Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Unremarkable Ambiences delivers a lot of useful ambiences like traffic, crowds, birds, drones, weather, stations and more.
Over 50 long-form HD recordings for your delight – more than 4 1/2 hours total!
If you're after city ambiences, URBAN & SUBURBAN provides a solid foundation for any sound designer to create a believable acoustic backdrop right out of the gate with common ambiences in varying intensities, daytimes and configurations. Easily accessible public places are captured in excellent quality, yet enough balance and distance to support the scene in the background and embed more prominent sounds into the mix.
COMMON VS UNUSUAL
While URBAN & SUBURBAN provides all the necessary basics, it also goes the extra mile by providing more isolated environments as well as recordings of special events that will come in handy when a change of scenery or dramaturgy is required. Various forms of traffic, groups of people, buildings, animals, wind and many more sound sources that make an appearance in this library ensure that you are able to craft an experience complete with the necessary components.
Urban Berlin Vol. 1 is the first release from a set of different Sound Librarys from Germany’s Capitol City Berlin. This first Volume contains Sounds like Citylife, Leisure, Traffic and Train Stations, Pleasure Boat, Flea Market, Trade Fair, Shopping and Crowds in different public Situations. Indoor and Outdoor.
Urban Berlin Volume 2 is the brand new library in addition to volume 1, capturing the many sounds of the German capital.
We recorded in the districts: Kreuzberg, Mitte, Charlottenburg and Tiergarten. This Library contains the most-visited places, as well as quiet streets and backyards. Most of these recordings were made during the spring of 2016. For further details about the locations, please read the spread-sheet and take a look on the location photos.
It was completely recorded in MS-Stereo (mid/side Signal) which gives you the great opportunity to handle the stereo-spread in post production. For those of you, who want fast results, we offer you a converted version in full Stereo-spread or take both as a bundle. The excellent Neumann Shotgun MS-Microphone RSM 190i was used in this session.
We recorded in the districts: Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain. This Library contains roomtones of a Hospital, a Playground, Trainstations and other crowded places. For further details about the locations, please read the spread-sheet and take a look on the location photos.
Urban Crows is a library full of interesting sounds of single crows and swarms.
These proud birds deserve a lot more attention than they usually get. They are amazingly intelligent, social and by no means aggressive or monotonous when it comes to their communication capabilities.
The library evolved throughout winter 2015/16 and was taken from the attic of a house surrounded by trees were the crows frequently stayed overnight. So it was a great pleasure to record them arriving in the evenings as well as hearing them chatting during the dawn. They have a huge arsenal of clearly distinguishable single caws, funny sighs or nervous screams that often evolved to a huge cluster of noises that became stronger when the church bells began to ring and the sun came up.
All takes are recorded in Mid-Side stereo, with Sennheiser MKH-70 shotgun for a strong mid-signal and AKG-C394B for the ambience. The total playing time of the library is approx. 1h 30min.
More than just roomtones, this collection is about living in town. Changing an appartment’s common sounds into simple poetry. This collection was recorded in a big city such as Paris and London but also more quiet places.
This is the second part of Urban Housing ambisonics series. Those atmospheres are the most helpful to create an immersive sensation of living in town. Mostly recorded in upper class hotel room from New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Bangkok. Sounds are deep and comfortable – and with an open window, it’s a totally different story.
Urban Rain is a sound library that delivers 50 city rain sounds recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit, with Soundminer and BWAV embedded metadata. The library contains various types of rain at different intensities, from very light to downpour. Several thunder claps and rumbles are present as well. Locations are as follows: a terrace, a balcony, a backyard, several streets, a rooftop, a garage, inside a car, a loft (from inside), Chelsea FC Stadium and two patios (interior). All files have been recorded at night so human activity is minimum, although you will hear a tiny bit of traffic rumble in the background.
The library also includes 8 Ambisonics files (B-Format, both in FuMa and ambiX, along with a downmix in stereo) and other sounds related to water in the citylife, such as pipes, a drain and a gutter, which are loopable. By using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 7.1).
Descriptive markers have been added to several files to highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in separate folder.
The total length of the library is 200 minutes.
Gear used: Zoom F8, Sennheiser Ambeo, Sony D100.
Urban Russia is a unique sound effects library that captures the atmospheric sound of modern-day Russia.
Ambiences are recorded in places like the streets, parks, the subway, a museum, bank, airport, bookstore, mall, hotel, restaurant, elevators, train stations etc.
It comes with 171 sound clips recorded in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russia – a total of 8 hours of recordings are included!
This library, delivered in our brand-new 3D Surround format, is the perfect fit for your 3D urban ambient scenes. From calm downtown areas to busy crossroads and markets, it features both in- and outdoor subway areas, train stations, highways, parks, fountains, urban beaches, and much more. If your next project is set in an urban area, this collection of urban sounds entails everything your needs require. The duration of the files varies from 3 to 11 minutes to give you more flexibility and less repetitions in your sound design. URBAN USA contains both detailed sound scenes as well as quiet basic layers.
