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Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Pushing the Boundary – Your Stories: SFX Creators, Part 6

A mic with a thick wind muff faces the propeller of a private jet.

Photo: Frank ‘The Recordist’ Bry

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In this sixth installment about how SFX creators have pushed artistic and professional boundaries, we hear from The Recordist, contortDistort, Sound Ex Machina, Pablo Valverde, and Avosound. Stay tuned for more stories from our community later this week and next week.

What is your name, and who are your team members/co-creators?

The Recordist @the_recordist: My name is Frank Bry and I own and operate The Recordist.

contortDistort @contortDistort: Christian Kjeldsen, and I’m currently a solo operation.

Sound Ex Machina @soundexmachina: Hello there, thanks for having us! My name is Kostas Loukovikas and my co-creators are John Varelidis and Nick Zlatko.

Pablo Valverde @Valvertronix: My name is Pablo Valverde and I work alone, unless I need someone else.

Avosound @avosoundsfx: Guido Helbling.

When was a time you felt you pushed the boundaries to capture the perfect sound effect?

The Recordist: Back in 2009 I had a tendency to record in dangerous locations or perform risky actions to record sound effects. Whether it was crawling around a steep rock quarry cliff with a boom pole and a microphone, recording close up gigantic fire bursts, or setting off explosives, I tried to capture the “unique character” of the moment. I have since mellowed with my older age, but I still strive for that “once in a lifetime” sound event. I record lots of thunder and lightning and found that it’s hit and miss most of the time, but I have devised ways to effectively capture the wide dynamic range of thunderstorms. I had to build devices and create special locations to keep the recording gear safe while still capturing the raw power of thunder effectively.

Also, back then the Sennheiser 8000 series microphones were not widely used for recording sound effects. After a good friend sent me some sound effects he had recorded with the microphone, I was hooked. I was one of the very first vendors to release sounds using those microphones, and since then they have really caught on. Some wonderful material has been released by many people using this setup.

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 | 0 comments

New SFX Libraries: May Recap

Men stand outside a van recording the rainforest ambience of Papua New Guinea.

Photo: Tim Prebble

If you are releasing a new SFX library and you would like it to be included in our recap, send us the details with our SFX Independence Submission Form. Please only notify us of libraries that were released within the last month or substantially updated.


There was a record number of submissions last month with 21 new libraries, and two of them are free! So if you’re looking for sounds of bicycles, vinyl records, quiet mountain soundscapes, African wildlife, chainsaws, race cars, creeks, shotguns, mysterious cupboards, glaciers, German ambiences, metal and wood hits, lawn tools, creeks, forest reverb impulse responses, prairie winds, washing machines, grappling tournaments, terrifying screams, and electronic and mechanical devices, then you’ve come to the right place.


Bicycles by Lilesoundlibrary
Who would have guessed a bicycle could sound like an angry sewing machine? Bicycles by Lilesoundlibrary brings out many interesting sounds from this popular two-wheeled vehicle. With chattering, hissing, crunching, spinning, and tones from all across the body, you might think twice before putting in ear buds before your next ride. The library even includes the bicycle pump, stand, pedals, saddle, horn, and bells, as well as riding ambiences to make this a library ready for implementation or manipulation.
(125 WAV files, 2 GB, 24-bit/96kHz)


Desolation Soundscapes by Avosound
Desolation Soundscapes by Avosound will chill you to the bone. These recordings feature the bleak soundscapes of the mountain ranges of Tibet, Switzerland and New Zealand, as well as the abandoned fjords of Iceland. These 31 tracks display nature’s “white noise” by focusing on silence, free of tourists, birds, and especially planes, and they can stand on their own or be the padding ambience for your project. With over an hour of 5.1 and stereo sounds, there are plenty of variations to choose from.
(31 WAV files, 24-bit/96kHz)

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 | 0 comments

New SFX Libraries: March Recap

A pair of headphones hang on a long line in a rolling field. Article by Adriane Kuzminski.


If you are releasing a new SFX library and you would like it to be included in our recap, send us the details through our SFX Independence Submission Form. However, please notify us of libraries that were released within the last month or substantially updated, since we will not include old libraries that are on sale.

Last month, we had the most submissions I’ve seen since taking over these recaps six months ago. There are sounds of snowpocalypse, machinery hums, granular and rotational noise, expanding Reaktor libraries, handwriting, whooshes, copyright-free broadcasts, drones, destruction, Catalan ambiences, excited dogs, and new glitchy and experimental libraries for Ableton Live. So, let’s get on with it and check out these new libraries from our community.


