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  • City Life Barcelona City Ambiences Play Track 18+ sounds included, 52 mins total $35

    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.

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  • City Life Berlin Ambiances I Play Track 31 sounds included, 114 mins total $26

    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.

    You get:

    • People, places and trains!
    • Interiors and exteriors
    • Metadata included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
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  • City Life Berlin Ambiances II Play Track 32 sounds included, 115 mins total $26 $22.10

    Berlin Ambiances II is 115 minutes / 3,7 GB of pure Berlin in 32 separate files – recorded in 24 Bit / 96 kHz A-B stereo, with Primo EM172 omni capsules.

    This collection is focused on lively locations such as markets, museums, playgrounds and shops, and features several takes from each location (in most cases). I wanted the sound of Berliners more than anything else, so here are sounds from Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Mitte. Whether it's drunks on Alexander Platz or the lunch crowd in Markthalle 9, I tried to capture a good spectrum of public, everyday life in Berlin.

    As always, you get searchable file names and comprehensive metadata in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) format. This allows you to import the metadata into your favorite librarian software.

    You get:

    • Berliners in a variety of their favorite spaces!
    • Interiors and exteriors
    • BWAV metadata descriptions embedded, with even more included in CSV and ODS (OpenOffice) formats
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  • City Life Berlin Balcony Play Track 6+ sounds included, 131 mins total $29 $19.43

    Traffic and city atmospheres recorded from a balcony in Berlin at different times and weather conditions.

    More than 130 minutes of ambiences included!

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  • Animals & Creatures Birds and Desert Play Track 21 sounds included, 50 mins total $49

    High-quality nature ambience of wild landscapes in eastern Oregon – with a focus on bird sounds in the high desert across times of day and seasons. These are authentic western desert sounds appropriate for use in westerns, wild west, and related games and films.

    Many tracks are quite long – several minutes or longer. Species include woodpeckers, meadowlarks, woodpeckers, distant owls, and more. Includes bonus clips of fly buzzes and a few bats. A number catch birds quite close to the recorder.

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  • Animals & Creatures Botswana Play Track 49+ sounds included, 136 mins total From: $60

    Botswana Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 49 sounds recorded through several national parks of the country (Okavango, Chobe,…). All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment in multichannel.

    This collection offers a wide diversity of soundscapes and animals sounds such as:

    -Bush, savanna and forest soundscapes.
    -Hippopotamus grunt and vocals.
    -Elephants vocals, showering and drinking.
    -Zebras and impalas fighting.
    -Lion chasing an elephant during one night.
    -Birds and insects at different perspectives.
    -Villages

    If you want to hear more about this field recording trip, feel free to check this post.
    The multichannel version contains 40 tracks in native 4.0 and 9 tracks recorded in stereo only.

    This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
    All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.

  • Environments Burkina Faso Sounds Play Track 99 sounds included, 178 mins total $32

    This library with sounds from Burkina Faso, Africa features authentic ambiences, wallas, FX and traditional songs.

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  • City Life California Ambisonic Play Track 158 sounds included, 120+ mins total $120

    Last Summer we visited California State for 2 weeks. We visited and recorded Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Monterey, Carmel, Yosemite and finally San Francisco.

    We recorded in each place, just to save the beautiful soundscapes from the marvelous Route 1, capturing around 40 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects. The library was decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS.

    Included Ambix Ambisonic, 7.1.2 Atmos Bed, 5.1 and ST versions.

    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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  • Animals & Creatures Camel Vocals Play Track 90+ sounds included, 8 mins total $55

    From deep growling and gargling vocals to nasal sounds, this unique collection provides a wide array of camel vocals and noises. These camels has been hunted in the arid deserts of Jordan and Morocco and captured with high-quality equipment.

    Each track contain various variations of:

    -Nasal breath sounds
    -Chew and bite with wet and dry mouth
    -Sounds of digestion
    -Growling short to long, medium to low
    -Gargling short to long, medium to low
    -Female camel
    -And much more

    This collection provides original voice textures to design monsters and animals! All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited with Soundminer

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  • City Life Chaosmos – Sounds From Istanbul Play Track 105+ sounds included, 432 mins total $60

    '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.

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  • City Life Chicago – Urban Atmosphere Play Track 137+ sounds included, 333 mins total $89

    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.

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  • City Life Chile Play Track 47+ sounds included, 104 mins total $50

    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.

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  • City Life Church Bells of Norfolk Play Track 244 sounds included, 464 mins total $40

    A distinct sound of the traditional English countryside, the ringing of church bells is an art that has been practiced for centuries, be it to summon the people to their prayers, celebrate a wedding, or announce a death.

