Ambience recordings from around the world
This bundle includes 4 different libraries.
The Baltic Sea sound library is compilation of 56 WAV files recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, Sony PCM-M10, two Oktavas MK012 set in MS, XY and ORTF setup. All the sounds were recorded far away from the cities and roads. Since most of the sounds were recorded in late winter, there are no insects or birds in background. There are few files that includes the sound of birds, but I left them on purpose, because of the overall feel of the files. In this library you will find beautiful sound of waves crushing on the rocks and shore, recorded from different perspectives in different stereo configurations, during calm and windy days. In addition to those sounds, there’s foley like walking, running and swimming in the water.
The 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 recoded with 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 boat and additional sounds from 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.
The Summer Ambients sound library contains 33 beautiful WAV files recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3, two Oktavas MK012 in MS and stereo XY pattern. All sounds were gathered in different and beautiful places like forests, lakes, meadows or swamps. You can expect amazing ambients, textures, different birds, insects, forest during rain, calm and windy days. It’s a perfect library for designing background sounds. Everything was recorded in amazing Masuria in Poland.
Summer ambients Update – library got 2x bigger and heavier than the original library. 59 additional files, 123 minutes of high quality audio recorded with Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF setup, Rode NTG3, Oktava MK012 XY setup plugged into SD702 and Sony PCM-10. It features ambients from the forests, ponds, swamps, meadows, lakes and suburbs recorded is very quiet locations, mostly just before the sunrise, during the day and before sunset far away from the cities.
Water Flow sound library took me about six months to record, consumed about 15 thermoses of tea and 42 litres of gasoline to get to all locations. It offers 90 BWAV files recorded in different locations. Huge part of this library is based on the recording sessions on the rivers. Two completely different locations, recorded regularly for the last 5 months allowed me to create this unique sound library. Most of the recording sessions took place during winter just before the sun was rising to reduce the amount of unwanted sounds. Almost all recordings are completely clear and only few have birds in background, since it was my intention to record some location ambients with natural backgrounds.
You can see the metadata and sound list below.
While cities are probably the noisiest places on earth, few delicate sounds forge their character across the sonic chaos of our modern life. Natural sounds are visceral of humans;
In urban jungle, the animals, or natural elements alleviate uniqueness and create whimsical cohesion for the contemporary soundscape.
This new sound collection depicts a wide spectrum of natural sounds existing in cities. With many isolated animals, ambiences, and weather, water elements. Inside you’ll find high quality content from Articulated, well edited and instantly useable sounds.
We recorded these sounds through many travels across the world from 4 continents: Europe, North America, Asia, South America, and Africa.
Rich Soundminer/bwf metadata are embedded, well classified, and thoroughly edited. –>See our Quality charter
The sounds are classified into 3 main folders: Ambiences (multiple sources soundscapes), Animals (isolated sounds), and Weather/Water (environment)..
Nature’s Soundscapes – Organic Sounds of Planet Earth is a dynamic sound library that includes premium quality background sounds, ambient sounds of nature and nature sound loops. The collection features sounds of beaches, bird sounds in nature, forests background sounds, the sound of rain, ocean, summer nighttime sounds, thunderstorms with the sound of lightning, woodland ambient sounds, mountain environment sounds and mountain wind sounds and more. It’s easy to cover long form scenes and settings with such a wide range of environmental sounds totaling 3+ hours elapsed-time.
An unbeatable value too. Ambient Earth Nature Loops collection of 135 nature loops is included with Nature’s Soundscapes – Organic Sounds of Planet Earth. Now you can set the tone for fantastic audio experiences in Mother Nature’s own voice. Nature’s Soundscapes – Organic Sounds of Planet Earth
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!
New Zealand Ambiences is a beautifully crafted ambience library exploring the incredible country and sounds of New Zealand (mainly focusing on the South Island). This library will take you on a sonic adventure exploring the many unique birds and creatures ranging from locations such as: Haast, Queenstown, Lake Paringa, Lake Wakatipu, Te Anau, the Clay Cliffs and Pukaki!
