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It’s fantastic to see that the last year has experienced an explosion of new field recording content. We’re seeing more sound fx libraries are appearing in indie Web shops, more clips on SoundCloud, valuable ideas in podcasts, blog articles, and more.

Our field recording community remains fairly spread out, however. Earlier I had created three pages here on the site to keep track of all of these websites:

Thank you to everyone who has sent me links to share with others.

Check out those pages to find new blogs, listen to sound fx libraries, and connect with others on SoundCloud.

Submitting Websites to the Lists

Things are evolving so quickly that it’s hard to catch every new site that launches. This week I created a new page to help.

Want to list your website here? Do you have a favourite blog you’d like to share? Have I missed a cool site you’ve discovered?

Send me your websites on the new field recording community website submission form page. That form just makes it a bit easier to send me your Web shops, SoundCloud groups, or field recording news sites. That means it will appear on the site faster.

Submit a site there to share it with the rest of the community.

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New Sound Effects Sharing Book Arriving Soon - Stack of Books

I’ve often written here that I believe that the entire craft of pro audio improves as more exceptional sound libraries surround us. I believe our field recording community is packed with talented people who capture clips that will inspire us all.

Earlier this year I decided to put my money where my ideas were. Why not put that concept into practice? So, for the past two months I’ve been writing a book that explains how to do two things:

  1. Build an exceptional indie sound library bundle.
  2. Host that collection on a website you own.

The goal of the book is to help everyone share their creations with fans worldwide and find freedom while doing so.

In this post I’ll explain the broad strokes of the project.

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Medieval Weapons Hero

The gentlemen behind the free Firearm Sound Library are at it again. This time they’ve launched a Kickstarter project to record an entire sound effects library of medieval weapons: bows, axes, daggers, spears, and sabres. The price to join the project and download the entire library? One dollar.

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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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