Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
This clean, stereo nature recording beautifully captures the tranquility of a typical British summer thunderstorm from the moment the birds stop singing as the first spots of rain roll in, to their re-emergence as the storm passes.
Recorded in the heart of rural Norfolk, England.
Get the sound of silence. The roomtones are captured in surround, spread them across your speakers and each room will sound more realistic than ever. Get all benefits of Ambisonics, especially for those kinds of sounds.
ROOM TONES – Industrial Building delivers hugely atmospheric ambience recordings gathered in an '80s Industrial Building in the east of Dresden, Germany.
The library sounds were captured with a 4 channel 60 cm IRT cross and 4 Sennheiser MKH8020 omnis mounted. The recordings took place on a stormy and rainy Sunday. Due to the blank surfaces inside the building, thin single-glass windows and large air shafts, the weather elements got massively amplified by walls and floors.
Additionally the rain water pipes are placed inside the building which caused a constant sound of flowing water. Also the sound of the central heating was clearly perceptible along the floors.
The library contains 19 scenes recorded in 4-channel IRT surround. Each scene consists of 2 complementing stereo tracks and is more than 3 minutes long.
Office Building features the ambiences one can hear sometimes around midnight or in the early morning hours.
During these times employees are usually at home and only service staffs are around so that the building can unfold its own sounds of ventilations, elevators and wind that blows through tilted windows. Automatic switches occasionally ignite neon lights along the floors or elevator doors open from out of nowhere.
The library contains 79 files in 5 categories: DOORS, ELEVATORS, NEON LIGHTS, ROOM TONES plus several takes from the building´s EXTERIOR surroundings.
All files are meticulously meta-tagged and seamlessly integrate into sound managing apps like Soundly, Soundminer or any other app that can read Broadcast WAVs.
Room Tones and Quiet Places features 40 HD 24bit / 96khz sound effects with a large selection of empty rooms and quiet places. Locations include car washes, computer rooms, offices, subways, train stations, laundromats and more. Most ambiences are 2-3 minutes in length.
Our second entry of our brand-new sound effect series 3D SURROUND is here: ROOM TONES EUROPE. This library offers an enormous variety of different room ambiences. From busy transportation areas, malls and warehouses over congress centers and green houses to swimming pools and public libraries. ROOM TONES EUROPE covers all different scenarios you could possibly need, delivered fully surround with unprecedented precision, spatial impression and clarity. Undoubtedly, this can be easily used in stereo productions as well. Either chose the angle yourself or use the stereo version (included in 3D SURROUND).
CLEAN AND PRODUCTION READY
ROOM TONES EUROPE is a highly versatile ambience library that smoothly adapts to virtually any application.
It offers a large selection of generic ambiences to blend into many different contexts as well as specifically recognizable locations delivered with maximum authenticity.
FRAME YOUR SCENE
Ambiences are an excellent tool to establish the mood of a scene, level, or location. With ROOM TONES EUROPE, this becomes a simple and rewarding task: Choose from the over 98GB large pool of well categorized ambiences available.
From ultra-silent to lively, confined to wide open, dry and close to reverberant – everything delivered in an immersive 3D audio format that’s also backward compatible.
To increase your mileage with the library even further, the average sound is 3-7 minutes long.
INCLUDING STEREO VERSION
In addition to the ORTF-3D files, the 3D SURROUND edition also contains all files in 2.0 stereo for your convenience to save time on unnecessary conversions. Instead, you can instantly use these great new sounds for all your projects that don’t require surround sound.
Files: 119 • Size: 19+ GB • Format: WAV – 24bit – 96kHz
125 pristine roomtones from locations including offices, universities, schools, apartments, hotels, laboratories, bathrooms, stairwells & garages. Unwanted background sounds have been removed through the use of Izotope Spectral Repair, resulting in a wide variety of refined roomtones. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser 8020s.
Rural Australia is a library that gets you the best material from recording sessions in regional New South Wales. It features a mix of nature ambiences, animal recordings and a bit of Foley to boot. The sound of insects at night, birds singing, spurs jangling, cows braying, male horses in heat and more – it’s all here in one package.
This library consists of countryside sounds captured in the summertime. Recorded in Quadro and Stereo. There are sounds of a village and sounds of nature without human influence.
