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).
In this bundle you will receive three libraries full of dark, glitchy and ambient textures. 'Glitch & Noise' brings abstract and interesting tones to your sound palette. 'Twelve Tones' has detailed industrial hums for your spaceship interiors. 'Sphere' has dark atmospheres made from bowing a metal bin, which were then processed and mangled using Twisted Tools Slayer. Whether your project is a sci-fi soundscape or a shredded atmosphere, this bundle has something for everyone.
• Twelve 96 kHz, 24-bit tones.
• Two minutes each with 9 second bleed.
• 851 MB (uncompressed).
• Embedded metadata.
• Description for each file inside the excel spread sheet.
• 230 sound effects.
• 126 designed sound effects. With reverb, fast delay and tremolo/stutter.
• 124 twisted (original recordings mixed and played forwards and backwards) source files.
• Embedded metadata.
• Recorded and designed at 48 kHz and 24 bit.
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.
Analog TV gets you 99 recordings from the Tele Star 4004 TV, built in the 80s in Leningrad/Russia. The collection features everything from a range of noises, frequency glitches, short pulses, and long frequency sweeps in the VHF and UHF bands. It also comes with a good collection of different static noises and really weird stuff that could – and just might – come from outer space.
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.
'Biomorph' offers broad-spectrum, cutting-edge sound effects that are out of this world. With digital soundscapes, mutated organisms, granulated liquids, twisted robotic vocalizations, sophisticated low-frequency effects and morphing plasmic textures, these sounds will transform your sci-fi soundscape. If your next project calls for the sounds of ancient extraterrestrial artifacts, eerie inter-dimensional entities, gritty bio-mechanical articulations or foreboding atmospheres, you will undoubtedly find this collection of sound effects to be an indispensable resource.
• 1395 designed sci-fi sound effects
• 5 GB of 24 bit/96 kHz WAV content – more than 2 hours total
• Flexible, broad-spectrum, cutting-edge, otherworldly sound effects
• Crafted to compliment modern games, music and multimedia productions
'Chimera' features 200 designed sound effects inspired by demons, ghosts and creatures from the darkness. Comprised of some of Glitchmachine's darkest and most disturbing material to date, 'Chimera' is focused on a unique hybrid of psychological horror and technical monster sound effects.
You will find demonic vocalizations, haunted atmospheres, mutated creatures, cursed ghosts and chilling supernatural drones that will wake the dead.
• 200 designed, dark drone sound effects
• 2.5 GB of 24 bit/96 kHz WAV content
• Inspired by psychological horror and technical monster SFX
• Crafted to compliment modern music, game and multimedia productions
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.
Electrical Awakening captures the hidden buzz, hum and EMF of everyday objects:
From the inner workings of a car engine starting up to dopplered garden lantern hums and servo movements, this library has a unique selection of electromagnetic sounds. It's an electrical symphony of sound. These sounds were recorded with a Lom Label Elektrosluch 2 (Stereo coil pick-up) into a Sony D100 at 192kHz/24bit.
Get the hums of a big electric station, a small buzz of an electrical substation’s transformer and also synthesized sounds. All synthesized sounds were re-recorded with the “Worldizing” technique initially conceived by legendary sound designer Walter Murch.
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
This SFX library is a complete collection of everything ENERGY, covering Electricity, Power Ups, Shockwaves, Sparks, Force Fields, Zaps, Loops, and plenty more.
ENERGY is created in collaboration with talented French sound design duo Frederic Devanlay and Cedric Denooz, and features more than 625+ sounds and 6.4GB of 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata.
• Energy Loops (start, loop, end)
• Neutrons and Particles
• Electricity sparks, zaps, impacts
• Energy Weapons / Special Powers
• Whoosh and Passbys
• Energy Foley
• Hums and Buzzes
• Lightning Elements
• Power Ups and Power Downs
• Source Tool Box – Create your own sounds from scratch!
A special sound effect library from renowned sound designer and recordist Tim Nielsen: It's captured with a VC3 recorder, which turns electromagnetic frequencies into audible tones. The collection features weird statics, data and telemetry beeps, the EMF signatures of things such as rack mount gear, LCD screens, telephones and computers. A total of 178 minutes of sounds are included.
Here are the chaotic, squealing, squelching insides of everyday electronic apparatus, such as cell phones, laptops, MiniDisc (I’m so old) players and battery drills.
Sounds that drone, sounds that buzz – sounds that go “YipYipYiiiipfffrrrszz…”. No kidding. Recorded with induction coils/telephone pickups or whatever you want to call them, these sounds are excellent sound design material.
In fact, I couldn’t help “performing” a bit when recording some of them, just to add a little extra movement.
200 sounds from no-input mixer recording sessions featuring cable & pedal noise, drones, harsh noisescapes, high frequency feedback, hum, interference, low frequency noise atmospheres, machines gone wild and a multitude of general feedback effects.
For inventive navigation tones, future technology sounds, glitch elements, horror atmospheres, corrupted audio flows and more, this original sound collection will serve as a versatile palette for sound designers/editors/artists, music producers and anyone looking for interesting audio artifacts.
