Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
This is a collection of sounds recorded at various locations in London, UK. Recordings of landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), various London streets, and green spaces are all featured, totalling 127 minutes of ambisonic audio, with an average length of 6 mins 22 seconds.
The files have been decoded to AmbiX, but can be converted to FuMa with the free Ambi Converter from Noise Makers, or decoded to any format from mono to 7.1.2 Atmos using Harpex-X or the free Røde Soundfield plug-in.
No noise reduction has been used, apart from on the recording of Big Ben, and the unprocessed version is also included.
SSL11 London City Sounds is our first project recorded in London exclusively during a 4 days visit in the city. SURROUND SOUND LAB Team traveled to London just to record the main essence of this city!
Parks, Ambiences, Traffic, Wallas, indoors crowds, buses, trains, stations and touristic places, all available right now in this huge library.
More than 4:30 hours of original and actual recordings. 79 original field recordings (see map above for geo-localization) in Surround 5.1 , ST and Double MS RAW format (for custom editions).
Each ambience recorded in this library is at least 3-4 minutes long, so there is no need for looping ambience in your project!
This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration. This provides great post production possibilities.
London Crowds brings you 20 stereo crowd recordings featuring different situations and locations: Luton and Stansted airports; Liverpool Street, King’s Cross, Victoria and Marylebone stations; a pub, a classroom, a terrace bar, an auditorium, a campus university and a few networking events. Crowds go from 10 people up to a cocktail event with dozens of people.
19 out of 20 locations are interior, so traffic noise is either minimum or absent. English (with British accent) is obviously present in all the files.
Files come in 24 bit and 96/48 kHz. Total length of the library is 105 minutes.
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.
This library is a bespoke collection of crowd recordings from all over foggy London Town. We hand picked the finest pubs based on the locals and acoustics, with each recording offering a unique sense of space and character. From the sweet and quaint to the darn right scary, we shot them all!
Enjoy cutting crowds of all flavours; The pissed and disorderly, jovial folk waxing lyrical, raucous football fans, relaxed pub garden chatter, through-the-wall conversations, Quiz Night whispers, and a f*ckload more! This library is diverse, rich, and comprehensive. Whether your scene is contemporary or period, we’ve got you covered.
Obviously not a musical note in sight and where you need it most, we’re offering up two perspectives with our binaural quad recordings. With a little panning you will be immersed in your choice of London local… Drink up!
Los Angeles Skylines is the first release of the Series 2000 collection from Kai Paquin. This library features understated traffic beds to build Los Angeles city ambiances. Covering a variety of different locations from the coast of Santa Monica to the Mountains of Pasadena, this library contains over 4 hours of rooftop and overlook recordings.
Each location was recorded for 15-20 minutes so you can find a variety of interesting moments like sirens, street walla, and trucks while having the flexibility to cut around those moments or be able to reuse the same recording on multiple scenes without it repeating.
Additionally, the library was carefully tagged with metadata, including flags in the recording pointing out where moments that pop out of the bed are making it easier to find specifics to cut in or around.
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Offer a massive value to players of your Irish Themed Casino Game with LUCK OF THE LEPRECHAUN, a truly unique collection of Highest Quality Music and Sound Effects, handcrafted and optimised to be the perfect addition to your slot game!
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Transform your project with this staggering collection of meretriciously designed sounds, including ROLLUPS, SYMBOL Sounds, NOTIFICATIONS, TRIGGERS, REVEALS, BACKGROUND LOOPS, FEATURE MUSIC LOOPS, SUMMARIES, TRANSITIONS, ANTICIPATIONS and much more – PLUS incredibly versatile additional sounds and voice-over, such as LEPRECHAUN VOICE, POT OF GOLD COINS, NATURE AMBIENCE LOOP, CARD DEALING, and all other sounds your games will ever need!
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Whether you slot game is land-based or online, each asset has been professionally optimised to cut through the background chatter and immerse your players in the beauties of Ireland and festive celebratory feel of St. Patrick’s Day like never before. Keep them coming back for more with inviting sounds and catchy music that reward play and build long lasting connection!