Recorded at 24 bit/192 kHz you’ll have the flexibility to pitch these ambiences and bird songs to create some truly amazing other worldly atmospheres!
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.
The Norway sound library comes with 44 unique Norwegian sounds (58+ minutes of playtime), featuring recordings of animals and insects, atmosphere, beach waves, glacier sounds, mountain stream, steps and vehicles.
Small Cave Ambiences / Big Wave Crashes / Coquina Rock Hits
If you’re in need of an Ocean/Beach library, this is it. The library covers a range of material from small enclosed spaces with the sound of distant waves droning to massive waves crashing against the coquina rock.
Although it is, in essence, an ambience library I recorded and edited material for maximum flexibility for further sound design capabilities.
The library was recorded over a period of 4-weekend trips to Washington Oaks State Park near Flagler Beach, FL.
Types of Recordings:
Bonus Forge / Reaktor Sample Maps Also Included
This ambisonic library takes us to the historical centre of a magic city of Prague. A listener is surrounded by international crowds with lots of voices and footsteps in all possible distances. The soundscape background is complemented by diffused city noises of all kinds. And you can even meet a procession of Asian tourists!
Highlights:-16+16 crowd ambiences take place in narrow streets and large squares
-from decent pads to significantly sounding moments
-recorded on Sound Devices MixPre-6 and Soundfield by Rode NTSF1 ambisonic microphone
-both first order AmbiX and standard stereo files in the box
-96/24 resolution, 6.2 GB unpacked, 59.5 minutes of the original audio, 119 minutes in total
-all tracks are over 3 minutes length
Oslo central station is the largest station in the Norwegian railway station and the main railway station in Oslo. This collection contains recordings from three recording sessions. This ensures plenty of variation.
Get sounds from Scandinavia with the OSLO CITY AMBIENCE library. Recorded in the capital of Norway, this library delivers the sounds of more than 40 locations around the city.
Outdoor Ambience features 200 ambience length sound effects. Featured in this collection are crowds, cities, forests, jungles, parks, streets, parades, water and more! All sound effects have been hand-picked from the Sound Ideas HD – Atmospheres & Environments library.
Welcome to Paris, the city of love. In my short visit to Paris, I recorded 5 tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, great ambience files to use in your production.
Pedestrian Streets is a library of 50 ambiences from around 15 different streets, recorded in about 7 cities mostly in Bulgaria.
Most recordings are made in late autumn or winter because bird life is minimized. The task of this library is to capture much of the different dynamics of pedestrian streets: from zero activity to busy streets, basically concentrating on light activity periods.
It’s principally recorded in the morning, and you’ll hear the sounds of single footsteps, light voices, shopping streets, dogs, air conditioners, and more of the sounds of a rising city.
Another basic idea is the minimal presence of cars (as much as possible). There are also atmospheres with greater dynamism, lively streets and various periods of the day.
All files are meta-tagged in Soundminer
Gear used: Sound Devices 633, Edirol R4pro, Neumann KM184 st, Rode NT4, Zoom H4,
Enjoy the City Life
This sound library was recorded in Moscow's downtown on 13 locations at different times of the year. 27 samples include the sounds of passers-by, steps and random conversations against the background of distant traffic, singing birds and other casual sounds.
It can be useful for audio post-production when working with movies, trailers or commercials in which it is necessary to convey the routine life atmosphere of Russian cities. All files are carefully selected and prepared. Metadata included in the archive – and the library is available in both a stereo and a surround version.
The Philippines Faunethic sound library is a unique collection of 41 sounds recorded and produced with high quality equipment.
Through the whole island of Palawan, the rice field of Luzon and the city of Manilla, this collection includes:
-Village and rice field from Banaue, rice field in the north of Luzon
-Forest and jungle of south Palawan
-Market, small to medium.
