Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
In this collection, get the blustery sounds of High Desert Winds 1 recorded in the resonant mountains of west Texas. This library includes sounds of the mountain ridge tops of the David Mountains with 15-50 mph gale force gusts, low whistling drones, breezes through pinyon pines, mesquite and much more. There are also seasonal recordings with leafy gusts, pouring rain, broad spectrum wind through winter grass, and crickets at night braving the weather. If you need sounds of the blustery wide open American Southwest, this is the library to check out.
2% for the Planet:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• 80% bird and insect free
• High altitude desert wind: 6000 ft. average elevation
• Turbulent gale-force gusts ranging from 15-50 mph
• Mountain ridge tops
• Indoor window perspectives
• Dead winter and spring grass
• Pinyon Pine
• Scratching Mesquite
• Bats above 20kHz
• Locations: Davis Mountains, Texas
*Bowed metal sounds in demo not included
In the second installment of the High Desert Winds Series, get the blustery sounds of High Desert Winds 2 recorded in the resonant mountains of West Texas. This library was recorded during a massive two-day wind storm with gusts up 75 mph! These extreme winds rattled and shook the house in wonderful ways. The creaking and groaning windows, doors, and walls were vibrating so much that I could record wind for the first time using a contact microphone! There are also recordings of leaf vortexes, sand blasts, tarps popping, umbrella destruction, and much more. If you need the sounds of a stunning desert storm to complement the recordings in High Desert Winds 1, this is the library to check out.
2% FOR THE PLANET:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• 90% bird and insect free
• Turbulent hurricane-force gusts ranging from 20-75 mph
• Droning and singing wind whistles
• Open plastic bottle and wine bottle wind whistles
• Mountain ridge top wind
• Desert grass, scrub oak, and pinyon pine wind
• Indoor ORTF perspectives: adobe house, wooden storage shed, and mid-sized truck
• Indoor contact mic perspectives: chimneys, windows, doors, and walls
• Plastic tarps and umbrellas whipping in 50-75 mph winds
• Locations: Davis Mountains, Texas
• Named markers included in each file to help find interesting events. Starting in Soundminer 4.5Pro_v252 you can now read text markers from within Soundminer!
• Marker text included in the Soundminer Description and BWAV description fields.
This is a collection of location foley sounds (anything we could find that makes sound) recorded over 3-year period in authentic historical houses and barns.
This includes 1700s peasant village houses, 1700s manor, 1850s farm, 1900s manor and 1930s cottage. These are recorded for film projects so they have the right cinematic feel, dynamic and variation.
The houses were full of period props, so the recordings are rich and have lots of details that take you to the right time and feel.
The library weighs in at more than 20 GB total, and features 5000+ sounds & 10 hours of recordings in 347 files.
Welcome to the Hong Kong Ambience sound effects library (1 hour and 15 minutes long, 1.6gb compressed .rar file, 2.4gb Uncompressed). This package contains sounds of what the Cantonese people hear during their daily commutes and can be used for common Asian scenes, China Town scenes, etc. All 18 ready to use and loop-able stereo wave files were captured in 24 Bit, 96 kHz (each in 3, 4, or 5 minutes long), and include metadata.
All the horror-related sound effects libraries in one huge bundle. That’s 15 libraries featuring all kinds of scary, shocking and gory sound effects. Build eerie to hard stopping atmospheres with the “ANGST | Surrounding Horror Soundscapes” – Series. Create terrifying stingers, shockers and transitions with “Just Transitions | Creepy Trailers”, the squeaking and scraping “Just Metal” libraries, Just Chains and “Unsettling Creaks & Squeaks. Get the audience fully immersed into brutal splatter scenes with “Just Gore” and its add-on “Just More Gore” and finally give any monstrous monster, crawling creature or frightened, despaired or dying human a voice with the three “Screams & Shouts” libraries.
If you're after hospital sounds, here's a beautiful suite of surround sound hospital ambiences.
Access to hospitals can be tricky. Credentials are required, and different rules must be followed for every step one takes deeper into the building. It's not as simple as just grabbing a rig and walking in the front door.
Our hospital ambiences were recorded during one extensive day long shoot where we were granted access to one of the nation's top medical campuses. There are surprisingly few “hospital machines” making beeping noises at any given location within the building, which gives these sounds the flexibility to be used in any large institutional building.
