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A few months ago, I interviewed René Coronado. René is a field recordist, and host of the popular Tonebenders podcast.

In that article, René described his experiences capturing sound effects for his Echo | Collective: Fields Web shop while highlighting one vital field recording skill: working with gatekeepers.

Recently René shared more tips with me that he found in an unlikely source: the financial magazine, Forbes.

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Last year, sound forum website Audible Worlds introduced the “Our Ambient World” crowdsourced sound library. Hundreds of field recordists across the globe spent months recording atmospheres characteristic to their homes.

The result? 263 field recordings in almost 40 gigabytes of audio with ambiences from Raleigh to Rome.

I interviewed Audible Worlds’ founder Mike Niederquell about that project last year. On Friday, after much community discussion, Mike announced the next crowdsourced sound library: The “Crowds” Library.

In this post, I’ll briefly describe the crowdsourced project, how it works, and why you may want to join other field recordists worldwide in capturing crowds from your home city.

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