Independent SFX Libraries

Libraries (sorted alphabetically)

Affordable Audio for Everyone

Run by: Daniel Gooding
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: affordableaudio4everyone.com
About: was started in June 2011 by Daniel Gooding. The goal of this site is to provided SFX, with professional quality, and sounds that are unique enough for seasoned professionals to use and enjoy, but at the same time affordable enough for students interested in sound design to be able to purchase. Affordable Audio 4 Everyone donates any purchase over $5 to charities of those in need
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Arrowhead Audio

Run by: Fred Pearson
Quality: 16-Bit/44.1kHz and 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: arrowheadaudiosfx.com
About: Aim to produce high-quality, royalty-free, small sample packs, at an affordable price. Not everyone wants lots of sounds, so we’ve cut down the number of sounds we produce, which keeps our prices low. However, we have not compromised on quality, thus providing the best sound effects at the best possible price. All sounds are unprocessed (only normalized) to keep the dynamic range of the sound intact.
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BOOM Library 

Run by: Dynamedion Sound Design Team
Quality: Different options. From 24-Bit/48kHz to 24-Bit/192kHz
Website: boomlibrary.com
About: The BOOM Library prides itself on providing high end, ultimate sound effects for all media and audio professionals. Every collection comes with a 96 KHz high definition, huge source library of our original recordings + a great variety of designed SFX, ready to use. All BOOM Library products are royalty free – which means you get unlimited synch rights with every purchase. Their mission is to provide top notch sound effects and source recordings in high definition. All treated with great SoundMiner metadata, fast to use, easy to access and epic sounding: BOOM!
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Bottle Rocket FX

Run by: Bruce Bueckert
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: bottlerocketfx.com
About: Bruce started Bottle Rocket Fx as a royalty-free sound effects library intended for use by anyone looking to enhance their media production. It is his intention to offer a variety of specific libraries that are easily downloadable and affordable so you can get to work sooner rather than later. All of the sound effects are 24bit/96k WAV files embedded with metadata readable by your sound effects database. His mission with Bottle Rocket Fx is to build sound libraries I think will be useful to sound designers, editors and mixers in a way that is easy to use and manipulate.
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Chuck Russom FX

Run by: Chuck Russom
Quality: Different options. From 16-Bit/44.1kHz to 24-Bit/192kHz.
Website: chuckrussomfx.com
About: Chuck Russom FX is a line of royalty-free sound effects recorded and produced by award-winning sound designer/recordist Chuck Russom. For over 12 years I have been designing and recording sounds for numerous hit game franchises. His work has been featured in Call of Duty, God of War, Medal of Honor, James Bond, and many others.
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Echo | Collective

Run by: Rene Coronado and Brad Dale
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: echocollectivefx.com
About: label under which the guys at Dallas Audio Post release sample libraries and kontakt instruments for use in film, music and games. Our need for unique and interesting sounds has us constantly updating our libraries and databases. We love making noises, bending sounds and recontextualizing things into shapes and forms they were never really meant to take. Under echo | collective our custom sounds are available to the world at large. Feel free to take a look around, listen to the demos, watch the videos and then pick up some of the sounds that will set your projects apart.


EFX Sound

Run by: Frederic Dubois
Quality: 24-Bit/48kHz
Website: efx-sound.com
About: EFX Sound is an independent sound effects company which offers sound effects into downloadable packs with 20 to 300 different sounds mastered at 48kHz and 24-Bit.
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Empty Sea Audio

Run by: Mark Camperell
Quality: 24-Bit/48kHz, 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: library.empty-sea.com/
About: Empty Sea was officially created in 2007 however its members have been working together in varying capacities since 2002. In 2012 we launched our sister venture, The Library by Empty Sea.  The Library features premium sound effects collections for both sound designers and content producers looking to level-up their sonic palette.


Hart FX

Run by: Colin Hart
Quality: Different options. From 16-Bit/44.1kHz to 24-Bit/192kHz
Website: hartfx.net
About:HartFX, LLC is all about bringing you incredibly high quality sounds for an affordable price. It is a royalty free sound effects company featuring content recorded and edited by Colin Hart, who strives to capture the most unique sounds he can to the best of his ability. He hopes to stand out as unique and valuable to a community of sound designers that need a wide palette of sound available to them and he aims to exercise my creative vision while maintaining maximum flexibility for the end user.
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HISS and a ROAR

Run by: Tim Prebble
Quality: Different options. From 16-Bit/44.1kHz to 24-Bit/192kHz
Website: hissandaroar.com
About: HISS and a ROAR release royalty-free sound effects & sound design libraries created by award winning film sound designer Tim Prebble. While there is nothing new about the idea of selling sound effects online, these libraries take a different philosophical approach by providing comprehensive thematic collections of high resolution source material, with the sole purpose of helping sound designers achieve their most creative work by access to diverse & highly malleable sounds.
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Immersive FX

Run by: John Leonard
Quality: Different options. From 16-Bit/44.1kHz to 24-Bit/48kHz
Website: johnleonard.com
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Jordan Fehr FX

Run by: Jordan Fehr
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: jordanfehrfx.wordpress.com
About: JordanFehrFX provides royalty-free SFX for other sound designers. It was started in 2010 by freelance sound designer Jordan Fehr, whose recent credits include Donkey Kong Country Returns, Super Meat Boy, SteamBirds, and the full length independent film Separation Anxiety. www.jordanfehr.com.
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New Sound Lab

Run by: Tor Johnson
Quality: 24-Bit/192kHz
Website: newsoundlab.com
About: New Sound Lab is a sound library download site for sound designers, created by Tor Johnson. The site offers high resolution (up to 192khz) sound effects for film, music, games and other multimedia applications.
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Rabbit Ears Audio

