Ambience recordings from around the world
Istanbul Ambiences delivers an extensive collection of sounds from Istanbul, Turkey.
Locations include many areas of the Great Bazaar, the tram station, the harbor, the railway station, the hippodrome, many different neighborhoods and streets, The Blue Mosque courtyard, the gold stock exchange, hotels, workshops, the spice bazaar, open markets, quiet streets, and much more.
166 recordings are included for more than 5 hours of authentic, atmospheric ambiences from Istanbul in total!
Get the true sounds of Italy in this authentic collection.
The Italian Ambiences sound effects library features recordings from places such as an Italian airport, bar, beach, city ambiences, crowd, countryside, market, pub, school, residential area, supermarket, train station, marina, museum, office, restaurant, tavern, village and many more.
Also includes a great collection of recordings from the historic city of Venice, Italy – excellent for old-city atmospheres. In total, more than 4.5 hours of atmospheric Italian recordings and ambiences are included.
The provided collection features over 1 hour of ambient recordings in Northern Italy, in the Trentino, Veneto, Lombardia, Piemonte, and Liguria regions and include cities, country sides, mountains, grape fields, national parks, roomtones, crowds, mornings/days/afternoon and nights. Also noted is some city ambiences and crowds are void of traffic noise as some city laws forbid traffic, they are clean and isolated calm and quiet crowds.
They are stereo recordings in decoded MS and XY. All files are mastered the same, in Protools HD, and are monitored through a phase scope to keep the files phase coherent, and edited to be M&E friendly.
Get the voices of Italy in this library, covering Italians in the streets, at concerts, amusement parks, schools, markets, at home and more – it even covers chanting at a gladiator fight at the Colosseum. Features men, women and children – solo and in crowds of various sizes.
Get almost 5 hours of sounds of Sicily, Italy – captured at various locations during different times of the day. The library features sounds of both empty and crowded streets. Mornings and nights sounded different from siesta time, that’s why I’ve recorded streets during all those times.
Another location was a fish market recorded in the morning, during most intense moments.
Other files covers the traffic on the streets full of honking scooters, barking dogs and just cars passing by.
In addition to the recordings from Trapani, you’ll find sound of the airports, not only in Italy but also in Poland, which contains both Polish and Italian walla.
Walla sounds varies from ones with a lot of people talking from different directions, to more narrow ones, with small groups speaking from one place. Most of the recordings are not that easy to distinguish, but there are also files where you can hear very clearly every word.
Italy – Sicilian Ambients features 36 WAV files, recorded with two 8040s plugged into Sound Devices 702 and Sony PCM-M10 portable recorder. The total length of the files is 321 minutes.
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:
'Jordan' is a unique collection of 32 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From the northern part of the country to the Red Sea, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through the western part of the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
'Jungle and forest of Asia' is a unique collection of 72 sounds of nature through Asia, recorded and produced with high-quality equipment over 2 years. From 5 different countries and many national parks at different seasons, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting nature sounds recorded through all Asia using DPA and Neumann mics, Audio technica preamp, Aeta Mixy Recorder, and PCM D-100 digital recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
These sounds are also included in the following collections:
Lao, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and South India.
Langa – Township Ambiences is a collection of everyday sounds recorded within a vibrant township community in the heart of Cape Town. The townships are always a busy place with a lot of different soundscapes to offer – from the chaotic market street in the town centre to the quieter houses/shacks on the outskirts. This collection has both interior and exterior ambiences and wallas to set the scene for any project set in a lively city environment. This pack consists of 25 Ambiences.
Photo Credits: Matthias v.d Neut
'Laos' is a unique collection of 49 sounds recorded and produced with high-quality equipment. From north to south, this collection includes:
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through all the country using DPA, Neumann and Audio technica mics powered by an Aeta Mixy Recorder. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata tags.
Jungles, walla, rivers, crickets, waterfalls, streets and rural villages all unique to Laos.
All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
To read about my field recording trip to Laos and to download the free sample pack simply click here.
Need high-quality volcanic audio from a film featured by National Geographic? You can hear it pop and snap, and occasionally rocks forming, shearing, and breaking apart. Thankfully – I didn’t melt the recorder!
This is a collection of sounds recorded at various locations in London, UK. Recordings of landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), various London streets, and green spaces are all featured, totalling 127 minutes of ambisonic audio, with an average length of 6 mins 22 seconds.
The files have been decoded to AmbiX, but can be converted to FuMa with the free Ambi Converter from Noise Makers, or decoded to any format from mono to 7.1.2 Atmos using Harpex-X or the free Røde Soundfield plug-in.
No noise reduction has been used, apart from on the recording of Big Ben, and the unprocessed version is also included.
London Crowds brings you 20 stereo crowd recordings featuring different situations and locations: Luton and Stansted airports; Liverpool Street, King’s Cross, Victoria and Marylebone stations; a pub, a classroom, a terrace bar, an auditorium, a campus university and a few networking events. Crowds go from 10 people up to a cocktail event with dozens of people.
19 out of 20 locations are interior, so traffic noise is either minimum or absent. English (with British accent) is obviously present in all the files.
Files come in 24 bit and 96/48 kHz. Total length of the library is 105 minutes.
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!
Manhattan Atmosphere is a collection of urban ambiences recorded in New York City in March 2018. It covers popular areas such as Times Square, Broadway, Trump Tower, subway stations, train rides, sirens and bridge traffic.
