Abstract Ambiences gets you a collection of abstract and surreal ambiences, covering everything from Doomed Soundscapes, Dark Drones, Futuristic Dungeons, Alien Worlds, SciFi Horror, Weird Radio Messages and Interference to Disturbing and Terrifying Noises, Eerie Textures & more. The library is the first of many collaborations between SoundBits and Monte Sound. All sounds are royalty free – and several versions are available:
Abstract Ambiences – Stereo:
• 60 ready-to-use abstract ambiences in stereo
• 60 files, 5.18 GB
Abstract Ambiences 5.0 – Surround:
• 60 ready-to-use abstract ambiences in 5.0 surround (split mono) + stereo downmixes
• 300 split monofiles (60 ambiences in 5.0) + 60 stereo files, 13.08 GB
• 257 stereo layers/stems – source stems used to build the Abstract Ambiences library, offering 1000s of combinations
• 257 files, 13.33 GB
Abstract Ambiences COMPLETE Pack:
• Surround + Stereo Downmixes + Construction Kit bundle for maximum savings!
• 377 files, 31.59GB
More details about the packs below.
African Cloud Forest is a collection of immersive ambiences recorded in Ethiopia’s high-altitude montane rainforests. These recordings will transport you to the heart of remote cloud forests, teeming with wildlife and free from man-made noise.
African Jungle is a huge collection of unique ambiences recorded in Central Africa’s Congo Basin rainforests. To my knowledge, these are the first surround field recordings made in this area. Last year I spent a whole month off the grid, listening to and recording a variety of habitats at all times of day and night, at the height of the rainy season when birds are most vocal. It took me many days of travel to get to these places, from using trains, boats, cars and planes to hiking on foot in the jungle.
African Wild West is a collection of lush and immersive ambiences recorded in Senegal over the course of a 3-week trip in 2017. The library consists of 70 recordings totaling more than 6 hours, available both as stereo and surround. The recordings have been captured with a Sennheiser Double Mid-Side rig both at all times of day and night in the following locations:
Amazon Jungle is a collection of unique ambiences recorded in the Amazon rainforest on the border between Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. The library was recorded during the rainy season when birds are vocal and humidity is at its highest. These recordings feature species such as the Screaming Piha, Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Trogons, Tinamous, Owls, very vocal Bamboo Rats and a multitude of insects and frogs.
Synthetic Sphere is a collection of spatialised synthetic pads, mixed in an ambisonic format for a complete 360 interactive soundtrack. Multiple layers of pads, tones and amorphic FX are spreaded across the sphere, resulting in a truly immersive experience. These pads include gentle movement across 3D space, creating rich ambiances but without catching to much of the listener attention.
This collection is great for post production, VR/AR experiences, game developers and any real-time 3D audio engine.
All files are tagged and categorized for your convenience – supporting tag filtering browsing applications.
This package includes 10 Samples – Total 51 minutes of content.
Supported formats: First Order AmbiX and Stereo (Total of 20 files).
Download a B-Format Ambix demo here: Demo
The library is also available in a stereo only version here.
The Ambisonic Airplanes Cessna 172 library, is a small library procured from a single short flight. The recordings were made from the rear passenger seat positioned as close as possible to the middle of the aircraft. The front of the Ambisonic microphone faced the cockpit. The flight was recorded in it’s entirety and edited down for easier use.
Types of recordings include idling, flying, flying with windows open, taxiing, taxiing with windows open, engine turning on, engine turning off, plane during takeoff, plane during landing, plane engine test (1700 RPM test) and more.
The library was recorded using a Sennheiser Ambeo VR Microphone onto a Sound Devices MixPre 6. The library has a fairly large size because we have conveniently provided 4 versions of the same files to make it easier and more flexible to use. Included you will find B-Format wav files (FuMa and AmbiX) A-Format raw wav files and a Binaural stereo mix down. The library includes a total of 17 unique files and 68 total files.
