About the Sound Effects Library

Audiobeast is proud to present our first sample library; the only library of it’s kind to focus entirely on weapons being fired in interior spaces!

Audiobeast_The_London_Warehouse_Firearms_Library_4_SmallThe London Warehouse Weapons Library contains over 6 GBs of weapons being fired in a large warehouse, medium warehouse, stairwell, office and small room. 291 WAV files all recorded at 96 khz 24 bit, with heaps of information on microphones used and distance from the firearms.

Various distances were captured, from the DPA4062 on the guns themselves, to the distant other end of the warehouse 50 metres away. To add, some mics were positioned behind doors and walls to capture the occluded gunfire.

As well as all the firing we’ve included all the foley as well, because while convolution reverb is great, nothing beats actual content!

Minimal cleanup on the recordings was carried out very carefully by Steve Whetman in his room at Pinewood Studios, so as not to introduce any artefacts into the recordings, they are presented as raw as possible.

Weapons fired in the large and medium warehouse spaces –

• Browning M2 .50 Machine Gun
• Steyr HS .50 M1 Sniper Rifle
• H&K 416 5.56 Assault Rifle
• Remington 870 12g Pump Action Shotgun
• Brown Bess Black Powder Musket
• Colt M1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Weapons fired in the stairwell, office and small room spaces –

• H&K 416 5.56 Assault Rifle
• Colt M1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Due to safety restrictions it was not possible to fire the bigger weapons in the smaller spaces, the ceiling was shaking while recording the Assault Rifle in the office and stairwell and came close to collapsing. Physically the Browning M2 .50 calibre Machine Gun would not even fit on the stairwell or in the small room.

A selection of microphones were used including –

• 2x Neumann RSM191
• 2x Neumann U87
• 2x Sennheiser MKH8040
• 2x Sennheiser MKH416
• 2x Oktava MK012
• 1x DPA4062
• 1x Olympus LS5

Recorders used include a variety of Sound Devices and others.

Recording weapons is something Steve Whetman has done many times before; now working as a freelance Audio Director and Sound Designer for his own company Audiobeast based at Pinewood, previously Steve worked as Head of Audio at Splash Damage. Some of the projects that Steve has directed audio for (and recorded weapons for) include Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Batman: Arkham Origins (multiplayer) and Dirty Bomb. Now we are pleased to be able to make some new recordings available to Sound Designers and Editors everywhere.

This was a great session to run, the location was very unique and as you can imagine, there aren’t many warehouses in London you can get permission to fire any sort of weapons in let alone a .50 cal machine gun and .50 cal sniper rifle!

Every safety precaution was taken during the session and the Metropolitan Police were notified.

Number of Files: 291 High Quality WAVS (4 hours 2 minutes)
Size Unpacked: 6.33 GB
Sample Rate: 96kHz/24bit
Other Info: Meta-Tagged

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