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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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  • 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 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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  • 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 $45

    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 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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  • Sports BMX Trick 192 kHz Play Track 71+ sounds included, 24 mins total $58

    Welcome to the first comprehensive collection of BMX extreme sport riding sound effects. Diverse environments, surfaces, obstacles and bikes are at your fingertips now.

    Captured at 192 kHz 24 bit high resolution with a gear such as ultra-bandwidth Sanken CO100K microphone, the files are ideal source for awesome slow motions, as well as for realistic and creative sound design in general.

    Library highlights:
    • rides, pass bys, jumps, bumps, lands, crashes, tricks, grinds, squeaks, skids and other effects
    • divided into Big Ramps and Street Freestyle folders
    • both indoor hall and outdoor street locations
    • gravel to smooth surfaces
    • usually several variations in each file
    • natural dynamic range
    • professional gear used – Sanken CO100K, Sennheiser MKH 416, MKH 30, Sound Devices 788T, Zoom F8

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  • Every sound you will need for a nice day at the links! This hole-in-one sound library contains 218 unique golf specific sounds!

    You will find golf club swings, hits, misses, from all different clubs and ranging from the fairway to the deep rough, golf cart engine driving, hazards like water, sand pit trap, trees, throwing clubs, selecting clubs, washing ball, raking sand, ambience, sinking the putt, flag pin and more!

    Music is only heard in the demo. Downloads are high resolution and without background music.

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  • Foley Ball Bounces Play Track 59+ sounds included $15

    This library is a collection of balls bouncing off different surfaces, inside and outside. We can generally find sports being played but not the clean sound of the ball used. We have included unique sounding balls such as a toddlers play ball and a Yoga ball for that really specific sound.

    Ball types included:
    Soccer ball / football • Yoga Ball • Beach Ball • Tennis Ball • Kids ball
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  • Environments Public Pools Play Track 62 sounds included, 155 mins total From: $50

    Whether is be empty pool room tones, busy children pools or calm exterior lap pools this library has you covered. Recorded at 10 different public swimming pools this library contains different spaces (interior and exterior) differentiated by the size, space and number of swimmers.

    All sounds were recorded using the DPA 5100 and Sound Devices 788T. This library is available in stereo or 5.0 (5.0 package contains stereo down mixes as well).

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  • Sci-Fi Slinky Pews and Pows Play Track 156+ sounds included, 24 mins total $19.99 $10.99

    Sounds for you to use for sci fi lasers, thin sheets of ice and electricity popping sounds recorded with a contact microphone and a slinky.

    Inspired by thin ice sound recordings and huge pictures of power lines, I recorded a slinky with a contact microphone in order to get some sounds for some thin ice. I ended up with a lot of sci fi lasers and “star trek torpedos.” With some cool bouncing popping electricity stuff, take a listen and pick up a copy to throw in your library when creating sci fi stuff and/or some electricity being sent through power lines!!

    Here is a little demo. I think some cool sounds were captured. with the 96k recording you can pitch it quite harshly and get some fine stuff…..the last 2 laser “blasts” have been pitched for you to hear. the first one at 20% of the original speed and the last at 15%. Feel free to send me an email if you want to hear more.

    Don't be fooled at the size of 350mb and 24 minutes….there is all the sounds you could want from a slinky in here. :D

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  • User Interface (UI) Advanced UI Play Track 928 sounds included, 21 mins total $59 $49

    Looking for UI sound effects? The Advanced UI collection gets you a wide range of interface sound effects – from natural, organic and minimal pops, beeps and chirps to 8-Bit, hybrid and highly processed, electronic and digital SFX that will complete almost any project where UI/UX sounds are required. + Includes embedded Soundminer meta data.

    Designed for use in animations, video games, mobile apps, motion graphics, film, software development and industrial design projects, Advanced UI is a perfect fit for getting user interface sounds just right.

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  • A collection of authentic Italian motorcycles and scooters – includes recordings of models like the Guzzi, Ciao Piaggio, Vespa and Ducati. Recordings include pass-bys, onboard, starting, idle, stopping, horn honking – and even skidding (see the full track list below).

