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December 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Ambience SFX Series
400 Royalty Free Background, Atmosphere and Ambience Sound Effects

Ambience SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is a diverse collection of background sounds from across many continents, environments and eras. The recordings include city sounds from specific far-flung locations such as China, Switzerland, Egypt, Germany, New York City, Turkey and many more places. There are also representative sounds from generic harbors, forests, garages, factories, country sides and cityscapes. This ambience sound effects series includes several historical settings from the 1800s, 1700s and back into the Old World. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Ambience SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata.

November 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Weather SFX Series
183 Royalty Free Rain, Wind, Thunder, Lightning and Storm Sound Effects

Weather SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is a compilation of the story sounds of the world around us, including eerie, buffeting, moaning, howling and whistling winds from gale force gusts to blustery breezes. There are sharp thunder claps, rumbling thunder rolls and lightning arcs and sparks. Hail falls from the sky and rain falls on pavement, metal roofs, cars, cement, umbrellas and grass. More than one third of these weather sound effects tracks are more than 2 minutes in length. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Weather SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Weather SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

October 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Military & Weapons SFX Series
812 Royalty Free Weapon Sound Effects and Military Atmospheres

Military and Weapons SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is weaponized sound. The collection includes pistols, rifles, shot guns, cannons, air guns, muskets, machine guns, mortars and grenades as they are handled, dry fired or take the shot. Ricochet bullets whizz by and hit their mark and are supported by military vehicles & tanks, parachutes, spears, swords and walkie talkies. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Military and Weapons SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Military and Weapons SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

September 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Science Fiction SFX Series
715 Royalty Free Science Fiction Atmospheres and Space Sound Effects

Science Fiction SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is collection of both Sci Fi ambience backgrounds and individual Sci Fi sounds, weapons and accents. The Warp ships, Cyborg spheres and escape pods come alive with emergency space sirens, futuristic control rooms, sci fi engines, computerized bridge tones and sliding doors, hatches and docking rings. The collection includes blips, beeps, drones, oscillations, warbles, tones, feedback, rumbles and other useful accents that help build a sci fi world view. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Science Fiction SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Science Fiction SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

August 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Explosions, Disasters and Crashes SFX Series
703 Royalty Free Sound Effects of Explosions, Disasters and Crashes

Explosions, Disasters and Crashes from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is a collection of destruction and devastation. Cars and airplanes crash, avalanches roll through, earthquakes shake the world and explosions boom, rumble and blast. This series of sound effects incorporates everything from flashpots to dynamite and matchbooks to an exploding sun. There are volcanoes and fireballs, crashes and crunches, ripping plywood and tons of debris. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Explosions, Disasters and Crashes is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Explosions, Disasters and Crashes, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

July 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Animals & Birds SFX Series
615 Royalty Free Individual Animal and Bird Sound Effects and Sound Scenes

Animals & Birds SFX Series from Mike McDonough includes recordings of wild life, farm animals, sea life, insects, birds and household pets. The wildlife recordings include everything from wild cats to badgers, boars and bats. Animal sounds from the farm include chickens, roosters, ducks and geese as well as oxen, pigs, bulls, cows, horses and sheep. There is a sound selection of sharks, whales and fish. Bees, cockroaches, flies and hornets are also in the mix. The bird sounds in this collection include everything from cranes to falcons and ravens to vultures. And we have also included the best friends in our daily lives: the cats, dogs and parakeets we live with. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Animals and Birds SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Animals & Birds SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

June 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Full Contact SFX Series
500 Royalty Free Fight Sounds, Punches and Falling Bodies

Full Contact SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas will punch, slap, stab, grapple and pound its way into your fight scene productions. Bodies hit the deck, the dirt, the wall and each other while their surroundings crumble into debris with the aggressive impacts. This collection offers classic old movie bar room brawls and crisp martial arts moves. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Full Contact SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Full Contact SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

May 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Cartoon SFX Series
454 Royalty Free Cartoon, Comic and Just Plain Funny Sounds

Cartoon SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is a collection of odd and zany sound bites for comic emphasis and cartoon creations. There are the bonks, boinks, bounces, bongs, boings and comedy body falls; there are creaks, crashes, clicks, chomps and cranks; there are plops, poofs and pops; and let us not forget the whumps, winks, warbles and whistles. This collection includes musical inserts and percussive licks as well as ratchets, rattles squishes and squeaks. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Cartoon SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Cartoon SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

April 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Tune Drive 5 on Hard Drive
Over 3300 Royalty Free Music Tracks on a Hard Drive

Tune Drive 5 Royalty Free Music pulls together the contents of 50 outstanding production music albums and makes them available on 1 convenient hard drive. With more than 3,300 royalty free music tracks, more than 60 hours of great production music and spanning 17 varied and in-demand music genres, this buyout music collection includes both full and broadcast length royalty free music tracks all provided on the hard drive in 16 bit / 44.1 kHz broadcast wav file format, complete with metadata – Tune Drive 5 Royalty Free Music.

