Sound effects and recordings of various surfaces, textures, objects and elements – soft, hard, organic, wooden, stone, metallic and lots more
Discover the obscure sounds of 24 film cameras designed between the 1930s and 1970s. Carefully organised into 159 files, the 20th Century Cameras library offers over 3900+ sounds recorded at pristine 24bit/96kHz, thus allowing you to not only use the mechanical sounds of the cameras for their intended purpose, but also for sound design.
In order to help you navigate through the plethora of sounds available, rich SoundMiner metadata has been carefully crafted in order to describe the sounds as simply as possible, using multiple keywords and terms, where needed.
The library contains mostly mechanical sounds, such as the sound of shutter release at different shutter speeds, knobs, latches, wheels, and more, in addition to some Foley sounds as well. Due to the age of the cameras, most of the shutter release sounds have slight variations between them, even at the same shutter speed.
An update for the library is on its way, which will include the sound of a few different types of camera film being unwrapped, handled and installed into cameras. The update will be free for the people that have already purchased the library.
The library also comes with a free eBook which can be viewed and downloaded here.
In addition to the SoundMiner metadata sheet down below, the eBook provides information as to how older cameras work, and more details as to how each of the cameras recorded for the library work. The book goes into a fair bit of detail as to what sounds each camera offers, without getting too technical.
If you would like to hear more, here is a slightly extended version of the video preview:
Get the sounds of a Printrbot 3D printer – with four NEMA 14 stepper motors -, in this interesting SFX library by New Sound Lab.
The high torque motors connected to a pulley system control the X-Y-Z movements of the aluminum extruder and metal print bed. When printing three-dimensional objects, these fast and precise movements result in a unique barrage of percussive and rhythmic mechanical noise.
These sounds were captured using three different recording setups: Barcus Berry contact mics, RF coils, and combined contact mic / RF coil into a Sound Devices 702 recorder.
The resulting sounds are a mix of grainy, gritty atonal patterns, robotic percussive bleeps, glitchy digital beeps/clicks, low fidelity drones, and chaotic noise. Both raw recordings, and processed elements are included and ready for further sound manipulation.
3Dimensional Printing is the multicolored result of different recording sessions of a couple of 3D printers (the Sharebot NG – Next Generation and the DeltaWASP 20 40) at Fabb and at FabLab Milan between 2014 and 2015.
All the sounds were recorded directly as uncompressed .wav files through both a RME Fireface UCX and a Zoom H6 Portable Recorder.
Duration ranges vary from 1 to 5 minutes, with the most sonically interesting excerpts from full printing cycles. Lots of pattern and sequences are available for selection and transformation.
Five different transducers were chosen to capture all the sonic details of these mechanisms:
– C-SERIES pro contact microphones, hand-made by Jez Riley French;
– Barcus Berry 4000 Planar Wave System (Piezo crystal sensor+4000XL Piezo Preamp);
– Piezo Film Tab Contact Microphones by Cold Gold Audio;
– Custom Induction Coil Pick-up (also used to create the Unseen Noises collection);
– Zoom MSH-6 MS Capsule (the stereo image of the Mid-Side recordings is rendered as balanced stereo LR files).
In this bundle you will receive three libraries full of dark, glitchy and ambient textures. 'Glitch & Noise' brings abstract and interesting tones to your sound palette. 'Twelve Tones' has detailed industrial hums for your spaceship interiors. 'Sphere' has dark atmospheres made from bowing a metal bin, which were then processed and mangled using Twisted Tools Slayer. Whether your project is a sci-fi soundscape or a shredded atmosphere, this bundle has something for everyone.
Abstract Sound Design is a budget-friendly collection of unique audio material sourced from digital feedback loop experiments and granular processing sessions. Featuring 25 abstract atmospheres and 35 abstract FX, this library is perfect for those moments when creativity may be running dry, serving as an inspiring starting point for some serious sound sculpting. Of course, they may just fit your needs as they are, too!
A unique collection of 141 useful effects, created knocking, scraping and disturbing a 12-string acoustic guitar.
These sounds were recorded and processed with the intention of providing an interesting , different and unique set of audio effects.
• Clean (71 Sounds): hits, knocks, scrapes and various string sounds.
• Processed (70 Sounds): Processed and re-designed hits, drones and swells.
All sounds were recorded, edited and processed at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data.
This small sound library contains all the original CPU fan and hard disk noises emitted by the following vintage Apple MACs, each with its own unique texture:
• Power Macintosh 4400
• Power Macintosh 6400
• Power Macintosh 7200
• Macintosh Classic
• Macintosh Mac G4
• Macintosh Mac LC 475
The material contains a lot of mechanical noises and different startup chimes, plus a lot of boot sequences with all the hard drives/fans spinning and whirring.