Marrakech, one of the most beautiful cites in Africa. Situated at the foot of the Atlas mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech is large, noisy, polluted and smelly. But Marrakech is also fascinating, full of history, the cultural center of Morocco and beautiful. If you enjoy a daily assault on all your senses then you'll have a lot of fun.
This small collection of sounds includes a variety of ambiences, feels, and classics Marrakech Sounds. They are part of a 2-day fast visit to the imperial city.
They include sounds from Yamaa el Fna Square, markets, cafes and medinas – imperial sounds in this Micro Collection.
All the files have metadata embedded for great Soundminer type programs. They both include Spanish and English descriptions.
A small library, spontaneously captured on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco.
The library features Souk market ambiences, hotel ambiences, call to prayer, Scandinavian and Arabian walla, birds – as well as onboard Airplane Ambience, Onboard Airplane taxiing, and Onboard Airplane Take off ambiences.
The Mediterranean Summertime SFX library includes 120 selections dedicated to life and the atmosphere of both glitz and off-beat Mediterranean islands, during summertime. We follow tourists in well known busy bays, as well as head out to quieter destinations recommended by locals.
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.
A collection of stereo urban ambiences, recorded in Cairo and Dubai, where you’ll find traffic, Arabic walla, and the Call to Prayer.
From the Spice Souk in Dubai to the back alleys of Studio Galal in Cairo, something is always moving.
The collection comes with over 50 files, ranging from 21 seconds to nearly 11 minutes in length, for a total of 90 minutes of unique ambiences to put you in the “Cradle of Civilization.”
'Morocco' is a unique collection of 39 sounds recorded at 2 different seasons, winter and summer for Ramadan. Through different part of the country, this library includes:
This collection provides a wide variety of authentic sounds from this beautiful country. All Faunethic tracks include Soundminer metadata carefully edited.
Moscow, Russia in winter and spring time
Streets, covered with melting snow; people, hurrying with their business; street, cleaning from ice; whistling wet traffic; quiet and loud residential neighborhoods; children playing in the snow; windy parks; cold nights and, then, saving spring; water, dropping from the roofs; singing birds and babbling brooks.
How to convey these things without violating their nature?
One of the ways is a stealth binaural recording using miniature microphones DPA 4060. It gave the sense of naturalness and created a presence effect, that you wouldn’t find in any other library about Russia.
Second episode of our journey to Moscow, Russia, but this time – during summer and autumn
We recorded the most interesting sonic atmospheres, such as wet and dry traffic, streets, singing birds, wind in the endless parks, fountains, construction work, yelling children, rain and thunder, suburban villages, crowds and many more.
To capture this sound palette I made another stealth recording kit, but now, using LDC (large diaphragm condenser) microphones. This has improved the sound quality and made the recordings even more detailed, to continue creating the largest sound library series about Russia.
Get the sounds and ambiences of Ethiopia, Africa in this very special sound effects library, featuring 1.5 hours of authentic recordings.
SFX library includes walla sounds of Ethiopian Amharic chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres. So if you’re looking for the real sounds of Ethiopia, here they are:
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.
This library features 11 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD, with recordings of dune and desert wind, desert atmosphere, insects, distant waves, silent deserts & more captured in Namibian deserts. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects.
Recorded by sound mixer and designer Jose Luis Alcaine Bartolome., and as always, decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS at AdHoc Studios.
Once again, we have mastered all the files in Ad Hoc Studios Madrid (link), Post Production sound studios certified by Avid and Dolby ATMOS, one of the best post-production facilities in Spain.
Characteristic atmospheres, crowds and room tone recordings made at a variety of locations in and around New York City.
The collection includes 3 hours and 44 minutes of New York ambiences in 50 files – with an average duration of 5 minutes.
So if you want the atmosphere and ambience of New York in sound, this library gets you exactly that!
A collection of interior and exterior ambience recordings made in New York, spanning streets and museums, subways and the Staten Island Ferry. Over three hours of urban ambiences recorded using a stereo pair of DPA 4060 omni mics.
The library contains different perspectives of the city including crowded and empty subway trains, distinctively dynamic New York traffic and the quiet and loud sides of New York’s museums. The library will help you build exciting and bold backgrounds for any project, whether it be film, TV, radio or games.
The recordings capture the full dynamic range of the city and the characteristic acoustic signature that it imparts to sounds, as well as containing a lot of low end power and mid to high range detail.
Get the sounds of incredible New Zealand with this new library: I went down to New Zealand to visit a relative and record and experience the north island. It was an unforgettable trip. I rented a car, stayed on a farm, and explored as much as I could of the island.
I recorded everything from cities to beaches to forests and farms and beyond! I even hopped on a 8 person plane to the Great Barrier Island off the coast of New Zealand to capture sounds.
BONUS – I traveled to Sydney, Australia for a week and recorded ambience and walla along the way. This is all included in the library!
Nordic Nature is a collection of evocative and immersive ambiences recorded by George Vlad and Pete Smith over a three-year period across the wilderness of Sweden and Norway. It is available as 24/96 Stereo and Surround and features highly-detailed metadata and separate documents listing the species identified.
We both plan on returning to Scandinavia and these trips will result in at least two library updates.
The North India sound effects library is a unique collection of 73 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment in North India.
From west to east at different seasons over many months, this collection includes:
• Varanasi: The most religious city of the country, bordered by Ganga
• Cities: Delhi and Kolkata, hyperactive Indian cities
• Country-side and villages mostly in Rajasthan.
• Temple: Ceremony, prayer
• Mountains of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, next to Pakistan
• Market: from small to big, outdoor and indoor
• Public space and train stations
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through north west to the north east part of the country!
All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer.
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