Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
MAFX019 Volcano is a collection of unique sounds recorded in Ethiopia’s Afar region at Erta Ale volcano. Erta Ale is one of only a handful of volcanoes with lava lakes in the world, situated in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and most inhospitable places in the world. The name means Smoking Mountain in the local Afarigna language and Erta Ale does not disappoint in this regard, as you can see in the video. This place is also known as the Gateway to Hell, an appropriate moniker given the 47C/117F temperatures and lots of dead fauna we encountered.
There were only a few lava pits when the library was recorded but plenty of continuous and violent toxic gas releases. Occasionally the ground would move creating low frequency rumbles and debris falling. I had to use a long boompole in order to suspend my trusty MKH8060 over the edge and I improvised a spaced omni array by taping the MikroUsi mics to a video tripod ballhead. The expedition wasn’t 100% risk-free but it was more than worth it for these beautiful sounds.
A collection of volleyball recordings, with various hit and block sounds of different strengths – each with multiple versions. These original sounds were recorded with a Pro volleyball player using an official game ball.
We're proud to offer our inaugural bundle package, which includes the first four VSCRL libraries- The Park, The Road, The Snow, and The Beach. This collection comes at an incredible deal, and is the ultimate showcase of the immersive and VISCERAL quality of our ambisonics.
Recorded with the stunning Sennheiser Ambeo microphone, each ambience is delivered in both AmbiX and FuMa formats, as well as Stereo, 5.1, and 7.1.
What’s more- a 360 video reference is provided to offer a fully immersive image of the sound effect being captured!
This library is a compilation of the unique sounding horn, quintessential to South Africa and its culture, the Vuvuzela. It’s a collection of Vuvuzela sounds from various distances and varying intensities. There are mono and stereo versions, all recorded in isolation in order to be placed in any situation. Included are additional recordings with natural city reflections.
All tracks recorded with the Zoom H5 XY stereo pair as well as a Sennheiser MKH60.
Walla features 200 ambience length sound effects that capture the unmistakable background murmur from crowds. Featured in this collection are airports, bars, pubs, conventions, schools, malls, offices, theaters and more! All sound effects have been hand-picked from the Sound Ideas Walla libary.
Walla Volume 3 features 200 ambience length sound effects that capture the unmistakable background murmur from crowds. Featured in this collection are bars, pubs, conventions, schools and more! All sound effects have been hand-picked from the Sound Ideas Walla, Series 15,000, Background Trax, Mike McDonough Crowds and Applause, General HD 1 and Premiere Edition libraries.
Plunge your audience into the battle trenches with ultra immersive WARFARE environments of the highest quality! This audio library offers you hours of different soundscapes, including DAYTIME NATURE ambiences in FORESTS or GRASSLANDS, distant GUNFIRE from BUNKERS or GARAGES, classic WARZONE BATTLEFIELD environments, prisoner of war HOLDING CELL interiors, WINDY WASTELANDS, WAR SAFE ZONE COMPOUND interiors, and much much more! Whether your project is set on the beaches of Normandy in Saving Private Ryan or set in a VietNamese jungle in Apocalypse Now, everything you’ll need to immerse your users in ambiences of gunpowder and bullets is here!
WARFARE AMBIENCES is the perfect choice to transport your players or users to any combat environment you require!
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EXPLORE ENTIRE WORLDS
Whether your adventure takes place on a BATTLEFIELD, in a PRISON, on a FARM or in a VILLAGE, or outdoors in the GRASSLANDS, COUNTRYSIDE, FOREST, or JUNGLE, or on a BEACH or ISLAND, we’ve got you covered! Each ambience contains MULTIPLE VARIATIONS, ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS, and MULTIPLE INTENSITIES to cover each and every scene. This sound effects library is perfect for any setting you can imagine.
AN ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER
Our expert team of sound designers have meticulously crafted each ambience into CONTINUOUS, NON-REPETITIVE, DRAG AND DROP-READY LOOPS that will serve as perfect background audio for your game, film, animation, live event, or even as relaxing background audio! We have even included FULL and SIMPLIFIED MIXES, SHORT and LONG non-repetitive variants, multiple choices for INTENSITIES, and numerous other options for your convenience!
Each audio file is drag-and-drop ready, presented in high-quality MP3 and WAV formats with meticulously labeled keywords, so you can create the perfect gaming experience for your players in a matter of moments! Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose 600+ games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary pack of ambiences.
Look no further than blockbuster films to see how crucial incredible audio is for a truly immersive warfare experience. With this in mind, we have meticulously designed WARFARE AMBIENCES for you to immerse your audience in maximum tension.
Water is a collection covering splashes, movements, pouring, waterfalls, faucets, toilets, showers, fountains, sewage drains, drips, bubbles, boiling, water pipe smoking, and even ice cracking, impacts and scrapes. We have you covered for all of your water needs.
