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SFX Independence – November 2014

If you create independent sound effects libraries and would like us to consider your recently-released library for inclusion in a future roundup, use the SFX Independence Submission Form to tell us all about it.

Tovusound – India Ambience / CityBeeps Cologne

Tovusound have made available two ambience packs that will transport you to the heart of Europe and South Asia.

The India Ambience sample library contains the sounds of big cities, nature, people and vehicles. Featuring 178 sounds recorded in 96 kHZ / 24-bit ORTF Stereo, India Ambience should prove a welcome addition to sound editors, sound designers and audio producers needing to fill in backgrounds or transitions with sounds from the region.

CityBeeps Cologne is a set of the city centre, parks, churches, the Rhine shore, the subway, the trains, and wonderful animal world of Cologne. Featuring 113 sounds recorded in 24-bit / 96kHz ORTF Stereo.

Released: October 2014
Price: India Ambience – €89.00 / CityBeeps Cologne – €59.00

Tovusound homepage
India Ambience product page
CityBeeps Cologne product page

Heavy Metal Impacts – HISSandaROAR

HISSandaROAR return with over 1900 metal impact sounds. From empty grain silos to rubbish skips and metal gates, this library pack offers not just practical ready-made sound effects, but also plenty of room for experimenting to create your own stingers.

Each sound captured with MKH8040 ORTF stereo, MKH8050 and AKG D112 microphones at 24-bit/192kH, and the library itself weighs in at a whopping 32GB. Check out this behind the scenes video to get a glimpse of how the library came together.

Released: October 2014
Price: USD $179.00

HISSandaROAR homepage
Heavy Metal Impacts product page

Water Movements – Sonic Salute

Want to be able to match the sound of footsteps going through water, with a more distant perspective? Or maybe you want to cut seamlessly between near and far? Water Movements sfx library may just be your rescue!

Recorded by a quiet Swedish lake, in late summer of 2014, the Water Movements fx library, is filled with splashes, drips, walking/running, moving, small water creature simulations, and more. All recorded with a close up mono mic, and a set of distant mics, set at 3-9 meters away from the source.

Released: November 2014
Price: $25.00

Sonic Salute homepage
Water Movements product page

unEarthly Ambience – James Dean

unEarthly Ambience is 27 designed background ambiences that have been created from original field recordings and modular synthesiser recordings. The result is a mixture of organic textures, thick industrial machine rooms, and futuristic sci-fi atmospheres.

unEarthly Ambience product page

Released: September 2014
Price: $20

Hurricane Winds – Sonic Salute

Another new one from Sonic Salute, Hurricane Winds contains both interior and exterior perspectives, and has been culled some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area over the past three years. For authenticity’s sake, the sounds are presented ‘as is’ with no edits or cuts.

The Hurricane Winds library contains 38 tracks all recorded at 96KHz /24-bit and features:

- 21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from Yachting, and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it fly’s through rigging, wires, masts
- 6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
- 2 tracks of a storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
- 9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.

Check the product page for full details.

Sonic Salute homepage
Hurricane Winds product page

Released: October 2014
Price: $25.00

Bloody Nightmare – SoundMorph

Bloody Nightmare is a modern horror cinematic library aimed at the most cutting edge bone chilling productions out there. Whether you work in sound design, as a composer, trailer editor or as an electronic musician, Bloody Nightmare is a valuable new wave of Horror sounds that will surely cause visceral moments of terror and dread!

Bloody Nightmare features 550+ sounds and 4.4GB of 96khz / 24-bit of horror impacts, glitches, stingers, nightmare pulses, breaths and whispers and stutters, choppers and cuts, to name but a few. All embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata.

SoundMorph homepage
Bloody Nightmare product page

Released: October 2014
Price: $99.00

Just Gore / Just Impacts SoundBits

Soundbits’ Just Impacts Bundle offers three collections in one, giving a total of 960 files of hits, impacts and smashes.

The ‘Just Impacts – Simple’ provides a construction kit of sounds for further processing and manipulation, whilst the ‘Just Impacts – Processed’ and ‘Just Impacts – Designed’ are perfect as mix-ready sounds for quick fx laying.

Each collection is available to purchase separately. However, there is a 30% discount on the bundle. Normal ‘Impacts’ bundle price: EUR 105.00. Discounted price is EUR 73.50 until the end of November.

Just Gore is 496 files containing over 820 bone-breaking, blood-soaking and flesh-slicing sound effects. This construction kit contains all the sounds of gore you need for your horror – with extra chainsaw on the side!

Soundbits homepage
Just Impacts product page (bundle)
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Released: October 2014
Price: EUR 73.50 (Impacts Bundle), EUR 45.00 (Just Gore)

Interact – noisecreations

Interact is a royalty free collection that provides interface, menu and HUD sound effects, specifically aimed at game audio professionals. Interact collection contains: Alarms, Selections, Notifications, Glitches, Transitions

Noise creations homepage
Interact product page

Released: October 2014
Price: £6.00

Los Angeles: Feel The Street – Stavrosound

Steve Papagiannis returns with another library of metropolitan cityscape backgrounds. At almost five hours, Los Angeles: Feel The Street is a full-bodied and rich attempt at capturing the city traffic, street level and diffuse sounds of a congestion-laden city. Presented as 34 96KHz/24-bit BWAV files.