All files are 24 Bit/96 kHz with embedded metadata.
'Fragment' challenges its listeners with its custom circuit-bent hardware instruments hand-built by Ivo Ivanov over 5 years. Each sound retains the subtle nuances and compelling sonic characteristics of the original instruments with glitch articulations, composite malfunctioning effects, aggressive lo-fi sounds, and broad-spectrum circuit bending. For truly unique sonic signatures, this is the one.
• 300 designed glitch and circuit-bent sound effects
• 850 MB of 24 bit/96 kHz .WAV content
• Aggressive lo-fi material
• Broad-spectrum sonic ranges
• Unique malfunction effects
Fringe Elements is an aggressive sample pack of divergent and destructive sounds designed for musicians and sound designers in need of a hard-hitting sound pallet on the periphery of normal. Each sound was built in the modular world and heavily processed through DSP algorithms to create structurally unique outcomes and ultimately highly usable samples.
Contained in this collection are 225 unique sounds designed as FX, rhythmic elements, evolving textures, noise, distortion, spectral atmospheres and other elements perfect as building blocks to new music and sound projects or to be layered into existing work to add weight, depth and dimension.
The Handheld Tranceivers library delivers walkie-talkie sound effects from no less than three models: The AEG Voxtel, the Cobra MicroTalk and the Kenwood TK-3107.
It features button sounds, beeps, squelches, feedback sounds, static and white noise sounds, garbled communications and much more. Recorded with a Nevaton MC48 microphone and a Tascam DR70d portable recorder.
HumBuzz is a versatile collection 113 tech-noise-sounds with a length from 7 to 27 seconds.
The files were created by capturing the electromagnetic fields of fridges, microwaves, boilers, cell phones, TVs and computers.
'Idiom' features over 2,100 unprocessed organic sounds, capturing the notoriously challenging and laborious organic recordings that post production and game audio engineers have used to create their most memorable material.
This collection is a sonic playground of raw natural sounds that can be granulated into intricate particles or shifted and layered into mind-blowing composite sound effects.
Load them into your favorite sampler or DAW and embrace a vast resource of sonic building blocks that will empower you to reach the outer edges of your imagination.
• 2163 unprocessed organic sound effects
• 1.9 GB of 24 bit/44.1 kHz WAV content
• Raw natural sounds that are begging to be mangled, stretched, pitched, layered and processed
Kyma Ambiences [USO003] is the third sound effects bundle created by Matteo Milani.
The generation of these “Artificial Reality Ambiences” starts entirely in Symbolic Sound Kyma from the processing of white and pink noise by filtering – in the time/spectral domains – and convolving these sources with custom FM, additive, formant and granular synthesis. The composition’s resource of sound material is drawn solely from these processed stochastic sound elements: coloured noise is a raw material already full of life and can be sculpted into a variety of temporal forms, movements and textures.
The interaction with Kyma was typical of a composer who explored a device’s potential for sound transformation like a musical instrument. The goal was to obtain an organic and acoustic quality using only a restricted sound source, in order to evoke real spatial characteristics attached to each invented sound.
The “Kyma Ambiences vol.1” sound effects collection is published @ 96kHz (native) – and is also available as dual-layer separated “Elements”, suitable for recombinant stratification, varispeed and spatial positioning in the surround field (for a total of 112 files @ 96kHz).
Lost Transmissions is a collection of electromagnetic and radio recordings with an emphasis on communications gone wrong. Malfunctioning static, radio recordings, analog hums, designed passbys, & tonal/fluctuating noise. Lost Transmissions is another essential set of utilitarian libraries to add to your tool box. Recorded and designed by Jason Cushing (co-founder of SoundMorph).
Not only that, as a bonus we've also teamed up with and included Echo Collective's kontakt instrument “Squelch” and accompanying sample library, giving you an additional 100+ real radio samples to work with and playable radio instrument.
Lost Transmissions includes sounds such as:
• Static Passbys
• Tonal Passbys
• Tonal Noise
• Designed Noise
• Radio Noise
• Noise Loops
If you're after electromagnetic sounds, this library delivers: Captured with The LOM Elektrosluch 3+, a hand-built EMF sensor/microphone of which only a handful are released worldwide per year. The sounds made with this special piece of equipment are other-worldly, ghostly and sometimes scary. If you haven't managed to get your hands on one yet, or missed out while pre-orders we're hoping this library is the definitive Elektrosluch 3+ sound.
We have designed this library to be as useful and versatile as possible to be used in every application, from television, music sampling, theatre, to film. We recorded, edited and hand-picked a selection of science fiction-inspired electrical props in order to obtain the best sound sources for this library. All sounds have not been processed through special effects processors, they are simply the sounds of Electromagnetic Fields, recorded with a LOM Elektrosluch 3+.
Includes over 2 hours of Electromagnetic Field sounds from sources such as:
Transformers, Televisions, Motors, Servos, Hard Drives, Vintage and New Electrical Technologies, Circuit Bent Props, Cameras, Telephones, Computers, Disk Drives, Remote Controls, Toys, Power Supply Units, Fairy Lights, and Vacuum Cleaners.
