Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Beaches and Coastal gets you atmospheric sounds of life by the ocean, people at the beach and various beach activities. This includes people talking, children playing, sports, boats sailing by, sounds from a nearby carnival and a skateboard park. It also comes with recordings of waves, harbor and marina sounds. 40 tracks are included for more than an hour and a half of beach and coastal atmospheres.
Berlin Ambiances I is 114 minutes/3,69 GB of pure Berlin in 31 separate files – recorded mostly in 24bit/96kHz quasi-binaural stereo, with Primo EM172 omni capsules.
This collection contains stealth recordings of various Berlin locations, including a good deal of train sounds and, well, Berliners!
I went to locations such as the Bodemuseum (crazy natural reverbs), the Hauptbanhhof (enormous, diffuse train station-ambiance) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (great restaurant vibe and busy foyer). All this captured during January 2015, with a head-worn set of near- or quasi-binaural microphones.
Why quasi? Because the microphone elements are not entirely behind the Pinna (that thing protruding in front of the ear-canal), which means the true, 3-dimensional binaural experience isn't there. In this setting, my head shadow acted more like a Schneider disc or such, which means these recordings should translate better to speakers than, say, a Neumann dummy head. Btw: the non-binaural recordings were done in October 2013, using just my Sony PCM M10 recorder.
All in all, a collection of useful ambiances for your next Berlin-esque project.
Traffic and city atmospheres recorded from a balcony in Berlin at different times and weather conditions.
More than 130 minutes of ambiences included!
Recordings from the German capital. A collection of files containing a wide view of Berlin ambiences: Parks, streets, undergrounds, city ambiences… 50 files of interior and exterior files recorded in the Summer of 2013.
Need bicycle sound effects? This SFX library delivers more than 650 bike sounds in 125 files, covering everything from cycle gears, chains, crankset, spokes, brakes, the saddle, gearbox, bells, bicycle pumps and valves – and of course lots of wheel sounds, spinning at various speeds.
It also features outdoor ambiences of cycling, bike passes, skids and even some falls.
The collection consists of 43 stereo recordings of 12 rare, industrial machines used many decades ago in German power plants and industrial sites. It includes the sounds of massive 10KV power switches, a Siemens exciter machine (power generator) built in 1945 and many other vintage machines.
All machines were recorded in isolation without background noise and at high sample rates (192 kHz / 24 bit) with a Sound Devices 633 recorder and the Sennheiser MKH 8040 Microphones in close ORTF, taking full advantage of the extended frequency range (30 – 50000 Hz) of the microphones. Some machines were additionally recorded with a stereo setup of Barcus Berry 4000 series contact mics.
• Ash breaker
• Ash blower
• Coal dispatcher
• Siemens exciter machine
• Gas turbine model
• Motorized throttle-Flap
• Oil atomizer
• Pneumatic power switch
• 10KV power switch
• Rotation motor
• Manual steam machine
This is a collection of various Northern California beaches recorded binaurally with a Neumann KU 100 Dummy Head. Recorded at Black Sand Beach, Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, and Bodega Bay.
High-quality nature ambience of wild landscapes in eastern Oregon – with a focus on bird sounds in the high desert across times of day and seasons. These are authentic western desert sounds appropriate for use in westerns, wild west, and related games and films.
Many tracks are quite long – several minutes or longer. Species include woodpeckers, meadowlarks, woodpeckers, distant owls, and more. Includes bonus clips of fly buzzes and a few bats. A number catch birds quite close to the recorder.
Over two hours of birds, crickets, cicadas and frogs primarily from Southern Ontario, Canada, but also from Britain and Costa Rica. Specific calls and ambiences from the forest, the beach, the neighbourhood or on the dock of a quiet pond. Essential sounds to bring background tracks to life.
Discover everything from the peaceful sound of waves gently streaming through slippery rocks, from inside a hollow, beached buoy, and on the beach, directly facing the sea, to the full force of mother nature, being recorded from twenty feet above, as massive waves crash onto a cliff face, salty water permeating the air
The 30 separate audio files, free of seagulls, people, or ships, will provide you with a variety of pure and colourful recordings, which you can never have enough of. They bring character to any scene you might choose to lend them to, at the fraction of the cost and time required to go out and record them yourself!
