Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Our sound designers and creative engineers have been on an epic journey across the fields of Rohan to the great Misty Mountains to discover and create the perfect alchemy of Quest Game. An entirely new collection of game ready audio assets for building your own immersive world of fantasy gameplay, action and adventure.
In mere moments you’ll be able to muster a hoard of orcs, create the soundscapes of village life or outfit fantasy character actions with ease. With more than 1300 mix and master ready SFX, you are instantly rewarded with a king’s ransom of premium quality AAA game ready audio assets for adding to your project in 96k 24bit, 44.1k 16bit and MP3 formats.
Sound the call of eminent victory with loot crates and treasures chests to reward your players, an empowering allotment of sliding and moving gears and mechanisms, character equipment pickups and placements, menu selects, unlocks, positive rewards and achievements, footstep and foley sound effects on cobblestone road, forest grass, brick walkway, tavern wood floor.
The deep selection of ambient background and nature loops, over an hour of sound by themselves, make this collection a powerful tool for completing your project on time and a certifiable best value. Quest Game – Fantasy Adventure Sound Effects Library is well equipped with undead magic, elemental spell sounds, game action effects like crafting, harvesting, jumps, gear bags, books and scrolls plus scene setting and environmental sounds for haunted crypts, dungeon wind, undead city, royal chambers and elven outpost custom backgrounds.
All nature ambiences recorded on location in Finland, Tennessee and Illinois USA. Over 6 Months in the making.
Quiet Hotels At Night is the first one of themed library series in which you’ll go through night hotels. The package includes 27 stereo tracks with evening and night atmospheres from hotel corridors and rooms. The library is recorded mostly in large hotels in Bulgaria, Sweden and Romania. You will hear a variety of quiet atmospheres from empty corridors and rooms, air conditioners, bathrooms, an empty lobby bar with working refrigerators, to low activity from neighbouring rooms and backgrounds, screaming from a distant room, etc. Room tones and ambiеnces are suitable background for any audiovisual projects.
All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer
Gear used: Sound Devices 633. Neumann KM184 stereo set, Sennheiser MKH8020 stereo set
Enjoy your stay at the Night Hotel.
In films and documentaries there are often images of people in spaces speaking to other people, who are listening attentively.
The recordings of the person doing the talking are pristine from the set. The recordings of the rest of the room don’t exist. Room tones of empty spaces don’t possess movement and life that your soundtracks require for these situations.
Quiet Spaces is a collection of recordings of people gathered in rooms of various sizes and not talking
Libraries are a natural place to capture these environments, and so a high quality stealth kit made from a pair of Sanken CUB 01s discreetly placed from a backpack onto empty tables in various libraries. We also got access to a university campus right at the end of finals week where we recorded out in the open with a pair of MKH50s in ORTF. We captured an entire class taking a test, as well as various other lightly and sparsely populated spaces in and around campus.
The end result is a beautiful set of recordings of quiet spaces that are still filled with texture and movement.
Available in two versions:
A slight breeze, the city rumble, distant people chatters, a bird passing by, crickets chirping, a little rain or snow, the tranquility inside the city is a fragile and magical moment.
City streets are the channels of all the possibles, a heat place for sensorial stimulus connecting people lives and their urban activities throughout the day. Yet when it becomes quiet we still perceive its energy and are able to sense the mood of the moment with serenity.
These recordings were made at ground level with very little editing in order to keep them natural and as close as a human would experience the city on a daily basis. At times, distinct activities can be heard in the distance although the most noisiest events were taken out. Each file is loopable.
Also, every season and weather condition are represented. This library has been thought for the universal need of sonic bed in urban scenes, used as glue or ‘exterior roomtone‘.
This selection is the result of 15 months of recording throughout the multicultural city of Montreal (considered the most European City in North-America). The mix of culture in this city gives it a universal flavor that makes it belongs to the citizen of the 21st Century world.
The library contains 60 Stereo ambience and 27 Surround ambience recordings. Each sound files are between 1 to 5 minutes long. The surround recordings are embedded in an interleaved wav files of 4 channels (quad).
RAIN features various kind of RAIN AMBIENCES and EFFECTS from different parts of CITIES and FORESTS.
In the forests, you’ll find sounds of RAIN FALLING ON DIRT, LEAVES and more.
In addition to the sounds of CARS PASSING BY and RAINY TRAFFIC in cities, you’ll also find RAIN COMING OUT FROM PIPES, HITTING THE ASPHALT and various kinds of RAIN POURING ON ROOFS such as PORCHES and LARGE PARKING LOTS and more.
Recorded @ 24bit 96kHz with ortf, spaced omni, XY and carefully edited.
