Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
An in-depth collection of subway recordings, captured in Kyiv, Ukraine. There are platform ambiences, train interior and exterior, escalators, underground tunnels with people.
Recorded in quadro on Nevaton MC 50 QUAD; in double-MS on Oktava MK-012 set; in stereo on AKG C414 pair. The double-MS recordings were encoded to quadro and the sources (Mid, Side, Rear) included as well.
DMS at the end of file name means Double-MS recording; Quadro means direct quadro recording; AKG means stereo recording.
Get the sounds of nature from places like forests, lakes, meadows and swamps. Many types of birds, insects, a forest during rainfall, calm and windy days. A brilliant collection of ambiences for atmospheric background sounds, and you can mix and match ambiences for an even livelier soundscape. Recorded in beautiful Masuria in Poland, a region known for its rich nature and 2000 lakes.
Recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, 2x Oktava MK012 in MS and stereo XY pattern.
“Summer in the fields – Crickets and cicadas” is the right Library if you are trying to create a natural sound scenario during the summer.
The library contains over 8.4 GB which exceeds 1.43 hours and a total of 30 files of high-quality material in discrete 5.0 surround format.
Atmospheres ready to be combined with other elements to create the right sound for the image you are working on.
The Library was built in Europe – Italy, in the Lazio countryside. Between the end of May and the beginning of September and the sultry heat is audible in the recordings.
The squealing of cicadas is a fundamental sound element to design the sound of a warm and dry outdoor environment.
At night the crickets are beautiful.
Each place has its crickets that emit sounds at different rates and frequencies.
Agitated, calm, psychedelic, relaxing …
Crickets are a fundamental element to create an emotional night scene.
Other animals are obviously present in the recordings; morning birds, owls, crows, geese, insects and bees, chickens, etc.
The registered natural fields are near lakes, rivers, chicken coops/farms, country houses, woods and cultivated fields.
The large part of the files have not human elements like traffic or agricular sounds, other ones have some distant traffic and are pretty for contemporary countryside.
Summer Mountains is a collection of nature sounds captured during several trips in 2017 and 2018.
This library has been fully recorded at high altitude (over 2000m and more) in the heart of the French Alps in places such as the Vanoise National Park and the Natural Reserves of Aiguilles Rouges, Passy, Carlaveyron and Vallon de Bérard.
This collection provides more than 2 hours of high quality recordings such as alpines pastures ambiences, forests, wind, streams and waterfalls as well as herds of sheep or cows, birds and distant marmots, all without any human sounds.
All recorded in 24 bit / 96 kHz and fully tagged with metadatas, Summer Mountains should provide you the essentials of a mountain journey.
Gear Used: DPA4060 stereo set powered by a Sound Devices 702
Want the sound of summer by the sea? This library was recorded during the summer of 2016 in Sardinia and French Normandy.
“Summertime” delivers more than 1 hour and 50 minutes of sounds in 49 files: A lot of sounds of sea, including shore from various distances, ports, some seagulls, waves. It also features kids playing on beach and people chattering and even some crickets.
All recordings are at 24Bit/96KHz with Soundminer metadata included.
Surround In a Room features 25 HD 24bit / 48 kHz 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of small, medium and large room tones, and quiet places.
Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format).
Recording locations are all from center of the room to create the widest possible sound. A stereo version of each cue is included, as well as embedded metadata. All tracks are 2 Minutes. Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
Surround In A Crowd 5.1 features 25 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of Interior and Exterior crowds.
Includes interior and exterior recordings from places such as a café, restaurant, park, playground, theatre, museum, courtyard, lobby, classroom, library, subway, shopping mall and more.
Recorded with discrete Quad microphones and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format). Recording locations are all from center perspective, captured in the center of a room or crowded space. A stereo version of each cue is included as well as embedded metadata. Most recordings are 2-3 minutes in length.
Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file for free here.
Surround In the City delivers 25 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of City traffic and Ambience. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format). Recording locations are all from center perspective – between traffic lanes on medians, bridges, walkways and tunnels to capture the movement of a city. A stereo version of each cue is included as well as metadata. Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file for free here!
