Remington Rand is an early American typewriter and adding machine manufacturer formed in 1927. The last Remington Rand branded business machine rolled off the line in 1958. The adding machine that we acquired was an electric version in good working condition. Remington Rand also manufactured things like shavers, pistols and calculators.
Our adding machine has a big electronic mechanism for the summing function and nice heavy clacks for the regular keys. It also had some very sticky metal plates that would occasionally get stuck and then pop loose with a big resonant ringing sound. This specific defect made an incredibly interesting sound that is very unique to this specific machine’s wear and tear.
As with the Burroughs Protectograph we miked it with three different mono perspectives to produce three very different sounds on each move. We used Schoeps CMC6/MK4 mics on the front and back and an AT4050 for the wide perspective in mono. The close perspectives are great for big thick clicks and mechanisms, and the wide is excellent for use in one offs for bgfx tracks.
If you are looking for vacuum sounds here is an entire sound effects library dedicated to a Retro Vacuum Cleaner.
Retro Vacuum by Badlands Sound features over 160 sounds of an old vacuum cleaner. The library includes onboard recordings of the wheels and motor and Pass bys at various speeds including separate files for wheels and motor, ambiances of a person using a vacuum in different spaces with multiple distances, and Foley.
All sounds were recorded with professional equipment including RODE NTG3, and Sound Devices 702t 96k/24bit sounds allow high-quality sound effects and great for sound design.
Robobiotics is an exciting new sound effects collection from The Library by Empty Sea. It delivers 3600+ original sound effects for scifi and robots. We’re talking about almost 3 hours of material here.
We spent over a year recording and designing Lasers, Robot Vox, Impacts, Servos, Ratcheting Metal, Ambiances, Transformations, Foley, Vehicle Bys and much much more!
Featuring over 2.4GB of designed sound effects, and over 1.6GB of source recordings, Robotic Lifeforms spans a wide range of robot sounds, from small bots to massive automatons.
• 1,700+ designed sound effects
• 950+ source recordings
• 230+ transforming sound layers
• 160+ morphing sound layers
• 650+ servo file
It’s been 5 years since the release of our Robotic Lifeforms 1 library, and we just felt we could do more! So we teamed up with an epic team of Sound Designers to create an ultimate follow up to it all with Robotic Lifeforms 2. This is no joke, a library of love and over 4,100 files and 12.5GB!
Using some of the most advanced microphones, Kyma, and synths, we really went all out to bring what we think is the most advanced and modern Robot library ever created. Not only do you get over 2,700 designed sounds, but you also get over 1,300 source audio files recorded in 192 kHz 24Bit with the Sanken c1000 mic, so you can pitch the sounds to infinity to create some stellar new sounds of your own.
In our opinion, this is THE robot library to have in your tool box. We aren’t just saying that because we made it, we are saying it because we believe it to be a fact.
Take Robotic Lifeforms 2 for a ride, and you will be happy to own the most advanced robot library ever made so far!
Robotic Lifeforms Lite Edition features 800+ robot sound effects – from small bots to massive automatons. It includes transforms, morphs & servos – essentials from our larger Robotic Lifeforms Soundpack.
Robotic Lifeforms Lite Edition features:
• 475+ designed sound effects
• 325+ source recordings
• 60+ transforming sound layers
• 100+ morphing and mechanism layers
• 200+ servos, drills, metal, & industrial layers
– all meticulously embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata
Robotics Lab is 26 minutes/788 MB of industrial robots, 3D-printers & CNC cutters in 62 separate files – recorded in 24bit/96kHz using Sennheiser MKH microphones.
This library gives you recordings of two different ABB industrial robots; the large IRB 6620 and the smaller IRB 120. You get both single, isolated movements and more complex sequences with the robots moving on multiple axes simultaneously. Also included are takes of the robots idling, with some subtle but interesting sounds as the result.
I also recorded Ultimaker 2 3D-printers – 3 of them running at once, as well as isolated sounds from a single printer. A large Zünd flatbed CNC-cutter was also recorded. All in all, lots of servos and stepper-motors, with lots of whizzing, whirring, clicking and ratcheting for your sound design projects.
