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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – June 2014

A quick round-up of recent releases from independent sound designers …

Sonic Salute – Rock & Roll

First up this month we come bearing gifts – an exclusive 20% off coupon for the latest Sonic Salute library pack.

ROCK & ROLL: Rock/Concrete/Metal Impacts and Dirt Debris contains over 300 LCR recordings of rolling rocks, rock and concrete impacts, dirt, debris, you name it. Basically, all the rock, with a lot of extra roll. All files are 24-bit / 192KHz and the product page has some cool info and video footage of the backstory of this collection.

Designing Sound have teamed up with Sonic Salute to give our readers 20% of this collection. Using the coupon code: ROCKTOTHEROLL20 on checkout will give you 20% off the usual $45.00 price, valid for 48 hours from the publication of this here post.

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 | 1 comment

Echo Collective: Fields – Pro Hockey Ambiences

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Guest Contribution by René Coronado

I’m very proud to announce the launch of the new sister site to echo | collective - echo | collective: fields!

The fields project will take me out of the comfortable confines of the studio and have me in the real world gathering ambiences and other sounds in high res surround.

We launched with three libraries: pro hockey ambiences, hospital ambiences, and Texas rodeos and ranches.

I’d love to talk a bit about the biggest of the three libraries – Pro Hockey Ambiences.

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – October 2013

A quick roundup of the independent sfx libraries to have hit our inbox this month.

Blastwave FX – Heroes & Villains

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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.

Check out the submission details on this YouTube video. Or, if you’re feeling tongue tied, you can pre-order your copy here.

 

Twisted Tools – Metamorph

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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).

Available now to download for $69. Check their website and Twisted Tools’ YouTube channel for more details.

 

Dynamic Interference -Submarine Switches

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 | 2 comments

SFX Independence – Early May 2013

Here are all of the libraries of note we’ve spotted since the last round-up back in the beginning of April…in the order of most recent first (working from here…so forgive me if I’ve confused dates).

The Recordist

Machine Guns HD Pro SFX Trailer from Frank Bry on Vimeo.

Presenting Machine Guns HD Pro Sound Effects Library. This 24-Bit/96kHz collection features four fully automatic weapons recorded at a wide open 400 acre ranch in North Idaho. With a mountain ridge in front and open field behind, the guns generated a breathtaking echo while at the same time the “close up and personal” microphones capture the intense muzzle blast and mechanics of each weapon in stunning detail.

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Review: Little Boxes by echo | collective

 

We are still firmly in the month of March which as you all well know is “Intersection of Sound Design and Music” month here on Designing Sound. Today we are talking about Little Boxes from echo | collective. From the horse’s mouth:

 Little boxes is a curated collection of four unique sound sets designed to compliment one another sonically and texturally. These textures move from acoustic to electroacoustic to analog synthesis. The tonal palette of one instrument fits like a puzzle piece into the sound of the others. Each deeply expressive, these instruments compliment each other in both musical and sound design contexts. All of these instruments were miked or directly recorded in MONO, providing for thick, punchy recordings.  The Kontakt instruments break the sounds into stereo however, and push the source material much deeper into its potential.“

 

I find this set of sounds to be wonderful and fascinating. So many sorts of beeps, buzzes, chimes, tings, warbles and zips that feel to have an almost endless spectrum of possibilities. Four different “boxes” make up the five different sets of sounds in this library. My favorite is the Optical Theremin, which contains a wonderful patch “Far Out Synth” that I fell in love with immediately. It has a very calm, soothing and etherial feeling to it I can’t get enough of. However, as much as I would love to go on and on about the many musical aspects of this library I decided to focus this review on using these sounds for sound design specifically.

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