Run by: Michael Raphael
Quality: Different options. From 16-Bit/44.kHz to 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: rabbitearsaudio.com
About: Michael Raphael created Rabbit Ears Audio to provide sound designers and editors with royalty-free sound effects libraries. He want to provide libraries that are not only useful to the end-user, but are also driven by his curiosity and his desire to provide something unique.  Rabbit Ears libraries are intended  to fulfill specific needs, not generic ones.
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RDGSoundFX

Run by: Russell Gorsky
Quality: 24-Bit/192kHz
Website: rdgsoundfx.com
About: RDGsoundFX was started in 2012 by Sound Designer Russell Gorsky. Driven to create his own sound effects library that could be available to the many sound professionals out there, Russell followed his dream to become a successful sound designer and recordist. These professional sound libraries are meant for the needs of sound designers and editors everywhere.

The Recordist

Run by: Frank Bry
Quality: Different options. From 320kps to 24-Bit 96kHz WAV
Website: therecordist.com
About: The Recordist is an audio production company founded by Frank Bry in 1986 with digital sound sample offerings for Digital Sampling Keyboards. With the success of these libraries, the company expanded by offering digital sample CD-ROMs for the Emu Emulator IIIx, Emulator IV,

synthesizer programming for Waldorf Electronics and Emu Systems, and custom sound effects design for video, film, radio and television. He then expanded into custom sound effects design and recording for leading sound effects CD developers.

Sonic Salute

Run by: Mikkel Nielsen
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz

Website: sonicsalute.com
About: Sonic Salute is constantly striving to find find new and unique sources to record, and make a big effort in getting in touch with the right people to get permission to get the recordings right. The goal is to get sound designers, and editors, hard to get quality sound effects, and ambiences for their projects.
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The Sound Catcher

Run by: Andreas Usenbenz
Quality: 24-Bit 96kHz WAV
Website: thesoundcatcher.com
About: The soundcatcher is Andreas Usenbenz. An audio engineer (sae diploma) and sound ‘enthusiast’ living and working in germany for film, tv, mediaproduction, sounddesign, composing, musicproduction and recording.

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SoundFuse

Run by: Giel van Geloven
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz WAV
Website: www.sound-fuse.com
About: SoundFuse is founded by Giel van Geloven. He works as a sound designer and re-recording mixer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has a passion for recording original, fresh sounds. SoundFuse releases theme libraries, where a specific theme is recorded extensively in high quality. Within the recordings, where possible, we record different variations of the same sound. All these variations are edited within one soundfile in which the editor can quickly judge the content and find what he’s looking for. The recordings are mono, stereo, quad or 5.1 formats.  They are all embedded with Soundminer metadata description.

 

Soundopolis

Run by: David Fienup
Quality: 24-Bit 48kHz WAV
Website: soundopolis.net
About: David Fienup is an audio engineer out of Ann Arbor, MI. “I strive for high quality and a plethora of variation in each object or sonic event that I record. I am confident you will enjoy adding my sounds to your library.”

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Soundmorph

Quality: 24bit/96khz
Website: http://soundmorph.com

About: SoundMorph is focused on offering modern and innovative sound effects libraries and software to the sound community. Based out of Montreal and San Francisco, our sound team was formed from former Electronic Arts, BioWare, and Ubisoft sound designers. We provide highly usable sounds for games, film, music, and television, that can easily be added as layers or quickly become a final asset. We constantly keep sound designers in mind, always striking a perfect balance of usability and design. All of our libraries are meticulously embedded with Soundminer metadata. We believe, like any medium, sound evolves with time, and therefore new sounds are needed for new times.

Experience the next level of sound design at soundmorph.com.

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Surround Sound Library

Run by: Olaf Bartsch
Quality: 24-Bit 96kHz WAV
Website: http://www.surroundsoundlibrary.com/
About:
Surroundsoundlibrary.com was founded in 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
Our mission is to provide easy-to-use surround sound libraries at a fair
price. All of our sounds are royalty free. The team consists of highly
skilled sound designers. We have made sounds and music for Ubisoft,
Microsoft, Dynamedion GbR, Deep Silver and many more. The founder Olaf
Bartsch studied Audio Technology and Musicology at the University of
Technology Berlin. Graduation (M.A.) in May 2009. He has worked as a sound
designer and journalist in the field of audio since 2008.

Takoma Media SFX

Run by: Richard Humphries
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz
Website: takomamedia.com
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TONSTURM

Run by: Tilman Hahn and Emil Klotzsch
Quality: 24-Bit/96kHz and 24-Bit/192kHz WAV
Website: tonsturm.com
About: TONSTURM releases royalty free, high quality sound effect libraries for sound designers who work in the field of films, games, and arts or anyone who is serious about sound design and sound effects. TONSTURM is founded by Tilman Hahn and Emil Klotzsch. Both work as Sound Designers and Sound Editors in Cologne, Germany and share the passion for recording sounds.
They created this platform not just to provide unique sound effects, but also to live out their passion..
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Unidentified Sound Object

Run by: Matteo Milani and Federico Placidi
Quality: 24-Bit/48kHz
Website: usoproject.com
About: Sound design libraries created by sound designers/composers Matteo Milani and Federico Placidi (aka U.S.O. Project). They explores the intriguing and increasingly blurry boundary between live surround-sound interactive sound design and electronic music composition. The ‘Unidentified Sound Object’ blog presents an intriguing mix of news ranging from European experimental music to Hollywood blockbusters, all presented with the same enthusiasm and delight in the art and technology of sound.