Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Ambisonic City (Berlin) delivers a spherical surround sound image of a modern European city. It features a vast variety of traffic sounds from vehicles, public transport trains, trams and airplanes that were captured at crowded intersections, various squares and arterial roads and the Tegel airport. As complementary counterpart the library also contains recordings from wide open spaces, recreation areas, public parks and side roads.
The recordings were made with the Sennheiser Ambisonic microphone and the encoded B-Format FuMa files are ready to use for speaker arrays of any number.
Ambisonic City (Berlin) is available in two versions:
Ambisonic and Stereo
The Ambisonic version delivers 4 channel B-Format (FuMa, WXYZ) files recorded with the Ambeo VR microphone in upright position.
The Stereo version contains the same number of files with equal playing length, but, as the name suggestions, only in stereo versions.
This is an Ambisonics sound effects library – and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the included B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround).
The library is a collection of atmosphere recordings of different sized/aged spruce and birch forests during spring time in Eastern Finland.
In these recordings you can hear a variety of common birds during different times of the day and also change of the weather such as multiple states of the wind or even sudden snowing.
The library contains 28 files (14 B-format and 14 Stereo files) captured at 24bit/96kHz. Total length of about 2.5 hours.
B-format files are in FuMa format.
With the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). There's also other plugin options such as Harpex-B.
The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
These recordings are very raw. Very little or none denoising, EQ or any other processing method was used.
Note: The preview is in binaural stereo, so please listen with headphones!
The library is a collection of atmosphere recordings of different sized/aged forests during summer time in Eastern and Southern Finland.
In these recordings you can hear a huge variety of birds during different times of the day and also some changes of the weather such as multiple states of the wind.
The library contains 30 files (10 FuMa, 10 AmbiX and 10 Stereo files) captured at 24bit/96kHz. Total length of over 1.5 hours.
B-format files are in FuMa and AmbiX format.
With the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). There's also other plugin options such as Harpex-X.
The library also contains ready-made stereo (ORTF with wide cardioid pattern) mixdowns for your convenience.
These recordings are very raw. Very little or none denoising, EQ or any other processing method was used.
Ambisonic Surround After Dark features 20 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of evening Crickets, Cicadas, from urban and residential areas.
Recorded with a Brahma Ambisonic Microphone and a Zoom F8 recorder and mastered in 3 configurations: Ambisonic B format (FuMa 1st Order WXYZ), 5.1 Surround Sound (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf ) and Stereo (L-R) – all with embedded metadata. Most tracks are 2 minutes long.
Want a taste of what's included? Download the B Format Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
This small collection of sounds, include a variety of ambiences, feels, and classics Amsterdam Sounds. They are part of my last travel to this amazing city!
They include sounds from Dam Square, Hermitage Museums, Trains, canal tour, street ambiences…
All the files have metadata embebed for great Soundminer type programs. They both include Spanish and English description.
This collection includes 35 files, 48/24 stereo & surround 5.1.
Amusement Rides & Ambiences is a unique collection of hard to access amusement park sound effects. Package includes high-quality multichannel recordings captured with a full access to the amusement rides – and a total of 8 rides are included!
Some recordings were made in an amusement park that was closed from the public. This enabled us to capture the sound effects as clean as possible without background music or people.
Ambience recordings are authentic amusement park ambiences with people and amusement rides. They include children and adults, cheering and screaming, chatter in different languages, amusement rides loading and operating, and more. All sounds were recorded in Särkänniemi amusement park, Tampere, Finland. Also available in the special Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle.
This library is dedicated to popular farm animals, rural backgrounds and agricultural activities – all you need around farm life. It features 165 sounds in total, from 14 different species with multiple variations for each animal, 25 discreet rural backgrounds and 10 types of modern and traditional agricultural activities.
Recorded and mastered at 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, Animal Farm took over a year to get ready, since the goal was to capture as many seasonal work activities, weather conditions and animal habits, as possible.
