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.
Guest Contribution by Ivo Ivanov – Lead Sound Designer & Project Manager
Noise, the final frontier. How can we explore such a vast and largely uncharted realm? More importantly, how do we approach recording this unusual sonic landscape and compile the results into a sound library specifically intended for the science fiction genre? How do we find the emotional undercurrent in what is arguably the least emotive type of sound? These are some of the questions that ultimately spawned the production of Microsphere, my new sample library released with Glitchmachines, in which the focus was on exploring a vast landscape of electromagnetic noise.
In this article, I will take you on a journey through the various stages of my technical and creative process of analyzing, capturing and processing this hidden sonic universe.
Blastwave FX is giving away 10 copies of the new Noizz library on Facebook this month. The winners are being selected from fans of the Facebook page. So if you want to be entered to win a copy of the new library of digital glitches, head over to the Blastwave FX Facebook page and click “Like”.