Sound effects and recordings of various surfaces, textures, objects and elements – soft, hard, organic, wooden, stone, metallic and lots more
OBSCURE FREQUENCIES is a unique collection of 336 sound effects created from uncommon audio recordings of radio masts, antennas, digital meters, circuit boards, batteries, home & leisure electronics, broken electronics etc.
Deep, dark, low and evolving soundscapes, cracking, distorted whooshes, hybrid electric loops and complex one-shots, all designed using exclusively recordings done with induction coil microphones.
Obscure frequencies is a very versatile pack that can be successfully use in many projects such as sci-fi, horror, sound installations and game audio. Its unique sound comes from combining organic recordings of things that cannot be heard without a special equipment and hours of complex sound design.
All soundscapes loop seamlessly and all source/raw recordings are included.
RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + JrF Induction Coil Mic + DIY Mics
CREATED AND EDITED WITH: Pro Tools, Live 10, iZotope Iris II, NI Kontakt.
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
Odd is a small collection of effects originally created for a project revolving around quick, organic glitched visuals. The library is divided into four categories – Reverses, Texture and Noise, Synthesized Elements and general Oddities. Odd is perfect for adding a bit of strange or weird to your design. Something like a 'what was that?' library. Go nuts.
Old Cameras sound library features 69 recordings of different camera related activities. 13 different cameras were recorded with two MKH 8040s in 192kHz. Total length of the files is 52 minutes. Inside you’ll find sound effects like rewinding film, pulling different levers, rotating dials, shutter effects, handling noises, lens focus rings and aperture clicks, polaroid mechanism and more.
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).
“Old Engines Grab Bag” is a pack of numerous old, unique and characterful engines from early 1900s. It’s a massive collection of 56GB multitrack 192kHz recordings of old tractors and stationary engines, both diesel and gasoline fueled.
The intention wasn’t to cover vehicles driving, but to get isolated and very closely recorded mechanical elements of engines and exhaust pipes as a source material for sound design. There are many starts, idles, revs, offs, RPMs variations, backfires etc. Some are heavy and large sounding, some are small and funny. Tractors were captured EXT and most of stationary engines INT, but since they are very closely recorded there is just a little amount of reverb on most of them.
Most of engines are 1 or 2 cylinders and low horse power and their RPMs are also low. Thanks to this, many of those sounds aren’t tonal and can easily be used as additional layer with other design elements. They work great for adding vintage character, designing junky or funny vehicles, crazy huge steampunk machines or engines malfunction.
Sounds were recorded using multi-mic setup: Sanken CO-100k (most of the time pointing mechanical parts), Sennheiser MKH-8060 (mainly for isolated exhaust pipe), Schoeps CMC6XT mk41/mk8 (general image) and part also with Trance Audio Inducer contact mics (adding unique mechanical perspective).
The library is delivered as multitrack 192kHz files, as well as stereo mix of all microphones. Thanks to using microphones with extended frequency range, drastic pitch changes can be applied.
All files have extensive metadata created in Soundminer, including leg picker with microphone labels.
Demo files include pitched sounds, which are not delivered with library.
OLD STUFF is a collection of old and worn sounds that will help you define the mood of a scene or can be used for any kind of sound design process. The library includes hums, buzzes, whirs, creaks, squeals from many different sources: doorknobs, doors, elevators, fridges, freezers, speakers, toilets, fans, and heaters. A peculiar garage soundscape is also included. Most of the sounds included are used on a daily basis.
All these different nuances and hues make this library a worthwhile tool for both film and game sound designers.
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:
The Optical Drives sound effects library features recordings of computer optical disc drives (two internal desktop CD/DVD-R and one internal laptop slim CD/DVD-R slot-load).
Two induction coil pickups were used to record the electromagnetic fields emitted by the drives, capturing a very unique set of sounds and textures. These range from sharp percussive bleeps, glitchy static and noise, to electromechanical motor sounds, and drones. You'll find use for many applications, including UI interface design, transitions, sci-fi, robot/servo sounds, technology, and computer sound effects.
Recordings include all functions of the DVD drives, e.g. disc loading, reading, writing/burning, spin up/down, errors, and disc ejecting. Also, each drive was taken apart and manipulated to create additional sounds.
