This collection started as a mic test and turned into a library. What is unique about the collection is that the phone was taken apart so you get each individual element as clean as possible. It was recorded with shotgun mics, a TLM 103 to see how it sounded with something other than dialogue, and a Cold Gold contact mic at 96 khz, which was the biggest surprise as it sounds like a high definition retro mic when placed on the back of the phone's rotary dial. Skip the antique hunt and listen to these vintage sounds.
This library is all about picking stuff up and putting it down, whilst you rub your beard, pop pills and type with your toes. It's a collection of foley sounds that we always seem to need, but often can't find. Each track includes multiple movements of the object in question. The recordings are mono and unprocessed, so they sound natural and can be easily placed in your stereo field.
All tracks recorded with a Sennheiser 416 microphone, through a Buzz Audio – Elixer preamp.
The Bars & Restaurants SFX library delivers 167 sounds including ice, kegs, kitchen pots, glass stacking, food preparation and more. Ambiences from places like bars, cafeterias, diners, restaurants, burger joints, and even a German beer hall are also included.
Airborne Sound's Bathroom sound effects library offers 170 field recordings captured only in restrooms, washrooms, and bathrooms.
It includes the classic clips: toilet flushes, showers, taps, and drains. There is a wide selection of grooming Foley: washing, brushing teeth, and cleaning. There are gadgets such as razors, hair dryers, clippers, and plungers. Faucets, shaving cream, soap dispensers and others round out this 2.21 gig collection.
Sounds for the Castles library were collected in four castles – museums (medieval, renaissance and baroque) in southern Poland. My intention was to record sounds of old doors, furniture and every interesting prop I could find, in authentic acoustic environment. Some of the spaces were very reverberant, some just have a bit of ambience, but all are authentic and add specific colouration to sounds. Also, part of the sounds was recorded outside.
As always, visiting those places, I found many interesting characterful objects – most of them are heavy wooden or metal. So expect a lot of creaks and squeaks. Where I could, I recorded variations and versions from different POVs.
Another important part of the library are Background Activities.
Editing sound for films, I always find myself in need for adding some background life to scenes. We all love great foley, but having isolated background activities recorded in real spaces adds another level of realism. So wherever I found interesting spaces, we performed some activities and movements on old stone or wooden floors.
It’s not supposed to substitute foley, syncing it step by step. But it will help to create separate layer of atmospheres.
We also found medieval Torture Chamber, which inspired us to record some of the tools, distant movements of chains etc. but also some screams, all with real dungeon reverb.
Sounds recorded in locations such as:
An armoury • blacksmiths • cellar • chamber • chapel • corridor • courtyard • dungeon • gothic hall • hallway • stairwell • torture chamber • tower
Objects and activities include:
A chest • chain • crate • door • floor • footsteps • handle • locks • metal objects • movement • stone • tool • trapdoor • window • wooden objects
This library is a collection of cloth and sponge sounds on various surfaces at varying degrees of wetness. It’s a collection of Foley sounds that we always seem to need, but often can’t find. Each track includes multiple movements and surfaces. The recordings are mono and unprocessed, so they sound natural and can be easily placed in your stereo field.
All tracks recorded with a Neumann KMR81 microphone.
Coffee Shop features the acoustical surroundings of a cosy bar in the Old Town of a central European city. The full version of the library encompasses a complete day at the bar and is suitable for all kinds of appropriate sceneries as well as source material for elevated sound design (coffee machine, grinder, pouring liquids etc.).
The material contains various activities of waitress and cleaning persons that arrive in the early morning to prepare the bar for opening. Furthermore several long takes of the typical coffee shop athmosphere of chatting and laughing guests at different times of the day are included.
All relevant waitress activities are recorded from at least two different spots so that the desired sound is available as close-up or with the characteristic ambience of a coffee shop. The library is rounded off with steady room tones of fridges and ventilation taken at night. For detailed description of included material please check the metadata sheets.
This sound library contains a multitude of coins on different surfaces with a wide variety of performances. The coins come from different countries and some are no longer minted. I also used heavy centenary coins to simulate old world coins for your gaming audio needs.
All content was recorded using high-quality, professional equipment – Neumann KMR81i and Sound Devices. All files were recorded at: 24bit, 96 kHz in an acoustically treated room. Meta Data is also included.
This library is a collection of various curtains and blind sounds. For both curtains and blinds, we recorded various materials mounted in a number of ways for a diverse, well rounded selection of unique sounding effects for an often generalized household sound.Each track includes multiple movements. The recordings are mono and unprocessed, so they sound natural and can be easily placed in your stereo field.