April 1, 2018 - New Product Release

Fantasy SFX Series
416 Royalty Free Ghosts, Apparitions, Fantastical Beasts and Atmospheres

Fantasy SFX Series from Mike McDonough and Sound Ideas is a varied assortment of atmospheres, creatures and accent sound effects for fantasy projects. There are magical zips, zaps, poofs and sparkles; supernatural wind, whooshes and whirlwinds; fantastical demons, apparitions, machinery and beasts. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, the Fantasy SFX Series is available for download as 16/44.1, 16/48 or 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. Fantasy SFX Series, recorded by Mike McDonough, is only available from Sound Ideas.

March 1, 2018 - Sound Ideas Turns 40

Sound Ideas Turns 40
March 1, 2018 marks Sound Ideas 40th Anniversary

On March 1, 1978 Sound Ideas first opened its doors as a recording studio in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada and this year celebrates 40 years in business. The first Sound Ideas sound effects library took shape in 1979 and the very first sale of the reel to reel collection was to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Sound Ideas produced the first sound effects library available on compact disc in 1985 through a partnership with Philips in The Netherlands. Over the years, Sound Ideas has produced co-ventures with Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, Hanna-Barbera, Jay Ward Productions of Rocky & Bullwinkle fame and Turner Entertainment. The Series 6000 Sound Effects Library, their most successful franchise to date, was first launched in 1992 and has been updated regularly throughout the years to encompass more than 24,000 sound effects. The Sound Ideas web site was launched in September of 2001 and has grown over the years as the company released new products and acquired both the Digiffects Sound Effects and Hollywood Edge collections. Sound Ideas as we know it today has been 40 years in the making – and it is an industry leader that is stronger than ever.

February 1, 2018 - New Product Release

HD - Switches, Buttons & Levers Sound Effects
A High Definition 24 bit / 96 kHz set of 191 Specialty Sound Effects

HD – Switches, Buttons & Levers sound effects library is a high definition set of 191 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. All digitally recorded at 24 bit / 96 k, these broadcast wav files are fully embedded with metadata. This set is available to purchase and download in your choice 24/96, 24/48, 16/48 or 16/44.1 wav files. The hard drive version of this collection comes equipped with all 4 wav file formats, in your choice of MAC or PC compatible hard drive. From Breaker Switches to Light Switches – Industrial Levers to Small Plastic Levers – Sliding Switches to Toggle Switches - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed.

January 1, 2018 - New Product Release

HD - Space Whooshes & Winds Sound Effects
A High Definition 24 bit / 96 kHz set of 442 Specialty Sound Effects

HD – Space Whooshes & Winds sound effects library is a high definition set of 442 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. All digitally recorded at 24 bit / 96 k, these broadcast wav files are fully embedded with metadata. This set is available to purchase and download in your choice 24/96, 24/48, 16/48 or 16/44.1 wav files. The hard drive version of this collection comes equipped with all 4 wav file formats, in your choice of MAC or PC compatible hard drive. From Shimming Space Landscapes to Planetary Tremors – Cyborg Buzz Whooshes to Whipping Blizzard Gusts – Howling Wasteland Winds to Swirling Space Storms - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed.

December 1, 2017 - New Product Release

HD - Motors, Machines & Tools Sound Effects
A High Definition 24 bit / 96 kHz set of 344 Specialty Sound Effects

HD – Motors, Machines & Tools sound effects library is a high definition set of 344 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. All digitally recorded at 24 bit / 96 k, these broadcast wav files are fully embedded with metadata. This set is available to purchase and download in your choice 24/96, 24/48, 16/48 or 16/44.1 wav files. The hard drive version of this collection comes equipped with all 4 wav file formats, in your choice of MAC or PC compatible hard drive. From Auto Repair to Blacksmith Shops – Breweries to Coal Mines – Steam Powered Saw Mills to Micro Motor Servos - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed.

November 1, 2017 - New Product Release

Mike McDonough SFX Collection on Hard Drive Released by Sound Ideas
5,440 Royalty Free Sound Effects Recorded by Mike McDonough

The Mike McDonough SFX Collection on Hard Drive is a compilation of sound recording gems from the personal library of Mike McDonough, one of the premier sound designers, engineers and recordists. The Hard Drive has been divided into 10 distinct sound effects series: Ambience, Animals, Cartoon, Crowd, Explosions, Fantasy, Full Contact, Military, Science Fiction and Weather. Recorded in the field at 24/48 kHz, this Hard Drive collection is available on MAC or PC formatted hard drive and includes 16/44.1, 16/48 and 24/48 kHz broadcast wav files that are fully embedded with useful metadata. The Mike McDonough SFX Collection on Hard Drive is only available from Sound Ideas.

October 1, 2017 - New Product Release

Nitro Elements 2 Library Released by Sound Ideas
Explosive Production Elements - Available by Download

Nitro Elements 2 Production Elements – another high voltage kick of 630 dynamic working parts to give you full-blown impact for your productions. The original files are all 24/48 stereo masterpieces – and the final product is available for download as 24/48, 16/48 or 16/44.1 broadcast wav files. This is a versatile collection of hits, swishes, voices, whooshes, themes, alarms, accents, explosions and machines with horror, robot, monster, industrial, cinematic, fantasy and dramatic accents. Originally, exclusively and only available from Sound Ideas – Nitro Elements 2 Production Elements.

