Sonic Salute is run by Mikkel Nielsen.
Mikkel is a sound effects recordist, living in Elsinore, Denmark, specializing in sound recording of all sorts of exciting sources, both for libraries found on Sonicsalute.com, and for features, tv- docs, Smartphone apps, museum installations and animations.
Sonic Salute is constantly striving to find new and unique sources to record, and makes a big effort in getting in touch with the right people to get permission to get the recordings right.
The goal is to provide sound designers and editors with hard-to-get, quality sound effects and ambiences for their projects.
Sonic Salute’s libraries are recorded and edited in 96K 24 bit. The delivery format is .wav stereo LR ,and or Mono/MS format, for versatility.
A collection of ear-piercing, stress-inducing alarm tones and noise samples. They're built from the ground up, starting with synthetic test tones (dual and single), signals or noise, and then carefully tweaked through analog and plugins filters, to obtain the right tempo, pitch and feel. Most tracks are more than 1 minute long and are easily looped.
Sound effects recorded from 17 different cameras, all analog, analog reflex cameras, or digital reflex cameras, produced from 1960 to 2010.
From simple clicks and timers, to modern time, lenses focusing, servos and shutter sounds, the sound effects library is packed with a lot of goodies.
Want the sounds of a garage / auto repair workshop? The Auto Workshop SFX library features lots of different tool sounds and general ambiences from automotive workshops (originally recorded for scenes in the Bulgarian feature Godless).
The idea was to capture the sounds at both closeup and off-mic, to be able to fade easily between them. A mono microphone was placed close to the source, and a set of stereo microphones was set up further away, capturing more of the room and echo. The result is very usable, and the ability to fade between closeup and wide shot works very well.
Need ambiences from backyards and alleyways? This collection delivers more than 3 hours of atmospheric ambiences from places such as cementaries, gardens, churchyards, school yards, industrial alleyways, castles, apartment complexes, small cities and more.
You won't find any well-oiled, wind-tunnel-tested, aerodynamically perfect sounding bicycles in this library!
This pack of sounds has been recorded to capture the extreme creaks and those “old, busted bike” kinds of sounds.
3 bicycles, all with a special sonical personality to them, were recorded:
2 SCO gentlemen's bicycles, from 1970-1980, and 1 home trainer, a little younger than the others.
Recorded inside a studio with the bikes either being on a dynamo or suspended from the ceiling, all bikes had lavalier microphones mounted front and back, and a microphone overhead of the rider. Some takes has a contact microphone track to add to the misery.
• Long rides, multiple tempos
• Gears spinning
• Extreme creaks from saddle and frame
• Chain and chain guard noises
• Pedal spins
• Shaking and kicking bicycle frame
• Hometrainer riding
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.
If you're after the sound of construction sites, this library gets you interior and exterior recordings from construction work such as cobblestone pavers, concrete shredders, harbor cranes, forklifts, jackhammers, stonecutters, metal hammering, excavators and more. A total of more than 2 hours of construction work ambiences are included.
Several years in the making, and packed with 62 unusual sounding tracks, this sfx library includes very different sounds, captured with contact microphones and a hydrophone:
Included are both 48K and 96K samples. Many long takes of most of the tracks included, and a lot of diversity. Perfect for stretching and for adding a weird tone to your tracks. 2.8 GB, with all tracks metadata-tagged and named.
The Crows library includes 30 stereo tracks of nothing but crow sound effects, perfect for single isolated effects, but also for ambience track layering.
Every sound is recorded inside forests, and close to crows’ nests with younger birds being fed and calling out, and next to natural habitats where bigger flocks gather in trees. It also has a variety of up-close caw sounds from the only tame albino crow in Scandinavia, recorded in a bird’s zoo.
The crow has quite a large vocabulary, and the classic calling usually is a little different from bird to bird. Some are more round when sounding out, while others are just plain hoarse and rusty-sounding.
The library includes both untreated tracks, and noise reduction-processed tracks in two separate folders. Noise reduction-processed tracks have been cleaned up with a CEDAR NR system.
