Sound effects and recordings of various surfaces, textures, objects and elements – soft, hard, organic, wooden, stone, metallic and lots more
Cylindrical Gong is a collection of high quality, 24bit/96kHz stereo recordings from a strange, cylindrical, gong-like sheet metal object I came across once. I use the word gong, but there is none of the cymbal-like sheen in this object. Instead, you get more of a ring-modulated, atonal texture – perhaps more like a broken bell. Definitely not your typical gong sound effect.
The 27 different gong sound recordings included provide loads of nuance of sound from this object – I used mallets, knuckles and fingernails to play it! Load them into different velocity ranges on your favorite sampler, pitch them up and down, add effects, etc.
Use them for musical effects, for layering with other sounds, or perhaps mangle them beyond recognition.
Daily Doors brings you 147 household doors (those ones present in every project) opening and closing, recorded simultaneously from a close and a distant perspective. One of the main problems with doors is that they tend to sound “too close”. A door will sound different depending on where the microphone is placed. By using two different mics, we tried to achieve that goal and match the camera point of view.
Close perspective is around 50 centimeters far away from the source, whereas the distant one is around 2-3 meters far away, depending on the room size.
Distant perspective is in M/S. Both M/S Decoded and RAW are included in the library, so you can play with it as you please: using only the close one, using both close and distant, using just the distant one, decoding it to mono, wider… The list is endless.
Unless it wasn’t possible due to the nature of the sound, all sounds were recorded in two different intensities: Hard and Soft. Each file contains at least 3 different takes opening and closing, making a total of more than 1400 door sounds.
Some other actions, apart from opening and closing, have been also included, such as knocking on doors, slamming, forcing handles, locking and unlocking doors, door chains and latches.
All files are in 96 kHz/24 bit and meta-tagged, both in Soundminer and BWAV.
Close Perspective: Sennheiser 8050, Sennheiser 416
Distant Perspective: Sennheiser 418, AKG CK93 & 94, Zoom H2n
Recorders: Zoom F8, Sound Devices 633
Front Door, Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom, Bedrooms, Hallway, Backyard, Terrace, Fridges, Freezers, Ovens, Windows, Wardrobes, Washing Machine, Cabinets, Drawers, Microwaves, Dryer, Dishwasher, Squeaky Knobs, Latches, Door Chains, Wooden Doors, Sliding Doors.
Data Destruction is a collection of sounds made using the technique of databending, the creative destruction of digital data. It features 97 unprocessed raw data .wav files. Pure digital glitch/noise suited to a variety of musical styles and multimedia applications or as a creative springboard for further sound design.
Databending: A digital art form where flaws in digital systems are exploited and used for creative purposes.
Data Disruption contains 200 sounds sourced from raw computer files which have been interpreted as audio data. Bitmaps, executables, plugin files and more have been exploited to bring you a unique, varied collection of sound effects and atmospheres ready for a range of productions.
This sound collection has 100 'raw' files which include harsh, random data noises, intense drones and a versatile selection of glitch one shots as well as 100 processed sounds which were subject to extreme editing and mangling to deliver an array of abstract sonic artefacts.
Most useful for scenarios where computer technology – known or otherwise – is glitching out, these sounds are best suited to Science Fiction productions which call for the noise of broken communications, signal failures, ailing machines, industrial settings, planetary ambience and dystopian soundworlds.
That's not to say they won't also come in handy for Glitch/IDM music producers looking to build up an original collection of sounds for their latest kit, or for the creative sound designer to further shape these sounds into anything from user interface clicks, blips and bleeps to surreal soundscapes and beyond.
Data Processing is a sound effects library that emulates the movement of data and adds digital texture to your sound design.
Use these effects as building blocks to build digital, robotic, harsh, abstract and glitchy sound design or music. Also great as user interface elements.
We recorded and designed data transfer from 5G, WIFI, Solid State Drives, USB-C and more, as well as using analogue synthesizers, guitar pedals and raw data files to enhance the library.
“DELAY” is a simple mini collection of 31 WAV files (96kHz/24bit) aimed to enhance atmospheres and create movement.
Sources were processed with extreme applications of delay effects to create a palette of interesting textures.
“DELAY” is a great addition to your current collection of production elements.
Get the injection of ultrasonic-grade sources…
This is an open-minded toolbox with a variety of sound element sources. Most sounds were captured in high resolution and contain rich ultrasonic information. That gives much better results for creative post-processes such as heavy down-pitch shifting or time stretching.
