As field recordists, we all know that venturing out of the studio to capture sound effects takes thought, effort, and skill. Weather, network demands, and milestone deadlines highlight another challenge: time. Superior field recordings are diligent and comprehensive; neither aspect can be rushed. That’s a shame, since sound fx editing becomes easier when pros have multiple variations of similar sound clips. It just isn’t possible for a single recordist to gather ample variety on the tight schedules that are becoming more common in pro audio. So, how can someone stretched for time beat this problem?
One increasingly popular way is crowdsourcing. This approach combines the efforts of an entire community of skilled pros to create something bigger than a single field recordist can accomplish themselves.
Field recordist and sound designer Tim Prebble was one of the first sound pros to champion a crowdsourced sound fx collection. That became the respected "Doors" sound library of 2010.
Since then, there have been a number of other fx-themed crowdsourced projects: René Coronado’s trolley library and the Free Firearms library by Still North SoundFX used Kickstarter to help overcome the financial hurdles of creating a sound collection. Both Mike Niederquell’s Audible Worlds forum and Michael Maroussas’s The Sound Collectors Club draw from community submissions to create theme-based sound libraries. Just recently a new crowdsourced library website was launched with a compelling twist: CrowdsourceSFX.
Today’s article will explore this community project and its website. The post will explain how you can become involved in this intriguing new crowdsourced sound library, and how it can keep giving back to collaborators, years after their first upload.