Environment recordings, ambiences and soundscapes – from all over the world, and beyond
‘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.
Pristine water recordings:
‘Wave Break Vol.1’ is a compilation of 50 audio files that capture the natural sounds of water breaking on land. There are 42 main sound effects with 8 bonus water sounds totaling 230 minutes and most are 5 minutes in duration. 'Wave Break' features recordings from beaches, coves, reefs, sand dunes, rocky platforms and headlands – recorded in Sydney, Australia and Taveuni Island, Fiji.
Check out ‘Wave Break Vol.2’ here!
For easy reference, sound descriptions are identified in the track title. All files are metatagged.
AMONG NATURE’S MOST ENORMOUS FORCES
Sound Tracker® Gordon Hempton has recorded a fantastic and remarkable collection of waves in its various appearances. Hempton has searched the globe for more than three decades to record nature at its most pristine.
FROM GENTLE TO RAGING – VAST DYNAMIC RANGES
Waves are among the most universally appealing of all nature sounds. Their character changes dependent on tides, climatic and ground conditions, so they can come in as lapping, gurgling, surging, bubbling, sweeping, splashing, rumbling, rolling, howling, thundering, roaring, crashing and many other forms.
DIFFERENT SIZES AND CONTACT SURFACES
The library contains more than 5.5 hrs in 5.42 GB of pure and unaltered source recordings: 111 files which are classified by wave size and beach substrate (solid rock, boulder, pebble, sand).
This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
Get the sounds of waves captured with ambisonics – everything from small waves on a sunny day to the big swells of a storm.
We are the People is a sound effects library filled with protests chants from the 2012 NATO protests in Chicago.
Two locations give this library two aurally unique crowd environments. The downtown protests reflect off the surrounding buildings, giving them a neat urban quality, while the Ravenswood protests give the impression of a more open environment. Groups of protesters in unified chant ranged in size from just a few to perhaps 200 or more. Many of the recordings have wonderful builds, starting with one or two voices and grow from there, in both size and intensity.
These recordings work great as stand alone effects or for layering in some specificity to crowds. The next time your designing a defiant crowd, bring some authenticity with We are the People.
Welcome to to the historic city of Rome. Once you get here you feel all the history this city has to offer.
In this short visit to Rome we have captured the essence of this lovely city: Markets, museums, city live and of course, storms.
16 tracks recorded in different places of the city. 48Khz and 24 bits HD Audio. As always, great ambience files to use in your production.
This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration for the surround files. This provides great post production possibilities.
A collection of rural autumn atmospheres, recorded in the Wendland region of Germany. A total of more than 3 hours of ambiences included!
• Trees and bushes in the wind
• The forest
• Open fields and wetlands
• Shores of Jetzel river
• Open windows at farm house
• Tractors and farm machinery
• Rural garden: morning, day, and evening
• Outdoor restaurants
• Next to a goose shed
• Dannenberg Market
• Hitzacker Graveyard
• On board a small Elbe river ferry
• and others.
This collection features a wide selection of wet sounds recorded over many years. Including over 5 hours of high quality recordings: streams, rivers, waterfalls, hydro electric power plants, ocean waves, lake atmospheres, water scenes, boat scenes, car scenes, rain, thunder storms, hail and also dripping and trickling close perspective sounds. Locations all over Norways coast, islands and inland including a few mountains.
Torrential rains, soft trickling mountain streams, breaking waves and gushing waterfalls!
Also including unique recording of spring melt ice floating down a mountain river 1000 masl., a couple of start to stop thunderstorms, and water dripping on, listening from within, a wheelbarrow.
Bonus content: Mini Icelandic hot spring pack, including: Geysir (Strokkur) eruption, Hot bubbling water/steam and mud.
Wetland Atmosphere is a collection of pristine ambiences recorded at wetlands, marshes, bogs, lakes and other similar areas around Europe.
The library consists of 33 recordings ranging from 3 to 10 minutes in length, available both as stereo and surround. The recordings have been captured with a Sennheiser Double Mid-Side rig which was left out overnight in remote locations. This was to make sure that man-made noise and human interaction was kept to a minimum.
The library is accompanied by a comprehensive species list covering 68 birds and 7 amphibians in total.
Highlights include Bitterns with their booming calls, Common Loons and their wails being reflected off of trees, geese, ducks and swans making a racket, the insect-like clicking of Savi’s Warbler and the incessant croaking of various frogs and toads.