Snowman HD Professional by The Recordist
Ho, ho, ho, Merry.. wait? It’s Spring! And this means your chance to capture snow sound effects is over! (Unless you’re in the path of Winter Storm Ursula.) But if corn starch just won’t cut it, check out Snowman HD Professional by Frank “The Recordist” Bry. This library goes far and beyond the usual crunchy footsteps and snowball fights. It contains avalanche-quality slides and impacts, as Frank recorded his tractor dumping chunks of snow and piles sliding off his metal roof. He also included many gentler sounds in this library with powdery impacts, light debris and icy sprays as well as the simulated sounds of bodies and tires interacting with snow. If you purchase this library, I suggest you take Frank’s advice and pitch-bend these sounds for some real winter crunch!
(339 Stereo/Mono WAV files, 823.4MB, 24bit/96kHz)

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 | 0 comments

New SFX Libraries: January Recap

Dusk sets over rolling hills populated by log cabins and pines freshly burdened with snow. Article by Adriane Kuzminski.

Photo retrieved from Pixabay.

If you are releasing a new SFX library and you would like it to be included in our recap, please send us the details through our SFX Independence Submission Form.

As we move onto February, let’s take a walk through the days of internet yore and listen to the libraries released last month. We have a range of sound effects to include unique impulse responses, crunchy, grainy synths layers, candid urban and rural life, elements traveling through pipes, and plenty of precipitation to drench your watery scenes.


Fringe Elements by The Coil
This is crunchiness at its finest. Fringe Elements by The Coil has distorted, pulsating textures that make you feel as if your old IBM PC evolved in its landfill and is now stalking you. This library contains 225 heavily processed sounds such as noise, FX, distortions, rhythmic textures, and ghostly atmospheres that when layered on a mix will surely transform it. This library is also hearty enough to create the foundation for you to express that granulated punch you feel in your stomach.
(225 WAV files, 800 MB, 24bit/48kHz)


Storm Lake HD Pro by The Recordist
Have you ever had a day on the beach where the waves were perfect but your wind muff just wasn’t having it? Lament no longer, because ‘The Recordist‘ Frank Bry has your back. During a northerly storm last October, winds wooshed across the lake at 25 to 45 mph and Frank captured the clear waves that ensued. With his Schoeps MK4 and MK8, he caught them crashing against the docks, beaches and rocky shorelines. What better way to spend a day at the beach? Also, to celebrate the winter’s halfway point in Idaho, The Recordist is having a sale with a 25% storewide discount.
(16 WAV files, 1.42 GB, 24bit/96kHz)

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Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 | 0 comments

New SFX Libraries: December Recap

Two women kiss on a foggy European destination street with blue and white light displays, secluded from the others walking down the road. Article by Adriane Kuzminski.

Photo credits: “Long time no see” by Zlatko Vickovic

If you are releasing a new SFX library and you would like it to be included in our recap, please send us the details through our SFX Independence Submission Form. Now excuse me as I mourn Alan Rickman.

I know I’ve let half the month go by again without the recap, but – what can I say? – buying a new house means a lot of moving and planning and building and raking and adopting a dog – you know, living the American Dream or something. However, February is not yet upon us, and 2015 still needs a proper wrap-up! So I present to you the libraries which became available to our ears last month. There is an assortment of big vehicles, massive drones, fat 8-bit SFX, giant monsters and.. was that a monk?


Motorsports 1 by Airborne Sound
Many car sound libraries exist – they are fun to record, after all – but Paul Virostek and his Airborne Sound studio have offered us something slightly different. Motorsports 1 contains 241 recordings of high-performance cars during nine races at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal and the Exhibition Place in Toronto. These aren’t the jerks who speed down your street at 3am. These pros fly around the track like giant android hornets, growling and sputtering with explosive backfires as they accelerate. This library features the Formula One, Ferrari Challenge, IndyCar and Pro Mazda – with single performances from each car – as well as yellow flags and formation laps from various recording positions. The tracks have also been mastered to remove distracting noises such as crowd reactions and helicopters, and naturally the library includes Soundminer data. With a “1” in the title, we know we can look forward to hearing more from this series.
(241 WAV files, 4.87 GB, 24bit/96kHz)


Ultra Drones by 3maze
Going the extra mile in a project can often go unnoticed by others and feel like a waste of time. However, with a solid plan and interesting data to support it, this effort can result in charm and distinction. Peter Smith and his 3Maze studio produced this magic in their new library, Ultra Drones. Containing 27 ambient drones, this library blends synthetic and acoustic personalities through a mixture of atypical techniques. The tracks were first designed with FM and analogue synthesizers, then re-recorded at freezing temperatures in a 300 foot-long concrete tunnel. The resulting tracks emote other-worldly dissonances, ones that might creep through the windows of an isolated cabin or represent the unease of being inside a living cybernetic Cylon Raider. These drones will make your stomach drop and likely add the right amount of anxiety to your project.
(27 WAV files, 2.32 GB, 24bit/96kHz)

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