Information on the Cessna 172 from Wikipedia:The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft.
Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in 1956 and as of 2015, the company and its partners had built more than 44,000. The aircraft remains in production today.
“PWL08: Ambisonic Overview : USA – WEST COAST AIRPORT & FLIGHT” is a collection of sounds recorded between 2 airports of the west coast of the USA: Los Angeles, and Oakland. As a bonus, we put in the library sounds recorded at the Paris Airport (France).
The library includes also sounds recorded during the flights between these 3 airports in four different planes: one Boing 787, one Boing 789 Dreamliner, one Airbus A319, and one Airbus A320.
We were recording in many places inside the airports: Ticket place, gate place, security check, waiting room, near a restaurant, bar, dutyfree shop, etc…
And also inside the planes: before take-off, security announcement, take-off, landing, room tone, ambiance during the flight, passenger walla, Captain and crew PA System
– The soundbank contains 64 sound takes recorded in 24 Bit / 96 kHz for a total duration of 388 minutes of original sound, decline in 192 files
For this sound effects library, we traveled across Alaska, from the extreme north to the south coast to capture the spirit of these nordic and wild landscapes: Boreal forests, arctic and alpin tundras, glaciers, rivers, and lakes.
Here the soundscapes reflect the extreme weather conditions: Silent ambiances punctuated by the elements: Wind, snow, rain, serving the erosion.
In this wilderness, animals remain discreet. We had the chance to capture many birds with our microphones: Owls, ducks, seagulls, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, common ravens, migratory birds, and many other species – and a few other animals: Hoary marmots, arctic marmots, squirrels and moose.
-The sound bank contains 66 sound takes recorded in ambisonic at 24/96khZ (a total of 330 files).
here is an exemple of an ambisonic recording embeded in a 360° movie (go on youtube to listen the 360° sound) :
We traveled across Canada, from the east coast to the west coast, and from the north to the Southern American’ border to capture the spirit of this fantastic country and its wild landscapes:
infinite forest and boreal forest, huge lakes, mountain rivers, torrents, ocean, plains, alpine tundra, mountain ranges, caves, and also city environments.
Over the course of 3 months we captured quiet soundscapes from gigantic boreal forests only populated by birds and squirrels. We went to the end of the north road, to the edge of the Saint James Bay, where the ice winds of the Arctic met the tundra and the end of the boreal forest.
We discovered many lakes and rivers that characterize this wild country. We crossed the gigantic plains of Manitoba to join the Rocky Mountains and the British Colombia.
Facing this wilderness, we did not forget the cities and its humans: In Montreal and Ottawa we captured many atmospheres: markets, urban parks, streets and pedestrian areas.
-> We went record in these locations: Nova Scotia, Montreal, Ottawa, Tadoussac, Bois Robert, Bay James, Ruppert river, Harricana river, Temiscaming forest, Chapleau Faunetic Reserve, Ontario Forest, Manitoba’s prairies, Northern Rocky Mountains, Salmon Glacier, Lynn canyon, Callaghan lake, Jasper.
-> All GPS coordinate are include in the sound sheet.
-The sound bank contains 68 sound takes (total duration: 329 minutes), recorded in 24/96 kHz and split into 272 files
Ambisonic Steam Trains features recordings of 3 different narrow-gauge railways in Saxony/Germany where they meander through narrow valleys and bends.
The library includes more than 3.5 hours of recordings that are taken directly at the train drivers position in the cabin as well as from wagon platforms and passenger seats.
Also recordings of train pass-bys, shunting and service operations in the depot are included.
With the Ambisonic format it is guaranteed that the acoustically rich and diversified surroundings of steam trains in action are captured spherical in each and every detail.
Ambisonic Steam Trains is available in two versions:
Ambisonic and Stereo
The Ambisonic version delivers 4 channel A-Format files recorded with the Ambeo VR microphone in upright position.
These files need conversion to B Format prior to further processing.
