“Sunset in the Pumpkin Patch” by David Grimes – https://www.flickr.com/photos/grimeshome/22521094741/
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I know what you’re thinking. SFX libraries released in October will contain a lot of howls, screams, muahahahaaas… you know, that old chestnut. While these sounds have their place, October brought us a diverse palette of sound effects, ranging from falling rocks and debris to quiet Athenian and Parisian corners to the roaring engines of tanks and classic cars – one of which will assure you that where you’re going, you won’t need roads. Of course, if you are looking to horrify, a positively gut-wrenching library that was recently released should satisfy your sadistic needs.
To learn about the new audible candy that is available for your projects, read on…
Rocks Momentum by Mattia Cellotto
You’re hiking in your favorite alps and oh crap! the ground beneath you gives away. Besides the piercing screams, what does that experience sound like? Rocks Momentum can help you out with a multitude of stones, rocks and bricks that use gravity at its finest to crush whatever’s below. This library contains the satisfying crunches and crashes of rocks, tile, cement and bushes as they meet their demise and the rumble of landslides that nearly take you along as they splash into the glacial lake below.
(1100 assets, 1.8 GB, 24bit/96kHz)
“A live rooster in the studio, 1930s.” by Yle Archives – Yle Arkisto. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_effect#/media/File:A_live_rooster_in_the_studio,_1930s..jpg
This is the beginning of a new series to recapitulate each month’s SFX library releases. If you have a release occurring soon and you would like it to be included on our list, send us the details through our SFX Independence Submission form.
September brought us several SFX libraries with an overarching theme of darkness. Deep-water beasts, mysterious sci-fi ambiences, rumbling howitzers and stormy nights can be found on this list, so let’s take a look back at last month’s releases and explore the sounds you may now purchase for your future projects.
The Battlefield Howitzers by Airborne Sound
Every once in a while a sound effects library comes out and you know very well you have nothing like it in your audio arsenal. For some, The Battlefield Howitzers is that library. These authentic recordings of World War II-era ordnances contain the grace and ferocity of the M101 C1 and C3 howitzers and the British 25-pounder, along with 169 bonus clips of designed artillery shots and battlefield montage soundscapes.
(239 sounds, 4.89 GB)
There is a cool crowdsource library getting organized over at Audible Worlds. Site runner Mike Niederquell’s explanation says it best:
The goal of this library is to capture 3-5 minutes of crowds or walla from your local region. It’s best if the conversations in the recordings are unintelligible, which is why we are using the term “walla” to describe this project. We realize it’s probably unrealistic for most people to have access to a group of performers to capture proper walla, so recording large groups of people in a public area is also being accepted.
Everyone is allowed to contribute and your contribution awards you everyone else’s submitted recordings which from the looks of it will be a *lot* of people! The Submission window is Oct 1, 2014 to Oct 20th, 2014 so there isn’t much time left! Go check it out along with the rest of Audible Worlds. Its a great resource.
Earlier 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.
Earlier 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.