Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
QUIETUDES is part of the most important tools in our daily sound design work: QUIETUDES are ambiences that occur at or near the threshold of human hearing and provide one of the most valuable resources in the studio.
A VALUED POSTPRODUCTION UTILITY
These faintest of all ambiences are remarkably useful in audio production – from replacing digital silence, restoring frequency lost in processed files, to naturalizing cultural ambiences and increasing the dynamic range of your production, applying QUIETUDES will soon become a key, everyday part of your routine. The noblest application of QUIETUDES will be the raising of your audience’s awareness of the eloquence of silence.
This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
RAIN features various kind of RAIN AMBIENCES and EFFECTS from different parts of CITIES and FORESTS.
In the forests, you’ll find sounds of RAIN FALLING ON DIRT, LEAVES and more.
In addition to the sounds of CARS PASSING BY and RAINY TRAFFIC in cities, you’ll also find RAIN COMING OUT FROM PIPES, HITTING THE ASPHALT and various kinds of RAIN POURING ON ROOFS such as PORCHES and LARGE PARKING LOTS and more.
Recorded @ 24bit 96kHz with ortf, spaced omni, XY and carefully edited.
The Rain & Thunder sound library features 53 files covering different types of rain, from light showers to heavy falls. Files were recorded in different locations, like open space, forest, under the plastic or metal roofs and some experiments like rain recorded inside metal grill or bucket. There are also few thunder recordings, mostly subtle and long ones. It’s 5.31 GB 96kHz pack with total length of 162 minutes.
It’s raining today, wherever you are, in the house or in the garden, you will be surrounded by bad weather.
Do you want to add some tension with thunder sound effects? Are you looking for immersive rain? Do you need perfect loops of rain in your game?
'Rain and Thunder' is a collection of high-quality sounds recorded over a timespan of several years at different locations with a Mid-Side and XY rig. This sound pack contains variations of rain: soft, hard, under metal, under plastic, on top of plastic, and with and without thunder rumble.
This pack is guaranteed to immerse the listener with the pattering drips of water and the roaring thunder!
All sounds included are tagged with metadata (keywords and description) for use in Soundminer/Basehead, etc.
Enjoy hearing rain recorded on several surfaces from a household perspective in San Francisco. Concrete, dirt, plastic, etc. Loops included as well. Also, heavy and light creeks recorded from several distances in Lake Tahoe.
Equipment used for these recordings was a Sound Devices 702 recorder along with DPA 4006 and Sennheiser 418s microphones.
Rain City is a HQ sound effects library featuring 84 recordings captured on various indoor and outdoor locations, in peaceful urban environments.
You will find various types and intensities of rainfall, from subtle drizzle on tile rooftops and construction sites, to after-hours heavy rain on the city streets and downpours against car windows, Plexiglas rooftop panels, umbrellas and more.
RAIN DESIGNER is all about (you guessed it) rain. It’s a library like no other and here’s why:
RD allows you to design high quality, dynamic rain sfx/ambiences that won’t end up sounding like a wall of noise.
It gives you full control over the sound – control wetness, drippiness, background noisiness, proximity, surfaces and more.
It’s perfect for adding more detail, sense of proximity to close up or ground level shots, enhancing rain field recordings, design complex rain soundscapes, implementing dynamic rain in FMOD/WWISE and more.
Collection consists of three main categories:
CONSTRUCTION-KIT 96/24 (104 SFX)
Heart of the library. 104 high quality sound beds to design and tailor rain sounds that you need for your project
Construction Kit consists of:
14 carefully extracted from real world recordings rain backgrounds and noises
4 synthesized white-noisy sweeps and beds
86 surfaces: rain drops on metal, plastic, water, iron plates, skylight windows, glass, between glass panels, fabrics, tarps,
muffled drops, drizzle drops, fine drops, water movements and more.
DESIGNED LOOPS 96/24 (24 SFX)
24 high quality, seamlessly looping, designed ambiences perfect for quick spotting.
