Sound effects and recordings of various surfaces, textures, objects and elements – soft, hard, organic, wooden, stone, metallic and lots more
Thermal Flux is a sound effects library formed by extreme temperature reactions. With materials ranging from -119°F to 1900°F all captured at 192kHz/24bit, it's a fiery (and icy) collection of unique sound design source material.
In each recording, props with vast temperature differentials interact with each other… Red hot ball bearings vaporize liquids, melt ice, and destroy various household products. Extremely cold metal instantly freezes water. Molten metals and glass pour into water, groaning, chirping, and crackling, as they solidify. Dry ice causes coins to viciously chatter. Water beads bounce, whine, and buzz on blazing hot pans. White hot sand roars and erupts upon contact with water. All of this and more was recorded with mics capturing quality frequency information up to ~65kHz. This ultrasonic content allows for extreme pitch shifting without compromising fidelity.
“Thin Ice” is a handy collection of gripping ice sound effects.
It offers raw sound materials encompassing 315 sounds of cracklings, frictions, impacts, and squashes.
Thunder & Rain is a sound library that delivers the recordings of two storms. It includes a total of 46 audio files, split into three folders: STEREO, MS and UPMIX 5.1. It also comes with 40 audio files in the AS REC MS (NO De-Noise) folder.
De-noise was applied to most of the recordings, to only preserve thunder FX, but you have the NO De-Noise folder included too.
Create your own thunder ambiences with the included Winds/Storm/Rain files (in the preview below, I used the Rain file in addition to thunder files).
Looking for sounds that make you want to grab a warm blanket and stay inside? This collection has thunder and rain recordings collected during window-shaking storms from 2012 to 2015.
Most sounds are recorded in Helsinki, where summers contain a few weeks of hot weather accompanied by dramatic thunderstorms.
It also features a hot, violent storm captured in France that lasted several hours.
With recordings that last from 13 seconds to over a half hour, you're sure to get all the drizzling and cracking thunderclaps you're looking for!
The torch whoosh is a staple amongst whoosh sounds. Great movement, different speeds and bursts with nice bottom end for pitching. Add some variety to your collection with these fiery by’s.
Torsion is a new dark hi-tech sound library packed with cinematic sound effects, tempo locked synths, stutter-stingers, tonal feedback, signature braams, hits, downers, low end whooshes, vocals, rise-crescendo, reverse and comes with 300+ wav samples and 86 kontakt instruments powered by The Forge engine by Audiority.
The front panel of torsion features lp-hp resonating filters, adsr stages for both filters and amplitude, dual reverb which is a combination of classic reverb and convolution. This is great to add textures and personalise your sound.
Effect section include a very aggressive distortion unit, saturation and punch stages, delay and eq.
The distortion unit is gritty and very aggressive, combining a british amplifier with a voice-level bitcrusher.
The saturation unit features the high quality algorithm of kontakt.
The punch effect is a transient shaper, a kind of compressor used to control the attack and the sustain portion of a sound and which world great for drums, percussions, impacts, guitars, pianos and other sounds with a fast attack.
On top of that you can find the advanced rhythmic programmer that can work as an arpeggiator, a polyphonic sequencer or a gater.
Another key features in Torsion is the stack mode-voicing control which increase the number of voices per note played at the same time. On a single key you can play a different number of sounds to create chords of samples for more rich and layered ensembles.
A analog emulated 4-bands parametric equalizer. Low and high are shelf type, while low mid and high mid are bell type.
The resonant delay unit combines a delay based tunable resonator and a tempo synced stereo delay.
Torsion is 100% royalty free – single user license.
Torturing Wood is a compact bundle of cracking, tearing, and breaking sounds – from the destruction of an old wooden garage. It offers 100 files, each meticulously edited, and embedded with metadata information for easy import and ensure a fast and easy workflow.
Transfer Lite is a collection of futuristic sound effects. It includes massive cinematic impacts, hi-tech blasts, adrenalinic risers, articulated transitions and whoosh, matter morphs, robotic stutters and sidereal outer space atmospheres..
Transfer Lite is the shorter version of Transfer Sound Pro: it includes 200 royalty-free sounds and NO Kontakt instruments (Transfer Sound Pro includes 300+ sounds and 36 Kontakt instruments)
Transfer Sound Pro is a collection of cinematic futuristic sound effects. It includes massive cinematic impacts, hi-tech blasts, adrenalinic risers, articulated transitions and whoosh, matter morphs, robotic stutters and sidereal outer space atmospheres.