Surround In the Night features 25 HD 24bit/48khz 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of urban crickets and cicada recordings in parks and residential areas. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format).
Recording locations are all from center perspective – captured in the middle of a park or residential area, to create the widest possible sound. A stereo version of each cue is included, as well as embedded metadata.
Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
Get a large selection of ambiences recorded in parks, residential areas, playgrounds and other urban areas with this SFX library. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format).
Recording locations are all from center perspective – in the middle of a park or residential area, to create the widest possible sound. A stereo version of each cue is included as well as embedded metadata. Most tracks are 2-3 minutes.
Want the sounds of urban rain storms, gutters, drains and wet traffic? Surround In the Rain features 30 HD 24bit/48khz 5.1 Surround Sound Effects with exactly that. Recorded with discrete Quad microphones, and mastered in 5.1 surround (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf Embeded .WAV format). Recording locations are all from center perspective to create the widest possible sound, and a stereo version of each cue is included, as well as embedded metadata. Want a taste of what's included? Download the 5.1 Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
The Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection is a bundle containing the whole Surround Sound Lab Catalog. We offer it as a perpetual audio one-time subscription, getting you 4500+ files, 240+ GB of audio and free updates as the catalog grows! This one-time bundle purchase gives you access to all the Surround Sound LAB libraries, including new future releases!
This is our home. Our sounds from the country we live in. Hear the cold winter winds from the hills of Gothenburg, the city life of the student town of Uppsala and the untouched nature far from the highways and industries from the whole year.
We have collected the nature, cities, parks and rivers in a compact package. A library like this wouldn’t be complete without wallas where you can hear the Swedish language, in a café, shopping mall and train station.
This comes down to over 220 minutes in 7.2 GB. Everything is recorded on a Sound Devices 633 with Neumann KM184 and Sennheiser MKH50 in Stereo (96 kHz, 24 Bit).
Synthetic Sphere is a collection of spatialised synthetic pads. Multiple layers of pads, tones and amorphic FX are spreaded across the sphere, resulting in a truly immersive experience. These pads include gentle movement across 3D space, creating rich ambiances but without catching to much of the listener attention.
This collection is great for post production, VR/AR experiences, game developers and any real-time 3D audio engine.
All files are tagged and categorized for your convenience – supporting tag filtering browsing applications.
This package includes 10 stereo samples – Total 51 minutes of content.
The library is also available in an Ambisonic version here.
Over the course of a week I captured the sounds of Tasmania, an island off the coast of Victoria, Australia with all its life and beauty. It shows off the island’s tranquil birds, delicate waves on the rocky shores, mountain streams, light wind and rain in the forest, and much more. Tracks last from 2.5 to 6 minutes, giving you over 3.5 hours of these unique wilderness ambiences.All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
Get the authentic sounds and ambiences from the Philippines in this sound effect library. It contains recordings of Lakes, Rice Terraces, Mountains, day and night Village Life, Kids Playing, People Talking, City Life, Traffic, Beaches, Jungle and much more.
Bonus recordings of village everyday life events such as traditional rice pounding and wood chopping are also included.
In total, it comes with nearly 7 hours (!) of authentic sounds and atmospheric ambiences from the Philippines.
This is a small library that brings you 19 quality sonic snapshots From Tbilisi, Georgia.
You will get few recordings from Tbilisi international airport including local P.A announcements.
You will also get several rooftop (skyline) recordings that grasp the unique sounds of this city, traffic and ambiance in different times of the day and night.
You will have several recordings of Tbilisis’ biggest market, consisting of lively voices and walla in Georgian and Russian.
And lastly you can find few more recordings of noisy streets and more quiet locations.
This library will help you design atmospheres for any projects taking place in Georgia or other eastern european cities.
Sound Devices Mixpre 6 + Senheiser MKH8040St in ORTF configuration
Hope you'll enjoy it
Tek Chok Ling Nunnery library contains one of a kind, unique collection of sounds, recorded both within the walls of the Nepalese nunnery and on the filled with life streets of Kathmandu.
The purpose of the Tek Chok Ling Nunnery is to inspire and infect with the contagious beauty of everyday buddhist rituals, which normally are not accessible for outsiders and ment to be experienced by only a limited group of people, whose entire lives are dictated by their immaculate religious beliefs.