SOURCE CONSTRUCTION-KIT 192/24 (268 SFX)
268 high quality source files recorded with DPA4060 and MKH8040.
Single drips, multiple drips, water trickles and more.
96-192KHZ 24BIT version (396 SFX/7.09 GB)
44.1KHZ 16BIT version for Unreal Engine (396 SFX/2.07 GB)
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Sennheiser MKH8060 + ATE208 + DPA4060, PCM D100
EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: RX, Pro Tools, Brufri, DMGAudio, Sound Particles
RAIN IN THE CITY features 41 HD 24bit/96khz Sound Effects with a large assortment of rains, drippings, gutters, traffic, streams and other water movements. Recorded during Los Angeles's heavy El Nino Weather storms in 2015. All new and original recordings.
'Rain in the City' has 70 files and more than 3 hours of recordings of light rain and storms in the city. This collection includes both indoor and outdoor ambience recordings from the 9th floor of a city building, within a vehicle, and on the street. There are also recordings of rain drops from the roof and drip cap, as well as rare recordings of a hail shower, flowing rain water through drain pipes and storm drains, and rain onto umbrellas, a car, and metal surfaces.
• Neumann 185 MT stereo matched microphone pair with Sound Devices 702 recorder
Get the sound of rain – recorded from an interior perspective.
This library contains various types and intensities of rain, from soft dripping to downpour, and the files are long enough to cover the rainbursts from start to end. Most of the files are also easily loopable.
Some of the sounds are recorded with closed windows for a realistic indoor perspective. In other takes a window is left ajar to enhance the sound of the rain outside and four files gives you an exterior perspective from a porch.
Locations covered: two greenhouses, two cars, a privy, a shed, a boathouse, a variety of rooms and roof materials.
Thunders, rain and storms are great natural recordings, and this library features a wide view of Spanish storms! The sounds include electrical thunders, rain storms, close thunders and more, recorded since 2009 in Spain.
All the files have metadata embedded for great Soundminer type programs. They both include Spanish and English descriptions.
Spanning five years of meticulous field recordings “Rain, Rivers & Waves” gets you nearly 8 GB of pristine water sounds in all shapes and sizes.
The collection includes 97 files recorded in stereo at 96 kHz.
The library delivers around 4 hours of tropical rains, urban storms, shallow streams, large roaring rivers, gentle lapping, heavy surf waves and much more!
We hope this collection will be of great value to anybody looking for outstanding water sounds.
As usual, all our sounds are meticulously recorded, edited with patience and mastered with love.
Get the sounds of rally cars competing in the world championships. Pack of very fast speed passbys through the turns. Two general locations and additional recordings further away.
Race to the summit! A collection of impressive WRC sport car passbys in three different distances. Close, further and two bonus far sounds, also usable as ambiences. Recordings are not “whoosh” type – the microphones typically follow the cars. It is easy to pan customization or make it more spatial. Recorded at the popular Czech event Rally Bohemia.
This library includes 123 sounds, recorded at rally service areas and the race track. Pass bys, idles, revvings and other car engine sounds.
This sound library is the ultimate achievement of a really ambitious project of recording winds from very remote places across the world.
Included are authentic recordings from the Boreal region (North hemisphere: in Canada and Iceland), from the Austral region (South hemisphere: Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the Last Hope province in Chile), on Islands in Mediterranean region (Thira in Greece), in the Sahara desert (Marocco), Isle-aux-Grues (Canadian winter), and more (see file list for more details)
Included is a set of useful synthesized, tonal, and designed winds.
The sounds are categorized into 3 folders: Designed, Indoor & Outdoor.
Recorded in Eastern Oregon’s Great Basin and High Desert Region – classic sounds of the American West, forest or desert.
These tracks are stripped highlights from the hundreds of hours of field recordings I use to make my films. A number of them include the birds fluttering and making deep natural calls right next to the recorder – about as close as you can hope to get of birds in the wild.