-The city of Manilla
This collection provides authentic and interesting sounds recorded through 2 islands after the rainy season! All Faunethic tracks include metadata tags filled with Soundminer. All tracks are delivered as 48k/24bit .wav files. This collections come in easily downloadable zip file.
This sound library delivers 20 unique ambiences suited for space, planets or anything else science fiction. Each sound is 5 minutes in length giving you plenty of range to choose from. Featuring many different kinds of ambiences, ranging from calm winds to busy rain forests this library will be a great addition to any extra terrestrial atmosphere edit.All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.
SSL14 Porto City Sounds is one of our recording travel projects, captured in Porto, Portugal during a 3-days visit to the country. The Surround Sound LAB team traveled to Porto just to record the main essence of this city.
This library contains the main character of the lovely city: Boats, trains, wine and history in one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal.
More than 2 hours of original and actual recordings, 27 original field recordings in Surround 5.1 , ST and Double MS RAW format (for custom editions).
Each ambience recorded in this library is at least 1-2 minutes long, so there is no need for looping ambience in your project. This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration. providing great post production possibilities.
Quad City Berlin is a comprehensive collection of quadrophonic recordings from the busy and multifaceted german capital, the second largest city in the European Union.
It was created to work as an internationally usable library of urban ambiences while still capturing the unique sounds of Berlin. It’s a set of extensive and versatile recordings focused on large open spaces and the nice fat low-end hum of major city traffic.
Quad City Berlin comes in two flavors:
– Quad + MS: four channels with omni-directional mics + two channels mid-side (6 channels total, please check out diagram below. 102 files)
– Stereo only: the two front channels of the quad setup only (A-B stereo, 34 files)
The locations covered in Quad City Berlin include: rooftops, main roads & squares, residential areas, parks, freeways, room ambiences
The recording session took place in the fall of 2015 where birdsong is usually very sparse and the weather can still be sunny and dry. Thanks to these conditions, most of the recordings contain no bird chirping at all. All recordings where made using the same microphone setup: four omni-directional mics with equal distances to each other and one MS rig at the front side.
Depending on the location, the omnis where placed up to 3 meters apart to deliver a truly wide sound that works well on a cinema mixing stage. The MS signal serves as both a center signal (if needed) and a stereo option that is also mono compatible.
The four omnis where the high-end DPA 4006 (Bruel&Kjaer) microphones with a remarkable quality in the low frequencies. They work exceptionally well for city background hum and low engine sounds producing a very full and warm, yet precise sound.
This sound library is the ultimate achievement of a really ambitious project of recording winds from very remote places across the world.
Included are authentic recordings from the Boreal region (North hemisphere: in Canada and Iceland), from the Austral region (South hemisphere: Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the Last Hope province in Chile), on Islands in Mediterranean region (Thira in Greece), in the Sahara desert (Marocco), Isle-aux-Grues (Canadian winter), and more (see file list for more details)
Included is a set of useful synthesized, tonal, and designed winds.
The sounds are categorized into 3 folders: Designed, Indoor & Outdoor.
Rural Australia is a library that gets you the best material from recording sessions in regional New South Wales. It features a mix of nature ambiences, animal recordings and a bit of Foley to boot. The sound of insects at night, birds singing, spurs jangling, cows braying, male horses in heat and more – it’s all here in one package.
Ambient interior and exterior recordings from Savannah, Georgia – recorded over an 18-month period. It gets you original recordings of sounds like weather, birds and wildlife, oceans, traffic, parks, and much more. More than 2.5 hours of recordings are included from Savannah, Georgia.
This library comprises ambiences recorded from inside a sea shell/conch in various settings as city streets, nature, waves, traffic, walla.
Discover distorted realities from the sea shell, the sounds are filtered, occluded by the natural shell, an organic resonator.
