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SoundWorks Collection: Lionel Train Recording

In a new entry in their podcast series, SoundWorks Collection speaks to Michael Raphael of Rabbit Ears Audio and Rudy Trubitt, Director of Audio for Lionel Trains. They discuss Rudy and Michaels experiences in sourcing new steam whistles for Lionel’s new products, exploring the challenges presented in recording the high-SPL steam whistles and the recording techniques they used,  as well as finding unique sounds to fit Lionel’s specific needs.

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – February 2015

The first SFX Independence edition of 2015 is here, with a whole host of new and recently-released sfx packs, and a few special offers.

Don’t forget to use the SFX Independence Submission Form if you’ve got an independent sfx collection that’s recently or about to be, released.

Tone Manufacture

New York Ambiences

A collection of 38 stereo files, recorded as 24 bit 48 kHz Broadcast WAVs and featuring interior and exterior ambience recordings made in New York. Spanning streets and museums, subways and the Staten Island Ferry.

Presenting over three hours of recordings, New York Ambiences contains different perspectives of the city – the distinctively dynamic New York traffic and the quiet and loud sides of New York’s museums.

Price: £35.00 (excluding taxes)

New York Ambiences product page
Tone manufacture

Bonson

Wings

Bonson present their first library, Wings. From tiny insects to small birds, from fairies to dragons, Wings offers over 1400 files spread over two packs. The Design pack includes 180 files and the Source pack offers more than 1200.

Meticulously recorded, edited with patience, and mastered with love, all files have appropriate filenames and complete Soundminer Metadata.

Price: $99.00 (96 kHz), $129.00 (192 kHz)

Wings product page

Audiomodern

Abuser

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Audiomodern introduce Abuser – a powerful hybrid analog virtual instrument for NI Kontakt. Featuring 1.538 pristine audio samples, direct from the Sherman filterbank, a filter effect box with unique tube sound overdrive. All the source material comes from recordings of various devices feeding into the Sherman filterbank – No software based distortion emulators were used in the creation of these sounds.

The Abuser instrument is packed full of analogue modelled effects, powerful LFO’s and envelopes, and is able to create a huge range of sounds, from filthy basses with extremely low frequencies and leads to futuristic electronica, distorted leads, mellow saturated melodic Poly-Synths and everything in between.

The full feature set of Abuser is available on the Audiomodern website.

Price: Currently €29.00 (usual price €39.00)

Abuser product page
Audiomodern

Red Libraries

Water Rush

An intriguing library to kick off: 30 experienced swimmers recorded for your war or sports scenes involving water. This collection from Red Libraries features 220 Elements & Ambiences in stereo and mono Wave files, 24-bit / 96kHz.

Price: $115.00

Water Rush product page

Chuck Russom FX

Beeps: Volume 2

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Available as a free upgrade to those who purchased the original version, Beeps: Volume 2 features 250 all-new designed hi tech beeps and interface sounds ready to drop into your project. Included are confirmation tones, error tones, menu navigation tones, and interface transition sounds. Everything you need for your game menus, sci-fi projects, computer interface screens, or other hi tech equipment.

Priced at $35.00, check the Beeps: Volume 2 product page for full details.

SampleTraxx

Raptus

Raptus is a sample pack featuring 100+ cutting-edge cinematic sound effects. Created as a perfect tool to complement any sound artist, trailer editor, video games sound designer, or soundtrack composer in need of distorted impacts, mutilated drums, resonating brass hits, synth shifters, or drones and textures.
A great tool for forward thinking artist with an out of the box approach.

Price: $25.41 (including tax)

Raptus product page
Sample Traxx

BOOM Library

Debris

Debris is full of just what you’d expect from the title: falling, breaking, tearing, rumbling, rattling, clattering of glass, dirt, foam, gravel, metal, paper, plastic, porcelain, rocks, sand, wood, even trash. Featuring both single and combined recordings.

This collection is presented as more than 1.800 SFX, delivered in more than 350 files. The “Construction Kit” version holds the source recordings while the “Designed” version comes with pre-designed, ready-to-use sounds. Each is available separately or as part of a bundle.

Price: €199.00

DEBRIS product page

Cars – SUVs & VANS

With over 20 GB of sounds, BOOM presents another addition to their vehicles sfx library collection. Presented in this collection are long takes of multi-channel car engine sounds and drive-bys with a comprehensive collection of interior handling sounds such as indicators, ventilation, pedal break, seatbelt moves.