List of animals recorded:Cat • Chicken • Cow • Dog (Wolf hound, Sheepdog) • Duck • Fowl • Goat (Mediterranean) • Goose • Horse (Arabian, Andalusian) • Pig • Pigeon • Rooster • Sheep (Mediterranean) • Turkey
Types of agricultural work recorded:Chopping • Feeding • Gardening • Loading Manure • Milking • Mowing • Olive harvest • Sowing • Tilling • Watering
Animals Sounds is a fun and one of a kind animal sound library. It contains a massive 1212 sound effects and consists of both studio recordings and on location nature recordings.
This sound pack is 2 parts.
1) 1085 animal impersonations by professional voice actors. Animals included: Bear, Cat, Chicken, Cow, Crow/Raven, Dogs (small, large), Duck, Frog, Goat, Gorilla, Hippo, Horse, Hyena, Lizard, Monkey, Mouse, Owl, Pig, Peacock, Pigeon, Rabbit, Seagull, Seal/Walrus, Sheep, Snake, Sparrow, Tasmanian Devil (comical), Turkey/Ostrich, Tweety Bird, Vulture, Wolf, Zebra.
2) 127 nature recordings of ambiences, birds, swamps and others.
ALL sounds from Animal Sounds are included our full sound library Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.
Get the sounds of an ancient water spelt mill from 1529, as well as an antique tannery, also driven by a huge water wheel from 1699.
Both mills have been working for hundreds of years and continue to work even today.
This library is recorded in high resolution audio in 24Bit/96kHz on a Sound Devices 702T with Sennheiser 8040 Mics in Mono or ORTF Stereo.
Around Bridges introduces the inner sound of various bridges.
The steel components of a bridge transmit the vibrations caused by passing cars or pedestrians in a fascinating manner.
So this library contains the sounds of excited beam barriers, noise barriers, expansion gaps and a lot more steel components that bridges are made of.
Also included are takes of footsteps, rain and wind – ordinary noises that get a certain magic when recorded at a handrail.
To round up this library several high quality AB-stereo ambiences of the acoustical surroundings of bridges are included.
Ambience Below • Ambience Top • Beam Barriers • Expansion Gaps • Footsteps Handrails • Noise Barriers • Rain • Steel Structures • Wind
Around Bridges Volume 2 gets you sounds taken from the iron and steel construction elements of various bridges in Berlin. The entire library was recorded with a two-channel contact microphone setup and it features thrilling vibrations caused be passing cars, trucks, trams and metro trains.
The material in this library is a comprehensive resource for creating otherworldly ambiences, futuristic pass-bys or eerie atmospheres with a touch of rusty steel and iron.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' delivers a huge amount of recordings (more than 10 hours total!) from a trip to Vietnam. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Transportation ambiences.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Hanoi such as the Thien Mu Pagoda temple, street terraces, outside the imperial city, the literature temple, parks, streets, markets and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from the Halong Bay, Hue Tu Duc mausoleum park, the banks of the River of Perfumes, the town of Thuy Bieu, the Dam Chuon lagoon, brick manufacturing in the Mekong Delta, the waterways of Nhon Thanh Town, Phu Quoc Island (day and night), Cai Coi paddle boat excursions and more.
Transportation includes a motorboat excursion, cruise ship excursion, the Hanoi Train, a rickshaw excursion, a fishing excursion, car rides, Long Xuyen canal and Ben Tre river boat excursions and more.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' is available in two versions:
STEREO EDITION, with a total of 176 stereo audio files at 48 kHz / 24 bit (102 ambient sounds / 74 FX sounds)
Total library size (rar compressed: 7 GB, extracted: 10 GB)
EXPAND EDITION, with a total of 102 audio files at 96 kHz / 24 bit, in each of these folders: STEREO, MS, UPMIX 5.0. It also includes 74 FX sounds. Total library size (rar compressed: 58 GB, extracted: 91 GB)
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' delivers a generous amount of recordings (more than 5 hours total) from a trip to Japan. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Trains / Stations ambiences & FX folder.