The Rain & Thunder sound library features 53 files covering different types of rain, from light showers to heavy falls. Files were recorded in different locations, like open space, forest, under the plastic or metal roofs and some experiments like rain recorded inside metal grill or bucket. There are also few thunder recordings, mostly subtle and long ones. It’s 5.31 GB 96kHz pack with total length of 162 minutes.
It’s raining today, wherever you are, in the house or in the garden, you will be surrounded by bad weather.
Do you want to add some tension with thunder sound effects? Are you looking for immersive rain? Do you need perfect loops of rain in your game?
'Rain and Thunder' is a collection of high-quality sounds recorded over a timespan of several years at different locations with a Mid-Side and XY rig. This sound pack contains variations of rain: soft, hard, under metal, under plastic, on top of plastic, and with and without thunder rumble.
This pack is guaranteed to immerse the listener with the pattering drips of water and the roaring thunder!
All sounds included are tagged with metadata (keywords and description) for use in Soundminer/Basehead, etc.
Enjoy hearing rain recorded on several surfaces from a household perspective in San Francisco. Concrete, dirt, plastic, etc. Loops included as well. Also, heavy and light creeks recorded from several distances in Lake Tahoe.
Equipment used for these recordings was a Sound Devices 702 recorder along with DPA 4006 and Sennheiser 418s microphones.
Rain City is a HQ sound effects library featuring 84 recordings captured on various indoor and outdoor locations, in peaceful urban environments.
You will find various types and intensities of rainfall, from subtle drizzle on tile rooftops and construction sites, to after-hours heavy rain on the city streets and downpours against car windows, Plexiglas rooftop panels, umbrellas and more.
RAIN DESIGNER is all about (you guessed it) rain. It’s a library like no other and here’s why:
RD allows you to design high quality, dynamic rain sfx/ambiences that won’t end up sounding like a wall of noise.
It gives you full control over the sound – control wetness, drippiness, background noisiness, proximity, surfaces and more.
It’s perfect for adding more detail, sense of proximity to close up or ground level shots, enhancing rain field recordings, design complex rain soundscapes, implementing dynamic rain in FMOD/WWISE and more.
Collection consists of three main categories:
CONSTRUCTION-KIT 96/24 (104 SFX)
Heart of the library. 104 high quality sound beds to design and tailor rain sounds that you need for your project
Construction Kit consists of:
14 carefully extracted from real world recordings rain backgrounds and noises
4 synthesized white-noisy sweeps and beds
86 surfaces: rain drops on metal, plastic, water, iron plates, skylight windows, glass, between glass panels, fabrics, tarps,
muffled drops, drizzle drops, fine drops, water movements and more.
DESIGNED LOOPS 96/24 (24 SFX)
24 high quality, seamlessly looping, designed ambiences perfect for quick spotting.
SOURCE CONSTRUCTION-KIT 192/24 (268 SFX)
268 high quality source files recorded with DPA4060 and MKH8040.
Single drips, multiple drips, water trickles and more.
96-192KHZ 24BIT version (396 SFX/7.09 GB)
44.1KHZ 16BIT version for Unreal Engine (396 SFX/2.07 GB)
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Sennheiser MKH8060 + ATE208 + DPA4060, PCM D100
EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: RX, Pro Tools, Brufri, DMGAudio, Sound Particles
RAIN IN THE CITY features 41 HD 24bit/96khz Sound Effects with a large assortment of rains, drippings, gutters, traffic, streams and other water movements. Recorded during Los Angeles's heavy El Nino Weather storms in 2015. All new and original recordings.
'Rain in the City' has 70 files and more than 3 hours of recordings of light rain and storms in the city. This collection includes both indoor and outdoor ambience recordings from the 9th floor of a city building, within a vehicle, and on the street. There are also recordings of rain drops from the roof and drip cap, as well as rare recordings of a hail shower, flowing rain water through drain pipes and storm drains, and rain onto umbrellas, a car, and metal surfaces.
• Neumann 185 MT stereo matched microphone pair with Sound Devices 702 recorder
Get the sound of rain – recorded from an interior perspective.
This library contains various types and intensities of rain, from soft dripping to downpour, and the files are long enough to cover the rainbursts from start to end. Most of the files are also easily loopable.
Some of the sounds are recorded with closed windows for a realistic indoor perspective. In other takes a window is left ajar to enhance the sound of the rain outside and four files gives you an exterior perspective from a porch.
Locations covered: two greenhouses, two cars, a privy, a shed, a boathouse, a variety of rooms and roof materials.
Thunders, rain and storms are great natural recordings, and this library features a wide view of Spanish storms! The sounds include electrical thunders, rain storms, close thunders and more, recorded since 2009 in Spain.
All the files have metadata embedded for great Soundminer type programs. They both include Spanish and English descriptions.
