It’s April, and you’d be a fool if you didn’t check out this past month’s freshly released sound libraries. From quiet forests, ocean sounds, and country ambience, to war-torn future soundscapes and the introduction of a new company to the sound design community, plus a BIG contest announcement, Designing Sound’s monthly round up has you covered.
Tonsturm 12 – Quiet Forest
Tonsturm’s latest library features ambience recordings captured in the beautiful and multifaceted landscapes of the World Heritage – Müritz National Park in Germany. All sounds were recorded in discrete Auro 9.0 and are on sale for 15% through the end of April. Available in: Auro-3D® ($169) 5.0 Surround ($129), and Stereo ($89). Check the Tonsturm website for more details.
Samuel Justice – English South Downs Ambience Collection Vol. 1
The South Downs in England is a huge range of Chalk hills that covers a large amount of the southern coast of the UK. Known for its beautiful open fields and rolling hills, it’s a picturesque location that has influenced many artists and film makers. Samuel Justice has long been seeking out unknown pockets in the South Downs far away from any roads, towns and people, and capturing the pure sound these places provide. This first volume in a planned series of projects contains a selection of clips from his field recordings.
Check the Samuel Justice website for more details.
Quiet Planet – Waves
Waves are among the most universally appealing of all nature sounds. They range from the gentle wash of spring tide that gently tinkles coastal seashell shards to winter’s thundering onshore stampede of white-maned giants. This carefully recorded collection of 111 loops is classified by wave size and beach substrate (solid rock, boulder, pebble, sand) for fast and accurate sound design, and comes with two valuable guides to assist with implementation or with your own recording. Available as a digital download, or on a USB drive.
Check the Quiet Planet website for more details.
SoundMorph – Future Weapons
Inspired by some of the latest modern sci-fi films, Future Weapons takes high tech weaponry to whole other universes. Divided into two factions, “Alliance” and “Resistance,” Future Weapons sound effects create sonic signatures for both good and evil forces. Future Weapons features more than 450+ sounds and 1.75GB of 24bit/96khz sfx files, all meticulously embedded with Soundminer & Basehead metadata. Available for $59.
Check the SoundMorph website for more details.
BlastwaveFX – Sonopedia 3.0 Facebook Contest
Blastwave FX is running a very interesting contest to build up hype for their upcoming Sonopedia 3.0 library. It’ll be a general SFX library, and they promise it’s going to be big. But how big? Well, if you head to their Facebook page, post a pic hashtagged with #BlastwaveFX, and make a guess at how many sounds you think this library will include, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the library for yourself once it’s released.
Check the BlastwaveFX Facebook Page for all the details.
SkewSound – New SFX Resource
SkewSound is a new company founded by four audio artists with a wealth of experience in the game and music industries. In addition to the custom services they provide to media companies, they offer a number of high quality effect libraries for sound designers. For the month of April, they’re featuring a comedic library called TheFool at a $15 discount (use the code ‘SSFREEFOOL’ and it will be free!). And though their grand opening sale ended on the final day of March, you should still check out the newly released QWERTY, Frostbite, and Reel2Reel sample packs. (And give the Telepathy music pack a listen as well).
Check the SkewSound website for more details.