Pro Sound Effects are making available 100 copies of their newly Soundminer-enhanced Hybrid Library for USD 1500, until 31 December 2014. Two expansion libraries are also available at USD 500 each, and are designed to provide users with a free upgrade path as library content gets refreshed over time.
As an extra sweetener, Pro Sound Effects are bundling different versions of the asset management software Soundminer, at a reduced price:
- Soundminer HD (Win/Mac) USD 129
- Soundminer HD Plus (Win/Mac) USD 279
- Soundminer v4.5pro (Win/Mac) USD 599
These prices are only available when buying the Hybrid Library at the same time.
This Hybrid Library offer is available to qualifying freelance sound designers and media content creators.
If you create independent sound effects libraries and would like us to consider your recently-released library for inclusion in a future roundup, use the SFX Independence Submission Form to tell us all about it.
Tovusound – India Ambience / CityBeeps Cologne
Tovusound have made available two ambience packs that will transport you to the heart of Europe and South Asia.
The India Ambience sample library contains the sounds of big cities, nature, people and vehicles. Featuring 178 sounds recorded in 96 kHZ / 24-bit ORTF Stereo, India Ambience should prove a welcome addition to sound editors, sound designers and audio producers needing to fill in backgrounds or transitions with sounds from the region.
CityBeeps Cologne is a set of the city centre, parks, churches, the Rhine shore, the subway, the trains, and wonderful animal world of Cologne. Featuring 113 sounds recorded in 24-bit / 96kHz ORTF Stereo.
Released: October 2014
Price: India Ambience – €89.00 / CityBeeps Cologne – €59.00
HISSandaROAR return with over 1900 metal impact sounds. From empty grain silos to rubbish skips and metal gates, this library pack offers not just practical ready-made sound effects, but also plenty of room for experimenting to create your own stingers.
Each sound captured with MKH8040 ORTF stereo, MKH8050 and AKG D112 microphones at 24-bit/192kH, and the library itself weighs in at a whopping 32GB. Check out this behind the scenes video to get a glimpse of how the library came together.
Want to be able to match the sound of footsteps going through water, with a more distant perspective? Or maybe you want to cut seamlessly between near and far? Water Movements sfx library may just be your rescue!
Recorded by a quiet Swedish lake, in late summer of 2014, the Water Movements fx library, is filled with splashes, drips, walking/running, moving, small water creature simulations, and more. All recorded with a close up mono mic, and a set of distant mics, set at 3-9 meters away from the source.
unEarthly Ambience is 27 designed background ambiences that have been created from original field recordings and modular synthesiser recordings. The result is a mixture of organic textures, thick industrial machine rooms, and futuristic sci-fi atmospheres.
Another new one from Sonic Salute, Hurricane Winds contains both interior and exterior perspectives, and has been culled some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area over the past three years. For authenticity’s sake, the sounds are presented ‘as is’ with no edits or cuts.
The Hurricane Winds library contains 38 tracks all recorded at 96KHz /24-bit and features:
- 21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from Yachting, and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it fly’s through rigging, wires, masts
- 6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
- 2 tracks of a storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
- 9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.
Bloody Nightmare is a modern horror cinematic library aimed at the most cutting edge bone chilling productions out there. Whether you work in sound design, as a composer, trailer editor or as an electronic musician, Bloody Nightmare is a valuable new wave of Horror sounds that will surely cause visceral moments of terror and dread!
Bloody Nightmare features 550+ sounds and 4.4GB of 96khz / 24-bit of horror impacts, glitches, stingers, nightmare pulses, breaths and whispers and stutters, choppers and cuts, to name but a few. All embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata.
Soundbits’ Just Impacts Bundle offers three collections in one, giving a total of 960 files of hits, impacts and smashes.
The ‘Just Impacts – Simple’ provides a construction kit of sounds for further processing and manipulation, whilst the ‘Just Impacts – Processed’ and ‘Just Impacts – Designed’ are perfect as mix-ready sounds for quick fx laying.
Each collection is available to purchase separately. However, there is a 30% discount on the bundle. Normal ‘Impacts’ bundle price: EUR 105.00. Discounted price is EUR 73.50 until the end of November.
Just Gore is 496 files containing over 820 bone-breaking, blood-soaking and flesh-slicing sound effects. This construction kit contains all the sounds of gore you need for your horror – with extra chainsaw on the side!
Interact is a royalty free collection that provides interface, menu and HUD sound effects, specifically aimed at game audio professionals. Interact collection contains: Alarms, Selections, Notifications, Glitches, Transitions
Steve Papagiannis returns with another library of metropolitan cityscape backgrounds. At almost five hours, Los Angeles: Feel The Street is a full-bodied and rich attempt at capturing the city traffic, street level and diffuse sounds of a congestion-laden city. Presented as 34 96KHz/24-bit BWAV files.
