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With the 2018 football/soccer World Cup beginning today - and with 3.2 billion people (!) tuning in for the last one - let's explore the talent, effort and creativity that goes into making sports sound great.

For starters, two classics from Vox and 99% Invisible give you the story on why sports sound better in the living room, and on how sports sound is designed.

You'll also get the inside-story behind the sound for legendary game franchises such as FIFA and Madden NFL, the science behind stadium sound, the sound of tennis, basketball, boxing, hockey, skiing, UFC and American Football + an interview with the Patrick Baltzell, responsible for the sound of the past 19 Super Bowls. And finally, discover the most popular sound effects libraries when it comes to sports.


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Why sports sound better in the living room:

 
“We don’t often think about audio when we watch sports on TV, but it’s a huge part of the experience. We spoke with several A1 audio engineers who mix the sounds of sports to learn more about what it takes to capture the crack of the bat and the swish of the net.

From the cadence of the quarterback to the sounds of skates on ice, audio mixers are tasked with getting microphones close enough to the action to gather the sounds but still out of the way of the players and the fans.

Once the microphones are set up, they handle the stressful task of live mixing all the audio for the broadcast, so that we can hear the announcers and the sounds of the game, despite thousands of screaming fans and the PA system blaring music.

In the end, if they do the job right, you’ll forget they exist.”

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99% invisible: The sound of sports:

 

“The experience of “live” events can be highly produced, very different from the experience of being there. Is this enhanced sound so very different from that of a film or a video game? We meet a Hollywood sound effects specialist and a video game sound designer to find out what they do to create a sense of authenticity and excitement. Are they raising our expectations of how “real” sport should sound?”

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Bonus videos – NFL recording, football reactions, bare-knuckle boxing + the sounds of Wimbledon recreated:

 

Recording the sounds for Madden NFL 17:

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Go behind the scenes as the Solid Audioworks team shares the sound story behind Madden NFL 17 (from the Madden NFL 18 Longshot sound story)
 


 
What it sounds like when Brazil scores in the World Cup:

Sports aren’t just loud in the stadium. Here’s what it sounded like when Claus Wahlers captured the neighborhood reactions to a football/soccer game between Brazil and Croatia in Moema, São Paulo:

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Designing the sounds of bare-knuckle boxing:

Need the sound of an UFC-style bare-knuckle boxing fight? This layer-by-layer feature on the punch sounds from Fight Club might give you some sonic inspiration:

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Recreating the sounds of Wimbledon – with Lou Brown and Rick Blything:

What does Wimbledon sound like? For this great initiative, Foley artist Louise Brown and sound designer Rick Blything worked with a group of young people from Wandsworth Vision Support Service to recreate the sounds of Wimbledon:

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Popular sports sound effects libraries:

 

  • Sports Soccer SFX Play Track 100 sounds included $20

    Want the sound of soccer (or football, if you like)? This library delivers a wide range of soccer sounds, including various kicks and ball impact sounds.

    It also packs keep-up, knee, chest and header sounds + ball impacts on various surfaces / items. And finally, soccer boot footsteps, keeper sounds and ref whistles are also included.

  • Sports Sports & Soccer Crowds Play Track 243 sounds included, 77 mins total $32

    This is a collection of authentic crowd sounds from sporting events, captured at soccer stadiums in Italy.

    The Sports & Soccer Crowds library comes with everything from crowd chanting, singing, cheering, booing and whistling (check out the full list below). Also includes recordings of amateur soccer matches on grass and concrete + more.

    60 sound files (23 minutes total) are included in the pack so you can build an authentic soundscape of a sporting event.

    Just updated:
    An additional 183 files (54 minutes) have been added to the pack, featuring soccer, boxing, skiing, horse racing, and tennis sound effects and ambiences
  • Human Small Crowds Outdoor Play Track 1947 sounds included $74

    Small crowd sound effect libraries can be hard to find – but here's the solution: The Small Crowds Outdoors SFX library gets you crowds samples from 1 to 15 people. 649 sounds are included in three mic placements each (MS near, MS far, ORTF rear), for a total of 1947 sounds.