It includes 300+ royalty-free sounds plus 36 Kontakt Instruments with a custom UI to creatively manipulate the original sounds.
FULL version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or above is required
Transmission apparatus is a construction kit designed to create a broad range of communication sounds, from real to “alien” broadcasting signals.
The library contains more than 2 GB of data, delivered in 373 files of unique sound material. It’s catalogued in five elements: AM (amplitude modulation), FM (frequency modulation), SSB (single side band – aka ham radio), KYMA (synthesised noises) and VOCAL (unintelligible speeches).
The first three bands were recorded from the output of different radio receivers at 96 kHz via a Crane Song HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device) to add warmth and tube/analog sonic color to the recordings. All the samples have been carefully selected from these recording sessions, with the addition of just a little dsp processing to widen the stereo field.
The Kyma folder also contains unique audio files entirely synthesised in the SSC Kyma+Paca(rana) environment. A group of SFX called Vocal is the result of “destroyed” dialogues and vocal sources via spectral processing.
Transmission Apparatus is available in two versions:
96 kHz .WAV version• Audio Format: Broadcast Wave Files (.wav)
• Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 2.49 GB
• Download size is 1.82 GB (compressed .rar archive)
Native Instruments Kontakt 5 version• Audio Format: NI Instruments File (.nki)
• Sample Rate: 96 kHz
• Bit Depth: 24-bit Size: 1.66 GB
• Download size is 1.64 GB (compressed .rar archive)
• Full version of NI Kontakt 5 required
This library is the result of tinkering with shotgun mics recording inside of different tube structures. When our initial tests produced a wide range of sonic colors, we went all in.
The tubes used include organic and man-made materials, some rigid, some flexible, some dense, some light, all with varying lengths, diameters, and thicknesses. They consist of bamboo, PVC, 2 variations of vinyl, thin plastic, copper, tin, rubber, dense foam, and a steel-coiled membrane. Each material has a different effect on the sounds passing through them. We generated turbulent drones, thick strikes, resonant scrapes, noisy bells, delicate debris, and more. The overarching characteristics are soft, insulated, and misty. Due to the behavior of the waves in the open tubes and the pickup pattern of the shotgun mics, there is a natural frequency modulation that gives the sound a slightly narrowed, hollow timbre. They work very well in simulated settings, enclosed spaces, and when there is a need to exaggerate the magnitude of tiny worlds. But they are equally as useful as raw design fodder, especially when a unique texture is needed.
This is our first library created solely for the sake of experimentation, though based on the results, it may not be the last!
Carma Studio is excited to bring you a new library of over 260 metallic textures! Starting with low-end dark atmospheres to high brittle sizzle.
Hits, Bangs, Rattles, Screams, Moans, Contact Scrapes, Iced Contractions, Stretching, Cracking and Metal Movement.
These clean recordings of metal tones are left raw and unprocessed for your own creative designing.
Solo or layer these intense sounds for instant metallic mayhem. These are the tortured metal sounds you have been looking for!
44k/24bit BWAV files, All files are Soundminer metadata enabled.
Twisted universe gets you a multitude of designed sounds: impacts, whooshes, loops, soundscapes, alarms, tension layers, zaps and much more. These sounds are all designed with synths and raw materials and processed with distortion, fuzz or deconstruction gears. You can use them dry or as layers to add a crispy effect to your sound, and they are perfect for radio effects, electric elements or music productions.
Twisted Zither features recordings of an old zither being plucked, scraped, hit, and shaken. The library includes string hits, wood hits, tones, and different resonant sounds using a number of props such as mallets, african shakers, keys, coins, a metal beam, and fingers.
If you're looking for organic, wooden – and eerie – sounds, this one's not to be missed.
UI DESIGNER is an advanced soundset dedicated to the interaction between human and machines. The library is suitable for modern sci-fi movies, sound for apps, futuristic sound logos and any projects where sound design is needed to improve the users's experience and make it more pleasant.
Essential metadata has been included in the filenames. This was done to facilitate users that do not own a library management tool to access the informations and to navigate the library more efficiently.
UI DESIGNER covers sounds in 14 categories:• Elements Appear
• Elements Flying
• Window Open – Hologram
• Window Close
• Data Stream
• Bad Data Crunching
• Confirmation – Notifications – Navigation
• Text Typing – Warning Text
• Access Denied
• Buttons – Selections
• Screen Noise
• Notifications – Navigation
Ultrasonic Dry Ice is a library containing over 600 sounds themed metal resonances, scrapes and all sorts of weird.
