African Wildlife is an utterly unique collection of pristine wildlife and nature sounds, recorded in the wilderness of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia over a period of 4 months, 2015. It comes in four categories, covering Mammals, Birds, Ambience and Insects recordings.
It features animals such as elephant, baboon, jackal, lion, rhino, buffalo, hippo, impala, zebra, bat and hyena, as well as insects and 45 species of birds. 50 minutes of ambience recordings are also included.
The diversity of African wildlife sounds is widely reflected in this library, with the material including but not limited to screaming, barking, growling, roaring, breathing, grunting, feeding, hooting, warbling, screeching, farting, guffawing, whooping, gurgling, rutting, yapping, snorting, tweeting, trumpeting, chattering and squeaking.
Extensive metadata including detailed information on location, species, habitat, behaviour and usage is included, formatted for Soundminer. Metadata sheets in .xls and .csv formats are also provided.
East End used to be synonymous with poverty, overcrowding, disease and criminality, but these days it's one of the most exciting and inspiring areas in London. Stretching from the City to the River Lea, it is a perfect area for night clubbing, visiting galleries, admiring street art and spotting fashion trends. This library includes sounds from multi-cultural Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and the City. Experience the atmosphere of Sunday flower markets, parks, museums and even festivals.
Sunny Florida brings over 100 million tourists each year – and you can now get the soundscapes from: Cocoa Beach, Florida Keys (Big Pine Key, Key Marathon, Key West), Fort Pierce, Kissimmee, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and West Palm Beach.
Listen to screams and excitement in Orlando’s famous theme parks, traffic noise on American highways, nightlife buzz in Miami, relaxing ocean waves on Haulover Beach and peacefulness of luxurious West Palm Beach area.
Recorded in 192kHz/24-bit format, all sounds are fully described and include a photography. A 24 bit / 48 kHz version is also included.
From Hollywood Walk to Santa Monica beach, this library captures the spirit and atmosphere of the famed City of Angels. Home to celebrities, film studios, iconic theaters and landmarks. 'Ambiences from… Los Angeles' includes sounds from LAX airport, Downtown, Hollywood, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and West Hollywood.
Home to biggest fashion houses and supermodels, Milan is one of the most entertaining cities in Italy. On the contrary, it’s a secular city that has one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in the world – the Duomo. Extensive public transport (trams, buses, metro, scooters), canal system and people give this city unique soundscapes. Apart from Milan you will also experience a journey to Lake Como, an upscale resort area know for its dramatic scenery and celebrity homes.
Ambiences from Thailand is a collection of sounds from busy and exotic Bangkok, idyllic Railay Beach and Khao Sok with oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. You will hear tourists’ excitement, local Thais conversations, traditional gongs at world-famous temples and cricket chirps and other insects in middle of the night. Additionally you will find soundscapes generated by Asian means of transportation: boats, tuk tuks, buses and planes.
Sounds have been captured in Bangkok, Ao Namm, Railay Beach, Phra Nang Beach, Krabi, Khao Sok and Surat Thani.
Vietnam – a country of many contrasts – with tranquil nature sites on one hand and polluted roads with heavy traffic on the other. Ambiences from… Vietnam is a sound library that encaptures Southeast Asian people, culture and lifestyle. It includes international airports, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Phu Quoc island and Hanoi.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' delivers a huge amount of recordings (more than 10 hours total!) from a trip to Vietnam. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Transportation ambiences.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' ambience types: City ambiences include recordings from Hanoi such as the Thien Mu Pagoda temple, street terraces, outside the imperial city, the literature temple, parks, streets, markets and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from the Halong Bay, Hue Tu Duc mausoleum park, the banks of the River of Perfumes, the town of Thuy Bieu, the Dam Chuon lagoon, brick manufacturing in the Mekong Delta, the waterways of Nhon Thanh Town, Phu Quoc Island (day and night), Cai Coi paddle boat excursions and more.
Transportation includes a motorboat excursion, cruise ship excursion, the Hanoi Train, a rickshaw excursion, a fishing excursion, car rides, Long Xuyen canal and Ben Tre river boat excursions and more.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' is available in two versions: STEREO EDITION, with a total of 176 stereo audio files at 48 kHz / 24 bit (102 ambient sounds / 74 FX sounds)
Total library size (rar compressed: 7 GB, extracted: 10 GB)
EXPAND EDITION, with a total of 102 audio files at 96 kHz / 24 bit, in each of these folders: STEREO, MS, UPMIX 5.0. It also includes 74 FX sounds. Total library size (rar compressed: 58 GB, extracted: 91 GB)
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' delivers a generous amount of recordings (more than 5 hours total) from a trip to Japan. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Trains / Stations ambiences & FX folder.
