Sonic Bat is a sound design studio created in late 2014 by Francisco Godinho, amidst the misty mountains of Sintra, Portugal. Beneath the cloudy landscapes, the Sonic Bat inhabits the realm of sound manipulation, ever hunting the perfect frequency for your project.
Sonic Bat knows that sound design is an essential part of any audiovisual piece. His ability to conjure up the necessary emotions and tone assist on the solidification of your core ideas, simultaneously improving them. For this reason, the message and goal of your developing work will be delivered effortlessly to the target audience, through the universal language that is sound.
An ever-growing field that quickly evolves, heading to new and exciting directions every day, it’s important to be up to date on this matter. The Sonic Bat provides the knowledge and technical know-how of this vast world, with the aid of the most modern tools and approaches available. Be it motion graphic design, 2D & 3D animation, film, videogame, website, advertisement, scenography & installation and soundtracking amongst others; the Sonic Bat is always at your disposal to reach the desired objectives, with original and forward thinking results.
Through creativity and innovation, the Sonic Bat will make sure your voice reaches the intended consumer with a pristine, distinguishable sound, linking the bridge between sound and image into one cohesive whole.
Sintra’s woods are famous for their mystique and peculiar flora selection, a result of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and by men’s own ingenuity on planting foreign species over the course of multiple centuries, resulting in a location that’s green throughout the four seasons, attracting a wide array of bird species and constant weather changes, sometimes all in a single day.
Taking advantage of RØDE’s NT-SF1 ambisonic microphone, the woods were thoroughly explored, where each of the 25 audio files present in this library were recorded on different locations, resulting on multiple diverse atmospheres, where the predominant soundscapes are the beautiful early morning bird calls with smooth wind gusts and a couple of surprises happening throughout, courtesy of strange insects, angry ducks flying around, amongst other oddities.
These audio files are perfect for neutral springtime soundscapes and given the nature of ambisonics, you can easily convert these B Format files onto any desired format (like regular stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 surround) with the correct plug-in, like RØDE’s own SoundField, which happens to be free to download. These are raw recordings where little to no hum or hiss removal techniques were applied.
Compiling over 4 hours of ambisonic recordings, Village is focused on providing plenty of options for sound designers and editors alike on building rich, neutral soundscapes for quiet urban environments, where long takes allow you to loop said sounds wherever you please, build a scene in VR or other multimedia projects with leeway and versatility.
Inside this library you’ll find quiet streets, moderate traffic recorded in multiple locations, uncrowded beach soundscapes, natural parks and fountains; alongside typical vehicle transportation from Sintra’s village, like 40mins of tram interiors, a 25min tuktuk ride and regular trains recorded from several positions.
All sounds were recorded with RØDE’s NT-SF1 ambisonic microphone and given the nature of this particular format, you can easily convert these B Format audio files onto any desired format (like regular stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 surround) with the correct plug-in, like RØDE’s own SoundField, which happens to be free to download. These are raw recordings where little to no hum or hiss removal techniques were applied.
Sci-Fi Interface Construction Kit Vol. I introduces a wide array of clean-cut futuristic sound effects perfectly designed, edited and fine-tuned for your projects. Containing varied types of sounds, ranging from zaps, bleeps, wubs, small harmonies and more, you’re guaranteed to find on this library something that will bring your User Interfaces to life, be it on videogames, movies, TV shows, Apps and more.
This Construction Kit was built with versatility in mind. Each of the 500 one-shot audio files are finely cut, with no background noise and with clear nomenclature, perfect for layering and adding external effects to mangle them as you please. There are multiple categories to find with varied frequency ranges, achieved by using various hard and soft synthesizers, amongst other experimental methods and tools.
Also included are over 2 hours of electromagnetic recordings from various sources that will boost your retro-futuristic aspirations like a charm!
But wait, there’s more! Over 1 hour of experimental frequency modulation atmospheres are present, ready to lift you off into the science-fiction realm of your dreams.
The Sci-Fi Interface series returns once again with yet another packed library filled with fresh frequency modulated content, achieved with newly found techniques and approaches.
Aimed at complementing Vol. I of this series, Vol. II shifted its focus towards more unconventional sounds, on the noisier spectrum of science fiction User Interfaces. You’ll find a lot of robotic conversations, raspy glitches, insectoid clicking, amongst other oddities, created with experimental software pieces and semi-modular synthesizers. All of these sounds have been finely cut, edited and mixed, created with little to no use of external effects, ready to be dropped onto any given audiovisual project.
165 minutes of varied atmospheres and textures are also present, ranging from simple resonant ambiences, to digital sounding engines, to just plain harsh data processing sounds. Combined with over 900 one-shot sound effects, you’ll quickly settle behind the joysticks of your newly built space-ship, ready for an intergalactic journey beyond the sonic realms.
Recorded throughout 3 seasons, during the course of more than 10 matches on Sport Lisboa & Benfica’s beautiful Estádio da Luz, Soccer Stadium Ambience gathers a wide range of crowd reactions and emotions; useful for background ambiences that can be applied not only on audiovisual football content but also on other large stadium sports-based projects.
All prominent dialogue between supporters was either removed or toned down with the aid of mastering and EQing software, in order to preserve the neutral nature of this library, allowing certain crowd reactions to flow naturally. There are also no long fade-ins our fade-outs, permitting whoever acquires this library to create their own edits and collages however deemed necessary. Some very light wind and noise removal techniques were applied on certain audio files, without impairing the original mood presented by the crowd.
Between long takes of supporters singing, booing, celebrating goals, reacting to good team moves and bad referee decisions, this nearly 3 hour long library recorded in an always packed location will provide the necessary emotional crowd feedback to your sports-based projects.
Synthetic Drones is the beginning of a new, affordable series aimed at delivering high quality cinematic soundscapes, with variety and flexibility in mind to induce dread and discomfort onto your audiovisual ventures.
Synthetic Drones was achieved by running a multitude of analog synthesizers through complex effects chains, resulting in resonant, cold, mechanical ambiences where its source remains abstract and mysterious.
Each audio file contains several variations of the same synthesizer and effects chain, ranging from simple resonant notes, abstract rhythmic clanging and organic soundscapes, rounded up with a futuristic approach, perfect for gloomy science-fiction projects. The takes are long and evolving, giving you creative freedom to use them however deemed necessary.
The VHS & Betamax Sessions assembles a collection of vintage, lo-fi sounds taken from over 80 tapes from everybody’s favorite magnetic video recording formats.
Inside this collection, you’ll find over 3 hours of background ambiences taken from assorted home videos, ranging from sports crowds, outdoor ambiences, water parks, amongst other oddities; ready to be dropped onto the late 70s, early 80s flavored projects and retro-futuristic user interfaces.
Complementing the material found inside the tapes, there’s also rewind, fast forward, tape insertion and removal sounds from both players for your foley aspirations.
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