The World's First Podcast Dedicated To Sound Effects
Asbjoern Andersen from A Sound Effect has teamed up with field recordist Christian Hagelskjær of Hzandbits Sound Effects to release the first dedicated podcast all about sound effects. In this podcast they talk about sound fx both in terms of using them and sharing them yourself. So, it’s aimed at the sound pros that download sound collections, and also the field recordists and sound designers that create them. In the first episode they talk about sound effects and discuss some new indie sound libraries and their previews. They were also joined by recordist Paul Virostek from Airborne Sound for a bird’s eye view of the state of independent sound effects, and why indie SFX are so useful.
Motorcycles Of India
Community member Vijay Rathinam got in touch tell us that he has released Motorcycles Of India through Sonniss. It is a collection of 10 bikes recorded in India. Each motorcycle includes multiple recordings, from start-ups/pull aways to onboard perspectives.
Motorcycles included: Discover, 4 Stroke – TVS Apache, Karizma, TVS Scooty, Royal Enfield 350 CC, Splendor, Honda – CBR – 250, TVS Heavy Duty Super XL, Yamaha Fazer.
There are 268 recordings at 48k/24 bit and the price is $100 and you can hear some samples on the Sonnies web site.
Quiet Planet Joins The Pro Sound Effects Library
Gordon Hempton, the Emmy-winning nature recordist, has announced a partnership with Pro Sound Effects, to include his entire Quiet Planet® nature recordings catalog in the Pro Sound Effects® library and related multi-user licensing options. But you don't ned to sign up for the full package as Individual users can also purchase smaller Quiet Planet collections at Pro Sound Effects.
Gordon has spent three decades searching the globe to record nature at its most pristine and has released over 42 hours of recordings under Quiet Planet. The Pro Sound Effects Master Library 2.0 will now feature an additional 42 GB and 1,000+ sound recordings from Quiet Planet's collections including Essentials, Winds Thunder & Rain, Flowing Water, Waves, Prairies, Tropical Forests and Deciduous Forests. In addition, Quiet Planet will release several new collections each year.
The Story Behind The First Snowball Sound Effects Library
Coming up with ideas for new, useful sound effect libraries is tricky at the best of times, but Finnish sound designer Pasi Pitkänen had a really good one for his indie SFX debut: A sound effect library that captures the sound of snowball impacts across a range of surfaces. Asbjoern Andersen from A Sound Effect had a talk with him to hear what made him get into independent sound effects – and just what it took to create the world’s first snowball sound effect library:
I was actually surprised to see that nobody had done this kind of library before. I started to think about making this kind of library when I noticed that the large general SFX libraries lacked good high quality snowball impact sounds. They had a couple of sounds that I could use but I wanted to have more variation and different impact surfaces.
I recorded this library in two separate days. I made sure that I had made enough snowballs so I could have a test recording for each of the surfaces to get the sound right. Then it was just matter of throwing the snowballs onto the various surfaces, so I had pretty simple recording sessions actually. I noticed that on the second day the snowballs were pretty hard because I had to leave them outside for the night and the temperature was close to -25’C. Luckily I saved the harder surfaces for the second day so I had no problems breaking the snowballs.
You can read the full interview on the A Sound Effect Blog and Snowball Impacts is just $30 inc vat.