We’re always happy to see new independent sound effects libraries pop up on our radar, and there are a few new ones that are definitely worth noting!
Aldbourne Bells is a collection of antique bells recorded by Ian Palmer, an occassional contributor here on Designing Sound. This set of sounds is all comes from his father’s personal bell collection and is delivered in high-res. 24/96 files. There’s something cool about a family built library.
It’s also very reasonably priced at £30 (about $50 U.S.). In the very least, give the preview file a listen by following the link above.
I recently did a review of Sonic Salute’s Analog Cameras library. Mikkel Nielsen has been a busy man apparently, because he’s just released a new library called Shake, Rattle and Rumble ($60). This library is interesting in it’s approach to collecting these sounds: self oscillation (such as with vehicles), hand controlled shakes, and objects placed on a subwoofer. He really was looking for some interesting ways to pull all these sounds together. Examples are ready for your audition over at Sonic Salute.
If those types of libraries aren’t your cup of tea, how about some aircraft fly-overs? Andrew Lewis has put together a library of sounds collected at the Bourenmouth Air Festivalin August of 2011…simply enough titled, BAF2011. The collection of 40 high res. files is a mixture of engine types, and only costs $30. Anyone out there need to cut sounds to an airshow? ;)
The Recordist has released two airplane sfx libraries:
Prop Planes 2 HD ($35.00 | 35 files at 96kHz/24-Bit)
It’s hard to believe a whole year has passed since the 5th Annual Sandpoint fly in and on August 13, 2011 I traveled to the Sandpoint Idaho Airport and recorded the 6th Annual Fly In. Included are 24-Bit 96K recordings presented as Broadcast WAV files with full Soundminer 4 Metadata of a variety of small modern and vintage aircraft on the ground and in the ripping through air. Included are high speed passes, take offs, landings and ground taxi bys. There is also a J5 Wright powered 1928 Stearman C3B starting its engine and taxiing down the tarmac that I was fortunate enough to get at the end of the show. The owner wanted the sound for his cell phone ring tone. I recorded the graceful aircraft as it was departing and flying by.
Beech 58P Aurplane HD ($75 | 78 files at 96kHz/24-Bit)
Presenting the Beechcraft Baron 58P propeller plane sound effects collection. The Beechcraft Baron is a light, twin-engined piston aircraft originally developed by Beech Aircraft Corporation and currently manufactured by the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. The Baron is a variant of the Beechcraft Bonanza, and was first introduced in 1961. Since its inception, the Baron has always been near the top of the light airplane hierarchy. Expensive as it is to buy and to operate, the ‘next step up’ from a Baron is a very big one. Faster aircraft, with greater range and more load-carrying capability are generally turbine-powered and far more expensive.
Barons come in two basic types: the Baron 55 (short body) and Baron 58 (long body), with several subtypes. Introduced in 1970, the more powerful Baron 58 has club seating, double aft doors, and a gross weight of 5400–5500 lb (2450–2500 kg).
I had the opportunity to record much of this airplane and this collection is the result. Recorded at 24-bit 96kHz in stereo and mono this library contains 3 gigabytes of the many sounds this plane generates.
Also, Frank has published very informative posts on his blog talking about the recording sessions for these libraries. You can take a look at The Recordist blog.
Sound for The Orator, by Tim Prebble (music here):
EA finished the 4-part series on Need for Speed: The Run:
The Recordist has released Prop Planes, a new library of the Soundbox HD series.
These airplanes are from a casual visit to The 6th annual Sandpoint Fly-In on a beautiful sunny day in North Idaho. A few minutes after arriving at the small town airport planes started pulling up and performing a quick engine run-up as they prepared for take off. Nobody bothered me as I was standing in the scorching sun with a Sanken CSS-5 on a boom pole. The airport security guys just waved as the drove by on ATV’s. Small town airports are great, you can wander around very close to the runway as long as you don’t step out on the runway.
I was able to get right up next to and behind the airplanes as they were getting ready for departure. I got some great recordings and the oldest flying Boeing airplane with minimal background destractions. Check them out below.
Prop Planes 01 – $20 | 30 WAV files | 24-Bit/96kHz | 607,3 MB | Metadata ready
Bonus: Frank Bry Special: Recording Airplanes: A Recordist’s Retrospective
New Sound Lab has released the previously announced LAX Aircraft, a new sound effects library loaded with 44 aircraft recordings at 24-Bit/96khz.
This library features descending aircraft flyovers at Los Angeles International Airport. One unique aspect of LAX is that it’s nestled in the city, making it easy to stand directly under very low flying airplanes to capture a great sound.
A range of aircraft were recorded for this release, including the Airbus A330, Boeing 737, 747, and Bombardier 800.
Two different microphone positions were used: One facing the oncoming aircraft, and the other pointing in the opposite direction to capture the flyover and further decent as the aircraft lands.
Sounds were captured with a Sanken CSS-5 Stereo Shotgun mic in 120 degree stereo mode. The microphone was mounted in a full Rycote windshield kit and connected to a Sound Devices 702 recorder.
LAX Aircraft – $25 | 625MB | 24-Bit & 96khz Broadcast Wave format | Metadata ready