Price: €249.00

CARS – SUVs & VANS product page
BOOM Library

Arrowhead Audio

Classic Car Pass Bys

The Classic Car Pass Bys pack contains 232 recordings of passbys from classic cars such as the Austin 7, Bentley MK VI, Ferrari F40, Jaguar E-Type and many more. Each recording is stereo and is captured and delivered in 24-bit 96kHz.

Price: £20.00

Classic Car Pass Bys product page
Arrowheads

The Noise Bureau

Jaguar F-Type

Presenting multitrack onboard and Stereo external recordings of the Jaguar F-Type 3.0 Litre 380Hp Supercharged Soft top being put through its paces.

263 individual sound files at 96 kHz 24bit and totalling 7 GB. This collection also features recordings of acceleration and deceleration ramps, with a tip to those implementing for game audio.

Price: £130.00

Jaguar F-Type product page
The Noise Bureau

SoundMorph

Richard Devine’s Modular UI

Modular UI is an advanced user interface library designed by world renowned sound designer and musician Richard Devine.

Designed and sourced entirely from Richard Devine’s personal and exclusive Eurorack modular synths and processors collection, the Modular UI soundpack combines the retro, clean sound of analog with the futuristic tech of the new wave of advanced analog and digital synthesis from modular synths, evoking flashbacks of iconic sound design heard in both classic and modern sci-fi films.

Modular UI features 1,000+ sounds, 400+ files and 5.7Gb of 24bit/96khz .WAV files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer & Bashead metadata, including: FM Hybrid Gestures, Solo Beeps and FM Confirm Tones.

Price: $99.00

Richard Devine’s Modular UI product page
Richard Devine Interview

CA Sounds

The Battle Crowd Collection

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One of the most extensive battle crowd and civilian sound effects libraries on the internet, ‘Battle Crowds’ was recorded entirely at 24-bit / 96kHz, and contains over 500+ royalty-free source files and thousands of sonic variations.

This collection of pre-edited source recordings has everything you need to audibly re-construct just about any type of battle or civil-unrest scene.

Price: $249.00

The Battle Crowds Collection product page

Airborne Sound

Various

Three new libraries from Airborne Sound:

Fairground Sound Effects
More than 70 fairground sound clips in over 7 gigabytes of audio, featuring crowds, amusements, ride ambiences ride ambiences and more.

Price: $49.00

Freight Train 1 Sound Effects
A collection of 25 freight train sound effects, including locomotive engine and freight car manoeuvers.

Price: $21.00

Passenger Trains Sound Effects 1
A collection of passenger and commuter trains. 57 takes of interior and exterior locomotives and cars.

Price: $27.00

Fairground Sound Effects product page
Freight Train 1 Sound Effects product page
Passenger Train Sound Effects 1 product page

Hzandbits

Excited Electrons

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Hzandbits Sound Effects releases Excited Electrons – a collection of 121 files/399MB of electronic noise and interference sound effects in 24bit/96kHz mono.

Here are the chaotic, squealing, squelching insides of everyday electronic apparatus, such as cell phones, laptops, MiniDisc players and battery drills. Drones, tones, buzzes, crackles, static and hum of all sorts. Recorded with induction coils/telephone pickups, these sounds are excellent sound design material.

Price: $31.00

Excited Electrons product page
HzandBits

Mechanical Wave

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Mechanical Wave are a new independent sfx company out of Quebec City who have recently launched with a range of libraries, from basic Foley, to impacts, ambiences and sci-fi.

Prices range from $10.00 to $45.00

Mechanical Wave

RDGSoundFX

Tortured Zither

Doing exactly what is says on the tin, Tortured Zither features recordings of an old zither being plucked, scraped, hit, and shaken.

Captured with a combination of Barcus Berry contact microphones and Neumann U87s, all sounds are in stereo 24-bit 96 khz Broadcast Wave format.

Price: $40.00

Tortured Zither product page
RDGSoundFX

echo collective: fields

quiet spaces

quiet spaces is a collection of recordings of people gathered in rooms of various sizes and not talking.

echo collective: fields have put together a new library, part of which was recorded… in a library! Microphones were discreetly placed from a backpack onto empty tables in various libraries. Also captured were an entire class taking a test. Quiet Spaces is ideally suited to filling ambiences that require groups of people together who are mostly silent.

