I recently began editing reality television shows. There are four different shows I am editing ranging from singing competitions to scripted/reality comedy. Anyway, my boss wants more sound effects. There are a million different sound libraries online at a wide price range. I would like some suggestions on what collections people are using and if they are happy with them. I could use wooshes, explosions, goofy uh-oh type sound effects, and just generic transition and situational sfx.
SoundDogs has many of the major sound libraries, and you can audition and purchase the sounds individually. I know that it's time consuming, but just audition lots of sound from each category and see which library has the things that you like and order the whole library. If you have the budget Sound Ideas offers large collections on hard drives, and will custom load a drive with the libraries you specify; pricey, but you save money in relative terms.
The Big Whoosh collections are popular; there are six of them. The very overused Hanna-Barbera cartoon library is available for "goofy" stuff. BlastWave and Hollywood Edge both have some very nice varied and specific collections.
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I used to like Hollywood Edge, I bought some BBC discs a few years ago which are still good for atmos/backgrounds but not so much for spot effects, now I mainly go to SoundDogs. Having said that, it's surprising how useful the effects that were bundled with Logic Pro can be with a bit of tweaking and I have a bunch of backgrounds that I recorded myself.