All the content has been recorded at 192KHz with a Sanken CO100K, a couple of Sennheiser MKH8040 and a MKH416.
The resulting ultrasonic spectrum is rich and allows for truly extreme manipulation of the content.
Welcome to the sonic world of electromagnetic fields – sounds that are everywhere but rarely heard!
This library consists of a collection of 82 sounds, with each sound ranging from 6 seconds in length up to almost 7 minutes, exploring the buzzing, clicking, and general weirdness that is found to be emitted in the electromagnetic fields of 21 devices. These include a washing machine, guitar effects pedal, Ford Focus, and a factory Security System.
These recordings range from a variety of straight buzzes and hums to sounds the morph and change over time. They are be great for something as simple as adding a hum to a refrigerator, to creating more complex soundscapes for your sci-fi projects, or to use as samples for music. This collection has been put together using little-to-no processing so as to give you sounds that can be manipulated however you may need.
This sound collection contains 119 abstract ambiences, most of them as seamless loopable files. Their moods range from deep mysterious over science-fiction to chaotic glitches and weird noise.
Additionally, the Shepard Ambiences' 2×44 files are included.
Electromagnetic informations are invisible and omnipresent. In every city, especially the big ones, an infinite number of electromagnetic waves is hidden: we can’t hear them, but they’re everywhere! Unseen Noises explores the “invisible” noise pollution transducing electromagnetic fields into audio signals with a telephone pickup: it acts like a radio antenna for hum and weird electromagnetic noises.
“We used telephone tap coils that receive electromagnetic signals around us and convert them into audible information to discover invisible and surprising aspects of the environment in which we live in.
To widen our sound palette, we explored cell phones, tablets, light systems, automated teller machines, wireless communication systems, anti-theft security devices, surveillance cameras, computers, navigation systems, wireless Internet routers, neon advertisings, public transportation networks.
We just used the system of electromagnetic induction as way of amplifying musical sounds. Our efforts were focused on finding “articulated” behaviours and other musical qualities in them.
Note that the files contained in “Unseen Noises” are real performances executed on different devices without editing.” – Matteo Milani
This Sound Effects library contains 633 files that feature over 1000 sounds of unsettling and unpleasant squeaking and creaking elements. It's a great starting point for designing a vast number of different soundscapes in various genres – from just using the sounds as general Hard Effects, to Science Fiction and Horror.
All sounds are production ready: Cleaned, Edited, levelled, and come with embedded BWF Metadata.
You get heavy doors and furniture creaks, screaming dry ice, creaking leather, rubber and balloons, forks on ceramic tablets, disturbing metal squeaks and much more.
Unsettling Creaks and Squeaks – Extension I is the first extension to the very popular “Unsettling Creaks and Squeaks” sound library.
It delivers door and furniture creaks and squeaks, creaking leather, rubber and balloons, door handles, disturbing metal on metal squeaks and much more.
This sound effects library is a composite collection of 345 files with even more single sounds of unsettling and and unpleasant squeaking and creaking elements. It’s a great starting point for designing a vast number of different soundscapes in various genres – from just using the sounds as general Hard Effects, through Science Fiction to Horror. All sounds are production ready: Cleaned, edited and leveled, and all with with embedded BWF Metadata.
Need to create suspense, tension and mystery in your production? “UNSOLVED” is great for you.
Inspired by crime/investigation movies and series, this pack contains 141 Sound Effects (Wav, 24 Bit / 96 kHz) aimed to enhance the tension and drama of movies, games, series and trailers.
You will find atmospheric and musical elements with a powerful cinematic feel that can be used in musical context too, making this library a great addition to your collection.
This is a special assortment of design fragments from Eiravaein Works. Libraries in the Vaeyan series will be produced over time as new assorted concepts are explored and designed. A welcome addition of flavor for any sound designer's archive!
The second volume of assorted recording sessions and design fragments from Eiravaein Works.
Libraries in the Vaeyan series will be produced over time as new library concepts are explored and researched.
A second helping of intriguing sonic flavor for any sound designer's archive!
A collection of sounds gathered from conceptual designs and audio experiments. While not centered around a specific theme or topic, Vaeyan III will surely add unique and dynamic flavors to your sound vault.
Vaeyan IV delivers a massive set of assorted sound design ingredients for your audio alchemy. It includes assets captured from natural ambiances, vehicles, tools, cameras, slingshots, scissors, clay whistles, flutes, ceramic jars, dumpsters, kitchen appliances, deconstructed fans, toys, doors, windows, vintage furniture, fountains, projectors, and even a slap bracelet. That's right, a slap bracelet.
