Shapingwaves creates unique sound collections of sound effects, designed sounds and ambiences recorded around the world. We strive for the best recording quality possible and only use professional recording equipment: Recorders by Sound Devices, Sonosax, Sony, and microphones of the Sennheiser MKH Series, or by Neumann, DPA and others.
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Ready for some retro game sounds? The 8-Bit Games SFX library includes more than 500 designed sounds and music elements, paying homage to the sonic world of Tetris, Super Mario, Space Invaders and other classics.
Authentic 8-bit blips, explosions, hits, jumps, lasers, coins, power-ups, and many other sound effects and music elements will cover your retro gaming needs. All sounds delivered as single files in 48 kHz / 16 bit WAV format with embedded Soundminer metadata.
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.
This sound effect library delivers a comprehensive collection of designed alarm sounds covering all types of alarm: small and large, high tech and vintage sounding, distorted and clean, complex and simple, fast and slow, continuous sirens, harsh buzzers and subtle beeps.
The sounds can be used for a wide range of alart and alarm sounds, including: car alarms, smoke detectors, timers and clocks, air raid sirens, medical equipment, police and emergency sirens, fire alarms, home security devices, digital watches, gadgets and communication devices.
Want the sounds of Athens? The Athens Rooftop sound effects library delivers 9 long ambiences recorded from different perspectives, and at different times of day – from calm mornings to busy days and nights.
In order to capture Athens' soundscape in all its nuances, very low-noise Neumann Microphones and Sound Devices Recorders were used to record long takes (between 8 and 21 minutes each) totaling to over 2 hours of audio.
The recording location was a two floor rooftop on a three storey building above a very small street with no nearby traffic that allowed recording the city with some distance from above: Traffic, restaurants, bars, construction work, birds – in some evening recordings we hear crickets in the distance, in some day recordings the AC of a neighbouring flat is running.
Most of the recordings can also be used to represent a general city ambience, while some takes include specific regional sounds like Greek walla, churches and cicadas characteristic for the Greek capital.
Traffic and city atmospheres recorded from a balcony in Berlin at different times and weather conditions.
More than 130 minutes of ambiences included!
The collection consists of 43 stereo recordings of 12 rare, industrial machines used many decades ago in German power plants and industrial sites. It includes the sounds of massive 10KV power switches, a Siemens exciter machine (power generator) built in 1945 and many other vintage machines.
All machines were recorded in isolation without background noise and at high sample rates (192 kHz / 24 bit) with a Sound Devices 633 recorder and the Sennheiser MKH 8040 Microphones in close ORTF, taking full advantage of the extended frequency range (30 – 50000 Hz) of the microphones. Some machines were additionally recorded with a stereo setup of Barcus Berry 4000 series contact mics.
• Ash breaker
• Ash blower
• Coal dispatcher
• Siemens exciter machine
• Gas turbine model
• Motorized throttle-Flap
• Oil atomizer
• Pneumatic power switch
• 10KV power switch
• Rotation motor
• Manual steam machine
A collection of textural recordings of electric and electronic sound sources.
From massive swarms in different densities and activity levels to individual passby sounds and landings, this insect sound library covers pretty much all variants of insect wing buzz sounds.
Below is a quick audio demo using 18 of the 185 sounds in the collection.
• 185 WAV sounds of bees, flies, mosquitoes, cicadas and designed insect sounds
• Single insect sounds & swarms
• Isolated insect sounds
• Seamless loops & long recordings
• Varied activity levels
• Purchase supports WWF & NABU
• Descriptive filenames
• 96 kHz / 24 bit WAV files
• Embedded Soundminer metadata
• 2+ hours of audio
Need rich, mechanical sound effects? You should definitely check this one out then: We got our hands on two functioning vintage Letterpresses: The motorized “Original Heidelberger Tiegel” (built in 1969 by Heidelberg Schnellpressen AG) and the pedal-driven “Boston Pedal Tiegel” (built in 1901 by Emil Kahle Maschinenfabrik).
We captured these two unique printing machines in 192 kHz stereo from different angles using a range of microphones (Sennheiser MKH 8040 ORTF, Neumann TLM 103 ORTF, Barcus Berry Stereo Contact Mic). The 15 recordings are on average 4 minutes long each and include idle, run, stop and different running speeds.
Characteristic atmospheres, crowds and room tone recordings made at a variety of locations in and around New York City.
The collection includes 3 hours and 44 minutes of New York ambiences in 50 files – with an average duration of 5 minutes.
So if you want the atmosphere and ambience of New York in sound, this library gets you exactly that!
Get the sounds of gas and water running through massive and tiny pipes, at three processing sites closed to the public.
This library delivers the sounds of a gas control station, a sewage plant and a waterworks. We recorded the hissing of gas, low drones of water rushing through massive pipes, and the sounds of various stages of sewage processing, recorded indoors and outdoors in multiple locations and rooms throughout the three facilities. The library includes close-up sound effects, indoor and outdoor ambiences, and features ambiences and stereo contact mic recordings of active gas and water pipes, capturing the various resonating pipes in isolation.
Total play time of all recordings is just under 2 hours.
The Planets SFX library delivers 40 minutes of designed atmospheres from 20 imaginary, extraterrestrial locations. Different perspectives, sometimes close to the ground, sometimes far away. Some locations are buzzing with geological and biological activity others seem distant, cold and lifeless. All sounds are constant, ranging from one to three minutes in duration and can be easily combined to create unique variations, allowing you to dial in your own planets soundscape.
•Designed planet atmospheres
•20 extraterrestrial locations
•96 kHz / 24 bit WAV files
•Embedded Soundminer metadata
This unique SFX library gets you the close-up engine/rotor sounds of the DJI Phantom 2 multirotor quadcopter. And whether you are working on project that needs the engine sounds of an actual quadcopter drone, or intend to use the recordings as source material for sound design of all kinds of machines – this collection will come in handy:
We recorded static sound perspectives at different speeds, intensities and rotor combinations. The collection includes long recordings at constant speeds, variations on accelerating and decelerating, various maneuvers and random rotor movements.
For even more variety we recorded all of the above with a mix of contact and coil microphones giving you a less realistic, more futuristic sound perspective to the drone’s engine itself, rather than the air movement caused by the rotors. Mix those recordings with the MKH 8040 recordings to create your own blend of engine sounds: be it a drone, spaceship or other types of futuristic vehicles.
“Robot Voices” is a collection of designed vocal expressions of 50 friendly and very talkative robotic creatures. If Wall-E and R2D2 were throwing a cocktail party this is probably what you would hear! A total of 50 robotic creatures are included.
• 50 Robotic creatures speaking
• Many expressions per robot (25 – 65 individual words and sentences for each robot character)
• Descriptive filenames
• Embedded Soundminer metadata
Get the sounds of the human body with the Stethoscope sound effects library: The gurgling and murmuring of various digestion processes in the abdomen, the beating heart, blood rushing through vessels and the respiratory sounds of the lungs.
All sounds were recorded from male and female volunteers using multiple stethoscopes and a Sound Devices 633 recorder, final clean up was done with Izotope RX 4.
A collection of rural autumn atmospheres, recorded in the Wendland region of Germany. A total of more than 3 hours of ambiences included!
• Trees and bushes in the wind
• The forest
• Open fields and wetlands
• Shores of Jetzel river
• Open windows at farm house
• Tractors and farm machinery
• Rural garden: morning, day, and evening
• Outdoor restaurants
• Next to a goose shed
• Dannenberg Market
• Hitzacker Graveyard
• On board a small Elbe river ferry
• and others.
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