Price: $30.00 (Full), $20.00 (Lite)

Quiet spaces product page
echo collective: fields

Sergey Eybog

Urban Russia

Urban Russia captures the atmospheric sound of modern-day Russia. Featuring sounds captured in streets, parks, subways, a museum and a bookstore (among others). This collection presents 149 sound clips recorded in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, Russia – with a total of 6.5 hours of recordings included.

Price: $96.80 (including tax)

Urban Russia product page

Mode Audio

Hover – Drones & Textures

Mode Audio’s new collection is 100 richly detailed sonic atmospheres. Calling on a host of exciting source material (from classic synth waveforms, electric guitars and noise generators to field recordings, household percussion), these SFX samples are as applicable to film, TV and game soundtracks as they are to EDM and Dance Music.

Price: £15 / $22.66 / €19.53 (Currently offering 3 for the price of 2 on all packs)

Hover – Drones & Textures product page
Mode Audio

Joshua Reinhardt

The Ultimate Footstep Collection

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5GB+ of high-quality Foley footstep recordings from Foley Supervisor Joshua Reinhardt (WILDFIRE STUDIOS). Presenting boots, dress shoes, flats, heels and sneakers in a variety of performances on all kinds of surfaces.

Price: $199.00

The Ultimate Footstep Collection product page

Soundopolis

Foley Plus

Foley Plus is a massive collection of sounds taken from sound designer David Fienup’s personal sound library and Pro Tools sessions. These sounds have been precisely edited, mastered, and arranged, and populated with rich metadata descriptions and tags, so they can be easily found using any asset management or browser search software.

Check the website for a full breakdown of the sounds in this collection.

Price: $150.00

Foley Plus product page
Soundopolis

3maze

The Kitchen

Kickstart your Foley collection with ‘The Kitchen’. 154 sounds of blending, boiling, frying, chopping, toasting, dishwashing, and a whole raft of other actions are included here, at a 24-bit as either WAV or AIFF files.

Price: $25.00

Other recently-released titles from 3maze include High Impact and Cinematic Swoosh. Check the 3maze website for full details.

The Kitchen product page
High Impact product page
Cinematic Swoosh product page
3maze

Brandon Seyboth Audio

Electric Noise

A royalty-free collection of strange and abstract recordings of noise generated by electrical devices, such as old CRT TVs, laptops, AC adapters, lights, etc. There is a variety of unnatural whines, moans, buzzes, and shrieks of various textures.

Manufacturer’s disclaimer:
All the recordings are mono, which isn’t my preference, but is the nature of how they were captured. The recordings are pretty low-fidelity, despite the 24/96 resolution. This is the unavoidable nature of how the recordings were made, and is not due to a failing.

89 files, totalling 1 hour 27 minutes of audio
Recorded and mastered at 24-bit/96 KHz

Electric Noise product page
Brandon Seyboth Audio

Tim Nielsen

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Ether

After September’s Yellowstone, there are two new collections from Skywalker Sound’s Tim Nielsen. Ether is an offbeat gathering of “weird statics, data and telemetry beeps, the EMF signatures of things such as rack mount gear, LCD screens, telephones, computers.” The recordings are presented au natural, without any post processing.

Price: $72.00 including taxes

Ether product page

Tim Nielsen and Jeff Davis

Earth Mother Communicator

Another one from Tim Nielsen, this time in collaboration with sound designer Jeff Davis. Massive and unusual metal-induced reverbs is the name of the game with this collection, which has practical applications in bridging the boundaries between sound design and music.

Price: $90.00 including taxes

Earth Mother Communicator product page

New Sound Lab

NSL013 3D Printer

This library features recordings from a Printrbot 3D printer with four NEMA 14 stepper motors. The high torque motors connected to a pulley system control the X-Y-Z movements of the aluminium extruder and metal print bed.

The resulting sounds are a mix of grainy, gritty atonal patterns, robotic percussive bleeps, glitchy digital beeps/clicks, low fidelity drones, and chaotic noise. Both raw recordings, and processed elements are included and ready for further sound manipulation.

Price: $49.00

3D Printer product page

SoundBits

Just Metal- Squeaks & Moans is the latest collection from SoundBits. Featuring tons of nasty metal squeaks, squeals, moans, slides, Soundbits have collaborated with David Klaschka to present a heavy duty metal on metal action as and when needed.

