Foley sound effects collections featuring everyday objects, movement and common, useful sounds
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.
Icy Snow 2 HD is a followup to Icy Snow HD. This collection contains even more icy snow cracks, impacts, scrapes, debris and footsteps. The weather produced a foot of snow covered in a 1/2 inch of ice. Pretty unique sounds! And it comes in two formats: “Individual Clips” & “Consolidated Tracks”.
Icy Snow HD is a unique collection of ice debris, stress, cracks, and impacts, as well as snow impacts and footsteps. The local weather produced a foot of snow covered in less than an inch of ice. Very unique sounds!
Looking for regular phone sounds? The Plain Phone Library is available as three 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.
It’s A Plain Phone_Pack 03:
It’s A Plain Phone_Pack 03 is the third installment in the It’s A Plain Phone Collection. This pack includes a single phone, that is meant to be mounted vertically. Press each and every button, 0-9, # (pound), * (asterisk), mute redial, and emergency buttons.
Pick up and the slam the phone down in anger. Slide any of the switches or shake it up!
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.
Kitchen Foley is a collection of cookware, plates, glasses and kitchen appliances sounds.
It consist of 241 .wav files with baked-in Soundminer’s metadata
All sound have been recorded multiple times: Different microphone positions from extremely close to 1.5m away
and different microphones: DPA4060 and Sennheiser MKH8060.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Senhheiser MKH8060, DPA4060
EDITED WITH: iZotope RX, Pro Tools.
From the mundane to the oddly fascinating, this collection of caps spinning, lids cracking and corks popping, screeching, scraping and twirling will elevate your next dinner, kitchen or pub scene with something exciting and different.
Recorded with a variety of household objects as well as creatively found items, this selection of sounds were recorded in studio and in house. The emphasis was to capture only the tops being removed from the products, with effort made to pickup as little handling noise or finger touches as possible.
Liquidation is a liquid texture library covering everything from water to slime to fizzes and bubbles. Source material in this library includes wet slimy pasta, giant water balloons, large containers being submerged underwater, leather fizzing in a chemical bath, pool water splashes and more. Plus it was all recorded at 192kHz/24bit so you can really stretch and thrash these sounds – and the vast majority of the sound files are in stereo. Whether you're designing an underwater adventure or an alien autopsy, this library is full of complimentary textures to layer together.
This is a collection of 5 different metal lockers, opened, closed, banged and handled for all of those school hallway situations you’ll come across. They are super clean and were recorded with close and “roomy” perspectives for all but one.
Multi-channel, mono close, stereo room.
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The Machine Factory library delivers 265 unique impact & foley sounds with over 26 minutes of playtime – including sounds such as metal doors, stairway, wood impacts and many other like metal impacts or thundering metal. The library is perfectly suited for post production, audio books, radio broadcasts and other audio channels. All sounds are in WAV, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.
Get 100+ sound effects of chain mail, plate armor, leather armor getting impacted in three different intensity layers (glancing, weak, hard) – ready for implementaion. It also includes shield impacts in two variants (weak, hard), as well as weapon parry and gory weapon impacts.
This pack also includes footsteps and movement sounds/rustles of chain mail, leather armor and plate armor.
Bring your fight scenes to life with the ultimate sound design toolkit for hand to hand combat. Rock The Speakerbox presents MELEE, a library specializing in jaw breaking action, and raw, unbridled violence.
Recorded on stage and designed by award winning sound designers, MELEE contains 4 GB of HD quality content spread across 1596 construction kit sounds and 288 designed sounds. From punches, kicks, blocks, body falls, grabs, slaps, bone breaks, blood splatters, MELEE is the ultimate sound design toolkit for hand to hand combat.
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.
Modern Seating is a library compiled of a variation of modern chairs found in the office or home. The idea is to fill the need for chairs which aren't always on the verge of breaking or creaking in every direction. It's a foley library of rolls, pickups and general movement in each type of chair or seat. The library was recorded using the Shoeps CMIT5 and the Avedis MA5.
Money is just over 21 Mb of coins and notes/bills being handled. You get 34 files in 24bit/96kHz quality.
This collection contains sounds of coins being handled, counted, poured, dropped – in hands, on tables and in a cash register drawer. There are also a few sounds of bills/notes/paper money being handled and counted. The whole thing was recorded in the studio, meaning a nice, dry sound to build on. The coins and bills used were a mixture of various international currency.
