Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
‘Wave Break Vol.1’ is a compilation of 50 audio files that capture the natural sounds of water breaking on land. There are 42 main sound effects with 8 bonus water sounds totaling 230 minutes and most are 5 minutes in duration. 'Wave Break' features recordings from beaches, coves, reefs, sand dunes, rocky platforms and headlands – recorded in Sydney, Australia and Taveuni Island, Fiji.
Check out ‘Wave Break Vol.2’ here!
For easy reference, sound descriptions are identified in the track title. All files are metatagged.
Get the sounds of waves captured with ambisonics – everything from small waves on a sunny day to the big swells of a storm.
We are the People is a sound effects library filled with protests chants from the 2012 NATO protests in Chicago.
Two locations give this library two aurally unique crowd environments. The downtown protests reflect off the surrounding buildings, giving them a neat urban quality, while the Ravenswood protests give the impression of a more open environment. Groups of protesters in unified chant ranged in size from just a few to perhaps 200 or more. Many of the recordings have wonderful builds, starting with one or two voices and grow from there, in both size and intensity.
These recordings work great as stand alone effects or for layering in some specificity to crowds. The next time your designing a defiant crowd, bring some authenticity with We are the People.
Welcome to to the historic city of Rome. Once you get here you feel all the history this city has to offer.
In this short visit to Rome we have captured the essence of this lovely city: Markets, museums, city live and of course, storms.
16 tracks recorded in different places of the city. 48Khz and 24 bits HD Audio. As always, great ambience files to use in your production.
This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration for the surround files. This provides great post production possibilities.
A collection of rural autumn atmospheres, recorded in the Wendland region of Germany. A total of more than 3 hours of ambiences included!
• Trees and bushes in the wind
• The forest
• Open fields and wetlands
• Shores of Jetzel river
• Open windows at farm house
• Tractors and farm machinery
• Rural garden: morning, day, and evening
• Outdoor restaurants
• Next to a goose shed
• Dannenberg Market
• Hitzacker Graveyard
• On board a small Elbe river ferry
• and others.
This collection features a wide selection of wet sounds recorded over many years. Including over 5 hours of high quality recordings: streams, rivers, waterfalls, hydro electric power plants, ocean waves, lake atmospheres, water scenes, boat scenes, car scenes, rain, thunder storms, hail and also dripping and trickling close perspective sounds. Locations all over Norways coast, islands and inland including a few mountains.
Torrential rains, soft trickling mountain streams, breaking waves and gushing waterfalls!
Also including unique recording of spring melt ice floating down a mountain river 1000 masl., a couple of start to stop thunderstorms, and water dripping on, listening from within, a wheelbarrow.
Bonus content: Mini Icelandic hot spring pack, including: Geysir (Strokkur) eruption, Hot bubbling water/steam and mud.
Wetland Atmosphere is a collection of pristine ambiences recorded at wetlands, marshes, bogs, lakes and other similar areas around Europe.
The library consists of 33 recordings ranging from 3 to 10 minutes in length, available both as stereo and surround. The recordings have been captured with a Sennheiser Double Mid-Side rig which was left out overnight in remote locations. This was to make sure that man-made noise and human interaction was kept to a minimum.
The library is accompanied by a comprehensive species list covering 68 birds and 7 amphibians in total.
Highlights include Bitterns with their booming calls, Common Loons and their wails being reflected off of trees, geese, ducks and swans making a racket, the insect-like clicking of Savi's Warbler and the incessant croaking of various frogs and toads.
Gathering clean nature recordings without man-made noise is becoming difficult in today's world due to human expansion and modern technology. Wild Montana Winter captures over an hour of material featuring the unpolluted sonic landscapes around Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge. The exquisite sounds of the wild are delivered to you in 24 bit, 96khz audio quality to detail the beauty of natural phenomenon occurring in the desolate terrain. Well-grounded metadata is added to help you to easily navigate through this natural collection of sounds. Frozen. Vast. Untamed.
“Wilderness Americas : Geyser and Volcano” is a collection of sounds focused on geothermal phenomena of Central and North America.
We recorded geysers in the Yellowstone National Park (USA) and two very actives volcanoes: the Fuego in Guatemala, and the Masaya in Nicaragua.
To complete this sound library, we added natural sound elements which are very efficient for sound design as designed sound material:
“Super volcano” eruption sounds, magma lake ebullition sounds, lava movement, and landslide sounds.
The geyser and Masaya volcano sounds (magma lake, lava movement) were recorded with the Telinga Parabola with a Sennheiser MKH 8040. The Telinga was used for its powerful ability to focus on sound details at a reasonable distance.
The explosions and eruptions of the Fuego volcano were recorded in surround with a Sennheiser DMS setup (MKH 8040-30) and also with the Telinga Parabola + MKH 8020.
-This sound bank contains 56 sound takes recorded in 24/96 kHz, and a total of 122 files.
High-quality nature ambiance of wild landscapes in both eastern and western Oregon – with a focus on different cricket sounds by day and night.
