Contact: M-Audio, www.m-audio.com
Format: DVD-ROMs with 584 unique files, presented in 48kHz, 44.1kHz (both 24-bit), and MP3 (128kbps) formats
Price: $49.95 list
And who among you hasn’t lusted for the sound of a bear rustling through garbage? Well, Beyond Foley Vol. 2 has grabbed that sound for you — along with seven folders of sounds in total.
The Animal Kingdom folder is about two-thirds birds and one-third dogs (don’t expect lions, cats, elephants, etc.). Outdoor Environment lengths are generous, with many hitting at least 30 seconds and some lasting several minutes; they’re very good. Most are natural (except for some outside Central Park) and evocative. The Stones folder has ceramic breaking, stones dropping, stones falling, and other material that may not appear useful — until you treat the sounds as percussion samples.
Streams/Falls/Beaches/Lakes has some excellent natural water effects. Under Foot has foot Foley (cracking branches, leaves, and the like); it’s okay, but certainly not something I need every day. Water Zone has splashes and drops that sound as expected although some can make way cool drum sounds, as can some of the various Wood Vibe sounds.
Bottom line: While not a comprehensive sound effects library, there are some useful environments — but also a lot of sounds you don’t find in traditional libraries, and these are fertile ground for waveform editors. This wouldn’t be my first call FX library, but the price is right, and you get a lot of sounds with considerable potential.