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The Machine Factory library delivers 265 unique impact & foley sounds with over 26 minutes of playtime – including sounds such as metal doors, stairway, wood impacts and many other like metal impacts or thundering metal. The library is perfectly suited for post production, audio books, radio broadcasts and other audio channels. All sounds are in WAV, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.
Machine Hall delivers all the right sounds for designing sounds for robots, industrial environments and other machines.
This pack was recorded in a car building factory and therefore has a lot of industrial robots, air compressors, small rotors and motors, servos and general heavy industry ambiances. Perfect for creating robots, giant mechanical stuff with loads of moving gears and parts and little tinkering bots. Every machine is counted for, big and small!
Be it steampunk or modern sci-fi, this pack is sure to be a great fit for anything mechanical and robot-y!
All sounds included are meta data tagged(keywords+description) for use in soundminer/basehead etc.
We recorded Madrid last winter, capturing 40 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects. The library was decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS.
Included Ambix Ambisonic, 7.1.2 Atmos Bed, 5.1 and ST versions.
Recordings from the Spanish capital. A collection of files containing a wide view of Madrid ambiences: Parks, streets, birds, city ambiences… 50 files of interior and exterior files recorded since 2009 in our city.
All the files have metadata embedded for great Soundminer type programs. They both include Spanish and English description.
Manhattan Atmosphere is a collection of urban ambiences recorded in New York City in March 2018. It covers popular areas such as Times Square, Broadway, Trump Tower, subway stations, train rides, sirens and bridge traffic.
Marrakech, one of the most beautiful cites in Africa. Situated at the foot of the Atlas mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech is large, noisy, polluted and smelly. But Marrakech is also fascinating, full of history, the cultural center of Morocco and beautiful. If you enjoy a daily assault on all your senses then you'll have a lot of fun.
This small collection of sounds includes a variety of ambiences, feels, and classics Marrakech Sounds. They are part of a 2-day fast visit to the imperial city.
They include sounds from Yamaa el Fna Square, markets, cafes and medinas – imperial sounds in this Micro Collection.
All the files have metadata embedded for great Soundminer type programs. They both include Spanish and English descriptions.
A small library, spontaneously captured on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco.
The library features Souk market ambiences, hotel ambiences, call to prayer, Scandinavian and Arabian walla, birds – as well as onboard Airplane Ambience, Onboard Airplane taxiing, and Onboard Airplane Take off ambiences.
A versatile collection of tropical island sounds from the beautiful Island of Mauritius, situated in the Indian Ocean to the east of Africa. The pack covers a range from town and city traffic, restaurant and market crowds to calm ocean waves and the birds, insects, amphibians and other wildlife native to islands in the Indian Ocean and Africa. Suitable for a variety of applications in need of high quality sounds of island life.
Please note: Some of the recordings were made at 44.1k and some at 96k. They have all been resampled to 48k for the download but the 96k recordings are also available as a separate download.
Are you creating a world as vast as Game of Thrones – with all the courtyards and marketplaces to boot? Then you need the ‘Medieval Life – Designed’ sound library. This collection has over 50 designed and ready-to-use medieval ambiences of life as a peasant, farmer, King’s guard, thief and more, all in stereo and 5.0 Surround. Also available is the ‘Medieval Life – Construction Kit’ that features sounds of farm animals, chopping wood, church bells, rattling chains, blacksmiths hammering, etc. to help bring your medieval or fantasy soundscapes to life! You can also get both in a bundle. Who says going back to the Dark Ages is a bad thing?
MEDIEVAL LIFE DESIGNED gets you 50+ ready-to-use, completely pre-designed medieval places like campsites, construction sites, farmyards, courtyards and market places. All of them in different sizes, multiple variations and long enough to loop them without sounding repetitive. What, you have a surround environment? We got you covered. All sounds come in stereo and 5.0 surround.
The Middle Ages is one of these eras that can give our imagination wings like no other. With this collection you can achieve this. Just drag and drop the MEDIEVAL LIFE – DESIGNED sounds in your project and let everybody feel the vivid atmosphere of the dark age.
• Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
• High quality medieval background soundscapes
• 50+ royalty free state-of-the-art sound FX
• Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata
Most of the sounds were recorded in authentic medieval environments in Germany. We went out to visit medieval heritage sites like ruins and castles. For the market place recordings we went to farmers markets around the cathedral in Mainz, Germany that was built around 975 A.D. A perfect place to capture the spirit of medieval market places.
On our trip we recorded the hard life of people living in this era. We recorded medieval farm sounds like animals, mechanics of old tools, hurly-burly on marketplaces, blacksmiths hammering metal and working with wood, church bells, voices and a lot more.
MEDIEVAL LIFE – CONSTRUCTION KIT with hundreds of single stereo source sounds from the categories ACTION, CRAFT, ANIMAL, WORK, VOICE, MECHANIC as well as hundreds of LOCATION recordings (some of them in Stereo and 5.0 Surround sound) has a size of more than 34GB. All files come in 96kHz/24bit HD sound quality.
Inspire your audience with the unmistakable sound of the life in the Middle Ages.
• Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
• 45+ GB High quality sound FX
• ACTIONS, ANIMALS, LOCATIONS, CRAFTS, MECHANICS, VOCALS and more
• Effective workflow: well-grounded Soundminer Metadata
The lush sound of the Mediterranean Sea
It contains waves rolling on a rocky coast and splashing on large boulders on a pier.
All sounds are tagged with metadata
The Mediterranean Summertime SFX library includes 120 selections dedicated to life and the atmosphere of both glitz and off-beat Mediterranean islands, during summertime. We follow tourists in well known busy bays, as well as head out to quieter destinations recommended by locals.
Mediterrania is a collection of 30 carefully recorded and mastered sea ambiences and sound effects.
Waves, splashes, water sprays, water between rocks, see waves on pebbles and more
All sound effects loop seamlessly and have a comprehensive Soundminer's metadata.
LOCATION: Costa Blanca, Spain.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre-6 + Sennheiser MKH8060 + ATE 208 (M/s) and
Sony PCM D100 at 192kHZ with Rycote windjammer.
EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: Pro Tools, iZotope RX.
Melbourne, Australia is home to some very unique sounds and ambiences which can be found within this library. Recorded during the day this library features all the major train stations, streets and locations as well as plenty of side streets, alleyways and general traffic. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
Metal elements is a metal, iron, steel bonanza of hits, impacts, slams as well as mechanical sounds, levers, clicks, drops and drags. This library is especially suited for anyone looking to design sounds that are metallic in nature. The sounds contained in this library will also work fantastic as foley pieces to spice up fights, robot movement, crashes or any action scene for that matter.
Some of the sounds found in the library make use of a contact microphone to add to the lower end frequency that would simply not translate using just a shotgun microphone.
The Metal Scrap library was recorded at a scrapyard where they do nothing but shredding, cutting, breaking and moving metal of all sorts, all day long.
• Large metallic objects and metal debris being drooped by huge cranes, into and onto various surfaces.
• The end of the Conveyer belt, where the smaller pieces of metal junk fall onto a bigger pile af junk.
• Lots of metallic destruction and impacts, huge and small.
Metallitronic is sound designer Nathan Moody’s latest collection of intense textures, a library of nearly three hours’ worth of metallic membranes and objects excited by electronic signals.
Metallitronic was created using advanced synthesis techniques played back through various transducers into cymbals, gongs, bowls, steel plates, prefab metal buildings, and other resonant metallic objects, close-miked in stereo with extended-frequency-range microphones. This collection radically expands a sound designer’s palette of stressed-metal sounds, horror and tension elements, crystalline creaks and groans, unsettling background atmospheres, rattling vehicular interiors, creature sound sweeteners, the sound of massive machinery, earth-shaking rumbles, and stochastic, complex rhythms.
Some textures let the complex synthesizer textures shine through – intense on their own, even if they weren’t amplified through metal – but the primary focus is on metallic drones, hits, pings, stresses, groans, wails, resonances, rattles, and unique timbres that can be layered into almost any project. The scale of the sounds ranges from detailed to overwhelmingly massive. The sounds invite aggressive filtering and extreme pitch shifting.
