Above & Below puts traffic ambience in a new perspective: This library features 70+ minutes of traffic ambience above and below bridges, hills, underpass, overpass, buildings, walkway bridges, and more.
Recorded in 96 kHz / 24 bit – All files last five minutes and thirty seconds each.
Need the ambience of airports, security areas or on-board a commercial airliner during an international flight?
This library delivers: Getting you 4 hours of crowds and atmospheres recorded at 10 different international airports – and on-board multiple airliners with different seat perspectives in-flight, landing, taxi and crew announcements included.
Update: 16 recordings of 6 new airports now included, as well as two new, long airliner on-board recordings – a total of 1h 23 minutes of additional audio!
Airports From The Archive features recordings made in and around airports in the UK, Europe and the USA.
It comes with 42 files in 24bit / 48kHz, many long atmospheres with and without announcements and including four recordings that have the hard-to-find Solari Departure Board sounds included. All files are Soundminer Metadata embedded.
All in all, you get more than three hours of great, authentic airport sounds in this library.
Get the sounds and ambiences of Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, a German motor racing circuit, recorded by Ana Monte. It features recordings from events such as pitstops, engine tests and mechanics working.
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.
The booming and serrated voice of a 100th anniversary edition American classic is upon you. And this Fat Boy had quite a lot to say. Mostly in a dialect of deliciously loud and explosive transients.
You'll find that this library not only covers glorious engine dynamics and potato-y straight pipes, but also various switches, mechanics, linkages, electrical functions, the horn, and even a guardian bell. There are pass-bys and encircled recordings in both mono and MS formats (the latter of which are left raw for you to decode at gain and width settings appropriate to your needs), static running captures, and a structure of engine throttling that can give you delicate control over the engine's power.
This library features a French armoured personnel carrier VAB manufactured by Renault, equipped with a 320 hp Renault MIDR engine. The recording consists of 15 onboard channels covering the engine, exhaust, fans, interior front and rear, and 17 exterior channels positioned around the recording location. It also contains startups, idling, blips, steady RPMs in neutral, driving and reversing at slow, medium and fast speeds, aways, approaches, passbys, stops, shutdown, horn and more.
Around Bridges Volume 2 gets you sounds taken from the iron and steel construction elements of various bridges in Berlin. The entire library was recorded with a two-channel contact microphone setup and it features thrilling vibrations caused be passing cars, trucks, trams and metro trains.
The material in this library is a comprehensive resource for creating otherworldly ambiences, futuristic pass-bys or eerie atmospheres with a touch of rusty steel and iron.
Arch Bridge Iron * Arch Bridge Steel Rivets * City Rail Bridge Iron * Flat Bridge River Iron * Metro Bridge Cross * Metro Bridge Iron * Railroad Bridge Main Street Iron * Railroad Bridge River Steel * Road Bridge Iron * Road Bridge Steel Sections
Get the sounds of an Aston Martin DB9 with a 5.9 litres V12 engine and 456 hps. The recording consists of eight channels, interior left and right, exhausts left and right and four engine channels.
It contains start, stop, idle, blipping, revving on constant rpms without gear, accelerations, decelerations and driving. Full surround drive away and drive by added in the end. The recording length is 11 min 59 s.
For recordings of a hot-tempered ATV (All-terrain vehicle) with a two-stroke engine, check out this sound pack. It consists of a two and a half minute 4-channel recording with two mics on the engine and two on the exhaust. Great for your zipping, sputtering, and revving needs of a fun ride.
The Audi A4 B8 Allroad 2.0 TFSI is a 211 HP 4×4 car with turbo, and this library gets you almost 9GB of recordings, featuring 155 96kHz and 24bit files (including RAW files, 111 without RAW), with a total length of 213 minutes (without RAW files).
The library covers different sound effects like engine during regular driving, reverse or accelerations. It was recorded with 3 microphones mounted under the hood and one inside the drivers’ cabin to capture the interior in sync with the engine.
It was recorded with two Sound Devices 702, two DPA 4061 microphones, two Sennheiser MKH 8040, Sony PCM-M10 and Rode NTG3.
