Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
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.
Khao Sok jungle is a unique collection of 30 sounds from Khao Sok national park in south Thailand.
This natural reserve is the oldest evergreen rainforest of the world, it contains more than 1,500 species of tree and plants and over five percent of the world's animal species.
All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment and a lot of patience.
In addition to that, 2 bonus tracks from the Mekong delta are included to this library for free.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds of wild nature, caught with DPA and MBHO mics powered by an Aeta 4minX at 24/96Khz in multichannel.
All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
The city of Kolkata, India, is one of the sonically richest locations in the world. This library features over 25 locations and 276 files of both day and night time recordings in 5.1 and stereo formats. Feel the relentless energy of Bagbazar Street, the traffic rumble over Howrah Bridge, walk through the flower market along the Ganges river, and much more…
This Sound Effect Library features a hundred recordings of Kramer KL(11) Oldtimer Tractor. The tractor was built in 1955 in Germany. It is a four stroke single cylinder engine. No cabine and the Diesel motor delivers 11HP. On two bonus recordings a Lanz LK30 potato spinner was attached to the tractor.
Recording positions include Exterior (AB, M/S & mono), On Board (At the fan-belt [sch-sch], at the cylinder-head [tok-tok], at the exhaust [pop-pop] and in a little distance to the side – also stereo-mixdowns of all mic-positions for quick editing) as well as some SFX recordings with a contact mic. The tracor performed start, stop, on, off, idle, driving and various constant speeds / rpms as well as ramps, accelerating & gear shifts. All edited and mastered for quick browsing and easy matching of the different events.
This tractor is still being used, so if you are looking for authentic farming machinery sounds from today or from the past or want to create a unique sounding fantasy vehicle – this one is for you.
Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.
The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis. The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.
The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.
The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).
Los Angeles is well-known for having some of the largest and most traveled freeways in the United States.
The L.A. Freeways sound effects library captures the traffic ambience on the massive freeways that run through the Greater L.A. area – 3 hours of recordings in total!
Multiple perspectives were recorded, from close vehicle pass bys to distant traffic ambience captured from city parks, surrounding hillsides, tunnels and underpasses. Traffic types range from fast pass bys, to slow and congested traffic.
• US-101 (Hollywood Freeway)
• I-405 (San Diego Freeway)
• I-5 (Golden State Freeway)
• I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway)
• I-110 (Harbor Freeway)
• SR-134 (Ventura Freeway)
• (Glendale Freeway)
The LA Ambisonics sound effects library is an extensive collection of 239 immersive urban ambience recordings from throughout the city of Los Angeles. Add these LA ambiences sounds to strengthen your scenes with an authentic city soundscape — from beach and boardwalk sounds, city and freeway traffic, to street and restaurant walla, plane pass bys, and more.
Recorded by Academy Award®-winner Mark Mangini (Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road), LA Ambisonics was captured at various locations throughout Los Angeles including LAX, Venice Beach, Hollywood Boulevard, Union Station, Laurel Canyon and more. To capture these stunning ambiences, Mangini took the opportunity to think critically about what makes Los Angeles sound unique, and how to best achieve the immersion integral to the ambisonics format.
“I’ve been a fan of Ambisonic recording for some time, having developed my own microphones and plugins, not only for their sonic verisimilitude but for their obvious potential in cinema sound. While ‘immersion’ is the word on everyone’s lips as a sonic panacea, there is a great deal of controversy about how best to achieve it. I believe that it is in the reproduction of a believable 360 degree sound field that one achieves the highest level of ‘immersion’ and Ambisonics is one of the most practical and sonically pleasing ways to get there.” – Mark Mangini
Delivered in both Ambisonic and stereo formats, each audio file is embedded with rich descriptions for quick intuitive search results. This library includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to control the Ambisonics files by pointing “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene and decode to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. These recordings are also perfect for 3D Audio applications including VR and 360º video.
La Gomera’s Spirit is a sound effects library featuring authentic sounds of the small Canarian island’s life.
This collection contains sounds of Villages, Beaches and Nature Sounds.
It features typical Streets, Walla, Traffic Sounds, Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Residential Village Sounds.
