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.
‘Busy Streets’ is a key library containing surround and stereo sound ambiences that will set the scene of bustling cities – recorded in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. The library is available in stereo, and surround (Quad).
With ‘Busy Streets’ we used an exclusive SSS technique (Stealth Surround System) which means the recording process was hidden from the eyes even with 4 discrete channels.
This results in fully immersive, undisturbed and authentic city soundscapes.
74 Surround authentic ambience recordings between 1 to 5 minutes long each, non-disturbed city life using our SSS technique (Stealth Surround System):
• Crowd movements
• Pedestrians walking by and talking
• Traffic noises, train, metro, truck, bus, cars
• Evolving swarm
• Above and under bridges
• Narrow pathway
• Underground street
• Large boulevards
• Restaurants terrace
• Commercial areas
• Financial disctricts
• Wet streets
The Calm Crowd SFX library will add some discreet life to your backgrounds. Calm background ambiences are tricky to do in sound editing, so this library gives you a hand with those surround sounds.
Surround Sound LAB is proud to present our third ambisonic library decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS.
We recorded the Cantabria Country in Spainan area belonging to Green Spain, the name given to the strip of land between the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Mountains, so called because of its particularly lush vegetation, due to the wet and moderate oceanic climate. The climate is strongly influenced by Atlantic Ocean winds trapped by the mountains.
Recorded in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects.
Once again, we have mastered all the files in Ad Hoc Studios Madrid (link), Post Production sound studios certified by Avid and Dolby ATMOS, one of the best post-production facilities in Spain.
AmbiX First Order Ambisonic, Dolby ATMOS 7.12, 5.1 and ST files have been mastered with Pro Tools HD 2018 system are included in the package.
We visited Chicago last summer and once again, we recorded it, capturing 17 beautiful tracks in ambisonic format, 48Khz and 24 bits HD. As always, top quality recordings specially designed for film audio projects. The library was decoded and mixed in Dolby ATMOS at AdHoc Studios.
Large cathedrals & small chapels each with their unique characteristics and reverb. Recorded at 8 different churches this library features walla, chair creaks, coughs, prayers, foot traffic & movement.
All sounds were recorded using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T. This library is available in stereo or 5.0 (5.0 package contains stereo mix downs as well).
Cicadas is a collection of summer ambiences recorded in Southern Spain over the course of 2018 summer. You will get massive chorus in different densities and areas, individual chirps, and a designed section.
The temperatures during this time of the year are so high, ranging from 30ºC to 45ºC (86ºF to 113ºF), that cicadas are always present in daytime. The higher the temperatures, the more cicadas chirp. Having this in mind, some recordings from early June have less cicadas than the ones recorded in July and August. In addition to this, there are recordings both in the morning, where the cicadas are not so many but are already present, and in the evening, chirping all of them as a chorus after a whole day under the sun. The library contains:
All files come in 96 kHz / 24 bit and with embedded metadata, both in Soundminer and BWAV.
Featuring more than 250 minutes of cicadas recordings plus 65 minutes from the Designed Section.
CINEMASSIVE is a library of 110 cinematic presets for Ni Massive.
All presets are meticulosly crafted to provide a new sonic weapon for modern hybrid trailer music composers, cinematic composers, film music and sound designers .
Please note: Requires Native Instruments Massive – not included, but can be purchased separately here.
Need trailer sounds? BOOM is back with a new pack to help you with that – available in two versions:
The goal with CINEMATIC TRAILERS DESIGNED 2 was clear: To create a professional sound set that is easy to use and has the perfect amount of “punch” to shine through all other trailer sound sources (music, voice-over, etc.) and that will put a smile on your face when listening to your BOOM-Library-spiced project.
The source sounds for this library are all other BOOM Library Construction Kits that we have ever created. Our designers chose their favourite sounds and layered, processed and designed them – always in mind to create a sound effect that surpasses everything they have ever heard.
CINEMATIC TRAILERS DESIGNED 2 offers you a great selection of more than 450 ready-made whooshes, hits, cracks, bounces, slams, transitions, rises – basically everything you need to instantly draw attention to your movie, trailer, teaser, presentation, podcast or promotion video.
• Library ships in 96kHz/24bit High Definition Audio
• 450+ royalty free state-of-the-art sound FX – Whooshes, hits, cracks, bounces, slams, transitions, rises
CINEMATIC TRAILERS DESIGNED 2 is unique. It’s the first sound effect library of the Cinematic Series where you can get powerful trailer SFX in Stereo and 5.1 Surround. This package contains both the Stereo and the Surround version. You will get more than 9GB of fresh sounds in perfect 96 kHz / 24-bit HD audio quality.
Why should you spend countless moments of your life panning and placing your sounds in a 5.1 surround environment when you can just drag and drop our BOOM Library surround files into your projects and everything just sounds fantastic? It's really that simple.
