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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 Sep 29, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – September 2014 (Part 1)

It has been a little while since the last SFX Independence post. So many new sfx libraries have come to our attention during that time that this roundup comes in two parts, designed to make it more digestible. Part 2 will follow later in the week.

Our aim is to provide readers information about the best and most innovative independent sound effects library available, so if you’d like your recently-released library to be considered for inclusion in the next roundup, all you need to do is fill in the Independent SFX Library submission form.

Tim Nielsen – Yellowstone

The Yellowstone SFX Library comprises 120 stereo tracks, recorded at 96/24 by supervising sound editor and sound designer Tim Nielsen. This 8GB pack of sounds from the Yellowstone geothermal volcano in Wyoming, USA, includes giant geysers, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, hot springs, water streams and more.

Recorded using a SoundDevices 722, using Schoeps MS rig (CMC6 XT extended frequency bodies with an MK41/MK8 Capsule setup) and a Telinga Stereo Parabolic microphone.

Released: August 2014
Price: $50.00

Tim Nielsen on IMDB
Sonic Salute

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 | 1 comment

SFX Independence – June 2014

A quick round-up of recent releases from independent sound designers …

Sonic Salute – Rock & Roll

First up this month we come bearing gifts – an exclusive 20% off coupon for the latest Sonic Salute library pack.

ROCK & ROLL: Rock/Concrete/Metal Impacts and Dirt Debris contains over 300 LCR recordings of rolling rocks, rock and concrete impacts, dirt, debris, you name it. Basically, all the rock, with a lot of extra roll. All files are 24-bit / 192KHz and the product page has some cool info and video footage of the backstory of this collection.

Designing Sound have teamed up with Sonic Salute to give our readers 20% of this collection. Using the coupon code: ROCKTOTHEROLL20 on checkout will give you 20% off the usual $45.00 price, valid for 48 hours from the publication of this here post.

Rock & Roll product page
Sonic Salute homepage

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 | 3 comments

A Few Independent Animal Sound Libraries To Check Out

Animal Sound Design and Recording Month is coming to a close so we thought it would be neat to do a roundup of just a few of the indie SFX libraries out there that have great animal recordings.

(Disclaimer: I sourced suggestions from the Twitter community and my own experience so this list is not intended be comprehensive, simply a few strong suggestions. If you feel there is a fantastic library that we left off this list; please post it in the comments!)

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 | 7 comments

Whoosh Review

GUI3D_02In the last year, we’ve all been happy to see the slow emergence of software tools designed explicitly for sound design. The fine folks over at Tonsturm are the latest to release one such tool under the moniker Melted Sounds. Whoosh is a Reaktor based plug-in for designing, as implied by its name, complex and varied motion elements and pass-bys. The basic idea behind the tool is similar to a post here on Designing Sound by Charles Deenen, which was later built into a Kyma patch by Jean-Edouard Miclot. Whoosh simplifies the process of setting up this kind of processing chain yourself. If you’ve got Reaktor, you simply load the ensemble. The source material included with tool comes from some of the best independent sound effects libraries out there. Seriously, the list is hard to ignore. Sounds have been licensed from: Chuck Russom, Colin Hart, Tim Prebble, Jean-Edouard Miclot, Michael Raphael, Mikkel Nielsen, and Frank Bry…not to mention sounds from Tonsturm itself. It’s safe to assume that it sounds good…even if I weren’t about to tell you exactly that. Ultimately, deciding if it is a worthy addition to your toolbox is something we each have to decide individually. There are a lot of tools out there, and we all have our priorities. So, a review should be about its potential impact on workflow. Does it allow you a depth of control similar to Charles’ process at a comparable (or improved) speed?

Let’s take a look at what Whoosh can do.

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