Cheap/free sound design resources

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Ben on November 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I know this topic may sound a bit spammy, but I have some things to share for all of you:

Because I’m incapable of obtaining my own samples, I use this website:
http://freesound.org/

Description: “Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.”

For working with sounds to ensure that they fit my piece, I use an open source program called Audacity. It’s far from the greatest piece of sound software around, but it’s sufficient for simple tasks of manipulating sound samples (especially being free).

http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/?source=directory

I would recommend, if you can afford, to stick with professional quality resources (i.e. audio samples and sound editing software).

Any one else know of some nice resources or information to share?

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J.J. Petty on November 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I would say, if you don’t like Freesound; don’t be afraid to make your own folie. You’d be surprised what common day sounds are used to make up things, even in professional cinema!

But by all means, don’t be afraid to check out their selection either, just watch out for the various licenses on them.

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O'Ryan McEntire on November 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Have you checked out the music thread? There are some great resources there for sound effects as well.
http://filmpunch.org/forums/topic/the-filmpunch-music-thread/

I find the key to freesound.org is getting your search just right. Often times I find stuff that isn’t labeled in anyway that I would have thought to look for it as.

Also worth a look as far as audio software take a gander at Reaper.
http://www.reaper.fm/

It’s very reasonable priced and seems very powerful. (I think there may even be a free option???)

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