Sound Design Tools by Embra.

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.

Embra Interview

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.

Technical Details

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.

LICENSE

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.

You are hereby granted a licence to use these samples for both non-commercial and commercial purposes, provided that the samples are not used as part of another sample library or a virtual instrument. By downloading this free sample library, you are agreeing to the terms of use described above.

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30 thoughts on “Sound Design Tools

  • September 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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    Thank you very much for sharing this very nice sound pack :)

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    • September 8, 2014 at 7:34 am
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      You’re welcome and thanks to Embra for the quality sounds once again!

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    • January 29, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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      Muchas Gracias por tu tiempo y dedicacion al compartir estas muestras!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • September 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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    Great pack! Thanks a lot, Embra and 99sounds!

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  • September 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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    Lovely sample pack, you can easily make some autechre or other IDM with this.

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  • September 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm
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    Wow! These are really unique sounds! I love Twisted Tools, their plugins are really opening up new and exciting possibilities. Thanks Embra for a great pack!

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  • September 8, 2014 at 7:54 pm
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    Thank you SO much for these samples. Especially the loops are awe…and some :-)

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  • September 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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    Sound like Amon Tobin’s ISAM

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  • September 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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    This is awesome. Really. I’m crying.

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  • October 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    nice sounds…..lots of respect

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  • October 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    Hi what exactly do i have to do so i can use these sounds in ableton ? I have a windows laptop and the newest ableton live standart version.
    Thanks for your help in advance

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    • January 18, 2015 at 4:58 am
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      Mmm, not sure about Ableton. But I use them with Kontakt. It’s a free player.

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  • January 27, 2015 at 7:10 am
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    Seriously top notch stuff guys, I am freaking happy about this sample pack :3 thank you so much!

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  • March 22, 2015 at 1:23 am
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    VERY NICE SOUNDS THANK YOU !!!!

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  • June 11, 2015 at 10:40 am
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    Thank you very much for very high quality SFX

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  • September 25, 2015 at 8:00 am
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    Thank you very much!

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  • October 7, 2015 at 12:50 am
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    I usually don’t comment on things but I must thank you for providing this to us. You’ve just ignited my imagination solely by listening to the sample of the pack and I will make something of it. And I will donate if I make something out of it. Thank you.

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  • December 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    can i use these sounds in my android video game development?

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  • January 4, 2016 at 9:44 am
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    Thank you very much. it helps a lot. :D

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  • January 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    really helped my project thanks

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  • January 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm
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    Just a heads up, not all of the files in this pack are actually 24 bit 44.1. Some are also 16 bit 44.1 while others still are 24 bit 48 khz. Some of the folders are mixed while others are all one type.

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  • August 10, 2016 at 6:56 pm
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    Thanks guys! Awesome quality.

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  • August 24, 2016 at 1:12 am
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    Amazing generosity. Thank you kindly!

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  • August 28, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    Just what I need in all pack, thank you for such a good sharing! Please keep it up!

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