In addition to that, every single file in this library has been carefully tagged with rich, descriptive SoundMiner metadata, which will save you time when navigating it and allow you to finish projects much faster! The metadata consists of intuitive, visual keywords which allow you to more quickly and efficiently find the files you need!
This library is useful for, but not limited to: Feature Films, TV Series, Short Films, YouTube Videos, Games, Meditation, and more!
Also, if you’d like to know more about how I recorded this library, read my blog post here.
You lost em', we found em. Introducing Beeps, Sweeps and Creeps, an electromagnetic library cataloging household electronics, video game consoles, arcade cabinets and more. Whether you're creating sci-fi interfaces or needing some extra grit for your devices, Beeps Sweeps and Creeps has everything you need to add that extra layer to your project.
This library consists of several kinds of wind. There are recordings of soft wind in extremely quiet open spaces at winter time. Some recordings were made in a coniferous forest in winter time – and the library also features a few sounds of canes and leaves rustle.
Recorded on a Schoeps MS set.
Welcome to the first comprehensive collection of BMX extreme sport riding sound effects. Diverse environments, surfaces, obstacles and bikes are at your fingertips now.
Captured at 192 kHz 24 bit high resolution with a gear such as ultra-bandwidth Sanken CO100K microphone, the files are ideal source for awesome slow motions, as well as for realistic and creative sound design in general.
• rides, pass bys, jumps, bumps, lands, crashes, tricks, grinds, squeaks, skids and other effects
• divided into Big Ramps and Street Freestyle folders
• both indoor hall and outdoor street locations
• gravel to smooth surfaces
• usually several variations in each file
• natural dynamic range
• professional gear used – Sanken CO100K, Sennheiser MKH 416, MKH 30, Sound Devices 788T, Zoom F8
This library gets you both the sounds of a tugboat / motor engine boat, as well as a sailboat.
It delivers powerful boat engine sounds such as accelerations, stopping and idle sounds. You also get radio VHF chatter, cabin roomtone, splashing waves, the sounds of anchors being dropped and handled and mainsail hoisting sounds. There's also lots of ropes creaking and squeaking, winches, furlers, genoas flapping and raising, sailboat interiors with light swells. Finally, it includes some quiet ambiences from a big city marina.
So if your project calls for boat sounds, there's lots to work with here:
Bob Skeleton library delivers exciting action sounds of Two Men Bob and Skeleton heroes that go down the track with more than 100 kilometers/hour.
The sounds of this library were taken from 9 spots along a track in Altenberg in the south of Germany. Each take is sorted and meta-tagged by recording spot and with this content you are able to assemble a complete run from start to finish or even to extend it by easily combining start sceneries, energetic passes in different speeds and noisy brakings down in the valley.
Furthermore Bob Skeleton´s content is an inspiring resource for sound mangling experiments and artificial foley design.
Brazillian Airports & Plane Journeys is a comprehensive collection of various ambiences and environments. All of the main areas of the airports are covered, including check-in, baggage check, food halls and departure gates. In addition to this, all of the major interior plane phenomena such as coasting, take off, landing and in flight are also included.
The majority of sound files in the library are over ten minutes in length, giving you a huge pool to source your audio from.
With Brazilian Airports & Plane Journeys you will never be left wanting for airport or passenger ambiences again.
We all know what central London sounds like. It’s noisy, crowded, and full of people trying to sell you watches. Ok, maybe that last point wasn’t that relevant, but have you ever wondered what lies beyond?
A short drive towards the suburbs will reveal a world filled with warm beer, cricket, and endless parks, where deer roam free.
When planning this library, the intention was to capture the quieter side of the metropolis, all year round! As a result, this library will receive multiple updates over the coming months. There will be one more summer update soon, along with an autumn update, winter update, and spring update.
So far, the first version of the library contains 15 .WAV stereo files at 96kHz/24 bit, recorded with a Sony PCM-D100/1, and contains approximately 35 minutes of summer ambiances in different locations throughout suburban London. Over the following months, I’ll keep traveling around the suburbs, collecting more and more ambiances, each update representing its own season.
Each file has been carefully edited in iZotope RX in order to remove as much unwanted noise as possible, such as random shouting, barking, etc. This will provide you with clean ambiences that will add character to your projects, without distracting the audience. That being said, do please note that the recordings contain some amount of traffic noise, and some also contain airplane noise. This is, of course, unavoidable when recording in a city such as London.
