Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
'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.
A collection of fireworks sound effects, mostly recorded from the launching area, close to the mortars for some big booms and fuse sounds. Of course you will find classical fireworks atmosphere here too. And if you are looking for rocket sounds or loud blasts, you should try slowing them down.
Get 25 minutes of continuous fireworks recordings from New Year's Eve in Berlin – captured in true 5.0 surround sound!
Recorded with an INA 5 surround microphone array, comes with 5 full range channels (23 – 20.000 Hz) – no LFE (0.1) channel needed.
• Discrete L/R/C/LS/RS routing – just drop 5 tracks into your DAW
• Compatible with the ITU-R BS.775 recommendation, no Ambisonics, no plug-in needed, just drag the 5 tracks into your DAW
• Realistic sound location, true to the original sound color
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz / high dynamic range recording
• Equipment: 5x Rode NT1, RME UCX, RME Quadmic 2
• Royalty free, instantly downloadable
'Fireworks From Paris' is a sound library, recorded as Paris was celebrating the Bastille Day on July 14th 2016. The firework recordings are divided into categories such as tiny explosions, middle explosions, and powerful explosions. The library features both solo explosions, as well as multiple blasts. It comes with 2×138 recordings, in stereo as well as UPMIX 5.1.
WATER IN MOTION, AS PURE AND NATURAL AS IT GETS
This collection contains 121 beautiful recordings of stream, river, and waterfall sounds with close and distant perspectives. Dig into more than 3 hours of high quality material to find the perfect water sound.
ANY SOUND WATER CAN MAKE
No matter if you’re searching for trickles, babbles, gurgles, glugs, roars, splashes, surges, swishes, booms or some gentle water SFX, you’ll find it in this great and well-selected collection. This library offers a complete kit to produce whatever stream, river, or waterfall sounds you may need.
This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
If you're after high quality footsteps sounds on unique surfaces, this library is for you: ‘Footsteps One’ is the first library of the series aimed at providing exciting and unique footstep sounds for your next project. All the sounds were recorded in quiet remote locations in Northern Finland.
Each surface comes with walk, scuff and stomp sounds with a lot of variations. Also included is bonus material like frozen stairs walk and snowscrapes recorded at various lengths.
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.
Don’t forget to check out the ‘Footsteps Bundle’ which gives you both of the libraries with a special bundle discount price!
A footstep library built from long walks in cold and snowy conditions. Recorded in a remote, deserted Swedish forest, miles away from the nearest road.
Different types of snow and boots were recorded as well as different paces:
• Thin/hard packed
• Frozen stairs and porches
• Leather boots
Each track is easy to edit into multiple single footsteps for sweetening your tracks with real snow.
There are sounds of forests, swamps and meadows recorded in Ukraine, mostly in spring and summer. Recordings consist of coniferous and deciduous forests, different swamps and few meadows.
Recording gear: Sounddevices 744t, Oktava MC-012
With this second forest opus, you will add details to your forest atmosphere. Various foliage, cracking branches, night animals and other great elements that will enhance the surrounding nature. From pine, to deciduous trees and exotic foliage this collection will help you to cover many type of forest ambiances.
The Forest Ambience 1 library focuses on the ambient sounds of Central Florida’s forest ecology. The focus of this library is a collection of as much general background ambience as possible with minimal focus on any one individual element. It also focuses on a Mid Day – Early Dusk time frame.
The range of ambiences include windy gusts through thick canopies, forests alive with birds and bugs, and erie dead silences void of any life recorded near one of the nation’s largest active bombing ranges. Also included are a few plane flyovers and some outdoor trail ambience near an apartment complex as a bonus.
Captured in environments such as:
• Bottomland hardwoods
• Pine Flatwoods
• Upland hardwoods
• Urban nature trail
'Forest Ambience One' is the first library in my nature ambience series where I intend to record the vast and unique forests of Finland and their changing sound between the four seasons.
This library consists of 21 unique pine and birch forest ambiences recorded in Northern Finland during summer. Most of the ambiences have occasional birds in them but I was lucky to capture the sound of the forests without the birds too.
