Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
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.
Assorted ice sounds, including various cracks and creaking, plus ice chunk drops and impact sounds at different velocities.
Also included are numerous footsteps on hard and soft ice, plus ice block drags and smashes.
‘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”.
Icy Snow HD is a unique collection of ice debris, stress, cracks, and impacts, as well as snow impacts and footsteps. The local weather produced a foot of snow covered in less than an inch of ice. Very unique sounds!
From 24/96 Sound Effects. Immersive Cites In Motion features 29 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of city center traffic ambience. Recorded with a Voyage Audio 2nd Order Spatial Microphone.
Mastered with ProTools Ultimate in 3 configurations: Ambisonic (Ambix 2nd Order (Wyzxrstuv), Atmos™ 7.1.2 Immersive Surround Sound (LRCLfeLssRssLrsRrsLtsRts) and Stereo (L-R) Most tracks are 2-3 Minutes in length with embedded metadata. All new, original recordings.
Want a taste of what’s included?
Download the O2A Ambisonic and 7.1.2 Immersive Surround Demo files here and try it out on your own system!
From 24/96 Sound Effects. Immersive Parks and Forests features 28 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of Parks, Forests and Residential Areas. Most of the tracks were captured in Los Angeles during the 2020 Corona Virus shutdown, so the ambiences are quieter with less human activity. Recorded with a Voyage Audio 2nd Order Spatial Microphone. Mastered with ProTools Ultimate in 3 configurations: Ambisonic (Ambix 2nd Order (Wyzxrstuv), Atmos™ 7.1.2 Surround Sound (LRCLfeLssRssLrsRrsLtsRts) and Stereo (L-R) Most tracks are 2-3 Minutes in length with embedded metadata. All new, original recordings. Want a taste of what’s included? Download the O2A and 7.1.2 Surround Demo files here: https://tinyurl.com/ImmersiveParks and try it out on your own system!
From 24/96 Sound Effects. Immersive Parks and Residential continues a series started with Immersive Parks and Forests, features 26 more HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of Parks, Residential Areas and City Rain. Most of the tracks were captured in Los Angeles during the 2020 Corona Virus shutdown, so the ambiences are quieter with less human activity. Recorded with a Voyage Audio 2nd Order Spatial Microphone. Mastered with ProTools Ultimate in 3 configurations: Ambisonic (Ambix 2nd Order (Wyzxrstuv), Atmos™ 7.1.2 Immersive Surround Sound (LRCLfeLssRssLrsRrsLtsRts) and Stereo (L-R) Most tracks are 2-3 Minutes in length with embedded metadata. All new, original recordings. Want a taste of what’s included? Download the O2A Ambisonic and 7.1.2 Immersive Surround Demo files here: https://tinyurl.com/ParksResidential and try it out on your own system!
From 24/96 Sound Effects. Immersive Room tones features 28 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of Interior Room tones and Quiet Places. Empty rooms, Hallways, Automobiles and more. Recorded with a Voyage Audio 2nd Order Spatial Microphone. Mastered with ProTools Ultimate in 3 configurations: Ambisonic (Ambix 2nd Order (Wyzxrstuv), Atmos™ 7.1.2 Surround Sound (LRCLfeLssRssLrsRrsLtsRts) and Stereo (L-R) Most tracks are 2 Minutes in length with embedded metadata. All new, original recordings. Want a taste of what’s included? Download the O2A and 7.1.2 Surround Demo files HERE and try it out on your own system!
A pack of forty 5.1 high-definition surround effects with a L,R,C,LFe,Ls,Rs track layout.
Over two hours of Water, Crowds, Trains, Boats, Aircraft, Birds, Bees and Fireworks all in glorious surround, captured with high-end equipment at a range of locations.
Full Soundminer metadata embedded and a Excel spreadsheet included. Recording equipment includes Soundfield ST250 and ST450 microphones, DPA 5100 microphone, Metric Halo 2882 and ULN-8 interfaces and Sound Devices 788 & 744 recorders.
A comprehensive Ambience Collection of countryside India featuring Andaman Islands, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand. It Includes Tropical Forest, Beaches, Tropical Island Life, Himalaya Village Life, Rajasthan Countryside and Sounth Indian Lifestyle. Nature, Train Rides, Villages, Birds, Weather, Thunder, Insects, Roomtone of Bamboo Huts.
A comprehensive Ambience Collection of Urban India ambiences, featuring cities like Mumbai, Port Blair, Rishikesh and Udaipur.
It includes Scenes of everyday life in India, street life scenes, Prayer, Chants, Mantras, Muslim Prayer, Train Rides, Busy streets, Traffic, Markets, Rivers, Roomtones of Busy People, Andaman Islands, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand.
Tovusound's India Ambience sample library brings you the sound of India to your audio productions.
This fascinating library contains sounds and ambiences of big cities, beautiful nature, people and vehicles, features interior as well as outdoor recordings from India.
'Indonesia' is a unique collection of 57 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment of DPA, Neumann and Audio Technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy. This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded on three different islands during national festivities for nice diversity! This collection includes:
A boutique sound library of indoor tennis stadium crowds.
The recordings include:
– Crowd cheers with low, medium and high energy.
– Clapping and vocal reactions to the match
– Atmosphere/Backgrounds of the game
Total duration of 52 minutes 18 seconds and all files are meta tagged.
This extensive collection of industrial ambiences features heavy machinery, mechanical rumbles and diffuse urbanscapes from the following locations:
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 and Sennheiser MKH 8020s to capture the extensive low frequencies present within the aforementioned locations.
This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of industrial ambience recordings.
Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of factory machines, rail yards, ports, harbours and refineries.
Industrial Ambiences – perfect for industrial settings, subtle intricate backgrounds, eerie man-made areas and horror ambiences. Features long, four minute files for extended scenes.
• 53 Tracks Total (25 Day time Tracks, 28 Night time Tracks)
• High Resolution Photographs of Recording Locations Included
• Thorough metadata included in all files
• All tracks recorded and edited at 24bit, 96kHz
• Each Track around 4 Minutes in Length
• 5 GB compressed download, 7.1 GB uncompressed
This library contains a large variety of ambiences and drones that stylized as industrial or science fiction. All of these files are derived from on location recording sites and carefully edited and crafted to create a large variety of unique sonic textures. Source material ranges from large industrial buildings, parking garages, utility rooms, air condition unites, fans, buzzing electrical components, analog synthesizers etc.
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.
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