Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Ambient recordings from various industrial sites, including the port of Aarhus with its bulk cargo and container terminals. Most of the sounds are quite generic though, and could be used in many different contexts. Some recordings are teeming with activity, while others feature deserted, yet humming and droning, industrial landscapes. Lots of HVAC with fans and pumps. Containers are moved, gravel is unloaded, engines are running. Very little wind, and hardly any legible speech. A few of the sounds are cut as seamless loops.
Most of the sounds were originally recorded with a Sennheiser MKH60/30 M/S setup. A few sounds appear in both mono and stereo versions, where the stereo version are X/Y derived from the M/S source files and the mono versions are simply the Mid channel. I did this, because most people seem to prefer X/Y files for post-work, rather than M/S – but a down-mix of X/Y to mono would be inferior to using the original Mid-mic signal. 4 of the sounds were recorded with a quasi binaural setup . All sounds were captured in Aarhus, Denmark.
INDUSTRIAL TERROR – Hits & Transitions is a second installment of Industrial Terror series.
It is a collection of dark, distorted, ear-piercing, industrial hits, impacts, crashes and transitions.
IT Hits & Transitions is an expansion pack that focuses in single, sharp hits and transitions rather than evolving, textural impacts and whooshes (as heard in Industrial Terror).
Collection consists of 145 carefully designed and rendered sound effects.
Unique processing of organic field recordings combined with modular processing makes it both grounded in reality and creepy. This collection is a perfect choice for any kind of horror genre.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060 + DPA 4060
CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, Reaktor, EOS2, Discord4, Modular
This library features recordings of a turbine warehouse specializing in refining gasoline. In these recordings you will hear metal lathes, compressors, soldering, and other mechanical movement. This library was recorded at 3 different perspectives.
All sounds in this collection are in stereo 24bit 192khz Broadcast Wave format. Files are in a zip file, which includes a PDF with detailed metadata.
Inland Port is an authentic collection of industrial port recordings, focused on the distinct sounds of giant cranes, alarms, trucks, and the ambience of the container terminal. These were captured at Duisburg, Germany, the largest inland port in Europe, which is normally closed to the public.
Taken in wintertime, these recordings are nearly bird-free. Using Schoeps MK4/MK8 MS microphones and paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder, the files are also embedded with detailed Soundminer Metadata.
Container crane, container terminal ambiences, crane alarms, container impacts, reach stackers, straddle carrier, trucks, cargo trains, shipyard ambiences, distant terminal atmosphere & more
This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of insect recordings.
Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of singular insects and swarms; flies, bees, cicadas, crickets, grass hoppers, dragonflies, beetles, & wasps.
Over 9 hours of interior ambience recordings, from busy shopping malls, underground carparks, markets and stations, to quiet indoor pools, empty basements and room tones.
These recordings were made over a four year period, mainly in locations across Europe, including Malta, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania and Spain.
Stores Markets Malls: From crowded market places to empty shopping malls.
Public Transport: Buses, airplanes, train stations, airports and more.
Restaurants and Cafeterias: Quiet to noisy, with crowd walla and chatter in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German and more.
Room Tones: Empty basements, old houses, offices, city apartments, hotel rooms and more.
Underground Parking: Busy and quiet
Lobby Church Pool: Hotel lobby, large cathedral, small church and indoor swimming pool.
Interesting Interiors is a collection of recordings hand-picked by sound designer and recordist Chris Sweetman from his personal collection. They deliver a selection of interesting beds, ambiences and interior sounds, including both real and surreal sounds to play with.
This collection includes 3 rare recordings of the derelict Star Wars stage at Elstree before its demolition in 1995, as well as large drills from an interior perspective that could be mistaken for huge alarms or horns, an extremely detailed sewer recording, rain falling down an elevator shaft and much more.
Recorded at the Technical University of Denmark and at a big Art Workshop in Copenhagen – in collaboration with sound designer and field recordist Rune Palving. This collection of sounds captures the crowds, both loud and more quiet, and the different rooms, halls, and hallway tones that are speciel to such places.
The Technical University files are all surround files, recorded in double MS and mixed into 5.0 tracks. Recorded in very crowded places, like the dining area, and at the library, but also in more quiet places, like the auditorium wardrobes and in the rest rooms.
The sounds recorded at the art workshop, focus more on the rooms and reverberation found here. The sounds also include, artists working in their own shops, cleaning, writing and painting. All sounds in this collection are stereo.
10 stereo tracks, 96/24. From 3-10 minutes long. 2.1 GB
Equipment used: Sounddevices 702, 744, Mixpre, Sennheiser Mkh8040/Mkh30/Mkh8040
Islamic prayer is a unique collection of 22 sounds related to muslim religion recorded through Maghreb and Middle-East over years.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
Some of these sounds are already included in the following libraries: Morocco, Turkey and Jordan.
This audio library brings 29 crowd ambiences from several interesting places in Israel: the Jerusalem Western Wall and Holy Sepulcher, Tel Aviv’s traditional Carmel market, streets and parks, beaches and villages, and more. Recorded in May.
• 29 diverse Hebrew and international speaking crowd ambiences
• recorded with a Sony PCM-D100
• 96 kHz / 24 bit high resolution
• each track lasts for 3-6 minutes
• exclusively on A Sound Effect
Istanbul Ambiences delivers an extensive collection of sounds from Istanbul, Turkey.
