Roomtones and exterior ambiences and recordings
Haunting Ambiences contains dense, multilayered horror construction kits. Everything you need to build a world around your scenes with separated stems. We captured and designed field recordings from multiple countries, voices, instruments and synthesizers all in 24Bit 96kHz allowing for further manipulation.
These dense ambiences include split stems to encourage experimentation, allowing you to add or subtract certain elements, balance them or combine them with sounds from other construction kits in the pack. Perfect for your horror films, video games or escape room/live experiences.
Here are the included Construction Kits:
Haunted Factory: Moving gears, pipe bursts and the deafening buzz of industrial lighting.
Haunted Forest: Weird birds, crows, wolves, owls, tree creaks and much more!
Haunted House: Distinct creaks of a wooden building under a bed of creepy winds and clocks.
Haunted Neighbourhood: Dog barks, crickets and clocktowers sit above layered crickets and streetlights.
Haunted Sewers: Build a wet and dripping scene with flowing water and more distinct drips echoing through.
Haunted Swamp: Misty wind, bugs and water splashes suggest an evil presence, combined with frogs and more!
Nightmare: A discomforting array of voices, hums, and rumbles.
Zombie Apocalypse: A crowd of Zombies are taking over the city, breaking into anything they can find.
Torture Chamber: A deep and surreal ambience with screams, drills, tools and other torturous sounds.
A condensed library with medicine and dentist sound effects. If you need to create an ambiance of a surgery room or a dentist visit, this is your go-to. 33 different sounds to overcome or accentuate your fear to the doctor, it’s up to you
Have you ever wanted waterfall recordings with character, and texture, as opposed to hours of white noise?
Discover the roaring sound of a hidden waterfall, crashing on jagged rocks, pure ice-cold mountain water permeating the air.
The waterfall, hidden in the Carpathian mountains, is small enough that it still has texture and movement, whilst retaining that unmistakable roaring sound.
Recorded from different perspectives, distances and angles, over an hour and a half of recordings have been edited down to just over 11 minutes of audio at 24bit/96kHz, containing the essence of the waterfall.
The files are tagged with rich SoundMiner metadata, explaining in detail the perspective from which each sound was recorded.
In High Desert Ambiences 1: Miniature, get a mini-nature collection of desolately beautiful sounds of the American southwest as the sun brings to life the songs of desert wildlife. This collection features sounds that will make you fall in love with the desert with the trickling of distant rivers, smooth cricket chirps, echoey caws from ravens so close you can hear the details in their wings flaps, snorts from a cautious yet curious mule deer, choruses of birds at dawn, and much more. Most recordings are well over 4 minutes, with one half-hour night-time track that will make you want to take out your tent immediately. For a mini-nature collection of lush, peaceful nature sounds from the heart of the American Southwest, here’s High Desert Ambiences 1: Miniature.
2% for the Planet:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• Sounds in this library are NOT included in High Desert Ambiences 2 and 3.
• This library contains a small selection of both “active” and “quiet” nature sounds from the high deserts of West Texas.
• If you need more “active” or “quiet” nature sounds check out: High Desert Ambiences 2: Active Nature or High Desert Ambiences 3: Quiet Nature.
• Featured on Designing Sound: “Our Favorite Sounds of 2016”
• Desert dawn and evening choruses
• Distant flowing river, songbirds, and insects
• Ravens soaring and squawking in a stark and resonant valley
• Lengthy night-time cricket chorus
• Partially audible and ultrasonic bat clicks up to 70kHz
• Ghostly distant animal calls
• Mule deer warning snorts and jumping movement
• Files ranging from 31 seconds to 30 minutes
• Rio Grande dawn chorus along the Texas/Mexico river border
• Locations: Near Marfa, Texas (in a mountain valley at an altitude of 6,000 ft) and Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande River, Texas/Mexico border.
• These desert ambiences are extremely quiet, so I have included descriptive markers to signal interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as RX, Reaper, and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in the sound files folder.
