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

  • If you're after city ambiences, URBAN & SUBURBAN provides a solid foundation for any sound designer to create a believable acoustic backdrop right out of the gate with common ambiences in varying intensities, daytimes and configurations. Easily accessible public places are captured in excellent quality, yet enough balance and distance to support the scene in the background and embed more prominent sounds into the mix.

    COMMON VS UNUSUAL
    While URBAN & SUBURBAN provides all the necessary basics, it also goes the extra mile by providing more isolated environments as well as recordings of special events that will come in handy when a change of scenery or dramaturgy is required. Various forms of traffic, groups of people, buildings, animals, wind and many more sound sources that make an appearance in this library ensure that you are able to craft an experience complete with the necessary components.

    INCLUDED SOUNDS – KEYWORDS:

    Urban, Suburban, Area, Mowers, Sprinklers, Traffic, Babble, People, Cars, Trucks, Horns, Sirens, Light Traffic, Traffic Echoes, Train Horns, Traffic Roars, Electricity Crackles, Emergency Vehicle Sirens, Car Passes, Cobblestones, Celebratory Car Horns, Car Horns And Shouts, Shuttle Bus, Luggage Wheels, Footsteps, Airport Interior Ambiences, Security Announcements, Chair Movements, Food Circus, Tsa Security Checkpoints, Train Station Entrances, Toll Stations, Coin Tosses, Underground, Rumbling, Arrival, Departure, Backgrounds, Trains, Park Morning, Park Day, Sidewalk, Cathedral Bells, Crowded Indoor Spaces
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  • City Life Urban Air Play Track 33 sounds included, 146 mins total $55 $27.50

    Urban Air is a collection of long duration / ready to use / surround urban backgrounds.

    This is aXLsound’s first surround ambience library, it has been recorded across different cities with various microphones setup ( LCR ORTF / QUAD / 5.0 ) and then carefully collected and edited into 5.0 surround tracks.

    You’ll find various moods and sonic characteristics including: downtown, suburban, industrial, small towns, quiet, loud and annoying traffic beds, wet city, side streets, parks, wide city squares, diffuse and distant urban elements, clean air tones or dirty gritty city noise …

    The duration of the tracks varies between 02m 30s for the shortest and more than 08 minutes with the vast majority lasting around 04-05 minutes, so long scenes shouldn’t be a problem. Also, some sounds include markers highlighting (un)interesting sounds and events.

    For more convenience, 2 versions are available for this library : 

     –  C / LR / LsRs : the 5.0 sounds are delivered “splitted” in three separate files :  ( 1 mono + 2 stereo files ) , this way you can easily use the stereo files if you don’t need surround.

    – .C / .L / .R / Ls / .Rs : multiple mono files

    This ambience pack contains 33 sounds / 99 files embedded with full and detailed metadata ( Soundminer, Basehead, iXML ).

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  • City Life Urban Berlin Vol. 1 Play Track 83 sounds included, 228 mins total $65 $32.50

    Urban Berlin Vol. 1 is the first release from a set of different Sound Librarys from Germany’s Capitol City Berlin. This first Volume contains Sounds like Citylife, Leisure, Traffic and Train Stations, Pleasure Boat, Flea Market, Trade Fair, Shopping and Crowds in different public Situations. Indoor and Outdoor.

     

     

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  • World Sounds Urban Berlin Vol. 2 Play Track 69-138+ sounds included, 405/810 mins total From: $75 From: $37.50

    Urban Berlin Volume 2 is the brand new library in addition to volume 1, capturing the many sounds of the German capital.

    We recorded in the districts: Kreuzberg, Mitte, Charlottenburg and Tiergarten. This Library contains the most-visited places, as well as quiet streets and backyards. Most of these recordings were made during the spring of 2016. For further details about the locations, please read the spread-sheet and take a look on the location photos.

    It was completely recorded in MS-Stereo (mid/side Signal) which gives you the great opportunity to handle the stereo-spread in post production. For those of you, who want fast results, we offer you a converted version in full Stereo-spread or take both as a bundle. The excellent Neumann Shotgun MS-Microphone RSM 190i was used in this session.

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  • City Life Urban Berlin Vol. 3 Play Track 22 sounds included, 167 mins total $65 $32.50

    Urban Berlin Volume 3 is the brand new library in addition to volume 1 and volume 2 capturing the many sounds of the German capital.

    We recorded in the districts: Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain. This Library contains roomtones of a Hospital, a Playground, Trainstations and other crowded places. For further details about the locations, please read the spread-sheet and take a look on the location photos.

     

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  • 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 $29.95

    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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