In addition to the onboard sound you’ll find exterior driving, turning, stopping, turning engine on and off or reverse sounds recorded from 2 perspectives.
Also driving on the snow and asphalt effects recorded with DPA 4061 mounted near the tyres, and finally, passes recorded from 3 perspectives. Slow driving (20 to 40 km/h), medium speeds (40 to 80) and fast (from 80 to 140 km/h), stopping and accelerations.
Those sounds were recorded in mono with Rode NTG3 following a car, stereo ORTF recorded with MKH 8040s capturing passes from left to right, and stereo AB with Sony PCM-M10 capturing sound from right to left.
This library also contains some basic foley, like closing and opening doors, servo sounds, windows, buttons or seatbelts.
If you’re after car sounds, this SFX library with sounds from an Audi A4 awaits: It features recordings containing engine sounds, foley, external sounds + files prepared for games with loops of single RPMs, and accelerations from 0 to 6k RPM, and from 6k to 0 for granular synthesis.
78 sound effect files are included for a total of 55 minutes of sounds from that punchy Audi A4.
This sound library was updated with 43 designed and 52 raw engine files, recorded with DPA 4061 microphones.
Recorded at one of India’s Premium race circuits, this library features pull aways, pull ups, pass bys, revs, ambiences in the pit, commentaries, crowd and almost anything you can think of on a typical day at the races. There is a big selection of cars ranging from formula 4 cars, Rotax cars, Stunt and safety vehicles.
Need bicycle sound effects? This SFX library delivers more than 650 bike sounds in 125 files, covering everything from cycle gears, chains, crankset, spokes, brakes, the saddle, gearbox, bells, bicycle pumps and valves – and of course lots of wheel sounds, spinning at various speeds.
It also features outdoor ambiences of cycling, bike passes, skids and even some falls.
This library is an intimate profile of a completely original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. It boasts a 427 ‘Big Block’ 400 HP engine, a 4-speed Muncie transmission, 3×2 tri-power carburetor, and plenty of mechanical accessories.
We recorded anything on the vehicle that made a definable noise: the handbrake, clutch, shifter, turn signal, horn, headlights, hood latch, gas cap, doors, and more. Though the primary focus, of course, was on the beasty combustion and exhaust systems. We collected multi- and single-point, interior and exterior, front to back recordings of the engine cranking, idling, and being cut. We also experimented with a wide spectrum setup for passbys and various driving maneuvers. Files pertaining to the same event are marked accordingly for easy grouping and layering. This collection was designed so that in using multiple grouped files, you can effectively dial in/out the exhaust pipes independently (driver side, passenger side), interior ambience, and direct engine sources as desired. Together with a number of alternative variations, you can use this library to bring any car in your project to life, quickly.
This library features a Soviet tank BMP-1 with a 6 cylinder water cooled diesel engine. The recordings consist of 13 channels, 7 interior (front and rear), 2 exhaust, 1 track, 1 air intake and 2 from the turret pointing forward. It contains startups, stops, idling, blips, driving, as well as exterior surround drive aways, approaching and more. Add a little history to your sound design with this Eurasian AFV.
Want the engine sounds of a BMW? THe BMW 114i sound effects library features 47 WAV files with total length of 125 minutes, recorded in 96kHz/24bit using Sound Devices 702, Oktavas MK012, Rode NTG and Sony PCM-M10. This library includes the sound of the engine.
You will find sound of different driving styles, slow rpm increase and decrease for game implementation, steady rpms, casual driving, and aggressive accelerations with sudden gear shifting.
In addition to the engine sound, You’ll find foley like opening/closing doors, windows, hood, turning lights, horn and more. The last thing are passes and accelerations recorded from the outside. Different speeds and perspectives recorded in mono and stereo at the same time. Every file was tagged in ProTools 11 for quick and easy searching.
The BMW 530D vehicle sound effects library was recorded with two track Sound Devices 702 recorder on the streets of Poland. Foley was captured with mono Rode NTG3 microphone. The engine sounds were recorded with two DPA 4061 omni microphones set under the hood.
The car sound effects were captured during regular driving, accelerating and decelerating. Engine was recorded in two different configurations with one mic in engine compartment and exhaust, and other one with two microphones set under the hood.
