Abstract Aqua sound effects library is a result of different field recording sessions with more experimental approach.
It features 208 192kHz WAV files, 92 designed sound effects and 116 RAW recordings. It was recorded with a Sound Devices 702 and Sony PCM-D100, Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones, Rode NTG3 and Aquarian Audio hydrophone. Total length of the files is 334 minutes.
The designed files have more abstract feel to it, so you’ll find aqua whooshes, different underwater sounds and big sounding waves. The RAW files includes different wave recordings from the Baltic Sea, water foley sounds and effects recorded with hydrophones. You can find more informations in the library sound list.
Arvor 215 boat sound library features recordings of the boat’s diesel engine in sync with its propeller. Onboard sound effects were recorded with two DPA 4061 microphones, taped under the “hood” and on the back of the boat, near the propeller. Inside this library you’ll find engine on and off sounds, running on neutral gear and three recordings of boat working on different settings.
There is a low, medium and high speed/rpm, each starting with engine being turned on, and than slowly going to desired speed. It’s easy to mix those recordings, and change their pitch, because of the 96kHz sample rate.
Engine Mono Mix 1 and 2 – 8 files, 28 minutes
Engine Stereo Mix 1 and 2 – 8 files, 28 minutes
Engine RAW files – 12 files, 42 minutes
Other files – 11 files, 49 minutes
The Audi A4 B8 Allroad 2.0 TFSI is a 211 HP 4×4 car with turbo, and this library gets you almost 9GB of recordings, featuring 155 96kHz and 24bit files (including RAW files, 111 without RAW), with a total length of 213 minutes (without RAW files).
The library covers different sound effects like engine during regular driving, reverse or accelerations. It was recorded with 3 microphones mounted under the hood and one inside the drivers’ cabin to capture the interior in sync with the engine.
It was recorded with two Sound Devices 702, two DPA 4061 microphones, two Sennheiser MKH 8040, Sony PCM-M10 and Rode NTG3.
In addition to the onboard sound you’ll find exterior driving, turning, stopping, turning engine on and off or reverse sounds recorded from 2 perspectives.
Also driving on the snow and asphalt effects recorded with DPA 4061 mounted near the tyres, and finally, passes recorded from 3 perspectives. Slow driving (20 to 40 km/h), medium speeds (40 to 80) and fast (from 80 to 140 km/h), stopping and accelerations.
Those sounds were recorded in mono with Rode NTG3 following a car, stereo ORTF recorded with MKH 8040s capturing passes from left to right, and stereo AB with Sony PCM-M10 capturing sound from right to left.
This library also contains some basic foley, like closing and opening doors, servo sounds, windows, buttons or seatbelts.
If you’re after car sounds, this SFX library with sounds from an Audi A4 awaits: It features recordings containing engine sounds, foley, external sounds + files prepared for games with loops of single RPMs, and accelerations from 0 to 6k RPM, and from 6k to 0 for granular synthesis.
78 sound effect files are included for a total of 55 minutes of sounds from that punchy Audi A4.
This sound library was updated with 43 designed and 52 raw engine files, recorded with DPA 4061 microphones.
Get the sound of the Baltic Sea with this sound effect library recorded in Poland, featuring both location sound and additional foley, including walking, running in the water and swimming. The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, and is surrounded by Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain.
A total of 153 minutes of ocean and water foley sounds are included in this atmospheric SFX library.
This sound library was updated with 37 additional files of waves crushing on the shore and rocks during different weather conditions. It was recorded with various stereo configurations like stereo XY, ORTF, MS and Sony PCM-M10.
Get the sound of honey bees – inside and outside their hive – with this 96kHz and 24bit Beehive sound library.
All files were recorded outside the town, far away from the roads to capture the clean sound of the hardworking bees.
I had a chance to record those insects before the feeding time, so they were hungry and really active.
My main goal was to capture different sounds, not only the ambiences but also some close ones, like the sound of the bees landing on their landing zone or just the interior sound of the hive.
14 stereo files were recorded with Sound Devices 702, Sony PCM-M10 recorder, two DPA 4061 microphones hidden inside a hive and two Sennheiser MKH 8040 to capture the ambience in front of the hive.
Every stereo AB interior recording can be split to mono to isolate the single buzzes, and the library features a total of 44 minutes of bee sound recordings.
Want the engine sounds of a BMW? THe BMW 114i sound effects library features 47 WAV files with total length of 125 minutes, recorded in 96kHz/24bit using Sound Devices 702, Oktavas MK012, Rode NTG and Sony PCM-M10. This library includes the sound of the engine.
