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:
Do you want to make a robot or some other mechanical object sound unique? Or do you need high class heavy mechanical motor or servo sounds for layering purposes?
The 3D Printer library is a collection of high quality motor, servo and mechanical movement sounds that can help you make a nice looking robot sound like a mean killing machine. The library is also a great and affordable way to add uniqueness to your sound effects.
The library was recorded with two sets of microphones: A stereo pair of JrF C-series contact microphones were used to capture the more delicate inner sounds of the printer while a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH8040 microphones recorded the more raw outer sound of the mechanical motor movements.
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.
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).
This collection of Air Conditioners, Vents, and Ducts gives a collection of understated airs and room tones appropriate for most every day situations.
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.
The Ambisonic Airplanes Cessna 172 library, is a small library procured from a single short flight. The recordings were made from the rear passenger seat positioned as close as possible to the middle of the aircraft. The front of the Ambisonic microphone faced the cockpit. The flight was recorded in it’s entirety and edited down for easier use.
Types of recordings include idling, flying, flying with windows open, taxiing, taxiing with windows open, engine turning on, engine turning off, plane during takeoff, plane during landing, plane engine test (1700 RPM test) and more.
The library was recorded using a Sennheiser Ambeo VR Microphone onto a Sound Devices MixPre 6. The library has a fairly large size because we have conveniently provided 4 versions of the same files to make it easier and more flexible to use. Included you will find B-Format wav files (FuMa and AmbiX) A-Format raw wav files and a Binaural stereo mix down. The library includes a total of 17 unique files and 68 total files.
Information on the Cessna 172 from Wikipedia:The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft.
Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956 and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000. The aircraft remains in production today.
Amusement Rides & Ambiences is a unique collection of hard to access amusement park sound effects. Package includes high-quality multichannel recordings captured with a full access to the amusement rides – and a total of 8 rides are included!
Some recordings were made in an amusement park that was closed from the public. This enabled us to capture the sound effects as clean as possible without background music or people.
Ambience recordings are authentic amusement park ambiences with people and amusement rides. They include children and adults, cheering and screaming, chatter in different languages, amusement rides loading and operating, and more. All sounds were recorded in Särkänniemi amusement park, Tampere, Finland. Also available in the special Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle.
Sound effects recorded from 17 different cameras, all analog, analog reflex cameras, or digital reflex cameras, produced from 1960 to 2010.
From simple clicks and timers, to modern time, lenses focusing, servos and shutter sounds, the sound effects library is packed with a lot of goodies.
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 collection started as a mic test and turned into a library. What is unique about the collection is that the phone was taken apart so you get each individual element as clean as possible. It was recorded with shotgun mics, a TLM 103 to see how it sounded with something other than dialogue, and a Cold Gold contact mic at 96 khz, which was the biggest surprise as it sounds like a high definition retro mic when placed on the back of the phone's rotary dial. Skip the antique hunt and listen to these vintage sounds.
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.
Want the sounds of a garage / auto repair workshop? The Auto Workshop SFX library features lots of different tool sounds and general ambiences from automotive workshops (originally recorded for scenes in the Bulgarian feature Godless).
The idea was to capture the sounds at both closeup and off-mic, to be able to fade easily between them. A mono microphone was placed close to the source, and a set of stereo microphones was set up further away, capturing more of the room and echo. The result is very usable, and the ability to fade between closeup and wide shot works very well.
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.
Need bicycle sound effects? This SFX library delivers more than 650 bike sounds in 125 files, covering everything from cycle gears, chains, crankset, spokes, brakes, the saddle, gearbox, bells, bicycle pumps and valves – and of course lots of wheel sounds, spinning at various speeds.
It also features outdoor ambiences of cycling, bike passes, skids and even some falls.
You won't find any well-oiled, wind-tunnel-tested, aerodynamically perfect sounding bicycles in this library!
This pack of sounds has been recorded to capture the extreme creaks and those “old, busted bike” kinds of sounds.
3 bicycles, all with a special sonical personality to them, were recorded:
2 SCO gentlemen's bicycles, from 1970-1980, and 1 home trainer, a little younger than the others.
Recorded inside a studio with the bikes either being on a dynamo or suspended from the ceiling, all bikes had lavalier microphones mounted front and back, and a microphone overhead of the rider. Some takes has a contact microphone track to add to the misery.
• Long rides, multiple tempos
• Gears spinning
• Extreme creaks from saddle and frame
• Chain and chain guard noises
• Pedal spins
• Shaking and kicking bicycle frame
• Hometrainer riding
The collection consists of 43 stereo recordings of 12 rare, industrial machines used many decades ago in German power plants and industrial sites. It includes the sounds of massive 10KV power switches, a Siemens exciter machine (power generator) built in 1945 and many other vintage machines.
