January 21, 2019

Hart of Steel

It’s HUGE. As in over 22gb of sound. All in 192k/24b. If you played all of the the files back to back, it would take you over 5 1/2 hours to listen to it all. And that’s not even the cool part.

This is kind of a unique library. I recorded with a number of microphone (up to 8 at times) into two Deva V recorders (a single one didn’t like recording 8 channels of 192k/24b!). Then in post, I mixed and matched different mics to make the baddest, beefiest sounding tools I could. But the cool thing is that I’ve also included the separate mics on their own, all time aligned and all, so you can do your own mix, or just chose one perspective you like for a specific sound. So there are over 1000 sounds, but sometimes you have 5 different perspectives of the same sound. Completely customizable! It’s all labelled in the metadata too, so you can search by how many feet the mic was from the sound if you’d like, or from Close, Medium, or Far Perspectives.

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Screenshot of the file hierarchy with multiple mics in INDUSTRIAL 001 Complete HD.


Here’s a list of the microphones I’ve included:

Sennheiser MKH800 MS Stereo Setup
Sanken CSS-5 Stereo Setup
Sanken Cub01 Stereo Setup
Sennheiser MKH60 Shotguns
Audio Technica AT4060 Tube Mic

I recorded quite a few tools, and when I finished, I still had a list a mile long that I wanted to continue on with, but I figured I couldn’t stuff any more sound into this library, so I’ve saved my list to make expansions later on. Here’s the list of the tools I have included in this library:

Miter Saw
Panel Saw
Table Saw
Jig Saw
Band Saw
Hack Saw
Cross Cut Saw
Circular Saw
Air Ratchet
Pneumatic Compressor
Pneumatic Hose Releases
Impact Wrench
Pneumatic Nail Gun
Belt Sander
Table Grinder
Palm Sander
Router Table
Drill Press
Cordless Drill
Shop Vac

And then there are a few other random sounds here and there as a bonus!

Here’s a demo of some of the sounds:

I’m offering this in a few different packages. The Complete HD Edition includes everything I’ve mentioned above, plus a few bonuses, and it’s available for only $99! I’ve been told by a few people I’m crazy for selling it that low, but I want to level the playing field here. I don’t want the fancy nice sounds to only be for the guys with the big jobs that can expense $3,000 libraries. I’ve been stuck on the wrong side of that fence for too long, and it’s not fun.

If that’s still a little too much for you, or you just don’t need all that juicy sound, there is a 96k version, called the Pro Edition, and a 48k version, called the Lite Edition. Neither one have all the mic splits like the Complete HD Edition has, but they contain all of the stereo mixes, and a few goodies here and there for good measure.

Now if you’re the type that needs a little more convincing before you spend your hard earned dough, or you’re just trying to build a small library to play around with, I have a free version as well. I’ve included a handful of some of the cooler sounding stereo mixes in there (in MP3 format), and I’ve thrown a 192k mix in there so you can get a taste of the full goodness of the Complete HD library.

Before you buy, make sure to check out the License Agreement!

All products are available in physical format. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing a physical copy instead of a digital copy.

The Hart of Steel Complete HD Edition is just what it sounds like. You get everything. Actually, you get more than everything, because you get the satisfaction of knowing that you couldn’t have gotten any more. You received everything there was to receive. Every mic and every mix in 192k, 24bit. This edition has some really unique features to it.

*Please note that due to the size of this library, it is broken up into a 14 part *.rar archive, so you’ll have to download 14 files, which add up to about 14.5gb, and unpack to around 23.5gb. This process may take awhile, so plan to be patient! Also, many users experience difficulty unarchiving the *.rar with Stuffit. I’d recommend using UnRarX (free program) instead.*

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The Hart of Steel Economy Edition has all of the mixes included in the Complete HD Edition, just in 96k. It also doesn’t include the isolated microphones, although I have included one set so you can see what all the fuss is about.

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The Hart of Steel Lite Edition has a little less than the other libraries. It doesn’t include all of the takes from the bigger two libraries. Instead, it includes the highlights. It’s kind of a “Best Of” library. This library is in 48k 24b.

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The Hart of Steel Free Edition is for those of you that want to get more of a taste of what this library is all about before purchasing it. Or, maybe you’re just trying to build a small SFX database to practice posting with. Regardless of your reason, this one is free! It includes a few highlight mixes from the library (10 in all), all in MP3 format, and one 192k file so you can experience the goodness of the Complete HD Edition!

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Colin Hart: Recording, Editing, Mastering
Andy Raut: Recording, Equipment Performance