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My sound library search engine, Sound Effects Search, has added over 70 new sound libraries in under two months. That’s an astounding amount of growth in the independent sound library community.

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A few weeks ago, I announced a new community sound effects tool called Sound Effects Search. It’s a search engine for independent sound libraries.

The website launch gave me some insight into independent sound library collections. I’ll share those thoughts in this “post-mortem” post, and also include a few resources for fans of indie sound bundles and also for sound library publishers, too.

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Sound Effects Search Hero Tablet

Last year, I created a new “Community” tab on the website’s menu bar. The first page I announced was a list of field recording blogs. The second listed community Web shops. There’s also a selection of SoundCloud sound effect groups, too.

My hope for those pages was to spread field recording knowledge and share all the excellent sound libraries you’ve created. I believe that all of our work improves when more audio knowledge and better sound surrounds us. I had hoped to contribute a small resource that would give back to the field recording community I’ve enjoyed being a part of.

Many of you wrote to tell me you found those pages useful. So, inspired by that, I’ve released a small, new tool which I also hope will help the sound design and field recording communities: Sound Effects Search.

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Old Lock and Key

Do you own a sound effects Web shop? A brief PSA: your checkout may be outdated, and your customers’s information may be at risk. I recently learned about this flaw which affects supposedly secure websites, Internet-wide.

Now, I know that sounds alarming. But before you call your Web developer in a cold sweat, please note that it affects only a subset of Web visitors. In fact, your shop may not be affected at all.

However, we do talk about sharing sound on the Web on this blog from time to time. I know many field recording pros share their sound libraries on their own Web shops. So, I felt it was important to share the info so you update your own site if you are indeed affected.

This post will briefly describe the problem, explain how to check if you’re affected, and help you fix it yourself.

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Galaxy Hero

You’ve conjured inspiring audio in the studio and in the streets. You’ve mixed and mastered the tracks. You’ve gathered your best selections into an impressive sound library. Now it’s time to share your sound effects and music with your peers and fans. But how do you do this?

The last article described how to create an indie sound effects bundle. Today’s post explains how to share your new sound library from your own online Web shop.

Have no idea what a Web shop is? Don’t have the slightest clue how to begin sharing a sound library? Don’t worry. This post will introduce you to Web shops, explain how they work, and share five types you can choose from.

This post is an abridged chapter from my recently released book called Sharing Sound Online. It’s about building a bulletproof sound bundle and sharing it from your own Web shop.

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Galaxy Hero

These days, it’s typical to edit audio and send finished show reels digitally to colleagues a half dozen time zones away. Capturing field recordings at 192 kilohertz is routine. It’s common to source fresh sound effects from talented recordists living on the other side of the globe.

This digital revolution has evolved sound effects libraries over the past fifty years from vinly records to bursting online archives of hundreds of thousands of clips.

And now? Focused libraries known as sound effects bundles are shared on a growing number of independent websites. They are crafted by the masters of sound design and field recording that surround us. We hear their work in films, television, and games. We work with them. We share ideas with them online. Most importantly, the greatest impact of the sound bundle format is that this collection of people also includes you.

Do you want to list your field recordings or sound design clips online? Are you eager to share your ideas through audio with other pros? Want to learn how to build a collection of clips and sell them on the Web? Sound bundles make this possible. Today’s article explains.

This post describes what sound bundles are, and how they are different. It includes a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to build an exceptional sound bundle yourself.

This post is the first of a two-part series of abridged chapters from my recently released book called Sharing Sound Online, which describes how to build a bulletproof sound bundle and share it from your own Web shop.

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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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How to Protect Sound Library Samples - Lock and Key

In a recent article, I explained how to create a sound library preview montage for your pack or sound library. I shared some ideas on the importance of sound previews beyond the basic, literal demo tracks.

But all of this talk about sharing sound online invites another question: if you’ve created a great preview that showcases your best work, doesn’t it put your library at risk?

It’s true. We all know that sample pirating exists. There are ways to rip audio from Flash players, and that includes SoundCloud. It’s easy to find the direct link to your preview and download it from your website. Once your library is digitized and online, there is a risk it may be stolen. It’s unfortunate, but it’s reality.

How can you offer your best work online, and protect it?

There are three ways to deal with sample theft. I’ll explain each in this article.

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Firearms Sound Library

I’ve written in the past about sharing sound effects using Kickstarter projects. Kickstarter is a fantastic way to fund ideas and work with fans and your community.

I discovered a cool sound effects Kickstarter project earlier today that I’d like to share with you.

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Audio Waveform

You’ve finally decided to share your sounds on the Web. And why not? You’ve spent countless hours recording sound effects. You’ve tweaked endless plug-in settings. You’ve slaved mastering each clip: sculpting every fade, the slice of each edit, and each precise pinch of EQ.

The result? A collection of clips you can objectively say are excellent.

The problem is no one knows.

How, then, can you show off how impressive your sound library has become? With a sound library preview montage.

In today’s post I’ll take a focused look at this important part of sharing a sound library. I’ll describe:

  • What is a sound library preview montage?
  • How preview montages are used.
  • Why sound library preview montages are essential.
  • Preview montage errors to avoid.
  • What a superior montage must include.
  • How to create an irresistible preview montage.

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