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Posted by on May 23, 2013 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – Late May 2013

There’s a whole heap of stuff going on in the independent SFX community that’s worth making note of. So, here goes…

New Libraries Available Now…

New Sound Lab’s Optical Drives


This library features recordings of computer optical disc drives (two internal desktop CD/DVD-R and one internal laptop slim CD/DVD-R slot-load).

Two induction coil pickups were used to record the electromagnetic fields emitted by the drives, capturing a very unique set of sounds and textures. These range from sharp percussive bleeps, glitchy static and noise, to electromechanical motor sounds, and drones. You’ll find use for many applications, including UI interface design, transitions, sci-fi, robot/servo sounds, technology, and computer sound effects.

Recordings include all functions of the DVD drives, e.g. disc loading, reading, writing/burning, spin up/down, errors, and disc ejecting. Also, each drive was taken apart and manipulated to create additional sounds.

Check it out here!

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Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 | 0 comments

February’s SFX Independence

Sound Effects Independence continues, and February turned out to be a pretty busy month! Here are the latest independent libraries to released. [That we've noticed.]

Chuck Russom FX

Chuck Russom has just released his first new library in what feels like a VERY long time, Designed Whooshes 2. It’s about damned time! ;) [Remember that Chuck frequently gives out discount codes to those who are on his mailing list. May I suggest that you sign up for that?]

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 | 3 comments

Review – The Hybrid Library


There is no shortage of general sound effects libraries on the market, and they come in a number of different sizes. Pro Sound Effects is master licensor and curators of the Blastwave FX, BBC, Foundation, and Soundrangers sound effects catalogs, among several others. They’ve done something a little different in putting together their new “Hybrid Library.” Designed for freelancers and independent editors, the collection is composed of general library elements from independent effects designers. With an effects count capping out well above 50,000 sounds, Pro Sound Effects has created a library that can compete with the respected products from Sound Ideas and Hollywood Edge; all while keeping the costs a bit more reasonable for the independent user.

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Mid-October SFX Library Roundup

Let’s dive in to some October SFX news:

Benjie Freund, Sound Designer at Hi-Rez Studios has started his own SFX Library site

We are very excited to announce that today is the official launch of  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 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:

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