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.
Features | Audio Demos | Metadata | Reviews | User Stories | Specs | Pricing
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
“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 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:
- Client Spotlight: Cloud Imperium Games
- Master Library User Stories: Ben Minto, EA DICE
- Audio Branding Awards 2015 (Gold Prize)
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 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.
Submerged: Underwater sounds for otherworldly design. Harness the unique sonic properties of water with bubble streams, air bursts, immersive perspectives and more.
Tokyo Ambisonics: Spatialize urban atmospheres using "virtual mic" software. Adjust perspective of city ambiences in real-time for greater flexibility, realism, and creativity.
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 email@example.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
3TB hard drive
Broadcast Wave Format
Mac and PC compatible
3-Year Data Replacement Policy
The Master Library 2017 Includes:
|Big Room Complete||8,454||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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