The sound designer's secret weapon: a reliable professional sound effects library for film, game audio & beyond. Our best value, #1 reviewed general sound effects library, designed to be your go-to for daily use - a reliable source of creative fuel to help you finish projects faster and produce better sound.

With 63,000+ sound effects (350GB) on hard drive - featuring free annual updates, full online access, and search software - the Hybrid Library is widely known as “The Sound Designer’s Secret Weapon.” Stop wasting time searching for what you need, and secure the tools necessary to tell your best story through sound for any project with a highly curated sonic arsenal organized into 293 categories.

Reviews from Sound & Picture and Designing Sound show unparalleled breadth, depth, features and lifetime value. Sound designers, editors and engineers worldwide rely on the Hybrid Library to create the sound behind our favorite films, TV shows, games and beyond. And every year we work with Hybrid users to introduce new features and updates that ensure the Hybrid Library is always the most useful it can be.

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63,812 broadcast .wav files for use in any project

NEW: 8,000+ newly added feature film sound effects

350GB on 1TB USB3.0 hard drive

293 Categories: From everyday, most-needed recordings to niche elements

Rich metadata: Optimized for fast, pinpoint search

View Sound List:Google Sheet | PDF | CSV

Full Online Access: 24/7 from any computer

Free Annual Updates: Continually keep your library fresh

NEW: Search Software from BaseHead: Drag-and-drop to your DAW

100 Additional Download Credits from our Online Library of 225,000+

  Curated from PSE's world class recordists

100% Royalty-Free

PSE Warranty: includes 3-Year Data Replacement

Audio Demos (by Category):

Getting Started:

Metadata - Optimized descriptions for quicker searches and better results:

The Hybrid Library 2017 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 Soundminer, BaseHead, NetMix, AudioFinder, Avid Workspace Browser, and many more.

Hybrid Library Full Metadata: Google Sheet | PDF | CSV


"The Hybrid 2017 is the most thorough cross-sectional library that I have used in 18 years of work in the film & television industry." - Post Magazine review

"There is literally no way [users] will go without the sound effects they need when they purchase the Hybrid Library." - Sound & Picture review

"This library presents an amazing value." - Designing Sound review

ANR Sonic Joy Award 2016 Winner - Best Sound Design Tools

"I'm astonished at how much faster I can complete projects that sound better than ever." - Nate Hoffman, BluFire Studios

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Hybrid User Stories:

Technical Specifications, Compatibility & Updates:

Hard Drive: 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive - Mac/PC compatible (exFAT)

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: Google Sheet | PDF | CSV

Online Access: 24/7 from any computer via the PSE Online Library

Annual Updates: Delivered digitally via email

Search Software: Six-month trial of BaseHead 4.x Hybrid Library Edition. Search by keyword and drag-and-drop directly to your DAW.

System Requirements - BaseHead 4.x Hybrid Library Edition:
Mac: 10.6 or higher
PC: Windows 7 or higher with .NET 3.5 and 4.5 installed

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.

Pricing Info:

Freelancers & Independents: $1,995 buyout via application

We support freelancers and independent audio professionals with exclusive savings through our Freelancer Program. Application for Freelancer Pricing is free with no purchase commitment - apply here to gain access to the Hybrid Library for $1,995.

Companies: $3,995 buyout for 1 user or Get Custom Quote (multiple users)

The Hybrid Library is available to companies with 1 user for a perpetual buyout license price of $3,995.

2 or more individuals at your company need access? Multi-user licensing starts at $1,495/year for 2 users. Click here to get a customized quote.


Ric Viers (Blastwave FX), Stephan Schütze (Sound Librarian), J.R. Fountain (Big Room Sound), Ken Skoglund (Sound Control SE), Guido Helbling (Avosound), Douglas Price, David Forshee, Jeremy Siegel, Team PSE





63,000+ sound effects
1TB hard drive
USB 3.0



Broadcast Wave Format
Mac and PC compatible


3-Year Data Replacement Policy


Customer Reviews

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