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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.

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  • 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
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  • 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.

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

    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 Basketball Game Ultra Play Track 334 sounds included $59 $41.30

    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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  • 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.

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

    '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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  • 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!

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  • 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:

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  • 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.
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Latest sports releases:

 

  • Cars Rally Cars Vol.4 Play Track 123 sounds included, 25 mins total $49.90

    This library includes 123 sounds, recorded at rally service areas and the race track. Pass bys, idles, revvings and other car engine sounds.

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  • Cars Rally Bohemia Play Track 46 sounds included $38

    Get the sounds of rally cars competing in the world championships. Pack of very fast speed passbys through the turns. Two general locations and additional recordings further away.

    Race to the summit! A collection of impressive WRC sport car passbys in three different distances. Close, further and two bonus far sounds, also usable as ambiences. Recordings are not “whoosh” type – the microphones typically follow the cars. It is easy to pan customization or make it more spatial. Recorded at the popular Czech event Rally Bohemia.

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  • Motorcycles Endurocross Racing Play Track 216 sounds included, 130 mins total $38 $27

    This library gets you 130 minutes of stereo recordings from an intense off-road motorcycle racing event, captured on a late autumn day with ideal weather conditions.

    Two-stroke and four-stroke engines compete together. The race track is about seven kilometers long with a high difference in elevation. The library features sounds such as race starts, test laps, roaring passbys, struggling engines as the bikes go up and down the hills, single bikes and groups + lots more sounds from the event.

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  • Foley Game of Go Play Track 64 sounds included $29

    Go (Baduk/Weiqi) is Asia's infamous and ancient strategy game. Incredibly popular in Japan, China, and Korea for over 2000 years, it rivals chess for the world's most challenging strategy board game. “Game of Go” presents the game's iconic sounds characterized by stone pieces clicking down on a thick wooden board for use in film, game development, and beyond.

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  • Sports Ski Slopes Play Track 75 sounds included, 60 mins total $39

    A superb collection of quiet alpine ski slopes and realistic onboard ski and snowboard recordings. The Alps pistes are known for their great snow and peaceful ambiance.
    We captured the calm atmosphere and expressive whooshing and carving on these quiet ski slopes. Recordings range from high speed alpine skiers and distant voices of snowboarders, to a small class, on a variety of pistes. We also recorded onboard the ski lifts and crowds while waiting in line.
    More info on how this library came together on our blog.

    Contents:
    The library consists of a broad range of Alpine ski slope recordings.
    – Ski slope ambiences with chatty skiers and snowboarders from young to adult (solo and groups)
    – Clean passby's on quiet ski slopes with a mix of speeds, perspectives and types (snowboarders and skiers)
    – A very handy set of onboard recordings of skiing and snowboarding with various speeds and cadences
    – Onboard ski lifts (gondola, open) and drag lifts (T-bar)
    – Evolving ambiences of a moving drag lift and gondola station
    – The sound of people waiting in line at the ski lifts (a mix of german/dutch/english)
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    What you won't get:
    – Close up 'Foley' of snow gear
    – Music in the background
    – Birdsong
    – Apres Ski drinks :)

    Recording equipment:
    – Sony PCM-D50 recorder
    – Sonosax SX-R4 recorder
    – DPA 4060 microphones
    – Rycote Furries and windscreen

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  • World Sounds Background Morocco Play Track 55 sounds included, 105 mins total $10 $7.50

    Ambience library recorded in Marrakech, Essaouira, and the Agafay Desert. Birds, insects, wind, foliage, market/souk, prayer, etc. Recorded at 96kHz stereo/binaural.

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  • Footstep & Foley Sounds contains 511 high quality professionally recorded footstep sounds. Surfaces included: concrete, dirt, grass, gravel, metal, mud, water, wood, ice and snow. Plus 141 Foley sounds covering a variety of character movement sounds. A perfect addition to add realism to your footstep sounds.

    This pack also includes a variety of 160 bonus sounds effects from our full library Pro Sound Collection. ALL sounds from Footstep & Foley Sounds are included in Pro Sound Collection so if you need more sounds be sure to check it out before purchase.

