Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Library

Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Library

  • The Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Library contains 615 sounds and atmospheres with more than 33 GB worth of audio material. This archive of background sounds features impressive and versatile background atmospheres from all over the world. Categories: nature/environment, cities, villages, traffic and suburbs.
  • Sounddogs Backgrounds is available for download.

Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Effects Library

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The Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Library contains 615 sounds and atmospheres - a total of 33 GB of audio material.

The Backgrounds Sound Archive contains atmospheres and background sounds from cities, countries, nature, and environment, as well as backgrounds from public buildings, rural areas and other places.

The Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Library contains a selection of backgrounds and atmospheres compiled by veteran sound FX recordist Rob Nokes, the founder of Sounddogs.

Scroll down and joins us on a journey through Havanna, Canada, Europe as well as forests, lakes and many other places.

Sounddogs - Backgrounds is a Sounddogs product.

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Sounddogs Backgrounds Sound Effects Library

Sounddogs Background Sound Library - Overview

Overview of Sounddogs - Backgrounds

This overview lists the sound effects categories of the Sounddogs Sounddogs - Backgrounds according to the original track list. This list is based on the original metadata from the products sound files and allows a simple and easy way to import the files into your sound library administration software like Soundminer.

The Soundminer programs offer comprehensive tools and features for a modern workflow to administrate, search, find and transfer soundfiles directly to your editing system. Never heard of it? Read more about the industry-standard production system Soundminer and why it will make your editing day faster and easier than ever before!

Sounddogs - Backgrounds, by download contains 41 categories

  • Ambience
  • Animals
  • Atmospheres
  • Atmospheres
  • Backgrounds
  • Backgrounds Ambiences
  • Bgs
  • Birds
  • Brazil Brasil
  • Buenos Aires
  • Canada
  • Canyon Country
  • Car And Truck Bys
  • Casino
  • Countryside
  • Crowds Buenos Aires
  • Crowds Prague
  • Cuba
  • Dogs
  • England
  • Europe
  • Ext Various
  • Fiji
  • Havanna
  • Las Vegas
  • Miscellaneous
  • Nature
  • Nature
  • Praguechezk Republic
  • Rual Farmyard Birds
  • Rural Farmyard
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Siren Emergency
  • Streams
  • Traffic
  • Traffic
  • Trafficbuenos Aires
  • Vehicle Bus
  • Water Nature

This list is merely an overview. Please consult the for more information and a complete overview of all the recordings.

Atmospheres and backgrounds from around the world

The Sounddogs atmospheres archive takes you on a journey together with veteran field recordist (and owner of Sounddogs) Rob Nokes. Rob introduces us to the glittering cities of New York, Berlin and Buenos Aires, the fields and forests of Cuba, the streets of Havanna and the cricket-infested lakes of Canada.

Nature sounds and backgrounds

The Sounddogs Background Sounds Archive contains extensive recordings of nature and environment sounds. The Sounddogs Backgrounds Archive also features many rural environments, including fields and forests, crickets and cicadas, lakes and rivers, and even deserts.

Recording backgrounds and atmospheres with the master, Rob Nokes

Sounddogs Background Sound Library - Rob Nokes makes sound recording in Santiago de Cuba
Sounddogs picture: if you want to make sound recordings, you'll have to scout locations with your ears. Public squares and elevated spots are well suited for atmosphere recordings.

Here are a few pointers in regard to making recordings in cities and other busy places. Don't be surprised if people come up to you to chat if you're setting up your microphones in plain sight. Depending on the country you're in, you might also find yourself surrounded by kids almost immediately (which is really only beneficial if you want to record screaming kids). It is therefore recommended to keep your equipment to a minimum, set up fast and pack up even quicker.

Recording Atmospheres - Going to Cuba with Rob Nokes

For this trip, Rob decided to use a small setup that fits into his backpack. He also uses little stands for the microphones to make sure that static recordings don't suffer from extraneous noise caused by hand-holding the mics. Generally, such noises (e.g. clicking and rumbling sounds) need to be edited out of the recordings later on.

Sounddogs Background Sound Library - Rob Nokes records an atmosphere in Santiag de Cuba
Sounddogs picture: Rob Nokes relaxes during sound recording in an entrance in Santiago de Cuba.

Once again Rob uses a stereo microphone on a stand to ensure that the recording is free of handling noises. It takes a lot less time to set up a stand than to remove all sorts of noises from hand-held microphones in post-production. Another benefit of stands is that they allow Rob Nokes to relax in the shade during the recording!

Don't judge a location by its looks

Recording Sounds with Sounddogs and Rob Nokes Don't judge a location by its looks
Sounddogs picture: a boring hedge can sound very interesting - Sounddogs recordings of crickets in the bushes

You should neither judge people nor locations by their looks... How to judge people is up to you but when it comes to locations, we recommend that you mainly use your ears to make up your mind. Naturally, this is difficult to do when you're racing through the country in a hermetically sealed car and with you favourite song blasting out of the speakers.

And it's a coincidence when a great looking place also happens to have great acoustics (other than the chitchat of people and traffic noise).

Hiking trips or bike tours are the best way to discover new places far away from civilisation. You can easily make off-the-cuff recordings of water rippling in a brook, wind in the trees or crickets in the bushes.

If you would like to learn more about field recording and sound recording, please click here to read our article about field recording outdoors.

Field Recording and Traveling: Choose your hotel room wisely!

Sounddogs Background Sound Library - Recording and Traveling: Choose your hotel room wisely
Sounddogs picture: hotel rooms are the natural extension of your mic stand; whenever possible, aim your mic out of the window!

Roofs are a very interesting option for sound recordings from above. This kind of recording usually results in very nice, even atmospheres that can be perfectly used as backgrounds (unless there's an air-con unit on the roof as well).

Getting onto a roof in a foreign country, however, is not as easy as it sounds. Hotel rooms, therefore, are an excellent option (plus they are 'free'). But make sure you pick the room according to your acoustic needs. This type of recording environment is quite relaxed, as you can plug your recorder into the wall socket - and charge it too. Alternatively, you can take a shower or a nap during the recording (but if you happen to snore, you are better off going to the hotel bar for a bit or your recordings will be ruined).

City Sounds - Discovering Acoustic Features

Field Recording and recording background atmospheres - discovering acoustic features from cities.
Sounddogs picture: Rob Nokes sets up microphones in the Tonga harbour to capture the evening atmosphere

Here in Switzerland we are fascinated by all things nautical - probably because we don't have any ocean-going vessels. Swiss ships are more like floating nutshells with an outboard motor.

Harbours are a very nice location for sound recordings. Mid-size harbours are often found in the middle of cities, which makes them easy to reach. Many areas are accessible to the public and allow for the recording of highly characteristic sounds, e.g. creaking boats, water splashing against the docks, etc. And let's be honest, it is kinda nice to spend your time watching the boats while you're making sound recordings, isn't it?

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