In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder. In this 124-minute sound library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin.
Get the sounds of a BMW F12 640D with a twin turbo 313HP diesel engine. The recordings covers different driving sound effects like regular driving, accelerations, reverse, engine on/idle/stop. In addition to engine recorded onboard (two microphones under the hood, exhaust and interior in sync) there are exterior passes covering different speeds, from 30 up to 180 kmph, stopping, driving away slowly and fast, reverse. Last but not least there are a few foley files as a bonus. The whole library was recorded with Sound Devices 702, Zoom F8, 2x Sennheisers MKH 8040 and 2x DPAs 4061.
This library gets you both the sounds of a tugboat / motor engine boat, as well as a sailboat.
It delivers powerful boat engine sounds such as accelerations, stopping and idle sounds. You also get radio VHF chatter, cabin roomtone, splashing waves, the sounds of anchors being dropped and handled and mainsail hoisting sounds. There's also lots of ropes creaking and squeaking, winches, furlers, genoas flapping and raising, sailboat interiors with light swells. Finally, it includes some quiet ambiences from a big city marina.
So if your project calls for boat sounds, there's lots to work with here:
Vehicles: Boats 1: Ferry Sound FX is a sound library of three types of ferry boats: a 7-ton, 12,000 horsepower car and passenger ferry, a 400-person SeaBus ferry, and a small 12-person AquaBus ferry.
This collection highlights field recordings captured while riding the vehicles. There are a variety of tracks from holds and positions on the boats: upper, lower, and mid-holds, as well as recordings at the prow and stern. These tones can also work as industrial tones as well. This boat sound library also includes maneuvering and bow wash tracks. Includes over 15 fields of Soundminer metadata.
Brazillian Airports & Plane Journeys is a comprehensive collection of various ambiences and environments. All of the main areas of the airports are covered, including check-in, baggage check, food halls and departure gates. In addition to this, all of the major interior plane phenomena such as coasting, take off, landing and in flight are also included.
The majority of sound files in the library are over ten minutes in length, giving you a huge pool to source your audio from.
With Brazilian Airports & Plane Journeys you will never be left wanting for airport or passenger ambiences again.
This library consists of two different sessions where we dropped cars from a crane onto other cars and onto the ground. The first session contains lots of windows being smashed and sounds of car body debris from two hanging cars scratching against each other. During this session, microphones were positioned inside the vehicles as they were dropped from the crane as well. The left side of the onboard recorder comes and goes, but we decided to leave it in the library since it has some very nice bits in it.
I have been spending days at the local auto salvage yard, which is where our 4-wheeled friends end their days – and here's the result:
The Car Doors library gets you 78 mono door open/close sounds from 30 cars, and 6 car trunks, with multiple passes on each for soft and hard closes – all metadata tagged and ready to go!
Before the poor things were being torn apart for spares and placed on top of each other, I had the pleasure of recording a lot of their doors, opening and closing. As they were rubbish anyway, I could really put all my weight into the closing, and not being scared of the consequences. The sounds are from everyday cars, and some had a bit of rattle and rust, or cheap and thin kind of sound to them, others had some nice, heavy, and convincing thump, to them when they closed.
Looking for car horn sound effects? This library delivers more than 230 sounds in 80 files. It features recordings such as short, medium and long car horn sounds from both exterior and interior perspectives – and includes recordings from cars such as a Jeep Wrangler (2016 and 2004), Honda Pilot (2008), Ford F150 (2016), Volkswagen Beetle (20020), Merzedes Benz E350 (2010), Corvette Stingray (2015), and a Chevy Silverado (2016).
Buckle up and hold on tight for a huge collection of big wheelers including Hummer H3, Porsche Cayenne, Hyundai H1, Landrover Defender, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Mitsubishi Outlander, VW Caddy – and there’s more on the list.
Each of these cars comes with detailed individual mechanical characteristics. We used our super-quiet test track in South Africa to deliver the most clean and bright recordings to push your projects to the optimum.
We combined long takes of multi-channel car engine sounds and drive-bys with a comprehensive collection of interior handling sounds such as indicators, ventilation, pedal break, seatbelt and whatever you can think of. Of course, all files contain extensive metadata to provide you with the fastest and easiest workflow possible.