You obtain three format folders : Stereo / MS / 5.0 Upmix
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Osaka to Tokyo such as geek Denden town & Akiharaba Arcade-Pachinko room, Stroll in Nishiki market, Kitanomaru Park, Famous Shibuya crossing and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest, Philosopher's path, Kibune-Kurama Forest and more.
Trains / Stations include recordings from Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo Stations, Stroll in Fujikyoko Line, Railroad Crossing and more.
FX include gashapon machine, Crows & Birds, Train doors etc…
'Asia Reminds – Japan Ambiences' : with a total of 76 audio files in each of these folders: STEREO (48 kHz / 24 bit), MS & UPMIX 5.0 (96 kHz / 24 bit).
It also includes 117 FX sounds.
You have access to two download folder :
Ya su, Kalós órises, and welcome to Athens & Crete!
From the ancient bustling markets to the untouched natural beauty of the Mediterranean coast, this library epitomises the notion of two sonic worlds colliding. We set out with the goal of capturing this historical part of the world and quickly learned this could only be done by fully embracing this polarity. So here we are, two libraries in one and boy is it a cracker!!
We captured street buskers, back alley murmurs, bustling city squares, markets, heavy traffic, skylines and even a religious sermon!
So whether it's Game of Thrones or the next Bourne film, this beast will help bring your locations to life!
Want the sounds of Athens? The Athens Rooftop sound effects library delivers 9 long ambiences recorded from different perspectives, and at different times of day – from calm mornings to busy days and nights.
In order to capture Athens' soundscape in all its nuances, very low-noise Neumann Microphones and Sound Devices Recorders were used to record long takes (between 8 and 21 minutes each) totaling to over 2 hours of audio.
The recording location was a two floor rooftop on a three storey building above a very small street with no nearby traffic that allowed recording the city with some distance from above: Traffic, restaurants, bars, construction work, birds – in some evening recordings we hear crickets in the distance, in some day recordings the AC of a neighbouring flat is running.
Most of the recordings can also be used to represent a general city ambience, while some takes include specific regional sounds like Greek walla, churches and cicadas characteristic for the Greek capital.
Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the Dutch capital from locations such as an amusement park, a boat ride, church, ferry ride, metro ride, plaza, the science museum, a street market (a Turkish one, too), a train station, restaurant and more.
Get authentic ambiences from Kurdistan, Iraq – recorded by Ana Monte while shooting a documentary. It includes places such as the Erbil citadel, bazar, a Lalish village and temple, and more.
Get the authentic sounds of Lisbon, Portugal in this SFX library by Ana Monte. It includes recordings from various Lisbon neighborhoods, places such as a bakery, big market, bus ride, coffee house, construction site, airport, pub, museum bookstore, busy and quiet restaurants and more. It also features a 5.1 recording of a train ride in the world-famous Train 28 Lisboa Street Train.
Get the sounds of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, captured by Ana Monte. It features recordings from places such as busy streets, restaurants, downtown, suburbs, markets, subway and bus rides and more.
Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Rwanda, Africa in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the capital of Kigali, suburbs, markets, sewing shop, rooftop and roadside recordings, as well as countryside, forest and hillside recordings.
The AURA sound effects library gets you high-quality ambiences from an extensive array of locations around the UK.
It contains ambiences such as shopping centres, supermarkets, cafes, car parks, cemeteries, forests, gyms, highway traffic, bars, pubs, libraries, city backstreets, parks, London underground trains, over ground trains (interior and exterior), hallways, neighbourhoods, iconic British train stations, busy junctions, high streets, swimming pools, hustling offices and several windy environments.
AURA comes in three formats – Stereo, 5.0 and AMBISONICS, to increase versatility even further (5.0 version also includes stereo version).
Number of Files: 80 High Quality WAVS + 80 stereo files
Size Unpacked: 6.71 GB
Sample Rate: 48k/24-bit
Average file length: 1.5 minutes
Gear Used: Sound Devices 744T, Soundfield SPS200.
