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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 | 1 comment

April Fools!

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While we remain firmly committed to our stance of not playing any pranks on this most hallowed of comedic days, that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the spirit behind it. Sound for comedy is a fickle thing. It’s completely predicated on the context and timing of a scene, and there are a million ways to support a gag. From going completely overt and over the top, to ignoring it entirely, the choices made have to reflect the driving vision behind the piece…and every choice provides a different perspective on the gag. So, while we won’t be playing any pranks today, we will be turning our attention to Comedy for the rest of this month.

Feel free to post your favorite sound jokes below. ;)

Just another friendly reminder that we’re always open to hosting guest contributions on the site, both on topic and off. If you have something you’d like to share on this month’s topic, next month’s (which will be “Destruction”) or an idea you’ve come up with yourself, please reach out to us via the contact form or [shaun {at} this website].

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 | 0 comments

A Scholarship for Women in Game Audio

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Just a few weeks after announcing that they will be giving a 20% discount to all women who want to enroll in their FMOD certification course, Sound Librarian is continuing it’s efforts to support women in game audio by starting a scholarship program. The Muse Scholarship will award complete access for one year to all courses within the Sound Librarian Training Center to a candidate and will be held annually.

For more information about the scholarship please visit Sound Librarian and  if you are a woman who is passionate about game audio and would like to apply for this scholarship, make sure to fill out your application before April 30th. 

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 | 5 comments

FMOD Certification Course seeks to balance gender pay gap

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A fitting announcement for International Women’s Day. In an effort to counter the 20% pay gap between men and women’s salaries, Sound Librarian will be making a permanent change to their pricing structure, by allowing women wishing to enroll for any course or access training materials for a 20% discount on advertised prices.

Speaking from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Stephan Schutze of Sound Librarian has said, “to counter the pay gap disparity, this will apply to regular pricing AND to any sale pricing of our products. [It] is a small attempt to address an imbalance and support women in games.”

Those wishing to take advantage of the policy will have to confirm their identity and applications will be processed manually. For further information, contact Stephan Schutze at Sound Librarian.

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Community Meetup – This Sunday in San Francisco

Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St.

Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard St.

If you’re coming to San Francisco for GDC, or just happen to be in the area regardless, a few of us from the website are heading to Thirsty Bear Brewing Company (661 Howard St.) at 6:30PM this Sunday (3/1/14). If you’re in town early, and are looking for something to do in the evening, you’re welcome to join us!

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 | 0 comments

2-day workshop – Creating ‘Cinematic Voices’

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A two day course focusing on the voice and its import on cinematic sound will take place in York, UK next month.

Taught by industry specialists Neil Hillman, Adele Fletcher, Adam Severs and James Hyde, and led by Dr Sandra Pauletto (University of York), Creating Cinematic Voices: from script to mixing will cover a wide range of topics, including dialogue production recording, critical listening, voice sound design, working with directors and actors. It is aimed at early career film sound practitioners.

Creating Cinematic Voices will take place on 21-22 March, 2015, at a subsidised cost of £390.00 including accommodation.

For more information and to book: www.heslingtonstudios.com/training/

(Source: ResolutionMag.com)

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 | 3 comments

Nuendo 7 to include Wwise integration

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Steinberg will preview Nuendo 7 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, and have announced a new feature, Game Audio Connect, that will provide instant and seamless connection to Audiokinetic’s Wwise middleware platform.

It will allow mixdowns to be exported to Wwise from Nuendo via a simple drag-and-drop operation, and it will also be possible to open the Nuendo project that corresponds to an exported section, directly from Wwise.

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – February 2015

The first SFX Independence edition of 2015 is here, with a whole host of new and recently-released sfx packs, and a few special offers.

Don’t forget to use the SFX Independence Submission Form if you’ve got an independent sfx collection that’s recently or about to be, released.

Tone Manufacture

New York Ambiences

A collection of 38 stereo files, recorded as 24 bit 48 kHz Broadcast WAVs and featuring interior and exterior ambience recordings made in New York. Spanning streets and museums, subways and the Staten Island Ferry.

