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This month’s SFX recap features a broad range of new and also updated sound libraries containing drones, all kinds of electronic hums & bleeps, intriguing recordings of wirefences, luxury jet planes, helicopters, atmospheres of a cathedral with 2500 people in attendance, various abstract ambiances and a set of designed impulse responses. Lets have a listen!
Synthesized Moods by SoundFxWizard/Giorgio Riolo
Synthesized Moods is a collection of 18 soundscapes, drones and textures produced by sound designer Giorgio Riolo using Native Instrument’s Massive plug-in. All moods are “Synthesized”, imaginary and abstract. They’ll add a bizarre layer to your ambiences sound effects and sometimes they’ll give a musical taste with a sci-fi, dark and sinister accent to your project . The library contains NI Massive presets to give you the opportunity to shape your own sound moving all synth controls and to play with the note you need. All Presets are implemented with Macro-control knobs to perform the layers of the soundscapes “on the fly” and NI metadata to find it into Massive browser.
(18 files + 18 NI Massive presets, 500MB, 96Khz/24bit)
ELECTRO MAGNETIC FIELDS by HISSandaROAR
This library is a creative goldmine of design source material, featuring hums, drones, bleeps, power ups and downs, strange clocked noise rhythms, static, unexpected whines and very interesting stereo movement as the Elektroluch sensors seperately pass discrete components… Some of these sounds are also nasty, harsh, glitchy & in a few cases the EMF emmission (of the reciprocating saw & vintage massager) are weirdly distorted!
(140 files, 9.5GB, 96kHz/24bit)
The Auto Workshop by Sonicsalute
Originally recorded for the Bulgarian feature Godless, Sound designer, Peter Albrechtsen needed alot of different tool sounds and general ambiences from automotive workshops for scenes in the movie. He needed the sounds to be both recorded closeup and off mic, to be able to fade easily between them. A mono microphone was placed close to the source, and a set of stereo microphones was set up further away, capturing more of the room and echo. The result is very usable, and the ability to fade between closeup and wide shot works very well. The Auto Workshop is: 14 Stereo Ambience tracks. Mechanics talking, and working with grinders, weldings, and hammers. 31 Mono/Stereo SFX tracks of Air impact wrenches, Air compressor, water and air Hoses, Grinder, Metal saw, Gate, Doors, Two post lift, Washing brush, Electrical hoist and welding. Mics and recorders: Mkh416 and MKH8020´s, SD702+744.
(72 files. 1.8GB, 96K/24bit)
Metal Atmosphere by Mindful Audio
Metal Atmosphere is a collection of contact microphone recordings of wire fences vibrating in the wind. The library consists of 29 recordings ranging from 1 minute to over 10 minutes in length. These have been recorded by taping JrF contact microphones to wire fences and other structures through which sound travels easily. Most of the sounds are made by the wind “playing” the wires as a huge stringed instrument, while a few others are recordings of submerged wooden fences. The tone is generally dark, even menacing, bringing desolate spaces to mind. The sounds can be used as backgrounds even if they technically aren’t proper ambiences, as there is a certain degree of similarity between the two channels which creates a fake stereo field. About half of the files also include wind gusts and wind-specific dynamics which renders them easily identifiable as wind sounds, only with extra metal elements added. Additionally there are countless impacts, risers and swells included which can easily be cut out and used as spot effects. All files are recorded and mastered at 24/96 quality which makes them excellent sound design elements ripe for serious processing.
(29 files, 4.3GB, 96kHz/24bit)
Cathedral Concert Audience by Undertone Sound Library
Undertone pulled some very useful sounds from a concert at a Cathedral with 2500 people in attendance. They’ve lifted the gathering crowd milling about talking laughing and filing in & also lifted all the applause (so you get varying lengths) including the final applause after which the crowd gets up to exit. But the gold we feel is in the in-between. After the performer announces the tune and before the music starts there are moments of quiet, of shuffling in the seats, the isolated cough, etc. These can be used for church scenes, concert scenes, or any roomtone in a large reverberant space where some minimal movement is needed. All files are optimized for Soundminer integration, with comprehensive metadata embedded.
(23 files, .33GB, 48kHz/24bit)
Luxury Jets HD Professional by The Recordist
Presenting Luxury Jets HD Professional Sound Effects Library. This massive collection of private jet sounds from 20 aircraft models will blow your mind. Mostly recorded over a two month period at a very quiet airport these sounds offer a rare glimpse into the “very expensive to operate” world of private luxury aircraft. Extremely close up turbofan engine starts, ground taxi bys, arrival engine shut downs, sky ripping pass bys, roaring take offs and much more are included. Interior sounds from some of the jets while they are waiting for passengers to arrive and cockpit warning commands are also included. A airport tug vehicle was recorded unloading a jet and the motorized folding staircase and door from a large private jet are among the many other types of plane sounds.
