy World you get 52 royalty-free Ambience loops with full and 49 minimal versions and 10 Extra Non-Melodic Loops for a total of 111 dynamic loop-able audio assets. Inspired by massive hit games like World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls, Fantasy World is an all original royalty free ambience loop library designed to help you create stunning and immersive audio environments quickly. With over 2 hours of popular location sound loops, you’ll be well equipped with background sound effects and scene setting ambient tones that bring your Fantasy World to life.
Features settings such as:
Assassin Camp • Elven Outpost Haunted Cavern • Mystical Sanctum • Tribal Camp • Desolate Dungeon Ancient Tomb • Forest of the Unknown • Fairy Land • Ominous Jungle Barren Foothills • Shamans Apothecary, • Orc Ruins • Orc Slaughter Den • Werewolf Den • Vampire Spire
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.
The Farm Animals SFX library represents an big selection of domestic animal and bird sounds. The sounds were primarily recorded on farms with a focus on vocalizations.
Baby Chicks: Chirps as a group and single.
Chickens: Clucking after laying eggs, squawking when scared, and clucking in a group.
Cow: Single long and short mooing, breathing recorded with close and far distances. Mooing in farm ambience recordings.
Dogs: Single medium-sized mongrel barking. Whining, yelping and aggressive growling. Big mongrel single barking.
Ducklings: Single calls to mother.
Ducks: Quacking as a group and single.
Geese: Calls in a poultry group.
Guinea Fowls: As a group and single.
Horses: Stallion neigh, grunt, breath, snort and head shake. Ambients of a stable (feeding hay, stableman working).
Peacock: Single calls.
Piglets: European piglets squeals and screams, slurping when eating.
Pigs: European big pig grunt, snort, breath, slurping when eating. Vietnam big pig squeal, scream and breath.
Roosters: Old and young rooster crowings. Recorded at close and far distances. As single and in a poultry group.
Sheep: Single sheep’s bleatings recorded at close and far distances. Also contains recordings of milking.
Turkey: Calls in a poultry group.
The Australian bush is something very close to my heart. Most of these recordings were taken on my family's property in Molong NSW.
This collection includes a large number of natural bush ambiences recorded at all times of day. There are plenty of birds, some sheep, turkeys, bees, cicadas, crickets, dogs and chickens. As well as motor vehicles on gravel, chainsaws, campfires, generators, footsteps, and even a wall construction. There is as always some random stuff fin there as well.
Recorded with a Sound Devices 633 and Sennheiser MKH8040s. The library is 2GB and includes 126 x 24bit 48kHz .wav files. Sound Miner metadata embedded.
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