    “Church Bells of Norfolk” is a collection of sound recordings taken at a variety of different churches throughout the County of Norfolk, England- an area famous for it's large number of surviving medieval churches.

    The bells of each church vary in size, weight and tone and no two towers are the same, meaning that the resulting sound varies from location to location.
    Some churches are nestled amongst the bustling town centres- their chimes echoing off nearby buildings whilst competing with the raucous noise of passing traffic whilst others stand in glorious isolation in the countryside.

    Aside from the exterior recordings, this collection also features recordings taken from inside the belfry as well as below in the ringing chamber, capturing the clatter of the rope pulleys and the calls of the tower captain as they instruct the ringers.

    Also included are a selection of clock chimes as well as a set of sounds from the automated 12-bell carillon of St. Martin's, Glandford, which plays one of a selection of hymn tunes every third hour.

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  • Environments Church Bells of Norfolk: Volume 2 Play Track 472 sounds included $45

    A distinct sound of the traditional English countryside, the ringing of church bells is an art that has been practiced for centuries, be it to summon the people to their prayers, celebrate a wedding, or announce a death.

    “Church Bells of Norfolk: Volume 2” expands on the first volume of this collection of sound recordings taken at a variety of different churches throughout the County of Norfolk, England- an area famous for it's large number of surviving medieval churches.

    The bells of each church vary in size, weight and tone and no two towers are the same, meaning that the resulting sound varies from location to location.
    Some churches are nestled amongst the bustling town centres- their chimes echoing off nearby buildings whilst competing with the raucous noise of passing traffic whilst others stand in glorious isolation in the countryside.

    Captured in this library are a variety of performances of English-style change ringing on differing numbers of bells as well as recordings of single bells tolling and being “rung up” and “rung down”- the process of swinging the bells higher and higher from their downward position, raising them ready for full-circle change ringing.

    Aside from exterior recordings, this collection also features recordings taken from inside the belfry as well as below in the ringing chamber, capturing the clatter of the rope pulleys and the calls of the tower captain as they instruct the ringers.

    Also included are a selection of static chimed bells including numerous clock chimes and a rare set of tubular tower bells that date from the Victorian era.

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  • City Life City Distant Play Track 14+ sounds included, 130 mins total $18

    The City Distant library gets you a series of high quality, diffused city ambiences. Choose ‘flat’, unobtrusive background tracks, or versions with emerging elements: trains, cars, trams, bells, sirens, fireworks and other noises. Captured in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Library highlights:

    • Native 192kHz /24bit
    • excellent mics used – Sanken CO100K (wide range, ultrasonic mic, recording frequencies up to 100kHz) and Sennheiser MKH30 (industry standard) in MS stereo configuration.
    • Use any of rendered LR tracks or reach for included raw MS data.
    • Long takes (up to 7 minutes).
    • 12 files (plus the raw data), at several locations.
    • Flat and normal versions

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  • City Life CityBeeps COLOGNE Play Track 113 sounds included, 207 mins total $49

    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.

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  • Environments Colombian Nature Play Track 35+ sounds included, 82 mins total $45

    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.

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  • Cars Crowds and Streets in Tokyo Play Track 133+ sounds included $50

    CROWDS in TOKYO features Japanese crowds (walla) from authentic izakaya bars, cafes, train stations, and shopping streets, fish market streets and more.
    And STREETS in TOKYO features busy traffics on highways, main streets, and distant traffic from alleys and city rumble and more.

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  • Destruction & Impact Danza Macabra Play Track 335+ sounds included $53

    DANZA MACABRA is a collection of sound effects made out of real instruments recorded with Barcus Berry contact microphone.

    Unusual tones and timbres came out while bowing and scratching violin and cello or “playing” an upright piano with “string piano technique” using different metal objects.

    Danza Macabra comprises 45 loops at 140 bpm of designed clocks, tick loops, wooden old pendolo and time design elements. Designed glockenspiel and ride cymbals, morphed cinematic elements you will not find elsewhere.

    The sounds contained in Danza Macabra are great when treated with different amount of pitch-shifting to get never heard before sonic results.

    An exclusive collection to satisfy your sound design addiction.

    Features elements and sounds such as:

    • Accent
    • Cinematic elements
    • Clock loops
    • Cymbals
    • Designed glockenspiel
    • Getez – raw
    • Hybrid hits
    • Pianoverse
    • Screech reverse pass by
    • Textures
    • Tuning noises
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  • Ambisonics Ebro Delta National Park Play Track 13 sounds included, 20 mins total $50

    This library is the result of a really special recording trip, with field recording legend Chris Watson. Chris Watson's work as a wildlife sound recordist has covered television documentaries and experimental musical collaborations. We spent 4 days in Delta Ebro learning from him!