    Includes crowd reactions with everything from painful groans, excited cheering, roaring, short words, booing, applauding, whistling, panic screams, battle shouts, battlefield attack calls, monster grunts, ritualistic incantations and so much more.

  • Environments The Football Match Play Track 14+ sounds included, 13 mins total $30 $20

    Get the real sounds of a UK football / soccer match – including crowd reactions covering everything from applause, cheering, booing, chanting, groans, oohs!, misses, goals and more. If you're after real stadium crowd reactions, this one delivers.

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  • Sports Gym Weights Play Track 140 sounds included $15

    This Gym Weights library focuses on clinking weights in different shapes and sizes, mostly barbell and hand weights – recorded in an empty gym. As a bonus it contains hits on a punching bag, an ambience track from a large gym (with the sound of people & exercise activity), and some workout machine sounds.

    The library is recorded with film sound in mind, so the sounds are not compressed to death. These are also great ingredients for metal impact sound design.

  • Sports Sports Play Track 159 sounds included
    Rated 2.00 out of 5
    $15

    Ambiences and sound effects from some of the most popular sports around, including baseball, basketball, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, table tennis, bowling, golf and hockey. This 159-sound collection features a selection of real sports game ambiances and a large variety of individual sounds such as ball bounces, racquet hits, putts, boxing bells and even referee whistles!

  • Sports Large Crowd Reactions Play Track 81+ sounds included, 53 mins total $75

    Sometimes emotion comes when you feel together as one. This is happening in stadiums, arenas, demonstrations when people are as one voice. This collection gets you the power of the crowd. People will go through various feelings, sometimes silent or very noisy, you will be able to cover a lot of situations with it. Moreover ambisonic format-B 3D recordings are great to enhance those kind of situations.

    About Ambisonics:
    This is an Ambisonics sound effects library - and by using the free SoundField SurroundZone 2 plugin you can convert the B-format files into your preferred format (stereo, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 7.0 or 7.1 surround). Note: The library also contains ready-made stereo mixdowns for your convenience.
  • Environments Water Rush Play Track 219+ sounds included, 110 mins total $80

    This is not your regular water sound effect library:

    Water Rush gets you a multitude of recordings from a group of 30 swimmers doing dives, swims, runs, walks and other movement in the water – for unprecedented control of the water sounds.

    Features both solo and group takes, and multiple mic positions, including underwater recordings.

    Fantastic for sports, battle scenes and countless other situations where you want precise control of the water sounds.

    Need the sounds of people in water?
    This library is the one you need:

  • Environments Ice Skating Play Track 1000+ sounds included $39 $31

    'Ice Skating' is a very comprehensive library of 1000 audio files from the realm of ice skating.

    It encompasses a broad variety of sounds using different skating techniques and features many ice skating activities such as hockey games, figure skating, free skating and more.

    Most of the recordings have been made in an outdoor setting to reduce reverberations.

    Almost all of the sounds were recorded using a M/S technique with AKG C-414 and Rode Nt5, and Sound Devices mixPre.

    This library presents unique focused sounds that have been edited meticulously making them easier to integrate in any audiovisual project or interactive program.

    The rare distinctive quality of these recordings also allows them to be a base for
    any sound experimentation through a creative process; and can be layered with other sounds or treated in order to produce interesting sound design.

    A couple of Ambiences are also included in the library. These are ORTF stereo recordings of outdoors/indoors skating.

    Like every other sound library from Articulated Sounds, the files are embedded with metadatas (Soundminer/iXML/XMP/BWAV/ID3).

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  • Basketball Game Ultra is a huge sound effects library for, well, basketball. It includes both an international match field recording (with over 5,000 people attending the game) and isolated sounds of backboard hoops, basket swish nets, metal bars, shoe squeaks and dribbles on various hard surfaces, as well as other related sounds – all performed by a professional basketball player in indoor and outdoor courts as well as inside the studio.

