Pro Sound Effects Releases Chicago Ambisonics Library

Recordings with sound effects software provide enhanced creative control

Pro Sound Effects has released Chicago Ambisonics, its newest library offering more than three hours of immersive urban ambiences.

Chicago Ambisonics includes software that allows sound editors and mixers to point “virtual microphones” in any direction with a variety of polar patterns for greater control and creativity. This is the second Ambisonics library PSE has released following last year’s NYC Ambisonics.

“Chicago Ambisonics offers unparalleled flexibility and realism when mixing backgrounds for a project,” says David Forshee, Pro Sound Effects library specialist. “The B-format files give users the ability to tweak perspective of the city ambiences with software in real time to specifically match the setting of a scene.”

Sounds of Chicago are in high demand due to more productions filming in the city, such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Empire, The Exorcist, The Patriot & more.

Produced and recorded in 24-bit/96 kHz high-resolution, the Chicago Ambisonics sound effects library was captured throughout the city, including recordings from The Magnificent Mile, Chinatown, L Trains, West Loop, Kennedy Expressway, O’Hare International Airport, Lake View and Wrigley Field.

The Ambisonics format allows for versatile use of the library, as the recordings can be decoded to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond. And with companies in new immersive media technology recently selecting Ambisonics as the standard spatial audio format, Chicago Ambisonics is also a good fit for VR audio and 360 video applications.


—35 immersive Ambisonic recordings with average recording length of 6 minutes (14 GB)

—24-bit/96 kHz broadcast .wav files

—Choose between download or flash drive delivery

—SurroundZone2 software by TSL products provides full control over “virtual microphone” position and polar patterns

—Available in 32-bit and 64-bit AAX, VST, and AU.

—Diverse Chicago atmospheres, including streets, parks, and subway

A free sampler is available for download (here), include two full ambiences + software (778 MB). Now through August 31, 2016, users can take advantage of Chicago Ambisonics introductory pricing of $49 for a lifetime license. The price will be $79 after August 31.

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