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
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!)
In 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.
Short and sweet for the final roundup of 2013.
SoundMorph Winter Sale
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
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.
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.
In comparison to the swathe of releases and sales through the summer months, September has been an altogether quieter affair on the SFX library front. The following libraries are all available to purchase/sample now.
SONIC SALUTE – Car Doors: Exteriors – Open and Close
Sonic Salute’s new library requires little explanation. ‘Car Doors: Exteriors – Open and Close’ is a collection of almost 80 (mono) files of scrapheap-bound car doors opening and closing. It’s available now for $15.
RABBIT EARS AUDIO – REA013 Bridgett Tones
Rabbit Ears Audio have collaborated with game audio specialist Rob Bridgett to launch two new libraries under the Bridgett Tones moniker. REA013.1 Room Tones is a collection of interior ambiences, whilst the companion REA013.2 Air Tones provides a mixture of exterior ambiences. Bridgett Tones is available as a 16bit / 24KHz library pack for $50, or $25.00 for each pack.
BOOM LIBRARY – Nature Essentials by Gordon Hempton
Those busy folks at Boom have collaborated with Emmy award-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton to lanuch ‘Nature Essentials’. This collection of is the first in a series compiled from almost three decades-worth of recordings by Hempton. ‘Nature Essentials’ is intended to provide an exhaustive range of nature’s wonderful ambiences; streams, rivers, wildlife and thunder, to name but a few. This 3GB library is available for purchase now, through Boom (€149.00) and also via Hempton’s own Quiet Planet company.