All tracks recorded on the Zoom H5 using the Neumann KMR81
Designed Plastic is about the sounds that everyday plastic items can make, when magnified and experimented with through layering, morphing and spectral shifting. It features special sound effects, evolving textures, glitches and more.
Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH416 through Studio Projects VTB1 tube preamp.
The DIAL IT Collection collection is divided into three packs (and is available in a bundle too):
DIAL IT_Pack 01:
On the look out for a dial/rotary phone or a gear rotation for a robot? DIAL IT_Pack 01 is just a pitch bend away! In this pack are pick ups, hand ups, slams, detaching cable, dialing 0-9 at multiple speeds, various buttons on the phone and base, and more! Pack 01 contains over 1738 Sounds recorded over two different microphones, or over 869 takes per microphone all bundled in a total of 78 files. Pack 01 was recorded at 96 kHZ, 24 Bit using the Sennheiser MKH60 and the Rode NT5. Exported mono .wav files.
DIAL IT_Pack 02:
Hey there! DIAL IT_Pack 02 here. I include sound files of a Dial/Rotary phone that is meant to hang vertically. I am filled with variation of pick ups, hand ups, slams, shaking, rattling, dialing 0-9 at multiple speeds, various buttons and switches on the phone and base, and more! I top over 1998 sounds recorded using two microphones, or 999 sounds per one microphone. I am packaged in a total of 96 sound files recorded at 96 kHZ, 24 Bit using the Sennheiser MKH60 and Sennheiser MKH8050 microphones. Exported mono .wav files.
DIAL IT_Pack 03:
Born before the time of the cell phone, I am the next pack of the DIAL IT Series, DIAL IT_Pack 03. Unlike the previous two packs, I am like to sit on a table or surface. I am filled with over 2798 sounds recorded between three microphones, or 933 sounds per microphone. My pack includes pick ups, hang ups, slams, shakes, dialing 0-9, squeezing and more! Pack 03 is recorded using a Sennheiser MKH60, Sennheiser MKH8050, and an Audio Technica AT2022 Microphone. All files are exported as either mono (Sennheiser) or Stereo (Audio Technica).
All sounds are meta-data tagged using Soundly and Basehead. Also available in a bundle combining all three packs – at a nice discount.
This library gets you the sounds of ballpoint pens, cables, cake servers, cans, candy, cardboard boxes, empty and full plastic bottles, lighters, magazines, oranges, plastic caps, plastic pieces, remote controls, scissors, slippers, small glass bottles, small packages, small plastic boxes, plastic bottles, smartphones, teaspoons, wooden board and wooden logs being dropped onto various surfaces (such as concrete, thick carpet, carpeted floor, laminate, tiles).
This sound library has a variety of sounds and activities that come from most household bathrooms. It includes sounds of showers, sinks filling and draining, medicine cabinet items, bottles of pills, brushing hair, spraying hairspray, clipping nails, toilets flushing, lotion, cloth towels, washing hands, etc. Each track is a 2-channel stereo recording from a Mid-side mic setup from two Schoeps CMC 5Us with MK8 and MK4 capsules fed into a Sound Devices 744T.
This sound effects library encompasses basics kitchen elements, objects and actions
Recorded in their original settings: the kitchen
• Veggies chopping, slicing, manipulating
• various appliances such as microwave, oven, fridge, toaster
• pan and pots actions and frying sizzle
• various container manipulations, open and close
• water, juice, wine, utensils, dishes, cereals grains, paper, cardboard, plastic
'Fans Light Machines' is a collection of different mechanical fan and electrical sounds recorded over the last 10 years. Presented in this library are interesting machine hums and buzzes from air conditioners, vents, vending machines, heating fans, light strips, washing machines, steam engines, and more. It also includes the creator's favorite – the ping of a light turning on that was recorded in the bathroom of Bugbear Studios in 2009. To flesh out your industrial buildings with distinct and detailed sounds of lighting and appliances, this is the one you want.
This library features 200 professionally recorded foley sounds, created by some of the worlds most respected foley artists. These sounds are all hand-picked from Sound Ideas Ultimate Foley and General HD 1 & 2 sound effects libraries. Included are footsteps, food sounds, household sounds, doors, cabinets, clothes, fabric, scissors, zippers, chains, balloons and much more!
This is a large foley library with almost 700 recordings of every day props that can be applied to the types of scenes we design all the time. Sounds included are movements like writing, impacts, handling and sliding; surfaces such as wood, cloth, water, metal and skin; and props like cigarettes, glasses, vacuums, doors, flask, mattresses, car doors and more! All sounds were professionally recorded by a Foley artist on a Foley stage, and the recordings are kept raw. Enjoy!