You obtain three format folders : Stereo / MS / 5.0 Upmix
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Osaka to Tokyo such as geek Denden town & Akiharaba Arcade-Pachinko room, Stroll in Nishiki market, Kitanomaru Park, Famous Shibuya crossing and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest, Philosopher's path, Kibune-Kurama Forest and more.
Trains / Stations include recordings from Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo Stations, Stroll in Fujikyoko Line, Railroad Crossing and more.
FX include gashapon machine, Crows & Birds, Train doors etc…
'Asia Reminds – Japan Ambiences' : with a total of 76 audio files in each of these folders: STEREO (48 kHz / 24 bit), MS & UPMIX 5.0 (96 kHz / 24 bit).
It also includes 117 FX sounds.
You have access to two download folder :
Three Format library (rar compressed: 25 GB, extracted: 39 GB)
Want the sounds of Athens? The Athens Rooftop sound effects library delivers 9 long ambiences recorded from different perspectives, and at different times of day – from calm mornings to busy days and nights.
In order to capture Athens' soundscape in all its nuances, very low-noise Neumann Microphones and Sound Devices Recorders were used to record long takes (between 8 and 21 minutes each) totaling to over 2 hours of audio.
The recording location was a two floor rooftop on a three storey building above a very small street with no nearby traffic that allowed recording the city with some distance from above: Traffic, restaurants, bars, construction work, birds – in some evening recordings we hear crickets in the distance, in some day recordings the AC of a neighbouring flat is running.
Most of the recordings can also be used to represent a general city ambience, while some takes include specific regional sounds like Greek walla, churches and cicadas characteristic for the Greek capital.
Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the Dutch capital from locations such as an amusement park, a boat ride, church, ferry ride, metro ride, plaza, the science museum, a street market (a Turkish one, too), a train station, restaurant and more.
Get the authentic sounds of Lisbon, Portugal in this SFX library by Ana Monte. It includes recordings from various Lisbon neighborhoods, places such as a bakery, big market, bus ride, coffee house, construction site, airport, pub, museum bookstore, busy and quiet restaurants and more. It also features a 5.1 recording of a train ride in the world-famous Train 28 Lisboa Street Train.
Get the ambiences and atmospheres of Rwanda, Africa in this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around the capital of Kigali, suburbs, markets, sewing shop, rooftop and roadside recordings, as well as countryside, forest and hillside recordings.
Vol. 1 is a collection of Urban Sounds from Thailand from places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima.
It features typical Street, Market, Floating-Market, Traffic-Sounds, Walla etc.
Vol. 2 is a collection of Countryside & Island Sounds from Thailand from places like Isaan, Korat, Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Samet.
It features typical Residential Village-Sounds, Tropical Rain, Farmerland, Animals & Insects, Beaches etc.
Vol. 3 contains Wallasounds, Beaches, Nature and Village Sounds. It features typical Streets, Temple, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds.
Get all three volumes in a bundle for a nice discount!
Authentic Thailand Vol.3 is a brand new volume in addition of Authentic Thailand Vol.1&2.
This collection contains Wallasounds, Beaches, Nature and Village Sounds. It features typical Streets, Temple, Procession Day, Markets, Traffic Sounds, Walla, Island Beaches, Nature Sounds with Birds, Winds, Insects and Residential Village Sounds and traditional Thai-Percussion Music.
It also contains some Bonus Tracks with wooden Door Sounds with open/close from int/ext, Onboard driving on Minibus in the City of Bangkok, a Speedboat Transfer to Island and Bungalow Roomtones.
Get the true sound of Barcelona, Spain, in this sound effects library: It features recordings from places such as a market, coffee shop, park, beach, boulevard, metro, square, parking lot, burger bar, airport, fountain, train, construction site, station, shop and many more. In total, more than 3 hours of authentic Barcelona recordings are included!
Travel through Barcelona, Spain in sound with this sound effects library recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from around parks, beaches, touristic areas and even a marathon finish line!
18 read-to-use stereo tracks with all the appropriate metadata ready to be used on your next production.
Berlin Ambiances I is 114 minutes/3,69 GB of pure Berlin in 31 separate files – recorded mostly in 24bit/96kHz quasi-binaural stereo, with Primo EM172 omni capsules.