In addition to that, each file has been filled to the brim with SoundMiner metadata, allowing you to quickly search through the files, waste less time and dedicate more time to what you love doing!
Nothing slaps a smile on a face like the sweet sound of destruction and mayhem. Designing sound for such complex events as a collapsing building or an earthquake requires a diverse and comprehensive palette of chaos. To create such havoc, one must be equipped with the ultimate destruction sound library.
We stopped at nothing to put together this library of utter mayhem. BROKEN boasts over 9 GB of HD quality content spread across 1940 construction kit sounds and 326 designed sounds. From car crashes, explosions, crumbling buildings, earthquakes, ripping earth and metal, to debris, BROKEN features all elements of destruction.
Recorded in the field and on the Paramount Pictures Foley stage, this library equips sound designers for film, games, and web with the tools for creating a ruckus.
Get wrecked. Get BROKEN.
SSL13 Brussels, Brugge & Gant City Sounds is our second recording travel project, recorded in Belgium during a 4-days visit to the country. The Surround Sound LAB team traveled to Brussels, Brugge and Gant just to record the main essence of these cities!
Parks, Ambiences, Traffic, Wallas, indoors crowds, buses, trains, stations and touristic places, all available right now in this huge library.
More than 2:30 hours of original and actual recordings. 55 original field recordings in Surround 5.1 , ST and Double MS RAW format (for custom editions).
Each ambience recorded in this library is at least 1-2 minutes long, so there is no need for looping ambience in your project!
This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration. This provides great post production possibilities.
This Bugs SFX library is all about insects, mostly crickets and cicadas. There are legions of them and they are all different. We bring you some clean and sharp ones, captured in french countryside at both daytime and at night.
To give a city a good energy, you'll need to add some background activities. Building sites are one of the of sounds of a living city. You will find different kind of atmospheres in this collection – including large building sites with cranes and outdoor elevators, various emergency alarm, excavators, hammers and grinders. All you need to give your set the realism of a big city.
Looking for closely recorded high quality bumblebee sounds? Want to get the special buzzing sound that a bumblebee makes to loosen the pollen from the flower bud?
The ‘Bumblebee’ library provides you with the buzz and hum sounds of active bumblebees flying from flower to flower, gathering pollen. The library was recorded in a rural location in Northern Finland with a Sony D100 handheld recorder.
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.
The Bunkers sound effects library features roomtones and ambiences captured inside old World War II shelters (at the historic WW2 complex known as Wolf’s Lair in Poland).
The ambiences were captured in small rooms deep inside bunkers, in hallways, inside old rusty water pipes and outside, between bunkers.
The library includes room tones with water dripping from ceilings, small pieces of wall falling on the floor and wind getting through destroyed walls. The Bunker Ambients library features 23 files with a total length of 57 minutes, recorded with a Sony PCM-M10 and Sennheiser MKH 8040 plugged into Sound Devices 702 recorder in ORTF configuration.
This library with sounds from Burkina Faso, Africa features authentic ambiences, wallas, FX and traditional songs.
‘Busy Streets’ is a key library containing surround and stereo sound ambiences that will set the scene of bustling cities – recorded in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. The library is available in stereo, and surround (Quad).
With ‘Busy Streets’ we used an exclusive SSS technique (Stealth Surround System) which means the recording process was hidden from the eyes even with 4 discrete channels.
This results in fully immersive, undisturbed and authentic city soundscapes.
74 Surround authentic ambience recordings between 1 to 5 minutes long each, non-disturbed city life using our SSS technique (Stealth Surround System):
• Crowd movements
• Pedestrians walking by and talking
• Traffic noises, train, metro, truck, bus, cars
• Evolving swarm
• Above and under bridges
• Narrow pathway
• Underground street
• Large boulevards
• Restaurants terrace
• Commercial areas
• Financial disctricts
• Wet streets
This library features recordings of 3 different beaches along the California coast, including Malibu, Palos Verdes, and San Simeon. In these recordings you will hear Waves crashing, seagulls and other birds, Elephant Seals, light people chatter, light traffic, and distant Ambulance sirens.