This library features the sizzle of burning water with sounds that were recorded to capture the feeling of heat and the dynamics of heat exchange. These easily recognizable sounds can be used for literal frying or as sweeteners for magic sounds or anything else whi needs to feel hot. Files last from eight seconds to two and a half minutes allowing flexible use for foley, ambiences, layers, or wherever your imagination leads you.
Tired of those same old door knobs and hinge squeaks that you hear in every single game, film and TV show? Well, Gateway aims to remedy that issue while providing you with a brand new palette of sounds.
Gateway comes packed with doors, doors and more doors! Low end, high end, slow horror creaks and squeaks, huge slams and impacts, tiny compartment doors.
The Gateway family now includes the just-released Gateway Part 3, with more than 1400 new sounds.
Doors, gates, overhead rollups, cabinets, closets, drawers, garage doors, fireplaces, sheds, you name it!
Latches and knobs, wrought iron and chain link! Metal, wood, glass and MORE! All of these doors were acoustically captured in the real world. You won’t find anything synthesized here!
Did we mention doors? Yeah, Gateway has those too.
Gateway Part 1 features 675 files, 1200+ sounds
Gateway Part 2 features 365 files, 600+ sounds
Gateway Part 3 features 772 files, 1400+ sounds
The Gateway 1-3 Bundle features 1812 files, 3200+ sounds
Special offer:Do you already have Gateway Part 1 or 2? Send a message here for a special upgrade offer for part 3.
Choose your preferred version below – or land some great savings by getting all three in one handy package!
This sound library gets you the sounds of groats and grains, and includes the rustling, crunching, breaking, rolling, rattling, trickling, pouring sounds of sugar, peas, pearl barley and macaroni. It’s the 1st installment in a larger series called Grains. There are 378 high quality sounds included, recorded and designed in 24 Bit/96 kHz, using an Oktava 012, DBX-386, Digi-003 and Reaper.
Home Grown Metal is a library entirely dedicated to metal on a non-industrial scale. With over 75 minutes of recorded material, a whopping 1103 raw metallic sound files are included, with love and pruning care thrown in for good measure!
Recorded in the comfort of one’s home, the library was produced using a Sony PCM D100 recorder in XY and ORTF stereo configurations in both interior and exterior environments. An eclectic range of 48 unique sound categories are included.
Aluminium Can • Bin • Car Roof • Clothes Airer • Coins • Corkscrew • Cpu Fan • Cutlery • Dog Brush • Doorstopper • Drawer Handle • Filing Cabinet • Flask • Garage Door • Gas Container • Gas Stove Switch • Guitar Strings • Ironing Board • Kitchen • Latch • Lawnmower • Lever • Manual Wrench • Multi Tool • Nail Gun • Pliers • Puzzle Pieces • Radiator • Rusted Pieces • Saw • Scissors • Screwed Contraption • Socket Wrench • Stapler • Tambourine • Tape Measure • Tin • Toaster • Toy Piano • Umbrella • Various Pieces • Washing Machine • Watering Can
The library also provides a range of sound actions to choose from, including scrapes, squeaks, impacts, foley, open, closes, drops, rattles and textures as examples. Sampled at 192KHz, with 5GB’s worth of content, home grown metal provides both breadth and depth in one package. It lays down a rich and diverse foundation of raw sound ore to work with in your productions.
This debut release from Badlands Sound delivers a wealth of fan noises from household fans. Fan types include a Computer Fan, AC / Heater Fan, Tower Fan, Ceiling Fan, Hairdryer, Plastic Fan, Metal Fan, Bathroom Fan – and both fan running sounds, as well as foley and switch sounds.
If you’re after household sound effects, this pack delivers an absolutely huge selection. More than 2500 sounds are included, and the library features recordings from places like a domestic kitchen, bathroom, office, as well as tools, gadgets, remote control cars and lots more.
‘Household Water’ by Badlands Sound includes 86 high-quality water sounds found throughout the home that will be great for your projects. Hear the flowing sounds of water from kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, small and large fountains, drains, and much more.
This library was recorded by Sound Devices 702t with a RODE NTG3 microphone in 96k / 24bit.
Over 5000 years in the making, I Had A Little Dreidel is the most extensive library of dreidels spinning on various surfaces. Surfaces include wood end table, snare drum top and bottom, various hand drums, steel drums, and more! These close up recordings include all the clicks, clanks, and drone line spins these spinning tops produce. This pack was recorded using the Sennheiser MKH8050, MKH30, Line Audio CM3, JRF Contact Mics, Audio Technica AT2022, and AT897. Included are recordings of two different dreidels close up, plastic and wood. All Files are metadata tagged using Basehead and Soundly.