Design Source 192 collection combines different materials and actions, such as: slime manipulations, friction slides, creaks, squeaks, crackles, impacts, resonations, swooshes, pours, shakes, crazy man vocalizations, chihuahua growls and attacks, bursts, water elements and much more.
Designed Circuits features 272 cinematic sci-fi sound effects, ambiences, glitches, drones, and more, that range from heavily designed to basic elements. It captures the essence of electric circuits and transforms them into something new.
Recorded with a LOM Elektrosluch 3+, designed with various fx tools.
Created in collaboration with sound designer Will Organ.
272 24bit/96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged
38 Noise Bursts
10 Source Recordings
Designed Fire features 255 cinematic fire sound effects, ambiences, swooshes, whooshes, fly-bys, drones, textures, glitches and more, that range from heavily designed to basic elements. It explores the further sonic realms of a powerful element.
Created in collaboration with Thibault Csukonyi.
255 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged (Soundminer)
89 Swooshes / Wooshes
75 Short elements
Designed Ice features 47 creative ice sound effects, designed field recordings and evolving textures, that combine the natural sounds of ice with otherworldly and experimental digital post-processing. The sounds range from heavily designed to basic elements.
47 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged (Soundminer)
10 Source Recordings
Designed Mecha features 47 cinematic mecha / robot sound effects, ambiences, mechanism and servo sounds, impacts, and glitches. It is about exploring the inner and outer working mechanisms of an at times slightly malfunctioning mecha and its environment.
Created in collaboration with Thibault Csukonyi.
47 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged
Designed Plastic features 146 creative plastic sound effects, evolving textures, glitches and more. It is about the sounds that everyday plastic items can make, when magnified and experimented with through layering, morphing and spectral shifting.
Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH416 through Studio Projects VTB1 tube preamp.
• 146 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged
• 119 Elements
• 17 Sequences
• 10 Source Recordings
Designed Rocks features 60 creative rock sound effects, crumbling and cracking elements, shattering glitches, evolving textures, and everything in between, that range from heavily designed to basic sounds.
Created in collaboration with field recordist Bryan Hirst.
• 60 24bit / 96kHz WAV files / Meta-tagged (Soundminer)
• 25 Sequences
• 25 Elements
• 10 Source Recordings
The Soundcatcher is proud to announce a new sound design library called “Desolated Strings & Wood“. The found Markneunkirchen Zither from Wernitzgruen was in a very poor condition. I collected it and wrecked it like there was no tomorrow.
You´ll get 272 stereo files (1.48GB total), tagged for trouble-free use in your favorite database program and carefully mastered in 24Bit/96kHz.
Get ready for the most sonically satisfying library of piano destruction sounds! We give you every sledge hammer, every axe hit, every plier pinch, and every grinder that went into the demise of this Wurlitzer Upright Piano.
With this truly unique library you get smashes followed by short, medium, and long tails of the strings and body (or what’s left) of the piano. You also get out of tune and buzzy strings that can be used as the source material for something really dark and ominous. Use the impact sounds for one of a kind impacts or sample the tails to create tension, strange atmospheres, and more!
The axe and body files range from attacks on the wood, strings, keys, hammers, legs, frame, metal, and more. A grinder was taken to the strings and pliers were used to snap, bend, and pop the strings out of their places as well as general string play. Whether you need something unique to add character to your project or some really great source material of impacts that come pre baked with extra harmonic material this library will suite your needs. Enjoy the Destroyed Piano Sound Library!
• In this library, get a collection of the hypnotic and meditative calls of a handmade wooden didgeridoo. These beautiful wind instruments have guttural calls that sing like wild animals. Hear overtone filled whooshes and aggressive barking attacks. Hear snarling vocalizations and gravelly growls. Hear lengthy mesmerizing drones and oscillating overtones. This library is packed full of tracks showcasing the full range of possible didgeridoo vocalizations and drones. Perfect for use as the foundation for all your designed animals and creatures.
2% FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
• Two percent of the price of this library is donated to an environmental cause. I view it as an “artist royalty” for the planet!
Have you ever done that party trick where you can get a wine glass to “sing” by running your finger around the rim?
Have you ever been curious about using multiple glasses to create music?
This sound library contains several sets of sounds featuring glasses tuned to specific pitches, which can easily be dropped into your sampler on your digital audio workstation to create wonderful ethereal pads and effects.
This library also features FREE bonus Kalimba sounds recorded from a traditional hand-made mbira!
