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Posted by on May 8, 2014 | 2 comments

SFX Independence – May 2014

It’s been a little while since the last SFX Independence. This month’s round-up runs the gamut of sounds, from guns and rockets, to birds and screams. Plus, there are some get-them-while-you-can offers still on. First up…

Boom Library – Birds of Prey

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With their latest release Boom Library continue their tradition of giving early-bird discounts (definitely no pun intended). They are offering a 20% discount on Birds of Prey up until May 10th of €119.20.

As an extra tidbit, check out this short interview with the sound designer Dennis Osternacher about recording in the wild.

www.boomlibrary.com

HISSandaROAR – Contact Mic Two

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HISSandaROAR released a new library this past week. Contact Mic Two is a whopping 12.5 GB of dual mono/stereo contact mic recordings, all recorded at 24-bit / 192KHz.

You can purchase either Contact Mic One or Contact Mic Two for a discount; $129 down from $198 for One, and $74 down from $99 for Two. This special offer ends midnight Friday 9 May though, so you’ve got to be quick.

Also worth checking out is the back story behind the latest release, as well as a beginner’s guide to contact mic recording, both courtesy of Tim Prebble’s The Music of Sound blog.

www.hissandaroar.com

Diego Stocco – FFS // Rhythmic Convolutions

Diego Stocco’s Feedforward Sound series has been a hit among professional and hobbyist sound design enthusiasts alike. The first tutorial, Rhythmic Processing, looked at generating rich rhythmic textures from one source recording with percussive transients. The second, Convolution Processing, shifted focus slightly toward creating and processing transients and accents that are musically in sync with a main rhythm track.

His latest offering is not a tutorial, but a collection of creatively recorded spaces. Rhythmic Convolutions takes impulse responses to another level, with a set of over 200 responses aimed designed for processing highly percussive sound elements.

At $29.99, this pack comes in a little pricier than the previous two, which is explained by the fact that these are impulse responses that once purchased can be integrated into any sound design workflow.

Audio files are 24-bit/48KHz.

EDIT: The standard price of $29.99 is specifically for the purchase of a music license single user. If your usage falls under any other category (or you’re not sure), you’re advised to check the product website and/or email ffs@diegostocco.com.

www.diegostocco.com

Rabbit Ears Audio – Rockets 2

Rockets 2 – Static Burns is the brand new library from Rabbit Ears Audio. Following on from Rockets 1, which pulled together a various rocket ignitions, launches and misfires, their new collection goes one step further.

Featuring an assortment of large-scale rocket motors, both dry propellant and commercially available, each motor was recorded from up to 8 perspectives at 24-bit / 192KHz.

Rockets 2 is currently priced at $79.00 (usual price $99.00) and, for a limited time, customers can pick up Rockets 1 and 2 for discounted price of $135.00 (usual price $169.00).

Visit the Rockets 2 product page for full details including licensing info.

Rabbit Ears Audio – Typewriters

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Another recent addition to the Rabbit Ears Audio library is Typewriters. Also priced at $70.00, this collection features seven different typewriters all recorded from 4 mono perspectives; close; distant; under keyboard (close) and; under type bars (close).

All files are recorded at 24-bit / 192KHz and are availble to purchase now via this link.

www.rabbitearsaudio.com

Watson Wu – FullAuto

FullAuto is a collection of two sound libraries (Part 1 and Part 2) from sound designer Watson Wu, featuring various recordings from full automatic rifles of different calibers. Recorded from a number of different perspectives, FullAuto also offers a range of shooting modes such as Singles, Bursts, Mag Dumps as well as gun foley sounds.

Each library is priced at $249.00 and is recorded at 24-bit / 96KHz.

http://www.watsonwu.com/store

Soundbits – Screams and Shouts

The final collection in this month’s round up is an impressive 873 screams, shouts, moans, grunts, hisses from humans, zombies, monsters and creatures from Saro Sahihi at Soundbits.

All recorded at 24-bit / 96KHz and priced at €40.00

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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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Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 | 3 comments

A Second Look at the Hybrid Library

Hybrid_and_Expansion_1Earlier this year, I reviewed the Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects. Overall, it was a fairly positive review. While I was impressed with the library, I also pointed out some of its rough edges. The primary focus of the review was on the library’s metadata and how it would affect work-flow. I won’t go into heavy detail on the process here, as you can simply lick on the link above if you haven’t already read the review. Pro Sound Effects took notice of the few complaints I had with the library, solicited feedback from existing owners, and has taken steps to address the library’s weaknesses. Now that the library is available again, it’s worth seeing if the improvements have made the library any more enticing.

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 | 0 comments

The Hybrid Library Returns at Pro Sound Effects

Hybrid_and_Expansion_1Earlier this year, I wrote a review of the Hybrid Library from Pro Sound Effects. They took notice of some of the idiosyncrasies that I pointed out, and also spoke to the current owners to figure out how they could make the library better. They’ve dotted their i’s and crossed their t’s, and are now placing the library up for sale again. Between now and December 31st, they’re selling another 100 units of what is, to be frank, an amazing deal for freelance sound designers ($1500 for over 60,000 high quality sound effects).

The metadata in the library has been completely re-worked to ensure more consistent search results, has additional sounds from the 2013 updates to the Blastwave FX and Foundation libraries, and is now coming on a custom branded hard drive. Additionally, there’s a new “expansion pack” for existing Hybrid Library owners. Over 10,000 new sounds for $500 on a USB flash drive. If you’re a current owner, Pro Sound Effects will be contacting you to let you know about what updates are available for your library.

If you’re looking for a highly flexible “general” library, this is definitely worth keeping an eye on. I’ll be taking a look at the new version of the library soon, and posting my thoughts on its updates sometime this month. So, if you want a little more information before you make your purchase, keep an eye out for that.

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 | 2 comments

SFX Independence – July 2013

New Sounds From Blastwave FX

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Blastwave FX, the sound library specialists headed up by Ric Viers (The Sound Effects Bible), have just released a brand new collection of 1001 HD production elements called Hits and Whooshes. Take a listen to the audio demo on the website and you’ll hear a whole host of intergalactic frequency sweeps and bone-breaking hits. A great set of go-to sounds for those in need of transition or impact elements in a hurry.

Check out the website for a full category list of sounds in the library.

Empty Sea Anniversary Sale

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Empty Sea are having an anniversary sale, offering an impressive 25% discount on two of their libraries. Sea Monsters, featuring over 4000 effects of sea creatures big and small, and Ui one – a complete set of sounds aimed at user interactions such as menu scrolls, button pushes, etc. The Empty Sea sale is running through 20th July, and to claim the discount you’ll need to use the following code when you checkout: ANNI25.
More details available here.

The Soundcatcher Summer Sale

If you’ve not heard of The Soundcatcher sound design libraries and sound fx packs before, now’s a good time to get acquainted. The Soundcatcher’s Andreas Usenbenz has gone into abandoned buildings and used found sounds to painstakingly create these libraries. And now you can get 20% of every purchase this summer.  Use the code “Soundsummer” to claim the discount.
Further information on all of The Soundcatcher’s libraries is available on the website.
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