Explore a large collection of beautiful, tranquil sounds from remote desert locations across the American southwest and enjoy listening to the morning sun awaken desert wildlife. This serene collection features sounds that will make you fall in love with the harmonious desert dawn. Sounds include doves cooing, woodpeckers hammering, White-throated Swifts in swirling flocks, and much more. Featured like never before are recordings of Swainson’s hawks so close you can hear the whoosh as their powerful wings cut through the air. For the second installment of my extensive nature sounds from the heart of the American Southwest, here is High Desert Ambiences 2: Active Nature.
2% for the Planet:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• This library is filled with the “Active Nature” sounds of desert mornings.
• Swainson’s Hawks – a male and female recorded near their nest in a 200-foot cliff. Recordings are from below the nest and include close, distant, circling, diving, and soaring perspectives.
• White-throated Swifts – flocks of small barn swallow-like birds circling, darting, and whooshing in front of a desert cliff.
• Other Birds/Wildlife Included: Canyon Wrens, Bewick’s Wrens, Montezuma Quail, White-winged Doves, Western Screech-Owls, Aoudad Sheep, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, and many more labeled as “songbirds” if not identified by species.
• Tracks starting with the filename “Quiet Desert” have low wildlife activity and are perfect “natural roomtones” to use as the foundation of a designed environment. If you need more “Quiet Nature” tracks check out High Desert Ambiences 3: Quiet Nature or the miniature pack of desert sounds in High Desert Ambiences 1: miNiATURE.
• Most files are 3-6 minutes in length
• Named markers included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform. Starting in Soundminer 4.5Pro_v252 you can now read text markers from within Soundminer!
• Marker text included in the Soundminer Description and BWAV description fields.
• Recording Location – Davis Mountains, Texas
• *Note – Birds were self-identified using several iOS apps and bird identification websites, so I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy of species identification.
In High Desert Ambiences 3, get a large collection of the desolate and beautiful sounds of the American southwest. As the sun sets, hear how nocturnal wildlife comes alive as the day fades away. This collection features sounds that will make you fall in love with desert nights as you discover sounds ranging from soft owl hoots to lonely night songbirds to keening crickets. This library also includes Javelina (wild pig) snorts and teeth clicks, humming trains off in the distance, coyote howls and yips so close you’ll want to run for cover, and much more. While most recordings are between 3 to 6 minutes, this collection also includes a few 15-25 minute nocturnal soundscapes. A rare gem to find in the continental United States! For the third installment of my lush, peaceful nature sounds from the heart of the American Southwest, here’s High Desert Ambiences 3: Quiet Nature.
2% FOR THE PLANET:
Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
• Marker text included in the Soundminer description and BWAV description fields.
• *Note – I self-identified all birds using several iOS apps and bird identification websites, so I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy on species identification.
If you're after hospital sounds, here's a beautiful suite of surround sound hospital ambiences.
Access to hospitals can be tricky. Credentials are required, and different rules must be followed for every step one takes deeper into the building. It's not as simple as just grabbing a rig and walking in the front door.
Our hospital ambiences were recorded during one extensive day long shoot where we were granted access to one of the nation's top medical campuses. There are surprisingly few “hospital machines” making beeping noises at any given location within the building, which gives these sounds the flexibility to be used in any large institutional building.
Each location was recorded in dual MS and decoded using the excellent Schoeps double MS decoding tool.
The end result is an immersive set of recordings that show off the reality of what a hospital really does sound like. Pick up a copy and cover your hospital scenes the right way.
Two versions are available:
This library features atmospheres from all aspects of children’s, private and public hospitals. Locations include entrance halls, hallways, wards, wings, emergency departments, waiting rooms, receptions and nurse stations.
All sounds were recorded using DPA 4060’s and Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6.
House Tones by Badlands Sound features 57 two minute seamless loopable roomtones totaling of almost two hours of different room tones found in a home including Bathrooms, Basements, Bedrooms, Closets, Garages, Home Offices, Laundry Rooms, Kitchens, Living Rooms, Showers, and Utility Room.
This sound library was recorded with professional gear including the Sound Devices 702t, Rycote ORTF, and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040’s creating high quality roomtones of 96k / 24 bit.
