Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 Surround Sound Archive

Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 Surround Sound Archive

  • -410 genuine 5.1 Surround Sound tracks with more than 19 hours of sound material
  • -50 audio categories: nature, environment, forest, rain, wind, cities, traffic, chatter, laughter, applause, vehicles and many more.
  • -crystal clear Avosound recording quality

Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 Surround Sound Archive

Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 contains 410 recordings in 5.1 Surround Sound from the civilisation and environment categories –– that's 19 hours of sound material in total. The sounds on Civilisation Soundscapes are original 5.1 Surround Sound recordings, captured and edited by Avosound. Civilisation Soundscapes is a comprehensive archive for the creation of backgrounds; it contains sounds in 50 different acoustic categories. The sounds of the Civilisation Soundscapes archive are ideally used as basic multi-channel elements; they were designed to work well with other library sounds or even third party sounds.

Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 Surround Sound Archive

Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 - Overview

Civilisation Soundscapes - The Sounds of Civilisation

The sounds of civilisation are legion. Civilisation Soundscapes contains them all in a compact collection that features more than 410 recordings from 50 different acoustic categories that work well as backgrounds. Civilisation Soundscapes includes recordings from nature and the environment, traffic, street noise, chatter, audience atmosphere, railway stations, shopping, restaurant and theatre atmospheres, laughing, applause...

Civilisation Soundscapes also includes quiet elements like rain, wind and mountain atmospheres. Everything recorded in genuine 5.1 Surround Sound with at least five audio channels.

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Overview Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 Surround Sound Archive

Number of tracks over 4.00 mins.10 tracks
Number of tracks 4.00 mins.241 Tracks
Number of tracks 3.00 mins.64 Tracks
Number of tracks 2.00 to 3.00 mins.45 Tracks
Number of tracks over 1.00 mins.11 Tracks
Number of tracks under 1.00 min.78 Tracks
Total number of 5.1 tracks410
Number of stereo bonus tracks106
Running timeover 1,164 minutes, more than 19 hours
Resolution24 Bit / 48 kHz
Data volume Civilisation Soundscapes 5.164 GB
Data volume Civilisation Soundscapes Stereo22 GB

Civilisation Soundscapes Category Index List

5.1 Recordings of Cars

Recordings of vehicles and cars are ideally suited for 5.1 playback. We are talking about interiors, of course, and the sounds that surround you when you ride in a vehicle. Examples include a street car; listening to the traffic pass by outside; the sound of rattling tracks; a car air-con system etc.

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Car Bonus Tracks: Indicators, Buttons, Switches and Levers in stereo

Buttons and switches are important elements in a sound edit that involves cars. For this reason we have included a small collection of recordings with each car. In other words, you will find recordings of indicators, switches, buttons, clutches and all sorts of other car noises in this archive. These recordings are stereo bonus tracks.

Applause and Laughter

Civilisation Soundscapes features a large selection of applause sounds and recordings of people laughing. These are specially suited for comedy shows and sitcoms, but also for concert and film footage involving audience reactions. The recordings were made during actual theatre and opera performances and contain a comprehensive range of applause and laughter tracks (the audience size, intensity and duration vary, of course).

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Atmospheres for Backgrounds

The recordings in the Civilisation Soundscapes library are mainly background atmospheres. Please see below for an overview of all the categories. All tracks of the Civilisation Soundscapes 5.1 Surround Sound Archive can be found in the Avosound Online Archive; mp3 preview versions in stereo are also available.

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Layering Sounds

The more channels available for playback, the higher the number of possible sound variations. In order to create a fittingly dense atmosphere, you need to layer sounds and atmospheres first.

The recordings on Civilisation Soundscapes are tailor-made for this purpose, i.e. none of the tracks are too dense to be layered. Surround Sound recordings can be easily combined with stereo and mono recordings. This lends even more depth to atmospheres.

Riding on the Train - A 5.1 Surround Sound Journey

5.1 Surround Sound recordings are ideal for vehicle interiors like cars, trams, trains or subways.

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5.1 Surround Sound Recordings and Recording Technology

All multi-channel Surround Sound recordings on the Civilisation Soundscapes Surround Sound Archive are genuine 5.1 Surround Sound recordings (captured with at least 5 microphones). We mainly used a stereo pair for the front channels, a separated one for the surround channels (distanced from the front stereo pair), as well as a discreet microphone for the centre.

For the concert and audience recordings (laughter and applause tracks) we hung mics from the ceiling. 3 mics were used for the front channels, plus a stereo pair for the surrounds.

Equipment Used for 5.1 Surround Sound Recordings

For the recordings of the Civilisation Soundscapes Archive, microphones from Neumann, Schoeps and DPA were used. Recorders included the Fostex PD6 as well as the 722 and 744 series from Sounddevices.

All tracks are also individually available for download

All tracks are also individually available for download

All tracks in the Civilisation Soundscapes sound library are also individually available for download. You can preview all the tracks in mp3 quality in the Avosound Online Sound Archive and then order and download them instantly.

In addition to the mp3 preview, all sounds in the Avosound Online Sound Archive feature a waveform and spectrum monitor that provide visual information about the recording. Please click here to browse the Archive.