Locations include many areas of the Great Bazaar, the tram station, the harbor, the railway station, the hippodrome, many different neighborhoods and streets, The Blue Mosque courtyard, the gold stock exchange, hotels, workshops, the spice bazaar, open markets, quiet streets, and much more.
166 recordings are included for more than 5 hours of authentic, atmospheric ambiences from Istanbul in total!
Get the true sounds of Italy in this authentic collection.
The Italian Ambiences sound effects library features recordings from places such as an Italian airport, bar, beach, city ambiences, crowd, countryside, market, pub, school, residential area, supermarket, train station, marina, museum, office, restaurant, tavern, village and many more.
Also includes a great collection of recordings from the historic city of Venice, Italy – excellent for old-city atmospheres. In total, more than 4.5 hours of atmospheric Italian recordings and ambiences are included.
The provided collection features over 1 hour of ambient recordings in Northern Italy, in the Trentino, Veneto, Lombardia, Piemonte, and Liguria regions and include cities, country sides, mountains, grape fields, national parks, roomtones, crowds, mornings/days/afternoon and nights. Also noted is some city ambiences and crowds are void of traffic noise as some city laws forbid traffic, they are clean and isolated calm and quiet crowds.
They are stereo recordings in decoded MS and XY. All files are mastered the same, in Protools HD, and are monitored through a phase scope to keep the files phase coherent, and edited to be M&E friendly.
Get the voices of Italy in this library, covering Italians in the streets, at concerts, amusement parks, schools, markets, at home and more – it even covers chanting at a gladiator fight at the Colosseum. Features men, women and children – solo and in crowds of various sizes.
A collection of authentic recordings from churches, ceremonies and processions, recorded in Italy. A total of 60 minutes of ambiences are included.
This is a collection of authentic sounds from sporting events, captured in Italy.
The Italian Sports library comes with everything from soccer crowd chanting, singing, cheering, booing and whistling (check out the full list below). Also includes recordings of professional and amateur soccer matches on grass and concrete + more.
60 sound files (23 minutes total) are included in the pack so you can build an authentic soundscape of a sporting event.
Get almost 5 hours of sounds of Sicily, Italy – captured at various locations during different times of the day. The library features sounds of both empty and crowded streets. Mornings and nights sounded different from siesta time, that’s why I’ve recorded streets during all those times.
Another location was a fish market recorded in the morning, during most intense moments.
Other files covers the traffic on the streets full of honking scooters, barking dogs and just cars passing by.
In addition to the recordings from Trapani, you’ll find sound of the airports, not only in Italy but also in Poland, which contains both Polish and Italian walla.
Walla sounds varies from ones with a lot of people talking from different directions, to more narrow ones, with small groups speaking from one place. Most of the recordings are not that easy to distinguish, but there are also files where you can hear very clearly every word.
Italy – Sicilian Ambients features 36 WAV files, recorded with two 8040s plugged into Sound Devices 702 and Sony PCM-M10 portable recorder. The total length of the files is 321 minutes.
Get the sounds and ambiences of Jamaica in this very special sound effects library, featuring 4 hours of authentic recordings.
Recorded over three years, the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes walla sounds of Jamaican patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, Beaches, as well as cooking sounds from a wooden house kitchen. So if you’re looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:
Get the sounds and ambiences of Jamaica in this very special sound effects library, featuring almost 12 hours of authentic recordings.
An Additional Library of Vol 1. the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes Walla sounds of Jamaican Patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, roomtones, beaches, as well as a luxury hotel visit. So if you're looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:
Train and ambience library recorded in Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka. Bullet and regional trains, platforms, and station ambiences. Recorded at 96kHz stereo.
'Jordan' is a unique collection of 32 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From the northern part of the country to the Red Sea, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through the western part of the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
'Jungle and forest of Asia' is a unique collection of 72 sounds of nature through Asia, recorded and produced with high-quality equipment over 2 years. From 5 different countries and many national parks at different seasons, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting nature sounds recorded through all Asia using DPA and Neumann mics, Audio technica preamp, Aeta Mixy Recorder, and PCM D-100 digital recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
These sounds are also included in the following collections:
Lao, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and South India.
Here’s 144 minutes of composite German construction site ambiences. It comes with all the hammering, sawing, digging, drilling, some yelling workers, squeaky crawling excavators and loud jack hammers you’d expect. All edited, cleaned, mixed and packed with metadata.
The ambiences were mostly recorded with a Sound Devices 744t and a Sound Devices Mix-PreD through a Beyerdynamic MC930 ORTF setup and RODE NTG-4 microphone, and some ambiences were tweaked to seamless loop from end to start. All sounds were recorded over weeks at several different construction site around Stuttgart / Germany – from very small sites recorded close up to huge construction sites with lots different typical working sounds.
Ranging from a small raindrop to the powerful surf of the ocean, this library shows up as an inspiring toolbox for creative sound design, film scoring or art installations. Features lots of flowing, dripping and frozen water.
The library includes 90 scenes in 7 categories: Bridge and Tube, Creek, Drops and Rain, Indoor, Melting Ice Flows, Ocean and Sea, River
For maximum flexibility each file has carefully adjusted loop points that are recognized by numerous audio editing and DAW applications.
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