Introducing the ultimate roller coaster sound library: Roller Coaster Sound Builder includes high-quality recordings from 5 different roller coasters, from classic steel coasters to aggressive impulse coaster. This huge collection includes clean roller coaster passbys, onboard recordings, and classic roller coaster screams.
Roller coaster pass by sounds were recorded without background noise in an amusement park that was closed to the public. A great amount of natural screams with different intensities is also included, recorded during a regular summer day in the amusement park.
This collection provides unique, hard-to-access source material in high-quality, with a large amount of takes for creative sound design. We worked hard to capture as much useful material as we could when we had full access to the rides. All sounds were recorded in Särkänniemi amusement park, Tampere, Finland. Also available in the special Complete Amusement Park Sound Bundle.
rOtation is a sound effects library built for sound design centered around things that spin. It contains nearly 200 exceptional sounds and is the first of its kind. If you’re looking for brand new sound design source material, rOtation is the ticket.
Several months of research and recording has led to this very unique collection. It’s props range from ball bearings to trash cans; magnets to fireworks; water to nuts – all in the realm of rotation.
It contains sounds of things that have never been included in a sound effects library before: The sound of a Euler’s Disk speeding up exponentially fast – the whir and chatter of Hurricane balls spinning to 5000+ RPM – Nuts and quarters zipping and buzzing by in a rumbling balloon – The power of neodymium magnets bending the tones of vibrating glass.
Rubber Stamps: 7 different stamps – 45 files. Great office sounds and mechanical sound design material.
You get self-inking mechanical stamps made of steel or plastic, as well as simple wooden stamps with no moving parts. Models include danish office classics Alpo 40 and 50, which make some very rich mechanical sounds – pitch them down for heavy machine sounds. Lots of interesting mechanical content – good for specifics or as sound design elements.
There's lots of variation in performance here; several different sounds for each stamp.
This sound effects library is a collection of field recordings of freight trains in the San Francisco Bay area with a route along San Jose, Richmond, Oakland, Emeryville, and San Francisco. All the recorded freight trains were old, rusty, and covered in graffiti. When in motion they come alive with very unique sounds such as metal on metal scrapes, heavy thuds, clunking, and screeching noises. All trains were recorded within 15-20 feet from the mic setup of Schoeps 2 CMC 6 U mic bodies, a Schoeps MK4 and MK8 mic capsules, and a Rycote windjammer fed into a Sound Devices 744T.
The Sack Of Coins sound effects library features 34 mono 96kHz files recorded with Rode NTG3, Sennheiser MKH 8040, LOM microphones and Zoom F8. The library covers different money-related activities, from shaking in different containers, rolling and spinning, handling noises, and gathering, touching and more.
• Dropping coins on concrete floor
• Touching, shaking, moving coins with hands
• Sounds of coins in metal container
• Sounds of coins on metal tray
• Sounds of coins on old wooden box
• Sounds of coins on wooden desk
• Sounds of coins in a sack
Need futuristic sounds? Sci-fi Evolution is a massive compilation of more than 1700 audio files – and it covers a lot of ground! Check out the full selection below.
SCI FI MECHANICS is a collection of 301mechanical/robotic sound effects.
SFM is a contraction-kit, that allows you to created, heavily synthesized robotic and mechanical sound effects.
Packed with high quality robotic sequences, one-shots, transformations, impacts and experimental mechanical sounds.
Perfect for crafting sound for all sorts of sci-fi/future-tech.
RECORDED WITH: NTG3
CREATED WITH: Pro Tools, Live, Reaktor, Kontakt.
A collection of motor and machine sounds, recorded in ultra-HD 24-bit 192k resolution. You'll find a variety of electric motor sounds in this library, from sources such as cameras, car electronics, tools, pencil sharpeners, shavers, immersion blenders, disc ejects, radio controlled (RC) cars and many more. All ready to bring your robots and sci-fi scenes to life.
This is your library for authentic servo sounds used for robotics, motors or sci-fi. It features over 70 servo motor sounds in stereo. Only professional servos from rc-planes were recorded. Finish your next project in lightning speed. Simply drag and drop the sounds into your DAW.
