Baltic Quad Surroundings captures the urban sounds of Riga city and its adjacent suburban and rural areas, located in the Baltics, Northern Europe. A Quadraphonic library for your next surround work. Takes are approximately 4 to 5 minutes long or even longer, so that should cover the majority of movie scenes. Please listen to the stereo samples, or download the Quad samples to hear full potential of these recordings here: Quad Recordings Demo
Since this is our first release, we are also adding a free bonus micro library with quad recordings of passing trains that we encountered during the recording sessions. Enjoy!
Recorded with a spaced Quadraphonic omni setup.
The recordings were done in early spring when vegetation has not yet grown leaves, to avoid unnecessary noise pollution. Some recordings are made at night to keep bird activity to a minimum.
This is the first library that results from a steady need for authentic and realistic surround backgrounds.
The most common problem we have with surround sound libraries is that they are too exotic, or have too much activity. So, we took matters into our own hands and started to explore different surround recording techniques. Our recordings can be used as a surround soundscape “beds” or layers. This allows controlled additions of other elements to build up the scene and keep the viewer’s focus on the storyline.
The goal was to record diffused sound field atmospheres and that is where a spaced Quadraphonic Omni setup shines. Human hearing does not rely only on level differences across the frequency spectrum – in fact, our auditory system heavily relies on the difference of sound wave arrival time to each ear. This is especially important with frequencies below 800 hertz.
So spaced microphones result in more believable sound field recordings than point source recording techniques like MS or other compact systems. The phase is also not an issue, it even decreases as microphones get placed even further apart. The only downside to this technique is the big and bulky rig and that it requires individual wind protection for each microphone.
Our future goal is to add a dedicated center channel to the recording rig and to start building up way bigger and more sophisticated libraries. Stay tuned for future releases!
BASEMENT CORRIDOR is a collection in 5.1 SURROUND (and stereo too) of 21 high quality recorded roomtoones, ambiences and SFX sounds from underground locations.
Quiet Room tones, room tones with additional hum, fan, blower, ventilations, water flowing in pipes, compressor engine with extinction and activations, and also big doors slammed with huge corridor reverb at distance. All those sounds can be used in an underground basement environment.
All recordings were made with a DPA 5100 microphone and are around 3 minutes long each. All files are meticulously meta-tagged and can be used in wide range of productions.
Beatformer is an all-in-one beat sculpting plug-in for the modern beat maker. Beatformer allows you to effortlessly shape your beats and enhance their dynamics without compromising their character and musicality. You can use Beatformer in every beat track, either you want transparent or extreme sound manipulation. Use Beatformer to add substance to thin sounds, to add colour and personal character and to glue your drum mix together.
The plugin has four intuitive controls (Boom, Punch, Squash and Air) that offer powerful Digital Signal Processing in a delicate design. With more than a dozen high-quality algorithms under the hood, Beatformer opens up a wide range of musical beat shaping possibilities.
Recordings from the German capital. A collection of files containing a wide view of Berlin ambiences: Parks, streets, undergrounds, city ambiences… 50 files of interior and exterior files recorded in the Summer of 2013.
Featuring 38 pristine nature recordings from remote locations across the U.S., Biophony delivers a diverse collection of ambient environmental sounds. Delivered in 24-bit/96kHz FuMa Ambisonics format as well as stereo, this library contains amphibians, sea animals, insects and other wildlife interacting within distinct biomes. Use these sounds to enliven your nature scenes with a rich, authentic ecological backdrop.
To capture these sounds, recordist Jason Strawley and videographer Andrew Garraway traveled to four states from Florida to California with the goal of capturing a variety of ecosystems including swamps, ponds, and forests. The result is a dense collection of vibrant wildlife recordings brimming with life. According to Strawley, one of the most difficult aspects of the process was finding locations unaffected by human intervention, be it noise pollution or the overarching effects of climate change. In his own words:
“Human-made noise pollution foiled many a recording, forcing us to travel to more and more remote locations. We should all be advocating to preserve more wild lands, but it’s not just about the land – we need to preserve the soundscape and darkscape as well. Some national parks are doing a great job with this and I hope we can contribute to awareness in some tiny way.”
Each sound file is embedded with rich, descriptive metadata to help you find the exact ecosystem and animal recording you need.
Welcome to BLEED, a new sound effects collection designed with the modern trailer and soundtrack composer in mind. Featuring a vast array of hi-tech hits/impacts and stingers, sophisticated transition and passbys, visceral stutters, risers and more.