Stavorsound homepage
Los Angeles: Feel The Street product page

Released: October 2014
Price: $49.00

Sound of Italy – Roberto Serra

Sound of Italy is an italian sound effects library for films, commercial, musics, games and other multimedia applications. Organised into ten principal categories, Sound of Italy is a collection of all manner of sounds with a distinctly Italian flavour .

Cars, ambiences, cooking and Folk music are but a few of libraries available to purchase separately, or as one Complete collection. Check the website for full licensing information.

Sound of Italy product page

Released: October 2014
Price: Individual libraries range from €25-€30. The complete collection is €230.00

Trot & Gallop – Foley Collection

Foley Collection – a traditional foley audio library based on Kontakt patches – has a new addition to it’s Foley Collection. Trot & Gallop has been added to the Total Foley collection pack, which is available from the Foley Collection website.

foleycollection.com

Released: October 2014
Price: €549.00 for the FC999 Total Foley Collection. Other packs and bundles are available.

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Synthesis Tips for the Non-Synthesist

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Guest Contribution from Steven Smith

Introduction

In some ways it seems quite strange to find myself authoring a post on synthesis that has as its main topic: “Not everyone needs to be a synthesist”. But from another angle of practicality, it makes a great deal of sense. Many of us already have found ourselves naturally diving into certain areas of synthesis from within the field and somewhat skating around others.  So…  If you are not a synthesis geek, this article is for you. 

‘Why would it be helpful to explore this area?’ you may be wondering. Even though today’s virtual instruments commonly ship with hundreds or even thousands of presets, many users will still find themselves passing over sounds that are not quite right. Yet with some fundamental knowledge and strategies I feel most non-synthesist could quickly address some of these sound’s shortcomings and reshape them close enough to quickly put them in service.

This is precisely my goal. I hope to address some fundamental strategies and principles relating to synthesis and synthesizers in order to facilitate what I like to think of as quick fixes. Even though these strategies will not work 100% of the time, you should find them coming to the rescue quite often. 

From the onset it will be my intention to populate this article with images from multiple synths. This is a small attempt to expose you to as many different views as possible. Given that each synth designer has its own GUI strategies (in addition to its own sound design strategies), I hope this will further help the usefulness of the material presented.

There is also a body of knowledge that we must have to enable us to find sounds, change them, and then Save these changes. Let’s jump in…

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 | 4 comments

Practical Exercises for Critical Listening

Exercising listening in a public outdoor space.

Exercising listening in a public outdoor space.

Sound designers by nature have an inherent curiosity towards sound. We explore the way sounds work every time we approach a project. With each new opportunity to design a sound, we ask ourselves questions such as: What object/event produced the sound(s)? Where is the sound source located in relation to the listener, and just as importantly, how does (or how will) the sound impact an audience’s emotional state when heard?

It goes without saying that the sheer act of producing our own sonic work, and by critically listening to and dissecting the works of others (as Berrak Nil Boya explored and extrapolated on in her recent post) will inherently make us stronger and better critical listeners. Though along with these practices, it is invaluable to also step away from evaluating completed, produced works and critically listen to some alternate sound sources, and in some potentially new ways; just like exercising a muscle, the more angles you can target your critical listening “muscle”, the stronger and more well-rounded it becomes.

The question then must be, other than by evaluating an already existing game or film’s audio as it was intended, how, and what, can we listen to in order to hone our listening abilities?

This post looks to add to this conversation by offering a few exercises I’ve picked up and augmented over the years and still use to this day. Once again, just like any exercise routine, training your critical listening is an on-going responsibility for any sound designer (though vitally important early in your career, continued practice is essential to maintain a high level of critical listening fitness).

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Hiss and a Roar Birthday Sale

HISSandaROAR_SALEIn case you’ve been under a rock, and somehow haven’t noticed yet, Tim Prebble’s Hiss and a Roar sound effects label is having a birthday sale…and it’s BIG ONE! Through August 31st, you can get 50% off by using the discount code BOING at checkout. He’s also got a new library out too, SD020 Wind Instruments.

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – July 2014

A lot of new and recently-released independent sound libraries to bring to your attention. Don’t forget – you can let us know about an independent sfx release by filling in the SFX Independence Submission form and be listed in subsequent roundups.

Soundbits new online store

Soundbits has a new look and to celebrate they are having a sale. They are giving 30% off all purchases until August 17th. Plus, every new customer who create a new account automatically qualify for a €5 credit at the Soundbits store.

Check the Soundbits website for full details.

HISSandaROAR – Tortured Wood

HISSandaROAR have been busy this past month putting together a new collection of all things wood. Tortured Wood features recordings of pallets, planks, furniture and 40kg poles that have been thrown around, broken and destroyed.

Recorded at 24-bit/192KHz, for a limited time Tortured Wood is available to purchase for $79.00 (usual price is $99.00).