You will find sound of different driving styles, slow rpm increase and decrease for game implementation, steady rpms, casual driving, and aggressive accelerations with sudden gear shifting.
In addition to the engine sound, You’ll find foley like opening/closing doors, windows, hood, turning lights, horn and more. The last thing are passes and accelerations recorded from the outside. Different speeds and perspectives recorded in mono and stereo at the same time. Every file was tagged in ProTools 11 for quick and easy searching.
The BMW 420D Gran Coupe sound library delivers 72 files recorded with a Zoom F8, Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, two DPA 4061 microphones and Rode NTG3.
Inside you’ll find engine recorded under the hood, exhaust and inside drivers cabin (all in sync), exterior passes recorded in mono following a car and static stereo ORTF perspective.
Pass-by sounds cover different speeds, from 15kmph up to 140, reverse, engine on and off, stopping and driving away.
In addition there are foley recordings included, covering opening and closing doors, back, windows, handbrake and the seat belt mechanism.
The BMW 530D vehicle sound effects library was recorded with two track Sound Devices 702 recorder on the streets of Poland. Foley was captured with mono Rode NTG3 microphone. The engine sounds were recorded with two DPA 4061 omni microphones set under the hood.
The car sound effects were captured during regular driving, accelerating and decelerating. Engine was recorded in two different configurations with one mic in engine compartment and exhaust, and other one with two microphones set under the hood.
In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder. In this 124-minute sound library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin.
Get the sounds of a BMW F12 640D with a twin turbo 313HP diesel engine. The recordings covers different driving sound effects like regular driving, accelerations, reverse, engine on/idle/stop. In addition to engine recorded onboard (two microphones under the hood, exhaust and interior in sync) there are exterior passes covering different speeds, from 30 up to 180 kmph, stopping, driving away slowly and fast, reverse. Last but not least there are a few foley files as a bonus. The whole library was recorded with Sound Devices 702, Zoom F8, 2x Sennheisers MKH 8040 and 2x DPAs 4061.
Need some motor / engine sounds from an unusual source? The Brushcutter library features everything from cutting sounds, engine starts, stops, idles and revving sounds, metallic squeaks and impacts. You’ll find files of different brushcutters working alone and at the same time recorded from different perspectives and distances.
The whole recording session took place during a special event, as five 5 volunteers were clearing some harsh terrain for mud turtles. And to make the area habitable for the turtles, all the small branches and trees had to be removed. So not only did the turtles win, so do you as you now have a unique collection of sounds at your fingertips.
Brushcutter gets you 41 high quality .wav files, with a total of 87 minutes of recording time.
The Bunkers sound effects library features roomtones and ambiences captured inside old World War II shelters (at the historic WW2 complex known as Wolf’s Lair in Poland).
The ambiences were captured in small rooms deep inside bunkers, in hallways, inside old rusty water pipes and outside, between bunkers.
The library includes room tones with water dripping from ceilings, small pieces of wall falling on the floor and wind getting through destroyed walls. The Bunker Ambients library features 23 files with a total length of 57 minutes, recorded with a Sony PCM-M10 and Sennheiser MKH 8040 plugged into Sound Devices 702 recorder in ORTF configuration.
The Cameras sound library features sounds of no less than 20 different cameras. Everything was recorded with Sound Devices 702, Rode NTG3 and Oktava MK012. The Camera library delivers sounds of different camera shutters, pulling film advance levers, handling noises, self timers, AF mechanisms, pushing buttons and rotating dials. This sound library features camera models from companies like Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon, Olympus, Yashica, Minolta, Fujica, Halina or Pentax.
Includes recordings from the following cameras:
Canon 5d Mark II • Canon Eos 3000n • Fujica AZ1 • Halina H160 • Kodak Brownie 127 • Kodak • Coloursnap 35 • Kodak Eastman Pocket camera • Kodak Instamatic 55x • Kodak Instamatic 200 • Kodak Six 20 Brownie D • Minolta Dynax 303 • Nikon D5000 • Nikon D5500 • Nikon FM2n • Olympus Newpic XB AF • Olympus SP510UZ • Pentax SP1000 • Polaroid Spectra • Yashica Minitec Super
This library will be updated in the future, so you will receive free update link every time I’ll record new cameras.
The Car Foley sound effects library features foley recordings of different actions performed inside 13 different cars. It’s 176 files with a total length of 37 minutes, covering actions like closing and opening regular doors, slide doors, hoods, trunks, interior buttons and switches, windows, sunroofs, seatbelts, brakes, gear levers, handbrakes, horns and more.