Dakota Wetlands by Badlands Sound features 11 three to four minute seamless loopable ambiences making these a breeze to work with. Recorded over the span of a couple months this collection of ambiences were recorded in 96k 24bit with the Sound Devices 702t and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040's.
In the Audio Demo for this product you will be able to hear all the sounds that are in this library. If you are looking for marsh, prairie sounds next to a lake, or specifically wetlands for a great price this library is for you.
VARIOUS STANDING WATER ENVIRONMENTS
As used here, WETLANDS include places with standing fresh water such as swamps, marshes, ponds, and lakes. In fact, it’s the water itself that creates these very special acoustic biospheres – as a propagator of sounds, causing them to travel further and louder due to surface reflections and temperature layers.
RICH WILDLIFE SYMPHONIES
WETLANDS encloses recordings of wildlife and scenery at different day times and intensities. Are you looking for recordings of birds playing and hurrying across the water? Late evening frog concerts? Rainfall lapping on the lake? The slap of a beaver tail? Let these examples give you a fair idea of what this beautiful collection has on its great content list.
This Library is also part of The Complete Quiet Planet Bundle.Libraries from Quiet Planet are covered by a special EULA - read it here.
Gathering clean nature recordings without man-made noise is becoming difficult in today's world due to human expansion and modern technology. Wild Montana Winter captures over an hour of material featuring the unpolluted sonic landscapes around Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge. The exquisite sounds of the wild are delivered to you in 24 bit, 96khz audio quality to detail the beauty of natural phenomenon occurring in the desolate terrain. Well-grounded metadata is added to help you to easily navigate through this natural collection of sounds. Frozen. Vast. Untamed.
‘Wilderness – Flowing Water Sound Effects’ from Bluezone Corporation contains a selection of 40 carefully recorded calm and rushing mountain river sounds, running stream sounds, small and large waterfall sound effects.
Created with a large selection of high quality recordings (24 bit / 96 kHz), all ambiences included in this sound library (1.2 GB) are carefuly processed and designed to give you ready-to-use elements. All samples are royalty-free for all your commercial projects.
Wilderness Americas : Amazon Rainforest is a collection of sounds captured in the West part of the Amazon basin (El Oriente) across 3 South American countries : Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.
This library focuses on the wildlife and wilderness sounds of the Amazon rainforest/jungle.
Reaching the Amazon region is not easy and need many resources and time.
Also the weather conditions are very bad for people and audio equipment: Extreme humidity, rain and heat don’t work great with microphones and recorders.
We have selected audio gear specifically for this purpose: Tropicalized microphones : sennheiser MKH 8020 and MKH 30 series in a surround configuration + a world-renowned recorder : Sound devices Mixpre 10T. We also brought a humidity-proof microphone basket (Cinela)
This weather-proof setup permitted us to record even under strong tropical rain. (We have also a special mic cover which reduces the sound of raindrops on the microphone basket)
We have always focused on places where they protect and respect the “Selva” (Forest), especially places like National Parks, Research Stations or community places.
-> We went recording in these places: Madidi National Park (BOLIVIA), Podocarpus National Park (Ecuador), “Jatun Sasha” biological station (Ecuador),
The forest around the Rio Napo (an affluent connection to the amazon river) (Ecuador), the “Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno” (Ecuador), and the region around Mocoa, between Santa Rosa Canyon and the Paway Reserva (Colombia).
We used “sound trap” technics for long and immersive recordings: We hid microphones and protected recorders in a waterproof bag and let it sit for days and nights in the middle of the rainforest (usually 24 hours of non-stop recording).
This system allowed us to record the sunrise, dawn chorus, and sunset – times where the animals are more active.
Here is some animals we have recorded :
Exotics Birds and more, especially parrots, parakeet, cuckoo, Oro Pendulo, cacique, magpie, etc.
Insects and more, especially crickets, cicadas, mosquitos, flies, etc.
Mammal : Amazonian flying squirrel, spider monkeys, and howler monkeys
Amphibians: Frogs, toads
Each sound recording are tagged with GPS coordinates and full Soundminer metadata.
-The Full sound bank (Stereo + Surround/Ambisonic) contains 117 sound takes recorded in 24/96khZ (Total length : 566 minutes) and decline in 351 files
“Wilderness Americas : Geyser and Volcano” is a collection of sounds focused on geothermal phenomena of Central and North America.
We recorded geysers in the Yellowstone National Park (USA) and two very actives volcanoes: the Fuego in Guatemala, and the Masaya in Nicaragua.
