The Freesound Project

As a video and audio editor, there are many times where it would be great to have just the right sound to fill in that awkward silence or to make just that right impression for a client. The Freesound Project is an online database of free user-submitted sound files in a variety of formats. I came across this site while listening to an audio fiction podcast called The Metamor City Podcast. This podcast is an excellent work of audio fiction that utilizes great sound effects to accent the overall listening experience. At the end of each episode, the author, Chris Lester, notes that the sounds were provided by the Freesound Project.

I just had to go check it out and was pleasantly surprised by the breadth of sound files available for download, absolutely free of charge under Creative Commons licenses. According the Freesound Project website:

“The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:

  • browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a “sounds-like” type of browsing and more
  • up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
  • interact with fellow sound-artists!”

Be sure to visit the site and add it to your list of resources, for you never know when you will need that sound of the sonar pinging or the UFO flyover.

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