Lakes, rivers, oceans and waterfalls. Whether you’re looking for a gentle lapping river, dense rapids, calm lake waves lapping on the beach, giant crashing waves, tumultuous waves rolling through rocky shores, or jungle waterfalls — we have you covered.
Explore US waterways with Soundopolis from Michigan to Virginia Beach to Hawaii, and back again!
This sound effects library is all about those bubble sound effects. Water bubble sounds from plastic, metal, ceramic containers – long, short, speedy, slower, distant and close bubble sound effects. More than 500 sounds in total.
540 files • 24 Bit / 96 kHz • 4.59Go • 2hrs11:16 mins
Water Experiment is a library regrouping several water recording sessions. This bundle contains many different methods to manipulate and to hear water. In this first bundle of a series, you can hear Water waves ambiance and flap, river stream and different water flow perspectives; Bubbles of water in movement with objects manipulation or only with hand; Blowing and boiling water bubbles; Different sizes of water splash movements and dripping; Spraying water sounds from a water hose, bottle and pump bottle; And movements, splash, flow, and bubbles from underwater recordings. The bundle includes 540 files recorded at 96khz – 24bits.
A great tool to have for any audio production.
Each sound has been meticulously edited individually. All files were recorded and are delivered in 24bit 96kHz Broadcast Wave files, all embedded with metadata information for easy import and ensure fast and easy workflow.
These sounds were recorded over 3 years in southern Australia.
It comprises ambience and atmosphere recordings of beach waves, forest streams, rivers, a dripping cave system and even a sewage processing plant (The Poo Machine!!). There are also Hydrophone recordings of urban swamp insect life, jetties and water treatment systems. Many of the recordings offer multiple perspectives of the same subject from close up to distant.
They were all recorded using Sennheiser, DPA, Sanken and Soundfield Mics as well as a pair of Hydrophones. All recorded into Sound Devices 788 or 633 recorders.
The recordings were mixed to stereo with minimal post processing.
Most files are loopable. And great care was taken to record clean sounds that are useable in an edit.
I hope you enjoy and find these useful for you projects.
The Beach sounds were recorded on the Mornington Penunsula in Victoria Australia. The waves range from gentle currents lapping at the sand to heavy surf waves. Different perspectives from close to distant were recorded to give greater flexibility when editing. These were recorded using a pair of supercardioid mics.
The cave recordings were captured at the Yarrangobilly caves in the Kosciuszko National Park, they feature a continuously dripping soundscape. The entrance to one of the caves is a large cavern with part of the roof caved in. In this space birds dart around and water drips. Further into the cave there is just the continual dripping of water. These were recorded using a spaced pair of Omni mics to give a sense of space and a centre hypercardiod to pick some detailed drips.
Also captured at Kosciuszko National Park are some recordings of rain and wind gusts through trees. I was able to place the microphones and recorders into protected rock formation and leave them recording for hours on end.
A pair of hydrophones was used to explore an urban water treatment project at the Trin Warren Tam-boore (Bellbird Waterhole) The wetland has been designed to treat water from the surrounding area through natural biological processes. It provides water to irrigation systems for the Royal Park Golf Course and other sporting grounds in Royal Park.
I was able to record pumped water flow as well as a symphony of underwater insects. The insects probably included Backswimmers and Dragonfly larvae, often called ‘mudeyes’, amongst others.
The streams and rivers were recorded in both country New South Wales and Victoria. Most of these recordings were captured using Soundfield Microphones, the ST450 Mk2 as well as the SPS200. There is a variety of fast flowing, gentle, close up and distant. As well as a ’study on fishing from a tin boat’. No fish were caught.!!
And finally a machine. A sewage treatment plant gives us a great slopping, mixing sludge sound.
I hope you enjoy these sounds.
This collection contains recordings of crystal water streams, rivers, and waterfalls with close and distant perspectives of slow and turbulent flows. More than 80 minutes of high quality (24bit/96kHz) material recorded at various locations of Northern Greece, delivered in an easily downloadable .zip file.
Each recording is between 0:30 and 5:30 long and intended to serve those looking to build calm or dynamic soundscapes that show variations on several time scales.
Water Flow took six months to create, and offers 90 BWAV files recorded in different locations. A huge part of this library is based on the recording sessions by (and in) rivers. Most recordings were done during the winter just before sunrise, to reduce the amount of unwanted sounds.
Almost all recordings are completely clear and free from any birds in the background.
The first location was river called Łyna, and there I’ve recorded a sound of water flowing at different speeds, along with the sound of a dam reducing the speed and height of the river’s flow. The second interesting part of this location was the amount of fallen trees in the water, causing the water to split. Because of this, there was a lot of sonically interesting places to record.
The second river is called Guber, and it’s much smaller than Łyna. I’ve picked this place because of the really subtle water streams, and something even more amazing, natural dams built by beavers. The amount of work these animals put to built those dams is incredible.