All sounds are delivered as BWF tagged, 24Bit, 96kHz WAV files
Number of files/sounds: 706 files / 950 sounds
Total Size: 1,87 GB

Price: $35.00

You can also find these recently-released collections from SoundBits: Just Transitions /
Just Metal – Scrapes & Scratches / Just Impacts – Simple / Just Impacts – Processed / Just Impacts – Designed / Kinetic Design FX

SoundBits.de

TONSTURM

The Whoosh Processed Expansion Pack

They say you can never have too many whooshes and Tonstrum are proving that theory right with their ‘The Whoosh – Processed Expansion Pack’, which offers a selection of sound effects shaped and processed using the Kyma Pacarana Workstation and source material. It is a collection realized in collaboration with Georg Rohbeck and Jedsound, and comes in two flavours: Analog & Digital.

Customers of The Whoosh library are entitled to an update discount and should have received their coupon code via email.

Price: $84.00 (Original), $129.00 (Original + Processed)

The Whoosh – Expansion Pack product page
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Bony Stoev

Impacts & Whoosh Sounds

This collection features a wide selection of metallic, massive, brutal and futuristic impact and whoosh sound effects. All sounds have been created by using diverse synths, effects and sample manipulation.

Full details available on the website.

Price: $45.98 (including taxes)

Impacts & Whoosh Sounds product page

Detunized

Abandoned Shelters – The Danish Bunker Coast

Available for a couple of months now, Abandoned Shelters – Danish Bunker Coast features mysterious and eerie sounds recorded in and around WW2 bunker relicts along the Danish West Coast.

Abandoned Shelters – The Danish Bunker Coast contains 71 high quality audio files recorded on 8 different locations along the Danish west coast. Each take is at least 2 minutes long and has Broadcast compatible descriptions embedded.

Price: $66.55 (including taxes)

Abandoned Shelters product page
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Alvaro Deiscar

Gym Machines & Ambiences

This collection of 59 sounds, include a variety of ambiences, machines, and Foley sounds recorded in Spanish gyms.

96Khz and 24 bits of HD audio featuring Room Tones, Designed Ambiences and Machines noises (including elliptical trainers, running machines, pilates balls, punches, weights machines, treadmills, vibrating platforms).

All the files have metadata embedded for Soundminer and similar programs. Descriptions are in Spanish and English.

Price: €18.03

Gym Machines and Ambiences product page

Surround Sound Library

Sci-fi Ambiences Surround

Created to give productions a ”next generation” feel, Sci-Fi Ambiences Surround can help bring your SFX library to the next level with more than 50 ready-to-use sci-fi ambiences in 5.0 surround and over 120 in stereo.

Perfectly balanced surround sounds for easy integration in games, cinematics & radio plays, all sounds are royalty free and instantly downloadable.

Price: $69.00

Sci-fi Ambiences product page
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Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 | 0 comments

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.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 | 0 comments

An Acousmatic Invitation

Blind Man's Buff, by Eugene Pierre Francois Giraud

Blind Man’s Buff, by Eugene Pierre Francois Giraud

An epiphany

Silence! Be quiet! Because listening is active, because the birds have already left but their sound still reverberates. Silent all ears that listen, stunned by the noise that is gone but still relishes. The soundtrack? Our life! That one of changes, transition, mutation and mysteries, that one able to peer into the recesses of the deepest realities, responsible for questioning the apparent manifestations of the abstract and the concrete to go into unexpected territories of consciousness. These are the realities of sound phenomena, the challenges of searching for a continuous vibration, a pure sonic experience.

Let the mind travel around 2.500 years ago: we’re here in the Pythagorean School, waiting for the teacher to lead us into the most unlikely truths of the cosmic harmony. Our eyes are eager, the heart rumbles and a curtain, the veil of listening, can be seen on the horizon. Suddenly, a voice is heard, the teaching begins. The eyes, yet expectant, cry for the face of the talking master, who is not (and will not) on the retina. The curtain is still there and is the only visual reference for the sounds being heard. The voices possibly emerge from the cloisters of the mind or perhaps from the same shadows in the curtain, where the teacher continues his mission.

Silence! Be quiet! Because the sound is active, the akousma has emerged and the sonic code is already running through the mazes of the passions and the cusps of thinking. Slowly and without seeing, the oral reality becomes symphony, opening the doors to an intimate universe, the acousmatic. The teaching behind the curtain now makes sense and invisibility brings a message to the cochlea that is impatient because of its blindness. Over time it gets calmed, the world of sound is clear and the government of tongue and thought becomes possible, and with them also the desires and the scars of those memories that despite of being absent, still hit the listener’s soul.

And so, behind the curtain, sitting in silence, the initiation begins.

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