Descend into the sinister depths of madness with MEMORIES, a fascinating sci-fi sound collection that genuinely brings a unique perspective in the indie science fiction framework.
If you are looking for big bold sci-fi futuristic sound design, MEMORIES can add a terrific touch of horror and tension to the darkest sci-fi installment for theatrical audience.
Featuring 280+ organic samples with embedded metadata and 10 categories from genre bender impact and hits, sinister tonal material, dark stingers, intricate glitched atmospheres and designed metal textures.
Kontakt Instruments are based on Photosynthesis an open source engine made by Jeremiah Pena from exoticstates.com. You can easily access filters, 13 effects, a rhythm section featuring a step sequencer, filter sequencer, 2 filter LFOs, and gain/pan/pitch LFOs. The samples can be used as regular .WAV files, but the Kontakt Instruments require the full version of Kontakt 5 (not included).
'Microsphere' is a sci-fi sample pack focused on the analysis of a hidden sonic universe. Whether you are creating complex layered transitions for a cutting edge electronic music project, building hi-tech weapon effects for a blockbuster sci-fi shooter or designing robotic articulations for a futuristic animated feature film trailer, 'Microsphere' delivers an extraordinary palette of sound that will take your productions into uncharted territory.
• 645 high-quality sci-fi sound effects, developed with some of the most sophisticated audio manipulation tools in existence.
• 3 GB of 24 bit/96 kHz WAV content
• Inspired by high-tech, futuristic universes
• Includes abstract interface tones, detailed scientific computations, hyper-dimensional holographic grids, precision motion gesture signals, and intricate interference bursts.
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.
'Parallax' features over 1300 raw sound effects that will add energy and intensity to your sound design and music projects. These sounds were influenced by old school video games, circuit-bent hardware, and vintage computer technology, and designed with electronic musicians and sound designers in mind. 'Parallax' is organized in categories of CHIP, BENT, DATA, MODULAR, NOISEKIT, SFX and more for an action-packed soundscape, bursting with rad digital oddities. Every sample has been left completely raw, leaving it up to you how to further process and adapt these effects to your projects. For a lo-fi edge or a cut-throat indie soundscape, 'Parallax' will deliver a dose of pure fun and sonic nostalgia.
• 1300 raw sound effects
• 394 MB of 24 bit/44.1 kHz .WAV content
• Created for chip, bent, data, modular, noise kit, circuit-bent, SFX and more
• Rad, action-packed soundscapes
Process Malfunction features 40 intricate future technology glitch production elements for science fiction scenarios where computers are going way out of control. You'll hear corrupt data streams, servers overloading, user interface issues, generative, abstract rhythms and more in this detailed exploration of what the computers of tomorrow may sound like when they go wrong.
Perhaps the mainframe has been compromised from a series of lethal hacker attacks or alien communication signals are interfering with the network, maybe the CPU has just seen better days… Whatever the cause of the failure, the machines have been corrupted and they are struggling, screaming and hanging on for their last bleep…
When recording and collecting sound effects, you end up with a lot of noise: Microphone hits, Plosives, Wind pops, rattles, drops. Just plain noise.
These unwanted orphan sounds often get deleted, or end up in a some forgotten folder. Then sometimes you need a sound. A timbre that you just can't name. A raw sound that though manipulation, can become new and remarkable. That's what this SFX library is: Raw, dirty, short sounds that in the right hands – your hands – have potential. Raw Noise features 40 HD 24bit/96khz compilation tracks with a large selection of Hits, pops, plosives and transient sounds, ready for manipulation.
Most of the sounds are short, a second or two. Organized into loose categories to encourage new discoveries and new possibilities. The demo track features selections of the tracks, so you can hear the sounds as they are presented.
Rings And Tones is a collection of original ringtone and mobile notification sound effects: from old stationary, office, and mobile phones, to the modern organic and synthetic sounds. The pack includes sounds for every occasion and situation on-screen/in-game: positive, anxious, aggressive, or neutral – everything is designed to fit right in. As a bonus, there is plenty of cellphone interference sounds and various service tones to enhance the final experience further.
Rings And Tones contains 100+ 24bit/96kHz sounds, all enriched with Soundminer metadata. All sounds are custom-designed, original and royalty-free.
Sci-Fi Electric is a collection of sparks, static, drones, hums, zaps and textures! The library features 64 files with over 80 audio clips. Here you'll find a wealth of processed sounds for your Sci Fi adventure. Source material ranges from beard scratching to lap steel pickup interference.
Through processing they end up as “alienistic” textures, sparks, static, drones, hums, zaps, ambiences, and whatever else your imagination can come up with! Other sounds include raw microphone feedback, streetlight buzz, and electrical static.
The source material ranged from beard scratching to lap steel pickup interference… This one was fun to make, and it will be even more fun for you to play with!
Signal Interference contains 40 feedback loops generated from a no-input mixer, each running for 1 minute for a total of 40 minutes of audio corruption. These unique sonic textures feature crackles, hums, buzzes and glitches to suit a wide array of multimedia projects which require the sounds of malfunctioning machinery, twisted signals and future tech gone wrong.
All files are 24 Bit/96 kHz with embedded metadata.
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