The Stereo version contains the same number of files with equal playing length, but, as the name suggestions, only in stereo versions. All takes are already decoded to 180° stereo that can be manipulated with any stereo width plugin.
This is an Ambisonics sound effects library – and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the included A-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
Ambisonic Surround After Dark features 20 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of evening Crickets, Cicadas, from urban and residential areas.
Recorded with a Brahma Ambisonic Microphone and a Zoom F8 recorder and mastered in 3 configurations: Ambisonic B format (FuMa 1st Order WXYZ), 5.1 Surround Sound (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf ) and Stereo (L-R) – all with embedded metadata. Most tracks are 2 minutes long.
Want a taste of what's included? Download the B Format Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
Ambisonic Surround Crowds features 60 HD 24bit/96khz Surround Sound Effects with a large selection of crowds from Conventions, Museums, Markets, Playgrounds, Parks, Carnivals, Casinos, Restaurants and more. Both Exterior and Interior.
Mastered in 3 configurations: Ambisonic B format (FuMa 1st Order WXYZ), 5.1 Surround Sound (L-C-R-Ls-Rr-Lf ) and Stereo (L-R)
Recorded with a Brahma Ambisonic Microphone and a Zoom F8 recorder with special attention given to avoid intelligible words. Recording locations are all from center perspective, in the middle of the crowd to give the widest image.
Most tracks are 2 Minutes long with embedded Soundminer metadata.. All new, original recordings. Want a taste of what's included? Download the B Format Surround Demo file here and try it out on your own system!
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' delivers a huge amount of recordings (more than 10 hours total!) from a trip to Vietnam. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Transportation ambiences.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Hanoi such as the Thien Mu Pagoda temple, street terraces, outside the imperial city, the literature temple, parks, streets, markets and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from the Halong Bay, Hue Tu Duc mausoleum park, the banks of the River of Perfumes, the town of Thuy Bieu, the Dam Chuon lagoon, brick manufacturing in the Mekong Delta, the waterways of Nhon Thanh Town, Phu Quoc Island (day and night), Cai Coi paddle boat excursions and more.
Transportation includes a motorboat excursion, cruise ship excursion, the Hanoi Train, a rickshaw excursion, a fishing excursion, car rides, Long Xuyen canal and Ben Tre river boat excursions and more.
'Asia Reminds – Vietnam Ambiences' is available in two versions:
STEREO EDITION, with a total of 176 stereo audio files at 48 kHz / 24 bit (102 ambient sounds / 74 FX sounds)
Total library size (rar compressed: 7 GB, extracted: 10 GB)
EXPAND EDITION, with a total of 102 audio files at 96 kHz / 24 bit, in each of these folders: STEREO, MS, UPMIX 5.0. It also includes 74 FX sounds. Total library size (rar compressed: 58 GB, extracted: 91 GB)
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' delivers a generous amount of recordings (more than 5 hours total) from a trip to Japan. It's divided into three distinct ambience types: City ambiences, Nature / Town ambiences and Trains / Stations ambiences & FX folder.
You obtain three format folders : Stereo / MS / 5.0 Upmix
'Asia Reminds II – Japan Ambiences' ambience types:
City ambiences include recordings from Osaka to Tokyo such as geek Denden town & Akiharaba Arcade-Pachinko room, Stroll in Nishiki market, Kitanomaru Park, Famous Shibuya crossing and more.
Nature / town ambiences include recordings from famous Kyoto Bamboo Forest, Philosopher's path, Kibune-Kurama Forest and more.
Trains / Stations include recordings from Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo Stations, Stroll in Fujikyoko Line, Railroad Crossing and more.
FX include gashapon machine, Crows & Birds, Train doors etc…
'Asia Reminds – Japan Ambiences' : with a total of 76 audio files in each of these folders: STEREO (48 kHz / 24 bit), MS & UPMIX 5.0 (96 kHz / 24 bit).
It also includes 117 FX sounds.
You have access to two download folder :
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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
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).
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