Our most comprehensive general sound effects library for professional media production.

With over 200,000 sound effects (2.4TB) - featuring full online access, search software, and buyout or annual subscription options - the Master Library is a core creative resource for companies and sound professionals who want to take their productions to the next level.

Media innovators like EA, BBC, Google, Disney, Red Bull, VICE and award-winners such as Beau Borders (Lone Survivor) rely on the Master Library on a daily basis to fuel creativity and finish projects faster than ever.

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  204,545 broadcast .wav files for use in any project

  NEW: 27,446 newly added sound effects

  2.44TB delivered on hard drive, online, or on your server

  Over 1,700 hours of unique recordings from around the world

  293 Categories: Spans the full sonic spectrum A to Z

  Rich metadata: Optimized for pinpoint search

  View Sound List: CSV

  Full Online Access: 24/7 from any computer

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

  Curated from PSE's world-class recordists

  100% Royalty-Free License

  PSE Warranty: Includes 3 Year Data Replacement

  Annual or Buyout payment options

Audio Demos (by Category):

Metadata - Optimized descriptions for quicker searches and better results:

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


Lee Banyard“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

Ben Minto“PSE’s Master Library is a cornerstone of our library with custom licensing making it available to 60+ sound designers located across 14 studios worldwide.”
- Ben Minto, Worldwide Audio Director, Electronic Arts DICE

Master Library User Stories:

Technical Specifications & Compatibility:

Hard Drive: 3TB USB 3.0 hard drive - Mac/PC compatible (exFAT)

Data on Drive: 2.44TB (totaling 1,700 hours of recordings!)

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.

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


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

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

3rd Party Software Compatibility: BaseHead, Soundminer, Netmix, Workspace (Pro Tools), Find Tool (Avid Media Composer), Media Bay (Nuendo), Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Audition, Reaper.

PSE Warranty: 3 Year-Data Replacement Policy - If the hard drive fails within 3 years, we will replace the drive free of charge.

Recently Added Libraries:

Cinematic WindsCinematic Winds by Alan Splet & Ann Kroeber: Add emotion and depth to your project with powerful, evocative sounds of wind. Includes diverse recordings from eerie, hollow wind sounds to whipping, stormy moodscapes.

SubmergedSubmerged: Underwater sounds for otherworldly design. Harness the unique sonic properties of water with bubble streams, air bursts, immersive perspectives and more.

Tokyo AmbisonicsTokyo Ambisonics: Spatialize urban atmospheres using "virtual mic" software. Adjust perspective of city ambiences in real-time for greater flexibility, realism, and creativity.

Pricing Info:

Freelancers & Independents: $6,995 buyout via application

The Master Library 2017 is available for $6,995 (reg. $11,995) through our Freelancer Program. Any freelance sound designer, sound editor, video editor, audio engineer, game developer or media creator can apply for free without any purchase commitment. Apply here to gain access to the Master Library for $6,995. 

Companies: $11,995 buyout for 1 user

2 or more individuals at your company need access? Get Custom Quote for multi-user license starting at $3,795/year.

Have the Hybrid Library?
Contact licensing@prosoundeffects.com for special upgrade pricing.


Ric Viers, Barry Dowsett, Kevin Tone, BBC, Stephan Schütze, Saro Sahihi, Jason Cushing, JR Fountain, Guido Helbling, Ken Skoglund, Chris Diebold, Colin Hart, Joseph DiMarco, Ann Kroeber, Alan Splet, Douglas Price, David Forshee, Jeremy Siegel, Team PSE
200,000+ sound effects
2.4 TB
3TB hard drive
(USB 3.0)
Broadcast Wave Format
Mac and PC compatible
3-Year Data Replacement Policy

The Master Library 2017 Includes:

Library Sounds Retail Price
Blastdrive 3.0 63,265 $5,999.00
Soundrangers 29,524 $3,900.00
BBC Complete 29,417 $4,999.00
Sound Librarian 26,484 $5,762.00
SoundBits Complete 19,416 $1,732.00
SoundMorph 12,860 $1,504.00
Big Room Complete 8,454 N/A*
Avosound 8,015 $2,810.00
Clack 6,933 N/A*
SoundControl SE Basic 1,890 $538.00
Pro Sound Effects 1,614 $870.00
Chris Diebold General 1,344
Big Tree Media General 511

Separately you pay over $28,739.00
Master Library 2017: $11,995.00

*Not available as standalone
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