To complete this sound library, we added natural sound elements which are very efficient for sound design as designed sound material:
“Super volcano” eruption sounds, magma lake ebullition sounds, lava movement, and landslide sounds.
The geyser and Masaya volcano sounds (magma lake, lava movement) were recorded with the Telinga Parabola with a Sennheiser MKH 8040. The Telinga was used for its powerful ability to focus on sound details at a reasonable distance.
The explosions and eruptions of the Fuego volcano were recorded in surround with a Sennheiser DMS setup (MKH 8040-30) and also with the Telinga Parabola + MKH 8020.
-This sound bank contains 56 sound takes recorded in 24/96 kHz, and a total of 122 files.
High-quality nature ambiance of wild landscapes in both eastern and western Oregon – with a focus on different cricket sounds by day and night.
Types range from hot desert heat to cold windy forest nights, to vibrant riversides. Many tracks are quite long – several minutes or longer. A number catch crickets quite close to the recorder
This sound library is part of the Complete Craig Carter Collection, containing a wide range of wind recordings.
Recorded over Craig’s 34 year career as an esteem Australian sound designer, this library consists of natural winds, synthesised winds and eerie interior winds.
An interior wind collection is a must-have. It howls and it hoots through the recess of a door or a window.
This is your exterior wind collection, mainly recorded outside with a wind trap. You will be surrounded in your editing room by blowing, fresh air.
Wind Elements – Interior is 75 minutes/2.43 Gb of howling, blasting and fluttering wind, recorded from inside various buildings. 90 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using Sennheiser MKH & Primo EM172 microphones, and mastered in X/Y stereo.
This collection is the bigger, badder sequel to bestseller Howling Winds – Interior, with more of everything: fresh recordings, more types of wind, more locations and just more variation.
Everything from violent blasting and howling, to gentle, caressing wind. Some with sleet and rain, cracking and creaking of window frames and roof materials, others with faint sound of rustling leaves or urban buzz.
You get both long ambiances from various locations, as well as plenty of short files to sweeten up your mix.
Some sounds have been eq'ed aggressively to enhance the feeling of being indoors, but very little processing has been applied otherwise. You'll hear a bit of hiss here and there; I left it in because I felt noise reduction would take away too much character in those specific cases.
• In Wind Harp, get an expansive collection of musical winds from the mountains of the American Southwest. Hear singing wires brought to life by 30 mph gusts and desert winds meshing perfectly with musical drones. Hear blustery blasts whipping through mountain valleys and scrappy desert foliage rustling frantically. Hear dancing grasses strike fretboard strings, pinging rich melodies with each swaying stalk.
• To record this library an acoustic guitar was transformed into an aeolian harp. I hope this library gives you a chance to hear the wind in a way you haven’t heard it before. Enjoy listening to the natural music of the wind as it sings on long thin wires
2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
• Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause, as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
Wind In Broadleaf Trees is a collection of recordings focusing on wind through broadleaf trees. Recorded in a Swedish forest in October it is representative of the most common broadleaf trees in Europe and other areas with a temperate climate.
In this collection I wanted to capture evocative and emotional wind sounds, from the soothing and relaxing soft winds, tense moderate winds, dramatic strong winds and the transitions between the different emotions or speeds of wind.
The collection was recorded at 24 bits 96Khz with an A-B stereo setup. It contains both longer files, with two minutes and more in length and shorter files edited to be a seamless loop. The files also come with embedded metadata.
Here are ambient and specific recordings of rustling leaves, fluttering twigs and creaking trunks. Pine and Fir trees, Beechwood hedgerows and leafless Oak trees, along tall grass and reeds. All in all, a collection representative of the cultured landscape in Denmark, as well as much of northern Europe. I was lucky enough to record a storm during the last days of 2016, and those sounds are of course included here. No human voices or man-made sounds, but a few of the sounds have bird vocalizations in them.
The focus is rather narrow, going for many nuances of the same flavor – rather than many flavors. If you need sounds of a storm or gale in northern European vegetation, then this should fit the bill. Note that there is audible buffeting in several files. I opted to leave it in there, as it might suit some purposes, and let me keep the most violent passages. You can try your luck with noise reduction, but since wind is mostly broadband noise anyway, it might not turn out well. YMMV.
A few sounds 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 Denmark between October and January.
Wind Textures features blowy and breezy ambiences, both in urban and rural areas as well as outdoor and indoor perspectives.
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