Where to Locate Sound Effects
Royalty-free sound effect libraries
contain thousands of sound effects that can be
licensed for specific uses. A customer who uses
royalty-free sound effects, as opposed to hiring
a sound engineer to create them from scratch,
can save considerable time, effort, and money.
Typically, podcasters and other content producers
can obtain non-exclusive rights to a single effect,
or they can purchase a subscription of sorts.
The subscriptions allow publishers to download
a limited number of sound effects during a specified
period of time.
Here are a few sources for Sound
Digital Sound Effects Library
The Digital Sound Effects Library contains a variety
of sound effects. Each effect is available in
three audio formats, .WMA, .WAV, and .MP3. Subscriptions
to the sound effects library grant producers unlimited
access to all the sound effects in the library.
Digital Sound Effects Library -
Nature Sounds includes free online
samples as well as full-length (usually CD-length
or longer) downloads of quality nature sound.
Some sound effects are mixed and edited in the
field, while others are natural. All of the sounds
were recorded in the wilderness of north-eastern
North America. Everything is 100% nature sounds,
with no musical instruments added. Each sound
effect has a preview option available, so you
can listen before you buy.
Nature Sounds - http://nature-downloads.naturesounds.ca/
Partners In Rhyme
Partners In Rhyme includes thousands
of resources for multimedia producers, plus a
catalog of royalty-free music and sound effect
collections, which are available for download
or on CD.
Partners In Rhyme - http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/pir/PIRsfx.shtml
Sound Effect contains royalty-free
sound effects that are available for individual
purchases and downloads.
Sound Effect - http://www.sound-effect.com/
Sound Effects Library
The Sound Effects Library contains
more than 250,000 sound effects, music samples,
and royalty-free music tracks. Listen in real-time,
and instantly purchase from over 250,000 professional
sound files, delivered in WAV file formats. Prices
start at £1.00, and range up to £25 for the music
Sound Effects Library - http://sound-effects-library.com/
Sound Ideas is one of the world's
largest publishers of professional sound effects.
They offer more than 200 distinct collections
to broadcast, post-production, and multimedia
facilities around the globe. The Sound Ideas library
contains well-known sound effects from a renowned
motion picture studio, and are available for commercial
Sound Ideas - http://www.sound-ideas.com/sfxmenu.html
SoundFX distributes sound effects
libraries, music libraries, and pro-audio software
all over the world.
SoundFX - http://soundfx.com/
Pro Sound Effects
Pro Sound Effects is a resource
for royalty-free sound effects, audio imaging
elements, and sound library products. Pro Sound
Effects includes professional sound libraries,
available in a variety of formats. Pro Sound Effects
caters to audio professionals who are serious
about their sound... whether for film post, broadcast,
music, television, video game, radio, web design,
corporate presentation, theater, and beyond. Pro
Sound Effects represents over 250,000 royalty-free
sound effects and production elements. Most of
their libraries are available for audition, so
you can “try-before-you-buy”
Pro Sound Effects - http://www.prosoundeffects.com
SoundSnap is a communal website
that contains a collection of original sounds
made or recorded by its users. SoundSnap users
are a diverse mix of sound designers, sound artists,
web game developers, filmmakers, and music producers.
SoundSnap encourages everyone to upload high-quality
sound effects and samples, helping them make every
kind of sound available.
SoundSnap.com - http://www.soundsnap.com
Many sound effect libraries also
offer compilations sold on CD, containing groups
of sound effects. Any sound effects on the CD
can be used on websites, podcasts, or in production,
and usage does not incur any additional fees.
If you purchase a sound effect,
be sure that you read the licensing agreement
completely. Some agreements may restrict resale
of the sound effects or music compilations, and
you want to be aware of that.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.