Recording gear: Sounddevices 744t, Schoeps MS set, Nevaton QUAD MC 50, Oktava MC-012 Double-MS set
Articulated presents the result of several months investigation in the realm of rustling matters:
A toolkit to create presence, reality but also interesting textures and silences.
Light breeze and heavy wind gusts were recorded on many locations: in forests, near shrubs, tall grass, corn fields, and in streets. Leaves were captured fluttering on branches but also whirling and dancing on the ground.
Great amount of variations: Leaves of all shapes (needles, compound, single, broadleaf, dry, twigs, branches,…), and various materials such as plastic, paper, fabric, dirt were recorded.
All of which through various interactions such as shuffle, shake, rub, brush, hit, fiddle, whip, and whoosh.
• Windy foliage in trees
• leaves dancing on the ground
• plants interactions & movements
• shuffling, shaking, brushing, rubbing, hitting, swooshing
• all kinds of leaves shape and many types of vegetation such as grass, broadleaf branch, reeds, maple twigs, bamboos, needles, dry leaves, twigs, straws
• additional texture that can help extend the sonic palette of rustling noises such as plastics, papers, metals, glass, pebbles, dirt, fabric, leather
This SFX library gets you the sounds of the remote San Antonio creek located in the Angeles National Forest – 32 recordings in total. The creek morphs from almost a trickle at 8,000 feet to a large waterfall below, allowing for a wide range of moving water sounds to be captured.
The hot, humid sound of saunas.
Alongside the sound of the sauna itself, this sound library focuses on the impact of water on the incredibly hot rocks. From small water droplets to large splashes, this library features a large range of steam sound effects.
All sounds were recorded using the Schoeps CCM8/CCM4 mid-side microphone, Sennheiser MKH 8020 stereo pair and Sound Devices 788T.
Mid-Side recordings are presented in their raw, uncoded format as well as decoded stereo files for efficient editing. Recordings have been processed using the Control V2 plugin by Brainworx.
Ambient interior and exterior recordings from Savannah, Georgia – recorded over an 18-month period. It gets you original recordings of sounds like weather, birds and wildlife, oceans, traffic, parks, and much more. More than 2.5 hours of recordings are included from Savannah, Georgia.
From the Moons of Saturn to the internal workings of a warp engine. These ambiances will set the tone for all types of futuristic soundscapes. These textures are blended phase modulations and distant radio waves that will drop right into your DAW and transport you to outer space!
This library is a collection of 60 Sci-Fi atmospheres, all loop seamlessly, which can be used to represent alien worlds, drones ambiences, spacecrafts, futuristic engines, nuclear facilities, celestial spaces, generators, dark elements and from outer space. Mainly inspired by the Alien saga.
Each file has a duration of one minute with subtle changes over time. Ideal sounds to use as a layer in your sound design or for those project where music and sound design are pretty close.
Files have been designed on the basis of two different TVs buzzing, making a total of 32 buzz files, which have also been included in the collection. Calibrated to -24 LUFS. You can experiment with them to create more sounds, or use them as what they are, a TV buzz.
All files come in 96 kHz/24 bit, with a very descriptive metadata, based on what the sounds represent and which kind of feeling and mood they suggest to the listener.
Soundcloud preview includes all the designed sounds.
Sci-Fi Explorations – Vol I features 546 creative sci-fi sound effects, alien textures, ambiences, drones, space cities, deserted crystalline caverns, vast hives of digital insects, distressed metal impacts, abstract user interface sounds, transitions, and more.
Created with synth equipment (Mutable Instruments, Intellijel, Doepfer, Erica Synths, Make Noise, Arturia, Expert Sleepers, 2hp, Ladik) recorded into an Emu E5000Ultra Sampler, then processed digitally using a variety of techniques and high-end effects.
Sci-Fi Explorations – Vol I is an experimental collaboration between Gregor Quendel and ARC Noise.
Professional metadata provided and edited by Kai Paquin.
You can now create the perfect room tone and sound environment for your next sci-fi game, film, and audio productions. Sci-fi World: Colony is an ambience loop library inspired by the human race of award-winning game ‘Starcraft’.
