HISS and a ROAR has released a free 247MB package of 24 bit 96kHz stereo sounds.
First is a brand new but redundant VHS video deck someone gave me which I promptly pulled to pieces and tortured, then are some little wind up toys that I recorded sitting on top of an old 16mm film canister. Third is a strange little prop: an antique herb grinder that I bought in a junk store, which has a great squeak that can be performed at various speeds. Fourth are some sounds I made on my modular synth – analogue synthesis is one form of religion I subscribe to – watch your bass bins is all I can say! Fifth is a green watering can – the kind of practical Xmas present you might like, but as it is metal and very resonant I managed to extract some unique sounds from it when it contained a little bit of water & I could bend the pitch of the resonance. And lastly are some very strange glass squeaks!
The sample pack is a free download for HISS and a ROAR subscribers (subscription free).
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HISS and a ROAR has announced Gale Force Wind, a new sound fx sample library.
I first began recording this new library back in January 2012 when a Northerly gale blew part of the roof off my studio neighbour. Since then I’ve recorded winds in wires and aerials, in a boat yard, on hilltops and inside World War II bunkers, as well as setting up some spooky draft situations inside houses.
I also set up a temporary aoliean harp and recorded it using contact mics. The results are a 7GB library of unique winds, many of which are as applicable to sound effects & design as they are to ambiences.
The sound library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $39 USD until December 22nd, 2012 (regular $49 USD).
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HISS and a ROAR has announced White Water, a new sample library featuring the sounds of waterfalls.
This really is an ambience library with a HISS as well as a ROAR: WHITE WATER was recorded at over a dozen locations involving waterfalls (including the mighty Huka Falls which runs at 220,000 litres per second!) rapids, rivers & mountain streams.
The new library is delivered as 24bit 96kHz multi mic ambiences with a minimum duration of three minutes each.
The sample library is available to purchase at the introductory price of $39 USD. It will be $49 USD from December 1st, 2012.
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HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of Tortured Cymbals, a 10 GB sound design library.
Just how many ways can you torture a cymbal? Well…. I set out on a year long journey to find out! I started off bowing them, progressed to manipulating them with hand tools and electric drills and ended up bending, breaking, dropping, throwing & eventually destroying them… all in the name of providing diverse & unique source material for you!
This library includes an incredibly diverse collection of tonal & atonal sounds (great food for granular processing!) ranging from the shrill to the subsonic, as well as some very strange textures and uniquely percussive impacts! The contrast between the synchronous dual contact mic and stereo high resolution Sennhesier MKH80X0 mics could not be starker.
Tortured Cymbals features
- 1,865 sounds in 138 .WAV files.
- 24bit 96kHz.
- 5.6 GB download, 10.1 GB uncompressed.
The sample library is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD through November 16th, 2012 (regular $99 USD).
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Hiss and a Roar has announced Springs, a sound fx sample library.
Traversing from literal & very powerful trampoline springs & impacts through very strange bowed & manipulated extention springs all the way to abused outboard hardware (AKG BX5, Vermona Retroverb, Doepfer A199 with an Accuphonics tank) and of course, the classic slinky – but in this case stretched across a room and recorded with a contact mic at each end!
Three sizes of thunder drums (long flexible springs attached to a drum resonator) were also hit, bowed & scraped to capture physically useful sounds as well as more evocative abstract material. This library is a diverse and inspiring collection of material that is incredibly fun to play with!
Springs is available to purchase for the introductory price of $79 USD until December 25th, 2011 (regular $99 USD).
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Hiss and a Roar has released Chimes, a sample library featuring the sounds of various chimes.
Wind chimes can be incredibly useful for colouring an ambience with subtle harmonics – I used them to great emotional effect as a nostalgic/memory device in the war film Home by Christmas. But they are also incredibly rewarding as source material for creating ambient textures and drones via processing. Bell trees and mark trees have been used over the years for many forms of ‘magical’ sounds, but their rich harmonic content does not limit their application to Disney impressions.
Recorded at 192kHz using four microphones with extended high frequency response (Sennheiser MKH800, MKH8050 and a pair of MKH8020s) this library contains a wealth of rich harmonic material, including eleven different wind chimes, ten percussion instruments (bell trees, mark trees, chime bars, glockenspeils) and four sets of bells (including some classic sleigh bells for any Christmas applications!)
The Chimes library is available to purchase in two editions:
- Ultra $99 USD – 24bit 192kHz, 4 channel (MKH800 + MKH8050 and MKH8020x2), 7.2GB download / 10.8GB uncompressed.
- Max $49 USD – 24bit 96kHz, stereo (MKH800 + MKH8050), 1.6GB download / 2.7GB uncompressed.
More information: Hiss and a Roar / Chimes
Hiss and a Roar has released Beaches, a new ambience sound library.
If you’ve ever had to sync waves to picture then you will appreciate the need for a collection of cleanly recorded waves of various scales; from gentle idyllic waterlaps to more turbulent surf. Each location in this new library was recorded to six tracks, capturing a narrow & coherent stereo image with a Sanken CSS5 microphone, a dynamic & exciting pointillistic image using a pair of Sennheiser MKH70s, and a more diffuse, brighter image using a pair of omni-directional DPA 6040 microphones.
Each ambience in the library contains a minimum of three minutes duration for each of the three sets of stereo mics, in all fourteen beach locations, along with a photo to clearly identify the setting, and GPS coordinates incase you’d like to visit on Google Earth. This library aims to provide sound editors with the ability to easily choose which location and recording/s best match the perspective and point of view of your footage. Alternatively if you need a micro-nap, hit play & transport yourself to a pristine Pacific beach, far far away…
AMB002 Beaches is available to purchase for $49 USD.
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