Presenting over three hours of recordings, New York Ambiences contains different perspectives of the city – the distinctively dynamic New York traffic and the quiet and loud sides of New York’s museums.

Price: £35.00 (excluding taxes)

New York Ambiences product page
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Bonson

Wings

Bonson present their first library, Wings. From tiny insects to small birds, from fairies to dragons, Wings offers over 1400 files spread over two packs. The Design pack includes 180 files and the Source pack offers more than 1200.

Meticulously recorded, edited with patience, and mastered with love, all files have appropriate filenames and complete Soundminer Metadata.

Price: $99.00 (96 kHz), $129.00 (192 kHz)

Wings product page

Audiomodern

Abuser

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Audiomodern introduce Abuser – a powerful hybrid analog virtual instrument for NI Kontakt. Featuring 1.538 pristine audio samples, direct from the Sherman filterbank, a filter effect box with unique tube sound overdrive. All the source material comes from recordings of various devices feeding into the Sherman filterbank – No software based distortion emulators were used in the creation of these sounds.

The Abuser instrument is packed full of analogue modelled effects, powerful LFO’s and envelopes, and is able to create a huge range of sounds, from filthy basses with extremely low frequencies and leads to futuristic electronica, distorted leads, mellow saturated melodic Poly-Synths and everything in between.

The full feature set of Abuser is available on the Audiomodern website.

Price: Currently €29.00 (usual price €39.00)

Abuser product page
Audiomodern

Red Libraries

Water Rush

An intriguing library to kick off: 30 experienced swimmers recorded for your war or sports scenes involving water. This collection from Red Libraries features 220 Elements & Ambiences in stereo and mono Wave files, 24-bit / 96kHz.

Price: $115.00

Water Rush product page

Chuck Russom FX

Beeps: Volume 2

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Available as a free upgrade to those who purchased the original version, Beeps: Volume 2 features 250 all-new designed hi tech beeps and interface sounds ready to drop into your project. Included are confirmation tones, error tones, menu navigation tones, and interface transition sounds. Everything you need for your game menus, sci-fi projects, computer interface screens, or other hi tech equipment.

Priced at $35.00, check the Beeps: Volume 2 product page for full details.

SampleTraxx

Raptus

Raptus is a sample pack featuring 100+ cutting-edge cinematic sound effects. Created as a perfect tool to complement any sound artist, trailer editor, video games sound designer, or soundtrack composer in need of distorted impacts, mutilated drums, resonating brass hits, synth shifters, or drones and textures.
A great tool for forward thinking artist with an out of the box approach.

Price: $25.41 (including tax)

Raptus product page
Sample Traxx

BOOM Library

Debris

Debris is full of just what you’d expect from the title: falling, breaking, tearing, rumbling, rattling, clattering of glass, dirt, foam, gravel, metal, paper, plastic, porcelain, rocks, sand, wood, even trash. Featuring both single and combined recordings.

This collection is presented as more than 1.800 SFX, delivered in more than 350 files. The “Construction Kit” version holds the source recordings while the “Designed” version comes with pre-designed, ready-to-use sounds. Each is available separately or as part of a bundle.

Price: €199.00

DEBRIS product page

Cars – SUVs & VANS

With over 20 GB of sounds, BOOM presents another addition to their vehicles sfx library collection. Presented in this collection are long takes of multi-channel car engine sounds and drive-bys with a comprehensive collection of interior handling sounds such as indicators, ventilation, pedal break, seatbelt moves.

Price: €249.00

CARS – SUVs & VANS product page
BOOM Library

Arrowhead Audio

Classic Car Pass Bys

The Classic Car Pass Bys pack contains 232 recordings of passbys from classic cars such as the Austin 7, Bentley MK VI, Ferrari F40, Jaguar E-Type and many more. Each recording is stereo and is captured and delivered in 24-bit 96kHz.

Price: £20.00

Classic Car Pass Bys product page
Arrowheads

The Noise Bureau

Jaguar F-Type

Presenting multitrack onboard and Stereo external recordings of the Jaguar F-Type 3.0 Litre 380Hp Supercharged Soft top being put through its paces.