Each location was recorded in dual MS and decoded using the excellent Schoeps double MS decoding tool.
The end result is an immersive set of recordings that show off the reality of what a hospital really does sound like. Pick up a copy and cover your hospital scenes the right way.
Two versions are available:
This library features atmospheres from all aspects of children’s, private and public hospitals. Locations include entrance halls, hallways, wards, wings, emergency departments, waiting rooms, receptions and nurse stations.
All sounds were recorded using DPA 4060’s and Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6.
This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of hospital recordings.
Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of entrance halls, hallways, wards, wings, emergency departments, waiting rooms, receptions and nurse stations from private and public hospitals.
There’s nothing better than a nice long soak in a Jacuzzi hot tub… This library will instantly place you right in the middle of a beautiful oasis of warm bubbling water and massaging bubble jets. All sounds are cut into perfectly seamless loops and provided in both .wav and .mp3 to make your use of this library as easy as a trip to the spa!
These loops make it easy to drop the files into any game development software or to easily support props in a film/tv project.
Music is only heard in the demo, not in the actual footage.
Other libraries that pair well:
1000 Winds Project (Farts.) [The Original]
Everyone farts… and some people do it in the hot tub! CAUTION: This library contains the HIGHEST resolution fart winds that exist on this side of the internet… Well, let’s be real, all sides of the internet!
Chicago – Environmental & Transportation Ambiences
Depending on the needs of your project, you might just find that you need additional environmental ambiences, which are covered in this library! Recorded in high resolution, this library will put you right in the virtual seat of the city of neighborhoods!
PWC – Jet Ski – Sea Doo | Volume 1 & 2
More sounds in the world of water! Ultra-high resolution Sea Doo recordings utilizing on-board microphone techniques, from multiple perspectives (driver perspective (mid-side, exhaust perspective & engine perspective).
House Tones by Badlands Sound features 57 two minute seamless loopable roomtones totaling of almost two hours of different room tones found in a home including Bathrooms, Basements, Bedrooms, Closets, Garages, Home Offices, Laundry Rooms, Kitchens, Living Rooms, Showers, and Utility Room.
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 house or apartment room tones then this library is for you. All files in this product have great file names and metadata with descriptive words with no number lists.
‘Household Water’ by Badlands Sound includes 86 high-quality water sounds found throughout the home that will be great for your projects. Hear the flowing sounds of water from kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, small and large fountains, drains, and much more.
This library was recorded by Sound Devices 702t with a RODE NTG3 microphone in 96k / 24bit.
Household is a collection of over 400 high definition production elements in and around the house.
From doorbells and drawers to slidedoors and creaking doors.
All sounds are Soundminer metadata embedded.
Howling Winds – Interior is 1.4 GB of high-velocity air molecules in 42 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz stereo – from an interior perspective.
It is a collection of highly expressive, sometimes vocal, sometimes violent gusts of wind, squalls of rain and sleet – as heard from within the safety of a home.
• Howling, moaning, whistling wind sounds
• Roofs and windows pummeled with rain and sleet
• Bad weather in an urban setting
Huge hydraulic lift working hard.
metall impacts / clanks / servo motor / jammed / hydraulic burst
26 Tracks / 2ch / 5 mins / 96kHz 24Bit / Metadata
This album is a recording of a huge hydraulic lift in my garage that is made to lift 4 cars with up to 8 tons of weight. Recorded with an Olympus field recorder that has a omnidirectional polar pattern center mic for more bass. ;) Except for a little bit of editing and a little bit of leveling here an there the recordings are not processed.
Human Africa is a collection of authentic ambiences recorded in rural and urban locations across various countries in Africa.
The library covers a wide range of settings, from urban idyllic countryside ambiences and conversations in various languages to traffic and skyline soundscapes. Each file is carefully meta-tagged with location, time of day and language (if present) information.
Hurricane Winds features some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area in many, many years. Both both interior and exterior recordings are included.
In hindsight, it's been crazy and stupid to be recording at some of these locations, but here they are – three years of unique storm recordings.
• 21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from a yachting and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it flies through rigging, wires, masts etc. Plastic covers, structure, flags moving.
• 6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
• 2 tracks of storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
• 9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.
Hvac Drones & Tones gets you the noisy insides of hotel rooms, bathrooms and much more; recordings of large ventilation and filter units, cooling compressors and whining fans.