A unique collection of antique bells of various shapes and sizes.
The library features the House Bell, Hame Bell, Cup Bell and the Crotal Bell.
Ambient Game is an immersive listening experience that will send your audience adrift in the ambience of warm and friendly game play environments. Like Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot, Ambient Game is designed to convey the cozy, family time popular sounds that older users recognize and new generation players love. Watch your audience respond as they engage with the worlds of fantasy you create in audio. Featuring 600+ shimmers, glistens, auras, magic keys, pick ups, angelic coins, trinket treasures, awards, buffs, potions, liquids, items, UI, player actions, object breaks, power ups and more.
Synthetic Sphere is a collection of spatialised synthetic pads, mixed in an ambisonic format for a complete 360 interactive soundtrack. Multiple layers of pads, tones and amorphic FX are spreaded across the sphere, resulting in a truly immersive experience. These pads include gentle movement across 3D space, creating rich ambiances but without catching to much of the listener attention.
This collection is great for post production, VR/AR experiences, game developers and any real-time 3D audio engine.
All files are tagged and categorized for your convenience – supporting tag filtering browsing applications.
This package includes 10 Samples – Total 51 minutes of content.
Supported formats: First Order AmbiX and Stereo (Total of 20 files).
Download a B-Format Ambix demo here: Demo
The library is also available in a stereo only version here.
Analog Days contains 390 sounds extracted from old portable cassette players, Retro WW tube radios, vintage turntable vinyl record players and retro tape machines. This is really a sound time capsule ready to send your projects back to the good old analog days and give that sense of analog imperfection that makes the sound really interesting.
This library was built primarily using two different modular synthesizer systems. One based on the Korg MS-20 and the other based on the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms 201. Included in this library you will find various one shots and hits alongside longer evolving textures and drones. The library was created in a very non-musical way and as such most of what you hear is noisy, gritty and a-tonal. The library can be used effectively for Sci-Fi Weapons, User Interfaces, Droids and Robots, Ambient Textures and many more possibilities.
Analog TV gets you 99 recordings from the Tele Star 4004 TV, built in the 80s in Leningrad/Russia. The collection features everything from a range of noises, frequency glitches, short pulses, and long frequency sweeps in the VHF and UHF bands. It also comes with a good collection of different static noises and really weird stuff that could – and just might – come from outer space.
This Hard Drive SFX library delivers the sounds of severely mistreated hard drives. We hit hard drives with hammers, drilled holes in them, bent them and inserted objects into them before turning them on. Power ups, shut downs, grinding, screeching, whines, and rattling are just a few of the sounds you’ll find here. Great source material for sound design and heavy processing.
A killer antique accordion full of paper crinkles, key clacks, sick sounding wheezes and old wood creaks. The antique accordion was rescued from a local antique shop. It has a hole in the bellows that creates a distinct wheezing sound, and it is loaded up with strange squeaks, pops and paper textures.
We rolled on this instrument for about an hour, and did everything from flicking the keys to dropping and pounding it. The accordion took some abuse, but in the end what it gave back was a wealth of old sounding textures you can’t fake.
This instrument was recorded at 24 bit 96k, in dual mono – with an AT4050 for a wide perspective and a Schoeps CMC6.MK4 for a close perspective. Comes with 57 .wav files and 19 Kontakt .nki files (the .nki files require the full retail version of NI Kontakt 4.2.3 or later)
Get the sounds of 13 different coffee and herbal grinders. These small wooden and metal devices give grainy textures to any material + they sound really funny at times, and can be used as sweetener for funny toy sounds. Due to the recordings with a piezzo disc, they have a lot of deep and rumbling content. The other mics were the Neumann TLM 102, The DPA 4060 and the amazing Sennheiser MKH 8040. They all cover different and unique perspectives.
All Sounds are always packed with rich iXML Metadata.
Get the sounds of an ancient water spelt mill from 1529, as well as an antique tannery, also driven by a huge water wheel from 1699.
Both mills have been working for hundreds of years and continue to work even today.
This library is recorded in high resolution audio in 24Bit/96kHz on a Sound Devices 702T with Sennheiser 8040 Mics in Mono or ORTF Stereo.
After umbrella sound effects, but with no time to record them yourself? The Automatic Umbrella sound effects library gets you 159 umbrella sounds, including opening, closing, folding, tapping, squeezing, cleaning, catching, locking and unlocking clasp and much more. The library was recorded using a highly acclaimed Nevaton MC48 microphone and a Tascam DR-70d recorder, and comes with metadata.
Get ready to get back to school – in sound. This library contains more than 350 files and over 1.500 high definition sounds.