This library features recordings of 7 different parking garages in Los Angeles, including the Beverly Center, Glendale Galleria, a busy Hollywood Mall, a busy Burbank Mall, the Sherman Oaks Galleria, The Americana, and The Grove. In these recordings you will hear car by's, horns, people walking and chattering, car alarms, Ambulance sirens, and lots of nice low rumble.
Around 70 minutes of ambiences are included in total.
All sounds in this collection are in stereo 24bit 96khz Broadcast Wave format. Files are in a zip file, which includes a PDF with detailed metadata.
Lamps focuses on the buzzing/humming sound of light bulbs, lamps, fluorescent tubes, you name it… You can find a sound for any electricity driven device you can imagine.
These sounds can be used as pure effects or as a layer in your ambiances/atmos tracks to create a buzzing hallway or even to add tension in a basement scene with a fluorescent tube.
Low humming growls, aggressive and high pitched, glass resonant tubes, tiny filament lamp, fridge style hums,etc…
This library contains 44 designed textures and about 20 source material files with full and detailed metadata embedded ( Soundminer, Basehead, iXML ) , all at 96kHz / 24 bits.
Langa – Township Ambiences is a collection of everyday sounds recorded within a vibrant township community in the heart of Cape Town. The townships are always a busy place with a lot of different soundscapes to offer – from the chaotic market street in the town centre to the quieter houses/shacks on the outskirts. This collection has both interior and exterior ambiences and wallas to set the scene for any project set in a lively city environment. This pack consists of 25 Ambiences.
Photo Credits: Matthias v.d Neut
'Laos' is a unique collection of 49 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From north to south, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through all the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
Jungles, walla, rivers, crickets, waterfalls, streets and rural villages all unique to Laos.
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
To read about my field recording trip to Laos and to download the free sample pack simply click here.
Sometimes emotion comes when you feel together as one. This is happening in stadiums, arenas, demonstrations when people are as one voice. This collection gets you the power of the crowd. People will go through various feelings, sometimes silent or very noisy, you will be able to cover a lot of situations with it. Moreover ambisonic format-B 3D recordings are great to enhance those kind of situations.
Often majestic, big interior spaces are beautiful sets. We created this collection to help you bring some life into them. To take full advantage of those sets, there’s nothing quite like Ambisonic and its faithful sound reproduction of its acoustics in 3D.
Create an entire casino with the highest quality sound effects and ambiences with this unique top-of-the-industry audio pack. With NO other product like it on the market, this premium sound library is PACKED with immersive sounds for ALL card and dice games found in traditional brick & mortar casinos. Immerse your players in ultra realistic environments for an experience they’ll want to revisit over and over again!
ALL CARD, DICE, and CHIP GAMBLING GAMES!
Sounds for every card game are provided, including traditional POKER, BLACKJACK, BACCARAT, TEXAS HOLD ‘EM, STUD POKER, casino WAR, FIVE CARD DRAW, VENTTI, and RUMMY. All dice games are covered too, including CRAPS, CHO HAN, HAZARD, CHUCK-A-LUCK, KLONDIKE, BANKA FRANCESCA, and SIC BO.
STAGGERING VARIETY of SOUND EFFECTS!
Included is a massive amount of audio with countless versions, variations, and recording takes! Offering large selections of sounds for CARD DEALING, DECK SHUFFLING, CARD FLIPPING, and CARD REVEALS. Not to mention CHIP BETTING, CHIP HANDLING with CLINKS and THUDS and PASSING sounds. And of course, DICE & DIE ROLLING, single and multiple DICE SHAKING, DICE DROPPING on different kinds of tables and boards, and single and multiple DICE THROWS are all at your fingertips. Every sound comes in multiple variations and each asset is carefully edited, mixed, and mastered to beautifully fit any casino project.
EXTRA AMBIENCES for FULL IMMERSION!
Plunge your players into realistic environments with multiple CASINO AMBIENCES and BACKGROUND NOISES. Included are background LOOPS for raucous middle-of-the-action gaming environments with talking and crowd banter, as well as quieter isolated private games with more muffled crowd noises.
EXTRA BLACKJACK DEALER VOICES!