Due to the varying weather during the summer I also decided to record some of the locations when it was raining lightly and also when the rain had passed to get that after rain dribble.
The average length of each ambience is between 3-5 minutes so you can easily create your own ambience loops for e.g. video games.
Forest Ambience One is recorded with Sound Devices 702 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser 8040's in ORTF – and 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.
A varied collection of forest atmospheres – from very quiet places like “Sequoia” National park to more lively woods, this library gives you great material with nice acoustics. Ambisonic recordings are particularly great for those sounds.
Get a collection of 134 impulse responses – recorded in the forest.
What if, instead of going to the forest to record the sound, we can find a way to bring the characteristics of the forest to us? Say, for example, we have recorded a sound in the studio like the sound of chopping wood or foley footsteps, but we want them to sound like they are in the forest?
There is a way to emulate this. To make our source sound like it is, in fact, in a forest. The answer is to use the impulse response of the forest and one of the convolution reverb plugins for your DAW.
An impulse response of the forest (or “forest IR”), is the sum of reflections from trees, foliage and the ground by very short signal at high volume. For this sound library, I recorded different impulses in a stereo at different locations of the forest with perfect conditions. Also, the library includes alternate versions of these impulses for use in the processing of the sounds that are far away from the listener.
For using these impulse responses, you need a convolution reverb plugin (not included). The library can be used with the built-in convolution plugins in many DAWs like ProTools, FL Studio amd Sony Vegas, and there are other commercial options on the market, but costs can be high. For starters, you can use a free convolution reverb from the following
A wide choice of IR’s will allow you to choose the most appropriate nuanced impulse response for your material. As you gain more experience with this forest IR, you will find that you can quickly adjust the ratio and volume level for wet and dry channels and effectively use other options of convolution reverb. This powerful forest reverb emulation will be incredibly effective for your sounds.
FOREST summer edition of Japan is nature sounds and ambiances captured in different forests of Central Japan, from the Kanto region.
This library contains recordings of deep forest ambiances and direct close cicadas & birds and creeks, streams, and waterfalls in a Japanese forest.
All of these nature ambiances are recorded using different microphone set-ups. Ortf stereo set-up and xy & ortf combination set up brings variations to stereo images from the locations.
France Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 128 sounds recorded at different seasons in various locations.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment at 24 Bit / 96 kHz.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
All Faunethic tracks include metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
This collection of sounds includes a variety of ambiences recorded during a one-week travel to France. They where recorded in Tauxigny, a small village close to Tours. This iconic place is also knowm because of their castle as well as the Loire Valley.
31 tracks recorded in different time spaces. 48Khz and 24 bits HD Audio. Birds, nature and crystalline countryside ambiences are included.
This library was recorded in southern France and Komagane, Japan for a diverse collection of cricket, grasshopper and frog sounds. With a Fostex FR2, Sennheiser 418S and Olympus LS11, these focused sounds were captured without the rumbling of nearby traffic or wind. They are clean enough to be dropped right into your project, and they are long enough to offer loop points for interactive use.
Get the sounds of 10 species of frogs, toads and treefrogs in this unique animal SFX library.
It features amphibians such as American Bullfrog, American Toad, Gray Treefrog, Green Frog, Mink Frog, Northern Leopard Frog, Pickerel Frog, Spring Peeper, Wood Frog, Western Chorus Frog as well as mixed frog chorus recordings.
The library has been recorded in Québec locations such as Laval, Knowlton, Bondville, Brome, Coaticook, St. Hubert, Sutton, and Longueuil. A total of 50+ minutes of frog recordings are included!
In the winter of 2013-2014, both the Northeast and the Northwest were slammed with snow, ice, wind, and blizzards. The SkewSound team braved the frigid cold and recorded what we could: footsteps, compression, breaking ice, body falls, and much more.
Our content was obtained during storms and their aftermath in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Salem, MA. The frostbite SFX library contains some great impact sweeteners and sounds unique to winter temperatures. You won’t be disappointed!
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