MWFX are sound effects packs by TV/film sound designer, editor and recordist Matt Waites.
Glass and Metal Clouds are the result of experimenting with the tonal and noise elements of a glass or metal impact via granular processing. Various household objects were struck and recorded, ranging from metal shovels, desk legs and brass ornaments to glass and crystal objects – basically anything that would ring after it was struck.
The recordings were then sent through ‘Clouds’ and processed with gentle, chaotic modulation by a combination of sloth chaos modules and standard cyclic modulation resulting in drones that gently sweep between musical tonal sounds and the random noise produced by the strike and are ever evolving; some more than others.
Sometimes some surprising sounds came out of the drones and I let them run, some were kept quite constant with only a subtle amount of modulation so there is a lot of variation in the pack.
The sounds came from my need as a sound designer to embed strange mood, emotion and feeling of uncertainty into everyday ambience.
MWFX004 London Interior Spaces is a collection of high quality ambience recordings made over the course of 2 years using a stealth rig consisting of 2 x Sennheiser MKH8040s in ORTF stereo. The Stealth rig has allowed me to record natural ambiences of people in a variety of interior spaces around London resulting in a very versatile and useful collection of sounds. The collection includes places of varying size from large, busy reverberant spaces such as museums to small intimate pubs and quiet libraries and bookshops. The collection has a range of crowd sizes from busy walla to the quiet presence and activity of one or two people in the background, which will allow a variety of different applications and uses.
Spaces included in the library:
A versatile collection of tropical island sounds from the beautiful Island of Mauritius, situated in the Indian Ocean to the east of Africa. The pack covers a range from town and city traffic, restaurant and market crowds to calm ocean waves and the birds, insects, amphibians and other wildlife native to islands in the Indian Ocean and Africa. Suitable for a variety of applications in need of high quality sounds of island life.
Please note: Some of the recordings were made at 44.1k and some at 96k. They have all been resampled to 48k for the download but the 96k recordings are also available as a separate download.
River Estuary is a series of recordings centred around the River Deben estuary in Suffolk, an area famous for its natural beauty and wildlife. It is a treasure trove of sounds that capture the ambience of this serene environment, with a focus on the wading bird calls that give the estuary its unique sonic character.
The library was mostly recorded on a boat stationed in Woodbridge in the late winter of 2018 with private access to the boatyard, allowing me to record safely over night. I continued the recordings up until late summer, making trips to other areas along the Deben in between. I was also granted permission to record on the privately owned Sutton Hoo side of the Deben, another of Suffolk’s areas of outstanding historical significance and beauty, equally full of life but further away from the rumbling traffic and human life coming from the town.
It includes the sounds of curlews, oystercatchers, redshanks, geese, swans, ducks and various other wading bird calls, as well as general ambience recordings of the area at high tide and low tide and all hours of the day. The night calls that echo over the expanse of the river at low tide are particularly evocative.
The library was recorded entirely in 24bit/96k with a double Mid/Side rig consisting of Sennheiser MKH60/30 and 8040 mics, encoded to 5.1 Wav. A stereo option is also available at a lower price. As a bonus there is a collection of bird call spot FX taken from the recordings with noise reduction applied, for those who may need to add individual wading bird calls to their ambience.
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