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Published on March 7th, 2013 | by David Forshee

Designing Sound Review of the Hybrid Library

Shaun Far­ley from Design­ing Sound posted an incred­i­bly detailed review of The Hybrid Library.  I encour­age you to read the full review at designingsound.org, but here are some of the highlights:

Blast­wave FX: ”These are all high qual­ity sounds with effec­tive meta­data. Out of all the libraries we cur­rently have at work, I fre­quently turn to this one first.”

Foun­da­tion: ”The sounds in this library are extremely well pro­duced, and there a lot of unique sound sources that I haven’t seen in many other libraries.”

Sound Con­trol SE: ”Once again, plenty of well pro­duced sounds fill out this col­lec­tion. For the most part, meta­data was solid.”

Soundeffects.ch 5.1: ”There are some truly dis­tinc­tive ambi­ences avail­able in here. On top of that, the meta­data usage and descrip­tions in these files is EXTENSIVE! A quick glance tells you exactly the kind of care that went into the tagging.”

Rare Ani­mals: ”This is a VERY inter­est­ing col­lec­tion of ani­mals. Some record­ings will have lim­ited use. It’s imme­di­ately obvi­ous when one of these ani­mals have been recorded in an inte­rior space or zoo; how­ever, I have lit­tle doubt that many of those could still be use­ful for design purposes.”

 

When com­pared to com­peti­tors that approx­i­mately match the sheer num­ber of effects con­tained in the Hybrid Library, it seems down­right cheap!”

A more typ­i­cal review could have ended there with lit­tle data to sup­port an oth­er­wise ran­dom audi­tion­ing of the libraries, but Shaun includes a more sys­tem­atic test process com­par­ing the search results of the Hybrid Library with that of the Gen­eral 6000 Library.  In short, the Hybrid Library com­pares favorably:

Per search term, it returned an aver­age of 71 results more than the Gen­eral 6000; mean­ing we have more vari­a­tions to choose from…and won’t be reusing the same sounds as fre­quently. I also know for a fact that there are sounds in the Hybrid Library that are not avail­able in the Gen­eral 6000. It costs less than the com­plete BBC effects library, and has a larger sound count. When com­pared to com­peti­tors that approx­i­mately match the sheer num­ber of effects con­tained in the Hybrid Library, it seems down­right cheap!”

The Hybrid Library for Free­lancers is an incred­i­ble value, and remains avail­able to free­lancers for $2995.  ”The Robin Hood of Sound Libraries” fea­tures over 56,000 sounds cov­er­ing just about any­thing you could want in a gen­eral library.  And for those times when you just can’t find the sound you’re look­ing for, you also get a 100 sound down­load credit to our indi­vid­ual down­loads site with over 120,000 sounds.



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