During the production process, there was never any up- or downmixing applied. Our sound designers worked really hard on each stereo and surround mix to achieve the maximum surround effect for each and every layered element. Oh, and you will again fall in love with your subwoofer as the LFE channel is just charming ;-)
You are highly motivated to beef up your next project with some fresh sounds? Then it’s about time to let CINEMATIC TRAILERS DESIGNED 2 be part of your personal sound effect pool. It is the perfect tool kit for every sound designer who counts on professional sound design.
• Library ships in 96kHz/24bit 5.1 surround WAV files
• Track Layout: L•R•C•LFE•Ls•Rs
• Stereo version also included
Need a quick fix for your city surround sound needs?Well look no further!
Sonner Sound presents City Ambiences Surround
We’ve collected ambiences for a wide variety of applications – consisting of traffic, nature, wallas and more. Everything in in crisp 24 Bits/96 kHz and recorded with Neumann KM184 and DPA 5100.
But you might think “I’m mostly using stereo files” – Well we’ve got you covered there as well. The package contains both 5.1-surround and Stereo.
There are 35 files in total, at a running time of 178 min (most are around 5 minutes long) and covers a wide range of places in the city. All files are tagged with metadata, and the complete package has a total size of approx 23 Gb.
City Life: Central America is a collection of sounds captured across 3 Central American countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
This library focus is on city atmosphere, especially in street/cover markets, pedestrian areas, parks, and many more.
The sounds captured in Mexico show a more “modern” Spanish atmosphere, compared to the more “traditional” Maya’s markets of Guatemala, where people speak a mix of Spanish and k’iche'(traditional Mayan language used in some parts of Guatemala)
For the 3 countries we visited a large amount of cities (x10) to capture the exceptional urban soundscapes of Central America.
The record duration are around 6:00 min per take. For the cities, we used a discreet setup: Sennheiser AMBEO and an AB stereo setup with x2 Sennheiser MKH 8040.
Each sound recording are located with GPS coordinates and full soundminer metadata.
The Sennheiser AMBEO is an ambisonic microphone, than can be decode in many differents formats (binaural, 7.1, 5.1, stéréo, mono, etc…) for decode it you can use the Harpex plugin or the free Soundfield/Rodes plugin.
-The Full sound bank (Stereo + Surround/Ambisonic) contains 71 sound takes record in 24/96khZ and decline in 267 files
-The stereo sound bank contains only the stereo files (119 files).
People in the street without any traffic, that’s what this collection delivers – featuring city life, with restaurants and pedestrian commercial streets. Most of those sounds have been recorded in Venice, which is one of the largest pedestrian zone in the world.
Far from the heart of town. Where you see the cityscapes in the distance. You hear the sounds of downtown deep and low. This collection is made for those shots, when you need to feel at the edge of the city.
Take advantage of 287 MB of high-quality recordings of clothing foley for your latest foley project. Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH-416 and a DPA 4062, this library contains a superb selection of various materials, from denim jeans to wool jackets and more.
Works great with Reformer Pro but if you don’t own the plugin, you can still purchase and use the sounds in this pack separately.
Get an elite cache of cinematic power and creative expression. Collision FX delivers an exceptional pallete of sound to design, compose, score, sweeten and create astonishingly impressive cinematic elements that absolutely get noticed. Built on a sonic foundation of cinematic source FX, composers, musicians, DJ’s and sound designers alike are empowered with unmatched inspiration for creating breathtaking cinematic dynamics and orchestrated elements.
We had the chance to make the crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship container (ATLANTIC STAR).
We boarded in the Antwerp industrial port in Belgium, sailed the English Channel, and then stopped at Liverpool’s industrial port.
Then we crossed the North Atlantic Ocean to reach Halifax, Canada. This trip took us 10 days, 10 days of sounds recording.
Through this trip, we were able to access places that normally are closed to the public: industrial ports, and a container ship.
-The completed sound bank (Stereo + Surround-Ambisonic) contains 154 files record in 24 bit / 96 kHz
This collection of common European bird sounds helps you to bring life into your nature environments at different seasons. It will be easy to signify a sad winter or a sunny day in spring by choosing the right bird song.
COUNTRYSIDE WINTER – Ambisonics brings you 15 ambisonic atmospheres recorded during different times of a day in winter: early morning, morning, afternoon, evening and night.
All these recordings have been done in Sierra Morena, Andalusia (Spain). Being winter, birds tend to be much quiet and insects are almost gone, so most of the ambiences are pretty silent. You will hear mainly birds such as sparrows, doves and woodpeckers. At night dogs and roosters make an appearance.
Recordings have been done with a Sennheiser Ambeo + Zoom F8. All files are in 96 kHz/24 bit and meta-tagged.
This Ambisonics sound effects library contains the original recordings in A-Format (no processing whatsoever) and in B-format (AmbiX). By using Harpex, 5.1 (LRCLfeLsRs) and stereo (ORTF) mixdowns have been also added. Note that the Lfe channel is mute. It hasn’t been removed to follow the SMPTE path order.
The Ambisonics version contains all the formats. Stereo version only includes the stereo files.
