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REVIEW: Pro Sound Effects - The Odyssey Collection: Essentials 2019

Company: Pro Sound Effects

Product: The Odyssey Collection: Essentials.

Price: $1,195 for Freelancers.

$1,495 for Companies.

Our Rating: 4.8/5

Pro Sound Effects bring us a slimmed down version of the renowned Odyssey Collection, gathered from the personal library's of some of our industry's greatest Sound Designers.


Essentials is a selection of the best of the Odyssey Collection by Pro Sound Effects; it provides over 16.000 sounds divided into 285 categories. These sounds were recorded for specific high profile projects by renowned Hollywood Sound Designers Mark Mangini & Richard L. Anderson over the last 3 decades. As it's name claims, this library offers you a very good quality foundation of sounds to accent or use as your main general effects library. We have listened to every single sound to provide you the most comprehensive, impartial and detailed review. Odyssey includes 16,532 Sounds (156GB), a 1TB Hard Drive, Search Software and Online Access with a Royalty-Free Commercial License to use the effects.


It took 10,000 hours to edit the library and compile all of the required metadata to make the it accessible in a fast post production workflow, and the search terms are fairly logical. The included high quality 1TB Hard Drive is covered by guarantee for 3 years, and you can access the library online at anytime, which is perfect when freelancing at other facilities. The 16.532 royalty free WAV files include a combination of stereo, LCR, Quad and 5.1 recordings in a variety of formats: 24/96, 24/48, 16/48, 16/44. This variety is likely due to changes in technology over the years of recording, as well as the very specific needs of projects that these sounds were recorded for.

At 344, we are a big fan of libraries that have some dirt and character, and this library contains genuine field recordings that were captured with love. Many of the sounds on offer here will slot into a scene without too much processing. There is a fairly large tonal variety, some sounds being more reverberant with a thinner frequency response, and others sounding close and fuller. The overall quality is high however and these varieties can definitely work to your advantage in a lot of tracklay scenarios. Be prepared for certain effects to have some noise floor inherent within them.

One of this product's stronger points is that it contains sounds that Mangini and Anderson obviously felt were lacking in many other libraries, and therefore it can be a great secret weapon for finding more abstract and rarely captured effects. Some big standouts for us were the car movements on different surfaces, rocket bursts and the metal scrapes/squeaks. Just a couple of examples of sounds that were meticulously selected, recorded and designed in a unique way.

Make sure you read our 'Categories of Irresistible Effects' section below for our detailed analysis of each sound category.

Pushing It Further

Some areas for improvement in this library would be the large variety of channel formats included. For example, the mixture between Quad, LCR and 5.1 ambiences can limit your ability to tracklay quickly, as you will be duplicating channels or removing channels to keep consistency in your BG tracks. It would have been better to upmix some of these to 5.1, or just keep them as stereo files.

Some users with smaller overall libraries may find gaps within Essentials if they attempt to use it as their main general effects library, however it a great addition to other PSE products like Hybrid Library, which offer more generic effects, but with a larger cross section than Odyssey: Essentials offers.

The Bottom Line

Think of this library as the ultimate Sound Designer's personal library. Natural character and imperfections give this library the edge over general effects libraries. Perfect for those looking to augment their libraries with some unique and well crafted effects that cover a variety of categories.

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Categories of Irresistible Effects

Check out our verdict of each category in the library, so that you know what to expect:

Acid: A small selection of bubble and sizzle sounds.

Air: Useful airy sound effects from elements such as Sprays or Fire Extinguisher as well as pure air sounds, not including standard wind sounds that you can find in any library

Aircraft -

Gliders: A single sound effect that contains a lot of airy moaning and whistling sound.

Helicopters: Very good variety of helicopter sounds recorded from different perspectives.

Jets: A huge selection of jet related sounds.

Prop Planes: Good quantity of sounds from propeller planes.

Alarms: A basic selection of alarms that you might need for your projects.

Ambience -

Battle: If you are in need of military style ambiences, you will be happy with this selection.

Exotic: A good selection of exotic elements from different countries such as Mexico or Malaysia, the only downside of this selection is the length of most of the recordings, it would be ideal to have longer ambiences as most of them are shorter than 3 minutes.

Industrial: A fantastic number of industrial sounds.