Equipment used: Telinga Stereo Microphone and Flexible dish, and Sound devices 702 Recorder.
All tracks are 96K/24 bit apx. 1 Gb big when unzipped. All meta data tagged.
Digital Dust delivers 128 tracks of pure digital bit-crushing distortion, deep atmospheric drones, and ear-piercing interface sounds.
Digital Dust is not your usual clean and modern computer command sound effects library. All sounds have been designed from real world electrical or organic recorded sounds.
Granulated, stretched, pitched and mangled in endless chains of plugins and hardware, for very different and almost apocalyptic kinds of rogue computer command sounds. The samples can easily be stretched or processed even more, for even weirder sound fx.
This Double Bass & Violin sound effects library not only includes weird low double bass bow strokes, stabs, vibrating strings, drones, harsh harmonics, string scrapes, bow stroke voices, and bright violin tones and screams. It also includes the opportunity to open up a whole new set of sonic adventures.
Why? All double bass sounds have been recorded at 192K/24 bit, with an amazing stereo set of close up Sanken CO100K microphones, and a stereo set of Sennheiser Mkh 8020 microphones, capturing low end and room. All violin sounds have been recorded with a single Sanken CO100K microphone.
Common for all Sanken files is that you're able to either extreme time stretch/time compress, or pitch up and down the files, and by this discover a whole new world of sounds – without adding nasty degenerating artifacts or muffling the sound. The ultra-high frequency range of the Sanken microphones does really make a great difference!
Recordings these sounds was a pure blast. The amount of versatile organic material in the set is great. The bass instrument has been played in a very innovative way, using both regular bow on strings and bass body, but also finger cymbals attached to specific places for a vibrating ring or rattle noise, creating some really other-worldly sound effects, and almost vocal-like patterns.
While the double bass material produces a massive low end without any further processing, the violin recordings really benefit from being stretched and pitched. This makes all the non-audible bright sounds captured by the Sanken microphones come through.
Recorded at 4 different factories in Denmark.
Sounds range from plastic foundries, casting machines, and machinery alarms, to giant textile processing units, and medical equipment manufacturing, clean-rooms and robotics.
All very loud environments. All recordings are several minutes long.
Did you drop something? Turns out recordist Mikkel Nielsen from SonicSalute dropped a LOT of objects for you, so you don't have to! The drop sound effects are divided into 4 different recording categories: Closeup interior recordings, off-screen impacts and crashes in large halls, grainy debris in large halls, and “Next Door” room recordings. The Falling Objects library comes with 89 tracks with 1000+ falling object sounds in total.
Books and Magazines • Cables • Cameras • Cardboard Boxes • Clothes • Coins • Computer Keyboard • Cutlery • DVD Cases • Handbags • Leather Cases • Pens and Pencils • Plastic Cups • Suitcases • Tin Cans • Toys
Metal Bars and rails • Glass • Glass Shards debris • Porcelain • Plastic • Sand debris • A bench :D
Books • Cutlery • Plastic Toys • Empty Plastic Bottles • Pencils/Pens/Keys/Plastic
Get the sounds of switches, buttons, knobs and handles – recorded inside an old, retired flight simulator donated to the Danish Technical Museum.
This machine used to make aspiring pilots sweat in their seats, putting them through all sorts of mechanical failures, emergency landings, and just plain flying.
There is basically a switch, button, knob or handle to start every single possible emergency situation a pilot and crew may encounter when flying.
When the sound recording started, some of them were partly broken, and others missing, some did not turn or switch, but most of them were still there and worked beautifully. The variety is surprisingly great, and very different from today's modern switch sounds.
91 tracks, recorded with a Sennheiser 416 onto a Sounddevices 702, all tracks Metadata tagged.
A footstep library built from long walks in cold and snowy conditions. Recorded in a remote, deserted Swedish forest, miles away from the nearest road.
Different types of snow and boots were recorded as well as different paces:
• Thin/hard packed
• Frozen stairs and porches
• Leather boots
Each track is easy to edit into multiple single footsteps for sweetening your tracks with real snow.
Hurricane Winds features some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area in many, many years. Both both interior and exterior recordings are included.