If you are looking for house or apartment room tones then this library is for you. All files in this product have great file names and metadata with descriptive words with no number lists.
Human Africa is a collection of authentic ambiences recorded in rural and urban locations across various countries in Africa.
The library covers a wide range of settings, from urban idyllic countryside ambiences and conversations in various languages to traffic and skyline soundscapes. Each file is carefully meta-tagged with location, time of day and language (if present) information.
Hvac Drones & Tones gets you the noisy insides of hotel rooms, bathrooms and much more; recordings of large ventilation and filter units, cooling compressors and whining fans.
Some of the sounds are completely pristine and unprocessed, while others have been tampered with to reveal hidden qualities. This collection contains both noir and noise!
Industrial Ambiences – perfect for industrial settings, subtle intricate backgrounds, eerie man-made areas and horror ambiences. Features long, four minute files for extended scenes.
• 53 Tracks Total (25 Day time Tracks, 28 Night time Tracks)
• High Resolution Photographs of Recording Locations Included
• Thorough metadata included in all files
• All tracks recorded and edited at 24bit, 96kHz
• Each Track around 4 Minutes in Length
• 5 GB compressed download, 7.1 GB uncompressed
This library contains a large variety of ambiences and drones that stylized as industrial or science fiction. All of these files are derived from on location recording sites and carefully edited and crafted to create a large variety of unique sonic textures. Source material ranges from large industrial buildings, parking garages, utility rooms, air condition unites, fans, buzzing electrical components, analog synthesizers etc.
Over 9 hours of interior ambience recordings, from busy shopping malls, underground carparks, markets and stations, to quiet indoor pools, empty basements and room tones.
These recordings were made over a four year period, mainly in locations across Europe, including Malta, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania and Spain.
Stores Markets Malls: From crowded market places to empty shopping malls.
Public Transport: Buses, airplanes, train stations, airports and more.
Restaurants and Cafeterias: Quiet to noisy, with crowd walla and chatter in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, German and more.
Room Tones: Empty basements, old houses, offices, city apartments, hotel rooms and more.
Underground Parking: Busy and quiet
Lobby Church Pool: Hotel lobby, large cathedral, small church and indoor swimming pool.
Interesting Interiors is a collection of recordings hand-picked by sound designer and recordist Chris Sweetman from his personal collection. They deliver a selection of interesting beds, ambiences and interior sounds, including both real and surreal sounds to play with.
This collection includes 3 rare recordings of the derelict Star Wars stage at Elstree before its demolition in 1995, as well as large drills from an interior perspective that could be mistaken for huge alarms or horns, an extremely detailed sewer recording, rain falling down an elevator shaft and much more.
Recorded at the Technical University of Denmark and at a big Art Workshop in Copenhagen – in collaboration with sound designer and field recordist Rune Palving. This collection of sounds captures the crowds, both loud and more quiet, and the different rooms, halls, and hallway tones that are speciel to such places.
The Technical University files are all surround files, recorded in double MS and mixed into 5.0 tracks. Recorded in very crowded places, like the dining area, and at the library, but also in more quiet places, like the auditorium wardrobes and in the rest rooms.
The sounds recorded at the art workshop, focus more on the rooms and reverberation found here. The sounds also include, artists working in their own shops, cleaning, writing and painting. All sounds in this collection are stereo.
10 stereo tracks, 96/24. From 3-10 minutes long. 2.1 GB
Equipment used: Sounddevices 702, 744, Mixpre, Sennheiser Mkh8040/Mkh30/Mkh8040
Get the sounds and ambiences of Jamaica in this very special sound effects library, featuring 4 hours of authentic recordings.
Recorded over three years, the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes walla sounds of Jamaican patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, Beaches, as well as cooking sounds from a wooden house kitchen. So if you’re looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:
Get the sounds and ambiences of Jamaica in this very special sound effects library, featuring almost 12 hours of authentic recordings.