Organic Nature gets you more than 3 hours of ambient nature sound recordings, capturing the sounds of forests, woodlands, beaches and more in Tennessee, South Carolina and Washington State. It also delivers weather sounds such as rain, thunder, and freezing rain – and even comes with a collection of campfire / burning sounds. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.
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.
This is a collection of various types of paper being performed in common actions like turning pages, crumpling, tearing, and other handling sounds. Included are more bizarre textural sounds using paper like violent flapping, buzzing, bowing, and squeaking.
This collection also comes with two folders, a close up set of recordings, and a sister collection of medium-distant recordings back in the room. This is for use in background, like a person in an office turning a page over, a man shuffling a newspaper, or counting money on a table.
Many of the sounds have been recorded at high resolutions for use slowed down for textural and slow motion use as well.
Paper & Cardboard is a toolset of 500 HQ sound effects recorded to sound fat and solid whilst still providing various textures and motion. You can explore everything from storage cardboard boxes of various strengths and sizes to paper sheets, newspapers, magazines, books, kitchen paper and so much more.
We approach this collection with both an experimental and practical touch. Further to that, our aim is to give you a) Well-recorded source elements to design your own unique ideas, and b) A variety of paper and cardboard props for foley replacement in your film, video, or other media in post-production.
Business card • Postcard • Playing card • Catalog cover • Chinese fan • Cigarette pack • Medicine pack • Cheque paper • Envelope • Photographic paper • Receipt • Folder • Pamphlet • Books of various strengths and sizes • Vintage scrapbook • Paper bag • Matte and Glossy Magazines • Newspaper • Toilet paper • Kitchen paper • A4 sheets • Baking paper • Storage cardboard boxes
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.
Paperlife contains a huge variety of different paper and cardboard sound effects. We folded, ripped, rustled, crackled, swished, whooshed, flapped, turned, threw, sizzled paper and cardbord to create this library.
Beside the massive amount of unusual sounds we also took care about usability and created “every day” paper sound effects and handling noises for out-of-the-box use.
As always, all files come with burned in metadata in open standards.
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
An extensive collection of party-related sounds, “Party Pack” brings you 96kHz/24-bit stereo recordings of balloons, party horns, matches, sparklers, party poppers, confetti, various toys and more!
The library is available as 4 individual packs of related sounds (Balloons, Fire, Horns and Toys). So if you are only after balloon sounds, then you can grab only the balloon sounds! Of course, all 4 packs can be picked up together as a heavily discounted bundle!
Read more about each pack below:
Note: The sounds in the audio sample have some panning added; the sounds in the library itself are centered.
• Party Pack – BALLOONS (649 sounds, 716 MB)
• Party Pack – FIRE (210 sounds, 424 MB)
• Party Pack – HORNS (662 sounds, 573 MB)
• Party Pack – TOYS (479 sounds, 323 MB)
For a grand total of 2,000 party sounds!
• Air Pump (Manual)
• Bouncing (Single and Multi)
• Deflating (Regular, Squeaking, Farting, and Loose)
• Friction (Hair, Hands, and other Balloons)
• Inflating (Mouth and Air Pump)
• Punching Balloons
• Tying (Short, Moderate and Long)
•• Extinguishing (Blowout, Burnout, Shaking, Water)
•• Igniting (Close and Distant)
• Party Poppers
• Safety Gas Lighter
• Sparklers (Still, Movement and Water Extinguishing)
• Very Short (under 1s)
• Short (1 – 2s)
• Moderate (2 – 3s)
• Long (3 – 5s)
• Very Long (over 5s)
• Chattering Teeth
• Confetti – Plastic (Single and Multi drops, Movement, and Picking Up)
• Duck Whistle
• Groan Tubes
• Hand Clapper
• Lip Whizzer
• Oidz Magnet
• Pig Toy
• Plastic Whistle
• Shell Shaker
• Wooden Train Whistle
Sounds for this library were recorded in amazing sounding film scoring studio and performed on orchestral set of top-end Kolberg percussion instruments. The intention was to perform organic sound effects resonated by musical instruments and not regular musical samples.
