Archives For Community
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.
I remember the first time I stumbled upon Reddit. I was instantly hooked by the lively banter, range of discourse, comment voting, and the stunning breadth of discussion categories, also known as subreddits.
Reddit is a type of bulletin board system where users can submit and vote on article or comments. It is hugely popular. It is ranked 31 in worldwide search engine traffic. It only stands to reason that sooner or later audio folk would wander into Reddit and begin discussing field recording, sound effects, game audio, and more.
Today’s post explores a few popular areas where you can discuss your love of sound with other pros.
A brief update: I recently added about a dozen new sound clip Web shops to the Community Sound FX Libraries page. It’s a bit more presentable, too.
I revisited the sites while updating the list. It’s a good way to discover what’s out there. As I did so, I noticed that there’s a few perhaps less-well-known sites that have some incredible libraries. There are some real gems buried in there. In particular, there’s a wide selection of guns and cars. There are also new nature recordists with some truly evocative recordings.
It’s also interesting to note that the count is now at 66 independent sound library stores. That’s pretty incredible. Two years ago half of these didn’t exist.
I believe the list is pretty much up to date. Thanks to everyone who has submitted a website. If I have missed your independent Web shop, please contact me via the sound fx library submission page.
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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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.
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.
I brief update: last year I wrote about SoundCloud groups. That article explained SoundCloud, and how to join sound fx communities there. There are dozens of groups that cover field recording, sound design, and sound fx sharing.