Gregor Quendel libraries

A big welcome to Gregor Quendel

At the turn of the year, A Sound Effect releases details of the 14 best selling sound effects libraries of the year and our first contributor of 2019, Gregor Quendel, is featured on that list with his Designed Fire library. I’m delighted to announce that he’s contributed 26 sound effects to represent his innovative, experimental approach to sound design and here’s a quick run-down. Some of the sounds are from Designed Fire. We have swooshes, larger than life flames and crackles as well as a burst. Warm your ears with this one. There are also really original tonal electricity sounds, sci-fi machinery and robot sound effects. Where Gregor Quendel’s tendency for interest... »

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146 new free designed game sound effects

Game developers make up a large percentage of our user base, so making sure we have the right sounds for all your game dev needs is something we are working on daily. I was checking out some of the amazing libraries that exist out there on the web and realised, one of the sound sets we are lacking are wet splashes, plops, pops and other soggy sounds. I decided to set about creating some. One of the things I often notice in games, especially mobile games is that the sounds used are often softer than real-life sounds. One of the main reasons for this is to allow the sounds to blend into the game and not detract from the overall experience, not to dominate the audio visual landscape that the pl... »


We’re back with 52 new free sound effects

Today marks the first proper day back for us and straight into recording and creating more free sound effects. It’s been really nice to take a little time off and spend it with my family. I normally just take a few days off over Christmas, but this last year has been so busy and intense, it felt only right to take some time to relax and restore the creative energies. I have a whole backlog of sounds from our very generous contributors, but also a small backlog of my own sounds, which I have released 52 of today. Below is a short summary of what’s been uploaded: Spacecraft It was while speaking with Justin over the holidays that we decided we needed to focus on some more science fiction sound... »

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Fox Audio and FreeToUseSounds

It doesn’t seem like long ago at all that I was writing blog articles to showcase the latest contributions from Fox Audio Post production and FreeToUseSounds, not long indeed since we were welcoming Fox Audio as a new contributor. Well now both companies have given us even more sounds which I’ll give you a guided tour of below. Fox Audio Post-production The next contribution from Fox Audio features a focused collection of eleven vehicle sound effects, specifically an s-type Jaguar. Regular readers of articles in this category know that I love unusual sound effects and there are definitely some of those here. There are sounds of the mirror moving, the glove compartment opening and... »

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Alan’s Audio Avalanche

Over the last month or two, our site founder Alan has been busy producing all kinds of sound effects to add to our growing collection. The total has been growing so fast I’ve barely been able to keep up, but now that things are winding down for Christmas, I can draw level again and walk through all the new stuff that’s available. Well when I say walk through it all, there are over 680 new offerings so I’ll do my little best. Whooshing you a Merry Christmas As you may know if you follow us on Twitter or have read Alan’s last blog entry, he got himself an early Christmas present that’s great for making whooshes, which is handy really because it’s called̷... »


New free whoosh sound effects for your movies and more!

One of the sounds we often get requested by users are whooshes, sweeps and other transition sound effects. They are popular because they have a wide range of uses, from scene transitions, recreating the sound of an object passing by at speed, to enhancers for trailers, animated objects and more. As someone who loves experimenting with editing sounds, mixing and layering them up and generally playing around with synthesis, I have already added several hundred of these sounds to the library over the years. However I have found myself feeling the limitations of the software and techniques I use and wanted to find a new way of creating such sounds. A little while ago I discovered the Whoosh soun... »

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The Gamemaster Pro Sound Collection: An In-Depth Review

The Gamemaster Pro Sound Collection contains 8076 sound effects, which is all the material from all their libraries, which can also be purchased individually. When not on sale, it retails for $58.8, which works out at roughly 137 sound effects per dollar. This price includes European VAT so it may well be even cheaper where you live. Even if this was just a pack of source material, developed for sound designers to mangle and layer to their hearts’ content, it would still be, by far, the best value for money sound library I have ever come across…but it’s not just that. Before you read on, just so you know, for a limited time, get a whopping 50% off the Pro Sound Collection w... »

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A Bumper Batch from Fox Audio Post-production

Posting this blog article has been a little delayed. Two weeks ago, we were lucky enough to welcome another contributor on board – Fox Audio Post-Production. Why then has this blog article been so long in coming? Because Fox Audio has been generous enough to give us over 140 sounds and I wanted to listen through to them and evaluate them properly, which, as you can imagine, took some time. This bountiful crop of sounds comprises their household sound effects pack so all the sounds fall into the category that you’re bound to need at some point to illustrate your character/s daily routine. When I look through new sounds, the kinds of things I’m looking for tend to fall into f... »

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Welcome to West Wolf

It’s that time again when I get to write an article on one of my favorite themes – welcoming a new contributor. This time I’m delighted to announce that West Wolf has added some excellent sounds to our growing library. The collection mostly comprises ambiences, with a few other categories thrown in and this article provides a quick summary of the sound effects on offer. This new selection of around fifty sounds is diverse and what I particularly like, even before you get to listening to the audio, is that you can see what equipment was used to make some of the recordings just by looking at the links to the files. So right away you can see that the equipment quality is great... »


Eight Reasons Sound Designers Should Consider Intensity

Intensity is a plugin from a company one reviewer from Production Expert dubbed “the mad scientists at Zynaptiq” and, as anyone who knows Zynaptiq’s plugins will be able to attest, he’s not wrong, given that they have built a reputation for creating unconventional and ground-breaking software. Although, at first glance, Intensity might seem to be a plugin better suited to the music mixing and mastering market and although its effect is certainly subtler than other plugins favored by sound designers, it can have a very powerful effect on your finished product and, I firmly believe is an invaluable tool for any sound designer. Since, at the time of writing this article,... »