Soundcloud demo plays the stereo version.
The Creepy Cello SFXs Instrument: A Big collection of Creepy SFXs live Cello, recorded from 3 mic positions with a Neumann U87. This is the best cello collection for your horror trailer tracks, recorded by Vesislava Todorova.
Features 1.61 GB uncompressed content, 720 sounds in 24 bit / 96 Khz. Includes 11 instruments for the FULL Kontakt version 5.6.0 and the AIFF Version .
The Creepy Contrabass SFXs Instrument: A Big collection of Creepy SFXs live Contrabass, recorded from 3 mic positions with a Neumann U87. This is the best Contrabass collection for your horror trailer tracks, recorded by Vesislava Todorova.
Features 427MB uncompressed content, 180 sounds in 24 bit / 96 kHz. Includes 2 instruments for the FULL Kontakt version 5.8.1 and the AIFF Version.
Vesislava Todorova is a performing and recording artist from Bulgaria, with more than 10 Years of experience playing cello for various projects such as movies, video games, commercials and now the brand new Creepy Contrabass SFX Library from TH Studio Production.
Along with her live performances, she also has a strong online presence with over 7 million views her covers and original music.
2 Instruments for FULL KONTAKT 5.8.1
TH Studio present our first product in our CREEPY HORROR SFX series, featuring a deeply-sampled acoustic Toy Piano, captured with a stereo of large-diaphragm Neumann microphones. Are you scared? If not, just listen this toy piano: It’s a universal horror instrument for your scary music tracks, Inspired from the new big Trailers on Hollywood horror movies. Features 4 layers of dynamics, it’s a 360MB uncompressed Kontakt Instrument in 24 bit / 96 Khz. The samples can also be accessed as regular .wav files without Kontakt.
The Creepy Violin SFXs Instrument: A Big collection of Creepy SFXs live Violin, recorded from 3 mic positions with a Neumann U87. This is the best Violin collection for your horror trailer tracks, recorded by Vesislava Todorova.
Features 681 MB uncompressed content, 306 sounds in 24 bit / 96 Khz. Includes 3 instruments for the FULL Kontakt version 5.8.1 and the AIFF Version.
Vesislava Todorova is a performing and recording artist from Bulgaria, with more than 10 Years of experience playing cello for various projects such as movies, video games, commercials and now the brand new Creepy Violin SFX Library from TH Studio Production.
• 3 Instrument for FULL Kontakt 5.8.1
• 681 MB uncompressed
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz
Restaurants are some of the most popular film sets. They are all different and it’s impossible to be exhaustive. So, what have we got here? A large French restaurant, an American Diner, a bar, staff canteen and next-table conversation. The Ambisonic recordings will help you to adjust your sound to your picture so you can bring some life to your silent restaurant.
More than 120 room tones in 5.1 surround sound (7 GB)
• Living room, bath, kitchen, office, heating, fans, clocks
• Cleaning, working, natural noise, humming, buzz, soundscapes and more
• Recorded with INA 5 surround microphone array – no plug-in needed, just drag the 5 tracks into your DAW
• Compatible with ITU-R BS.775 recommendation
• Realistic room impression and sound location, true to original sound color, no Ambisonics
• Perfect balanced surround sounds for drag and drop integration in Cinematics, games, radio plays
• 24 Bit / 96 kHz / low noise recording
• Interleaved surround sound file (L/R/C/LFE/LS/RS)
• EBU/BWF and WAV-Metadata made with Soundminer for use in any DAW
• Equipment: INA 5 surround microphone array, RME UCX, RME Quadmic 2
With A Sound Effect, Asbjoern has created a web site where our international community can browse, learn, and share the vast fruits of our labors. Together we are accelerating the very real potential power of sound design as a recognized art form.
A Sound Effect is an excellent resource for us to keep our animated films sounding unique and exciting.
A Sound Effect is a great asset to have discovered.
We found the site very easy to navigate, purchasing and downloads were effortless and the effects themselves are awesome! Asbjoern has done us all a great service.
We’ll definitely be back!
There are many great independent sound effect libraries available these days. The main problem with having so many, is keeping track of them!
A Sound Effect is a great hub, and is one of the first places I visit to look for sounds by category or genre. I started coming here to see if I could find libraries that I knew I had heard, but forgot WHERE I had heard them.
And in the process discovered libraries I never would have found otherwise. Great work! Keep it up!
We're always looking for new sounds to mangle, so when A Sound Effect had a holiday sale, I tried them out.
The purchase experience is really smooth and quick, and delivery is almost instant.
I'll definitely come back to them again in the future!
A Sound Effect is a wonderful resource for indie sound effects libraries. On top of that, it has some of the finest sound design, film and game audio interviews!
I often need very specific types of sounds so I've become a big supporter of independent recorders.
Until now I've always had to go to their individual websites. Now I can find them all in one place.
And, Asbjoern is great to work with!
A Sound Effect is a well curated boutique sound effects shop and a great place to find industry interviews and learning resources.