Looking for regular phone sounds? The Plain Phone Library is available as two collections (and a bundle):
It's A Plain Phone_Pack 01:
It's A Plain Phone_Pack 01 is what it says it is… a single phone; many different buttons, switches, sliders, and pick up and hang ups. There are slams and aggressive button pushing for when you need to forget you were ever on the phone. Can't forget to squeeze the plastic body on the phone and base. Over 2208 sounds are in this pack over two different microphones, or 1104 per microphone. Wrapped up in a nice digital bow as 112 files recorded at 96 kHz, 24 Bit using the Sennheiser MKH60 and Sennheiser MKH8050 microphones. Exported mono .wav files.
It's A Plain Phone_Pack 02:
It's A Plain Phone_Pack 02 is a single recorded phone, PLAIN and simple. This phone is meant to be mounted vertically. Included in this pack are each number button, 0-9, # (pound), * (asterisk), and other switches and levers. There are also slams and aggressive buttons pushing, rattles and squeezing. Over 2026 sounds are included in this pack using two different microphones, or 1013 per microphone. A total of 116 files recorded at 96 kHz, 24 Bit using the Sennheiser MKH60 and Sennheiser MKH8050 microphones. Exported mono .wav files.
All are meta-data tagged using Soundly and Basehead. You can also get both libraries in a bundle for some nice savings.
The Keys & Locks SFX library gets you a useful collection of several sets of keys and locks used in different combinations.
There are typical lock/key sounds, as well as so also non-typical usage, as a gnash and a scratches. The library features more than 550 sounds in 93 files, recorded in 24 bit/48 kHz. Gear Used: Oktava 012, Oktava 319, Tascam 16×08, Reaper.
The Airborne Sound Kitchen sound effects library includes over 150 culinary sounds.
The package includes appliances: blenders, toaster, fridges, and freezers. There are tools, too: glasses, knives, bottles, dishes, and cans. Also included is the work that ties it all together: cooking, cleaning, preparing, and chopping. Includes over 10 fields of Soundminer metadata.
The MicroTone: Doors library contains 189 everyday door open and closes at various distances and speeds.
Two interior doors, one plastic frame and one wood frame, recorded in mono at close, medium and distant perspectives. Performances range from slam, to normal close, to a soft push shut and finally partial closing.
Contains sounds which will work for all your household door effect cutting needs.
MicroTone is a series of smaller, less expensive libraries from Tone Manufacture for those times when you need a small injection of fresh sounds for a project and don’t have time to record your own.
The MicroTone: Doors library contains 133 everyday filing cabinet drawer open and closes at various distances and speeds.
Two filing cabinets, one metal and one wood, recorded at close and medium perspectives. Performances of all the drawers at fast, medium and slow speeds.
Contains sounds which will work for all your drawer and door effect cutting needs. Slowed down they make great rattling, creaking doors as well. The metal cabinet sounds particularly big and slamming at lower pitches!
MicroTone is a series of smaller, less expensive libraries from Tone Manufacture for those times when you need a small injection of fresh sounds for a project and don’t have time to record your own.
*BUZZZZ* Left your phone in your pocket? On the tile floor? Under a pile of your roommate's disgusting laundry? Locate it with these 17 audio files, recorded in various locations using a customized vibration pattern.
Normal, everyday door sounds? Yes – and lots (and lots) of them!
A door opening or closing in a film/tv show/video game can absolutely take you out of the experience if done incorrectly.
At the end of working on Uncharted 4, the last sound I created was a door opening and closing. It was just a normal household door. I couldn't find any good door opening and closing sounds (and creaks…don't get me started). I also didn't have time to go out and record my own source. I was extremely frustrated.
There are a LOT of different types of doors in this world. Most sound libraries try to record ALL varieties of doors. The problem is that you might have a lot of different and unique doors, but only a couple of NORMAL house doors. Or, they just have a couple of NORMAL industrial doors. A sound designer's worst nightmare is lack of variety and choice.
With that in mind, I went on a personal journey to record all the normal doors I could find. I recorded door openings, closings, squeaks and creaks. That's it! I wanted the largest variety of normal house and industrial door openings/closings/creaks/squeaks on the market. For my next projects, I didn't want a door sound getting me frustrated!
Normal Doors gets you:
• Normal Household Door sound effects
• Normal Industrial Door sound effects
• 1400+ Sounds
• 120+ Doors
• Opening, Closing, Squeaking and Creaking
• Stereo 96Khz, 24 bit – 2.48 GB
• Metadata included for programs like Soundminer
The Old Cottages library was recorded in outdoor museums of old cottage houses and in a remote mountain cottage during quiet winter.
