New Sound Lab launches Holiday Sale

New Sound Lab has announced a Holiday Sale, offering a discount on its sound fx sample libraries for a limited time.

New Sound Lab Holiday Sale 2014

New Sound Lab is an independent sound library download site for sound designers, created by Tor Johnson. The site offers high resolution (up to 192khz) sound effects for film, music, games and other multimedia applications.

The sale ends December 1st, 2014.

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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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