The Calm Crowd SFX library will add some discreet life to your backgrounds. Calm background ambiences are tricky to do in sound editing, so this library gives you a hand with those surround sounds.
From deep growling and gargling vocals to nasal sounds, this unique collection provides a wide array of camel vocals and noises. These camels has been hunted in the arid deserts of Jordan and Morocco and captured with high-quality equipment.
Each track contain various variations of:
This collection provides original voice textures to design monsters and animals! All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited with Soundminer
Get over 350 splashes and complimentary water movements/textures with the “Cannonball!” water splash/movement SFX library. There’s dives, lunges, emerges, swishes, and drips.
Then there’s some more unique elements like these really cool percussive splashes using axes and hammers, water whooshes and sweeps recorded in quad, all to give you more than just your typical splash. Except for one session in the foley studio, all of this material was recorded outside which means no tub reflections.
A toolbox of sounds that you will come back to over and over.
Surround Sound LAB is proud to present our third ambisonic library decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS.
We recorded the Cantabria Country in Spainan area belonging to Green Spain, the name given to the strip of land between the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Mountains, so called because of its particularly lush vegetation, due to the wet and moderate oceanic climate. The climate is strongly influenced by Atlantic Ocean winds trapped by the mountains.
Recorded in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects.
Once again, we have mastered all the files in Ad Hoc Studios Madrid (link), Post Production sound studios certified by Avid and Dolby ATMOS, one of the best post-production facilities in Spain.
AmbiX First Order Ambisonic, Dolby ATMOS 7.12, 5.1 and ST files have been mastered with Pro Tools HD 2018 system are included in the package.
This library is filled with recordings of parking garages; underground, interior and exterior.
You’ll hear exterior parking lots next to shopping malls, echoey interior lots, and underground lots with their creepy ventilation and plumbing. In total, you’ll receive 24 recordings that are five minutes each, so there’s plenty to work with. Whether you have a horror game with an unknown creature behind that next car or an action film with a shootout in a parking garage, this library will have you covered. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
Sounds for the Castles library were collected in four castles – museums (medieval, renaissance and baroque) in southern Poland. My intention was to record sounds of old doors, furniture and every interesting prop I could find, in authentic acoustic environment. Some of the spaces were very reverberant, some just have a bit of ambience, but all are authentic and add specific colouration to sounds. Also, part of the sounds was recorded outside.
As always, visiting those places, I found many interesting characterful objects – most of them are heavy wooden or metal. So expect a lot of creaks and squeaks. Where I could, I recorded variations and versions from different POVs.
Another important part of the library are Background Activities.
Editing sound for films, I always find myself in need for adding some background life to scenes. We all love great foley, but having isolated background activities recorded in real spaces adds another level of realism. So wherever I found interesting spaces, we performed some activities and movements on old stone or wooden floors.
It’s not supposed to substitute foley, syncing it step by step. But it will help to create separate layer of atmospheres.
We also found medieval Torture Chamber, which inspired us to record some of the tools, distant movements of chains etc. but also some screams, all with real dungeon reverb.
Objects and activities include:
A chest • chain • crate • door • floor • footsteps • handle • locks • metal objects • movement • stone • tool • trapdoor • window • wooden objects
Doors – 145 files • BG Activities – 49 files • Props – 20 files • Furniture – 16 files • Screams – 12 files
The Cement Factory sound effects pack was recorded in a giant cement processing and rock crushing factory. It features perfectly looping ambiences that'll be sure to set a dark, industrial mood on anything that it's used on. Recorded with a Oktava MK 012 in MS Configuration.
The pack was recorded inside, outside and around various large machinery which gives you a lot of options when designing sounds with this pack. The sounds are also characteristically tonal and drone based and the ambiences are uninterrupted.
• Conveyor Belt Midrange Rattle (1 loop)
• Drone Bass (4 loops)
• Drone Bright (6 loops)
• Drone High Mid (2 loops)
• Drone Low Mid & Machine Clanking in Background (2 loops)
• Drone Midrange (19 loops)
• Drone Engine (8 loops)
• Drone Machines (14 loops)
• Rattle (4 loops)
Chain Ferry features the remarkable sounds of a 100 year old ferry with a specific drive system. The ferry pulls along a strong chain lying at the ground of the river to cross. This is achieved by a clever combination of 3 drive wheels that guide the chain and prevent it from dropping to the ground.