A meditation on the most versatile audio tool with which we are biologically equipped, we have carefully crafted this collection of mouth noises to provide you with highly dynamic and almost unpredictable organic audio fare. However, we tried to explore less conventional noises and specifically avoided the usual burps, coughs, throat clears, etc. Captured from a single male voice actor, this collection includes squishy spurts, saliva smacks, guttural loops, pops, clicks, cracks, inhales, exhales, and air bursts.
A particular part of this library is the intentional use of creating soft distortion from moving air over the mic membranes in specific ways. This helped add low end and saturated elements to many of the sounds. The wide spectral coverage of this library makes it easy to blend many of the sounds together to achieve some truly diffused but balanced soundscapes. Don’t try to tame this library, unleash it! We've successfully used these in explosions, engine layers, organic rummaging, shots, ambient clouds, UI, and more. Enjoy!
MOVES is a collection of character foley clothing and gear movements that cover a large range of characters such as Special Forces, Medieval Soldier, World War Soldier, Policeman, and High-tech Soldier among many others.
MOVES will make a great addition to your sonic arsenal and help you achieve that personal character sound that you have in your head. MOVES does not replace a Veteran Foley artist, but will come in handy if you have a restricted budget or if you need a good sound to enhance the movements of your characters.
You get several walks, runs and stop movements for every type of character.
To speed up your workflow, the library comes with two versions of the same content, tailored for people working either in the Video Game or the Cinema industry:
• Video Game Workflow: For every variation, you will have a single wav file, making it ideal for people who like to have every sound already cut and ready to be used in their DAW or middleware. It consists of 772 sounds.
• Cinema Workflow You will find several variations of the sounds in single wav files here. It consists of 151 wav files sounds.
And as mentioned, both versions are included, so you can pick whatever works best for your way of working.
As always, all sounds are embedded with useful Soundminer metadata. I really hope you will find this collection inspiring and useful in your future projects.
Have a great day designing your new characters with MOVES!
This is the first part of our Water Audio Libraries, featuring a variety of small movements captured in an open-air swimming pool.
99 clips (99 MONO and 99 STEREO) recorded in 192Khz and 24 bits HD Audio.
Splashes, swimming movements, small water movements, paddles, and more. Have a nice day with your friends and they will help you to record this great collection of useful sounds! How many times have you looked for great sounding natural water movements? Here you have them, in awesome 192 kHz, so you can stretch them as you want.
This is the second part of our Water Libraries: For this, we've have recorded a variety of small movements in an open air swimming pool.
250 clips (MONO & STEREO) recorded in 192Khz and 24 bits HD Audio.
In this second collection we have recorded swimming movements in water. A whole day spent with the family helping to record this great collection of useful sounds.
How many times have you looked for great sounding natural water movements? Here you have them, in awesome 192 kHz so you can stretch them as you want.
Multi Impacts is a package born from our previous Hits and Whoosh bundle. We have taken the decision to split the previous bundle to make two. Here's one of them!
Multi Impacts contains many impacts/hits sounds on several different surfaces. The library contains 258 sound files: Asphalt, Rubber, Car, Human, Ice, Metal, Water, Dirt, Plastic, Wood, and Sci-Fi Impacts.
The perfect package for add on another texture to your action!
Each sound has been meticulously edited individually, All files were recorded and are delivered in 24bit 96kHz Broadcast Wave files, all embedded with metadata information for easy import and ensure a fast and easy workflow.
This collection contains a wide variety of buttons and switches. We pushed, flicked, turned and twisted all the buttons, knobs and switches we could find to make sure you have everything for your sound design needs. To give you as many options as possible, we recorded everything at a high sample rate with several microphones. Every sound was recorded with at least a contact microphone, a large diaphragm microphone and a small diaphragm microphone. In addition, most of the sounds were recorded with two small diaphragm microphones with different pickup patterns (omni and cardioid).
The high sample rate and multiple microphone setup makes this collection excellent for sound design and heavy processing. We have also included all sounds in 96 kHz and 48 kHz in case 196 kHz is not required for your projects.