Within those humble advocates of unrestricted faith in a fellow man and a stranger, one can find an inspiration and a proper dose of somewhat distant empathy in the Western world.
The library includes, but is not limited to sounds from both the nunnery and the hectic streets of the capital city of Nepal. The busy streets of Kathmandu carry the beauty of its everyday hustle and bustle sounds, containing a diverse range of city ambience.
Extensive information of every track was made, making the search for desired environmental sound much easier, formatted for Soundminer. The library features 3h24min of sounds from Tek Chok Ling Nunnery, Kathmandu and Himalayan mountains.
Temple of Asia is a unique collection of 22 sounds related to Hindu and Buddhist religions recorded through all Asia over many 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: Thailand, North India and Indonesia.
Rodeos and horse ranches aren't what they used to be.
These days, rodeos are polluted with big PAs pumping rock and pop music through the speakers while the cowboys ride the bulls and buck the broncs. People watch through cell phones and keep a safe distance from the action. Horse ranches are overrun with the sounds of 4 wheelers and dirt bikes on the tracks nearby.
The recordings we have come from before that time.
Years ago we rolled out to the rodeo with full access, a portable DAT machine, and a determination to catch every angle we could take a mic to. The house band played from a balcony unamplified while the cowboys rode the bulls and the crowd cheered. The children rode sheep in a sport called “mutton busting” and the women mounted stagecoaches and raced around the arena at breakneck speed.
…and when the show was over the crowd stood up to leave, but the cowboys were still competing – so they kept riding.
The steer wrestling contest happened in an almost empty arena. We were there — up close, capturing every gate release, the sounds of the cow struggling to stay on his feet, and the single trainer cheering the cowboys on. The dirt and the grit and the steel clacking around were all there, exposed and clean and in their native environment.
After the rodeo we went to a local horse ranch and kept on rolling. We got gallops and canters, grunts and snorts. We handled the tack, shook the bridles, and swung the gates. We recorded in the barn and out on the fields.
These recordings come from a time before 24 bit 96kHz portable rigs existed, but they have a quality and fidelity that has survived the ages. Take a listen and remember the time when these things sounded like they should sound.
'Thailand' is a unique collection of 101 sounds recorded over 2 years and produced with high quality equipment with DPA and Neumann mics, an Audio Technica Preamp, an Aeta Mixy Recorder, and a PCM D-100 digital recorder. This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded throughout the country at different seasons! Ambiences include:
The ‘Hood audio playset gives you over 12 minutes of urban ambience delight. This playset was recorded in Buffalo, New York and captures the traffic and neighborhood sounds of a busy city street including:
The ‘Hood Playset comes with everything you see here:
We recorded an old abandoned school and gained a lot of nice and very unique sound fx for your next sounddesign project. You’ll get up to 1.26 GB / 172 mono & stereo files, tagged (for trouble free use in your loved data base program) and carefully mastered in 24Bit/96kHz.
It took a lot of sunscreen to record this collection of ocean waves, gentle currents, and life on the Boardwalk. From Venice Beach, to Santa Monica and Malibu, Southern California boasts some of the world's greatest resources for coastal recording. This is a terrific library that features a variety of beachside sounds, including huge wave crashes on rocks, calm estuaries, and even amusement parks on the Pier. Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.
What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!
The bell collector sound library is a unique collection of 113 sounds of bells, gong and other metal percussions. These objects have been collected over the years, mainly in Asia, India and Europe.
All these sounds have been recorded and produced with high quality equipment at 24/96 khz at low noise floor.
Each bell, sorted by tonality, comes with many variations of intensity and rhythms.
This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with Neumann and MBHO mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
Recorded and edited in high resolution, these sounds are easy to pitch down and time stretch to create unique and surprising sounds.
All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.
Recorded in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, The Cabin audio playset is the first in a series of immersive audio environment sound effects bundles designed to allow producers, sound designers and other post-production audio professionals to quickly and easily establish an immersive audio set design with minimal effort.