Types range from hot desert heat to cold windy forest nights, to vibrant riversides. Many tracks are quite long – several minutes or longer. A number catch crickets quite close to the recorder
An interior wind collection is a must-have. It howls and it hoots through the recess of a door or a window.
This is your exterior wind collection, mainly recorded outside with a wind trap. You will be surrounded in your editing room by blowing, fresh air.
Wind Elements – Interior is 75 minutes/2.43 Gb of howling, blasting and fluttering wind, recorded from inside various buildings. 90 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using Sennheiser MKH & Primo EM172 microphones, and mastered in X/Y stereo.
This collection is the bigger, badder sequel to bestseller Howling Winds – Interior, with more of everything: fresh recordings, more types of wind, more locations and just more variation.
Everything from violent blasting and howling, to gentle, caressing wind. Some with sleet and rain, cracking and creaking of window frames and roof materials, others with faint sound of rustling leaves or urban buzz.
You get both long ambiances from various locations, as well as plenty of short files to sweeten up your mix.
Some sounds have been eq'ed aggressively to enhance the feeling of being indoors, but very little processing has been applied otherwise. You'll hear a bit of hiss here and there; I left it in because I felt noise reduction would take away too much character in those specific cases.
• In Wind Harp, get an expansive collection of musical winds from the mountains of the American Southwest. Hear singing wires brought to life by 30 mph gusts and desert winds meshing perfectly with musical drones. Hear blustery blasts whipping through mountain valleys and scrappy desert foliage rustling frantically. Hear dancing grasses strike fretboard strings, pinging rich melodies with each swaying stalk.
• To record this library an acoustic guitar was transformed into an aeolian harp. I hope this library gives you a chance to hear the wind in a way you haven’t heard it before. Enjoy listening to the natural music of the wind as it sings on long thin wires
2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
• Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause, as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
Wind In Broadleaf Trees is a collection of recordings focusing on wind through broadleaf trees. Recorded in a Swedish forest in October it is representative of the most common broadleaf trees in Europe and other areas with a temperate climate.
In this collection I wanted to capture evocative and emotional wind sounds, from the soothing and relaxing soft winds, tense moderate winds, dramatic strong winds and the transitions between the different emotions or speeds of wind.
The collection was recorded at 24 bits 96Khz with an A-B stereo setup. It contains both longer files, with two minutes and more in length and shorter files edited to be a seamless loop. The files also come with embedded metadata.
Here are ambient and specific recordings of rustling leaves, fluttering twigs and creaking trunks. Pine and Fir trees, Beechwood hedgerows and leafless Oak trees, along tall grass and reeds. All in all, a collection representative of the cultured landscape in Denmark, as well as much of northern Europe. I was lucky enough to record a storm during the last days of 2016, and those sounds are of course included here. No human voices or man-made sounds, but a few of the sounds have bird vocalizations in them.
The focus is rather narrow, going for many nuances of the same flavor – rather than many flavors. If you need sounds of a storm or gale in northern European vegetation, then this should fit the bill. Note that there is audible buffeting in several files. I opted to leave it in there, as it might suit some purposes, and let me keep the most violent passages. You can try your luck with noise reduction, but since wind is mostly broadband noise anyway, it might not turn out well. YMMV.
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. All sounds were captured in Denmark between October and January.
The Wind Turbines library introduces the sounds of fizzling propeller blades, rotating nacelles, humming transformer stations, mysterious drones and other mechanic noises gathered from inside wind turbine towers.
All these specific sounds are complemented by large-field wind farm ambiences.
The library is organised into 7 themes that include takes with a length from 19 seconds to more than 2 minutes.
Blade Noises • Drones • Nacelle Rotation • Tower Sounds • Transformer Stations • Ventilation • Wind Farm Ambiences
This is the windmills sound effects archive from Morten Green Sound FX
27 soundfiles of totally 62 minutes of sound in 96 kHz 24 bit.
The windmills recorded in this archive are 6 old 45 metre tall windmills, generating electricity on the coast of the small Danish island Orø. They are rather old and worn out, so they generate a lot of interesting noises, especially when you get very close to them.
The structures are from metal, bolted into a concrete foundation with small openings, so you can actually get the microphones underneath the reverberant structure itself, for sounds from inside the windmills. The blades are made from glass fibre and pretty worn, so they give a lot of nice whistling noises.
There are recordings from many different distances to the windmills, ranging from 150 m to right underneath the windmill structure.
Most of the sound files are more than 2 minutes in length.
A larger focus on wind – with trees, brush, crickets, and other sounds often included. There are also plain wind sounds recorded on exceptionally quiet wilderness winter nights that can be layered over most every project for several minutes or longer. Additionally includes some branches breaking in high winds and rain patter.
Many years of trekking in the Dovre mountains (Dovrefjell) at heights from 900 to 1200 masl. and temperatures reaching down to -20°C, has led to many unique recordings.