Metal Doors, Office Doors, Car Doors, Gates, Medieval Doors, Highschool Locker, Common House Doors, Stone Door, Keys Foley, Train Mechanism, Sci-fi Door, Wood Doors, Submarine Door
More about the pack:
All files are in:
[Use them again & again]
Use the sound effects over and over, in any of your projects or productions, forever without any additional fees or royalties. Use the SFX in your game, in your trailer, in a Kickstarter campaign, wherever you need to, as much as you want to.
[Professional audio services]
For custom music, sound design, sound engineering or any other game audio services, please send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open & closes, slams, creaks, squeaks, locks, knocks & handles from various types of doors & drawers (175 doors in total).
Performed in a variety of ways from numerous perspectives. Locations include;
All sounds were recorded using the Schoeps CCM8/CCM4 mid-side microphone and Sound Devices Mix-Pre 6.
Mid-Side recordings are presented in their raw, uncoded format as well as decoded stereo files for efficient editing. Recordings have been processed using the Control V2 plugin by Brainworx.
This Double Bass & Violin sound effects library not only includes weird low double bass bow strokes, stabs, vibrating strings, drones, harsh harmonics, string scrapes, bow stroke voices, and bright violin tones and screams. It also includes the opportunity to open up a whole new set of sonic adventures.
Why? All double bass sounds have been recorded at 192K/24 bit, with an amazing stereo set of close up Sanken CO100K microphones, and a stereo set of Sennheiser Mkh 8020 microphones, capturing low end and room. All violin sounds have been recorded with a single Sanken CO100K microphone.
Common for all Sanken files is that you're able to either extreme time stretch/time compress, or pitch up and down the files, and by this discover a whole new world of sounds – without adding nasty degenerating artifacts or muffling the sound. The ultra-high frequency range of the Sanken microphones does really make a great difference!
Recordings these sounds was a pure blast. The amount of versatile organic material in the set is great. The bass instrument has been played in a very innovative way, using both regular bow on strings and bass body, but also finger cymbals attached to specific places for a vibrating ring or rattle noise, creating some really other-worldly sound effects, and almost vocal-like patterns.
While the double bass material produces a massive low end without any further processing, the violin recordings really benefit from being stretched and pitched. This makes all the non-audible bright sounds captured by the Sanken microphones come through.
Need to create a tense atmosphere to induce destruction and fear in your game or trailer? “DOWNFALL” is the library for you.
Atmospheric elements, hits, percussive elements, noises, transitions and loops are some of the things you will find in this collection; sounds with a heavy, frenetic and tense feeling to grab people’s attention and evoke images of a desolated and doomed world in them.
This collection of 159 Sound Effects can be used to enhance music tracks too, making this library a versatile addition to your current collection of production elements.
Atmospheric element_Tension • Fx_Movement • Fx_Movement_Atmospheric • Fx_Movement_Riser • Fx_Transition • Impact_Braam • Impact_Hit_Distortion • Noise_Glitch • Noise_Interference • Percussive element_Distortion • Percussive element_Distortion_Loop
Need the sound of objects being pushed, pulled, dragged, moved – or perhaps sliding and scraping over different surfaces? The Drag & Slide SFX library gets you exactly that: More than 500 dragging and sliding sounds that are ready to be used as they are – or for intense sound design.
Bags, Barrels, Blades, Bottles, Cabinets, Chairs, Coat-hangers, Crates, Dining Tables, Fridges, Frying Pans, Iron Boxes, Iron Tables, Metal Cans, Metal Chairs, Nightstands, Pallets, Paper bags, Plates, Racks, Rakes, Shoes, Shovels, Sledgehammers, Spray cans, Stones/rocks, Toolboxes, Vacuum Cleaners, Various heavy objects, Wooden Boards – and more!
All sounds were cleaned, edited and filled with BWF-Metadata for instant use in your projects – and many of the files in the pack contain more than one sound. Recorded with Sound Devices 744T, 788T, Sennheiser MKH8050, Ambient ATE208, Sony PCM-D100
This library has a unique selection of drawing and handwriting sounds, recorded and edited with the utmost care in a recording booth, with a perfect acoustic treatment, for dry and clean sounds.
Includes 1040 files containing more than 6000 drawing and handwriting sounds from 26 different tools.
Each tool includes short sounds ( letters and punctuations with speed variations : fast and slow ), medium ( words ), long ( sentences ) and a part dedicated to drawing, allowing endless possibilities. For even more precision, some tools have been recorded on several materials like Paper ( in books and on desks ), Papyrus, Canvas, etc.
Tools used :
Includes embedded Soundminer metadata.