Hit the ground running with immersive reverb impulse responses for use with free and commercially available convolution reverb plugins. This playset features a collection of 89 high definition sound effects, ambiences, and includes 7 impulse responses including alternate listening perspectives from the main room. The Cabin includes The Fridge and The Woodstove audio prop sets and a small general sound effects library to enhance your audio environment.
The Cabin comes with everything you see here:
• 89 high definition sound clips
• 96 kHz, 24-bit mono and stereo WAV files
• 7 HD immersive audio impulse responses
• Impulse responses work with most major convolution reverb plugins
• Includes file lists and broadcast WAV compliant metadata
• Bonus Items: The Fridge & The Woodstove audio prop packs
The Complete Collection contains 1373+ sound effects from every sound library that we have released so far. It features Sci-Fi, Fire, Ice, Mecha, Rocks, and Plastic sound effects, including ambiences, drones, textures, swooshes / wooshes, impacts, glitches, sequences, and more. Royalty-free.
The Drip delivers a comprehensive set of dripping sound effects that could be used in movies, video games etc. with both ambience sounds for backgrounds, and single sounds for spotting individual drops on various surfaces.
A variety of microphones were used to capture the different sounds in this collection: Telinga Microphones for a real zoom perspective, Mkh8040+30 for ambiences, a Mkh416 & Emesser mic for certain sfx sounds, and a set of Mkh 8020 for the real quiet sound effects sources.
The Eiravaein Works total mix.
This auditory omnibus includes all 30 of our individually released SFX libraries. Encompassing a tremendously diverse amount of content, topics, unique sources, designs, recording techniques, and channel formats, our complete collection provides you with over 2.25 days of professional audio assets.
With the Eiravaein Collection, you will receive:
48Kilos, Anarchy, BigBlock, Bunretsu, Burst, Crepitus, Dx, Epona, Flourish, Gravitas, Grit, Helinä, Ilmarinen, Jarred, Kieuk, Latchlocker, Meridian, Mouthy, Nocked, OutwardInversion, Parched, Start Select, Tubular, Unfathomed, Vaeya I, Vaeya II, Vaeya III, Vaeya IV, Wakey Wakey and Yvaine.
THE ELEVATOR SPEAKS is a sound pack that has a neutral male English voice reading floors and levels up to 100. Beyond the 100th floor you can use the One Hundred And, Two Hundred And etc up to floor One Thousand, to concatenate the speech files. I.e 'level two hundred and ten' or 'three hundred and fiftieth floor.'
The voice files are bespoke, recorded for this sound pack and ok to use in any project or indeed, elevator. PLEASE NOTE I have duplicated the VO files, one set is processed to sound as though they are coming through a small speaker, one set are as recorded, unprocessed for you to use as is or process as desired.
There are also a few sound effects. An elevator travelling, doors and a button press.
‘The Excavator’ by Cinematic Sound Design delivers a collection of recordings in pristine 24 Bit / 96 Khz. Captured using highest quality equipment providing a discrete signal path, such as Sound Devices 702 and a pair of Neumann KM 184, this collection features engine & bucket sounds from Neuson 3602 rd excavator, suitable for your car & construction games, visual projects etc.
In total, you will get 43 field recording sounds totalling over 10 minutes of engine & bucket recordings, captured from different perspectives.
• 43 Field Recording sounds
• Engine Sounds
• Powering ups, pumping, speed ups, powering downs
• Excavator bucket sounds
• Shakings, digging, rattle
The Farm is a sound library that I compiled about a year ago just for fun and I kept adding sounds recorded at the same location in the Canadian countryside at 4 different farms. During the recording session, I’ve been lucky enough to have met some fantastic people ready to share their passion for farming and pointing me out to what they felt was an essential part of their everyday soundscape.
I had the chance to stumble on two late 50s John Deere tractors that where still functional and that marked the end of an era. It is a comprehensive farm sound library that is not just about tractors or animals.
You will find, in the bonus section, 6 different footsteps surfaces each with a walk and run variation and some more. There are five main categories in this library: Ambiances, Animals, Footsteps, Misc (Various SFX) and Vehicles ready for creating a convincing farm soundscape for your project.
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