This loop library includes over 119 location-specific ambience loops and loopable layers which gives you the ability to accent your ambiences with sounds like air burst, air leak, wind and more.
• 26 ambiences loops like an alien cave, energy lab, hangar, sub bay & more
• 45 minimal version loops
• 48 loopable layer loops like bio lab, air bursts, wind, air leak
This ambiences pack is the result of a short field recording trip / road trip I made in October 2019 around the beautiful land/soundscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
I decided to go with a LCR + AB setup, as while testing different options I found it to be very versatile and relatively light and small. All mics were mounted inside the Cinela Albert basket for more convenience, allowing me to capture multichannel ambiences ( virtually 5.0 surround ) with a single thing to set up, and perfectly sheltered from wind.
I came across rivers, streams, lochs, waterfalls, lochs, harbours, lochs, quiet forests, reindeers slabs and more lochs.
This ” Mini Ambience Pack ” contains 24 sounds /72 files embedded with full and detailed metadata ( Soundminer, Basehead, iXML ).
This library comprises ambiences recorded from inside a sea shell/conch in various settings as city streets, nature, waves, traffic, walla.
Discover distorted realities from the sea shell, the sounds are filtered, occluded by the natural shell, an organic resonator.
In addition there are few sounds that are created by blowing inside the shell and making a note, which is a traditional Inca instrument (Pututo).
25 stereo files (15 ambiences + 10 Shell Blowing note)
Get the sounds of the sea – captured at different beaches along the Japan coast and the French Normandy coast. Recorded at the marina, pier, harbor, bridges and beaches, the SEASIDE library delivers around 50 minutes of waves, water, seagulls and more. All recordings are AB ORTF stereo, and there’s a mono center added in some cases to deliver a LCR format.
Seaside Nature and Waves is a collection of 48 atmospheres of seashore nature. It is recorded in the Greek part of the Mediterranean Sea and the Bulgarian part of the Black Sea. Inside you will find forest atmospheres abounding from birds and sea songs far in backgrounds to insects and other natural sounds typical of the regions. The second part of the library is assigned to the sea. There you will hear waves that are recorded from different distances and emotional states of the sea. You will feel the power of Mother Nature in the waves breaking up in the rocks and the stormy sea foreshadow an autumn storm.
All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer
Gear used: Sound Devices 633. Neumann KM184 stereo set, Edirol R4pro, Rode NT4, zoom H6
Enjoy the power of Nature
Shanghai is a fascinating and lively city, full of contrast – a mixture of old and new, with towering skyscrapers looming over winding residential lanes, with streets full of rattling old bicycles and electric scooters, with noisy trucks rolling alongside almost silent electric cars.
The elevated highways that cross the city give certain areas a dense, constant rumble, while the city’s many parks offer a range of sounds, full of people and activity during the day, and generally quite empty at night – offering a diffuse, distant sonic perspective of the environment.
This library contains many of the everyday sounds of the city, with a variety of on and off-street recordings, interior and exterior walla, park and bird atmospheres, restaurant interiors, traffic, and even a range of metro recordings. While some of this library’s sounds are quite specific to Shanghai, the majority could be used in other large city environments, particularly in but not limited to those cities where Mandarin is the most common language.
All recordings were made with a pair of Lewitt LCT 540s microphones in an ORTF configuration. These microphones have extremely low self noise and a wide, balanced frequency response, allowing for the detailed capture of a range of sounds, from distant and quiet to close, loud and chaotic, from the deep rumble of engines to the supersonic screeching of brakes. Recorded at a sampling rate of 96kHz, these recordings contain detailed information above 20kHz, expanding the possibilities for sound manipulation by slowing and pitching down the recordings.
Shenzhen is the first ever sound library of the Silicon Valley of China. Jzoo Sound invites you on the first ever audiological journey to the unique locations in Shenzhen that only locals know.
This is a unique collection of sounds captured of various atmospheres at different times of the day. From energetic local farmer’s market, to howling subway tubes, to local middle school performance day, to old alleyways of a forgotten part of town.
The library also contains many rhythmic elements, such as meat chopping, construction hammering, and ominous beeps. Not to mention the echoing Chinese announcements between two schools, and the cacophony of crying and construction in a forgotten alley. I hope this library will even meet your sound design needs, and ultimately show you a local and unique side of China.