• The backpack, pens, pencils, iron ruler, the blackboard & chalk
• Different types of files, folders, books and binders
• The staplers, scotch, scissors, eraser and many other things
All the recordings are captured at 24Bit/96KHz, and include Soundminer metadata.
The Bag Foley Library offers you a nice palette of everyday bag sounds from: Four different backpacks, three kinds of shoulder bags, a duffel sports bag, two camera bags, a ukulele case, a canvas bag, a purse, a wallet, a rack case and the sound of an Imac unboxing.
All files contain variations of the performance. The sounds are recorded in a quiet room with a Neumann KM185 through a UA Apollo preamp.
Balloon Squeaks and Creaks consists of 173 beautifully recorded and edited sounds, tagged with rich metadata. From short squeaks and air releases, to long creaks, plucks and more.
Need well-recorded balloon and rubber sounds? ‘Balloons’ is a high quality sound effects library that has everything you need for that – from blowing air into balloons, balloon collisions and balloon rubbing to balloon pops.
This library was recorded with Sound Devices 702 recorder and a stereo pair of Line Audio CM3 microphones in a silent studio room.
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.
This library contains a wide range of variety of bamboo hits.
From thick bamboos to thin, hitting with drum sticks, mallets & brushes and scrubbing & scraping and even sawing. Additional sounds include water movement inside bamboos, captured with a contact mic, and beautiful sounds of bamboo wind chimes. Tweak it for sound design or make bamboo instruments from it.
You lost em', we found em. Introducing Beeps, Sweeps and Creeps, an eletromagnetic library cataloging household electronics, video game consoles, arcade cabinets and more. Whether you're creating sci-fi interfaces or needing some extra grit for your devices, Beeps Sweeps and Creeps has everything you need to add that extra layer to your project.
The Board Game SFX library features a large collection of board and tabletop game pieces on a variety of different surfaces.
Perfect for casual game sound design, UI elements, foley etc – and it's a brilliant addition to any game audio creator's sonic arsenal.
• Playing card • Coin • Felt bottomed chess piece • Glass marble • Go container (container of many small plastic pieces) • Leather bag (containing mixed small game pieces) • Metal game piece • Metal dice • Plastic game piece • Plastic dice • Poker chip • Wooden game piece • Wooden block
• Wooden board • Card game board (e.g. Monopoly board) • Felt table (e.g. Poker table) • Glass table
Each collision type has around 5-15 variations and all in all the library contains 672 individual hits.
This library has the aim of bringing ultra high quality malleable materials for sound designers with extensive organic variations in the realm of horror/gore.
It can help the most gruesome and disgusting scene comes alive with vivid realism.
Each file has a great amount a variations of the same sound.
In the meantime, the extensive frequency range provided by the Sanken co-100k and the Sennheiser MKH-series microphones allows extreme pitch-shifting.
Let’s express creativity by layering these sounds and pitch-shiftings with almost no limits!
87 recordings of books and magazines in various sizes and weights, having their pages turned and flipped, being slammed shut, moved around on shelves and more.
Recorded in 2017 with a stereo shotgun microphone. All sounds are arranged into 4 categories, according to the nature of the recording: Pages, Shelf, Shut and Table.
All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.
Books Alive is a collection of 434 carefully recorded and mastered book sound effects.
Turning pages, set downs, pick ups, drops, opens, closes, flipping pages, handling, sliding across and more!
All audio files have been recorded at superb 192KHZ 24BIT, multiple mic positions to capture
all the wonderful details such as cracking book bindings, handling of fabric and leather covers etc
All files come with rich and detailed Soundminer's metadata.
BOOK 0 XS Paperback, 506 pages, thin recycled paper
BOOK 1 S Paperback, 62pages, med-thick silk paper
BOOK 2 M Hardback thick gloss finish, 508 pages, thin recycled paper
BOOK 3 L Paperback, 206pages, old, thin carbon-paper like pages
BOOK 4 XL Hardback thick fabric finish, 900 pages, thick uncoated pages
BOOK 5 XXL Paperback, 860pages, med-thick uncoated pages
BOOK 6 3XL Hardback thick fabric finish, 1800 pages, thin papyrus-like pages
BOOK 7 4XL Hardback thick leather finish, 650 pages, thick, coated silk pages
BOOK 8 5XL Hardback thick faux leather finish, 850 pages, thin coated, gloss, silk pages
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Sennheiser MKH 8060
EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: Pro Tools, iZotope RX (mildly).
Bowed cymbals are one of those sound effects that just never get old.
Perhaps it's the chilling sound of bow on bronze that puts us on the edge of our seat that we love so much. Or maybe it's the hauntingly beautiful tones that ring from a large ride cymbal with a large bow.