This collection contains stealth recordings of various Berlin locations, including a good deal of train sounds and, well, Berliners!
I went to locations such as the Bodemuseum (crazy natural reverbs), the Hauptbanhhof (enormous, diffuse train station-ambiance) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (great restaurant vibe and busy foyer). All this captured during January 2015, with a head-worn set of near- or quasi-binaural microphones.
Why quasi? Because the microphone elements are not entirely behind the Pinna (that thing protruding in front of the ear-canal), which means the true, 3-dimensional binaural experience isn't there. In this setting, my head shadow acted more like a Schneider disc or such, which means these recordings should translate better to speakers than, say, a Neumann dummy head. Btw: the non-binaural recordings were done in October 2013, using just my Sony PCM M10 recorder.
All in all, a collection of useful ambiances for your next Berlin-esque project.
People, places and trains!
Interiors and exteriors
Metadata included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
'Camel Vocals' is a unique collection of 47 growling, gargling and breathing sounds recorded with high-quality equipment in the desert of Jordan using the PCM D-100 digital recorder, Neumann KM185 Preamp, and Aeta Mixy Recorder. This collection provides original voice textures to design monsters and animals! All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
Classed in 5 different track, this collection includes:
• Camel vocals grow medium x20
• Camel vocals grow long x14
• Camel vocals grow short x6
• Camel vocals gargling x6
• Camel vocals breath
'Chaosmos – Sounds From Istanbul' is a sound effects library created by Furkan Utku Gerçik, who's lived in Istanbul for the past 22 years. The main focus of the library is to create a bundle that helps creatives who need sounds from Turkey.
The library doesn’t focus on common or popular sound sources such as Muezzin, Ezan or Taksim Square etc.
Instead, it focuses on more naturalistic sounds of daily life such as transportation, places that most people pass, bazaars, islands and much more. The recordings are are 99 percent raw.
Compared to other libraries 'Chaosmos – Sounds From Istanbul' offers a naturalistic, everyday perspective and focuses on alternative sounds. It also covers the common sounds of Istanbul.
Get more than 5.5 hours of urban soundscapes from Chicago, Illinois. The recordings in the 'Chicago – Urban Atmosphere' library range from busy sidewalk ambiences, street corners, crowds, subways, skyline tones, horns, to back alley rumbles.
The library is recorded with a Sound Devices 702 recorder + a stereo pair of Schoeps CMC6s with the MK2 H capsules, and is embedded with extensive metadata.
Iconic Chicago sounds such as the El Train, Lower Wacker Drive, and Michigan Avenue are only some of the unique sounds found in this library. And although Chicago has many iconic features that create its soundscape, this library can be used for any city or urban application.
The Chile Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 47 sounds recorded during a month and produced with high-quality equipment.
From the north mountains above 4000 meters surrounded by lakes and deserts, to the southern wet Patagonian landscapes, this collection includes:
-Villages from desert environments to wet Patagonia.
-Shy wildlife, Flamingo and southern birds.
-City of Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt and Valparaiso.
-Forests, always wet and rainy.
This collection provides authentic sounds recording with high-quality equipment. All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited with Soundminer. All these sounds are delivered at 24/96Khz .wav files downloadable as a zip file.
Gear Used: DPA and Neumann mics, powered by an Atea 4minX.
This unique library contains atmospheres from Cologne and its surroundings. If you're looking for that certain Germany city sound, you'll find lots of it right here, captured in the city centre, parks, churches, the Rhine shore, the trains, the subway – and the beer garden.
This SFX library gets you a unique collection of sounds from Colombia.
It features everything from forests and jungles, swampy marshes, quiet villages, farms and sounds from the countryside. Many of the locations are teeming with birds, crickets, flies and other insects, frogs and even a few farm animals.
Both atmospheric daytime and nighttime recordings are included.
Get the sounds of New York City, as captured by sound designer and recordist Rusty Dunn. The Essential New York City library includes recordings from locations like Manhattan, Coney Island, Brooklyn and more – and it packs recordings like ambiences from Times Square, Playgrounds, Central Park, the Subway, Sidewalks and streets around NYC and more. More than 2 hours of recordings are included.
In this sound pack I’ve included an in-depth selection of active ambiences. This library is focused more on the natural ambience of both busy main streets and calmer side streets.