All recorded in 24 bit/96 kHz. Some recordings contain detail information above 20khz. The library is passionately described emotive words, and all the recordings are fully tagged with metadatas compatible with Soundminer, Basehead and Soundly.
Gear Used: Roland R26, four channel built-in microphones (OMNI and XY), four channels merged down to a stereo file.
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SampleTraxx is back with SHOCKING SIGNAL, a collection of big screen alarm, disturbed cinematic feedback, ping, distortion and re-amped production elements.
Shocking Signal is all about alerts, notifications, danger, disaster, emergency, panic red alerts, sirens, warnings, static, bad signals, blasts, broken circuits, electrics, glitches, neon, power and anything requiring sophisticated and extreme sound design.
Providing new and experimental sound materials generated using the most cutting-edge digital techniques, this collection is designed to suit the needs of people who want to add something unique to their production.
Dedicated to sound designers, experimental composers, cutting edge electronic music producers, busy post-production facilities, video editors, broadcast radio/TV stations.
Featuring 170+ sound effects with detailed Soundminer metadata in 96/24 HD resolution ready to be fired in your favorite DAW.
This collection includes small to big waves on surfaces such as cliffs, beaches, rocky coasts, tetrapods.
Captured from close, middle, and distant perspectives at the Bousou peninsula, Chiba, Japan.
SHORES island edition features varieties of beaches and cliffs from Oshima island, Japan, and extra harbors & boats are also included.
While calm beaches have relaxing atmospheres, cliffs sound aggressive that like onboard ships. And others like rocky beaches create colorful sounds.
Recorded with ortf, spaced omni, wide A-B and carefully edited.
Shores of Senja is a collection of wave recordings from the second largest island in Norway. We spent three days on Senja and recorded a wide variety of waves on different surfaces. This collection includes small to big waves and surfaces like sandy beaches, pebbles, rocks and cliffsides.
We recorded everything with one cardioid stereo pair and one omni stereo pair for added flexibility and options in the mix. The library features 192kHz/24bit stereo broadcast wave files with embedded metadata, and also includes all files converted to 96kHz/24 bit stereo broadcast wave files with embedded metadata.
Extracted size: 5.27 GB (96kHz files), 10.55 GB (192kHz files)
SILENTSCAPES is a collection of 36 high quality recorded and fully mastered romtoones, ambiences and background sounds.
The sound library contains both indoor and outdoor sounds and the sound editing was done to obtain constant and quiet ambiences.
All sounds can be used as the first and neutral sounding layer of your projects, to give support and consistency to dialogue and sfx tracks. Otherwise they can be used as sound sweeteners for existing background ambiences or sound sources for new sound shaping.
This library delivers a wealth of siren sounds, from police cars, ambulances, fire trucks and more. Features a range of US siren wails and yelps, arrivals, constant wailing and pass-bys, from internal and external perspectives + siren recordings from countries such as Spain, Denmark, Mexico, France and Germany. These sounds are all hand-picked from Sound Ideas General HD and General HD 2 libraries.
A little skateboard recording session of some rolling on surfaces such as Wood, Metal, Concrete and Asphalt. Board manipulations like Wheels spinning, Board impact on the floor, Grinding metal and concrete – and more.
The library contains 114 files of skateboarding sounds.
Each sound has been meticulously edited individually. All files were recorded and are delivered in 24bit 96kHz. Broadcast Wave files, all embedded with metadata information for easy import and to ensure a fast and easy workflow.
A collection of real and gritty skateboard sounds. We recorded these sounds on the streets and not in the studio. Featuring various skateboard riding movement and trick sounds. These sounds are so real, you can hear the bearings squeak.
A superb collection of quiet alpine ski slopes and realistic onboard ski and snowboard recordings. The Alps pistes are known for their great snow and peaceful ambiance.
We captured the calm atmosphere and expressive whooshing and carving on these quiet ski slopes. Recordings range from high speed alpine skiers and distant voices of snowboarders, to a small class, on a variety of pistes. We also recorded onboard the ski lifts and crowds while waiting in line.
More info on how this library came together on our blog.
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