Jungle: This selection will bring your jungles scenes to life! Most of the sounds have a great content of wild species. A few 5.1 effects are included in this section!

Misc: All the miscellaneous ambience that you will need will be probably found in this section.

Nautical: A fantastic selection.

Public Places: A huge variety of locations were used to capture these background sounds. People talking in different language would be a real bonus for this section.

Room Tones: Just a variety of tones!

Rural: Good for scenes that need simplicity.

Suburban: A nice selection of stereo and 5.1 ambience sound from relatively quiet environments. Other than that, there are a few other ambiences such as roller coaster or bank ambiences.

Technical: if you are working in a casino style movie, you will find a great selection of casino background sound.

Urban: The sound of big cities to bring your scenes to life!

Walla: A very natural selection of different types of environments such as Prisons or Nightclubs, useful for layering your atmospheres.

Amphibians: Has some very nice frogs and insects background sounds, however; some of them sound very similar.

Arrows: a nice and realistic sounding of arrows passing by, hitting the target and taking off from the crossbow.

Beeps: Just a great number of beep sounds!

Bells: Great variety of bells.

Birds -

Exotic: An extensive selection of birds sounds that you might not have heard before.

Land: This is the selection of birds that you find close to you if you are in an urban environment.

Misc: A few background sounds from a Barnyard and a very minimal selection of birds and winds.

Water: A good number of penguin, geese and seagulls captured from different perspectives.

Wing Flaps: Not the most realistic wing flaps in this selection.

Boats -

Bow Wash: Be careful with the water, these sounds are very close to you!

Misc: All the detailed sounds that you might need for your scene such as jet skis and boat creaks.

Motor Boat: Great selection of moving boats at different speeds.

Rowboats: Very nice and realistic sound different elements of rowboats and its impact with the water. Very realistic squeaking sound of the wood, useful to add the realistic textures.

Ships: This selection would be used if Titanic was being remade!

Submarines: A short selection of submarine/industrial sounds, nothing very special in here.

Breathing: Useful breathing content for projects that requires a very realistic touch. It also includes a couple of processed, washy breathing effects for horror movies.

Buzzers: An average selection of buzzer sounds, some of them are already designed for an specific location such as a prison yard or for an stadium, there are some limitations as these sound are already processed.

Camera: Very detailed capture of different sounds that a camera can make. This large selection will probably contain all the sounds that it needed from a different types of cameras, as well as other elements such as projectors.

Cartoon: This section has an extensive number of very useful cartoon style sound effects, it reminds me of my childhood!

Chains: A very extensive number of chain with variations, being rattled and hit on different types of surfaces.

Chairs -

Leather: No budget for foley? You can achieve a good sense of realism and texture by using this section if you come across any leather on your project.

Metal: A great selection of chair squeaks, chairs sliding and wheelchair sounds.

Misc: A selection of chairs sound not very commonly found, especially the theatre seat sounds, these stand out massively on this section as they give you all the quirks that you hear in a theatre.

Plastic: A selection of “plasticy” sounds that you hear from a plastic chair.

Wood: A realistic selection of wooden chair sounds such as chair squeaks, chairs moving and chair impacts.

Clicks: Sounds coming from different sources that click, such as metal tongs, remote control buttons or a spray can. It would be great to have more type of clicks included on this list such a finger sounds on mobile phones/tablets.

Clock: This section offers a great range of different clock types such as pocket watch or a chime clock. Most of them are recorded out of context; therefore, it gives you a great chance to manipulate the sound as desired.

Cloth: Very good selection of cloth movements, useful for when you can't do Foley.

Computers: This selection mostly has keyboard sounds.

Cooking: Useful kitchen elements such as boiling water and sizzling sounds. Most of them are captured from a close perspective.

Crashes -

Debris: It is not a big selection but has a very nice 5.1 impact. There are also a few stereo vehicle drops with variations.

Glass: Very good quality glass crashes such as light bulbs and wood glass crashes, however, it feels that this section is lacking in larger weight glass impacts.

Metal: A variety of crashes made from vehicles, fences, shields, etc. This section contains a great number of useful impacts, perfect to be layered with other effects in order to enhance your sound design process. A few of these sounds are made in 5.1.

Misc: This selection of crash sounds offers mostly shorter and drier versions of impacts.