Sounds were generated with a few different rubbers, mallets and a bow. They were performed to be used for abstract sound design elements, as well as emotional big creatures vocalizations. You will find there many growls and moans, which can be used for example as designed whale vocalizations.
Recordings were done on microphones with extended frequency range: Schoeps CMC6XT, Sanken CO-100k and Trance Inducer (which also records up to 50kHz), which makes them ideal source for pitch-shifting.
Please note: Pitch shifted files in the demo are presented only to show potential of those recordings and aren't included in the library. No additional processing was done on all sounds.
Timpanis • Taiko Drums • Gran Casa • Orchestral Toms • Orchestral Snares • Chinese Gongs • Chinese Wuhan Gongs • Chinese Opera Glissando Gongs • Burmese / Thai Gongs • Metal Plates • Vibraphone • Crotales • Bell Tree • Lion’s Roar • Ocean Drum • Rainstick • Ratchets • Vibraslap • Flexatone • Tibetan Bowl • Glass Chimes • Bamboo Chimes • Temple Blocks • Alpine Bells • Musical Saw
Schoeps CMC6XT MK41/MK8 MS kit • Sanken CO-100k • Sennheiser MKH-8060 • Trance Audio Stereo Inducer contact microphones • Sound Devices 702, 744, MixPre
Looking for vinyl noises, crackles, pops and buzzes? PHONO is a set of textures lovingly recorded from the blank spots of old and new vinyl records.
Comprised of various loops pops and decays, this collection spans the range of what a needle on an empty track can sound like.
108 flavors of rhythmic noise, crackles, hiss, pops, buzzes, bumps and air – packaged, looped, and ready to go. Great straight or with fx.
KLAP Sound took a piano and tortured it, dismembered it and finally destroyed it—and recorded the whole process. For the making of this library, they used several tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, knives, and saws, as well as props like dirt, send, gravel, forks and other sharp objects. The results are raw sounds of foley with musical rings, harmonic tails and creepy vibes that are dry yet barely edited for your own enjoyment.
Have you ever dreamt of attacking a piano with a metal mallet? Dream no more! This library is available in two versions (and a bundle):
What do you do when your freezer becomes over run by chunks and chunks of ice? You chip away the ice and record the sound of it of course! Pick the Ice is a library filled to the bone with sounds, over 3114 sounds recorded using three microphones, or over 1038 sounds per microphone! Sounds in this pack range anywhere from picking the ice using a thin metal pick, to thicker metal shovel. Hits, chips, scoops of ice shred dings, chopping, patting and stabs round out the sounds created with the force of striking the ice covered grates in a frosted over freezer. Pick the Ice is filled with to the brim with 177 mono and stereo .wav exported files. Microphones used in this pack are the mono Sennheiser MKH8050, Audio Technica AT897, and the stereo Audio Technica AT2022 Microphone. All files are meta-data tagged using Soundly and Basehead.
Need playing card sound effects? Welcome to the most thorough and comprehensive playing card library in existence. Not only does this library provide an incredible array of card actions with many diverse variations, but it's also provided with 2 Mic perspectives.
Close Perspective: For that “in your face” sound often used in games or scenes where you want to focus and create an impact.
Mixed perspective: For scenes where the sound needs to sit naturally without drawing too much attention, yet still sound articulate.
The library was recorded with the most commonly used card deck used by casinos, magicians and hobbyists alike.
It was recorded with 2 matched Neumann TLM 103's selected for their outstanding transient response and ultra high SNR, and contains 410 Sounds (205 sounds x 2 perspectives).
20 classic card sounds used in games, cherry-picked from Sonic Worlds' larger comprehensive “Playing Cards” library.
The library was recorded with the most commonly-used card deck used by casinos, magicians and hobbyists alike.
The library uses a close Mic perspective for that “in your face” sound used in games or film scenes where you want focus and create an impact.
Polarity delivers more than 950 sounds of electricity, science and technology – captured in several locations around the world, from electricity museums to science labs. About 50% of the library is all about electricity, with various types of Jacob’s Ladders, Tesla Coils, Ruhmkorff lamp and all sorts of impactful bursts of energy.
