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If a Tree Falls

Here at If a Tree Falls our focus is on recording unique and diverse sound effects and delivering these to sound artists and creatives to inspire creativity and sonic exploration. Founded by Rick Blything 2018 (https://www.ifatreefallsfx.com/)

  • In collaboration with with Supervising Sound Effect Editor/Designer Enos Desjardins (Close, Black Mirror, Trust) If a Tree Falls presents “Boxing Gym”

    For our Boxing Gym library we visited three different gyms around the UK. Two in London and a children’s gym in Newcastle and present a wide range of sounds to enhance your library.

    We captured a variety of punches at various strengths, multiple perspectives and on different equipment; punch bags, pads, punch ball and speed ball, featuring single hits and combinations of impacts.

    Additionally, we recorded body falls in the ring, corner pads and ropes. Footwork in the ring with; steps, scrapes and shuffles.

    Plus ambience recordings of both adult and kids training sessions incorporating sparring, shadow boxing, fitness training, press-ups, sit-ups, skipping.

    All of our sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser, Schoeps and Line Audio microphones. Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.

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  • The ‘Lifts and Elevators’ library contains a collection of sounds sourced from 19 different elevators. Each model bringing their own unique sonic qualities and character. From slick and smooth modern elevators to weathered old freight and goods lifts, these high-quality recordings have been carefully captured in:

    • Hotels
    • Offices
    • Studios
    • Flats/Apartments
    • Schools/Universities
    • Warehouses/Industrial Units

    Each elevator has been recorded in motion, opening and closing its doors (manually and mechanically), producing metallic rattles, creaks, groans and more. Additionally, Button pressing, alarm bells, buzzers and stationary room tones, have been captured in crystal clear detail.

    All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24 bit, 96 kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416 and MKH30 microphones. Each file has been also tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.

    The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.

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  • City Life London Edge Play Track 160+ sounds included, 260 mins total $62.50

    We’ve spent many hours exploring London’s far corners, seeking out the darkest, dirtiest, dimly lit areas of the capital’s streets in search of evocative and truly authentic sounds.

    On visiting a large range of locations across the city we embraced our surroundings to capture the city’s natural reverberation and unique sonic qualities.

    London Edge is the result of our methodical and passionate search for moods, atmospheres and textures, inspired by our favourite London dramas.

    The library contains a collection of recordings from/of:
    • Rooftops
    • Residential Streets
    • Housing Estates
    • Industrial Areas
    • Canal Footpath
    • Skylines
    • Sirens
    • Passenger Trains
    • Freight Trains
    • HVAC Units

    All sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH416, MKH30 and DPA4060 microphones. Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.

    The majority of recordings contain both a stereo MS decoded and ORTF version. The midside has a narrower more focused stereo image whilst the ORTF provides a wider version.

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  • Surround Military Buildings Play Track 106+ sounds included, 155 mins total From: $65

    Military Buildings is a collection of 5.0 room tones/ambiences and stereo & mono spot effects and activities recorded on location

    We extensively explored an array of interesting locations centered around an Abandoned Military Facility.


    Bentwaters is a former Royal Air Force base housing a wide range of interesting sonic spaces including:


    • Jet engine testing facility with exhaust tunnel.
    • Aircraft Hangers used during the late 70’s Cold War era.
    • Bomb stores, purpose built for the cold war to secure nuclear weapons.
    • Military Barracks.
    • A large Squadron Building with unique decontamination stations.
    • A series of old dilapidated barns on the site likely used for storage and general purpose.
    • K9 Dog kennels, jail cells and an array of lengthy corridors spanning the site.

    Our first task was exploring the base in its entirety to record high quality 5.0 room tones of each individual space.
    Some of these unique spaces have been untouched since the 70’s and are thus in a state of disrepair. Paint peeling off the walls, cracks scarring each room, window, and ceiling. The dilapidated state of these rooms creates minute details in the sonic architecture which add depth, character and can give a clear indication as to the size of the spaces and so have been left in the recordings.


    Next we set about recording spot fx with multiple perspectives (close up and wide) within the different spaces.
    These spot fx include:

    Doors (manual and electric), light fixtures, buttons/switches/levers, metal impacts, BG activities, compound gates, and any other fixture or fitting we could open, close, turn, twist, rattle, shake, impact


    All of our sounds have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and Sennheiser, microphones. Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organization.

  • Cars Morris Minor Play Track 93 sounds included, 83 mins total $75

    The Morris Minor Traveller 1000 was built between 1956 and 1971. Full of characterful and a charming vehicle it was renowned for its reliability and low maintenance, speed was not a factor in its design. However, thanks to its newly fitted 1098cc engine this series III reaches 0-60 in 31.3 seconds and achieves generous speeds of up to 75mph.

    We are offering a range of unique sounds from this iconic British car. The Library features recordings both onboard and external including; engine idling, start-up, turn offs, pass-bys, start, stop and aways, reverses, cornering, all at different speeds on a tarmac surface. We’ve also included some slow/medium takes on a gravel track. Additional foley includes recordings of the doors, switches/levers, horn, parking brake, glove compartment and engine hood from both near and wide perspectives.

    Each file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up work flow and increase organisation.

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  • City Life Nightlife Play Track 30+ sounds included, 113 mins total $45

    ‘Nightlife’ is an collection of authentic nightclub based crowd ambiences, professionally recorded over an entire evening outside a busy and popular nightlife location in London.

    This unique library captures audible moments beginning with a few small groups of revellers, excitable but sober as they arrive for their evening out. Then the ambiences journey through to the earlier hours of the next morning and throwing out time, when larger crowds emerge louder, looser and perhaps drunker than before.

    These expressive tracks perfectly capture the atmosphere of a night evolving, featuring genuine nightlife walla and  including ‘spot’ type effects of reactions such as; whoops, shouts, cheers and screams. 

    All sounds in the ‘Nightlife’ SFX pack have been recorded in high-quality 24bit, 96kHz using Sound Devices recorders and DPA microphones. In addition, each individual file has been tagged with detailed Soundminer metadata to speed up workflow and increase organisation.

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