The Cars In Motion sound library gets you exterior sounds of cars driving at different speeds, slow/medium/fast/very fast pass-bys, reverse sounds, accelerations, braking sounds and a lot of additional files. You’ll find different engines, and cars with different character.
From a small BMW 114i through to a powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 with Magna Flow exhaust, up to a fast twin turbo BMW 640D F12. In addition to cars there are also files covering big machines like tractors and excavator.
The library features 561 WAV files with total length of 340 minutes, recorded in 96kHz and 24 bits with a Sound Devices 702, two Sennheisers MKH 8040, Rode NTG3 and Sony PCM-M10.
• Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI – 73 files – 73 minutes
• Audi A4 B8 2.0 TDI Avant – 11 files – 10 minutes
• BMW 114i E87 – 20 files – 10 minutes
• BMW 530D E60 – 55 files – 21 minutes
• BMW F12 640D Gran Coupe – 87 files – 49 minutes
• Excavator MF 860 – 30 files – 20 minutes
• Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 V8 – 62 files – 51 minutes
• Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V – 71 files – 32 minutes
• Renault Master II 2.8 dTi – 21 files – 13 minutes
• Renault Master F3500 dCi135 – 30 files – 12 minutes
• Tractor Case II CX90 – 15 files – 10 minutes
• Volkswagen Golf II – 26 files – 13 minutes
• Other Cars – 60 files – 23 minutes
Cars In Motion Wet Asphalt sound library is a go to pack for any scene with vehicles driving on snowy / wet roads – featuring a total of 126 files & 150 minutes of audio.
Inside you’ll find single sound effects with different passes on wet and snowy / slushy asphalt roads.
In addition to that there are stereo ambience recordings from different high speed roads with intense and low traffic recorded from normal perspective, and from the ground to capture more tyres friction sound.
Additionally there are recordings of the roads from car interior perspective. Most of the files are stereo recordings.
• 55 files with slush passes
• 50 files with wet asphalt passes
• 21 files with ambient location recordings
The Cat – Meow Library features 130 files (51 at 192kHz, 79 at 96kHz) recorded with Sennheiser 8040 / Rode NTG3 and Sony PCM-D100. This small bundle contains different sound effects made by two very vocal cats.
From subtle squeaks and digging in litter box, through eating and purrs to loud meows.
Need chainsaw sound effects? This library gets you a lot! From chainsaw motor / engine starts and stops, sawing at different RPMs and durations, idles, different perspectives and distances – and even different engine types. This library includes recordings made with both small and big Stihl chainsaws. A total of 66 .wav files are included for more than an hour and a half of chainsaw action.
A large collection of cormorant recordings – including some super-close ones! – recorded over the span of two months, in a colony with over 1000 nests. The cormorant library features a total of 119 minutes of recordings, captured from many different places in the cormorant colony – and it comes with a huge range of squeals, calls and chirps from both adults and nestlings.
The Electromagnetic Field sound library features 216 stereo 96kHz recordings of more than 80 different electronic devices. The total length of the files is 6 hours and 18 minutes. Post production process was limited to EQ and compression with some noise reduction in few cases, but most of the files are ready for further processing and designing completely new sounds
Everything was recorded in stereo, and in some cases sounds are wildly flying across not only whole frequency spectrum but also pan image. Inside you’ll find a lot of different hum noises, hiss and electrical swipes and whooshes, buzzing high pitch and low pitch sounds, beeps and bleeps, servo and small engines running in a different way, data processing kind of sounds, interference and corruption effects and more. It’s a great all around library when it comes to designing various electronic machinery sound effects.
Adam Audio A5x • Alarm Clock • Apple Keyboard • Apple Magic Mouse • Apple Mac Mini • Apple MacBook Pro 13 Retina • Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina • Apple MacBook White Unibody • Audi A4 • Blender Zelmer Nero • Broken Fluorescent Light • Canon Printer • CD Player • Cisco Router • Coffee Maker • Connect Router • Cooking Stove • Cooking Stove Electrolux • Creative Power Supply • Electric Scale • Epson Film Scanner • Fluorescent Light • Focusrite Forte • Fridge Samsung • Garage Doors • Hair Straightener Remington • Hairdryer Remington • Heater Vaillant • Heating Stove • Induction Stove • iPhone SE • Lacie Porsche • Lacie Quadra • Lacie Rugged • LCD touch screen • LED light • LED photography lamp • Light Switch • Logitech G3 mouse • Manicure Machine • Milk Frother • Modern Fusebox • Modern Mixer Zelmer • Nintendo New 3DS • Nintendo DSi • Nintendo Switch • Nintendo Wii • Nintendo Wii controller • Old Electricity Meter • Old Mixer Zelmer • Old Nokia 105 • Old Router • Phillips Sonic Toothbrush • Phillips Shaving Machine • Power Tool • Samsung Ultrabook • Sony 18-105 f4 • Sony A6300 • Sony Old Amplifier • Sony Bravia • Sony CD player • Sony DualShock 3 • Sony PCM-M10 • Sony PlayStation 3 • Sony PlayStation 4 black • Sony PlayStation 4 white • Sony Playstation TV • Sony Projector Old • Sony Tape Recorder • Sony TV remote • Sound Devices 702 • Thermomix • TP Link Router • Tracer Mouse • TV Decoder • TV Decoder Remote • TV Panasonic • Vacuum Cleaner Zelmer • Vinyl Adapter • Wacom Intuos Pro • Washing Machine • WD Passport • Xbox 360 • Xbox 360 Controller
The Eurasian Cranes sound effects library gets you the sound of almost 1500 Eurasian Cranes (Common Cranes) singing their song at the same time. It features 13 stereo wav files and nearly 70 minutes of these unique recordings.
