seeking prison fx and ambience libraries


I'm on a feature that takes place exclusively in a prison. I have all the big libraries that have prison fx... I've had them forever and am feeling like I want something new.

Anyone got any good ideas on what's out there? I've been having trouble finding anything beyond individual FX from the likes of sound-dogs and whatnot. For what it's worth, it's a U.S., male prison. Thanks a lot!


Posted 2015-02-06T15:22:16.893

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and unfortunately, going to a prison and recording isn't doable due to schedule/budget constraints, otherwise that'd by all means be my go-to – brainspin – 2015-02-06T15:23:41.543



If you're looking for mechanics, latches, doors, cells and the like (and not simply male prison walla), I had a lot of luck recently with a really reverberant park bathroom and doing a lot of door slams, locks, metal manipulation in there.

Slowing those down to half speed doubles the reverb time / sense of space and bulks up the sound of the mechanics as well. Definitely a viable replacement for the tired old jail libraries we've all got kicking around.

Let me know if you want me to send you over a few files, or give it a spin yourself!


Posted 2015-02-06T15:22:16.893

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Add to that, if you have access to Altiverb or similar, you could record just the ambiences, then you can use any dry effect with your custom ambience – Tetsujin – 2015-02-07T10:14:07.907

that's a great idea, I can definitely see that working. Yeah, if you wouldn't mind sending some over, I'd greatly appreciate it! – brainspin – 2015-02-11T23:09:41.970

– lucafusi – 2015-02-15T05:24:05.227