Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
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.
Need the sounds of a snowmobile / snow scooter? The Ski-doo library gets you the sound of no less than 6 different snowmobiles. It comes with a selection of sounds such as engine start, engine loop, acceleration, speed loop and much more.
A unique collection of engine sounds, for when you need snowmobile sounds specifically, as well as for other creative sound design purposes!
• 1977 El Tigre 5000
• 1978 Yamaha ET250
• 1979 Yamaha ET250
• 2003 Bombardier MXZ 600
• 2003 Bombardier Rotax 800RS
• 2004 Bombardier Arctic 4
Skytrain Rapid Transit FX is a collection of unique passby’s, overhead POV and onboard sounds recorded at 24bit 96khz both in stereo and mono, giving you maximum flexibility and realism for your projects.
The Vancouver transit system is world renowned and carries millions of residents and visitors on board each year since its beginnings in the 1980’s. The older cars have a particular screech to them, perfect for creative design for monsters or machines, and can compliment any variety of air craft or land transport library.
“Slush and Wet Streets” is a library that contains 34 tracks (92 minutes total) that are recorded in winter urban environments. You will hear sounds of passing cars and people on slush, wet or snow-covered streets.
Atmospheres are recorded at different times of the day and night and at various locations. There are ambiences in the collection that track urban traffic at varying intensities, from an almost empty street with 1 or 2 pass by cars to busy traffic on a wet boulevard. Also, microphones are placed in different positions, from 2m to 30m from moving cars.
You will encounter sounds of people who walk in slush and snow, voices and other sounds typical of the winter urban environment. The library was recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer.
Gear used: Neumann KM184st, Rode NT4, Edirol R4pro.
Enjoy the winter streets.
Small crowd sound effect libraries can be hard to find – but here's the solution: The Small Crowds Outdoors SFX library gets you crowds samples from 1 to 15 people. 649 sounds are included in three mic placements each (MS near, MS far, ORTF rear), for a total of 1947 sounds.
Includes crowd reactions with everything from painful groans, excited cheering, roaring, short words, booing, applauding, whistling, panic screams, battle shouts, battlefield attack calls, monster grunts, ritualistic incantations and so much more.
‘Smooth City Traffic’ by Badlands Sound includes 21 high-quality city traffic ambiences great for your projects. Hear the smooth sounds of traffic rushing through the city. This library was recorded by Sound Devices 702t with a pair of Line Audio CM3’s and a matched pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s in 96k / 24bit.
Feel the weight and the whooshing of the various vehicle passbys rushing through the city. You will also notice the unique qualities in each file like a car passing by with a flat tire, semi trucks, sports cars speeding by, as well as aggressive diesel trucks.
Get the wintry sounds of snow scrapes, slides, crunches, impacts, snowballs, debris, whooshes, and footsteps.
Most of this snow was recorded in 4-6 feet deep snow at about 10,000 feet elevation in the Eastern Sierras in varying temperatures.
Recorded with a Sound Devices 702 recorder + stereo pair of Sanken CS-1e microphones. The recordings are captured in 24 bit / 192 kHz and come with extensive metadata.
Snow & Ice is an extensive collection of various ice and snow sounds recorded in quiet rural locations in Northern Finland between 2015-2017. The library contains 1700+ sounds / 2.9 GB worth of material recorded and mastered in 96KHz 24bit quality, so they are more than ready for pitch shifting and other heavy audio processing.
Among the biggest highlights of this library are the industry’s first glassy yet heavier sounding ice lantern breaks which will definitely be useful in adding unique twist to your material sound design. The library also comes with a huge variety of snow and ice debris sounds, snow block breaks and even footsteps on frozen snow and ice debris.
You get the sounds in two formats: 96 kHz, 24 bit and in 44.1 KHz, 16 bit, for more convenient ways of utilizing the sounds in games and other media.