THE WHOLE RANGE OF URBAN SOUND DIVERSITY
URBAN USA covers an immense spectrum of different settings of urban city life. From bustling downtown areas such as subway stations, financial districts, as well as marinas and construction sites, or quieter areas including beaches, parks, and suburbs, URBAN USA offers an authentic and detailed picture of American everyday city-life. As usual, delivered in the best possible quality to exceed the requirements of any professional sound design challenge.
DETAILED SOUND SCENES AS WELL AS QUIET BASIC LAYERS
URBAN USA contains a wealth of rich and expressive sound scenes to create spot-on sound design. In addition, you get a variety of different quiet base layers, perfect for creating the sonic foundation of an urban scene.
INCLUDING STEREO VERSION
In addition to the ORTF-3D files, the 3D SURROUND edition also contains all files in 2.0 stereo for your convenience to save time on unnecessary conversions. Instead, you can instantly use these great new sounds for all your projects that don’t require surround sound.
Urban Winds is 49 minutes / 1.33 GB of medium and high-wind sounds in 38 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz M/S stereo (decoded to X/Y stereo and mono), using Sennheiser MKH micophones.
You get empty streets and construction sites, office exteriors and the port of Aarhus. You get plastic that flutters or thrashes, metal fences that clatter and vibrate, pipes and cavities resonating in the gusts. You get ambiances and specifics. I have tried to strike the balance between variety and nuance, to give you sound pros something to build a scene around. In that sense, this really is a construction kit of sorts.
You will hear very little human activity – other than distant traffic. I recorded mostly at night, and in large, undisturbed areas – and on one occasion in the aftermath of a violent storm (the kind that rips the tiles off the roofs). Had a good time standing in the relative safety of my doorway, recording stuff getting blasted down the street! All sounds were captured in Aarhus, Denmark.
• Howling, moaning, whistling wind sounds
• Wind-battered city ambiances
• X/Y Stereo and Mono sounds (decoded from M/S)
• Metadata included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
Urban Winds II gets you 65 minutes (2 GB) of medium and high-wind sounds in 29 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz M/S stereo (decoded to X/Y stereo and mono), using Sennheiser MKH micophones.
You get empty streets and alleys, office exteriors and a marina. You get steel wires that whistle and whip in the wind, pipes and cavities resonating in the gusts. You get ambiances and a few specifics. I have tried to strike the balance between variety and nuance, to give you sound pros something to build a scene around. In that sense, this really is a construction kit of sorts. This collection picks off where Urban Winds left off.
You will hear very little human activity – other than distant traffic. I recorded mostly at night, and in large, undisturbed areas.
In some of the recordings, you will hear wind buffeting – more of the windscreen than the microphones – but there is some. In some cases, I opted to tame the most violent events, but others I left in. In many cases, wind noise reduction simply took away too much of the forcefulness, so I left it as is.
Some specifics 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. All sounds were captured in Aarhus, Denmark.
SSL16 USA CONTRASTS is a great collection of American Ambiences. Recorded in Summer 2015, I traveled to some of the most beautiful cities of the country to explore the American way of Life.
From San Francisco to New York, visiting:
Room tones from the quietness of a Las Vengas Hotel vs the Wild Nature of California & Crowd and traffic of the big cities…. This is the real contrast of USA! As always, recorded in full 5.1 Surround format.
Useful Winds contains 17 decoded ms recordings of various types of wind, both interior and exterior. From a mild breeze through an Irish field to a storm gale atop of a Spanish hill, the library delivers a vast array of windy goodness. Recorded with Schoeps mk4/mk8 & SoundDevices MixPre-D.
This is a special assortment of design fragments from Eiravaein Works. Libraries in the Vaeyan series will be produced over time as new assorted concepts are explored and designed. A welcome addition of flavor for any sound designer's archive!
The second volume of assorted recording sessions and design fragments from Eiravaein Works.
Libraries in the Vaeyan series will be produced over time as new library concepts are explored and researched.
A second helping of intriguing sonic flavor for any sound designer's archive!
Vaeyan IV delivers a massive set of assorted sound design ingredients for your audio alchemy. It includes assets captured from natural ambiances, vehicles, tools, cameras, slingshots, scissors, clay whistles, flutes, ceramic jars, dumpsters, kitchen appliances, deconstructed fans, toys, doors, windows, vintage furniture, fountains, projectors, and even a slap bracelet. That's right, a slap bracelet.
As with Vaeyan I, II, and III, this is a huddling of field recordings and sound designs that do not quite form a library on their own. However, together they make up an audio FX treasure chest gleaming with gold and silver audio loot!