Get the sounds of a powerful excavator – the Excavator MF 860 – covering both interior and exterior recordings.
The Excavator library gets you the sound of the engine recorded on-board (under the hood + interior from the cabin) while driving on the different roads, exterior engine with passes in mono and stereo recorded on asphalt, hard ground and dry grass and foley. Engine sounds comes in two versions, designed and RAW, so you can design it on your own.
The ‘Excavator MF 860’ sound library is a result of two full day recording sessions. The first session covered the sound of the engine, recorded under the hood with two DPA 4061 microphones, and exterior digging sounds recorded in mono and stereo with Rode NTG3, 2 Sennheiser MKH 8040 and Sony PCM-M10 recorder. The second recording session covered the exterior passes, interior sounds, foley and digging, since we had to dig our machine from the mud.
The library gets you 83 files and has a total length of 145 minutes. Everything was recorded in 96 kHz, edited, cleaned and meta tagged.
Harbours Of Norway sound library features 25 files with ambients recorded in Myre, Sto and Nyksund, very small towns with direct access to the sea. Most of the sound effects were recorded at night, but since it’s a polar day time of the year, it was very pleasurable to walk and look for convenient places to set up my gear. Everything was recorded with an ORTF setup built from two Sennheisers MKH 8040.
Inside this library, you’ll find a lot of seagulls, waves crushing on the rocks and plants, windy ambients from the cliff, industrial sound from port in Myre with ship unloading the cargo, walla with steam engine boats and additional sounds from the boat engine market, and air cooling aggregates from food containers.
Every file was recorded in 96kHz, edited (I removed any unintentional bumps, pops and unwanted sounds). I limited EQing to removing harsh frequencies, or enhancing a little bit the good sounding ones. At the end of the chain there is a small compression, for louder sounds.
Get almost 5 hours of sounds of Sicily, Italy – captured at various locations during different times of the day. The library features sounds of both empty and crowded streets. Mornings and nights sounded different from siesta time, that’s why I’ve recorded streets during all those times.
Another location was a fish market recorded in the morning, during most intense moments.
Other files covers the traffic on the streets full of honking scooters, barking dogs and just cars passing by.
In addition to the recordings from Trapani, you’ll find sound of the airports, not only in Italy but also in Poland, which contains both Polish and Italian walla.
Walla sounds varies from ones with a lot of people talking from different directions, to more narrow ones, with small groups speaking from one place. Most of the recordings are not that easy to distinguish, but there are also files where you can hear very clearly every word.
Italy – Sicilian Ambients features 36 WAV files, recorded with two 8040s plugged into Sound Devices 702 and Sony PCM-M10 portable recorder. The total length of the files is 321 minutes.
Get the sound of sheer power with the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 litre engine, V8 with magnaflow sound library. It features 85 files recorded with a Sound Devices 702, Zoom F8, Sony PCM-M10, two Senneheisers MKH 8040, two DPA 4061 microphones and Rode NTG3. The engine was recorded under the hood with two microphones, on the exhaust and inside drivers cabin at the same time.
Exterior passes were also recorded with different gear and different perspectives. The mono file was recorded with 8040 following a car all the time, one static perspective with 8040 and stereo with Sony PCM-M10. Additional foley files were captured with one 8040.
This library includes sound effects like regular driving, accelerations, engine on/idle/off, rpm ramps, reverse, slow and fast pass-by, stopping and driving away sounds and more.
The Metal Contact sound library features the recordings of various metal surfaces tortured with different tools. From touching things with fingers, through hitting with metal bars and up to using blenders or magnets to cause the materials to resonate.
