Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
Get the sounds of an ancient water spelt mill from 1529, as well as an antique tannery, also driven by a huge water wheel from 1699.
Both mills have been working for hundreds of years and continue to work even today.
This library is recorded in high resolution audio in 24Bit/96kHz on a Sound Devices 702T with Sennheiser 8040 Mics in Mono or ORTF Stereo.
Aotearoa New Zealand. A slice of heaven. This library is an amazing collection of the sweetness New Zealand has to offer. From the broad meadows of the Waikato basin, to the dawn chorus of the magical Marlborough Sounds, and thick bush of Wainuiamata. The library was pieced together between 2016-18 through all seasons with some of the most diverse sounds coming out of Summer. Hear the enchanted Tui, Bellbird and the melodic New Zealand Magpie in dawn chorus, as well as a swarm of Green & Gold Bell Frogs in the Hora Hora Wetlands.
Aotearoa New Zealand gives you a definitive cross-section of the country’s aural beauty in 372 minutes of metadata tagged ambience recordings. The majority of this library was recorded in; Mistletoe Bay, Matapouri, Ōtaki, Hora Hora, Remutaka Range, Mount Holdsworth, and Island Bay.
Full: The complete library.
Micro: A cut down library featuring some of our favourite sounds from the complete collection.
Sound Devices 744T + MixPre-D
Sennheiser MKH30 + MKH50 (M/S)
Sennheiser MKH8040 Pair (ORTF)
Rycote Windjammers + Blimps
Introducing “Apocalyptic Game” – a highly focused and proprietary blend of post apocalyptic RPG game sound effects library. Collect crafting minerals and materials to create weapons, mods, items or buildings. Have all the high-quality sound needed to slot in different aesthetics to you characters bag & inventory. Now you can outfit your next dark dystopian themed game with a complete post nuclear sound effects collection inspired by major game hits like Apex, Fortnite, and Fallout.
Hydrophones are the perfect source of interesting sounds and textures, especially for further manipulations with their pitch and spectrum
This library contains cool recordings of melting ice, drips, streamlets, bubbling, rain, fizz, underwater movement, submerging of hot or burning things and even heavy boiling (which destroyed my hydrophone completely). These textures sometimes sound completely out of this world and could spice up your SFX very nicely.
All recordings were made with at 96 kHz sample rate for further manipulation, and the sounds are categorized by their source for easy navigation and contains extensive metadata.
If you are looking for nice addition to your SFX production arsenal – this library is for you!
Around Bridges introduces the inner sound of various bridges.
The steel components of a bridge transmit the vibrations caused by passing cars or pedestrians in a fascinating manner.
So this library contains the sounds of excited beam barriers, noise barriers, expansion gaps and a lot more steel components that bridges are made of.
Also included are takes of footsteps, rain and wind – ordinary noises that get a certain magic when recorded at a handrail.
To round up this library several high quality AB-stereo ambiences of the acoustical surroundings of bridges are included.
Ambience Below • Ambience Top • Beam Barriers • Expansion Gaps • Footsteps Handrails • Noise Barriers • Rain • Steel Structures • Wind
Around Bridges Volume 2 gets you sounds taken from the iron and steel construction elements of various bridges in Berlin. The entire library was recorded with a two-channel contact microphone setup and it features thrilling vibrations caused be passing cars, trucks, trams and metro trains.
The material in this library is a comprehensive resource for creating otherworldly ambiences, futuristic pass-bys or eerie atmospheres with a touch of rusty steel and iron.
Asia Echoes is a unique collection of sounds captured in Laos and Vietnam providing more than 2 hours ( 5GB) of various atmospheres at different times of the day.
From Cat Ba island National Park, to Luang Prabang night and food markets, to mountains of Sapa, Tam Coc Fields and many more, this collection will make you explore an exotic soundscape through this two beautiful countries.
All recorded in 24 bit / 96 kHz and fully tagged with metadatas compatible with Soundminer, Basehead and Soundly.