Pottery: This section offers a very short selection of pottery crashes and impact sounds that lack in high frequency content.

Wood: Great selection of wood debris sounds, including a piano lid crash.

Creaks: A fabulous selection of creak sounds from different surfaces to add realism to your project.

Crowds -

Applause: This large selection of applause is great! The great number of different types of crowds, clapping speeds, screaming and cheering make this selection very unique.

Misc: This is just a great addition for the applause selection.

Movement: These sounds are basically a variety of skate rolling and jumping, they are recorded on location so they are great for background sounds rather than spot effect sounds.

Walla: A great source of sound to add realism to your backgrounds and atmospheres.

Crunches: Well detailed and clean individual crunches sounds, useful to add extra detail.

Debris -

Dirt: A decent number of sounds that can be used to add realism on your projects such as the sound of the gravel wheel or metallic sprinkling sound.

Misc: This selection will add movement to those small details that you might need for your debris, such as metal movements or wood cracks.

Rock: Very nice variations of short, medium and large impacts, crashes and avalanche sounds, from different perspectives.

Distortion: A short selection of overly processed sounds that might be useful for sci-fi projects.

Doors -

Creaks: Just a great variety of doors and creaking sounds. It would be ideal if all of these sounds were recorded from a closer perspective in order to have the opportunity to process them according to the project and it’s perspectives.

Exotic: A few weird sounds such as bamboo doors and sliding doors.

Glass: This selection offers you a great variety of glass doors from close or distant perspectives. A few of these include variations such as different opening and closing speed.

Hardware: This section has a great number of detailed sounds that are needed for creating a realistic sound effect on your project. It includes door knocking on different types of doors, key movement in locks, door handle sounds, etc.

Metal: This section contains a great number of metallic doors, captured from different distances and perspectives.

Misc: This is a huge selection of in detail sounds that will complement any door of this collection. Metal doors impact and knocking on doors are the type of sounds found in this section.

Sliding: Again, well detailed sounds of different types of sliding doors such as Ice cream freezer doors, Metal and Wood doors.

Stones: This selection only contents 2 sounds of rocky type of doors.

Wood: Numerous wood doors and its variations in this section.

Drawer -

Metal: Good number of metal drawers, movements and prop sounds.

Misc: Very nice variations of prop sounds such as movements of items inside different type of drawers.

Wood: If you are a looking for a natural type of wood drawer, you will be able to find it here.

Earthquakes: A decent amount of quakes for different needs. This section includes general rumble, rock movements, explosions and debris.

Eating: I am hungry! This selection has all the taste that you need for eating scenes, such as biting crisps as well as extremely detailed sipping coffee sounds.

Electric -

Arc & Zaps: Good selection of metallic buzzes with different frequency ranges and variations.

Hum: Useful hum sounds in the section. A few of them are in 5.1.

Misc: Some random electric sounds such as cosmic impacts and a diesel generator machine. This selection misses speakers ground hum noises.

Sparks: Very nice selection of spark and crackle sounds.

Tonalities: Very good addition of tonalities for the electric section.

Elevators: This section seems to be more focused on the old type of elevators. Very useful for mechanical noises.

Energy: Amazing selection of designed sounds, very useful for cinematic trailer effects.

Explosions: These explosions have been captured fantastically, the transients are clear and the textures adds a great level of authenticity and uniqueness to these effects. These explosions will allow the sound to break through easily in your mix.

Fans and Air Conditioning: Good selection of different size of fans. More air conditioning units would be ideal, however, it has gone cold in here!

Farts: We don’t want you to imagine this section, you already know what to expect.

Feedback: This selection is a bit short, it could have a greater number of microphone feedback styles; however what it offers, could provide some elements for designing sci - fi projects.

Fight -

Bodyfalls: This selection offers you sounds to add to your design, such as body impacts or the sound of the body rustling in different surfaces. This selection has a great frequency content and they all sound very realistic.

Hits: More pure and real sounds were expected in this selection. Most of the sound are designed and processed in a way that they doesn't sound realistic or big enough for a film mix.

Misc: These are the “add-on” of your fight scene.

Fire -

Burning: Great number of different sizes of fire.

Igniting: Useful sounds that determine the origin of the fire such as lighter spark or gas ignition fire.