Some of the sounds are completely pristine and unprocessed, while others have been tampered with to reveal hidden qualities. This collection contains both noir and noise!
HYDRO CONTACT brings you 273 audio files recorded with a contact mic and a hydrophone over the course of a year, in order to get you covered for any kind of underwater scene, in the outer space, for pitch shifting, time stretching or to add a weird tone to your soundscape.
Recorded at 96 kHz and 24 bits, this collection provides underwater motion, waves, bubbles, impacts, hits, hums, buzzes, car foley, rumbles, bouncing, dripping water, dragging items, blasts, switches, engines, underwater screams, exotic musical instruments and many more sounds, ideal to take your sound design imagination a step further.
All files are metadata tagged and named.
The Hydrophone underwater sound effects library gets you a rich collection of water sound effects, captured with a DPA 8011 hydrophone.
It delivers you everything from bubbly underwater sounds, fizzes, droplets, dragging sounds, crab walking (!), underwater footsteps, bathtub drains, waves, splashes – and even an underwater scream.
Need crunchy, creaking, crackling sounds of ice cubes? This library delivers 98 sounds of ice creaking, ice cubes clinking and squeaking, ice moving, melting ice, and many other really cold sound effects in 24bit / 96 kHz quality.
An ice hockey game is an exciting, dynamic and powerful sonic experience. From the thunderous crack of a puck hitting the boards at full speed to the gentle scrape of a stick on the ice, this library contains a complete range of the game’s on ice sounds, all captured with natural reverb in an indoor arena.
Included are a range of performances of skate, stick, puck, and whistle sounds, as well as rink door opens and closes, and various board, glass, and ice impacts.
The skate sounds include starts, stops, turns, and pass bys, as well as single steps and scrapes for detailed editing and layering. Stick sounds include different kinds of shots, passes, drops and scrapes, and impacts with other sticks, the boards, and the ice. Puck sounds include impacts with the ice, boards, skates, the goal metal and net, and even goalie pads. Rink sounds include the opening and closing of doors, impacts with the boards and glass, and a goal horn. Two different types of whistles were recorded, with varying durations.
Each sound effect performance was recorded from multiple perspectives – a stereo ORTF pair of Lewitt LCT 540s microphones, a closer wide XY from an Audio Technica BP4025, and a close mono Schoeps CMC6/MK41 – either stationary or following the action on a boom, depending on the type of sound. The ratio of direct to reverberant sound differs between these perspectives, offering a variety of options when editing to picture.
Also included are quad-channel room tones from two different ice rinks, and a special onboard recording of a puck, made by taping a Sony PCM-M10 to a puck and sliding it across the surface of the ice.
The actions were performed at a range of speeds and energy levels, with multiple takes for variety. Please refer to the sound list pdf below for details. Captured at a sampling rate of 96kHz, these recordings contain detailed information above 20kHz, expanding the possibilities for manipulation when slowing and pitching them down.
‘Ice Skating’ is a very comprehensive library of 1000 audio files from the realm of ice skating.
It encompasses a broad variety of sounds using different skating techniques and features many ice skating activities such as hockey games, figure skating, free skating and more.
Most of the recordings have been made in an outdoor setting to reduce reverberations.
Almost all of the sounds were recorded using a M/S technique with AKG C-414 and Rode Nt5, and Sound Devices mixPre.
This library presents unique focused sounds that have been edited meticulously making them easier to integrate in any audiovisual project or interactive program.
The rare distinctive quality of these recordings also allows them to be a base for
any sound experimentation through a creative process; and can be layered with other sounds or treated in order to produce interesting sound design.
A couple of Ambiences are also included in the library. These are ORTF stereo recordings of outdoors/indoors skating.
Like every other sound library from Articulated Sounds, the files are embedded with metadatas (Soundminer/iXML/XMP/BWAV/ID3).
A collection of 206 ice tension, creaking, and breaking sounds, recorded in a dense pine tree forest in Sweden.
• Very long tension creaking sounds
• Multiple breaking sounds
• Ice impacts on ice
• Ice impacts into ice water
Icy Snow 2 HD is a followup to Icy Snow HD. This collection contains even more icy snow cracks, impacts, scrapes, debris and footsteps. The weather produced a foot of snow covered in a 1/2 inch of ice. Pretty unique sounds! And it comes in two formats: “Individual Clips” & “Consolidated Tracks”.
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