In addition there are few sounds that are created by blowing inside the shell and making a note, which is a traditional Inca instrument (Pututo).
25 stereo files (15 ambiences + 10 Shell Blowing note)
Shanghai is a fascinating and lively city, full of contrast – a mixture of old and new, with towering skyscrapers looming over winding residential lanes, with streets full of rattling old bicycles and electric scooters, with noisy trucks rolling alongside almost silent electric cars.
The elevated highways that cross the city give certain areas a dense, constant rumble, while the city’s many parks offer a range of sounds, full of people and activity during the day, and generally quite empty at night – offering a diffuse, distant sonic perspective of the environment.
This library contains many of the everyday sounds of the city, with a variety of on and off-street recordings, interior and exterior walla, park and bird atmospheres, restaurant interiors, traffic, and even a range of metro recordings. While some of this library’s sounds are quite specific to Shanghai, the majority could be used in other large city environments, particularly in but not limited to those cities where Mandarin is the most common language.
All recordings were made with a pair of Lewitt LCT 540s microphones in an ORTF configuration. These microphones have extremely low self noise and a wide, balanced frequency response, allowing for the detailed capture of a range of sounds, from distant and quiet to close, loud and chaotic, from the deep rumble of engines to the supersonic screeching of brakes. Recorded at a sampling rate of 96kHz, these recordings contain detailed information above 20kHz, expanding the possibilities for sound manipulation by slowing and pitching down the recordings.
Shenzhen is the first ever sound library of the Silicon Valley of China. Jzoo Sound invites you on the first ever audiological journey to the unique locations in Shenzhen that only locals know.
This is a unique collection of sounds captured of various atmospheres at different times of the day. From energetic local farmer’s market, to howling subway tubes, to local middle school performance day, to old alleyways of a forgotten part of town.
The library also contains many rhythmic elements, such as meat chopping, construction hammering, and ominous beeps. Not to mention the echoing Chinese announcements between two schools, and the cacophony of crying and construction in a forgotten alley. I hope this library will even meet your sound design needs, and ultimately show you a local and unique side of China.
All recorded in 24 bit/96 kHz. Some recordings contain detail information above 20khz. The library is passionately described emotive words, and all the recordings are fully tagged with metadatas compatible with Soundminer, Basehead and Soundly.
Gear Used: Roland R26, four channel built-in microphones (OMNI and XY), four channels merged down to a stereo file.
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Shores of Senja is a collection of wave recordings from the second largest island in Norway. We spent three days on Senja and recorded a wide variety of waves on different surfaces. This collection includes small to big waves and surfaces like sandy beaches, pebbles, rocks and cliffsides.
We recorded everything with one cardioid stereo pair and one omni stereo pair for added flexibility and options in the mix. The library features 192kHz/24bit stereo broadcast wave files with embedded metadata, and also includes all files converted to 96kHz/24 bit stereo broadcast wave files with embedded metadata.
Extracted size: 5.27 GB (96kHz files), 10.55 GB (192kHz files)
Sound of Italy is an Italian sound effects library created for those who need an Italian flavor in their sound productions.
10 categories of typical Italian sound effects like cars, ambiences, motorcycles, sports, rails, religious, sirens, people, cooking and various.
More than 2000 sounds recorded 96/48K 24bit, in over 30 gigabytes continuously updating.DOWNLOAD FILE LIST HERE
This library captures the sounds of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. With crowds, transport, water and general ambiences. From the busy street to the quiet park, from the red light district to the outdoor café, there is everything here for the theatre designer or film maker to get a true taste of the Dutch capital.
Get the sound of Las Vegas, the original Sin City: Ambient and crowd recordings of locations on the famous Las Vegas Strip and beyond. Also includes recordings from the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, including a 30 minute internal helicopter flight through the canyon. Perfect for film makers, documentary makers and theatre sound designers to get those authentic Vegas sounds. Includes Soundminer embedded metadata.
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