Then we go through welders, plasma spheres, 3D printers, starting to cover a more broad technology theme – like old phones, telegraphs, dynamo wheels, rotary dials, whirling watchers, alarm, lab centrifuges, something scientists call a roller and a rocker, servo sounds, neon lights, a wimshurst machine and sparklers.
Many sounds in this section were captured from vintage equipment, from a 1928’s tram to old telephone switchboards, high voltage levers and control surfaces.
All content was recorded at 192KHz with a Sanken CO100K, a couple of Sennheiser 8040 and a Neumann 81i, translating into final assets that have plenty of ultrasonic content, ready for the most extreme manipulation.
From ear-splitting squeaks and noisy cracks to the crunching of a sheet beneath a foot and much more, this library contains a vast collection of polystyrene sounds. but can also be used without the plugin
Works great with Reformer Pro but if you don’t own the plugin, you can still purchase and use the sounds in this pack separately.
*Pop, Pop, Poppoppoppopoppop
Two Guys, three microphones, and a mountain of bubble wrap. What else to do but record the knuckle popping, transient heavy, tiny air explosion created by the ever calming sound of Bubble Wrap. This library was recorded in collaboration another fan of Bubble Wrap, Adam Carl. Microphones used was the Sennheiser MKH60, Sennheiser MKH8050- both exported as mono .wav files. The stereo microphone used and exported was the Audio Technica AT2022. How many variations of popping can you create? Between the two versions included in this pack, original and reduced reverb, 2483+ sounds per pack over three microphones 828 sounds per microphone, or 4966 Combined are packed waiting to be popped!
Why did we include almost 3 hours of total sound in a bubble wrap library? When you include the squeaking of blowing on the corners or rubbing two bubbles between fingers, clicking a pen pops, popping using a drill, and even filling the bubble with water using a syringe. Other secret sounds include popping inside a metal trash can- similar to sounds of bullets ricocheting off metal, popping wrapped in tin foil, and stretching.
All sounds are exported either in mono (Sennheiser) or stereo (Audio Technica) and meta-data tagged using Soundly and Basehead.
Process Malfunction features 40 intricate future technology glitch production elements for science fiction scenarios where computers are going way out of control. You'll hear corrupt data streams, servers overloading, user interface issues, generative, abstract rhythms and more in this detailed exploration of what the computers of tomorrow may sound like when they go wrong.
Perhaps the mainframe has been compromised from a series of lethal hacker attacks or alien communication signals are interfering with the network, maybe the CPU has just seen better days… Whatever the cause of the failure, the machines have been corrupted and they are struggling, screaming and hanging on for their last bleep…
Props Box 2 sound library is a collection of different sounds emitted by everyday objects used in weird ways. It can be a great and handy tool in designing more complex sound effects for games, or just a go to pack to quickly fill the gaps in movies and other linear media.
The library gives you 193 files, featuring more than 2000 sound effects, as each recording contains different variations of the same activity. The total length of the files is 234 minutes.
Cardboard • electric hair ball remover • foam pipes • glass box • glass jar • glass plates • leather box • metal bowl • metal brush • metal cage • metal chain • metal container • cutlery • garlic presser • keys • knife sharpener • metal bars • nuts • paper book • paper thick and thin • pepper mill • plastic bag • chips • bottles • plastic boxes • calculator • jars • toys • silica gel • sponge • stone mortar • tapes • wooden box • wooden brush • toothpicks • nutcrackers
As for the post processing, everything was edited and mastered. Editing came down to removing unwanted sounds between takes, and mastering to removing harsh sounding frequencies, compressing and setting everything on level that is comfortable to work with, so you don’t have to constantly adjust the levels while looking for specific sound.
Inside you’ll find recordings with materials like cardboard, foam, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood and different objects.
155 Foley sounds recorded at a small English pub including glass movement, clinking, collecting and washing, various sized keg slides and impacts, drink preparation, fridge stocking, cooling units and furniture organisation. Perfect for putting together the elements needed for a convincing bar scene in your film, game or podcast.
Recorded at the Town Mouse Ale House, Newcastle upon Tyne
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