The Library contains several complete audio takes of the ferry in action – from departure to arrival. This encompasses engine start, engine idle, loading ramp noises and bangs plus a lot of chain rattling from various perspectives. The sounds are recorded aboard and from both sides of the river so that the entire scenery can be covered acoustically.
'Chaosmos – Sounds From Istanbul' is a sound effects library created by Furkan Utku Gerçik, who's lived in Istanbul for the past 22 years. The main focus of the library is to create a bundle that helps creatives who need sounds from Turkey.
The library doesn’t focus on common or popular sound sources such as Muezzin, Ezan or Taksim Square etc.
Instead, it focuses on more naturalistic sounds of daily life such as transportation, places that most people pass, bazaars, islands and much more. The recordings are are 99 percent raw.
Compared to other libraries 'Chaosmos – Sounds From Istanbul' offers a naturalistic, everyday perspective and focuses on alternative sounds. It also covers the common sounds of Istanbul.
Get more than 5.5 hours of urban soundscapes from Chicago, Illinois. The recordings in the ‘Chicago – Urban Atmosphere’ library range from busy sidewalk ambiences, street corners, crowds, subways, skyline tones, horns, to back alley rumbles.
The library is recorded with a Sound Devices 702 recorder + a stereo pair of Schoeps CMC6s with the MK2 H capsules, and is embedded with extensive metadata.
Iconic Chicago sounds such as the El Train, Lower Wacker Drive, and Michigan Avenue are only some of the unique sounds found in this library. And although Chicago has many iconic features that create its soundscape, this library can be used for any city or urban application.
The Chile Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 47 sounds recorded during a month and produced with high-quality equipment.
From the north mountains above 4000 meters surrounded by lakes and deserts, to the southern wet Patagonian landscapes, this collection includes:
-Villages from desert environments to wet Patagonia.
-Shy wildlife, Flamingo and southern birds.
-City of Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt and Valparaiso.
-Forests, always wet and rainy.
This collection provides authentic sounds recording with high-quality equipment. All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited with Soundminer. All these sounds are delivered at 24/96Khz .wav files downloadable as a zip file.
Gear Used: DPA and Neumann mics, powered by an Atea 4minX.
A distinct sound of the traditional English countryside, the ringing of church bells is an art that has been practiced for centuries, be it to summon the people to their prayers, celebrate a wedding, or announce a death.
“Church Bells of Norfolk” is a collection of sound recordings taken at a variety of different churches throughout the County of Norfolk, England- an area famous for it's large number of surviving medieval churches.
The bells of each church vary in size, weight and tone and no two towers are the same, meaning that the resulting sound varies from location to location.
Some churches are nestled amongst the bustling town centres- their chimes echoing off nearby buildings whilst competing with the raucous noise of passing traffic whilst others stand in glorious isolation in the countryside.
Aside from the exterior recordings, this collection also features recordings taken from inside the belfry as well as below in the ringing chamber, capturing the clatter of the rope pulleys and the calls of the tower captain as they instruct the ringers.
Also included are a selection of clock chimes as well as a set of sounds from the automated 12-bell carillon of St. Martin's, Glandford, which plays one of a selection of hymn tunes every third hour.
Large cathedrals & small chapels each with their unique characteristics and reverb. Recorded at 8 different churches this library features walla, chair creaks, coughs, prayers, foot traffic & movement.
All sounds were recorded using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T. This library is available in stereo or 5.0 (5.0 package contains stereo mix downs as well).
Cicadas is a collection of summer ambiences recorded in Southern Spain over the course of 2018 summer. You will get massive chorus in different densities and areas, individual chirps, and a designed section.
The temperatures during this time of the year are so high, ranging from 30ºC to 45ºC (86ºF to 113ºF), that cicadas are always present in daytime. The higher the temperatures, the more cicadas chirp. Having this in mind, some recordings from early June have less cicadas than the ones recorded in July and August. In addition to this, there are recordings both in the morning, where the cicadas are not so many but are already present, and in the evening, chirping all of them as a chorus after a whole day under the sun. The library contains:
All files come in 96 kHz / 24 bit and with embedded metadata, both in Soundminer and BWAV.
Featuring more than 250 minutes of cicadas recordings plus 65 minutes from the Designed Section.
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