Many perspectives were recorded from just about every corner of the airfield. I placed microphones in various locations around the airport on certain days to get as many textures as possible. Some microphones were behind the jets as they took off and some were down range to capture the screaming pass by during take off. During departure and arrival I placed microphones along the taxi way to get very close up and distant ground runs. Sometimes I was able to hide a PCM D100 near a jet as it started and when the jet was taking off far from the recorder, it captured some beautiful distant sounds.
A highlight of the collection are the very close up turbofan engine starts and stops. A pilot even offered to start and throttle one engine and it was recorded inside and outside. Other jet engines were recorded from behind as they fired up and from the side from only a few feet away. The possibilities are endless for SCI-FI engine sound design with these up close and personal jet engines.
(201 files, 11.3GB, 96kHz/24bit)
Helicopters HD Professional by The Recordist
Helicopters HD Mini is now Helicopters HD Pro. Upgraded with brand new sounds, it now joins the HD Professional line of sound effects collections offered by The Recordist.
Helicopters HD Pro contains 76 helicopter sounds in over 6GB of crazy blade rotating flight. All of the sounds from Helicopters HD Mini are included. The helicopters in this set are from hanging out at the local airport (I try and bring doughnuts for the guys every time I show up), from random fly-bys over the house and when out on location recording other material. Some are from airshows in the area and others are from arranged recording sessions which I was able to get up close and personal with the machines. As a special bonus, a few select UH-60A Blackhawk sounds are included. These files are from a session recorded for a larger Blackhawk sound library to be released at a leter date.
There are eleven helicopter models in this collection. These include a Kaman K-1200 “K-Max” Heavy Lift Helicopter, Aerospatiale AS350B2, AgustaWestland 119Kx “Koala”, Eurocopter AS350 B3, Eurocopter EC120, Bell UH-1H “Huey”, Bell 212 Twin “Huey” and a tiny little Schweizer 269C.
UPDATE: August 14, 2016 – 30 brand new helicopter sounds added including a Bell UH-1V Iroquois, Boeing CH-47-D Chinook, Bell 407, Agustawestland AW119-Kx and Eurocopter EC120. Bonus: Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk.
There are close, medium and distant fly bys along with a engine starts, shut downs and pre-flight hovering. The helicopters in this collection were recorded arriving and departing the airport and performing routine FAA re-certification maneuvers.
(76 files, 6.16GB, 96kHz/24bit)
Beehive by Soundholder / Dawid Moroz
Beehive sound library features 14 buzzing WAV files with total length of 44 minutes. This library covers a beehive from different perspectives. From distant ambients, through close recordings of bees landing zones, up to the interior recorded with two DPA microphones hidden inside a hive.
(14 files, 1.4GB, 96kHz/24bit)
Abstract Ambiences by SoundBits / Saro Sahihi / Ana Monte (Monte Sound)
This bundle offers you a collection of abstract and surreal ambiences, ready to be used in your next production. The bundle offers a full mix, as well as a construction kit to mix and match the stems as you wish, giving you maximum flexibility in post production. Think of movies like “Alien”, “Event Horizon” “or games like “Dead Space”, “Doom” or “Bioshock”. A symbiosis of organic original field-recordings like Room Tones, Construction Sites, Traffic, Fun-Fair, Motors and synthetic elements like spectral- and granular synthesis.
(377 files, 31,59GB, 96kHz/24bit)
Collected Ambiences – Volume Six by SoundBits / Saro Sahihi
Each library of the “Collected Ambiences“ series features 33 various Stereo Ambiences. All recorded with Sound Devices 744T, Beyerdynamic MC930 ORTF, RODE NT1-A, RODE NT4 or Sony PCM-D100. All files were cleaned, edited and most of the files loop seamlesly. You’ll get Public Spaces, Roomtone, Fun Fair, Train, Drone, Forest, City, Train, Busride, Rain and many more.
Each file has detailed BWF Metadata.
(33 files, 4,65GB, 96kHz/24-bit)
Unsettling Creaks and Squeaks – Extension I by SoundBits / Saro Sahihi
This Sound Effects library is a composite collection of 345 files with even more single sounds of unsettling and and unpleasant squeaking and creaking elements. It’s a great starting point for designing a vast number of different soundscapes in various genres. From just using the sounds as general Hard Effects, through Science Fiction to Horror. All sounds are production ready. Cleaned, Edited and leveled. All with with embedded BWF Metadata. You get door and furniture creaks and squeaks, creaking leather, rubber and balloons, door handles, disturbing metal on metal squeaks and much more…
(345 files, 834 MB, 96kHz/24bit)
Imagined Spaces by Overloud/Unidentified Sound Object
Imagined Spaces is a reverb library created with digitally synthesised IRs. No recordings of real environments have been used: instead, the IRs have been developed in Kyma sound design environment with synthesis/processing algorithms in the frequency and time domain, to obtain eccentric ambiences with extremely different durations. Imagined Spaces presets are divided into four categories: General purpose – a wide selection of presets to discover the “character” of the library. Unheard Environments – experimental waves to shock your ears. Sh-0rt & dist-0rt – the right choice to add a third dimension to your audio stream. Pulsing Inspirations – an exploration of inspiring rhythmic structures.
(150 IRs, 44.1kHz/24bit)