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.
132 sounds to experience the true colors of an office, everything you do on a day to day paperwork
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 Soviet Factory – industrial sounds from rusty old mining factory – INT and EXT:
Get a rare opportunity to get into a working oil shale factory from early 20th century. Most of the building and technology has remained unchanged and is still working. This sound library contains high quality recordings from both inside the factory and exterior industrial and mining soundscapes. As a bonus there are lots of open field oil shale mining sounds, with heavy machinery.
All the files have been recorded 96kHz/24bit with industry standard equipment – stereo (Sennheiser MKH 8020) plus mono for details (DPA 4017) Sound Devices Mixpre10T, and have added metadata.
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.
Omega by Badlands Sound features 800 sound effects featuring various items and actions that includes a wide variety of sounds that can be found throughout the home like Mason Jars setting on wood tables, fake plants, cases, dog toys, tool bags and so much more. The library is great for expanding your libraries to speed up work flows while sound editing projects or doing sound effects for video games. This sound library was recorded in a very quiet studio with professional audio equipment including Sound Devices 702t and Sennheiser MKH 8040’s. All sounds are 24 bit / 96k sample rate, minimal de-noise, minimal processing and includes metadata.
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.
All Sounds were recorded with Sennheiser MKH8050 + Ambient Emesser 208 MS-Rig in a Sound Devices 744T and 788T and also with a Sony PCM-D100.
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.
Want that sound that’s made between the Optometrist asking if a or b is better? Want to hear what it sounds like when your eyes are being scanned and tested? Hear your glasses being adjusted before you get to wear them? The optometrist equipment library has all of this ready for you to use. This small boutique library covers a range of equipment used everyday to help optometrists figure out how well we see. Whether you’re using the machine noises to cut an optometrist scene or if you want to take the many mechanical sounds and design them into something other worldly it’s all there for you.
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.
This SFX collection has 96 individual sounds of paper. You’ll find actions like turning pages, tearing, smashing, cutting and more.
Each file is minimally processed. You will have the most natural sound of paper. There is variety of paper and cardboard sounds which will perfectly fit for your video/movie/game production.
Texture included: A4 sheets, book, brochure, cardboard, glossy paper, handwriting, magazine, newspaper, cutting paper, toilet paper.
All sounds were recorded and edited at 192kHz / 24it.
Paper & Cardboard is a toolset of a total of 500 HQ sound effects recorded to sound fat and solid whilst still providing various textures and motion. You can explore a range of cardboard box sounds (various weights and sizes), sheets of paper, newspapers, magazines, books, paper towels and much more.
We have approached this collection with both an experimental and practical touch. That said, our goal is to provide a. Well-rounded source elements to assist with implementing your own unique ideas and b. A variety of paper and cardboard props for foleying placement in your film, video, etc. 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
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