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New SFX Libraries: March Recap

A pair of headphones hang on a long line in a rolling field. Article by Adriane Kuzminski.

Photo: Wiredlab.org

If you are releasing a new SFX library and you would like it to be included in our recap, send us the details through our SFX Independence Submission Form. However, please notify us of libraries that were released within the last month or substantially updated, since we will not include old libraries that are on sale.

Last month, we had the most submissions I’ve seen since taking over these recaps six months ago. There are sounds of snowpocalypse, machinery hums, granular and rotational noise, expanding Reaktor libraries, handwriting, whooshes, copyright-free broadcasts, drones, destruction, Catalan ambiences, excited dogs, and new glitchy and experimental libraries for Ableton Live. So, let’s get on with it and check out these new libraries from our community.

 


Snowman HD Professional by The Recordist
Ho, ho, ho, Merry.. wait? It’s Spring! And this means your chance to capture snow sound effects is over! (Unless you’re in the path of Winter Storm Ursula.) But if corn starch just won’t cut it, check out Snowman HD Professional by Frank “The Recordist” Bry. This library goes far and beyond the usual crunchy footsteps and snowball fights. It contains avalanche-quality slides and impacts, as Frank recorded his tractor dumping chunks of snow and piles sliding off his metal roof. He also included many gentler sounds in this library with powdery impacts, light debris and icy sprays as well as the simulated sounds of bodies and tires interacting with snow. If you purchase this library, I suggest you take Frank’s advice and pitch-bend these sounds for some real winter crunch!
(339 Stereo/Mono WAV files, 823.4MB, 24bit/96kHz)

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 | 0 comments

New SFX Libraries: February Recap

A boom mic sits in the snow recording the wintery ambience as the digital recorder sits in a GDC bag. Article by Adriane Kuzminski.

Photo: Frank ‘The Recordist’ Bry

If you are releasing a new SFX library and you would like it to be included in our recap, send us the details through our SFX Independence Submission Form.
http://designingsound.org/contact-2/sfx-independence-submission

As many of us travel to San Francisco for GDC this week, some of our fellow sound designers won’t be able treat it as a vacation with assets to create and soundscapes to design. If you are in need of endless gore, futuristic weapons, granular loops, quick and dirty waveshaping, clicking and grinding bicycles gears, whooshes of every sort, and cinematic suspense and punch, look no further than these recent libraries from SoundBits, New Sound Lab, SoundMorph, Audiomodern and StrangeLines.

 

Just Gore | Add On by SoundBits
Do you find yourself overwhelmed designing sounds for zombie and horror games? If the sounds of bones crushing and limbs avulsing are your bread and butter, SoundBits has a new add-on pack to breathe fresh life into your festering undead. Just Gore | Add On contains 790 sounds of blood-soaked sadism with splattering lacerations, squishy impacts, twisting rips and tears, flowing blood, clean stabs, and bone marrow cruelly exposed to the light of day. All that’s missing is your katana and a Cornetto. While this library focuses on R-rated gore, the sounds are dry enough to be added to any film or game that wants the audience to feel their characters’ pain.
(790 WAV files, 553.7 MB, 96-192kHz/24bit)

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – September 2014 (Part 2)

Part 2 of our September roundup comes a little late (Part 1 is here in case you missed it), but there’s plenty of interesting and unusual independent sound libraries to be found here. And don’t forget, if you’ve got a recently-released sample library that you’d like to be considered for inclusion, use the Independent SFX submission form to tell us about it!

Gateway Part 1 – The Library by Empty Sea

Empty Sea present their new library of doors, doors and more doors! From tiny compartments to creaky gates. In all, 675 files and 1200 sounds all recorded at 96 KHz / 24bit.

Released: September 2014
Price: $80.00

Gateway Part 1 product page
The Library by Empty Sea webpage

Shadowscapes – Moon Echo Audio

Moon Echo Audio’s latest library taps into the dreamy, dark and unnerving. Presenting 12 moody soundscapes designed to “embrace the decay of human society”. Each of the soundscapes – with varying durations of between 1-2 minutes – comes as a 48KHz / 24bit file and has been created using a variety of techniques such as granular synthesis, pitch shifting and complex delays.

Released: September 2014
Price: $69.00

Shadowscapes product page
Moon Echo Audio webpage

Gorification (HD) – Timothy McHugh

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Gorification (HD) is an extensive collection of high-impact gore. Featuring over 1200 sounds of violence; from bone crushing to blood splatting and knife wielding to skin slashes.