HUNDREDS of voice overs for both MALE and FEMALE blackjack dealers are included. Vocal phrases covering SINGLE NUMBERS (2, 3, 4, etc.), PAIRED NUMBERS (2 or 12, 5 or 15, 10 or 20, etc.), “BETS PLEASE”, “BLACKJACK”, “HOUSE WINS” or “PLAYER WINS”, DOUBLES requests and notifications, INSURANCE, and many many more are included for complete and all-encompassing gameplay!
CASINO INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST QUALITY SOUNDS
Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose 600 slot games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary sound pack! Each audio file is drag-and-drop ready, presented in high-quality MP3 and WAV formats with meticulously labeled keywords, so you can create the perfect gaming experience for your players in a matter of moments!
Laundry Mangles is a library full of sounds from vintage machines that once where used in many public washhouses. In some locations they are in use even today.
Basically, the weight of a huge box filled with stones was used to press big pieces of linen, bed sheets or towels wound on rollers below. Early models were operated by hand which was very exhausting and soon the machines were equipped with electric motors and belt drives.
This library delivers sounds from 5 different models of various ages that are operated with a crank shaft or electrical belt drive. All machines have been extensively recorded so that any imaginable perspective and operational state is covered. This includes full runs with belt drive and crank shaft, protective grating handlings, idling motors and much more.
Need high-quality volcanic audio from a film featured by National Geographic? You can hear it pop and snap, and occasionally rocks forming, shearing, and breaking apart. Thankfully – I didn’t melt the recorder!
Personal frustration with the white noise nature of ‘wind through tree’ recordings led sound designer Erin McKimm and I on the pursuit of recording clean, isolated and detailed leaf rustle recordings.
This library features a range of leaf types, movement and performance intensities. Having been recorded a neutral, studio environment these recordings are pristine and feature no background noise or birds.
All sounds were recorded using a variety of microphones, each providing a different perspective and quality of sound.
What is LEAKED NOISE? Well, in the case of this sound pack, it is the sound that is somewhat removed from the listener. It might be the people upstairs having a blazing argument (and later on when they have made up, getting amorous), the garage band next door rehearsing their songs, the kid in the basement practicing drums or the one down the school hall practising flute. In this pack, you will find lots of LEAKED NOISE that might be just right for your project, be it TV, film, radio, videogame or theatre.
Learning Space is the go-to collection for clean and constant school environment room tones and ambiences.
Learning Space has over 1 hour / 2.2 GB worth of material that covers a whole large air-conditioned modern school building and also a small air-conditionless old abandoned school building. The length of the room tones are around 3 minutes and all the room tones are calibrated to -30 LUFS.
The whole library was recorded with a custom designed very low self-noise (4.5 dB) ORTF rig that gives you only the noise of the room and minimal noise from the recording equipment itself.
The variety in the sounds of the room tones gives you a great palette to experiment with various sound design tools so you can create e.g. spaceship ambiences, drones and otherworldly textures.
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.
Abandoned School Hallway • Abandoned School Kitchen • Abandoned School Large Classroom • Abandoned School Small Classroom • Boiler Room • Cleaning Closet • Gym Hall • Hallway • Kitchen • Large Classroom • Lobby • Locker Room • Small Classroom • Small Gym Storage Room • Small Storage Room • Teacher Lounge Toilet • Teacher Lounge • Toilet • Vestibule
This sound library is full of library recordings. These range from city to public and university libraries. With 38 recordings of 5 minutes (for a total of more than 3 hours of recordings) there are a heap of different options depending on if you’re after a busy reception or a quiet study space. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
The ‘Lifts and Elevators’ library contains a collection of sounds sourced from 19 different elevators. Each model bringing their own unique sonic qualities and character. From slick and smooth modern elevators to weathered old freight and goods lifts, these high-quality recordings have been carefully captured in:
• Warehouses/Industrial Units
Each elevator has been recorded in motion, opening and closing its doors (manually and mechanically), producing metallic rattles, creaks, groans and more. Additionally, Button pressing, alarm bells, buzzers and stationary room tones, have been captured in crystal clear detail.
All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24 bit, 96 kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416 and MKH30 microphones. Each file has been also tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.
The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.
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