    We recorded in ambisonic (Zoom F8 and Sennheiser Ambeo VR Mic), and decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS at AdHoc Studios.

    We recorded 13 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects.

    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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  • City Life Ecuador Play Track 100 sounds included, 505 mins total From: $79

    Ambiences recorded during the month of March 2017 throughout a 3 weeks trip dedicated to the sonic capture.

    Features diverse Ecuadorian geographical tropes, urban & rural:

    The library comprises all aspects of the mainland Ecuadorian life, with the 3 geographical tropes: the coast, the highlands (Sierra) and the jungle (Oriente), along with diverse urban settings (in the capital city Quito, and in diverse town size, coastal, Andean and Amazonian)

    Library highlights:

    • total 100 Ecuadorian ambiences (56 quad surround)
    • recorded full HD with SSS technique, ORTF and double ORTF
    • Urban, Rural, Nature, from coast, mountain, and forest
    • Amazon rainforest ambiences
    • Andean town ambiences
    • Fishermen village ambiences
    • Nature & frogs ambiences
    • Downtown capital city (Quito) ambiences
    • Airport ambiences
    • Gear used: Sennheiser MKH8090, Sound Devices 788T, Rode NT5

    The itinerary on Polar Steps:

  • City Life Essential New York City Play Track 54+ sounds included, 135 mins total $56

    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.

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  • City Life Essential New York City: Street and Subway Play Track 66+ sounds included, 179 mins total $60

    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.

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  • City Life Essential Sound – Italian Cityscapes and Ambience Play Track 60+ sounds included, 225 mins total $54

    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.

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  • City Life Ethiopia Play Track 62+ sounds included, 188 mins total $75

    Ethiopia is a unique collection of 62 sounds recorded through central and northern part of Ethiopia during a period of holly festivities.
    All these sounds has been recorded and produced with high quality equipment.


    This collection offers a wide diversity of soundscapes such as:
    -Prayers and ceremonies, outside and into stone carved churches
    -Active volcano, captured at the edge of the crater
    -Geological and geothermal activity
    -Busy and crowded cities
    -Quiet villages and countryside
    -Market indoor and outdoors, from big to small
    -Forest mountain of Simien national park, up to 4500m
    -Tuktuk ride from captured at different perspectives

    This library provides authentic and interesting sounds, recorded with DPA, MBHO and Neumann mics powered by an Aeta 4minX.
    All Faunethic tracks includes metadata carefully edited, compatible with Soundminer, Soundly and Basehead.

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  • City Life Everyday Life in Paris Play Track 118+ sounds included $90

    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!

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  • Animals & Creatures Forest Ambience 1 Central Florida Play Track 73 sounds included, 87 mins total $29.99 $19.49

    The Forest Ambience 1 library focuses on the ambient sounds of Central Florida’s forest ecology.  The focus of this library is a collection of as much general background ambience as possible with minimal focus on any one individual element.  It also focuses on a Mid Day – Early Dusk time frame.

    The range of ambiences include windy gusts through thick canopies, forests alive with birds and bugs, and erie dead silences void of any life recorded near one of the nation’s largest active bombing ranges.  Also included are a few plane flyovers and some outdoor trail ambience near an apartment complex as a bonus.

    Captured in environments such as:
    • Bottomland hardwoods
    • Pine Flatwoods
    • Scrub
    • Upland hardwoods
    • Urban nature trail

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  • Environments Forest Ambience One Play Track 21 sounds included, 90+ mins total $35

    '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.

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  • Environments French Countryside Play Track 31 sounds included, 50 mins total $50

    This collection of sounds includes a variety of ambiences recorded during a one-week travel to France. They where recorded in Tauxigny, a small village close to Tours. This iconic place is also knowm because of their castle as well as the Loire Valley.

    31 tracks recorded in different time spaces. 48Khz and 24 bits HD Audio. Birds, nature and crystalline countryside ambiences are included.

    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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  • Environments Harbours Of Norway Play Track 25+ sounds included, 167 mins total $50 $25

    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.

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  • City Life Hong Kong Ambiences Play Track 18+ sounds included, 75 mins total $49

    Welcome to the Hong Kong Ambience sound effects library (1 hour and 15 minutes long, 1.6gb compressed .rar file, 2.4gb Uncompressed). This package contains sounds of what the Cantonese people hear during their daily commutes and can be used for common Asian scenes, China Town scenes, etc. All 18 ready to use and loop-able stereo wave files were captured in 24 Bit, 96 kHz (each in 3, 4, or 5 minutes long), and include metadata.

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  • Environments Human Africa Play Track 46+ sounds included, 260 mins total From: $75

    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.

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