Let’s dive in to some October SFX news:
Benjie Freund, Sound Designer at Hi-Rez Studios has started his own SFX Library site GetSoundEffects.com:
We are very excited to announce that today is the official launch of GetSoundEffects.com. The #1 place to get royalty free sound effects.We offer a wide variety of sounds effects and are continuously adding new sounds every week! From alien spaceship alarms, to thunder and rain recordings. Have an idea for a sound effect bundle that you would like to see sold? Send us a message and we will create it! You can even custom order unique sound effects for all your project needs!Whether you need sound effects that are already designed and ready to be plugged into your project or custom foley recordings to design yourself we have them!In honor of our official launch and this years Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo we are offering a 20% discount on your entire purchase! visit GetSoundEffects.com today and enter the promo code ‘SIEGE2012′ during checkout to receive your instant discount. Offer expires 10/14/2012.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the new content that we add.
JM Sound+Music is currently running a contest to win a copy of his SHIFT Sound Effects Library:
On November 15th I will be giving away a copy of the SHIFT Sound Effects Library to one lucky winner – To enter, all you have to do is LIKE JM Sound+Music on Facebook!
The SHIFT Sound Effects Library from JM Sound+Music features over 40 sounds of high performance race cars such as: pass-bys, distant race ambiences, revving, slowing down, accelerating, heavy downshifting, and more.
The Recordist Frank Bry has started up a new SoundVault series:
Presenting the SoundVault series from The Recordist. These sound effects collections are from over 23 years of recording mayhem. The source material is from original 16-Bit 48kHz DAT and up to 24-Bit 96kHz recordings. Mastered and delivered at 24-Bit 48kHz, these highly focused libraries contain rare and sometimes very difficult to obtain categories including ambiences, airplanes, vehicles, nature, foley and more.
The first SoundVault release is Jet Airliner Interior. This collection contains sounds from inside four airplanes during flight. Most were recorded in the mid 1990s when flights were many and people were few (those were the days!). Three of the interiors were recorded with the Sonic Studios DSM head worn microphones to a PDR-1000 DAT machine at 16-Bit 48kHz. The fourth was recorded in 2009 on a PCM D-50. All the sounds were edited and mastered at 24-Bit 48kHz.
The aircraft recorded are: Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Mcdonnell Douglas DC-10 and a Mcdonnell Douglas MD-80. I was lucky enough to be on flights with very few travelers so the voice activity is minimal. There are sections that contain voices from the pilots, flight attendants and passengers.
For more information and to purchase go here: http://www.therecordist.com/jet-airliner-interior
Frank Bry of The Recordist has released another library in beta form. Explosives HD Pro was released on September 14 and like his other beta library, this one is at a discount! Blurb from TheRecordist.com:
Get ready… It’s coming very soon. More than 450 earth shaking explosions and black powder sound effects in High Definition from The Recordist. Here is a small sampling of the many recording sessions from the last 3 years. Don’t miss the blooper clip at the very end of the video!
As many of you already know I’ve been recording lots of Black Powder and other “Explosive” things. Well, here is the audio teaser and video trailer showcasing some of the sounds I recorded and designed from the raw source material.
If you haven’t been keeping up with Frank Bry’s blog over at The Recordist (which you totally should) let me bring you up to speed on Bullets HD Pro:
Presenting the 2nd pre-release Beta version of Bullets HD PRO Sound Effects Library at an introductory price of $150.00 USD. When the library is completed in late August (at the very latest: early September), the final version of the library will be available to pre-release purchasers at no additional cost. (A savings of $50.00 USD)
As you might know, this library is a massive undertaking. It is not delayed or taking longer, it’s just an issue of recording all the source material I need to make it a comprehensive collection of bullet sound effects.
I still have many recording sessions planned over the next few weeks with many types of guns. I also plan on recording lots of bullet foley.
Thanks, Frank -The Recordist
So in a nutshell you get to have a library early, and pay less for it. Frank has made very detailed posts about his recording process:
Slow Motion Bullets Part-1
Slow Motion Bullets Part-2
Having listened through the library I can certainly glad I have it. The assortment of impacts, whiz-bys and ricos alone is worth the price of admission alone. I really love the authenticity the samples have, which isn’t something easily attained when designing a whiz or impact from scratch.
The library is slated to be completed late August or early September so if you want to grab some savings you might want to pick Bullets HD Pro up sooner rather than later!
Also make sure to follow Frank Bry on Twitter.
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The Recordist has released Autumn Rain.
A pristine collection of 50 24-Bit 96kHz rainfall sound effects from the forests and fields of North Idaho. Recorded primarily in the fall season of 2011 around my ranch and high up in the mountains. Other rain tracks were recorded early and late winter when the rainy season it peaking. A large portion of this library was recorded with the Sennheiser MKH-8040ST at XY-90 and XY-120 to capture the stunning detail of rain drops on leaves, wood and concrete.
BOOM has released Micro BOOM – Gun Handling.
Impressive and high quality gun shot sound effects are invaluable but they’re only half the battle. “Micro BOOM – GUN HANDLING” now gives you the perfect other half. 11 different firearms. Triggers, dry shots, safety switches, reloading, magazines and much more, delivered in the high BOOM Library quality standard with 96kHz, 24bit. A more than perfect addition to the BOOM GUNS Library. Click, click – BOOM!
Affordable Audio 4 Everyone released Lighthearted Magic. All proceeds above $5 go to Curesearch.org
A must have for anyone looking to add some interesting sounds for their visual FX. Don’t let the name fool you, there is plenty of good stuff to mix together to build up to darker sounding elements. The Lighthearted MiniMagic library was made for building that fun loving disappear sound, or for adding a great feel to some spining particles around a character.
Empty Sea has a sound library. They have one small release so far and there’s another one coming soon.
Coming soon, the full version of Sea Monsters. This collection will showcase some of Empty Sea’s most original and best creatures. Each sound will be recorded at 192k/24bit for optimum quality and maximum design potential
Frank Bry has released a new library called The Devil Dog.
Introducing Dixie, a very special English Bull Terrier with an amazing vocal ability that is unlike anything I have every heard. She is special because she is deaf and cannot hear what comes out of her mouth. She is loved and cared for by some friends here in town and they graciously allowed me to come to their home and record her. The Devil Dog HD Pro SFX Library contains over 800 individual Zombie-like sound effects recorded at 24-Bit 192kHz presented on 60 tracks.
Dixie makes the best noises when she is asleep dreaming or very tired and does not want to be bothered. She was very excited when I arrived so they tried to calm her down a little bit to see if she would make some of the amazing “alien” noises they say she makes. The sounds she made when I was in the room were great but after a while I went outside for 5 minutes and left the gear with them and they were able to get her to make some really cool noises. I was able to leave the recording gear overnight and got some really amazing close up sleeping sounds.
I used a Sennheiser MKH-416 and a MKH-8040 with the filter module set on a small stand. This combination is very good for this type of animal recording as the hyped-up top end of the MKH-416 works perfect for the normal pitched intense growls and barks while the MKH-8040 sounds amazing when pitched way down with a nice smooth top end and a monstrous low end. There are multiple distances for variety and dozens of variations on most tracks. Dixie can make sounds ranging from soft and subtle to over the top loud and vicious. She can purr like a kitten and snarl like an attack dog. I have never heard any animal make these kinds of noises especially a dog. Dixie got to know me after a few days and maybe next time I see here she will let me record her in her dream state.
The Devil Dog is available now at The Recordist. 60 files (over 800 sounds), 744.9MB, $50 us.