In hindsight, it's been crazy and stupid to be recording at some of these locations, but here they are – three years of unique storm recordings.
• 21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from a yachting and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it flies through rigging, wires, masts etc. Plastic covers, structure, flags moving.
• 6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
• 2 tracks of storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
• 9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.
A collection of 206 ice tension, creaking, and breaking sounds, recorded in a dense pine tree forest in Sweden.
• Very long tension creaking sounds
• Multiple breaking sounds
• Ice impacts on ice
• Ice impacts into ice water
Recorded at the Technical University of Denmark and at a big Art Workshop in Copenhagen – in collaboration with sound designer and field recordist Rune Palving. This collection of sounds captures the crowds, both loud and more quiet, and the different rooms, halls, and hallway tones that are speciel to such places.
The Technical University files are all surround files, recorded in double MS and mixed into 5.0 tracks. Recorded in very crowded places, like the dining area, and at the library, but also in more quiet places, like the auditorium wardrobes and in the rest rooms.
The sounds recorded at the art workshop, focus more on the rooms and reverberation found here. The sounds also include, artists working in their own shops, cleaning, writing and painting. All sounds in this collection are stereo.
10 stereo tracks, 96/24. From 3-10 minutes long. 2.1 GB
Equipment used: Sounddevices 702, 744, Mixpre, Sennheiser Mkh8040/Mkh30/Mkh8040
A small library, spontaneously captured on a trip to Marrakech, Morocco.
The library features Souk market ambiences, hotel ambiences, call to prayer, Scandinavian and Arabian walla, birds – as well as onboard Airplane Ambience, Onboard Airplane taxiing, and Onboard Airplane Take off ambiences.
The Metal Scrap library was recorded at a scrapyard where they do nothing but shredding, cutting, breaking and moving metal of all sorts, all day long.
• Large metallic objects and metal debris being drooped by huge cranes, into and onto various surfaces.
• The end of the Conveyer belt, where the smaller pieces of metal junk fall onto a bigger pile af junk.
• Lots of metallic destruction and impacts, huge and small.
Need high-impact car crash sounds – captured from both the inside and outside of a car? While there are no sounds of actual monsters attacking a car, there's certainly a lot of of recordings of sound-guys jumping on car roofs, beating car doors, smashing windshields and destroying paint jobs, with a big axe, and a crowbar.
Low sense DPA 4061 microphones were placed inside a car, and different actions were performed on it, like hitting, dragging, jumping, stepping and other improvising actions.
Microphones were also placed inside and outside the car, and windshields were smashed, with crowbars. These recordings covered the massive impacts as well as the small detailed glass pieces falling inside the car.
The Mopeds SFX library delivers the sounds of no less than 7 different mopeds. Created in a collaboration between Sonicsalute, sound designer Rune Palving (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 1864, and Tordenskjold), and sound designer Peter Albrechtsen (Antichrist, The Queen of Versailles, and The Idealist).
The included mopeds range from new and non-modified models, to many characteristic-sounding (old and wrecked) models – as well as one heavily-tuned moped.
Onboard driving and maneuvering (long onboard drives) • Ambiences • Passbys • Circles • Incoming/aways • Start/stop • Revs • Horns • Fuel covers
Need the sounds of small motors? The Motors SFX library is packed with recordings of gadgets, which can add some cool and unusual textured motor sounds to your sound design process.
Sounds include antique, vintage and just plain old machines and motors, many of them half broken and busted, small plastic wind up toys, newer motors, tools, calculators, a 198x fax machine, a screaming Powerball, a massage tripod, and toys running, turning, getting stuck, lifting, driving and screwing.
As a very unique set of tracks in this pack, one of the oldest Danish cars was recorded and put in here.
The Hammel car was build back in 1888. It has 2.5 horsepower, and a top speed of 9 kilometers an hour. The startup process is done with matches and a lot of patience. Once this beast starts up, the sound is among one of the most funny and weird sounds ever. The library has a dual perspective recording of this car, and covers the entire startup, going (idling), and shutting down sequence.
