The Master Library is our most comprehensive general sound effects library for professional media production.
At over 175,000 sound effects (2.1TB), featuring free annual updates, full online access and buyout or annual subscription options, the Master Library is a core creative resource for companies who want to take their productions to the next level.
Innovators like EA, BBC, VICE, Disney, Google and award-winners such as Beau Borders (Lone Survivor) and Ken Skoglund (Fargo) use the Master Library on a daily basis to fuel creativity and finish their projects faster than ever before. And every year we deliver free library updates to ensure the Master Library is the most useful general sound effects library it can be.
Features | Audio Demos | Metadata | Reviews | User Stories | Specs | Pricing
175,000+ broadcast .wav files
2.1TB delivered on hard drive, online, or on your server
Online Access Included: 24/7 from any computer
Rich metadata optimized for pinpoint searches
293 Categories - spans the full sonic spectrum A to Z
Curated from PSE's world-class recordists
Free Annual Library Updates: digitally delivered
100% Royalty-Free License
PSE Warranty: includes 3 Year Data Replacement
Annual or Buyout payment options
Audio Demos (by Category):
The Master Library audio files include embedded metadata with detailed descriptions and categories to help you find what you need. The metadata is continually improved with feedback from our users, and is compatible with all asset management software including BaseHead, Soundminer, NetMix, AudioFinder, Avid Workspace Browser, and many more.
Master Library Full Metadata: CSV
“Our multi-user Master Library license that is affordably structured and gives all of our sound designers access to an excellent range of professional quality material!” - Lee Banyard, Audio Director, Cloud Imperium Games
“PSE’s Master Library is a cornerstone library and available to 14 studios worldwide” - Ben Minto, Worldwide Audio Director, Electronic Arts DICE
Technical Specifications, Compatibility & Updates:
Hard Drive: 3TB USB 3.0 hard drive - Mac/PC compatible)
Data on Drive: 2.1TB (totaling 3,600 hours of recordings!)
Online Access: 24/7 from any computer via the PSE Online Library
File format & resolution: Native Broadcast .wav formats: 24/96, 24/48, 16/48, 16/44.1
Metadata: Embedded with descriptive, uniform metadata for fast, pinpoint searches. Download the CSV here.
3rd Party Software Compatibility: Soundminer, Basehead, Netmix, Workspace (Pro Tools), Find Tool (Avid Media Composer), Media Bay (Nuendo), Adobe Premiere.
PSE Warranty: 3 Year-Data Replacement Policy - if the hard drive fails within 3 years, we will replace the drive free of charge.
Updates delivered annually via email with links to .zip downloads.
Companies: $11,995 buyout or $2,995/year
The Master Library is available to companies from 1-user to 1000's for buyout (starting at $11,995) and multi-user licensing (starting at $2,995/year). Contact us for a quote: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 706-7728 x10.
Freelancers & Independents:
We support freelancers and independent audio professionals with discounted pricing through our Freelancer Program. If you work for yourself, apply to see if you qualify for freelancer pricing.
Ric Viers (Blastwave FX), Barry Dowsett & Kevin Tone (Soundrangers), BBC, Stephan Schütze (Sound Librarian), JR Fountain (Big Room Sound), Saro Sahihi (SoundBits), Ken Skoglund (Sound Control SE), Guido Helbling (Avosound), Douglas Price, David Forshee, Jeremy Siegel, Team PSE