263 individual sound files at 96 kHz 24bit and totalling 7 GB. This collection also features recordings of acceleration and deceleration ramps, with a tip to those implementing for game audio.

Price: £130.00

Jaguar F-Type product page
The Noise Bureau

SoundMorph

Richard Devine’s Modular UI

Modular UI is an advanced user interface library designed by world renowned sound designer and musician Richard Devine.

Designed and sourced entirely from Richard Devine’s personal and exclusive Eurorack modular synths and processors collection, the Modular UI soundpack combines the retro, clean sound of analog with the futuristic tech of the new wave of advanced analog and digital synthesis from modular synths, evoking flashbacks of iconic sound design heard in both classic and modern sci-fi films.

Modular UI features 1,000+ sounds, 400+ files and 5.7Gb of 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer & Bashead metadata, including: FM Hybrid Gestures, Solo Beeps and FM Confirm Tones.

Price: $99.00

Richard Devine’s Modular UI product page
Richard Devine Interview

CA Sounds

The Battle Crowd Collection

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One of the most extensive battle crowd and civilian sound effects libraries on the internet, ‘Battle Crowds’ was recorded entirely at 24-bit / 96kHz, and contains over 500+ royalty-free source files and thousands of sonic variations.

This collection of pre-edited source recordings has everything you need to audibly re-construct just about any type of battle or civil-unrest scene.

Price: $249.00

The Battle Crowds Collection product page

Airborne Sound

Various

Three new libraries from Airborne Sound:

Fairground Sound Effects
More than 70 fairground sound clips in over 7 gigabytes of audio, featuring crowds, amusements, ride ambiences ride ambiences and more.

Price: $49.00

Freight Train 1 Sound Effects
A collection of 25 freight train sound effects, including locomotive engine and freight car manoeuvers.

Price: $21.00

Passenger Trains Sound Effects 1
A collection of passenger and commuter trains. 57 takes of interior and exterior locomotives and cars.

Price: $27.00

Fairground Sound Effects product page
Freight Train 1 Sound Effects product page
Passenger Train Sound Effects 1 product page

Hzandbits

Excited Electrons

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Hzandbits Sound Effects releases Excited Electrons – a collection of 121 files/399MB of electronic noise and interference sound effects in 24bit/96kHz mono.

Here are the chaotic, squealing, squelching insides of everyday electronic apparatus, such as cell phones, laptops, MiniDisc players and battery drills. Drones, tones, buzzes, crackles, static and hum of all sorts. Recorded with induction coils/telephone pickups, these sounds are excellent sound design material.

Price: $31.00

Excited Electrons product page
HzandBits

Mechanical Wave

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Mechanical Wave are a new independent sfx company out of Quebec City who have recently launched with a range of libraries, from basic Foley, to impacts, ambiences and sci-fi.

Prices range from $10.00 to $45.00

Mechanical Wave

RDGSoundFX

Tortured Zither

Doing exactly what is says on the tin, Tortured Zither features recordings of an old zither being plucked, scraped, hit, and shaken.

Captured with a combination of Barcus Berry contact microphones and Neumann U87s, all sounds are in stereo 24-bit 96 khz Broadcast Wave format.

Price: $40.00

Tortured Zither product page
RDGSoundFX

echo collective: fields

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quiet spaces is a collection of recordings of people gathered in rooms of various sizes and not talking.

echo collective: fields have put together a new library, part of which was recorded… in a library! Microphones were discreetly placed from a backpack onto empty tables in various libraries. Also captured were an entire class taking a test. Quiet Spaces is ideally suited to filling ambiences that require groups of people together who are mostly silent.

Price: $30.00 (Full), $20.00 (Lite)

Quiet spaces product page
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Sergey Eybog

Urban Russia

Urban Russia captures the atmospheric sound of modern-day Russia. Featuring sounds captured in streets, parks, subways, a museum and a bookstore (among others). This collection presents 149 sound clips recorded in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russia – with a total of 6.5 hours of recordings included.