1x Barcus Berry (contact microphone)
1x Neumann U87 A1 or Brauner Phantom Classic (large diaphragm)
1x Sanken CU31 (small diaphragm, cardioid)
1x DPA 4041 (small diaphragm, omni)
*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.
Whether your need to bring a lone rogue to life or a surge of arrows in an epic battle scene, Nocked will provide you with a plethora of flexible content.
Our largest library to date, this collection is a comprehensive focus on the sounds and functions of the archer and the act of archery. Included are eight recorded bows (2 crossbows, olympic recurve, traditional recurve, longbow, long compound, short compound, and Magyar bow) with 2 additional 'mythic' bows of our own design, each using 3 types of arrows (aluminum, carbon, and bamboo) on 3 varying surfaces (hard, soft, and dirt) from 4 simultaneous recording positions (at bow, at target, midflight mono, and midflight stereo). Each bow and each arrow type have a character all there own.
The content’s dynamic range is wide, from whispering bamboo arrows gliding on rests as they are drawn to firing position, to the powerful THWACK of crossbow bolts striking their target. All non-firing sounds were recorded in a controlled studio environment while all recordings of the bows being fired were taken on a plot of wide-open rural farmland, encompassed by forests. When needed, this ambient natural environment provided an ideal impulse response to be used in the design and editing of some of the sounds to create a heightened effect.
A multitude of takes are provided across each bow/arrow/surface/position combination for easy randomization and differentiation of sounds, or to track any number of unique archers at any given moment.
Go ahead, let them fight in the shade.
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 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 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.
This library brings you various obnoxious sips, slurps, gulps, gurgles, and more! Obnoxious Sips was recorded using a variety of drinking containers such as glass and plastic bottles and cups, an aluminum can, and some interestingly obnoxious sips from a straw!!
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.
Recording locations include:
Old Cottages • Old Cottages, upstairs/next-door activity • Staircase / stairwell • Manor • Barn • Mill
Types of sounds included:
Doors: 258 files • Window: 10 files • BG Activities: 37 files • Furniture: 10 files • Mechanism: 73 files
Old Drawers is a collection of 151 carefully recorded and mastered drawer sound effects.
Opens, Closes, Slides, Rolls, Creaks, Wrestles and more!
All audio files have been recorded at superb 192KHZ 24BIT. Multiple mic positions to capture all the little details such as rollers, creaky wood etc
Comprehensive Soundminer’s metadata. Over 20 different, old, traditional, wooden drawers.
LOCATION: Spain, Costa Blanca. Traditional Spanish hacienda before renovation.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Sennheiser MKH 8060
EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: Pro Tools, iZotope RX (mildly).
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:
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 •
From creating the breath of a behemoth, to the palpable aura of an ambiance, this is a plethora of contact mic goodness providing you with frequency-deep content for layering, embellishing, bolstering, and new sound creation.
Contact mics are delicate creatures. They can give you insights into the most excitable yet unheard facets of a soundscape, and then almost immediately get destroyed by the slightest of impacts. We're just going to forget about how many incredible captures were thrown out of the running for this library due to such slight disruptions, and instead focus on the positive: this is a huge collection of super flexible, totally malleable sounds. One of our favorite libraries to make because it satisfied the inner tinkerer's ear, Outward Inversion is our microscope applied to the aural world.
If you're after paper sound effects, this pack delivers more than 15 minutes of nothing but paper recordings. It covers various textures of paper, includes a wide range of sounds of a magazine, newspaper, old book, page turnover, paper drops, crumples, and tearing. The paper SFX library is recorded in 192kHz / 24-bit, recorded with a Sound Devices 633 with 2x KM185 XY microphones.
The Paper SFX library gets you 186 paper sounds – including: blow, cut, cutter knife, flip, folding, kink, roll, rub, rumple, scrape, scroll, special, stretch, tap, tape, tear and wag sounds. The sounds were produced in various variations and on different paper thicknesses. All sounds are in WAV, mono, 24 bit & 96 kHz and include metadata.
An assortment of writing utensils + a variety of paper mediums = endless paper SFX combinations.
Features 7 writing utensils:Pencil • pen • paintbrush stump • marker • eraser • chalk
12 Paper Mediums:
Canvas • notebook • shoji • sketch • cel • blackboard • parchment • cardboard • linen • mulberry • cotton • scrapbook
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