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Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond

  • 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.

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  • City Life Urban Desolation Play Track 123 sounds included, 226 mins total $80

    This surreal time of COVID-19 and global lockdowns has inspired me to experiment with previously recorded urban soundscapes.

    City streetscapes have been stretched and manipulated to create eerie, foreboding drones and a sense of desolation.

    Stay healthy and stay safe.

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  • The Urban Elements sound effects library delivers all of the sonic ingredients you need to seamlessly customize your city environments. Fill out your metropolitan soundscape with over 300 city recordings captured by sound designer Eric A. Norris (Ford v Ferrari, Spider-Man: Homecoming), including vehicles like cars, buses, and motorcycles, plus tire squeals, isolated horn honks, pedestrian vocalizations, emergency sirens, and more.

    Recorded above the constant sonic energy of the iconic Hollywood & Vine intersection in Los Angeles, these pristine, indirect city sound effects were captured with a natural reverb that blends perfectly into any city background. Build your urban environment with the sounds of helicopter flyovers, street drummers, trash can clatters, car alarms, and more. Create sonically rich and realistic downtown cityscapes with the flexibility of clean, individual elements of urban life.

    Descriptive embedded metadata helps you find exactly the sound you need to quickly find the components you need to start creating your bustling boroughs and active city-centers.

    Key Features:

    • 344 sound effects (1.71GB)
    • 24-bit/48kHz broadcast .wav files
    • Rich embedded metadata descriptions
    • 100% Royalty-Free
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  • City Life Urban Europe – 3DS Surround Play Track 130 sounds included, 637 mins total From: $109

    European City & Town Ambiences in Immersive 3D


    Strengthen your productions with characteristic, intimate and authentic European city ambiences including:

    Daytimes & Seasons • Historical Places • Cultural Sites • Transportation & Traffic • People • Industrial • Abstract • Commercial • Natural Environments • Location Perspectives


    URBAN EUROPE – 3D SURROUND AMBIENCES

    We recorded cities and towns in over 10 European countries to capture their unique character.
    This collection is an essential addition to our URBAN USA 3D Surround library.

    Enjoy Europe with its rich variety of sound palettes throughout all different countries from city to city.

    The sounds come without much action in the foreground to provide a very clear and detailed acoustic image of each environment, giving you the perfect background noise layer to break the silence in your post production project.

    The recorded locations vary from streets and restaurants over squares, harbors, markets, commercial areas, parks, and busy shopping areas to industrial zones and construction sites. This library can easily be used in stereo productions as well. Either choose the listening angle yourself or use the stereo version (included in 3D SURROUND).

    What’s inside

    Included sounds – keywords:


    Activity, Airplane, Bell, Birds, Bridge, Busy, Calm, Car Park, Cars, Close, Commercial, Corner, Day, Distant, District, Downtown, Entrance, Fountain, Freeway, Hall, Horses, Hospital, Hum, Industrial, Large, Market, Moderate, Morning, Night, Park, Pedestrians, People, Residential, Restaurant, Siren, Small, Square, Street, Suburban, Traffic, Train, Tunnel, Ventilation, Voices
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  • Ambisonics Urban Housing Play Track 18+ sounds included, 61 mins total $75 $56.25

    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.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
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  • Environments Urban Housing 2 Play Track 23 sounds included, 68 mins total $75 $56.25

    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.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
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  • City Life Urban Life Play Track 12 sounds included, 65 mins total $10

    This mini pack is the result of a short recording session by night around the outskirts of a french city, near Nîmes.
    You’ll find around 1 hour of sound with lots of character.
    Passing vehicles recording with different points of view, crickets, passing people and different rumble make this pack interesting, creating an unique atmosphere.

    Sounds were recorded using Sound Devices 633, in 24bits 96Khz, Schoeps CMC5 Microphones with a MS Setup.
    I removed any unintentional and unwanted sounds to get the clearest sound.
    All the sounds are raw (No EQ, No Compression, No Fx). You can find Raw M & S files and Stereo MS.

    This pack contains 12 sounds, 36 files, all embedded with detailed metadata on Soundminer.

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  • Cars Urban Passes-By Play Track 396 sounds included, 115 mins total $59.90

    Urban Passes By delivers hundreds of different vehicles passing by in an urban environment, covering all your needs for traffic scenes, especially to edit cars in the background or vehicles passing by your main character’s car during an onboard scene.