Other Info: Meta-Tagged
Number of Files: 80 High Quality WAVS (A-Format)
Size Unpacked: 3.89 GB
Sample Rate: 48k/24-bit
Average file length: 1.5 minutes
Gear Used: Sound Devices 744T, Soundfield SPS200.
Other Info: Meta-Tagged
To fully utilise the powerful AURA | AMBISONICS collection, please download the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin to convert the A-Format ambisonics into a format of your choice.
Vol. 1 is a collection of Urban Sounds from Thailand from places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima.
It features typical Street, Market, Floating-Market, Traffic-Sounds, Walla etc.
Vol. 2 is a collection of Countryside & Island Sounds from Thailand from places like Isaan, Korat, Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Samet.
It features typical Residential Village-Sounds, Tropical Rain, Farmerland, Animals & Insects, Beaches etc.
Vol. 3 contains Wallasounds, Beaches, Nature and Village Sounds. It features typical Streets, Temple, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds.
Get all three volumes in a bundle for a nice discount!
Authentic Thailand Vol.3 is a brand new volume in addition of Authentic Thailand Vol.1&2.
This collection contains Wallasounds, Beaches, Nature and Village Sounds. It features typical Streets, Temple, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds and traditional Thai-Percussion Music.
It also contains some Bonus Tracks with wooden Door Sounds with open/close from int/ext, Onboard driving on Minibus in the City of Bangkok, a Speedboat Transfer to Island and Bungalow Roomtones.
Authentic Thailand Vol.4 is the latest volume in the Authentic Thailand series.
This massive collection contains various City and Village Sounds, Beaches, Jungle, and Nature Sounds. As a special it contains Transportation Sounds such as a Offroad ride with 4×4 Pickup, a Longtailboat, Ferry Boat, Public Taxi, driving with a TUK TUK, Railway Station Platform and Sports Sounds such as traditional Muay-Thai-Boxing in many situations, Indoor Volleyball Competition, Snooker-Club, Ping Pong and Volleyball Training in Elementary School etc.
It features typical Streets, Temple, Funeral Mass, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature/Jungle Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds.
It also contains some Bonus Tracks with wooden Door Sounds with open/close from int/ext, and Condominum Roomtones in the Heart of Bangkok.
Want the sounds of a garage / auto repair workshop? The Auto Workshop SFX library features lots of different tool sounds and general ambiences from automotive workshops (originally recorded for scenes in the Bulgarian feature Godless).
The idea was to capture the sounds at both closeup and off-mic, to be able to fade easily between them. A mono microphone was placed close to the source, and a set of stereo microphones was set up further away, capturing more of the room and echo. The result is very usable, and the ability to fade between closeup and wide shot works very well.
This library delivers 15 recordings of automatic car washes from interior and exterior perspectives recorded at 96khz.
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6, stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s as well as a stereo contact microphone.
This library contains more than 200 natural ambience clips with embedded metadata. They´re mixed and cut into: loops, transitions and variations to be ready to use inside your project.
The metadata precisely points out any bird species, the specific environment and acoustic properties, the current day-cycle, weather conditions and any foreground or background events that are audible in the clip. To enhance the ease of use, I decided to structure the library as a modular toolbox for ambience sound design.
It has been recorded in some of the oldest, quietest and most pristine forests all over Germany and offers a large collection of active and quiet nature ambiences featuring a variety of different natural environments and wildlife.
Back Alley Rain is a collection of 20 rain & thunder sound effects.
Light/medium/downpour rain, aftermath, drips, muffled thunder and more
The collection consists of 20 carefully mastered and rendered rain ambiences with baked-in Soundminer’s metadata.
All sounds (with one exception – see metadata) loop seamlessly which makes them perfect for games, meditation apps etc.
All sounds have been created and processed using top tier gear in order to deliver crisp, modern, error free sound.