Spanning five years of meticulous field recordings “Rain, Rivers & Waves” gets you nearly 8 GB of pristine water sounds in all shapes and sizes.
The collection includes 97 files recorded in stereo at 96 kHz.
The library delivers around 4 hours of tropical rains, urban storms, shallow streams, large roaring rivers, gentle lapping, heavy surf waves and much more!
We hope this collection will be of great value to anybody looking for outstanding water sounds.
As usual, all our sounds are meticulously recorded, edited with patience and mastered with love.
Get the sounds of rally cars competing in the world championships. Pack of very fast speed passbys through the turns. Two general locations and additional recordings further away.
Race to the summit! A collection of impressive WRC sport car passbys in three different distances. Close, further and two bonus far sounds, also usable as ambiences. Recordings are not “whoosh” type – the microphones typically follow the cars. It is easy to pan customization or make it more spatial. Recorded at the popular Czech event Rally Bohemia.
This library includes 123 sounds, recorded at rally service areas and the race track. Pass bys, idles, revvings and other car engine sounds.
This sound library is the ultimate achievement of a really ambitious project of recording winds from very remote places across the world.
Included are authentic recordings from the Boreal region (North hemisphere: in Canada and Iceland), from the Austral region (South hemisphere: Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the Last Hope province in Chile), on Islands in Mediterranean region (Thira in Greece), in the Sahara desert (Marocco), Isle-aux-Grues (Canadian winter), and more (see file list for more details)
Included is a set of useful synthesized, tonal, and designed winds.
The sounds are categorized into 3 folders: Designed, Indoor & Outdoor.
Recorded in Eastern Oregon’s Great Basin and High Desert Region – classic sounds of the American West, forest or desert.
These tracks are stripped highlights from the hundreds of hours of field recordings I use to make my films. A number of them include the birds fluttering and making deep natural calls right next to the recorder – about as close as you can hope to get of birds in the wild.
Not looking for eerie, creepy, glitchy, droney, moody, cinematic, terrific, dark or bright roomtones? You just need regular roomtones to mix with dialogue and/or to fill in a scene? Regular Roomtones provides just that; regular boring ass roomtones, meticulously edited to loop seamlessly!
The roomtones have been collected over a few years, recorded in different locations wherever I happened to be that day. The filenames have the recording location in them, but the sounds can, of course, be used for other locations as well.
The files have been normalized to be between 35-40 LUFS and will in most cases need to be turned down in volume. The files are 24 Bit and 48 kHz, some mono some stereo, all of them with embedded metadata.
This collection of sounds include a variety of ambiences, drones, and room tones recorded during a relaxing SPA day in Zamora, Spain. 17 tracks recorded in different spaces (Dressing Rooms, Jacuzzi, Sauna, etc) . Room Tones, Drones and Ambiences recorded and edited for audio atmos designers. SURROUND, DMS and ST VERSIONS INCLUDED, and all the files have metadata embedded for Soundminer and similar programs. They both include Spanish and English descriptions.
In Residential Ambiences you will get the sounds of 15 different recordings of residential atmospheres with a duration of 10 minutes each so there’s no need to loop.
Recordings have been done during five different periods of a day. Each one includes three versions:
Recordings feature sounds such as dozens of birds singing in the early morning, dove calls in the morning as the same time traffic gets noisier, human activities in the background in the afternoon distant traffic and voices in the evening, and sirens wailing in distance at night.
Some of the birds included are: doves, sparrows, crows, a cock, woodpeckers, blackcaps, magpies, and pigeons.
Since some of the files are extremely quiet (mainly in the evening and at night), descriptive markers have been included to highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in separate folder.
All files have been recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit with Soundminer and BWAV embedded metadata.
RESIDENTIAL SEAGULLS features 18 stereo tracks of seagulls in a residential area. All recordings have been taken from backyards where the city noise is very close to zero.
As usual, all files come in 24 bit and 96 kHz, with Soundminer embedded metadata.
Following Residential Ambiences approach, RESIDENTIAL WINTER – Ambisonics brings you 15 ambisonic residential atmospheres recorded during different times of a day in winter: early morning, morning, afternoon, evening and night.
In these recordings you will hear birds chirping, traffic, sirens wailing in distance, dogs barking, cats meowing and rooster calls. Recording done at night and in the early morning are very quite due to the absence of traffic.
Recordings have been done with a Sennheiser Ambeo + Zoom F8. All files are in 96 kHz/24 bit and meta-tagged.
This Ambisonics sound effects library contains the original recordings in A-Format (no processing whatsoever) and in B-format (AmbiX). By using Harpex, 5.1 (LRCLfeLsRs) and stereo (ORTF) mixdowns have been also added. Note that the Lfe channel is mute. It hasn’t been removed to follow the SMPTE path order.
The Ambisonics version contains all the formats. Stereo version only includes the stereo files.