Price: $96.80 (including tax)

Urban Russia product page

Mode Audio

Hover – Drones & Textures

Mode Audio’s new collection is 100 richly detailed sonic atmospheres. Calling on a host of exciting source material (from classic synth waveforms, electric guitars and noise generators to field recordings, household percussion), these SFX samples are as applicable to film, TV and game soundtracks as they are to EDM and Dance Music.

Price: £15 / $22.66 / €19.53 (Currently offering 3 for the price of 2 on all packs)

Hover – Drones & Textures product page
Mode Audio

Joshua Reinhardt

The Ultimate Footstep Collection

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5GB+ of high-quality Foley footstep recordings from Foley Supervisor Joshua Reinhardt (WILDFIRE STUDIOS). Presenting boots, dress shoes, flats, heels and sneakers in a variety of performances on all kinds of surfaces.

Price: $199.00

The Ultimate Footstep Collection product page

Soundopolis

Foley Plus

Foley Plus is a massive collection of sounds taken from sound designer David Fienup’s personal sound library and Pro Tools sessions. These sounds have been precisely edited, mastered, and arranged, and populated with rich metadata descriptions and tags, so they can be easily found using any asset management or browser search software.

Check the website for a full breakdown of the sounds in this collection.

Price: $150.00

Foley Plus product page
Soundopolis

3maze

The Kitchen

Kickstart your Foley collection with ‘The Kitchen’. 154 sounds of blending, boiling, frying, chopping, toasting, dishwashing, and a whole raft of other actions are included here, at a 24-bit as either WAV or AIFF files.

Price: $25.00

Other recently-released titles from 3maze include High Impact and Cinematic Swoosh. Check the 3maze website for full details.

The Kitchen product page
High Impact product page
Cinematic Swoosh product page
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Brandon Seyboth Audio

Electric Noise

A royalty-free collection of strange and abstract recordings of noise generated by electrical devices, such as old CRT TVs, laptops, AC adapters, lights, etc. There is a variety of unnatural whines, moans, buzzes, and shrieks of various textures.

Manufacturer’s disclaimer:
All the recordings are mono, which isn’t my preference, but is the nature of how they were captured. The recordings are pretty low-fidelity, despite the 24/96 resolution. This is the unavoidable nature of how the recordings were made, and is not due to a failing.

89 files, totalling 1 hour 27 minutes of audio
Recorded and mastered at 24-bit/96 KHz

Electric Noise product page
Brandon Seyboth Audio

Tim Nielsen

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Ether

After September’s Yellowstone, there are two new collections from Skywalker Sound’s Tim Nielsen. Ether is an offbeat gathering of “weird statics, data and telemetry beeps, the EMF signatures of things such as rack mount gear, LCD screens, telephones, computers.” The recordings are presented au natural, without any post processing.

Price: $72.00 including taxes

Ether product page

Tim Nielsen and Jeff Davis

Earth Mother Communicator

Another one from Tim Nielsen, this time in collaboration with sound designer Jeff Davis. Massive and unusual metal-induced reverbs is the name of the game with this collection, which has practical applications in bridging the boundaries between sound design and music.

Price: $90.00 including taxes

Earth Mother Communicator product page

New Sound Lab

NSL013 3D Printer

This library features recordings from a Printrbot 3D printer with four NEMA 14 stepper motors. The high torque motors connected to a pulley system control the X-Y-Z movements of the aluminium extruder and metal print bed.

The resulting sounds are a mix of grainy, gritty atonal patterns, robotic percussive bleeps, glitchy digital beeps/clicks, low fidelity drones, and chaotic noise. Both raw recordings, and processed elements are included and ready for further sound manipulation.

Price: $49.00

3D Printer product page

SoundBits

Just Metal- Squeaks & Moans is the latest collection from SoundBits. Featuring tons of nasty metal squeaks, squeals, moans, slides, Soundbits have collaborated with David Klaschka to present a heavy duty metal on metal action as and when needed.