My main goal when on Dovrefjell was to capture the “sound” of the harsh climate that dominates up there. Subsequently it was hard to avoid the ever restless wind. But it can be quite tricky to capture the sound of wind (or rather the sound of wind on or through objects) and there are only some “sweet spots”, in this vast high altitude climate scattered with rocks and tiny trees, that will generate a good recording.
These recordings were done crouching behind rocks, on cliff sides, on top of summits, behind weathered shelters, old mountain farms and bushes. Partially freezing my hands of, operating recording equipment.
Windy forest is a collection of forest ambiences with wind ranging from soft to strong. We spent two stormy days out in the deep forests of Norway and managed to capture a wide variety of wind sounds. The recordings are nearly 100% bird free so they are very usable internationally.
We present here an ambience sound library from the collection 'Wonders of Nature' that captures the magical essence of dormant snowy forests.
'Winter forest' is not just about silence, it unfolds the delicate flow of lone natural immensity. Over the span of 2 years we recorded the cold north wood forest of the Laurentian in Canada.
We captured chilly breezes, sparse birds, creaking barks, freezing rain, raven's vocalizations, wolves, long cold silences. All of which resonate through these unique sceneries of quietude.
We took care to record different time of the day but also different settings as well as various weather conditions as wind, blizzard, snow, freezing rain, stillness.
The library is available in stereo, and surround.
Winter Parks by Badlands Sound features 31 ambiences of parks in or near the city recorded during the winter months. These sounds are three minutes long and are loopable allowing for easy editing while cutting ambiences for the projects you are working on. This was recorded in 96k / 24 bit with high level professional gear: Sound Devices 702t, a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040's and a Rycote in ORTF configuration.
49 unique winter sounds with over 55 minutes of playtime – including sounds such as footsteps, wind, winter sports and many other like glacier sounds or flowing stream in the snow. The library is perfectly suited for post production, audio books, radio broadcasts and other audio channels. All sounds are in WAV, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.
This construction kit creates the world of various rotating gear sounds. Medieval astronomical clocks, fantasy inventions and steampunk gizmos with a lot of wooden shafts, cogs, sprockets and other parts. From tiny to large objects, you can hear the wooden material working in all its nudity – friction, knocking, clacking, rattling, squeaking, crackling, howling and so on.
The product includes 75+75 source recordings and 65 designed tracks of different wooden and sometimes metal gears, variety of styles, types, speeds and timbres.
Woodland Atmosphere is a collection of clean and immersive natural ambiences recorded in forests around Europe by George Vlad. The library is updated with new content on a regular basis, all free for existing users.
Get more than 5 hours of pristine nature recordings and birdsong with this SFX library:
Worldwide Rivers & Waterfalls is a thorough collection of 99 sound recordings made around the world. It comprises ‘loopeable’ sounds of a wide variety of water streams from tiny small to broad wide rivers.
They were recorded in mountains, countryside, on bridges, under bridges, in caves, in tunnel, underwater (hydrophones), and throughout various geological features, as narrow canyon, mighty rivers, shallow streams running on Pebbles, Icy cold flow from melted snow, or hot boiling streams from active geothermal terrains.
Most of the captures are declined with various perspectives and distances from the sound source, allowing better integration in movie scenes or games. The library was recorded in these countries: Spain, Switzerland, Iceland, Georgia, France, Canada, Thailand, Ecuador, and Slovakia.
– Diverse Geological Features: boiling hot spring, icy cold stream, narrow canyon, wide, shallow,…
– Various Distances & Perspectives
– Highly focused and meticulously edited sounds
– Ready to use Loop
Wroclaw Impressions delivers sounds from one of the most vibrant cities in Poland. Situated by the Odra River, Wroclaw has clearly arrived in modern times without blurring the traces of its eventful history. The downtown consists of calm residential and pedestrian areas with narrow streets and countless tramways. The area around central Rynek place is a large entertainment district thats hardly disturbed by car traffic. And last but not least: Wherever in Wroclaw you are it is for sure that you will hear any bells of the numerous churches and sacral buildings.
The second in a series of WW Audio SFX Sample Packs. This is Volume 2 – Crowds & Ambiences and contains 70 high quality, professional random, sometimes eclectic sound effects for your theatre or film projects.
Marrakech skyline – calling for prayers, fireworks let off on a Spanish beach, the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem – the holy crucifixion site, Benidorm Old Town, Go Karting, The Cheesecake Factory – Las Vegas, The Ramblas – Barcelona, Dam Square – Amsterdam, Italian harbour, Leadenhall Market – London, Munich beer hall, London Aquatic Centre, The Old Town Square – Prague, British National Museum, Mersey ferry ambience, Ducks on a canal and much more.
All files include Soundminer, ID3v2.3.0 and Riff Info metadata embedded into the files to make for easy searching in your database of choice.
Yabby Pumping or Pumpin’ Yabbies (as we call it down under) is a process of sucking sand, mud and water to catch bait for fishing. In this library you will find 62 sound effects that capture those sounds. All files are metatagged.
Yellowstone is a unique sound effect library created by renowned sound supervisor and SFX editor Tim Nielsen, featuring giant geysers, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, hot springs, water streams and much more.
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