    No need to search through your numerous traffic recordings to find the one “pass by”, we gathered hundreds of them from very slow to fast, dry cobblestones to very wet asphalt.
    This library aims to help sound editors quickly find the whooshin’ vehicles they need, it includes passes by of cars, motorcycles, mopeds, trucks, etc…

    All the sounds are 96 kHz / 24 bits and most importantly embedded with exhaustive metadatas for improved search results, including a detailed description, surface type, microphone setup, etc…
    Metadata compatible with Soundminer, Basehead, etc…

    The “Source” folder contains 337 files corresponding to 183 different recordings with various microphones setups :
    – AB
    – Cinela LCR array ( ORTF + Center )
    – Some sounds are simultaneously recorded from inside and outside a car, giving you extra edit possibilities

    The “ Designed” folder contains 59 stereo files with processed sounds such as :
    – Interior “whoosh” passes
    – Isolated wet asphalt textures
    – Resonant bass vehicle textures

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  • Weather Urban Rain Play Track 50 sounds included, 200 mins total $35

    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.

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  • City Life Urban Rain II Play Track 53+ sounds included, 144 mins total $42

    Urban Rain II brings you 53 urban rain sounds captured at various indoor and outdoor locations. Recorded at night or at quiet times so it’s free of unwanted sounds, this library includes light, medium and heavy rain over different locations and surfaces.

    Key features:

    • 30 outdoor recordings, featuring terraces, backyards, parking lots, back alleys, or tunnels. Drops against plastic, metal, pavement, puddle and marble.
    • 23 indoor recordings, featuring cars, garages, houses and glass roof terraces.
    • Some of these recordings are loopable. Duration of the recordings goes from a few seconds up to 13 minutes.
    • Recordings are completely clear and free from any birds, people, traffic and unwanted noises in the background, unless it’s specified in the file name.
    • Gear used: Zoom F8, Sennheiser MKH 8040s in ORTF, Sennheiser MKH 8040/8050 + MKH 30 in M/S and Sony D100.
    • All files are in 96 kHz / 24 bit and come with exhaustive embedded Soundminer metadata, including description, category, subcategory, microphone setup, manufacturer.
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  • City Life Urban Russia Play Track 171+ sounds included, 488 mins total $100

    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!

    Note: This is Urban Russia version 1.1 which includes a wealth of new ambiences not found in the original release
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  • 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.

    Included sounds – keywords:

    Urban, City, Busy, Downtown, People, Traffic, Sirens, Financial District, Sidewalk, Construction Site, Crane, Skid Loader, Air Pumps, Market, Indoor, Outdoor, Voices, Walla, Tunnel, Tourists, Commercial Area, Beach, Ticket Line, Crowd, Park, Children, Fountain, Marina, Bicycles, Boats, Beachfront, Basketball, Tennis, Sports, Highway, Cars, Planes, Bridge, Subway, Train Station, Freight Train, Industrial, Ventilation, Refinery, Chemical, Oil
  • City Life Urban Winds Play Track 38 sounds included, 49 mins total $26

    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.

    Urban Winds gets you:

    • 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

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  • Weather Urban Winds II Play Track 29 sounds included, 65 mins total $26

    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.

    Urban Winds 2 delivers:
    • 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 – here's a PDF preview:
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  • City Life Urban Winter Play Track 72 sounds included, 180 mins total From: $80

    Various recordings made through several inner-city winters. This collection includes a diverse range of rain recordings, ranging from light to moderate & heavy rain. All recordings were done between 3am and 5am to minimise the intrusion of traffic noise as much as possible.

    All sounds were recorded using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T.

     

  • City Life USA Contrast Play Track 45 sounds included, 120 mins total $120

    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:

    • San Francisco, CA
    • Carmel by The Sea, CA
    • Monterey, CA
    • Yosemite National Park, CA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Las Vegas, NV
    • New York, NY

    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.

    Another way to get this library:
    Also included in the Surround Sound LAB Complete Bundle, featuring 25+ SFX libraries at a huge discount.
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  • 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.

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  • City Life Vaeyan I Play Track 228+ sounds included, 40 mins total $23

    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!

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  • Destruction & Impact Vaeyan II Play Track 202+ sounds included, 58 mins total $23

    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!

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  • Foley Vaeyan IV Play Track 1000+ sounds included, 122 mins total $38

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • VARIETY01 – a grab-bag of useful, premium sound effects for your next project. From stimulating 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.

    The collection focuses on modern-day domestic sounds and rural/residential environment elements. These recordings have been gathered throughout the UK and are suitable for a whole host of applications, be it film, television or games.

    All sounds are royalty free and equipped with comprehensive Soundminer metadata for rapid access.

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  • City Life Venice Play Track 27+ sounds included, 53 mins total $31.98

    Get a rich collection of Italian ambiences captured in legendary Venice / Venezia. The library features lots of pedestrian ambiences

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