Every sound is recorded in stereo at 24 bits, 192 kHz, and many sounds have ultrasonic frequencies. This library includes nearly three hours of recordings, all fully tagged with metadata. Multiple articulations are ganged into single files for convenience and organization.
A collection of stereo urban ambiences, recorded in Cairo and Dubai, where you’ll find traffic, Arabic walla, and the Call to Prayer.
From the Spice Souk in Dubai to the back alleys of Studio Galal in Cairo, something is always moving.
The collection comes with over 50 files, ranging from 21 seconds to nearly 11 minutes in length, for a total of 90 minutes of unique ambiences to put you in the “Cradle of Civilization.”
The Midlands Farm Sounds is a collection of sound effects recorded in the beautiful, quiet hillsides of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
These 330 sounds range from animal noises, farm objects, metal squeaks to ambiences of rivers and fields. The aim of this library is to provide a large variety of farmyard sounds for film, games, documentaries, podcasts or musical projects.
A big thanks goes to the Bates, who let me record on their beautiful farm.
26 Natural ambiences
74 Animal sounds
61 Farm objects/Foley sounds
104 Metal sounds
60 Sound design elements
We’re proud to release our first premier race ambience library, as we continue our exciting journey in sound experimentation with spatial audio. The Monaco Grand Prix 2018 is a genuine sonic document of the 76th edition of the Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, the world’s most glamorous race.
If you’re looking for unique and modern race engine sounds and ambiences to use in your commercial, movie, television or game projects, here you’ll find lot of sounds with different perspectives to start building real and tactile sport soundscapes.
We made use of two favourite Ambisonics microphones: the Sennheiser Ambeo and the classic Soundfield SPS200, recorded across our Sonosax gear (SX-R4+, SX-R4, SX-M32) and their amazing preamps, which digested the high SPLs of the high-performance cars.
But that’s not all: you’ll also find extremely accurate stereo recordings made with a Sanken CSS-5, an A-B Stereo Technique configuration with a couple of omnidirectional DPA 4060 and, last but not least, a custom MS rig based on a Schoeps MK 41 supercardioid capsule (Mid), plus a MK 8 figure-8 capsule (Side), amplified by their respective CMC 6 units.
Looking for radical transformations? We recorded everything @ 96 kHz, so if you want to turn a pass-by into a dramatic spaceship pass, you’ll be free from any sonic artifacts.
The library ‘Montreal 365’ is the result of a long 5 years endeavour.
These sounds were recorded through 5 years of field recording around the city of Montreal, Canada.
It captures the wide variety of the urban facets and comprises all 4 seasons through which the soundscape is largely modified. The library has 2 main types of ambiences: interior and exterior.
Montreal is a large North-American cosmopolitan city with a European flavour. Many different ethnicities reside there. The main language is French but English is also omnipresent. The highly varied seasons mark the landscape and influence the moods and energy of the city.
Get Recordings from the amazing Monza Rally Show, a motoring event at the Autodromo di Monza where some of the most famous rally drivers and track racing experts compete in different races:
• The R5 class rally cars
• The WRC 1.6 T.Trophy for WRC 1.6 Turbo rally cars from 2011-2016
• The Historic section for historic rally cars from 1972 to 1990.
The cars are recorded in different track locations to have the best chances to capture the right sound: Corners, straights, chicanes, as well distant and trackside perspectives. There also include pit ambiences with cars revving.
The sounds are recorded with a steady stereo XY setup (2 Sennheiser 8040), together with a Shotgun microphone (Sennheiser 8060), following the cars to capture more focused sounds.
Each file has the suffix “LR” for the XY stereo files and “SG” for the shotgun mono files.
This is a unique mini-library of useful rain loops, recorded in various settings, and with different level of intensity.
Get creative or just use them as is. These sounds are a nice companion to have when creating beds for rainy scenes. Evocative, emotional, rich and subtle.
'Morocco' is a unique collection of 39 sounds recorded at 2 different seasons, winter and summer for Ramadan. Through different part of the country, this library includes:
This collection provides a wide variety of authentic sounds from this beautiful country. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata carefully edited.
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