The Icy Snow Bundle gives you two great sound effects libraries for 20% off.
Icy Snow HD - a popular, signature library
Icy Snow 2 HD - a brand new set of recordings that only rival the first, and come in two formats (read below)
ICY SNOW HD
Size: ~266 MB unzipped
- Footsteps on ice-covered snow
** Note: each footstep file contains a series of footsteps.
- Ice Impacts
- Ice Debris
- Ice scrapping & crushing
- Snow Impacts w/debris
Icy Snow HD came about in March 2015. Here in Michigan, we already had around a foot of snow on the ground, when we also got freezing rain and sleet. This created ~ 1/8” layer of fairly smooth ice on top of the snow. So I ran out there with my Sound Devices 702T, and a RØDE NT-4, and started recording. The first thing I noticed was that ice debris would glide noisily across the ice sheet producing a unique sound – at least much different than debris sliding across a frozen pond. With the ice being rather thin, and therefore more prone to vibration, but with the snow underneath adding a bit of a baffle, the sound was just “different” from anything I had heard before.
So, I broke off pieces of ice and smashed them on the ice sheet, sending debris flitting and skidding across the yard, over little mounds and imperfections in the ice. Then I slid some ice down a 6’ mound that the snow plow had created, which was also covered in 1/8” of ice. I also recorded some great footsteps, with a nice ice crack, and the subsequent “plouff” as my foot went through the snow. Next, I pressed my boot, and then my hand slowly on the ice, and captured some great ice stressing and cracking sounds (“Ice_Stress_Crack_...”). Once much of the ice had been pulverized by these various tasks I performed some “snow stomps”, which would work well as either huge snowball hits, or body-fall sounds (labeled “Snow_Impact_...”)
ICY SNOW 2 HD:
Audio Clips: 453
Size: ~540 MB unzipped
Icy Snow 2 HD (recorded in February/March 2018) is a follow up to Icy Snow HD (recorded in March 2015). This time, however, the collection comes in two formats: 1) “Individual Tracks” - each audio clip in its own wave file, and 2) “Consolidated Tracks” - multiple audio clips per wave file. With one quick purchase, you get both, at the equivalent cost of just one set! So, whether you prefer each audio clip on its own, or the ease of bringing multiple iterations into your session in one file, we have you covered. I even broke up some of the footstep files into individual steps, so you can load up your sequencer and create your own patches!
***NOTE: The “Consolidated Tracks” and the “Individual Clips” are mirrors, and are not considered “unique material”. This is simply a new delivery method that allows users to choose which types of files they prefer.
Once again, the weather in Michigan produced 1.5’ of snow, with ~ 1⁄2” of ice on top. I just had to capture some more sounds. Battling a sinus infection, I trudged outside with my Sound Devices 633 and my trusty RØDE NT-4, and started recording. The background ambient noise on my first day of recording was remarkably quiet. This could have been due to the cold weather, and many schools and businesses were closed - so there just weren’t as many people or vehicles around.
The second day of recording was a bit noisier, but manageable with iZotope, and a lot of patience for the trains, planes, and garbage trucks buzzing around – what a headache! The weather had warmed up and the snow was a bit slushier. This helped me get some extra splatty sounds, and some much different footsteps.
A few weeks later, I ventured out again to get a bunch of extra snowball impacts after another small snowstorm that produced nice, heavy, packing snow. This time I set up a winter coat on a c-stand, and hurled snowballs at it. Then I turned my attention to a tree to get some really hard impacts.
Footsteps: This collection contains a whole new set of icy and snowy footsteps, including a metric ton of small movements, like shifting around, little ice cracks under your feet, and much more. There are slow, medium, and hurried footsteps, as well as footsteps where I dragged my feet through the thick layer of ice as I walked. For the individual clips, I tried to provide enough variation that the listener wouldn’t notice any looping.
Debris: Debris is a big part of this library. Included here is everything from huge chunks of ice from massive icicles, all the way down to powdery little bits of crumbled icy snow. And there’s enough variation to keep your scenes from all sounding the same.
Impacts: The impacts in this collection include snowballs, light, medium and heavy ice, boot stomps, big kicks, and a few miscellaneous sounds. Whether you need a simple snowball hitting someone, or a huge, snowy bodyfall, you should be able to construct it with these sounds. Add in a little debris, and presto! There are over 30 snowball impacts alone – hitting a coat, a tree, and other snow.
Miscellaneous: There are a few miscellaneous sounds throughout. There are icicle sounds, such as stabbing the icy snow, snapping, and icicles sliding across the ice layer. You get thin pieces of ice scrapping, as well as large blocks of ice scraping together. The corner of my house provided some pretty huge and gnarly icicles for this! One section was a foot thick. I’m surprised my little rain gutters could hold that beast!
Check out the track list for more details.
This collection provides some new and interesting sounds, as well as a ton of variations so your soundtrack never gets old! All Soundopolis tracks include metadata tags so they are easy to find using any search engine. All tracks are delivered as 96k/24bit .wav files. Collections come in easily downloadable zip files.