In addition to recorded rivers, this library also includes the sound of water dripping inside underground sewers. During one of my field recording trips I discovered a hatch. I could not resist to go inside, and what I discovered there was far beyond my expectations. I made a two small trips there to record it from different distances, with different microphones in mono and stereo.
Water Flowing features lots of flowing, from a single drip to the roar of the ocean. All recordings are completely clear and free from any birds and traffic in the background. This library contains recordings of waves, rivers, streams, waterfalls, drips onto different surfaces, sprinklers, pipes, street drains and much more, with near and distant perspectives of calm and turbulent flows.
Recorded by a quiet Swedish lake in late summer of 2014, the Water Movements sfx library is filled with splashes, drips, walking/running, moving, small water creature simulations, and much more.
Need some sounds of water on rocks? This bite sized library could be just what you need. Close stereo recordings of waves a crashing against both rocks and beaches.
This is not your regular water sound effect library:
Water Rush gets you a multitude of recordings from a group of 30 swimmers doing dives, swims, runs, walks and other movement in the water – for unprecedented control of the water sounds.
Features both solo and group takes, and multiple mic positions, including underwater recordings.
Fantastic for sports, battle scenes and countless other situations where you want precise control of the water sounds.
Need the sounds of people in water?
This library is the one you need:
The Water SFX library comes with 84 water sounds, with a total playing time of more than 75 minutes. It includes sounds such as a mountain stream, river, splashing, water-skiing, waterfall and waves. The library is perfectly suited to post production, audio books, radio broadcasts and other audio channels. All sounds are in WAV, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.
Create ultra-realistic WATER SPORTS projects with this one-of-a-kind audio pack of sound effects for a variety of different aquatic sports! With 480 top-quality audio assets (160 original sounds) mixed and mastered by our team of audio experts and veterans of the AAA Gaming industry, this aquatic sports sound pack is perfect for:
Or any other Aquatic Sports!
ALL ASPECTS OF WATER SPORT GAMEPLAY INCLUDED
From AIR HORN BLASTS for SWIMMING COMPETITIONS, to BEACH or HARBOR AMBIENCES for SAILBOAT DOCKS, BOAT ROWING, PADDLE sounds, Olympic SWIMMING POOL ambiences, CROWD CHEERING at AQUATIC SPORTS events, DIVING into WATER sounds, JET SKI drops in WATER, POWERBOAT MOTORS, UNDERWATER or SCUBA BREATHING, SEA or OCEAN WAVE, SAIL FLAPS, SAILING ambiences, FOOTSTEPS on the BEACH or in WATER, SWIMMING STROKES, SWIMMING sounds, WATER POLO or VOLLEYBALL water sounds, WHISTLE BLOWING, WETSUIT GEAR handling, and much much more, this sound effects library will leave nothing to be desired!
Each audio file is drag-and-drop ready, presented in high-quality MP3 and WAV formats with meticulously labeled keywords, so you can create the perfect gaming experience for your players in a matter of moments! Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose hundreds of games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary sound pack!
With 480 top quality audio assets (160 original sounds), multiple variants, recording takes, and options such as single hits or loops, this audio pack is jam-packed with any sound you could want.
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Get the sounds of flowing, streaming water – in ambisonics format. features the sounds of waterfalls, large and small rivers and streams.
'Water Streams One' is the first library in my 'Water Streams' series that explores the bubbly and roaring sounds of rapids, rivers and streams found all around Finland.
The library consists of 19 unique sounding locations ranging from large rapids to tiny streams. Most of the content was recorded in quiet Northern Finland locations and I even visited the Oulanka National Park to record its famous large roaring rapids.
Due to challenging and hard to access locations I decided to record the library with portable Sony handheld recorders utilizing ORTF and XY techniques.
The average length of each file is between 2-4 minutes so you can easily create your own loops for video games and other media.
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 Water Volumes SFX library gets you over 300 sounds of natural hot-springs, bubbles, and liquids of various densities boiling under the effect of dry ice.
A large amount of content was recorded during two weeks spent in the city of Furnas, Azores, where volcanic hot-springs of all kinds are active. Other recordings were gathered with the use of dry ice.
Most recordings will contain energy up to 96 KHz as they were recorded with a Sanken CO-100K at a 192KHz sample rate. Others were gathered with the use of an Acquarian H2A, Sennheiser MKH8040, 416, a Sony D100 and a Tascam DR-05.
The collection was recorded over a trip to Sao Miguel, Azores, and several other recording sessions in the UK.
‘Wave Break Vol.2’ is a compilation of 50 recordings (286 minutes total) capturing the natural sounds of the sea breaking on land. This library follows on from ‘Wave Break Vol.1’ but is uniquely different as it features pristine tropical water recordings from Taveuni, a tropical Island in Fiji.
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