Tortured Wood product page

Pro Sound Effects – World Cup Sound Effect Download Pack

The FIFA 2014 World Cup may be over but the new collection from Pro Sound Effects will keep the samba vibe going that little bit longer. Comprising all of the footie sounds you’ll need: 62 professional sound effects, including 11 versions of announcers yelling “GOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!” and the infamous vuvuzuela of the 2010 World Cup. All sounds are delivered as 16bit 44.1 kHz .wav files, and with other sounds such as crowds cheering, booing, net swishes and ball smashes, this makes a great collection for and can be used royalty-free in any productions – whether a fan video or a feature length documentary.

World Cup Sound Effect Download is available for $20.14


World Cup Sound Effect Download product page

Pro Sound Effects

Samplephonics – Hollywood Tension FX

Hollywood Tension FX is a collection of designed movie trailer impacts, risers, larger than life film percussion hits, tension evoking ambiences and abstract percussion loops perfect for enhancing any film trailer, heavy production and more.

Crafted by sound designer Alessandro Romeo with no attention to detail spared and comes in the usual 24 bit .wav and sampler instrument options. All sounds are royalty free. The samples come preloaded in your choice of sampler instrument, including EXS24, Reason NN-XT, Kontakt, Ableton Sampler, Motu MachFive, Steinberg Halion and SFZ.


Hollywood Tension FX product page

Samplephonics

echo | collective: fields – utility helicopters

Granted exclusive access to the airport at Bell’s corporate headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, Echo| Collective: Fields have put together a library of Bell 407 and Bell 429 aircrafts. With the ability to capture starts, hovers, aways, returns, spin ups and spin downs, Utility Helicopters features interior and exterior recordings, as well as many beautiful long tails in and out.

Utility Helicopters comes packaged as over 1 hour 45 minutes of recordings, recorded at 24-bit/96KHz.

Utility Helicopters product page
Echo | Collective: Fields

Kpow Sounds – Industrial Disquiet

Recorded in industrial locations, Industrial Disquiet is great for scenes relating to industry, urban horror, and suburban unease. The library pack includes 53 tracks in total; 25 day-time tracks and 28 night-time ones, and all tracks were recorded and edited at 24bit, 96kHz.

Industrial Disquiet product page
Kpow Sounds

Stavrosound – San Francisco: City Life

Recorded over two sessions and 12 hours of exploring and listening, San Francisco: City Life comes packaged as over 3 hours of ambiences from the heart of downtown San Francisco. From detailed street-level traffic of various flavors, sidewalk pedestrian activity, urban streets and side streets with unique spacious characteristics, rooftop-perspective traffic, and even a construction site, this library is workable for many urban cityscapes – not just San Francisco!

San Francisco: City Life product page
Stavorsound

Gael Nicolas – Spheric Collection

Spheric Collection is a library dedicated to ambisonic sound recordings. All the sounds have soundminer metadatas embeded for an easy access, and a choice of free plug-ins: Free Surround Zone 2 in AAX, VST and standalone harpex player. With a variety of packs available, including Applause 1, Birds 1, Fireworks 1, Forest, Announcing 1, Rain 1 and Room Tone 1, they come with template sessions for all main DAWs included.

Spheric Collection

surroundsoundlibrary – Synthetic Blend and Whoosh Bundle

The Synthetic Blend and Whoosh Library is a toolkit for creating movement, movement of objects, scene changes and/or cuts to life is not an easy thing to do. This pack features blenders, whooshes, swooshes, slides, fly-bys, rises, landings, swells and stingers. Drag and drop the 5 separate sounds into your DAW for balanced and panned surround sound – from front to rear, rear to front, left to right, right to left, or circular movement.

All files are 24-but/96Khz and come as a bundle Design Box and Construction Kit – all for €69.00

Synthetic Blend and Whoosh Bundle product page

SurroundSoundLibrary

Soundeffects.ch – IR1 Impulse Response Set

The IR1 Impulse Response Set from Soundeffects.ch lets you create real multichannel reverb from True-Stereo, 5.1 surround sound and (for the first time) Auro-3D® 11.1 Sound. This new set realises two technological achievements: the principle of creating multichannel impulse responses
as well as the creation of impulse responses for 3D sound.

With 54 sets of impulse responses ranging from domestic rooms and staircases to concert halls and theatre auditoriums, it will enable you to create natural, highly
realistic spaces for multichannel and 3D applications. Compatible with True-Stereo – optimized for TL Space and Altiverb.

Special Introductory Price: €72.00 for a single user licence (normal retail price: €86.00)

IR1 Impulse Response product page
SoundEffects website

Luftrausch – Ambience Packs

Not much information to give you on this one, but Austrian outfit Luftrausch has a range of surround atmospheres and sound effects available on their website.

Luftrausch

Noise Creations – Glass

The NoiseCreations collection ‘GLASS’ features glass debris recorded on various surfaces. Included are shard smashes, glass panes, mirrors, pint glasses, jars and bottle smashes, and footsteps, with attention to detail given in every performance of to give as many variations as possible

‘GLASS’ product page
NoiseCreations

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