Not looking for eerie, creepy, glitchy, droney, moody, cinematic, terrific, dark or bright roomtones? You just need regular roomtones to mix with dialogue and/or to fill in a scene? Regular Roomtones provides just that; regular boring ass roomtones, meticulously edited to loop seamlessly!
The roomtones have been collected over a few years, recorded in different locations wherever I happened to be that day. The filenames have the recording location in them, but the sounds can, of course, be used for other locations as well.
The files have been normalized to be between 35-40 LUFS and will in most cases need to be turned down in volume. The files are 24 Bit and 48 kHz, some mono some stereo, all of them with embedded metadata.
This collection of sounds include a variety of ambiences, drones, and room tones recorded during a relaxing SPA day in Zamora, Spain. 17 tracks recorded in different spaces (Dressing Rooms, Jacuzzi, Sauna, etc) . Room Tones, Drones and Ambiences recorded and edited for audio atmos designers. SURROUND, DMS and ST VERSIONS INCLUDED, and all the files have metadata embedded for Soundminer and similar programs. They both include Spanish and English descriptions.
In Residential Ambiences you will get the sounds of 15 different recordings of residential atmospheres with a duration of 10 minutes each so there’s no need to loop.
Recordings have been done during five different periods of a day. Each one includes three versions:
Recordings feature sounds such as dozens of birds singing in the early morning, dove calls in the morning as the same time traffic gets noisier, human activities in the background in the afternoon distant traffic and voices in the evening, and sirens wailing in distance at night.
Some of the birds included are: doves, sparrows, crows, a cock, woodpeckers, blackcaps, magpies, and pigeons.
Since some of the files are extremely quiet (mainly in the evening and at night), descriptive markers have been included 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.
All files have been recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit with Soundminer and BWAV embedded metadata.
RESIDENTIAL SEAGULLS features 18 stereo tracks of seagulls in a residential area. All recordings have been taken from backyards where the city noise is very close to zero.
As usual, all files come in 24 bit and 96 kHz, with Soundminer embedded metadata.
Following Residential Ambiences approach, RESIDENTIAL WINTER – Ambisonics brings you 15 ambisonic residential atmospheres recorded during different times of a day in winter: early morning, morning, afternoon, evening and night.
In these recordings you will hear birds chirping, traffic, sirens wailing in distance, dogs barking, cats meowing and rooster calls. Recording done at night and in the early morning are very quite due to the absence of traffic.
Recordings have been done with a Sennheiser Ambeo + Zoom F8. All files are in 96 kHz/24 bit and meta-tagged.
This Ambisonics sound effects library contains the original recordings in A-Format (no processing whatsoever) and in B-format (AmbiX). By using Harpex, 5.1 (LRCLfeLsRs) and stereo (ORTF) mixdowns have been also added. Note that the Lfe channel is mute. It hasn’t been removed to follow the SMPTE path order.
The Ambisonics version contains all the formats. Stereo version only includes the stereo files.
Soundcloud demo plays the stereo version.
“Restaurant Ambiences” is the first package of a series of libraries that include ambiences from different places in restaurants. Most of this pack was stealth-recorded.
Here you will find atmospheres recorded during trips in Bulgaria and Germany, so you may find Bulgarian or German speech. This package includes a variety of ambiences, which are recorded at different times of the day and at various places in restaurants.
You will find noisy crowds in the restaurant’s garden during dinner, a typical atmosphere of a large German restaurant (beer house), a small café, a kitchen in a small restaurant (during lunch preparation), kitchen room tones, warehouses, etc.
Gear used: Neumann KM184 stereo set in ORTF and XY Configuration, Zoom H6, Zoom H4. All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer
A 1960’s styled bicycle riding around at a leisurely pace, wobbling to stay straight, walking along the sidewalk or being handled and chucked to the curb. Squeaky brakes, loud gears, and clumsy metal give this bike nostalgic character.
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