Released: August 2014
Price: $35.00

Gorification (HD) product page
Timothy McHugh webpage

Bells & Bowls – Hzandbits

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A collection of glass, ceramic objects and bell-like sounds recorded 86 96KHz / 24bit.

Hzandbits have created 14 bell-like sounds, each multisampled and tuned to its nearest note, using source material such as bowls, glasses and vases. This library is ideally suited to taking these sounds further, using whichever combination of today’s sampling tools take your fancy.

Released: September 2014
Price: $18.00

Bells & Bowls product page
Hzandbits webpage

Big Piggy SFX Vol. 1 – Piggysounds

What you get is 114 high quality sound effects divided into 11 categories, including; ambience, Foley, sci-fi, suspense FX and whooshes. All sounds were recorded at 48KHz / 24bit and come with a PDF for database management.

Released: September 2014
Price: $150.00 digital download or $170.00 on a USB stick

Big Piggy SFX Vol. 1 product page
Piggysounds webpage

Universe Bundle – SoundMorph

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Here it comes! Universe is a bundle featuring all SoundMorph products since the beginning of time. Developed by some of the leading Sound Designers and Musicians working within the industry, the Universe bundle represents a significant saving when set against individual purchases.

10,000+ sfx samples and three flagship software apps, Universe comes with an extra option that will entitle you to a year of free upgrades.

Released: September 2014
Price: $699.00 or $899.00 for the +365 version with 12 months of upgrades free.

Universal Bundle product page
SoundMorph webpage

Wind Turbines – Detunized

Detunized introduce a library pack of showcasing the sound of wind farms. Available as either a standard BWAV edition of 124 48KHz / 24bit recorded takes, or Ableton Live Pack (versions 8 or 9 only), Wind Turbines includes a whole host of ambiences, propeller blades, transformer stations and other mechanical noises.

Released: September 2014
Price: €15.00

Wind Turbines product page
Detunized webpage

Organic Percussion – Delectable Records

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An impressive ensemble of production tools from Delectable Records. Featuring House beats mixed with groovy percussions including Congas, Timbales, Bongos and much more! Perfectly suitable for House, Percussion, Deep House, Funky House, Dance, Tribal House, and Soulful productions, there are 10 Constructions Kits designed and made exclusively for Delectable Records by Gennaro Rino Becchimanzi.

Available in Zip, WAV & Apple Loops format, Organic Percussion contains over 230 Percussion sounds that will enrich your rhythmic tracks instantly.

Released: September 2014
Price: £19.95

Organic Percussion product page
Delectable Records webpage

Rain and Thunder – 99Sounds

Rain And Thunder is a free collection of field recordings that were captured during a severe storm in Belgrade, Serbia.

Featuring recordings from both outdoor and indoor perspectives, the library is completely free to download and use.

Released: October 2014
Price: FREE

Rain and Thunder product page
99sounds webpage

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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.

Rock & Roll product page
Sonic Salute homepage

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – December 2013

Short and sweet for the final roundup of 2013.

SoundMorph Winter Sale

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SoundMorph are having a 25% off winter sale. There isn’t much time left to take advantage of it though, discounts apply through December 25th. Check the SoundMorph website to see the product range on offer.

Sonic Salute Winter Sale

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Sonic Salute are also having a winter sale. Purchase either the Footsteps Snow or Ice Tension libraries and you will get the other for free, thereby saving yourself the princely sum of $54. Simples

Offer is valid until 1 January 2014.

www.sonicsalute.com

 

Samuel Justice – St Jude Storm

When a storm battered Northern Europe in October this year, UK sound designer Samuel Justice got out his field recorder. Now, those recordings are available as a special sample library of high winds and wonderful resonances, recorded in a variety of spaces.

Check the website for full specification and purchase details:

 

Spectral Vibrations – Gun Mechanics

The first sound library from Graham Donnelly and Spectral Vibrations comes with over 250 individual sounds. Gun Mechanics – UK Police Edition aims to meet the specific need of game audio designers needing to tracklay with authentic UK-issue police firearms. Weapons in the library include the Glock 17 Pistol and the Benelli Gauge Pump Action Shotgun.

For full specification and pricing details check out the Spectral Vibrations website.

 

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