An Additional Library of Vol 1. the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes Walla sounds of Jamaican Patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, roomtones, beaches, as well as a luxury hotel visit. So if you're looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:
The city of Kolkata, India, is one of the sonically richest locations in the world. This library features over 25 locations and 276 files of both day and night time recordings in 5.1 and stereo formats. Feel the relentless energy of Bagbazar Street, the traffic rumble over Howrah Bridge, walk through the flower market along the Ganges river, and much more…
Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.
The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis. The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.
The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.
The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).
Lamps focuses on the buzzing/humming sound of light bulbs, lamps, fluorescent tubes, you name it… You can find a sound for any electricity driven device you can imagine.
These sounds can be used as pure effects or as a layer in your ambiances/atmos tracks to create a buzzing hallway or even to add tension in a basement scene with a fluorescent tube.
Low humming growls, aggressive and high pitched, glass resonant tubes, tiny filament lamp, fridge style hums,etc…
This library contains 44 designed textures and about 20 source material files with full and detailed metadata embedded ( Soundminer, Basehead, iXML ) , all at 96kHz / 24 bits.
Often majestic, big interior spaces are beautiful sets. We created this collection to help you bring some life into them. To take full advantage of those sets, there’s nothing quite like Ambisonic and its faithful sound reproduction of its acoustics in 3D.
Create an entire casino with the highest quality sound effects and ambiences with this unique top-of-the-industry audio pack. With NO other product like it on the market, this premium sound library is PACKED with immersive sounds for ALL card and dice games found in traditional brick & mortar casinos. Immerse your players in ultra realistic environments for an experience they’ll want to revisit over and over again!
ALL CARD, DICE, and CHIP GAMBLING GAMES!
Sounds for every card game are provided, including traditional POKER, BLACKJACK, BACCARAT, TEXAS HOLD ‘EM, STUD POKER, casino WAR, FIVE CARD DRAW, VENTTI, and RUMMY. All dice games are covered too, including CRAPS, CHO HAN, HAZARD, CHUCK-A-LUCK, KLONDIKE, BANKA FRANCESCA, and SIC BO.
STAGGERING VARIETY of SOUND EFFECTS!
Included is a massive amount of audio with countless versions, variations, and recording takes! Offering large selections of sounds for CARD DEALING, DECK SHUFFLING, CARD FLIPPING, and CARD REVEALS. Not to mention CHIP BETTING, CHIP HANDLING with CLINKS and THUDS and PASSING sounds. And of course, DICE & DIE ROLLING, single and multiple DICE SHAKING, DICE DROPPING on different kinds of tables and boards, and single and multiple DICE THROWS are all at your fingertips. Every sound comes in multiple variations and each asset is carefully edited, mixed, and mastered to beautifully fit any casino project.
EXTRA AMBIENCES for FULL IMMERSION!
Plunge your players into realistic environments with multiple CASINO AMBIENCES and BACKGROUND NOISES. Included are background LOOPS for raucous middle-of-the-action gaming environments with talking and crowd banter, as well as quieter isolated private games with more muffled crowd noises.
EXTRA BLACKJACK DEALER VOICES!
HUNDREDS of voice overs for both MALE and FEMALE blackjack dealers are included. Vocal phrases covering SINGLE NUMBERS (2, 3, 4, etc.), PAIRED NUMBERS (2 or 12, 5 or 15, 10 or 20, etc.), “BETS PLEASE”, “BLACKJACK”, “HOUSE WINS” or “PLAYER WINS”, DOUBLES requests and notifications, INSURANCE, and many many more are included for complete and all-encompassing gameplay!
CASINO INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST QUALITY SOUNDS
Enrich your title in seconds with beautifully mixed, AAA quality sounds brought to you by our team of industry veterans, whose 600 slot games worth of experience have culminated in this extraordinary sound pack! 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!
What is LEAKED NOISE? Well, in the case of this sound pack, it is the sound that is somewhat removed from the listener. It might be the people upstairs having a blazing argument (and later on when they have made up, getting amorous), the garage band next door rehearsing their songs, the kid in the basement practicing drums or the one down the school hall practising flute. In this pack, you will find lots of LEAKED NOISE that might be just right for your project, be it TV, film, radio, videogame or theatre.