Gear Used: DPA4060 stereo set powered by a Sound Devices 702
• Vientiane Night Market
• Vientiane Morning Interior Market
• Vientiane Chao Anouvong Park
• Vang Vieng
• Luang Prabang Food and Night Markets
• Nong Khiaw Mountains and Forests
• Sapa Mountains and City
• Cat Ba National Park
• Tam Coc Forest and Fields
• Hanoï City and Train
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' delivers a huge amount of recordings (more than 10 hours total!) from a trip to Vietnam. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Transportation ambiences.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Hanoi such as the Thien Mu Pagoda temple, street terraces, outside the imperial city, the literature temple, parks, streets, markets and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from the Halong Bay, Hue Tu Duc mausoleum park, the banks of the River of Perfumes, the town of Thuy Bieu, the Dam Chuon lagoon, brick manufacturing in the Mekong Delta, the waterways of Nhon Thanh Town, Phu Quoc Island (day and night), Cai Coi paddle boat excursions and more.
Transportation includes a motorboat excursion, cruise ship excursion, the Hanoi Train, a rickshaw excursion, a fishing excursion, car rides, Long Xuyen canal and Ben Tre river boat excursions and more.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' is available in two versions:
STEREO EDITION, with a total of 176 stereo audio files at 48 kHz / 24 bit (102 ambient sounds / 74 FX sounds)
Total library size (rar compressed: 7 GB, extracted: 10 GB)
EXPAND EDITION, with a total of 102 audio files at 96 kHz / 24 bit, in each of these folders: STEREO, MS, UPMIX 5.0. It also includes 74 FX sounds. Total library size (rar compressed: 58 GB, extracted: 91 GB)
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' delivers a generous amount of recordings (more than 5 hours total) from a trip to Japan. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Trains / Stations ambiences & FX folder.
You obtain three format folders : Stereo / MS / 5.0 Upmix
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Osaka to Tokyo such as geek Denden town & Akiharaba Arcade-Pachinko room, Stroll in Nishiki market, Kitanomaru Park, Famous Shibuya crossing and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest, Philosopher's path, Kibune-Kurama Forest and more.
Trains / Stations include recordings from Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo Stations, Stroll in Fujikyoko Line, Railroad Crossing and more.
FX include gashapon machine, Crows & Birds, Train doors etc…
'Asia Reminds – Japan Ambiences' : with a total of 76 audio files in each of these folders: STEREO (48 kHz / 24 bit), MS & UPMIX 5.0 (96 kHz / 24 bit).
It also includes 117 FX sounds.
You have access to two download folder :
Introducing ASSORTED WATER – A collection of graceful, pure water sound recordings.
Each sound has been meticulously studied to ensure it is free of any blemishes or unnecessary background intrusions, such as wildlife, to make sure that the recordings can be used for any scene or environment with ease, maximising efficiency and usability. Hear the results for yourself by taking a listen to the audio demo.
This collection focuses on water flowing and falling, with categories such as water through a variety of drainpipes, hose nozzles, taps, storm drains and more. There is also a broad selection of smooth streams, raucous rivers, waterfalls and weirs. Also included is an array of often-useful rain recordings hitting mud, leaves, vehicles, umbrellas, plastic and other surfaces. Check out our sound sheet for the full list.
All sounds are royalty free and equipped with comprehensive Soundminer metadata for rapid access.
We are extremely proud of this collection and we hope you will enjoy using the sounds …we sure have been!
• 96 kHz, 24 Bit mono/stereo WAVs
• 82 individual SFX in 72 files
• 6 GB of data
• All WAVs include extensive embedded Soundminer metadata
Ya su, Kalós órises, and welcome to Athens & Crete!
From the ancient bustling markets to the untouched natural beauty of the Mediterranean coast, this library epitomises the notion of two sonic worlds colliding. We set out with the goal of capturing this historical part of the world and quickly learned this could only be done by fully embracing this polarity. So here we are, two libraries in one and boy is it a cracker!!
We captured street buskers, back alley murmurs, bustling city squares, markets, heavy traffic, skylines and even a religious sermon!
So whether it's Game of Thrones or the next Bourne film, this beast will help bring your locations to life!
Want the sounds of Athens? The Athens Rooftop sound effects library delivers 9 long ambiences recorded from different perspectives, and at different times of day – from calm mornings to busy days and nights.
In order to capture Athens' soundscape in all its nuances, very low-noise Neumann Microphones and Sound Devices Recorders were used to record long takes (between 8 and 21 minutes each) totaling to over 2 hours of audio.