    Οur aim with this collection is to give you choices to:

    • Create realistic soundscapes of world class basketball games or other sports events
    • Design from scratch your own unique sound frames
    • Foley the character in your audiovisual production
 

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  • Vehicles Ride on Bike Play Track 112 sounds included $45

    This library was recorded in different locations. The main one is the woods to record the detail of the mountain bicycles when riding. Other locations were on asphalt roads, to obtain the delicious sound of the wheels and chain spinning and drifting.

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    The library was recorded in mono and stereo depending on the perspective of the rider.

  • Sports Vuvuzela Play Track 78 sounds included $25

    This library is a compilation of the unique sounding horn, quintessential to South Africa and its culture, the Vuvuzela. It's a collection of Vuvuzela sounds from various distances and varying intensities. There are mono and stereo versions, all recorded in isolation in order to be placed in any situation. Included are additional recordings with natural city reflections.

     

    All tracks recorded with the Zoom H5 XY stereo pair as well as a Sennheiser MKH60.

  • Sports Sports Play Track 200 sounds included $50

    This library contains 200 professionally recorded sports sound effects.  Included in this collection are baseball, basketball, tennis, football, soccer, hockey, boxing and golf sound effects.  These sounds are all hand-picked from Sound Ideas General HD2 and Series 11,0000 Sports sound effects libraries as well as the Hollywood Edge Sports with Balls and World Edition Sports collections.

  • Sports The Gym – Sounds of Bodybuilding Play Track 89 sounds included, 34 mins total $20

    You want to get big? You want to get strong? Want muscles? This library brings the (sounds of the) gym – straight to your DAW!

    The Gym is a sound effects library containing recordings of typical weight room sounds (deadlift barbell, benchpress, dumbells and more), and of course the foley that you bring in the weight room (belt, gloves and similar)

    You can also use the sounds for totally other things, like the sounds that have been made in the included pre-designed folders – so let your imagination guide you, and don't forget: No pain, no gain!

  • Sports Skateboard Play Track 90+ sounds included $45

    A collection of real and gritty skateboard sounds. We recorded these sounds on the streets and not in the studio. Featuring various skateboard riding movement and trick sounds. These sounds are so real, you can hear the bearings squeak.

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  • Get the drifting, breaking, screaming, skidding and acceleration sounds of a race car – from both interior and exterior perspectives.

    Features the roaring engines of a Nissan 240SFX s13 and the BMW E46 giving it everything they’ve got on a racetrack. Includes microphone positions such as cabin, body, exhaust and engine, and also includes selected ambiences from the race track, captured at a distance. Includes nearly 3.5 hours of recordings.

  • Cars Drifting vol.1: Car Action Play Track 109 sounds included, 47 mins total $20

    Get the sounds of crazy accelerations, drifting, wild breaking, screechy tires and more – captured from several different perspectives on a race track.

  • City Life Langa – Township Ambiences Play Track 25+ sounds included, 53 mins total $20 $15

    Langa – Township Ambiences is a collection of everyday sounds recorded within a vibrant township community in the heart of Cape Town. The townships are always a busy place with a lot of different soundscapes to offer – from the chaotic market street in the town centre to the quieter houses/shacks on the outskirts. This collection has both interior and exterior ambiences and wallas to set the scene for any project set in a lively city environment. This pack consists of 25 Ambiences.

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  • Whooshes Tiny Transitions 2 Play Track 320-670 sounds included From: $29.20 From: $21.90

    “Tiny Transitions 2” is the successor to the very popular Tiny Transitions sound effects library.

    If you already knew the first library you know what to expect: even more, even better and more versatile to bring instant sonic support for all kinds of small animations, motion graphics, pass-bys, menues, projectiles and more.

    Re-load your ammo belt with not-so-intrusive production elements that come in very handy for any Sound Designer, All-In-One Film Editor or Web-, App- and Game-Developers.

    All the small motion elements that you need in your everyday work for games, apps, commercial, films or general motion designs.