RECORDED WITH: Sony PCM D100
EDITED WITH: iZotope RX, Pro Tools.
Ambience library recorded in Marrakech, Essaouira, and the Agafay Desert. Birds, insects, wind, foliage, market/souk, prayer, etc. Recorded at 96kHz stereo/binaural.
A collection of sounds from a typical backhoe construction vehicle. Big metal bucket slams and creaks, hydraulic legs extending and retracting, big dirt scrapes and of course working away digging a hole.
‘Backyard’ by Badlands Sound puts you right in the middle of America's backyard. You will hear in the morning the peaceful sounds of mourning doves, robins, and other song birds along and at night you will hear a distant American School Football Game with crowds cheering and a sports announcer among with crickets and distant dog barks and yelps.
It includes 30 high-quality 96k / 24-bit ambiences of the backyard, perfect for your projects. All sounds are long – Five and a half minutes each!
The library features four different times during the day; morning, afternoon, evening, and night.
Need ambiences from backyards and alleyways? This collection delivers more than 3 hours of atmospheric ambiences from places such as cementaries, gardens, churchyards, school yards, industrial alleyways, castles, apartment complexes, small cities and more.
This library is a collection of balls bouncing off different surfaces, inside and outside. We can generally find sports being played but not the clean sound of the ball used. We have included unique sounding balls such as a toddlers play ball and a Yoga ball for that really specific sound.
Get the sound of the Baltic Sea with this sound effect library recorded in Poland, featuring both location sound and additional foley, including walking, running in the water and swimming. The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, and is surrounded by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain.
A total of 153 minutes of ocean and water foley sounds are included in this atmospheric SFX library.
This sound library was updated with 37 additional files of waves crushing on the shore and rocks during different weather conditions. It was recorded with various stereo configurations like stereo XY, ORTF, MS and Sony PCM-M10.
Get the true sound of Barcelona, Spain, in this sound effects library: It features recordings from places such as a market, coffee shop, park, beach, boulevard, metro, square, parking lot, burger bar, airport, fountain, train, construction site, station, shop and many more. In total, more than 3 hours of authentic Barcelona recordings are included!
Travel through Barcelona, Spain in sound with this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around parks, beaches, touristic areas and even a marathon finish line!
18 read-to-use stereo tracks with all the appropriate metadata ready to be used on your next production.
BASEMENT CORRIDOR is a collection in 5.1 SURROUND (and stereo too) of 21 high quality recorded roomtoones, ambiences and SFX sounds from underground locations.
Quiet Room tones, room tones with additional hum, fan, blower, ventilations, water flowing in pipes, compressor engine with extinction and activations, and also big doors slammed with huge corridor reverb at distance. All those sounds can be used in an underground basement environment.
All recordings were made with a DPA 5100 microphone and are around 3 minutes long each. All files are meticulously meta-tagged and can be used in wide range of productions.
Basketball Game Pro is a sound effects library thematically centered around a basketball game.
The collection includes several versions of game air horns, crowd applause, attack, defense, fault, score and lost opportunities ambiences, referee whistles, crowd boos & yells and a short warm up game ambience.
The library contains only the interjections, purposely avoiding a specific language identity, making it more flexible and suitable for universal use.
All sounds have of course been recorded at a real basketball match.
Basketball Game Ultra is a huge sound effects library for, well, basketball. It includes both an international match field recording (with over 5,000 people attending the game) and isolated sounds of backboard hoops, basket swish nets, metal bars, shoe squeaks and dribbles on various hard surfaces, as well as other related sounds – all performed by a professional basketball player in indoor and outdoor courts as well as inside the studio.
Οur aim with this collection is to give you choices to:
Beaches and Coastal gets you atmospheric sounds of life by the ocean, people at the beach and various beach activities. This includes people talking, children playing, sports, boats sailing by, sounds from a nearby carnival and a skateboard park. It also comes with recordings of waves, harbor and marina sounds. 40 tracks are included for more than an hour and a half of beach and coastal atmospheres.
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