Earlier this year, I reviewed the Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects. Overall, it was a fairly positive review. While I was impressed with the library, I also pointed out some of its rough edges. The primary focus of the review was on the library’s metadata and how it would affect work-flow. I won’t go into heavy detail on the process here, as you can simply lick on the link above if you haven’t already read the review. Pro Sound Effects took notice of the few complaints I had with the library, solicited feedback from existing owners, and has taken steps to address the library’s weaknesses. Now that the library is available again, it’s worth seeing if the improvements have made the library any more enticing.Read More
Earlier this year, I wrote a review of the Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects. They took notice of some of the idiosyncrasies that I pointed out, and also spoke to the current owners to figure out how they could make the library better. They’ve dotted their i’s and crossed their t’s, and are now placing the library up for sale again. Between now and December 31st, they’re selling another 100 units of what is, to be frank, an amazing deal for freelance sound designers ($1500 for over 60,000 high quality sound effects).
The metadata in the library has been completely re-worked to ensure more consistent search results, has additional sounds from the 2013 updates to the Blastwave FX and Foundation libraries, and is now coming on a custom branded hard drive. Additionally, there’s a new “expansion pack” for existing Hybrid Library owners. Over 10,000 new sounds for $500 on a USB flash drive. If you’re a current owner, Pro Sound Effects will be contacting you to let you know about what updates are available for your library.
If you’re looking for a highly flexible “general” library, this is definitely worth keeping an eye on. I’ll be taking a look at the new version of the library soon, and posting my thoughts on its updates sometime this month. So, if you want a little more information before you make your purchase, keep an eye out for that.Read More
Blastwave FX has a new collection out called “Heroes & Villains”. It’s a “collection of 1,000 high definition sound effects to save the world… or destroy it! Created at the Detroit Chop Shop and personally designed by Ric Viers (author of The Sound Effects Bible and The Location Sound Bible), these sound effects will give any production a super-powerful soundtrack. This collection includes cityscapes, hideouts and laboratories ambiences, various weapons, impacts, crashes, explosions, vehicles, robots, super powers and tons more! Every sound effect was recorded in 24/96KHz and delivered as broadcast wave files complete with comprehensive metadata compatible with your favorite search engine. “
Designing Sound and Blastwave FX are giving away a copy of “Heroes & Villains”. We will be giving it away to whomever can design the best superpower sound for “Captain Soul-Patch”. Create a sound based on the superpower: “Sonic Blastwave”. And post a link to the sound effect on the Blastwave FX Facebook fan page (http://on.fb.me/YKICBH) and Ric Viers will choose one lucky winner to receive a copy of “Heroes & Villains”! Submissions will be accepted until November 4, 2013 with a winner announced on November 5 2013.Read More
A quick roundup of the independent sfx libraries to have hit our inbox this month.
Blastwave FX – Heroes & Villains
Blastwave FX have launched a competition to coincide with the release of their latest library collection, Heroes & Villains. You will need to call upon your most potent and deadly super power for a chance to win: entrants have to post a video of themselves reading a list of sound effects included in the library… in less than 60 seconds.
Twisted Tools – Metamorph
Metamorph is the brand new sample library from San Francisco instrument software makers Twisted Tools. With over 2GB of audio at 24bit/96Khz, Metamorph’s mash-up of electroacoustic and designed sounds was developed by Italian sound designers BJM Mario Bajardi and Paolo Bigazzi (aka Komplex).
Dynamic Interference -Submarine Switches