• More than 70 servo motor sounds (100 MB)
• Slow, medium and fast servo movements + buzz and hum sounds
• One sound per file for easy and fast workflow
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz / WAV / stereo / low noise recording – perfect for pitching
• EBU/BWF and WAV-Metadata made with Soundminer for use in any DAW
• All sounds are royalty free and instantly downloadable
Motor on, crunch, vrrmmmmm, other crunchy paper shredding sounds. SHRED IT includes sound files of single and multiple paper shreds, on off buttons, reverse motor, paper foley, ripping, crumple, and more! A total of 50 files with over 534 sounds in it, recorded at 96kHz, 24 bit using the AT897 Shotgun Microphone. Exported as dual mono .wav files. All sounds are meta-data tagged using Soundly and Basehead.
Small Motors – Volume 1 is a collection of pristine close mic recordings of electric and battery powered motors and mechanisms. It’s the perfect source material for creating robot movement, sci-fi doors, alarms, futuristic devices, flying vehicles, alien technology and so much more.
Recorded and edited in 96K 24 bit with a stereo pair of DPA 4060s, this library contains over 30 different objects, including beard trimmers, blenders, drills, electric toothbrushes, epilators, hair clippers, juicers, toys, vacuum cleaners, sanders and many more.
It includes a variety of starts and stops, short and long takes and plenty of objects to choose from, selecting the perfect source material for your designs will be easy with this library.
This library is all about the small insignificant sounds that occur everyday in any small office along with some very special sounds made from those items. All sounds are recorded cleanly with many variations to choose from and named meticulously. They´ve also been noise treated and edited carefully to make the use a seamless experience.
Since a lot of the sounds very recorded very closely, they open up new possibilities to sound designer. Some of the sounds could easily be used for weapon or impact and other kinds of sound design.
Some of the categories used in this library are: paperclips, hole punchers, staplers, fax-machine, printers, shredders, lots and lots of paper variations, drawers, file cabinets, ringbinders, post-its, books, keyboards and more.
The Solar Sky library features a diverse set of state-of-the-art spaceship sounds. Designed for use in any modern sci-fi production, Solar Sky is an essential addition to add to your workflow.
Designing sound for spaceships can be quite time consuming, and Solar Sky gives you a great set of sounds to get started.
Solar Sky features more than 2.2GB of 350 24bit/96kHz files, all embedded with Soundminer and Basehead metadata.
• Ship ambiances and drones
• 120+ Ship passbys, both large and small
• Ship power ups
• Ship power downs
• Ship door opens and closes
• Wave Warped passbys
Get the sounds of a real, modern-day hospital – the equipment as well as various locations. These are recordings that are not easy to access and took a lot of negotiation to capture.
Anaesthetic Machine • Automated Instrument Rinse System • Beckman Coulter Access 2 Analyzer • CT Scanner • Cardiac Monitor • Coagulation Analyzer • Dialysis Machine • Dialysis Machine • Draeger Oxylog 3000 Plus • Full Blood Count Analyzer • Geiger Counter (Berthold LB 124) • Haemoglobin A1C Analyzer • Heater Fan • Helium Cooler For MRI Scanner • Infusion Pump (Alaris Plus) • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment • METI HPS Mannequin • METI Human Patient Simulator • METI Human Patient Simulator • MRI Scanner • Ophthalmology • Orthopantomograph OP 2000 • Phacoemulsifier • Pharmacy Label Printer • SimMan Essential Mannequin • Sysmex SP1000i Automated Slide Maker • Ultrasound Scanner • Wall Mounted Suction Unit
As well as location recordings from the Robotic Pharmacy, an AGV (Automatic Guided Vehicle), the Operating Theatre and the Automated Mailroom (OPEX Mail Matrix).
Sounds of the London Underground contains 40 minutes of recordings exploring the sounds of the London tube trains and station platforms.
Space Divers library kicks you right into the deep sea and to open space. This special material-resonation-based sound design has been inspired by such movies as Gravity, Interstellar and variety of scuba-diving or submarine movies.