Add some real bronze to your project today:
This sound collection includes 86 HD recordings of cardboard boxes being abused and destroyed in every way imaginable.
We kicked, dropped, stabbed, cut, sawed, punched, crushed and totally abused boxes of multiple sizes and types.
All sounds are organised into folders corresponding to the type of abuse inflicted. Recorded with a stereo shotgun microphone at 24-bit 96kHz. All files include embedded meta tags.
Box Abuse II is a sequel collection to the original Box Abuse sound pack, with even more aggressive cuts, punches, kicks and drops, inflicted on a whole new batch of cardboard boxes.
And yes, multiple boxes were harmed during the recording of this project!
All sounds recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data and accompanying spreadsheet.
Introducing BREAKDOWN ELEMENTS – a nifty collection of sound effects for visual effects breakdowns.
The majority of elements have originated from organic field recordings which have later been elegantly manipulated into a new form. This gives the sounds a natural, almost physical vibe to them – a style that we are especially fond of.
The collection is structured into eight categories:
BED, BUILD, IMPACT, INTERFERENCE, REWIND, RISER, TRANSITION and WHOOSH. Each element has been designed to work both by itself or used as building blocks for more complex sounds. Each element also has around 4-6 variations to maximise versatility.
• 96 kHz, 24 bit mono/stereo WAVs
• 433 individual SFX in 88 files
• 1 GB of data
• All WAVs include extensive embedded descriptive metadata
In a unique experiment, this glass breaking library was designed to use multi mic-ing from various locations in a large live room.
Mics were placed close, medium and distant ranges with a variety of different types of microphones. All the files in the library are labeled and begin at the same sample, and can be layered, or cut for multiple perspectives.
Useful for party scenes, fights, and instances with multiple perspective shots. (for instance reality television)
A collection of rending, snapping, and striking bamboo SFX + some extra added goodies.
This collection features a wide assortment of FX derived from that classic Japanese soda, ramune. By controlling how the drink is opened, a veritable cornucopia of sonic clay is unleashed. With its unique design and composition of materials, the ramune bottle creates a timbre all its own. Glass, soft plastics, bits of aluminum, and the carbonated soda interact in unique ways. Layer these sounds into impacts, slides, scrapes, openings, divisions, and any other effect where a dynamic high end transient is required.
Soon to be a new go-to library in your collection. Drink up!
The 'Cabinet Shop' library includes a large variation of different wood cutting, shaping, and morphing machinery. Some of these elements are table saws, drill presses, giant band saws, radial arm saws, air compression valves, horizontal drill presses, jointers, stroke sanders, drum sanders, hammers, hand saws, lathes, pressure releases, and much more!
The library was recorded in Diebold's Cabinet Shop, founded in 1936. It is a well-recognized local custom cabinet shop located in Logan Square, just North West of downtown Chicago.
General atmospheric sounds of the cabinet shop, such as air conditioners / heaters, fans, clocks and room tones, are also included.
Create an outstanding fantasy card gaming experience with Epic Stock Media’s hottest new game sound effects library 'Card Game'. Inspired by hit fantasy card games like HearthStone – Card Game brings you the energy of online card gaming mixed with the epicness and adventure of World of Warcraft.
“Carpenters Tools” is a collection of sounds that come directly from the carpenter’s workplace. You will find sounds from a variety of machines and hand tools that help the carpenter form his creations. All machines are recorded in their full cycle: start, movement, part machining and stopping. This collection will fill your missing sounds from the carpenter’s workshop.
Tool recordings included:
Circular saw, small circular saw, small planer machine, table planer machine, old belt grinder, disc grinder, grinder, band saw, jigsaw, milling machine, hand drill, cordless drill, smirgell, vacuum cleaner, internal aspiration, external aspiration, saw, big size flat file, fine flat file, sandpaper
CB Radio is a small collection of static produced by different channels on a 40-channel CB Transducer.
I found a pair of “Realistic TRC-222 40-channel Citizens Band Transceivers” at a second hand store, but only one works.
Here are the sounds the surviving “walkie-talkie” produces: 54 individual sounds for a total of around 15 minutes of static and warble + button sounds and antenna extension and contraction sounds
Chain Ferry features the remarkable sounds of a 100 year old ferry with a specific drive system. The ferry pulls along a strong chain lying at the ground of the river to cross. This is achieved by a clever combination of 3 drive wheels that guide the chain and prevent it from dropping to the ground.
The Library contains several complete audio takes of the ferry in action – from departure to arrival. This encompasses engine start, engine idle, loading ramp noises and bangs plus a lot of chain rattling from various perspectives. The sounds are recorded aboard and from both sides of the river so that the entire scenery can be covered acoustically.
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