All machines were recorded in isolation without background noise and at high sample rates (192 kHz / 24 bit) with a Sound Devices 633 recorder and the Sennheiser MKH 8040 Microphones in close ORTF, taking full advantage of the extended frequency range (30 – 50000 Hz) of the microphones. Some machines were additionally recorded with a stereo setup of Barcus Berry 4000 series contact mics.
• Ash breaker
• Ash blower
• Coal dispatcher
• Siemens exciter machine
• Gas turbine model
• Motorized throttle-Flap
• Oil atomizer
• Pneumatic power switch
• 10KV power switch
• Rotation motor
• Manual steam machine
Need some motor / engine sounds from an unusual source? The Brushcutter library features everything from cutting sounds, engine starts, stops, idles and revving sounds, metallic squeaks and impacts. You’ll find files of different brushcutters working alone and at the same time recorded from different perspectives and distances.
The whole recording session took place during a special event, as five 5 volunteers were clearing some harsh terrain for mud turtles. And to make the area habitable for the turtles, all the small branches and trees had to be removed. So not only did the turtles win, so do you as you now have a unique collection of sounds at your fingertips.
Brushcutter gets you 41 high quality .wav files, with a total of 87 minutes of recording time.
The Burroughs Protectograph that we acquired was manufactured around the turn of the 20th century and had a single unique function – to stamp and emboss checks for banks. The Burroughs corporation has been around since 1886, and was an early force in the adding machine, check stamper and typewriter industries. This Protectograph version had an electric mechanism that would move large printheads down through a ribbon and would stamp a check hard and repeatedly for as long as the print key was held down. Our machine was acquired in perfect working condition.
Its keys have a short through but a satisfying clack, and the punch mechanism is a huge whir stamp sound than can cycle if the punch button is held down. We rolled with the case both on and off, which revealed very different sounds from the main electric mechanisms.
We ran the whole session with three perspectives miked up – front by the keys, in the back by the punch and a wide perspective perfect for bgfx placement. The front and back mics were Schoeps CMC6.MK4 and the wide mic was an AT 4050 in omni about 5 feet away. Listen to the straight examples give a clear accounting of the type of sounds we got from this machine, and the bent examples show what can really be done with those sounds and the Kontakt instrument.
This sound effect library from JordanFehrFX gets you more than 900 button and equipment sounds, captured by Jordan Fehr. Sound effects include buttons, switches, clicks, latches, clasps, bags, zippers, wild foley, machines, ambiences, cases, and more!
It also comes with a special bonus library by game audio guru Damian Kastbauer, featuring more than 70 minutes of mono machine recordings and ambiences.
• 16 minutes of audio @ 48khz/24bit Mono
• 46 Files
• 144 MB
• 900+ performances
We here at Sonner Sound have collected a wide range of buttons, switches handling noises, cranks and dials, both old and new. There’s over 500 sounds collected in 68 files, so something here for everyone! Regular household buttons such as light switches and computer mice and some more experimental in steampunk style. They’re recorded at 96 kHz and 48 kHz at 24 Bit (both Stereo and Mono) with rich meta data. Recorded with Sennheiser MKH50 and DPA 4017.
This new library gets you a huge collection of all kinds of Buttons, Switches, Knobs, Levers, Sliders – that were pushed hard (and soft).
From small buttons, small mechanics to big levers of different materials.
Perfectly cleaned and edited for direct use.
Whenever there is something to be pushed, pressed, released, hit, clicked, pulled – you’ll find the sounds to go with it here.
All sounds are delivered as BWF tagged, 24Bit / 96kHz wav-files
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.
Camera is a sound effects collection of over 300 high definition camera sounds.
It contains camera clicks, zooms, timers, flashes, opening and closing film lids, flashes charging and more. Where relevant, there are different performances of the same sound. All files are metatagged with Soundminer data.
Pocket camera, digital, Samsung D830 • Pocket camera, digital, Kodak CX7430 • Pocket camera, digital, Canon Powershot S400 • Pocket camera, analogue, Kodak Instamatic, 60's model • Flash, Canon Speedlite 430EX • Mirror reflex, analogue, auto transport, Minolta 7000 • Mirror reflex, analogue, manual transport, Canon FTB • Mirror reflex, digital, Nikon D90
The Cameras sound library features sounds of no less than 20 different cameras. Everything was recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3 and Oktava MK012. The Camera library delivers sounds of different camera shutters, pulling film advance levers, handling noises, self timers, AF mechanisms, pushing buttons and rotating dials. This sound library features camera models from companies like Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon, Olympus, Yashica, Minolta, Fujica, Halina or Pentax.