Most sounds were captured below 110 St. and prominently in the Lower East and West Village. There are a multitude of police and firetruck sirens at varying distances as well as some not so common areas like the Intrepid Pier and the Hudson River Heliport ambience.
I’ve also included some extensive subway rides. All boring bits were edited out for a strong final product. There are multiple train rides with various levels of walla and PA announcements.
One thing that is very common in NYC during the summer months are the rain and thunderstorms. I’ve included a number of wet traffic, distant thunderstorms and heavy rains.
All in all this is a good representation of New York's streets and subway systems.
Recorded throughout 4 parts of Italy (Rome, Naples, Positano, Tivoli Gardens), the 3 hours and 45min of material gives you a large variety of sound to choose from.
Every city/town has signature sound of its own. The constant hum or “Din” of a city varies. Rome is known for its many scooters, motorbikes, and church-bells.
This library is made up of various location Dins, and small side-street ambience.
Of the 60 tracks, a majority are over 4 mins. and some are 5 min in length. There are sections that rival others, but overall there is a large selection to pick and choose from.
Of course I've edited out all the rough areas, and material of no consequence (the boring bits) to tighten and heighten the clips, and make them sound interesting.
The processing used is minimal. DMG EQ, C4 Compressor, and a little noise reduction in some cases. Mostly very transparent processing. There may be a moment or two where there is a wind bluster, but because of the nature of the track, I chose to minimize instead of chop out.
Want the sound of the real Paris? This library gets you the authentic sounds and ambiences of Paris, captured by Parisian natives Frederic Devanlay and Cedric Denooz. From the charms of the Quais de Seine, the quietness of its parks, the liveness of its courtyards, the frenzy ballet of its boulevards, and the warmness of its markets, the library captures the colors and shades of the French capital.
Paris locations recorded include:
Alboni Street • Bercy Village • Dasnier Street • Daumesnil Market • Durban Street • Gare De Lyon • Lekain Street • Montmatre • Mouffetard Street • Nadeau Street • Notre Dame • Oberkampf Street • Pere Lachaise • Place Contrescarpe • Place Menilmontant • Place Tu Tertre • Porte De Vincennes • Quays of the Seine river • Robineau Street • Sacre Ceur • Saint Maur Street • Saint Mandé Station • Trocadero Park – and many more!
‘Forest Ambience One’ is the first library in my nature ambience series where I intend to record the vast and unique forests of Finland and their changing sound between the four seasons.
This library consists of 21 unique pine and birch forest ambiences recorded in Northern Finland during summer. Most of the ambiences have occasional birds in them but I was lucky to capture the sound of the forests without the birds too.
Due to the varying weather during the summer I also decided to record some of the locations when it was raining lightly and also when the rain had passed to get that after rain dribble.
The average length of each ambience is between 3-5 minutes so you can easily create your own ambience loops for e.g. video games.
Forest Ambience One is recorded with Sound Devices 702 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser 8040’s in ORTF – and 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.
Harbours Of Norway sound library features 25 files with ambients recorded in Myre, Sto and Nyksund, very small towns with direct access to the sea. Most of the sound effects were recorded at night, but since it’s a polar day time of the year, it was very pleasurable to walk and look for convenient places to set up my gear. Everything was recorded with an ORTF setup built from two Sennheisers MKH 8040.
Inside this library, you’ll find a lot of seagulls, waves crushing on the rocks and plants, windy ambients from the cliff, industrial sound from port in Myre with ship unloading the cargo, walla with steam engine boats and additional sounds from the boat engine market, and air cooling aggregates from food containers.
Every file was recorded in 96kHz, edited (I removed any unintentional bumps, pops and unwanted sounds). I limited EQing to removing harsh frequencies, or enhancing a little bit the good sounding ones. At the end of the chain there is a small compression, for louder sounds.
A comprehensive Ambience Collection of countryside India featuring Andaman Islands, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand. It Includes Tropical Forest, Beaches, Tropical Island Life, Himalaya Village Life, Rajasthan Countryside and Sounth Indian Lifestyle. Nature, Train Rides, Villages, Birds, Weather, Thunder, Insects, Roomtone of Bamboo Huts.
A comprehensive Ambience Collection of Urban India ambiences, featuring cities like Mumbai, Port Blair, Rishikesh and Udaipur.
It includes Scenes of everyday life in India, street life scenes, Prayer, Chants, Mantras, Muslim Prayer, Train Rides, Busy streets, Traffic, Markets, Rivers, Roomtones of Busy People, Andaman Islands, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand.
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