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).
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)
Note: Can be used without Kontakt too!
All Kontakt instrument libraries include fully unlocked and accessible metadata tagged .wav files. You don't need any version of Kontakt to use these files as a standalone sample library.
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.
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.
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.
The following 12 machines were recorded
– some in multiple takes:
• 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.
Key features for Burroughs Protectograph
• 3 mic perspectives of each performance
• 10 unique articulation groups
• 10 + performances per articulation
• 13 Kontakt .nki files (unlocked)
• .nki files require full version of NI Kontakt 4 or higher
• photographs and video stills
Note: Can be used without Kontakt too!
All Kontakt instrument libraries include fully unlocked and accessible metadata tagged .wav files. You don't need any version of Kontakt to use these files as a standalone sample library.
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.
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.
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.
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 sound library was updated with 12 designed and 24 raw files of using a Stihl chainsaw, recorded with DPA 4061 mounted on the chainsaw.
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.
Clink gets you the sound of of clicks, latches and whirrs generated from a little found Herschede Starville clock mechanism.
Each take is loaded up with unique performances that explore the mechanism’s unique character from up-close.
Recorded in a quiet space with an MKH50 through a John Hardy preamp, this libary is small but mighty. Also included is a NI Battery 4 kit that is programmed to enhance the best characteristics of the source material by doing transient enhancement, eq, delay and compression that can be dialed in to taste.
Note: NI Battery 4 is required to use the kit – not included. You don't need any version of Battery to use the audio files as a standalone sample library.
These recordings are excellent for adding character and complexity to your next mechanical element design.
Computer Noises is based on a wide palette of noises that computers emit when booting, reading from their CD-ROM drives, or accessing a hard disk.
The library contains several complete boot sequences of 10 different laptop and desktop computers ranging from an old ATARI PC-2, going over to Pentium I and III, Celerons and Core Duo machines.
Each booting sequence was recorded from different positions within the computer casings.
Additionally, all included components are available as separate takes so that each computer is entirely featured with its hard disks, power- and CPU fans plus all those other strange noises that occurred. As bonus, 25 extra sounds from external hard disks and blowers of all kind are included in this library.
The “Computer Sound FX 2“ Sound Effects Library from SoundBits contains over 1000 designed computer sound effects including interface, noise, glitch, alarm, bleep, processing, loading, interaction, malfunction, access, and 8-Bit SFX.
From simple select and confirmation sounds to more complex loops and processing one shots and alarms, you’ll find a large and composite collection of sound effects to give your interface or animation the right sonic treatment.
The sounds are divided into the following categories:
– Access Granted | Confirm
– Access Denied
The Cyborg Collection features a wide assortment of over 3000 Sci-Fi sound effects ranging from small user interfaces to massive robots.
Everything from simple droids to powerful plasma rifles and futuristic transformations are included in this 3.2GB library. Check out the track listing here to see the variety of robots, interfaces, weaponry, vehicles and spacecraft included in the collection.
Get the sounds of a dial/rotary phone with this SFX library – available in two packs:
Dial It Pack 01:
Includes recordings of pick ups, hand ups, slams, detaching cable, dialing 0-9 at multiple speeds, various buttons on the phone and base, and more. A total of 78 sound files recorded at 96 kHZ, 24 Bit.
Dial It Pack 02:
DIAL IT Pack 02 includes sound files of a Dial/Rotary phone that is meant to hang vertically. Included are pick ups, hand ups, slams, shaking, rattling, dialing 0-9 at multiple speeds, various buttons and switches on the phone and base, and more! A total of 96 sound files recorded at 96 kHZ, 24 Bit.
Exported dual mono .wav files and two different microphones. All sounds are meta-data tagged using Soundly.
“Driving Forces” is an ultimately innovative sound effects construction kit from Digital Rain Lab. The pack is dedicated to futuristic engine sounds: from small hovering drones to huge space motherships. It thoughtfully includes various engine categories such as Jet Turbines, Micro motors, and Recordings. The addition of real textures makes the library well balanced and very flexibile for designing unique vehicle sounds.
Natively made in 96k/24bit, all sounds are ready to be heavily manipulated, and are tagged with BWF and Soundminer metadata for a faster workflow.
We came across an old Sanyo Cash register which was still working – so we went all-in and recorded it. We used two Sennheiser MKH8040 and a DPA 4060 to get a variety of buttons, switches, and printing noises. They all cover different and unique perspectives.
When you need Electric Typewriters Sounds, this composite SFX collection of 4 and half (yes half, one machine was broken) (old) electric typewriters delivers. You will find sounds ranging from opening/closing covers, pressing keys, random typing, electric motor movements of the writing head, mechanic-hammering of the letters, small mechanical levers and more.
Of course the sounds can be used for interfaces (and, well, electric typewriters!) – but they could also easily be mangled and mutilated for some great robotic and futuristic stuff. Try it yourself. All sounds were recorded with a Sennheiser MKH8050 through a UA Apollo 8 and a RODE NTG-3 through a Sound Devices 744T. All sounds are royalty free.
Get a wide range of versatile electric and mechanic motors, engines, tools and toys in the “Electro-Mechanics ToolKit” Sound Effects Collection features.
The SFX library features many different grinders, drills, screwdrivers, buzz saws, sanders, kitchen tools, electric and mechanic toys, CD-drives, doors, and much more. All waiting to be cut up, layered, edited and mangled with FX to become spaceship engines, robot movements, sci fi doors, weapon mechanics and anything that moves by electricity.
This library is not meant to be a comprehensive tools library, but rather a composite toolkit to bring life to futuristic electro-mechanic machines, devices, weapons, vehicles and more.
All sounds in this pack were recorded with up to 4 mics and mixed to give a full and rich sound. All cleaned and edited for direct use in your productions.
Need electric sounds such as sparks, current flows and electric arcs? Electronic Drain is a collection of electric and electronic sources specifically designed for movies, audio logos and trailers. The library includes new and experimental sound material generated using the most cutting-edge digital signal processing techniques.
Providing digital, organic, raw and designed sounds Electronic Drain delivers a rich sonic complexity and a wide range of possible variations. Sounds have been further processed and looped in Kontakt to offer a larger number of possible combinations.
Electronic Drain comes with 1.1 GB and 300 .Wav files + 11 Kontakt instruments. The Kontakt instruments require the full Kontakt 5 or higher – the .wav files can be used without Kontakt.
Features sounds such as:
Bleeps • Current Flow • Electric Arc • Glitch • Interface Design • Electricity • Magnetic Field • Sparks – designed • Sparks – long • Sparks – mid – short • Static • Voltage Stutter
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