September 1, 2017 - New Product Release

HD – Extreme Sci Fi Library Released by Sound Ideas
693 Exciting Sci Fi Sound Effects at 24 bit / 96 kHz

HD – Extreme Sci Fi library is a high definition set of 693 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. From Modulating Alarms to Impulse Engine Surges – Space Vapor Explosions to Metallic Space Bursts – Quantum Distortions to Energy Shifts - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed. HD – Extreme Sci Fi is available as a download in 16/44.1, 16/48, 24/48, 24/96 kHz broadcast wav files.

August 1, 2017 - New Product Release

HD – Natural World Library Released by Sound Ideas
293 High Definition Natural World Sound Effects at 24/96 kHz

HD – Natural World is a high definition set of 292 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. From Barns to Swamps – Forests to Sand Dunes – Streams to Oceans and Wind on the Mountains - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed. HD – Natural World is available as a download in 16/44.1, 16/48, 24/48, 24/96 kHz broadcast wav files.

July 3, 2017 - New Product Release

HD – City Sounds Library Released by Sound Ideas
345 High Definition City Ambience Sound Effects at 24/96 kHz

HD – City Sounds is a high definition set of 345 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. From Busy Airports to Humming Harbors – Construction Sites to Residential Neighborhoods – Schools, Churches & Restaurants to sounds of Brazil, China, India, Japan, Portugal, Spain and more - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed. HD – City Sounds is available as a download in 16/44.1, 16/48, 24/48, 24/96 kHz broadcast wav files.

June 1, 2017 - New Product Release

HD - Androids & Robots Sound Effects
263 High Definition Android and Robot Sound Effects at 24/96 kHz

HD – Androids & Robots sound effects library is a high definition set of 263 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. All digitally recorded at 24 bit / 96 k, these broadcast wav files are fully embedded with metadata. This set is available to purchase and download in your choice 24/96, 24/48, 16/48 or 16/44.1 wav files. The hard drive version of this collection comes equipped with all 4 wav file formats, in your choice of MAC or PC compatible hard drive. From Bio Mechanical Creatures and Energy Flutters to Hi Tech Scan Movements – Cyborg Mutations to Mechanical Responses – Airy Servo Movements to Transformer Sequences - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed.

May 1, 2017 - New Product Release

Church Bells Series Sound Effects
200 Royalty Free Church Bell Ringing Sound Effects

Church Bells Series from Sound Ideas presents 200 church, clock tower, school and hand bell sounds as they strike single notes and ring traditional patterns & familiar tunes. The recordings include sounds from historical British churches and includes interior locations in which you can hear the rope pull mechanisms and gearsand exterior locations with peeling bells ringing through the neighborhood. We have also captured the performance of a 3-octave hand bell choir and the sounds of an old brass school bell ringing.

April 1, 2017 - New Product Release

General Series 6000 Extension IX Sound Effects
Over 2,500 Sound Effects by Download

The General Series 6000 Extension IX is professionally recorded in stereo and designed to provide unique sound effects like historic Western town ambiences and stagecoaches, Native American dance ceremonies, terrified screams and dental equipment as well as general sound effects to add to your Transportation, Industry, Construction, Foley, Household, Water and Sports collections.

March 1, 2017 - New Product Release

Military Tanks Series Sound Effects
544 Royalty Free Military Vehicle Sound Effects

Military Tank Series from Sound Ideas consists of 544 interior and exterior recordings from six different tanks as they are put through their paces. The tank engines grind and roar to life and idle in place. Then they move out slowly, maneuver through water and mud, drive over bumpy terrain, crush cars, and travel at increasing speeds demonstrating pass bys, pull ups and pull aways. Foley recordings from these military vehicles include switches, levers, hatches, pedals, metal seats, shifters, toggles, ammunition boxes, turrets and periscopes.

February 1, 2017 - New Product Release

HD - Smash & Crash Sound Effects
Recorded in High Definition at 24 bit / 96 kHz - Also Available for Download

HD – Smash & Crash sound effects library is a high definition set of 464 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. All digitally recorded at 24 bit / 96 k, these broadcast wav files are fully embedded with metadata. From Computer Screen Destruction to Glass Bottle Smashes – Light Metal Hits to Junky Metallic Crashes – Small Wood Splintering to Booming Wood Demolition - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed.

January 1, 2017 - New Product Release

HD - Metallic Sounds - Sound Effects
Recorded in High Definition at 24 bit / 96 kHz - Also Available for Download

HD – Metallic Sounds sound effects library is a high definition set of 304 specialty sound effects selected from Sound Ideas General HD 3 collection. All digitally recorded at 24 bit / 96 k, these broadcast wav files are fully embedded with metadata. Includes Metallic Sliding, Dragging, Squeaking, Spilling, Rattling, Scratching, Creaking, Scraping, Tearing and Grinding - these outstanding specialty sound effects need to be heard to be believed.

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