Beautiful Bugs

Create mood and texture in your ambiences and designs with buzzes, chirps, swarms, and swells.

88 sounds2.55GB24-bit/96kHz

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Recorded by renowned innovators of film sound design Ann Kroeber and Alan Splet, the Beautiful Bugs library features an expressive collection of natural and designed insect sound effects including rhythmic cicada swells, dense locust drones, mosquito cries, isolated fly buzzes and more.

The impressive spectrum of emotion conjured by these artful insect recordings ranges from ominous, frightening, irritating, and disgusting all the way to lonely, tranquil, and soothing. Inject mystery and surrealism in your scenes or add unique character and texture to your creature design with impressionistic buzzy swarms, chirpy choruses, and heavy rhythmic pulsing.

Following the acclaimed sound libraries Cinematic Winds, Industrial Sounds with Soul, and Stallion, Beautiful Bugs is the fourth exclusive release by Pro Sound Effects curated from Sound Mountain: Kroeber and Splet’s venerable private recording collection created over decades of film sound work. Kroeber has since worked on or supplied sounds for film, television, and games - including 6 movies that won an Academy Award® in sound, and 7 additional nominations.

The Beautiful Bugs library brings you 88 insect sound effects that were recorded and designed while working on major feature films including David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast. These masterful recordings were captured on excursions in the jungle of Belize, the Alaskan wilderness, muggy summertime North Carolina, and an insect lab in Berkeley, California.

Rich, descriptive embedded metadata helps you find the exact sound effect you need with descriptions that detail the emotional power of the recordings beyond the practical interpretations.

Key Features:

  • 88 sound effects (2.55GB)
  • View PDF Sound List
  • 24-bit/48kHz broadcast .wav files
  • Descriptive embedded metadata
  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • Download or flash drive delivery (+$40)

Try It Out for Free:

Download the Free Sampler above to get two full WAV files from the library!

Stories & User Reviews:


Gary Rydstrom“Ann Kroeber has a unique ability to provide one-of-a-kind sound effects. Both as a recordist, and as the knowledgeable gatekeeper of a vast, renowned library, Ann has given me great sounds that lead to great ideas.”

Gary Rydstrom - Winner of 7 Academy Awards in sound


Martin Stig Andersen“For me, it’s not about recreating reality. It’s about what else the sound can convey. That’s a quality I like about Ann’s sounds - you get a feeling that each sound is about much more than what it actually represents.”

Martin Stig Andersen - Game Sound Designer & Composer (INSIDE, LIMBO)