Variety 1 is a selection of our favourite, most popular sound clips. It includes 150 sound effects from babies to burps, crowds to computers, subways to switches.
It is a mix between vehicles, household, office, human sound effects and more in both specific sound effects, and lush stereo ambiences, weighing in just under 2 gigabytes of audio. Includes 18 fields of bonus Soundminer metadata.
Variety 2 is our second bundle of popular, mixed sound clips. This collection packs 150 specific and ambient sound effects into just over 2 gigabytes of audio.
It features multiple categories of fx, ranging from alarms to horns, rain to voices, knives and fireworks. You'll find sirens and race cars, trains and thunder, and much more.
Announcing VARIETY01 – a grab-bag of useful, high-quality sound effects that are often required in FX lays for modern-day film and television projects. From interesting room sweeteners and essential domestic doors, to overhead aircraft and residential atmos elements, this collection has been crafted to bolster the most-used areas of your library.
This collection focuses on modern-day domestic sounds and rural/residential environment elements. We take pride in assuring that whilst there is a high level of variety, we make sure that each sound is as versatile to use as possible.
For a list of all sounds within the collection please take a look at our data sheet below.
Get a rich collection of Italian ambiences captured in legendary Venice / Venezia. The library features lots of pedestrian ambiences
Air conditioning is almost everywhere – and this collection will give you different sounds of ventilation systems, from from outside and inside units. Smooth hotel room AC, industrial computer room or bathroom, all those kind of rooms need ventilation systems – and here’s what they sound like.
Take an acoustical tour through Vienna, Austria with this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from the downtown area, churches, touristic areas and busy restaurants, subway stations and more!
20 read-to-use stereo and surround (5.0) tracks with all the appropriate metadata ready to be used on your next production.
Vienna City Ambiences – Stereo:
– 20 ready-to-use ambiences in stereo
– 1.31 GB
Vienna City Ambiences – Surround:
– 20 ready-to-use ambiences in 5.0 surround(split mono)
– 100 split mono files
– 3.34 GB
Vienna City Ambiences – COMPLETE Pack:
– Surround + Stereo downmix bundle for maximum savings!
– 120 files
– 4.66 GB
Viva North of Spain is a massive sound effects library featuring authentic sounds of the northern part of Spain, along the route of the Camino de Santiago.
This collection contains sounds of Cities, Villages, Beaches, Nature, Cathedral of Santiago, Highway Bridges and the basque country’s national sport Pelota.
It features typical Streets, Walla, Traffic Sounds, Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Residential Village Sounds.
Faunethic's Volcanic Geyser sound library is a unique collection of 21 sounds from the bowels of the earth. Steaming, splashing and muddy textures, these sounds has been recorded at San Pedro de Atacama, in northern Chile. The third most important geothermal spot on earth, San Pedro de Atacama is located between 4500 to 5200 meters above sea level offering a wide and beautiful sonic diversity to its visitors.
This collection provides authentic sound recordings, captured with high-quality equipment: DPA, Neumann and 4minX. All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited with Soundminer. All these sounds are delivered at 24/96Khz .wav files. This collection come in easily downloadable zip file.
A collection of volleyball recordings, with various hit and block sounds of different strengths – each with multiple versions. These original sounds were recorded with a Pro volleyball player using an official game ball.
We're proud to offer our inaugural bundle package, which includes the first four VSCRL libraries- The Park, The Road, The Snow, and The Beach. This collection comes at an incredible deal, and is the ultimate showcase of the immersive and VISCERAL quality of our ambisonics.
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!
This library is a compilation of the unique sounding horn, quintessential to South Africa and its culture, the Vuvuzela. It's a collection of Vuvuzela sounds from various distances and varying intensities. There are mono and stereo versions, all recorded in isolation in order to be placed in any situation. Included are additional recordings with natural city reflections.
All tracks recorded with the Zoom H5 XY stereo pair as well as a Sennheiser MKH60.
Walla features 200 ambience length sound effects that capture the unmistakable background murmur from crowds. Featured in this collection are airports, bars, pubs, conventions, schools, malls, offices, theaters and more! All sound effects have been hand-picked from the Sound Ideas Walla libary.
Walla Volume 3 features 200 ambience length sound effects that capture the unmistakable background murmur from crowds. Featured in this collection are bars, pubs, conventions, schools and more! All sound effects have been hand-picked from the Sound Ideas Walla, Series 15,000, Background Trax, Mike McDonough Crowds and Applause, General HD 1 and Premiere Edition libraries.
Water is a collection covering splashes, movements, pouring, waterfalls, faucets, toilets, showers, fountains, sewage drains, drips, bubbles, boiling, water pipe smoking, and even ice cracking, impacts and scrapes. We have you covered for all of your water needs.
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