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Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 | 0 comments

April 2013 – SFX Independence

It’s been a while since we put one of these together…what’s going on in the world of independent sfx right now? Some people appear to have been on the same wavelength. ;)

Sonic Salute

All tension creaking, and breaking sounds in this library, were recorded inside a dense pine tree forest in Sweden. Particular for this hidden gem of a location is, that the distance to the nearest bigger road is apx. 10 Km, and further more, the location being surrounded by tall pine trees, makes the chance of any wind very low.

At night, all you can hear is the pulsing rush of blood beating in your own ears. Its so silent, its almost scary.

SPECIAL 48 HOURS DEAL!!! Purchasing the ICE Tension-Creaking-Breaking sfx library before Friday the 5. April 23:59:59 CET, will activate a coupon code to get the Footsteps Snow sfx library for FREE!!! (Already got this library? Don’t worry. Please get in touch, and we will work out another free library deal).

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 | 1 comment

New November Sound Effects Libraries

We’re always happy to see new independent sound effects libraries pop up on our radar, and there are a few new ones that are definitely worth noting!

Aldbourne Bells is a collection of antique bells recorded by Ian Palmer, an occassional contributor here on Designing Sound. This set of sounds is all comes from his father’s personal bell collection and is delivered in high-res. 24/96 files. There’s something cool about a family built library.

It’s also very reasonably priced at £30 (about $50 U.S.). In the very least, give the preview file a listen by following the link above.

I recently did a review of Sonic Salute’s Analog Cameras library. Mikkel Nielsen has been a busy man apparently, because he’s just released a new library called Shake, Rattle and Rumble ($60). This library is interesting in it’s approach to collecting these sounds: self oscillation (such as with vehicles), hand controlled shakes, and objects placed on a subwoofer. He really was looking for some interesting ways to pull all these sounds together. Examples are ready for your audition over at Sonic Salute.

If those types of libraries aren’t your cup of tea, how about some aircraft fly-overs? Andrew Lewis has put together a library of sounds collected at the Bourenmouth Air Festivalin August of 2011…simply enough titled, BAF2011. The collection of 40 high res. files is a mixture of engine types, and only costs $30. Anyone out there need to cut sounds to an airshow? ;)

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Sonic Salute’s Analog Cameras

Mikkel Nielsen, founder of Sonic Salute, recently released a new library called “Analog Cameras.” In his own words:

What started out as a somewhat smaller camera sound effects recording project, quickly evolved into an obsessive need to find new cameras with different sounding shutters and winders.

Every fleemarket, and camera entusiasts gathering, were thoroughly scanned for more, more more…

The obsessive hunt has resulted in a well produced library. And at the price of $40 dollars for 99 files culled from a stock of 17 cameras, it’s well worth your attention. Let’s dig into the sounds a little deeper…

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 | 0 comments

SFX News 03.02.12

The Recordist has released Ultimate Ice 2 HD Pro, 315 sounds at 24-Bit/96kHz, recorded with Sennheiser MKH-8040ST into SD702.

All kinds and thicknesses of ice was recorded and at many different temperatures. It was kicked, cracked, hit with a sledgehammer, crushed into itself and smacked with heavy chunks of ice. Ice debris was dropped and tossed around at many locations for a unbeatable, multiple take set of crash effects. When all these styles of frozen water and air vapor are pitched around with your favorite audio mangling tool, you will be amazed at the broad spectrum of sounds that can be created with the ultra high frequency response of the microphones.

Sound designer John Leonard has started an independent sfx library called ImmersiveFX. There are two releases available at the moment and for being reader of Designing Sound, you can get a special discount price. Use the code DFSX50 and you’ll get 50% off on both libraries:

  • Sounds of Flight - An eclectic collection from my extensive archive Jumbo Jets, Military Fighters, War-birds, Helicopters and Bi-Planes From an F-16 to a Tiger Moth – it’s all here. 48/16 WAV files with embedded Soundminer Metadata – $25
  • The Voice of Poseidon - 101 effects of seascapes and some river and waterfall sounds. From the gentle waves on a sandy beach to the crash of breakers on the Pacific shore. 48/24 WAV files with embedded Soundminer Metadata – $80

Sound recordist Mikkel Nielsen runs a library called Sonic Salute, where he has released four sound collections so far:

  • Metal Scrap – 97 stereo/MS recordings of metals. Clink/clank/crash/boom
  • The Shipyard – 16 stereo/MS recordings captured in the summer of 2011, at the commercial port of Copenhagen. The area is filled with giant cranes, trucks, and containers, and is closed to the public.
  • Pigs FX – 246 recordings of all kinds of pigs, recorded at Pigfarm Esrumgaard, which has close to 1000 pigs of all ages and sizes.
  • Footsteps Snow - 25 minutes of long walks in cold and snowy conditions. Recorded during tree winters from 2009 to 2011 in a remote deserted Swedish forest, miles away from the nearest road.

EFX has new changes on the site and also a new library: Colombian Countryside, including 35 nature atmospheres recorded and remasterized at 48 kHz 24-bit.

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Affordable Audio 4 Everyone has released The Hud Menu Interface Toolbox, a library of 700 interface sounds. All proceeds above $5 will go to The National Federation of the Blind.

The Hud Menu Interface Toolbox features various sounds that can be used for various menus, Game HUD’s, and also small object interface interactions. It is a great tool for building, and creating response sounds to player interations, or for any type setting that may need some additional sounds for a character or actor to make when interacting with something.

BOOM Library has released free Flamethrower SFX pack.

Remember the video from Chad Thunberg, who really knows how to do some little DIY-Engineering? He’s the guy that built an epic FLAMETHROWER out of plastic pipes and a garden hose. Luckily for us, Axel was around to point the microphone towards this “eternal flame”. Guess what: It sounded just awesome. We gave these SFX away for free during our advent calendar weeks. This awesome SFX pack is now available for EVERYBODY.

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