Sound of Italy is an italian sound effects library for films, commercial, musics, games and other multimedia applications. Organised into ten principal categories, Sound of Italy is a collection of all manner of sounds with a distinctly Italian flavour .
Cars, ambiences, cooking and Folk music are but a few of libraries available to purchase separately, or as one Complete collection. Check the website for full licensing information.
Released: October 2014
Price: Individual libraries range from €25-€30. The complete collection is €230.00
Trot & Gallop – Foley Collection
Foley Collection – a traditional foley audio library based on Kontakt patches – has a new addition to it’s Foley Collection. Trot & Gallop has been added to the Total Foley collection pack, which is available from the Foley Collection website.
In the latest offering from SoundWorks Collection, the spotlight is on Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music and Scoring at Skywalker Sound. This 10-minute profile explores Jones’ musical roots and her 30-year career as a recording and mixing engineer.
Part 2 of our September roundup comes a little late (Part 1 is here in case you missed it), but there’s plenty of interesting and unusual independent sound libraries to be found here. And don’t forget, if you’ve got a recently-released sample library that you’d like to be considered for inclusion, use the Independent SFX submission form to tell us about it!
Gateway Part 1 – The Library by Empty Sea
Empty Sea present their new library of doors, doors and more doors! From tiny compartments to creaky gates. In all, 675 files and 1200 sounds all recorded at 96 KHz / 24bit.
Moon Echo Audio’s latest library taps into the dreamy, dark and unnerving. Presenting 12 moody soundscapes designed to “embrace the decay of human society”. Each of the soundscapes – with varying durations of between 1-2 minutes – comes as a 48KHz / 24bit file and has been created using a variety of techniques such as granular synthesis, pitch shifting and complex delays.
A collection of glass, ceramic objects and bell-like sounds recorded 86 96KHz / 24bit.
Hzandbits have created 14 bell-like sounds, each multisampled and tuned to its nearest note, using source material such as bowls, glasses and vases. This library is ideally suited to taking these sounds further, using whichever combination of today’s sampling tools take your fancy.
What you get is 114 high quality sound effects divided into 11 categories, including; ambience, Foley, sci-fi, suspense FX and whooshes. All sounds were recorded at 48KHz / 24bit and come with a PDF for database management.
Released: September 2014
Price: $150.00 digital download or $170.00 on a USB stick
Here it comes! Universe is a bundle featuring all SoundMorph products since the beginning of time. Developed by some of the leading Sound Designers and Musicians working within the industry, the Universe bundle represents a significant saving when set against individual purchases.
10,000+ sfx samples and three flagship software apps, Universe comes with an extra option that will entitle you to a year of free upgrades.
Released: September 2014
Price: $699.00 or $899.00 for the +365 version with 12 months of upgrades free.
Detunized introduce a library pack of showcasing the sound of wind farms. Available as either a standard BWAV edition of 124 48KHz / 24bit recorded takes, or Ableton Live Pack (versions 8 or 9 only), Wind Turbines includes a whole host of ambiences, propeller blades, transformer stations and other mechanical noises.
An impressive ensemble of production tools from Delectable Records. Featuring House beats mixed with groovy percussions including Congas, Timbales, Bongos and much more! Perfectly suitable for House, Percussion, Deep House, Funky House, Dance, Tribal House, and Soulful productions, there are 10 Constructions Kits designed and made exclusively for Delectable Records by Gennaro Rino Becchimanzi.
Available in Zip, WAV & Apple Loops format, Organic Percussion contains over 230 Percussion sounds that will enrich your rhythmic tracks instantly.
It has been a little while since the last SFX Independence post. So many new sfx libraries have come to our attention during that time that this roundup comes in two parts, designed to make it more digestible. Part 2 will follow later in the week.
Our aim is to provide readers information about the best and most innovative independent sound effects library available, so if you’d like your recently-released library to be considered for inclusion in the next roundup, all you need to do is fill in the Independent SFX Library submission form.
Tim Nielsen – Yellowstone
The Yellowstone SFX Library comprises 120 stereo tracks, recorded at 96/24 by supervising sound editor and sound designer Tim Nielsen. This 8GB pack of sounds from the Yellowstone geothermal volcano in Wyoming, USA, includes giant geysers, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, hot springs, water streams and more.
Recorded using a SoundDevices 722, using Schoeps MS rig (CMC6 XT extended frequency bodies with an MK41/MK8 Capsule setup) and a Telinga Stereo Parabolic microphone.