    You get 350 ready to use designed sounds+ a composite selection of 320 cleaned and edited source soundsthat were used to design the Tiny Transitions. These sounds are mostly different props that are scraping or sliding on different surfaces and also some vocalized whoosh attempts.

    If you don't need the extra source sounds you can grab the “Designed Sounds only” pack.

    All source sounds were recorded with Sonosax SX-R4+ with a Sennheiser MKH8050+MKH30 M/S rig, a Sound Devices MixPre-6 with a MK8060+ATE208 M/S rig and a Sony PCM-D100. All sounds come with embedded Metadata.

    Metadata embedded by “The Audioville – India”

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  • Cars Subaru Crosstrek SUV Play Track 90+ sounds included, 35 mins total $99

    This sound effects library delivers the sounds of a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek SUV. Metadata is included, with over 35 minutes of recording time split into 90 ready to use wave files. There are onboard, external, and foley sounds, all in high quality 24 bit resolution, 96khz sample rate. This is the right library when you need stock sounds of a common Subaru vehicle.

    Onboard multi-track recordings are in 4 separate mono wave files. Drag & drop or import each of the files into your audio editing software, then align them for creative mixing. There are also stereo mix versions of the OnBoard recordings. The External recordings are in stereo wave files. The combined recorded driving time is more than 35 minutes long.

    Onboard Settings:
    Channel 1 = Engine, Channel 2 = Airintake, Channel 3 = Cab, Channel 4 = Exhaust

    External Settings:
    Stereo in Left and Right Channels

  • Foley Old Drawers Play Track 151 sounds included $14.99

    Old Drawers is a collection of 151 carefully recorded and mastered drawer sound effects.
    Opens, Closes, Slides, Rolls, Creaks, Wrestles and more!

    All audio files have been recorded at superb 192KHZ 24BIT. Multiple mic positions to capture all the little details such as rollers, creaky wood etc

    Comprehensive Soundminer's metadata. Over 20 different, old, traditional, wooden drawers.

    LOCATION: Spain, Costa Blanca. Traditional Spanish hacienda before renovation.
    RECORDED WITH: Sound Devices MixPre 6 + Sennheiser MKH 8060
    EDITED AND MASTERED WITH: Pro Tools, iZotope RX (mildly).

  • Water & Oceans Liquidation Play Track 180 sounds included $35 $29

    Liquidation is a liquid texture library covering everything from water to slime to fizzes and bubbles. Source material in this library includes wet slimy pasta, giant water balloons, large containers being submerged underwater, leather fizzing in a chemical bath, pool water splashes and more. Plus it was all recorded at 192kHz/24bit so you can really stretch and thrash these sounds – and the vast majority of the sound files are in stereo. Whether you're designing an underwater adventure or an alien autopsy, this library is full of complimentary textures to layer together.

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  • Motorcycles Piaggio Zip 49cc Play Track 146+ sounds included, 30x4 mins total $80 $60

    Get the sounds of an old Piaggio Zip 49cc, a 2 stroke scooter from 1999. Its peculiar sound makes it an inestimable tool for film and games, whether it is a karting game, a sandbox or a drama movie.

    The library contains 72 onboard, 36 external and 38 foley recordings. Onboard recordings consist of 3 channels (two exhaust and one engine). A mix of these 3 channels has been included. Each single channel is included as well, so it can be layered as you please and make a different mix of the onboard recordings. External files include a stereo setup and a following shotgun.

    The riding recordings, where many different actions are happening, contain descriptive markers to highlight interesting events in an otherwise featureless waveform. These markers can be read in programs such as Izotope RX, Reaper and Soundminer. The markers are also included as .txt files in a separate folder.

    All files come in 96 kHz/24 bit with embedded metadata.

    Gear used: Zoom F8, DPA 4066, Sanken Cos11, Sennheiser 416, Sony D100.

    Sounds included

    False starts, startups, shutdowns, idles, revving, accelerations, decelerations, constant RPM at different speeds, passbys at different speeds and distances, approaches, driving away, kick starts, kickstands, horn, switching on and of with and without keys, light switch, opening and closing storage compartment.

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