    Just updated!

    This library has just been updated with 72 new recordings (47+ minutes) of motorcycles & scooters such as the APRILIA 150cc, LAMBRETTA 125cc, MALAGUTI 50cc, MOTOMORINI Scrambler 1200cc, MV AGUSTA F3 600, PIAGGIO X9 500cc and a VESPA 125 ET3 PRIMAVERA

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  • Foley MOVES Play Track 772+ sounds included $115 $89

    MOVES is a collection of character foley clothing and gear movements that cover a large range of characters such as Special Forces, Medieval Soldier, World War Soldier, Policeman, and High-tech Soldier among many others.

    MOVES will make a great addition to your sonic arsenal and help you achieve that personal character sound that you have in your head. MOVES does not replace a Veteran Foley artist, but will come in handy if you have a restricted budget or if you need a good sound to enhance the movements of your characters.

    You get several walks, runs and stop movements for every type of character.

    Two versions included:

    To speed up your workflow, the library comes with two versions of the same content, tailored for people working either in the Video Game or the Cinema industry:

    Video Game Workflow: For every variation, you will have a single wav file, making it ideal for people who like to have every sound already cut and ready to be used in their DAW or middleware. It consists of 772 sounds.
    Cinema Workflow You will find several variations of the sounds in single wav files here. It consists of 151 wav files sounds.

    And as mentioned, both versions are included, so you can pick whatever works best for your way of working.


    Features props and characters such as:

    Bullet-proof vest, medieval chain mail, dress, leather jacket, old robot, policeman, World War II soldier, Special Forces, Thin Android, Winter Jacket, medieval foot soldier, plastic character, rattle character, shield, sword, weapons, helmets, high tech soldier, winter jacket

    As always, all sounds are embedded with useful Soundminer metadata. I really hope you will find this collection inspiring and useful in your future projects.

    Have a great day designing your new characters with MOVES!

    Best wishes,
    Michel Marchant.

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  • Motorcycles Helmet Wind Noise Play Track 21 sounds included, 97 mins total $35 $25

    This library gets you 97 minutes of binarual recordings of wind noise, captured inside the helmet as a motorcycle rides along the highway. The speed ranges from a slower pace all the way up to 100 – 130 km/h, and features both acceleration, variable and constant speeds, as well as occasional sounds of passing traffic as captured from inside the helmet. The helmet is a flip-up type of helmet, and the motorcycle is a Honda NC 700D.

    Recorder: Tascam dr100 mk/III, Microphone: DPA 4060 miniature omni

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  • City Life Laos Play Track 153+ sounds included, 353 mins total $75 $60

    Jungles, walla, rivers, crickets, waterfalls, streets and rural villages all unique to Laos.

    All sounds were recorded using the Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 and a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8020s.

    To read about my field recording trip to Laos and to download the free sample pack simply click here.

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  • Human Ethereal Breaths Vol.1 Play Track 132 sounds included $14 $10

    Collection of Abstract and Ethereal Breaths. Recorded Binaurally with optimum results when played back through headphones.

    8 tracks containing 132 SFX in Total, varying levels of reverb reverse whooshes and abstract breathing patterns.

    All files in WAV format with embedded Metadata fully Soundminer compliant.

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  • DANZA MACABRA is a collection of sound effects made out of real instruments recorded with Barcus Berry contact microphone.

    Unusual tones and timbres came out while bowing and scratching violin and cello or “playing” an upright piano with “string piano technique” using different metal objects.

    Danza Macabra comprises 45 loops at 140 bpm of designed clocks, tick loops, wooden old pendolo and time design elements. Designed glockenspiel and ride cymbals, morphed cinematic elements you will not find elsewhere.

    The sounds contained in Danza Macabra are great when treated with different amount of pitch-shifting to get never heard before sonic results.

    An exclusive collection to satisfy your sound design addiction.

    Features elements and sounds such as:

    • Accent
    • Cinematic elements
    • Clock loops
    • Cymbals
    • Designed glockenspiel
    • Getez – raw
    • Hybrid hits
    • Pianoverse
    • Screech reverse pass by
    • Textures
    • Tuning noises
 
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