Misc: The fire burst is the winner in the section!

Whooshes: This section has a great number of fire movements.

Fireworks: You would probably expect to find only a selection of big fireworks shows, but that is not the case in this library; you will also find a great number of fireworks elements captured from an isolated perspective such as fireworks hisses or crackles.

Foley -

Footsteps: Great stuff for a quick solution. Great selection of floor surfaces, speed, dynamics and type of shoes.

Misc: This section is huge!

Props: Again! Huge selection of prop sound, useful!

Foliage: This is a nice complement for the foley selection.

Games: From Casino sounds to toys sounds.

Ghosts: It is a short selection but it has a great number of beautifully designed sounds.

Glass -

Breaking: A huge amount of glasses breaking, such as bottles and safety glasses.

Glassware: Detail sounds that are needed for dinner scenes such as the spoon stirring in the cup or plate movements, are found in this section.

Hits: Glass down on the table and tap on a window, are the type of sounds found in this section.

Misc: Random sounds coming from glasses such as walk on glass or bottle rolling.

Scrapes and Squeaks: A great addition of details.

Gore -

Blood: There is a lot of texture in this section, a good addition for your design.

Misc: This is an organic selection. You will find a great number of useful sounds, most of them obtained from vegetables such as tomato impacts.

Rips and Tears: Some great bone stretching and cracks in this selection. This selection would be a great starting point for designing weird creatures sounds.

Guns -

Artillery: A few of these shot sounds don’t feel fully realistic, however, this section has other elements such as tank hydraulic movements and its engine.

Bullet Hits: A good number of bullet impact sounds and variations. Useful to have for any action or battle scene.

Bullet Whiz: It offers more unrealistic sounds for a type of a laser gun in a Sci- Fi movie.

Bullets: All bullet related sounds. You will find a great selection of different shell dropping sounds as well as impacts.

Handling: Well thought out sounds for adding realism to your scene.

Machine: Very good number of different weapons, captured from different perspectives. A few 5.1 options in this section, useful!

Misc: Useful sounds for adding an extra detail.

Pistols: Great range of sounds from perspectives and distances.

Ricochets: Disappointing section. Most of the sounds feel very 'Cowboy Western'.

Rifles: The silenced sniper rifle is the winner on this section! There are a great variety of rifle elements but not all of them sound good.

Shotguns: This is a great selection of well balanced type of guns. With this selection you won't need to layer any more sounds on top of it. A few 5.1 options in this section too!

Heartbeat: A great range of speeds.

Horns: Very good number of horns included in this section. The New York auto horn is the winner as it has great number of horns beeping from different perspectives and distances without the city and car sounds, a great element to layer in your city environmental sounds.

Insects -

Flying: Great number of flying insects from different perspectives.

Land: Very large range of insects in this section.

Misc: Close perspective sounds from insects.

Laser -

Guns: Good variety, great to use as a starting point for your design.

Impacts: A very processed explosion style.

Misc: There is a great number of synthy sounds in this section, mostly useful for Sci-Fi Weapons.

Sword: This section has a short number of grinded style synth sounds to represent the movement of the laser sword.

Liquid FX: Useful sounds to add “wet” textures!

Machine -

Electric: Useful sounds, such as printer and dentist drill.

Heavy: Heavy machinery sound such as tunnel drill or conveyor belt.

Light: A great selection of everyday sounds, such as washing machines or a cash register.

Misc: This selection contains those machines that are not very commonly found on a daily basis, such as a leaf blower or a tape recorder.

Mammals -

Cats: Not too much of variety in this section, no more than only cat growls, meows and purring.

Dogs: Great selection of common dogs and all the typical sounds that they make.

Farm: All the sounds that you would expect to hear in a farm are in here.

Horses: Great number of horse walks, prop sounds and noises.

Marine: A very short selection, mostly made out of water spout sounds from whales. It would be great to have dolphin sounds and other species.

Misc: Useful sounds such as creature's wings or a stadium of rats.

Rodents: Great selection of mice vocals.

Wild: A great number of different type of animals such as hyenas and elephants, all captured by different perspectives.

Mechanical -

Gears: Great addition for your machinery design.

Misc: Mechanical sounds from machines that are not commonly found such as ferris wheel or DVD tray