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New Sound Lab releases NSL012 Floppy Drives sound library

New Sound Lab Floppy Drives

New Sound Lab has announced NSL012 Floppy Drives, a sound library featuring recordings of seven computer disk drives: two 3.5″ floppy drives, one 5.25″ floppy drive, three Zip drives, and one SuperDisk drive.

All drives were taken apart to access and manipulate the stepper/eject motors to create unique sounds. These range from electronic percussive bleeps and glitchy noises, to electromechanical motor movements.

An Arduino UNO microcontroller board was connected to one of the 3.5″ floppy drives, allowing precise control of the drive’s stepper motor via custom software code. A midi keyboard was interfaced to the system, giving the ability to control the back-and-forth movement of the read/write heads via notes on the keyboard. This esentially turned the drive into an instrument, producing a new set of sounds not existing in the drive’s normal functions.

Sounds were captured using a pair of induction coil pickups, Barcus Berry contact mics, and a Sanken CSS-5 shotgun microphone, into a Sound Devices 702 recorder.

Floppy Drives features

  • 665 sounds in 155 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (135 mono / 20 stereo).
  • Library size is 1.2 GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software Metadata.
  • PDF included.

The sound library is available to purchase for $45 USD.
More information: New Sound Lab / Floppy Drives

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New Sound Lab releases NSL011 L.A. Freeways

New Sound Lab L.A. Freeways

New Sound Lab has launched L.A. Freeways, a new sound fx sample library.

Los Angeles is well-known for having some of the largest and most traveled freeways in the United States. This library captures the traffic ambience on the massive freeways that run through the Greater L.A. area including: US-101 (Hollywood Freeway), I-405 (San Diego Freeway), I-5 (Golden State Freeway), I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway), I-110 (Harbor Freeway), SR-134 (Ventura Freeway), and SR-2 (Glendale Freeway).

Multiple perspectives were recorded, from close vehicle pass bys to distant traffic ambience captured from city parks, surrounding hillsides, tunnels and underpasses. Traffic types range from fast pass bys, to slow and congested traffic.

Sounds were captured with a Sanken CSS-5 Stereo Shotgun mic in both stereo mode (115 degree pickup area) and stereo wide mode (140 degree pickup area). The shotgun microphone was mounted in a full Rycote windshield kit and connected to a Sound Devices 702 recording at 192khz.

The sound library costs $40 USD.

More information: New Sound Lab / L.A. Freeways

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New Sound Lab releases Optical Drives sound fx library

New Sound Lab has launched Optical Drives, a sound fx sample library featuring the sounds of optical drives.

NSL10 Optical Drives

This library features recordings of computer optical disc drives (two internal desktop CD/DVD-R and one internal laptop slim CD/DVD-R slot-load).
Two induction coil pickups were used to record the electromagnetic fields emitted by the drives, capturing a very unique set of sounds and textures. These range from sharp percussive bleeps, glitchy static and noise, to electromechanical motor sounds, and drones. You’ll find use for many applications, including UI interface design, transitions, sci-fi, robot/servo sounds, technology, and computer sound effects.

Recordings include all functions of the DVD drives, e.g. disc loading, reading, writing/burning, spin up/down, errors, and disc ejecting. Also, each drive was taken apart and manipulated to create additional sounds. The signal chain for this library consists of a pair of induction coil pickups, Barcus Berry 4000XL preamps, and a Sound Devices 702.

NSL10 Optical Drives features

  • 96 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (75 mono / 21 stereo).
  • Library size is 3.0GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
  • Metadata PDF included.

The sample library costs $40 USD.

More information: New Sound Lab / Optical Drives

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New Sound Lab releases NSL009 Spring Reverb sample library

New Sound Lab has announced the release of NSL009 Spring Reverb, a unique sound effect library of metallic hits, clangs, scrapes, plucks, and rattles from playing a spring reverb like a percussion instrument.

New Sound Lab Spring Reverb

This library features recordings created using a “Knas Ekdahl Moisturizer”, a boutique spring reverb effects unit where three reverb springs are exposed, allowing them to be hit, played, and manipulated in real time. The unit also includes a multi-mode analog filter, and when combined with the playability of the springs, opens up many sound creation options.

The result is a unique sound effect library of massive metallic hits, clangs, scrapes, plucks, bounces, and rattles. The springs were played like a percussion instrument, using a collection of found objects, such as hammers, mallets, allen wrenches, forks, and plastic / metal rods. The springs were also stretched to alter the pitch, and objects were placed on the springs, much like a prepared piano, to alter the sound.