Frozen Snow Packed Run • Frozen Snow Packed Scuffs • Frozen Snow Packed Stomps • Frozen Snow Packed Walk • Frozen Snow Road Walk • Frozen Snow Run • Frozen Snow Walk • Frozen Wood Terrace Walk • Frozen Ice Shard Debris Scuffs • Frozen Ice Shard Debris Stomps • Frozen Ice Shard Debris Walk
Ice Debris Fall • Ice Debris Rattle Continuous Loop • Ice Debris Rattle Heavy • Ice Debris Rattle Light • Ice Debris Smash To Ground Heavy • Ice Debris Smash To Ground Light • Ice Lantern Collision • Ice Lantern Large Break Smash • Ice Lantern Small Break Smash • Ice Shard Break Smash • Ice Shard Crack Snap • Ice Shard Small Group Rattle • Ice Shard Small Hit Collision Rattle • Ice Shard Small Rattle
Snow Block Large Collision • Snow Block Large Hit Collision • Snow Block Large Hit Rattle Scrape • Snow Block Large Smash Break • Snow Block Medium Hit Collision • Snow Block Medium Hit Rattle Scrape • Snow Block Medium Move Friction Loop Fast • Snow Block Medium Short Friction • Snow Block Small Collision • Snow Block Small Group Rattle • Snow Block Small Hit Collision • Snow Block Small Hit Rattle Scrape • Snow Block Small Large Fall On Snow • Snow Block Small Move Friction Loop Fast • Snow Block Small Move Friction Loop Slow • Snow Block Small Short Friction • Snow Block Small Smash Break • Snow Block Small Smash Ground • Snow Crack Snap • Snow Debris Rattle • Snow Ice Shard Small Crush • Snow Pressure Squeeze Crunch • Snowfall On Cardboard Light • Snowfall On Plastic Bag Light • Snowpusher Move • Wood Block Hit Snow • Wood Log Hit Snow • Metal Shovel Snow Debris Dig
A must-have collection for winter sounds, this library consists of many years' recordings of snow and ice, skiing, textures, ambiences, foley and so on. It contains lots of skiing, jumping, rails, freezing cold winds, ski resort ambiences, lifts, walking in snow and on ice, texture details such as snow spray, tires driving, skidding and spinning on ice and snow, drilling in ice and much more.
This library consists of 380 different sound effects ranging from footstep to metals gliding through snow! With each surface, there are a variety of different footsteps, impacts, jumps, metal foley and more.
You can also hear the sound of banjos, jingle bells and more sizzling on dry ice! (The banjo sounds great, trust me.)
Types of snow/ice surfaces:
Introducing the world's first snowball impact sound effect library:
In the winter of 2014 in Northern Finland, SFX creator Pasi Pitkänen threw over 250 snowballs onto thirteen different surfaces with a lot of variations. This collection has everything you need to recreate that snowball fight scene in your project or if you are just looking for some nice textures to enrich your impact sounds.
You get the sounds in two formats: 96 KHz 24 bit and in 44.1 KHz 16 bit, for more convenient ways of utilizing the sounds in games and other media.
Get ready to shred with this wintery gem of a sound library!
Taken from many trips up and down the slopes in Upstate New York, this library gives you in your face gliding swishes, crunching carves, turns, stops, passbys from the left and right, falls, jumps, landings, chairlift machine sounds, bindings, and more!
If you need authentic snowboarding sounds this library has you covered. Whether you need to create loops and insert carves in a video game or film project or if you need lengthy recordings of full trips from the top of the mountain to the bottom this library will give you it all. Enjoy the Snowboarding sound library!
This is a collection of snowy, icy, slushy, crunchy winter traffic. Single car passes, busy city roads, distant skylines, village roads, highways. All files are 96khz 24bit with metadata, and recorded with 2 x Sennheiser mkh 8040, mkh 416, Audio Technica BP4025 and Sony D100.
Want the sound of soccer (or football, if you like)? This library delivers a wide range of soccer sounds, including various kicks and ball impact sounds.
It also packs keep-up, knee, chest and header sounds + ball impacts on various surfaces / items. And finally, soccer boot footsteps, keeper sounds and ref whistles are also included.
The Solar Sky library features a diverse set of state-of-the-art spaceship sounds. Designed for use in any modern sci-fi production, Solar Sky is an essential addition to add to your workflow.
Designing sound for spaceships can be quite time consuming, and Solar Sky gives you a great set of sounds to get started.
Solar Sky features more than 2.2GB of 350 24bit/96kHz files, all embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata.
• Ship ambiances and drones
• 120+ Ship passbys, both large and small
• Ship power ups
• Ship power downs
• Ship door opens and closes
• Wave Warped passbys
Sound of Italy is an Italian sound effects library created for those who need an Italian flavor in their sound productions.
10 categories of typical Italian sound effects like cars, ambiences, motorcycles, sports, rails, religious, sirens, people, cooking and various.
More than 2000 sounds recorded 96/48K 24bit, in over 30 gigabytes continuously updating.DOWNLOAD FILE LIST HERE
This library captures the sounds of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. With crowds, transport, water and general ambiences. From the busy street to the quiet park, from the red light district to the outdoor café, there is everything here for the theatre designer or film maker to get a true taste of the Dutch capital.
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