to Find 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 Effects...
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
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 tracks.
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 use.
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 http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
podcast software for audio recording and editing.