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  • Environments Taste of Philippines Play Track 76 sounds included, 409 mins total $55

    Get the authentic sounds and ambiences from the Philippines in this sound effect library. It contains recordings of Lakes, Rice Terraces, Mountains, day and night Village Life, Kids Playing, People Talking, City Life, Traffic, Beaches, Jungle and much more.

    Bonus recordings of village everyday life events such as traditional rice pounding and wood chopping are also included.

    In total, it comes with nearly 7 hours (!) of authentic sounds and atmospheric ambiences from the Philippines.

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  • Environments Rare Winds Play Track 102 sounds included, 233 mins total $149 $99

    From all 4 earth’s corners, air streamlines the environment and shapes our stories. Discover the cinematic world of rare winds!


    This sound library is the ultimate achievement of a really ambitious project of recording winds from very remote places across the world.

    Included are authentic recordings from the Boreal region (North hemisphere: in Canada and Iceland), from the Austral region (South hemisphere: Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the Last Hope province in Chile), on Islands in Mediterranean region (Thira in Greece), in the Sahara desert (Marocco), Isle-aux-Grues (Canadian winter), and more (see file list for more details)


    These were recorded either in urban settings, countryside, or complete wilderness.

    Included is a set of useful synthesized, tonal, and designed winds.

    The sounds are categorized into 3 folders: Designed, Indoor & Outdoor.

    WHAT’S INSIDE:

    • 102 stereo files
    • Highly focused and meticulously edited sounds
    • Ready to use Loop
    • Urban area and Wild area
    • Useful Designed & Synthesized Wind Sounds
    • Recordings from the Boreal region (North) in Iceland & Canada
    • Recordings from the Austral region (South) in Argentina & Chile
    • Recordings from Islands in Greece & Canada
    • Recordings from the desert in Marocco
    • Abandonned houses and shelters
    • Marina, lake, forest, car, flags, arctic, metal pole, prairie, street, mountain, grass, …
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  • Drones & Moods Quantum State Play Track 30 sounds included, 32 mins total $25 $20

    Quantum State is a collection of 30 soundscapes (WAV files, 24 Bit / 96 kHz) aimed to be used in movies, games and documentary films. It was created to evoke the atmosphere of a Quantum World.

    If you are doing a documentary about Quantum Mechanics or in any Sci-fi project where, for example, your protagonist is trapped in a molecular space this soundpack can be great tool to achieve those things.
    Each soundscape has a duration of 1:05 minutes.

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  • Metal Metal Souls Play Track 100 sounds included, 30 mins total $29.99 $19.99

    Vocalizations / Transitions / Ambiences / Drones

    This library was derived entirely from material collected in the Metal Hits, Scrapes and Squeaks library. Each sound was meticulously crafted by hours of experimenting with different processing techniques. I created this library for fun and to in part showcase the flexibility of my metal recordings.

    I spent a great deal of time exploring pitch manipulation with this library. Much of it relied on rendered processing to acquire the aesthetic that I wanted. My vision was to make something ethereal and vocal but also a bit vague.

    I believe this library will provide excellent source material for a wide variety of applications. Both as stand-alone effects or layered in with other libraries/sounds to help create a dark/spooky aesthetic.

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  • Drones & Moods Serum SFX Play Track 240 sounds included $12.99

    A collection of 60 versatile SFX presets for Serum including risers, textures, transitions, drones, atmospheres, retro video game sounds, glitches, whooshes and abstract elements.

    Suitable for any style of production, each preset comes loaded with 4 Macro controls giving you the flexibility to go way beyond the 60 presets into hundreds of variations.

    Also included are 240 audio files (4 variations of each of the 60 presets) ready to drag and drop into your projects!

    *Presets require Serum 1.209 or higher (not included). If you don’t have Serum, you can still use the 240 included .wav files.

  • City Life Kolkata City Surround Ambiences Play Track 152 sounds included, 847 mins total $164 $119

    The city of Kolkata, India, is one of the sonically richest locations in the world. This library features over 25 locations and 276 files of both day and night time recordings in 5.1 and stereo formats. Feel the relentless energy of Bagbazar Street, the traffic rumble over Howrah Bridge, walk through the flower market along the Ganges river, and much more…

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