Learning Space is the go-to collection for clean and constant school environment room tones and ambiences.
Learning Space has over 1 hour / 2.2 GB worth of material that covers a whole large air-conditioned modern school building and also a small air-conditionless old abandoned school building. The length of the room tones are around 3 minutes and all the room tones are calibrated to -30 LUFS.
The whole library was recorded with a custom designed very low self-noise (4.5 dB) ORTF rig that gives you only the noise of the room and minimal noise from the recording equipment itself.
The variety in the sounds of the room tones gives you a great palette to experiment with various sound design tools so you can create e.g. spaceship ambiences, drones and otherworldly textures.
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.
Abandoned School Hallway • Abandoned School Kitchen • Abandoned School Large Classroom • Abandoned School Small Classroom • Boiler Room • Cleaning Closet • Gym Hall • Hallway • Kitchen • Large Classroom • Lobby • Locker Room • Small Classroom • Small Gym Storage Room • Small Storage Room • Teacher Lounge Toilet • Teacher Lounge • Toilet • Vestibule
This sound library is full of library recordings. These range from city to public and university libraries. With 38 recordings of 5 minutes (for a total of more than 3 hours of recordings) there are a heap of different options depending on if you’re after a busy reception or a quiet study space. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
The ‘Lifts and Elevators’ library contains a collection of sounds sourced from 19 different elevators. Each model bringing their own unique sonic qualities and character. From slick and smooth modern elevators to weathered old freight and goods lifts, these high-quality recordings have been carefully captured in:
• Warehouses/Industrial Units
Each elevator has been recorded in motion, opening and closing its doors (manually and mechanically), producing metallic rattles, creaks, groans and more. Additionally, Button pressing, alarm bells, buzzers and stationary room tones, have been captured in crystal clear detail.
All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24 bit, 96 kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416 and MKH30 microphones. Each file has been also tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.
The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.
This library contains a collection of sounds sourced from 22 different elevators found in the following locations:
Each elevator has its own unique characteristics featuring creaks, groans, impacts & rattles. All elevators feature roomtones, buttons, doors opening & closing (both interior & exterior perspective) and in motion using the Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6, Sennheiser MKH 416 and Sennheiser MKH 8020 stereo pair at 24bit/96khz for all your sound design needs.
This library is a bespoke collection of crowd recordings from all over foggy London Town. We hand picked the finest pubs based on the locals and acoustics, with each recording offering a unique sense of space and character. From the sweet and quaint to the darn right scary, we shot them all!
Enjoy cutting crowds of all flavours; The pissed and disorderly, jovial folk waxing lyrical, raucous football fans, relaxed pub garden chatter, through-the-wall conversations, Quiz Night whispers, and a f*ckload more! This library is diverse, rich, and comprehensive. Whether your scene is contemporary or period, we’ve got you covered.
Obviously not a musical note in sight and where you need it most, we’re offering up two perspectives with our binaural quad recordings. With a little panning you will be immersed in your choice of London local… Drink up!
Melbourne, Australia is home to some very unique sounds and ambiences which can be found within this library. Recorded during the day this library features all the major train stations, streets and locations as well as plenty of side streets, alleyways and general traffic. All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
The library ‘Montreal 365’ is the result of a long 5 years endeavour.
These sounds were recorded through 5 years of field recording around the city of Montreal, Canada.
It captures the wide variety of the urban facets and comprises all 4 seasons through which the soundscape is largely modified. The library has 2 main types of ambiences: interior and exterior.
Montreal is a large North-American cosmopolitan city with a European flavour. Many different ethnicities reside there. The main language is French but English is also omnipresent. The highly varied seasons mark the landscape and influence the moods and energy of the city.
This library features a wide range of recordings from various museums and galleries, each differentiated by the nuances of their size and space. All recordings feature pristine echos, walla and movement. The library includes stereo & 5.0 recordings from:
All sounds were recorded using a stereo pair of DPA 4060s, DPA 5100, Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6 and Sound Devices 788T.
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