The recording location was a two floor rooftop on a three storey building above a very small street with no nearby traffic that allowed recording the city with some distance from above: Traffic, restaurants, bars, construction work, birds – in some evening recordings we hear crickets in the distance, in some day recordings the AC of a neighbouring flat is running.
Most of the recordings can also be used to represent a general city ambience, while some takes include specific regional sounds like Greek walla, churches and cicadas characteristic for the Greek capital.
Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the Dutch capital from locations such as an amusement park, a boat ride, church, ferry ride, metro ride, plaza, the science museum, a street market (a Turkish one, too), a train station, restaurant and more.
Get authentic ambiences from Kurdistan, Iraq – recorded by Ana Monte while shooting a documentary. It includes places such as the Erbil citadel, bazar, a Lalish village and temple, and more.
Get the authentic sounds of Lisbon, Portugal in this SFX library by Ana Monte. It includes recordings from various Lisbon neighborhoods, places such as a bakery, big market, bus ride, coffee house, construction site, airport, pub, museum bookstore, busy and quiet restaurants and more. It also features a 5.1 recording of a train ride in the world-famous Train 28 Lisboa Street Train.
Get the sounds of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, captured by Ana Monte. It features recordings from places such as busy streets, restaurants, downtown, suburbs, markets, subway and bus rides and more.
Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Rwanda, Africa in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the capital of Kigali, suburbs, markets, sewing shop, rooftop and roadside recordings, as well as countryside, forest and hillside recordings.
The AURA sound effects library gets you high-quality ambiences from an extensive array of locations around the UK.
It contains ambiences such as shopping centres, supermarkets, cafes, car parks, cemeteries, forests, gyms, highway traffic, bars, pubs, libraries, city backstreets, parks, London underground trains, over ground trains (interior and exterior), hallways, neighbourhoods, iconic British train stations, busy junctions, high streets, swimming pools, hustling offices and several windy environments.
AURA comes in three formats – Stereo, 5.0 and AMBISONICS, to increase versatility even further (5.0 version also includes stereo version).
Please note: This collection is now part of our legacy catalogue. Although this collection was created to the best of our ability at the time, we feel that it now does not meet our standards. We therefore continue to sell the collection but at a significantly discounted price as the sound effects may still be useful.
Number of Files: 80 High Quality WAVS + 80 stereo files
Size Unpacked: 6.71 GB
Sample Rate: 48k/24-bit
Average file length: 1.5 minutes
Gear Used: Sound Devices 744T, Soundfield SPS200.
Other Info: Meta-Tagged
Number of Files: 80 High Quality WAVS (A-Format)
Size Unpacked: 3.89 GB
Sample Rate: 48k/24-bit
Average file length: 1.5 minutes
Gear Used: Sound Devices 744T, Soundfield SPS200.
Other Info: Meta-Tagged
To fully utilise the powerful AURA | AMBISONICS collection, please download the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin to convert the A-Format ambisonics into a format of your choice.
Vol. 1 is a collection of Urban Sounds from Thailand from places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima.
It features typical Street, Market, Floating-Market, Traffic-Sounds, Walla etc.
Vol. 2 is a collection of Countryside & Island Sounds from Thailand from places like Isaan, Korat, Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Samet.
It features typical Residential Village-Sounds, Tropical Rain, Farmerland, Animals & Insects, Beaches etc.
Vol. 3 contains Wallasounds, Beaches, Nature and Village Sounds. It features typical Streets, Temple, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds.
Get all three volumes in a bundle for a nice discount!
Authentic Thailand Vol.3 is a brand new volume in addition of Authentic Thailand Vol.1&2.
This collection contains Wallasounds, Beaches, Nature and Village Sounds. It features typical Streets, Temple, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds and traditional Thai-Percussion Music.
It also contains some Bonus Tracks with wooden Door Sounds with open/close from int/ext, Onboard driving on Minibus in the City of Bangkok, a Speedboat Transfer to Island and Bungalow Roomtones.
Authentic Thailand Vol.4 is the latest volume in the Authentic Thailand series.
This massive collection contains various City and Village Sounds, Beaches, Jungle, and Nature Sounds. As a special it contains Transportation Sounds such as a Offroad ride with 4×4 Pickup, a Longtailboat, Ferry Boat, Public Taxi, driving with a TUK TUK, Railway Station Platform and Sports Sounds such as traditional Muay-Thai-Boxing in many situations, Indoor Volleyball Competition, Snooker-Club, Ping Pong and Volleyball Training in Elementary School etc.