Soundcloud demo plays the stereo version.
“Restaurant Ambiences” is the first package of a series of libraries that include ambiences from different places in restaurants. Most of this pack was stealth-recorded.
Here you will find atmospheres recorded during trips in Bulgaria and Germany, so you may find Bulgarian or German speech. This package includes a variety of ambiences, which are recorded at different times of the day and at various places in restaurants.
You will find noisy crowds in the restaurant’s garden during dinner, a typical atmosphere of a large German restaurant (beer house), a small café, a kitchen in a small restaurant (during lunch preparation), kitchen room tones, warehouses, etc.
Gear used: Neumann KM184 stereo set in ORTF and XY Configuration, Zoom H6, Zoom H4. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer
A 1960’s styled bicycle riding around at a leisurely pace, wobbling to stay straight, walking along the sidewalk or being handled and chucked to the curb. Squeaky brakes, loud gears, and clumsy metal give this bike nostalgic character.
Lacking clean constant room tones for post production work? This library delivers more than 4 hours of professionally recorded room tones from empty office rooms, basements, staircases, corridors to more exotic locations such as a sauna.
Recordings are 5 minutes long, clean and do not include any environmental details and can be used in wide range of productions.
A perfect addition for post production company or freelance sound designer sound effect library.
Attic • Bathroom • Boiler Room • Bomb Shelter • Central Heating Room • Changing Room • Cocktail Bar • Cold Room • Conference room • Drying Room • Electrical Room • Factory • Hydraulic Elevator • Kitchen • Lobby • Monitoring Room • Network Room • Office Corridor • Office Room • Office Stairway • Parking Garage • Power Supply Center • Server Room • Small Kitchen • Small Shower • Small Winter Storage Room • Staircase • Stairwell • Storage Room • Toilet
This library was recorded in different locations. The main one is the woods to record the detail of the mountain bicycles when riding. Other locations were on asphalt roads, to obtain the delicious sound of the wheels and chain spinning and drifting.
The library was recorded in mono and stereo depending on the perspective of the rider.
River Estuary is a series of recordings centred around the River Deben estuary in Suffolk, an area famous for its natural beauty and wildlife. It is a treasure trove of sounds that capture the ambience of this serene environment, with a focus on the wading bird calls that give the estuary its unique sonic character.
The library was mostly recorded on a boat stationed in Woodbridge in the late winter of 2018 with private access to the boatyard, allowing me to record safely over night. I continued the recordings up until late summer, making trips to other areas along the Deben in between. I was also granted permission to record on the privately owned Sutton Hoo side of the Deben, another of Suffolk’s areas of outstanding historical significance and beauty, equally full of life but further away from the rumbling traffic and human life coming from the town.
It includes the sounds of curlews, oystercatchers, redshanks, geese, swans, ducks and various other wading bird calls, as well as general ambience recordings of the area at high tide and low tide and all hours of the day. The night calls that echo over the expanse of the river at low tide are particularly evocative.
The library was recorded entirely in 24bit/96k with a double Mid/Side rig consisting of Sennheiser MKH60/30 and 8040 mics, encoded to 5.1 Wav. A stereo option is also available at a lower price. As a bonus there is a collection of bird call spot FX taken from the recordings with noise reduction applied, for those who may need to add individual wading bird calls to their ambience.
River Flows: Over & Under library brings running river sounds, captured over and under the surface. It features 80 HQ audio files, ranging from cascading waterfalls to running rivers and babbling brooks and creeks. The total duration of the collection is 4 hours with the majority of the recordings captured during wintertime, which makes them uniquely free from any bird and insect audio backdrop.
Overall, the collection caters to projects that require environmental sounds of flowing, emerging/submerging bodies of water as well as underwater ambiences.
COMPLIMENTARY SOUNDS INCLUDED
And what a bonus! We included 20 designed sounds of otherworldly, evolving aquatic ambiences, designed using our source recordings of River Flows library. We passed them through Pitch Shifters, Filtering, Eqs and Sculpting effects like Reformer by Krotos, Granular Synthesis Plugin by The Mangle, and the 3D Audio Software, Sound Particles.
This library comes along with 15 Soundminer Metadata fields, such as description, keywords, category/sub-category, microphone specifications, and more.
With the warm weather of spring comes this sound pack full of moving water sound effects. From the gentle babble of a brook to the rushing speed of a waterfall to the soft trickle of a nearby stream, this pack is designed to add realism and movement to your next project.
Recorded in a variety of provincial parks around beautiful British Columbia, Canada, all sounds were recorded in 5 minute takes, then edited down to 3 minute loopable stereo files. Extreme care was taken into isolating all recordings from the surrounding environment, all while capturing a natural and lifelike sample of the snow melt and other natural water sources.
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