Get the movement noise and handling sounds of a wide range of dresses and clothes, bags, necklaces, hats and footwear. Most items include photos too, to make the items easier to identify.
Japanese clogs • training shoes • mens' and womens' sandals • leather and canvas • turkish slippers • riding boots • military boots • canvas sneakers
Bijou Wooden copper balls • wood cubes • bijou plastic pearl • classified links • metal death head • fiber micro pearl • big plastic pearl and more
Small women's handbag • Grandmother handbag • Mini handbag • Cane handbag • Cane shoulder bag • Braided handbag • Indian shoulder bag • Military canvas bag
Woolen hat • summer straw panama hat • basketball cap
Belts & more:
Canvas belt • plastic belt • leather belt • classic leather belt • ties • silk sheets • leather holster
This library of drones was carefully crafted from a variety of analog sources such as modular synthesizers, natural ambiences and electromagnetic recordings of many different devices.
Every one of these recordings were painstakingly performed. Many parameters were manipulated in real time to create an evolving texture that has a true sense of life and uniqueness to it.
A true labor of love, I had a blast putting this one together!
Seamlessly Looping Shepard Tones (Rising and Falling Pitches)
Brand New Sci-Fi Ambiences from The Library by Empty Sea. 6+ GB, 150+ sounds, almost 3 hours of material, all 96k, all looped for easy use.
Drops 'n' Braams brings to the table 137 new sounds of hybrid cinematic Braams and Drops to boost your production with time-bending elements and sonic manipulation brought to the max. The SFX library is produced from scratch by Alessandro Romeo, owner and lead sound designer at SampleTraxx.
With Drops ’n’ Braams you can create massive stingers, deep impacts, trailer and score elements, morphing bass, transition woosh and much more.
A great addition for trailer cue creators, score composers and cutting-edge electronic music producers.
DS Ice Cracks is versatile, non-designed pack, with high quality recordings of the ice surface. Various cracks, crunches, breaking the ice, releasing air and more with superior stereo width. Recorded with two Aquarians H2A and SD 702. The location was a big local pool in the meadow at the morning. Ice temperature was accurate for this kind of sounds. So here you go, use it for your custom sound design!
Ideal for complex custom sound design works
Recorded with great care
Carefully selected only the the best from the terabytes
Sampling rate 192000 Hz for creative time stretching
Good stereo width, but not overpanned
Dumpster Truck (Skiploader) delivers the sounds of a DAF CF 75.310 mid-size truck that delivers open steel containers. They are mostly used to collect debris, junk or discarded furnishings. Once these containers filled up, the truck picks them up again to bring them to the suburban garbage dump.
The library delivers 103 files in 5 categories:
Container Handling, Driving Activities, Engine, Foley and Props, Underneath Truck
This includes sounds of container dumps, noises from load chains and their locking mechanisms as well as sound from the truck itself (interior, door slaps, air pressure system, wheel noises, 7.5l 310hp diesel engine, exhaust and much more).
Vintage, cinematic, mechanical trailer loops featuring evil ticking clocks, dramatic timing clicks, suspenseful bomb ticks, intense chronometers, mysterious clockworks, old timepieces, scary watch timers, and very dark and creepy alarm clocks. This original library is from the personal collection of trailer music composer Federico Soler Fernández (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – “Middle Earth: Shadow of War The Mobile Game” – “Halloween (2018)” – “The Predator (2018)”.
Electric Arcs and Energy is essentially two separate collections of sounds. The first, Electrical Arcs are more raw. These arc sounds can be manipulated and mangled to be used as design elements in your project. They are highly flexible and can easily be pitch-shifted -48 semitones or more. They remain remarkably useful and clean giving each sound multiple “dimensions”.
The Electrical Energy collection is a series of more specified design elements that I created – Impacts and Powerups. Meant to be used in Weapon or UI design they should be flexible enough to be used as stand-alone effects or layers in more complex sounds.
This library was designed from scratch by recording highly unconventional metal sources with a cello bow and processing them (see one example in video). Great care was taken during the recording and editing process to ensure maximum flexibility of these sounds. The recording was done at 24/192kHz using the Sennheiser MKH 2050 mic which captures frequencies up to 50kHz. All processing and design was then performed at 192kHz.
If you own the Forge Sound Design Toolkit this library also comes with a specially curated sample map. The sample map can be loaded into the sampler for randomization and the creation of more complex sounds.
Electric Motors is a collection of 148 recordings of small and large motors performing various activities, including rotations, general movement, pulses, speed changes and more.
All sounds recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96kHz, with embedded meta data and accompanying spreadsheet.
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