While recording this library my goal was to cover different needs, not only for sound designers but also editors. Scrapes and squeaks were recorded with different intensity and speeds, just like the impacts. From soft and quiet, through medium up to loud and reverberant ones.
In addition to the regular approach of just touching, hitting and scraping metal parts, I’ve decided to record few experimental sound effects. Listening to the tons of water flowing through a dam, by sticking the microphones to the building’s wall? You got it. Messing with guitar strings using a blender and magnets? It’s here. Throwing coins and different metal parts inside cast iron cooking dish? No problem!
Different lids, cast iron dishes, metal pots, baking forms and sheets, bullet catcher, different boxes, cooking oven, sinks, fan, pans, grills, coins, small tools, different jugs, electric guitar, buckets, washing machine, metal parts, old doors and walls, road sign, handrails, cages and much more.
Old Cameras sound library features 69 recordings of different camera related activities. 13 different cameras were recorded with two MKH 8040s in 192kHz. Total length of the files is 52 minutes. Inside you’ll find sound effects like rewinding film, pulling different levers, rotating dials, shutter effects, handling noises, lens focus rings and aperture clicks, polaroid mechanism and more.
Props Box sound library is a collection of different sounds emitted by everyday objects used in weird ways. It can be a great and handy tool in designing more complex sound effects for games, or just a go-to pack to quickly fill the gaps in movies and other linear media.
The 169 mono files feature more than 1000 sound effects, as each recording contains different variations of the same activity.
Props Box 2 sound library is a collection of different sounds emitted by everyday objects used in weird ways. It can be a great and handy tool in designing more complex sound effects for games, or just a go to pack to quickly fill the gaps in movies and other linear media.
The library gives you 193 files, featuring more than 2000 sound effects, as each recording contains different variations of the same activity. The total length of the files is 234 minutes.
As for the post processing, everything was edited and mastered. Editing came down to removing unwanted sounds between takes, and mastering to removing harsh sounding frequencies, compressing and setting everything on level that is comfortable to work with, so you don't have to constantly adjust the levels while looking for specific sound.
Inside you’ll find recordings with materials like cardboard, foam, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood and different objects.
The Renault Kangoo 1.6 16V sound library features 227 96kHz/24 bit WAV files (including RAW files for design purposes), recorded with 2 Sound Devices 702, 2 Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones, Rode NTG3, 2 DPA 4061 and Sony PCM-M10 recorder.
This library covers sounds of regular driving, slow and fast accelerating recorded under the hood and inside a drivers cabin at the same time, so the files are in sync and ready to edit in your DAW. In addition this library features exterior recordings, from slow passes through medium and fast ones, reverse sounds, doppler effects, braking and idle, driving away and more.
Everything was recorded from 3 perspectives with different equipment. Mono recordings followed the car all the time, and were recorded with NTG3. Stereo ones were recorded with Sony PCM-M10 and Sennheisers MKH 8040 in ORTF.
Those microphones were standing still, capturing the car passes from left to right. Last but not least, foley: This library covers different actions, like opening and closing doors recorded from the interior and exterior perspectives, opening and closing slide doors, hood, back doors and windows. Pulling and releasing the hand brake, AC fans, buttons and switches, emergency and turning lights, opening and closing glove compartment and more.
The total length of the files is 142 minutes (without RAW files). In addition to the cleaned and premixed files, you will receive Engine RAW recordings as a separate download link. Thanks to those files you can design the engine or interior sounds the way you like.
The Renault Master 2.3 dci diesel van sound library is a go-to pack for many transportation-related scenes. It features 102 96kHz files, more than 130 minutes of audio covering different aspects of using the van. Inside you’ll find engine sounds recorded under the hood, stereo recordings from the cabin during driving, exterior passes and different maneuvers and foley recordings.
The library contains:
• 6 engine under-the-hood onboard recordings while driving (38 minutes)
• 10 interior cabin recordings, 6 in sync with engine (54 minutes)
• 70 exterior passby / driving files
• 18 foley sound effects
The Renault Master II van sound library was recorded with a two track Sound Devices 702 recorder. Foley was captured with a mono Rode NTG3 microphone. Engine sound effects were recorded with two DPA-4061 omni microphones.
The car was recorded during regular driving, accelerating, decelerating and more demanding way of driving with steady RPMs and RPM ramps. In addition to designed files, this library features RAW sounds pulled straight out of the recorder.
In this 88-minute long sound effects library you will find engine recorded onboard and outside, passby sounds, foley and engine recorded inside vehicles cabin in sync with microphones under the hood.
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