It features typical Streets, Temple, Funeral Mass, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature/Jungle Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds.
It also contains some Bonus Tracks with wooden Door Sounds with open/close from int/ext, and Condominum Roomtones in the Heart of Bangkok.
Want the sounds of a garage / auto repair workshop? The Auto Workshop SFX library features lots of different tool sounds and general ambiences from automotive workshops (originally recorded for scenes in the Bulgarian feature Godless).
The idea was to capture the sounds at both closeup and off-mic, to be able to fade easily between them. A mono microphone was placed close to the source, and a set of stereo microphones was set up further away, capturing more of the room and echo. The result is very usable, and the ability to fade between closeup and wide shot works very well.
This library delivers 15 recordings of automatic car washes from interior and exterior perspectives recorded at 96khz.
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6, stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s as well as a stereo contact microphone.
This library contains more than 200 natural ambience clips with embedded metadata. They´re mixed and cut into: loops, transitions and variations to be ready to use inside your project.
The metadata precisely points out any bird species, the specific environment and acoustic properties, the current day-cycle, weather conditions and any foreground or background events that are audible in the clip. To enhance the ease of use, I decided to structure the library as a modular toolbox for ambience sound design.
It has been recorded in some of the oldest, quietest and most pristine forests all over Germany and offers a large collection of active and quiet nature ambiences featuring a variety of different natural environments and wildlife.
Back Alley Rain is a collection of 20 rain & thunder sound effects.
Light/medium/downpour rain, aftermath, drips, muffled thunder and more
The collection consists of 20 carefully mastered and rendered rain ambiences with baked-in Soundminer’s metadata.
All sounds (with one exception – see metadata) loop seamlessly which makes them perfect for games, meditation apps etc.
All sounds have been created and processed using top tier gear in order to deliver crisp, modern, error free sound.
RECORDED WITH: Sony PCM D100
EDITED WITH: iZotope RX, Pro Tools.
Back Alley Rain II is a second installment of city rain and thunder sound effects.
This library consists of light/medium/downpour rain, aftermath, drips, muffled thunder, rumbles, drippy gutters and puddles.
All sounds loop seamlessly which makes them perfect for games, meditation apps etc.
All SFX have baked-in Soundminer’s metadata.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + 2x Sennheiser MKH 8040 (ORTF)
EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: RX, Pro Tools, FabFilter.
Ambience library recorded in Marrakech, Essaouira, and the Agafay Desert. Birds, insects, wind, foliage, market/souk, prayer, etc. Recorded at 96kHz stereo/binaural.
A collection of sounds from a typical backhoe construction vehicle. Big metal bucket slams and creaks, hydraulic legs extending and retracting, big dirt scrapes and of course working away digging a hole.
‘Backyard’ by Badlands Sound puts you right in the middle of America's backyard. You will hear in the morning the peaceful sounds of mourning doves, robins, and other song birds along and at night you will hear a distant American School Football Game with crowds cheering and a sports announcer among with crickets and distant dog barks and yelps.
It includes 30 high-quality 96k / 24-bit ambiences of the backyard, perfect for your projects. All sounds are long – Five and a half minutes each!
The library features four different times during the day; morning, afternoon, evening, and night.
Need ambiences from backyards and alleyways? This collection delivers more than 3 hours of atmospheric ambiences from places such as cementaries, gardens, churchyards, school yards, industrial alleyways, castles, apartment complexes, small cities and more.
This library is a collection of balls bouncing off different surfaces, inside and outside. We can generally find sports being played but not the clean sound of the ball used. We have included unique sounding balls such as a toddlers play ball and a Yoga ball for that really specific sound.
Baltic Ambiences is a collection of 440 various ambiences across 7 countries: Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Poland.
Recorded across several trips, Baltic Ambiences is a collection of ambiences from various cities and countries on or close to the Baltic. Really this is a collection of ambiences from my three lengthy trips around doing various lectures in said countries.
Here you’ll find city streets, museums, churches, restaurants, train stations and airports.
A general use ambience library of the larger area, you’ll also find some onboard train and ferry sounds. A general use collection of ambiences from Iceland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Germany.
Equipment Used: Schoeps CCM MS Rig, Zoom H1, Zoom H5, Zoom H6.
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