As with Vaeyan I, II, and III, this is a huddling of field recordings and sound designs that do not quite form a library on their own. However, together they make up an audio FX treasure chest gleaming with gold and silver audio loot!
Announcing VARIETY01 – a grab-bag of useful, high-quality sound effects that are often required in FX lays for modern-day film and television projects. From interesting room sweeteners and essential domestic doors, to overhead aircraft and residential atmos elements, this collection has been crafted to bolster the most-used areas of your library.
This collection focuses on modern-day domestic sounds and rural/residential environment elements. We take pride in assuring that whilst there is a high level of variety, we make sure that each sound is as versatile to use as possible.
For a list of all sounds within the collection please take a look at our data sheet below.
Vibration is 40 minutes/676 MB of vibrating, rattling and resonating metal and plastic panels in 96 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using contact microphones.
This is a collection of sounds that rattle, clatter, vibrate, buzz, hum and oscillate. Think huge cargo vehicles, passenger ferries or mechanical installations with loose metal panels, resonating generators and such. The vibrating was done with a 100 watt tactile transducer (like a bass speaker with no cone) hooked up to an amplifier, and getting it's signal from a modular synth. Frequencies from LFO's and VCO's were mixed, to get interesting vibrations in both sub-audio and audio range.
Holding the transducer by hand allowed me to move it around and find the sweet spots on the various objects (a steel filing cabinet, a steel suitcase and a spring reverb tank come to mind). Depending on the amplitude of the input signal, different sounds would emerge from the same waveforms. Now and again, the transducer would get too hot to handle, and on one or two occasions, the thermo-relay on the amp would kick in. Excitement in the studio!
Contact microphones allow us to record vibrations and resonances in solid objects
The resulting spectrum is rich in low-end and has impressive dynamics. This could easily expand your sound toolkit with a great number of interesting elements and textures for any kind of SFX production: Movies, TV, trailers, game audio, electronic music and so on.
I picked up lots of wood, metal, plastic and many other objects (including bats on old attic) to record this library, which is divided into categories, like: bow, brush, debris, hit, hum, metal, ratchet, scrape, spin, water and etc.
All recordings were made at 96 kHz sample rate for further manipulation, and they’re categorized by source objects and contain metadata.
If you are looking for nice addition to your SFX production arsenal – this library is for you!
Vintage Telephones SFX library contains 244 sounds extracted from 10 historic, rotary dial devices designed between the 1880s and 1980s. Inside, you’ll find three common ringing patterns (used in the USA, Australia, and Europe) for each telephone type, handset pickups/set downs, number dials 1-0, hook toggles, as well as single ringings with natural long ring decays to design your own ring timings according to your project needs.
In addition to the standard telephone sounds, we captured some experimental ones, which were generated by feeding the devices with random low frequencies, thus producing some really weird mechanical rattles, buzzes, glitches, and unusual bell ringings.
If you want to make a rotary telephone device ring, without any landline nearby, head over to our blog here
Vinyl Record Noise is the first sound library from Oddball Audio. The library features eleven 10” blank records recorded from start to finish at 45rpm. The records were cut and pressed by Lathecuts in Arizona using a myriad of techniques to get the most surface noise, pops, crackles, and hiss for your sound design pleasure. In the cutting process they used four different lathes with varying noise floors and records made from many types of materials.
The library is perfect for use in any project that may need vinyl records to give it that vintage feel! Additionally these samples are great to use in granular processing, music, or to add subtle layers to a burning fire.
At a glance:
Enormous in size and intricate in detail, this library provides you with all of the tea, coffee, and various drink sound effects you very well may ever need. Good pick. The sounds herein are rich and filling, striking chords of warmth and refreshment while stirring tantalizing thoughts of supple beverage creation. From hand utensils, and preparation vessels to automated units, unique devices, and heavy machinery, you get it all.
Many of the subjects in this library are captured from a variety of perspectives and with a multitude of takes so you can just as easily drop them into containers and events within a dynamic game environment, or choose from a wide variety of performances to perfectly fit in a one-off film scene. The vast majority of the library (99%) is recorded in 96kHz resolution, with a small chunk (1%) captured in 48kHz. This was done to save you some disk space regarding some of the longer and larger recordings. This is a truly comprehensive exploration of the sonic depths emanating from the wonderful world of tea and coffee.
When working with WakeyWakey, be sure to keep some of the above-mentioned drink on hand as well. You're gonna want a cup (or eight).
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