Sound Design Tools is an extensive free library of foley sounds, futuristic sound effects, glitch samples and drum loops created by Gavin Thibodeau aka Embra. From the mechanical sounds of hydraulic engines and percussive ice crackles to noisy dubstep loops and abstract sonic textures, this free sound collection features 360 high quality samples for your sound design and music production endeavors.
Gavin Thibodeau is a sound designer based in Stafford, USA. He worked on this sample library for more than six months, using Ableton Live and a range of 3rd party sound design tools. You can take look at his SoundCloud page to check out some of his recent music releases and read the interview below for more info about the Sound Design Tools creation process.
99Sounds: First of all, thank you for releasing this awesome sample library on our label! Can you tell us a bit more about the process that went into creating the samples? How long did it take you to finish the pack?
Gavin: All of the sounds in the pack were made through experimenting with synths or foley samples or anything I thought would be useful and manipulating those elements with various plugins (primarily Reaktor) and bouncing them down in Ableton Live 8. I used Twisted Tools S-Layer for a lot of these sounds, some even barely processed. Glitchmachines Fracture and Inear Display plugins came especially useful in the Bits and Pieces section. The pack was started in about December 2013 and in about June I realized that a had a collection of 300+ cool sounds to tinker with.
99Sounds: So, you use Ableton Live for sound design? What’s your favorite thing about this DAW?
Gavin: I guess my favorite thing about Ableton is its rack capabilities. Seriously, so many of my sounds, whether sampler or synth, are layered in the racks and I use the macro function a lot! Also, its easy re-sampling functionality for quickly bouncing down sounds and being able to further manipulate them is really useful.
99Sounds: What’s your number one tip to fellow music producers when composing and mixing their tunes?
Gavin: When it comes to mixing, I really know close to nothing about that so I wouldn’t trust advice from myself on that. Composing though, I guess I’d say don’t confine yourself in a certain genre or tempo or time signature. Limiting yourself is the biggest roadblock to progression. I love playing around in weird time signatures or at lots of different tempos and it really helps develop my skills.
99Sounds: Where can we check out your music and follow your future releases?
Gavin: You can check out my tunes on my SoundCloud.
Sound Design Tools contains 324 audio samples and 36 drum loops in 24-bit WAV format. The samples are sorted into different folders by type. All included samples have been designed and processed by Gavin Thibodeau.
The library contains one Reaktor sample map for the sounds in the Diverse Sounds folder. An updated version of the library will be released soon, with additional Kontakt and SFZ mappings for the included samples.
All the sounds included in Sound Design Tools have been crafted by Gavin Thibodeau aka Embra. These samples are the property of Gavin Thibodeau aka Embra and they are hosted on 99Sounds with his permission.