Spring Reverb features

  • 872 sounds in 85 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (mono).
  • Library size is 2.6 GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
  • Metadata PDF included.

The sound library is available to purchase for $35 USD.

More information: New Sound Lab / Spring Reverb

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New Sound Lab releases NSL008 Hard Drives sound library

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New Sound Lab has released NSL008 Hard Drives, a sound library featuring recordings of four hard disk drives.

All essential hard drive sounds are included (boot up, read/write/copy/delete, power down) that will work great for general computer sounds and ambience.

Additionally, each hard drive was opened up, manipulated, and ultimately destroyed to create a collection of raw, abstract and unique sounds. Found materials such as metal, cardboard, plastic, and tools were used to control the hard drive’s motor, platter, and head actuator. These sounds work especially well for creating the sounds of mechanical robot movements, electric motors, and futuristic machinery.

New Sound Lab Hard Drives
Sounds were captured with a Sanken CSS-5 Shotgun mic in mono mode, and an Aquarian H2A Hydrophone, using a contact mic adapter into a Sound Devices 702 recording at 24bit, 192khz.

NSL008 Hard Drives features

  • 80 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit – 192khz (mono).
  • Library size is 1.8GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
  • Metadata PDF included.

The sound library is available to purchase for $30 USD.

More information: New Sound Lab / Hard Drives

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New Sound Lab releases Hybrid Electric Car sample library

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New Sound Lab has released NSL007 Hybrid Electric Car, a sample library featuring a collection of exterior and interior sounds from a 2007 Toyota Prius.

NSL007 Hybrid-Electric Car

A majority of the recording was conducted at El Mirage Lake, a six mile long dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert, 90 miles north of Los Angeles. This barren landscape, unique for its miles of completely flat terrain, is a popular filming location for automobile commercials and feature films.

The recording sessions took place late in the evening and early in the morning, when the surroundings were completely silent. An ample collection of exterior pass bys, starts, and stop recordings on pavement, gravel, and dry lake bed are included. Speeds range from 5MPH to 80MPH from only running on the electric motor/battery pack, to pushing the Prius’ gas engine towards it’s max. Other sounds such as washer/wipers, electric motor and gas engine idling complete the collection.

Sounds were captured with a Sanken CSS-5 Stereo Shotgun mic. The shotgun microphone was mounted in a full Rycote windshield kit and connected to a Sound Devices 702 recording at 96khz.

NSL007 Hybrid-Electric Car features

  • 100 stereo Broadcast Wave files at 24bit 96khz.
  • Library size is 1.5GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
  • Metadata PDF included.

The NSL007 Hybrid-Electric Car library is available to purchase for $30 USD.

More information: New Sound Lab / Hybrid Electric Car

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New Sound Lab releases Pacific Ocean & Chorus Echo 501 sample packs

New Sound Lab has released NSL005 Pacific Ocean and NSL006 Chorus Echo 501, two new sample libraries.

New Sound Lab Pacific Ocean

NSL005 Pacific Ocean features recordings of the Pacific Ocean at various locations along the beach within Refugio State Park.

The incoming waves collide with large rock formations, creating great wave impacts and rushing water through small channels and hollow rocks. A variety of mic placements at various distances from the ocean were used, from directly over the water to larger distances, recording ambience behind massive rock walls and inside natural beach caves. In addition, a hydrophone captured underwater currents from waves splashing into small tide pools on the rocks.

NSL005 Pacific Ocean features

  • 55 Broadcast Wave files at 24bit 96khz (38 stereo and 17 mono).
  • Library size is 2.24 GB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata, compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer and other sound library management software.
  • Metadata PDF included.
New Sound Lab Chorus Echo 501

NSL006 Chorus Echo 501 features the classic 1980′s era Roland Chorus Echo RE 501 captured in 24bit 192khz HD format.

This library features 217 sounds processed by a mint condition Chorus Echo RE-501, including metal impacts, church bells, chainsaws, voices, and water. In addition, self-oscillation sounds from the RE-501 are included. All of these sounds can be used in a wide variety of ways and work well for both sound design and music production. The combination of the 192khz high resolution sample rate and the tape saturation/warmth from the Chorus Echo make these samples sound great when pitch shifted and/or time stretched, even at extreme settings.

NSL006 Chorus Echo 501 features

  • 217 Mono Broadcast Wave files at 24bit 192khz.
  • Library size is 859 MB.
  • All files are organized and tagged with metadata compatible with Pro Tools, Audiofinder, Soundminer.
  • Metadata PDF included.

Both libraries are available to purchase for $25 USD each.

More information: New Sound Lab

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