Includes recordings from the following cameras:
Canon 5d Mark II • Canon Eos 3000n • Fujica AZ1 • Halina H160 • Kodak Brownie 127 • Kodak • Coloursnap 35 • Kodak Eastman Pocket camera • Kodak Instamatic 55x • Kodak Instamatic 200 • Kodak Six 20 Brownie D • Minolta Dynax 303 • Nikon D5000 • Nikon D5500 • Nikon FM2n • Olympus Newpic XB AF • Olympus SP510UZ • Pentax SP1000 • Polaroid Spectra • Yashica Minitec Super
This library will be updated in the future, so you will receive free update link every time I’ll record new cameras.
“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
We are bringing back old-school cool with Cassette! This 99+ sound effect package features all the trademark sounds of the cassette player along side more interesting sonic flavors.
Running at 24bit/96khz this collection shines best when used creatively to develop your own textures in post-sound, apps, games and more. Well grounded metadata is included to help easily navigate through this collection of retro sounds.
Cassette Deck is a set of sounds collected from a small group of analog cassette players. It’s filled with great mechanical buttons and switches, latches, a few motors at different speeds, and multiple microphones/perspectives per take. Great if you’re building some mechanical interfaces!
A collection of buttons and motor sounds recorded from a Sony TCM-939 cassette tape deck.
Useful for UI design, mechanical sound design and all manner of everyday switches. Recorded at 96 kHz these recordings sound amazing pitched down to become big mechanical noises.
Includes transport buttons, motor sounds, tray opens and closes, tapes in and out and the deck in operation from exterior and interior perspectives. Also present are cassette and tape case handling sounds.
Almost all the sounds were recorded using a mono DPA 4060 omni mic at very close range for details and a Sennheiser MKH 40 for a more overall sound.
The miniature size of the DPA 4060s means that there are numerous takes of the machine running recorded from inside the tape tray, which results in amazing close details of the motor and buttons.
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.
Need chainsaw sound effects? This library gets you a lot! From chainsaw motor / engine starts and stops, sawing at different RPMs and durations, idles, different perspectives and distances – and even different engine types. This library includes recordings made with both small and big Stihl chainsaws. A total of 66 .wav files are included for more than an hour and a half of chainsaw action.
This library is a collection of hand tools with gasoline engines. Includes:
7 Chansaws: Husqvarna 3120 XP (King of Chainsaws), Stihl MS 880 (The most powerful series-produced chainsaw in the world),
Stihl MS 440, Stihl MS 361, Stihl MS 201, Stihl MS 192 and Stihl MS 180 (Worldwide Bestseller).
3 Mistblowers: Stihl SR 450, Kawashima ST520, Kaxifa 3WF-3.
1 Pole Pruner: Stihl HT 75 Professional Pole Pruner.
Within this library you will find long idle and work loops, a series of perfect and clean ignitions, engines “on and off”, and engine bursts.
Clock's Volume 2 is the sequel to the small but unique sound library – not recorded from traditional clocks but of edited sounds that tick tock.
‘Clocks Volume 2’ by Badlands Sound features 30+ tick tock sounds perfect for your projects in high-quality 96k / 24 bit. Sounds include metal and plastic clocks as well as metronomes and grandfather clocks.
We believe these sounds will greatly benefit sound editors and sound designers allowing them to add these files to their projects quickly.
All these sounds are one minute long loopable allowing you to save time editing.
A selection of recordings of things that go clunk, click, or creak! Switches, Doors, Latches, Bolts, Mechanisms, Creaky Metal and more.
‘Coal Mining’ is a unique collection of sounds that build the ambience of a momentous industry. You’ll hear the sounds from two coal mines, one surface and one underground, which are normally closed to the public.
The collection consists of two main parts:
Surface Mining features the clatter of a giant bucket-wheel excavator, a cross-pit spreader, a long belt conveyor, and the distinct atmosphere from a large open-pit mine.
Underground Mining includes the striking sounds of an underground mine shaft, recorded at a depth of 1500m. With the clatter from a miners’ elevator ride, a rattling chain conveyor, container movement, and many room tones, you’ll get a remarkable sense of underground working. Recorded in one of the last three active coal mines in Germany.
Giant Bucket-wheel excavator, Cross-pit spreader, Long belt conveyor, Mine Shaft ambience, Miners’ Elevator, Train Loading Station, Bucket conveyor, distant mine atmospheres.
Recorded using Schoeps MK4/MK8 MS / CMIT-5U/CCM8 MS microphones and paired with a Sound Devices 702 recorder, the files are also embedded with detailed Soundminer Metadata.
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