Our sound designers covered the entire range of possible car sounds.
Vehicles: Cars 1: Elements was designed as a tool kit to help you augment your own sound library with a broad mix of 500 automobile sound clips.
The collection features based on their type: luxury car, compact car, sedan, and so on. In particular, the collection features field recordings from:
A luxury 2007 Chrysler 300C Hemi
An older 2001 Honda Civic compact car, with driving on wet asphalt
A modern 2011 Mazda 3 compact automobile.
A vintage 1986 Volvo 740 Turbo vintage sedan.
Also included in the collection are over 100 tracks of various car recordings: peel outs on dirt and gravel, passes, and so on. There is also a mixed selection of car Foley: doors, glove box moves, horns, revs, idles, and more.
Please note: this collection is a “construction kit” of mixed sound fx from various cars. It is not intended to be an authoritative indexing of any one model in particular.
The Cars In Motion sound library gets you exterior sounds of cars driving at different speeds, slow/medium/fast/very fast pass-bys, reverse sounds, accelerations, braking sounds and a lot of additional files. You’ll find different engines, and cars with different character.
From a small BMW 114i through to a powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 with Magna Flow exhaust, up to a fast twin turbo BMW 640D F12. In addition to cars there are also files covering big machines like tractors and excavator.
The library features 561 WAV files with total length of 340 minutes, recorded in 96kHz and 24 bits with a Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, Rode NTG3 and Sony PCM-M10.
Here are the cars included in this library:
• Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI – 73 files – 73 minutes
• Audi A4 B8 2.0 TDI Avant – 11 files – 10 minutes
• BMW 114i E87 – 20 files – 10 minutes
• BMW 530D E60 – 55 files – 21 minutes
• BMW F12 640D Gran Coupe – 87 files – 49 minutes
• Excavator MF 860 – 30 files – 20 minutes
• Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 – 62 files – 51 minutes
• Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V – 71 files – 32 minutes
• Renault Master II 2.8 dTi – 21 files – 13 minutes
• Renault Master F3500 dCi135 – 30 files – 12 minutes
• Tractor Case II CX90 – 15 files – 10 minutes
• Volkswagen Golf II – 26 files – 13 minutes
• Other Cars – 60 files – 23 minutes
Chain Ferry features the remarkable sounds of a 100 year old ferry with a specific drive system. The ferry pulls along a strong chain lying at the ground of the river to cross. This is achieved by a clever combination of 3 drive wheels that guide the chain and prevent it from dropping to the ground.
The Library contains several complete audio takes of the ferry in action – from departure to arrival. This encompasses engine start, engine idle, loading ramp noises and bangs plus a lot of chain rattling from various perspectives. The sounds are recorded aboard and from both sides of the river so that the entire scenery can be covered acoustically.
Equipped with two Mercury 496 engines, this mean machine takes us for a 60 knots ride! This library contains one exhaust channel and three engine channels for a 4-channel recording that is just under 14 minutes long.
City Traffic brings the daily noise of Berlin to your library. It delivers 10 different locations – split into 55 single takes with metadata embedded.
The library contains recordings of main roads during the morning rush hour, when the trolley car rumbles over the rails and the trucks are roaring through the kettles. In between a bunch of honking mopeds and cars with broken exhaust pipes are fighting for their space. Commuter trains are crossing every minute, the omnibus arrives just in time and the long-distance trains pass the station with squeaking brakes. In the evening it is rainy and at least the suburb calms down a little bit.
'Cityscapes and street' is a collection of different atmospheres, recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. Inside you will find various cityscapes from hectic street traffic through city parks, subway stations, pedestrian zones to quiet morning urban sounds. This package covers various city states and is an excellent choice for filling your library or using it in a project where urban environment is necessary. Enjoy the varied sounds of the city.
The Cyborg Collection features a wide assortment of over 3000 Sci-Fi sound effects ranging from small user interfaces to massive robots.
Everything from simple droids to powerful plasma rifles and futuristic transformations are included in this 3.2GB library. Check out the track listing here to see the variety of robots, interfaces, weaponry, vehicles and spacecraft included in the collection.
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