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


HISS and a ROAR releases Wet Traffic sound library

Hiss and a Roar Wet Traffic

HISS and a ROAR has announced the release of Wet Traffic, a 11.3GB ambience sample library featuring 93 recordings of traffic on wet roads.

This is a library I have needed myself dozens of times: traffic in a rainy city!

Compiled from over ten hours of recordings and delivered 24 bit 96kHz in dual stereo (ORTF 8040 pair and MKH70 discrete) each track in this library has a minimum duration of 3 minutes and includes locations from inner city, suburbia and motorways, with various densities (busy rush hour, medium/light and single passbys) and a range of degrees of road dampness.

Bring your rainy city ambiences to life!

The sample library costs $49 USD. For the first 24 hours Wet Traffic is on sale for $33 USD.

More information: HISS and a ROAR / Wet Traffic


Detunized releases City Traffic Live Pack for Ableton

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Detunized City Traffic Live

Detunized has announced City Traffic, a sample library for Ableton Live.

City Traffic brings the daily noise of Berlin´s road traffic to the Live library.

The Live Pack contains recordings of main roads during the morning rush hour, when the trolley car rumbles over the rails and the trucks are roaring through the kettles. In between a bunch of honking mopeds and cars with broken exhaust pipes are fighting for their space. Commuter trains are crossing every minute, the omnibus arrives in time and the long-distance trains pass the station with squeaking brakes. In the evening it is rainy and at least the suburb calms down a little bit.

City Traffic consists of 10 different sceneries that are split into 55 single takes, each one with a length of 30 to 150 seconds. The material offers exciting possibilities for scoring, radio play and composition.

City Traffic is available to purchase as a direct download for 4.80 EUR. Detunized subscribers pay 3.90 EUR.

More information: Detunized / City Traffic


Short links for August 22nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on August 22nd, 2007:

  • USB Powered Mini Greenhouse – Features an adjustable growth light and an easy view window that offers maximum plant protection.
  • Amazon forest carved up in resettlement scam – Rather than moving communities onto land that has already been deforested Incra has been allocating tracts of land that are still part of the rainforest.
  • reddit media: intelligent fun online – Monitors reddit?s front page, collects picture & video links, and builds an archive of them over time.
  • Monster attack steals user data – US job website has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.
  • Robots Can Be Friendly, Groovin?: Max-Powered Keepon and Beatbots – The Keepon is a cute, yellow robot that dances to music you may have seen bopping on YouTube. It shows how subtle changes could make robotics friendlier in the near future.
  • Deezer – The first global website for music on demand with no restrictions: listening to all kinds of music is now free, unlimited, legal and accessible to all Internet users via a Web browser.
  • Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic – This has been achieved by adding a Traffic layer in Google Earth. Once you?ve enabled this feature, you?ll see a real-time picture of traffic and conditions.
  • SimpleTEXT: a cellphone enabled performance – SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as phones, PDAs or laptops.
  • Lee Broom – The application of neon elements to the outlines of the six hand-carved Mahogany pieces “haloes the delicate lines of the traditional furniture whilst casting deep reflections in their richly lacquered surfaces.”