At first, both libraries (Castles and Old Cottages) were planned to create one big old stuff library. But I soon realised that the topic is too wide for one thematic library and sounds recorded in cottages have different character.
It’s dominated by old creaky wood. And the same as in Castles library, I treated specific ambience of wooden cottages as a part of the sound.
So again, lots of old wooden doors, with metal bolts. Starting from small to large heavy barn doors, both INT and EXT. Some Background Activities on different kinds of wooden floors, recorded from different POVs, like one floor below, or next door. Some interesting props movements.
We also performed some of the objects (like doors), creating rhythmic sounds which could work well for any antique rotating, whirling machines.
We also recorded old machines with gears, which could be very useful for sound design. Using some pitch shifting changes them into another palette of antique sounds.
Objects and items include:
Barn door • Bell • Bench • Carriage • Chest • Chimney • Cooker • Curtains • Door • Drawer • Floors, old and creaky • Locker • Old glass • Old wood • Rope maker machine • Staircases • Well • Winch • Windows • Wooden floors • Wooden furniture • Wooden Mechanisms •
Recording locations include:
Old Cottages • Old Cottages, upstairs/next-door activity • Staircase / stairwell • Manor • Barn • Mill
This sound library delivers a composite and very versatile collections of sounds of all kinds of things that can be opened and/or closed.
Obviously there are several doors, hatches and drawers but also lots of other opening and closing sound effects that will come in handy in your everydays sound design work, especially for Cartoon productions and Game Audio. You will also find, Roller Shutters, Boiling Pot Lids, Umbrellas, Water Boilers, Boxes – most with several variations.
You can use the sounds as they are or use them for intense sound design.
Open & Close is available in three versions:
Number of files:1005 files
Quality:96kHz | 24bit | Stereo
Total Size:2.17 GB
Number of files: 503 files
Quality: 96kHz | 24bit | Stereo
Total Size: 1.08 GB
Number of files: 502 files
Quality: 96kHz | 24bit | Stereo
Total Size: 1.09 GB
Introducing part 2 of the ‘Open & Close’ sound effects library. It brings you even more versatile sounds of various things that can be opened and/or closed. Obviously there are again several doors, hatches and drawers – but also lots of other opening and closing sound effects that will come in handy in your everyday sound design work, most with several variations. Be sure to check out the sound list below.
You can use the sounds as they are or use them for intense sound design. All sounds were cleaned, edited and filled with BWF-Metadata for instant use in your projects.
Ashtray Lid • Backpack • Handbag • Bag Suitcase • Beltbag • Blanket • Box Plastic • Cabinet Door • Cardboard Box • Cardboard Tube • Carryall • Clasp • Coffee Machine Lid • Cooking Pot Lid • Cupboard Door • Curtain Shower • Dishwasher Hatch • Door, Apartment • Door, Balcony •
Door Basement • Door, Bathroom • Door, Glass • Door, Metal • Door, Squeaks • Door, Wood • Drawer, Cardboard • Drawer, Cloth • Drawer, Construction Plans • Drawer, Dishwasher • Drawer, Kitchen • Drawer, Metal • Drawer, Oven Baking Plates • Drawer, Plastic • Drawer, Wood • Drawer, Wood Cutlery • Elevator • Hand Drill Battery Slot • Handbag Leather • Hatch,_Bread Box • Hatch, Metal • Hatch, Oven • Hatch, Plastic Freezer • Hatch, Plastic Lose • Hatch, Plastic Printer • Hatch, Plastic Tape • Hatch, Plastic Tiny • Hatch, Plastic Vacuum Cleaner • Hatch, Plastic Vacuum Cleaner Hose • Hatch, Washing Machine • Jar Nutella • Lock_Combination Suitcase • Lock Basement Door • Lock Old Door • Microwave • Notebook Bag • Pedal Bin Lid • Plastic Bag • Plastic Sachet • Plastic Tube Small • Refridgerator Door • Rolling Shutter Garage • Safe • Schoolbag • Shirt Button • Sliding Door Cupboard • Sliding Door Shower • Sliding Door Wood • Sports Bag • Stapler Gun • Tin Box Lid • Tin Flask • Tin Lunch Box • Toilet Seat • Toolbox • Trashcan Lid • Vacuum Cleaner Battery • Vacuum Cleaner Dust Tank • Vacuum Cleaner Filter • Velcro • Waterboiler Lid • Window • Window Roller Shutter • Window Tilt • Zipper •
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