Terrifying squeals, grunts, barks, and sneeze from adult pigs weighing up to 400 lbs, and ambiences from the stables. The second part is recordings of smaller pigs (80 lbs) on the day they were picked up by truck to go you know where! The pigs knew exactly what was going on, which is represented in the sounds recorded.
Needless to say, this library has been ear wrecking to put together, but the reward is 246 single files of pure pigs.
Need rock impacts or dirt debris for your projects? Then you're in luck:
This library offers rock impacts on iron/metal, wood, concrete + dirt & pebble debris – more than 300 files total.
• 84 files: Rocks rolling down hill
• 55 files: Concrete impacts on rock
• 37 files: Rock impacts on iron/metal
• 96 files: Rock impacts on wood (48 mono files Mkh416, and 48 mono files of Mkh8020)
• 103 files: Dirt/pebbles/bark debris impacts on Rock/wood/ground. Long rains, and short impacts
The Seagulls sfx library includes 28 tracks of both single, isolated seagull screams, and bigger flocks of nesting seagulls, calling out to each other and their chicks. There are plenty of classic call sounds, but also some weird throaty and raspy screaming, and what could sound like seagull laughing sounds.
All tracks are recorded with the very useful zoom function of the Telinga microphone and dish.
Library includes both untreated tracks, and noise reduction processed tracks in two separate folders. Noise reduction processed tracks have carefully been cleaned up with a CEDAR NR system.
Though these birds are in an abundance around most harbours and industry around here, they are not always easy to record. You mostly hear them from a distance, or from places not easy to access. When you try to get close to them, they will usually fly away.
Many hours have been spent on rooftops, gardens, backyards, a junkyard, and different harbours to get this material.
There's a whole lot of rattling going on in this library – from objects on a ferry to furniture, glass, plastic, vans and some serious subwoofer shakes. Oh, and the mandatory hospital bed shake, of course.
Meet the Tasmanian devil! Recorded in the Copenhagen Zoo, this library features huffs, sniffs, growls, barks, bite and chewing – and those eerie and weird critter screams.
If you need strange animal or monster sounds, do check out this library:
The Drip delivers a comprehensive set of dripping sound effects that could be used in movies, video games etc. with both ambience sounds for backgrounds, and single sounds for spotting individual drops on various surfaces.
A variety of microphones were used to capture the different sounds in this collection: Telinga Microphones for a real zoom perspective, Mkh8040+30 for ambiences, a Mkh416 & Emesser mic for certain sfx sounds, and a set of Mkh 8020 for the real quiet sound effects sources.
This library was recorded at the commercial port of Copenhagen. The area is filled with giant cranes, trucks, and containers, and is normally closed to the public.
SHHhhhhh… They are listening…
282 strange, ghostly and spy-like sounds collected from 2 old analog dictaphones, 1 portable cassette recorder, 1 very small digital dictaphone, 3 portable modern recorders, 1 video cam, and finally 1 very famous portable Reel to Reel recorder (a Nagra IS).
• 136 tracks of, Microphone bumps, lav. Microphone put on clothes, Microphone Feedback, Microphone Noises, and the sounds of the inside of a video cams Mechanics.
• 41 tracks of, Dictaphone & Cassette Processed (Kyma, GRM Tools, SoundToys) Sounds, weird telephone answering machine noises, Buttons, Play, Rewinds, and Fast Forward sounds.
• 82 Reel To Reel sounds. Buttons, Tape on, Rewinds/Fast forwards, Manual searching and scratches, where the recorded sounds are heard through the internal speaker of the tape recorder, as well as recorded line out.
• 23 Various processed (Kyma, GRM Tools, SoundToys) sounds. Different stuff speed up, and mangled.
Many of the recorded sounds have been re-recorded on to tape to get that smooth analog sound. Especially the feedback sounds, and bumps benefit from this technique, but also ambience sounds recorded onto a over used 5″ tape has a certain undercover sound to them!
Recorded by a quiet Swedish lake in late summer of 2014, the Water Movements sfx library is filled with splashes, drips, walking/running, moving, small water creature simulations, and much more.
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