Features 270 metadata embedded .wav files + comes with 9 Kontakt Instruments in the Photosynthesis engine (Note: Full version of Kontakt 5.5+ required, free player not supported)
•Risers & Stutters
•Whoosh & Transition
Whether you need whoosh sound effects in surround or stereo, the Synthetic Blender and Whooshes Library gives you the tools for doing it properly:
BLENDER & WHOOSHES – Surround Sound Design Box:
• Each surround sound contains 5 separate sounds in mono: FR, FL, C, RS, LS
• Movements included: front to rear, rear to front, left to right, right to left and circular
• Additional stereo mixdown files for prelistening
• Effective workflow thanks to well-structured, appropriately-named files
• More than 130 ready-to-use surround sounds, surround sound effects (1.2 GB)
BLENDER & WHOOSHES – Stereo Construction Kit:
• Easy, effective workflow with comprehensive EBU/BWF and WAV-Metadata (for use in any DAW)
• Categories for sounds: long, medium, short, high, mid, low
• Tonal direction (up, down or even)
• Each sound pitched twice
• More than 500 stereo sounds (1.4 GB) HD 24 Bit / 96 kHz
BLENDER & WHOOSHES – Surround + Stereo Bundle:
The bundle gives you the advantages of both the Construction Kit and the Design Box.
BMW X1 sDrive 18d 2018 is our new library. This time we recorded this awesome car with several mics all around!
Bo Ho – Kontakt Edition, is a new library of weird and wonderful sounds created from a cymbal being played with a violin bow. It consists of 52 clean recordings in WAV format, plus 8 manipulated, effected versions of some of the files, also in WAV format.
In addition to this, there are 15 Kontakt Instruments made up of different effects to all 60 WAV files, mapped to 60 keys on the keyboard, creating 900 individual sounds / drones / underscores when played with the full Kontakt Player (5.6.8 or above).
The sounds range from the haunting and the subtle, to the distorted ear bleeder and everything in between. The WAV files can be used on their own, or manipulated in any way. The Kontakt Instruments are all unlocked and fully editable, making the possibilities of different versions of the files infinite.
This library is a must for theatre / film / TV sound designers and for sound artists or for anyone who appreciates and uses strange sounds for any project.
Please note that the Kontakt instruments will only play on the full, latest version (5.6.8 or above).
SampleTraxx BRAAMS Vol.2 is a new collection of organic, raw and emotive custom braams, low-end tones, processed double bass and field recording, bass morph, pitch motion and more.
Braams Vol.2 delivers a vast spectrum of possibilities into a unique and personal sound design collection featuring 150 Wav sounds with key information and 10 Kontakt Instruments.
• Big End
• Dark Hybrid Braams
• Double Bass Swell
• Braams Elements
• Low Dept
• Melodic Braams
• Noise Drop
• Pitch Motion
• Reversed Braams
• 390 MB of content
• 150 Wav Sounds 48/24
• 10 Kontakt Instruments – Full version 5.8 needed
Kontakt Free Player not supported
Ladies and gentleman, please put your hands together for the most dramatic crowd library you’ve ever heard!
Bravo! Dramatic Audiences places you front and center with laughs, reactions, quietudes, cheers, and applause that will bring your project to life. A wide range of crowds were captured for this library, including those attending live theater, stand-up comedy, music concerts, and more. Venue sizes vary from small to large, interior and exterior, offering great flexibility while matching to picture. The size of the crowds range from as few as 30 people, all the way up to 200, allowing you to mix and match sounds for easy scalability depending on the project at hand.
SSL13 Brussels, Brugge & Gant City Sounds is our second recording travel project, recorded in Belgium during a 4-days visit to the country. The Surround Sound LAB team traveled to Brussels, Brugge and Gant just to record the main essence of these cities!
Parks, Ambiences, Traffic, Wallas, indoors crowds, buses, trains, stations and touristic places, all available right now in this huge library.
More than 2:30 hours of original and actual recordings. 55 original field recordings in Surround 5.1 , ST and Double MS RAW format (for custom editions).
Each ambience recorded in this library is at least 1-2 minutes long, so there is no need for looping ambience in your project!
This library was recorded in a Double MS mic configuration. This provides great post production possibilities.
This Bugs SFX library is all about insects, mostly crickets and cicadas. There are legions of them and they are all different. We bring you some clean and sharp ones, captured in french countryside at both daytime and at night.
To give a city a good energy, you’ll need to add some background activities. Building sites are one of the of sounds of a living city. You will find different kind of atmospheres in this collection – including large building sites with cranes and outdoor elevators, various emergency alarm, excavators, hammers and grinders. All you need to give your set the realism of a big city.
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.
Chicago Ambisonics is a library of B-format city ambiences with “virtual microphone” software.
Included software allows users to tweak perspective in real time for greater control and creativity. The Ambisonics format offers versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. The creative possibilities are endless!
Featuring 35 high-quality urban ambiences (over 3 hours total), Chicago Ambisonics includes SurroundZone2 software by TSL Products that allows you to point “virtual microphones” any direction with a wide range of polar patterns. Unparalleled flexibility lets users match backgrounds with the specific setting of any scene.
With more productions filming in Chicago than ever before, a Chicago sound effects library is an asset for any sound editor. Chicago Ambisonics features 24-bit/96 kHz city atmospheres captured all over Chicago including recordings from from Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, the L Train, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View, & Wrigley Field.
This library is also perfect for use in 3D Audio applications including VR experiences and 360º video – prepare your sound effects library for the future of immersive media! Pre-rendered stereo versions of all of the recordings are included as well.
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
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