All sounds are delivered as BWF tagged, 24Bit, 96kHz WAV files
Number of files/sounds: 706 files / 950 sounds
Total Size: 1,87 GB

Price: $35.00

You can also find these recently-released collections from SoundBits: Just Transitions /
Just Metal – Scrapes & Scratches / Just Impacts – Simple / Just Impacts – Processed / Just Impacts – Designed / Kinetic Design FX

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TONSTURM

The Whoosh Processed Expansion Pack

They say you can never have too many whooshes and Tonstrum are proving that theory right with their ‘The Whoosh – Processed Expansion Pack’, which offers a selection of sound effects shaped and processed using the Kyma Pacarana Workstation and source material. It is a collection realized in collaboration with Georg Rohbeck and Jedsound, and comes in two flavours: Analog & Digital.

Customers of The Whoosh library are entitled to an update discount and should have received their coupon code via email.

Price: $84.00 (Original), $129.00 (Original + Processed)

The Whoosh – Expansion Pack product page
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Bony Stoev

Impacts & Whoosh Sounds

This collection features a wide selection of metallic, massive, brutal and futuristic impact and whoosh sound effects. All sounds have been created by using diverse synths, effects and sample manipulation.

Full details available on the website.

Price: $45.98 (including taxes)

Impacts & Whoosh Sounds product page

Detunized

Abandoned Shelters – The Danish Bunker Coast

Available for a couple of months now, Abandoned Shelters – Danish Bunker Coast features mysterious and eerie sounds recorded in and around WW2 bunker relicts along the Danish West Coast.

Abandoned Shelters – The Danish Bunker Coast contains 71 high quality audio files recorded on 8 different locations along the Danish west coast. Each take is at least 2 minutes long and has Broadcast compatible descriptions embedded.

Price: $66.55 (including taxes)

Abandoned Shelters product page
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Alvaro Deiscar

Gym Machines & Ambiences

This collection of 59 sounds, include a variety of ambiences, machines, and Foley sounds recorded in Spanish gyms.

96Khz and 24 bits of HD audio featuring Room Tones, Designed Ambiences and Machines noises (including elliptical trainers, running machines, pilates balls, punches, weights machines, treadmills, vibrating platforms).

All the files have metadata embedded for Soundminer and similar programs. Descriptions are in Spanish and English.

Price: €18.03

Gym Machines and Ambiences product page

Surround Sound Library

Sci-fi Ambiences Surround

Created to give productions a ”next generation” feel, Sci-Fi Ambiences Surround can help bring your SFX library to the next level with more than 50 ready-to-use sci-fi ambiences in 5.0 surround and over 120 in stereo.

Perfectly balanced surround sounds for easy integration in games, cinematics & radio plays, all sounds are royalty free and instantly downloadable.

Price: $69.00

Sci-fi Ambiences product page
Surround Sound Library

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 | 1 comment

The Tonebenders on Education

The fine gentlemen over at The Tonebenders Podcast have once again graciously tied into this month’s theme. Their latest podcast, a conversation with Brenda Jaskulske of the University of North Texas, is now up for your listening pleasure in all of the usual places. I’m embedding the Soundcloud version below, but head over to their site to learn more about Brenda and how to access the podcast in your preferred format.

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

An Evening with Eddy Joseph (March 9)

Those local to the Brighton area (UK) will have an opportunity to hear the acclaimed Supervising Sound Editor Eddy Joseph (Enemy at the Gates, Quantum of Solace) in conversation. On Monday March 9th, Eddy will be in conversation with Lisa Holloway on a bill that also features an interview with the music recording engineer Hadyn Bendall (The Hounds of Love, The Last Emperor).

Tickets are priced at £10.00 and are available from The Space website, where there are also further details about the event.

http://www.thespace.uk.com/

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Unbroken

WWII Prisoner of war drama ‘Unbroken’ will compete in both the ‘Best Sound Editing’ and ‘Best Sound Mixing’ categories at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22nd. What better time to plug this video from The SoundWorks Collection, featuring an interviews with audio post team who worked on the film.

SoundWorks Collection – The Sound of Unbroken

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