Experience the dark and deep frequencies, vibrating through rusty submarines and errant space shuttles. Listen to your own breath and hollow noises while exploring sea bottom or repairing space-station systems.
Also available in the LT Underwater Bundle!
This sound collection covers a wide range of sounds produced by many different steam engines. In addition to the real engines there’s also a wide variety of Foley sounds which can be layered to make funny (steam) engines for cartoons for example. All sounds recorded with high end equipment – 24 bit and 96KHz (some in 48KHz)
The ‘MAIN’ demo gives a good taste of what’s inside. The ‘POTENTIAL KONTAKT demo gives a glimpse of what you can do with the FREE BONUS Kontakt Instruments. So the latter is just a demonstration, these sounds are not included as such!
Recorder / Interface
Field Recording Mics
The most advanced series of experimental fantasy machinery is here with the release of STEAM MACHINES. Perfect in games, film, or television.
We spent months recording and designing material to bring you the freshest set of sounds to give you the user maximum potential for sonic creativity. Get great-sounding machinery, gizmos, gadgets, steam releases, foley, and more. This package of sounds also has massive potential for creating your very own fantasy machines!
Steam Machines features more than 400+ sounds and 2.5GB of 16bit/44.1khz to pristine 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with metadata including:
• Both designed sounds and source recordings
• Large, medium and small machines
• Loads of gizmos and gadgets
• Machine foley material
• Lots of potential for experimentation
• Create your own steam machines!
This library is loaded with some beefy, old-school, mechanical interfacing: buttons, switches, knobs and levers.
An in-depth collection of subway recordings, captured in Kyiv, Ukraine. There are platform ambiences, train interior and exterior, escalators, underground tunnels with people.
Recorded in quadro on Nevaton MC 50 QUAD; in double-MS on Oktava MK-012 set; in stereo on AKG C414 pair. The double-MS recordings were encoded to quadro and the sources (Mid, Side, Rear) included as well.
DMS at the end of file name means Double-MS recording; Quadro means direct quadro recording; AKG means stereo recording.
The Surround Sound LAB Complete Collection is a bundle containing the whole SSL Catalog. We offer it as a perpetual audio one-time subscription, getting you 3500+ files, 180+ GB of audio and free updates as the catalog grows! This one-time bundle purchase gives you access to all the Surround Sound LAB libraries, including new future releases!
124 recordings of various switches and buttons, flipped, pressed and clicked. This collection contains household light and lamp switches, radio buttons and a variety of other activate and click presses.
Recorded in 2018 and 2019 with a stereo shotgun microphone.
All sounds were recorded and edited at 24-bit / 96Khz resolution and mastered to broadcast quality, with only the best final sounds selected for this collection. Each audio file includes embedded meta-data.
SynthAssault is a collection of 320 high quality, cinematic synth impacts.
SA was created with hundreds of analog modular samples, digital synths and processed field recordings, all morphed together
in order to created huge, impactfu, never heard before, original sounds.
Huge bass impacts and downers, deep rumbling LFEs, ear piercing distorted synths and more.
Perfect for trailers and EDM music.
CREATED WITH: Pro Tools, Live, Sound Particles, Modular
Do you remember the phones from the 80's and 90's? Here they are – this collection includes 2 rotary dial-up and 7 push-button phones with associated sounds.
The Arduino Collection is a library of electronic gizmos manipulated through an Arduino UNO, custom built circuitry and code. Clocking in at over 75 minutes, the collection features piezos, motors, servos and fans, all provided at 192KHz.
Within each category multiple types, actions and variations were recorded. Amongst other assets, motors for instance include quick revs and longer engine drones spread across three different RPM configurations. Perfect for robots, servos have a diverse selection of manual and automated movements, whilst the piezo category features a rich palette of simple and more esoteric tones.
– Stepper Motor
– Rotary / Cylinder Motor
– 5000RPM Motor
– 7500RPM Motor
– 13000RPM Motor
– Haptic Motor
– Two Servos
– Piezo Alarm
– Piezo Theremin
– Piezo Transducers
– Single Fan
– Dual Fan
– Mini Buttons
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