Archives For Sharing Sound

Rumours have been swirling about SoundCloud’s demise for years. The sound-sharing website has been haunted by news of huge annual losses as far back as 2014 and 2015. Their own financial auditor warned that they may run out of cash and collapse. In August, 2016, SoundCloud removed their much-loved “groups” feature from the site, leaving specialized communities of sound fans in the cold. The situation hasn’t improved. A recent article reported that the company laid off 40 percent of its staff and has 50 days of funding remaining.

SoundCloud disputes the cloud of doom that seems to be hovering over the website. Last year, SoundCloud launched “Go,” a subscription service similar to Apple Music and Spotify. The company claims the paid plans will rejuvenate their bank accounts.

Despite this, sound effect sharing fans have watched the streaming service with an uneasy eye. SoundCloud has long been a favourite of the field recording and independent sound library communities. It’s the preferred method of sharing sound clips with other sound fx fans and sound library customers.

Now, there’s no guarantee that SoundCloud will fold. However, there’s no harm in being prepared. With that in mind, today’s post offers a list of alternative sound-sharing websites.

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A few months ago I began a new type of series here on the blog: article roundups. Why? Well, we’ve covered a lot of topics on the site in the last six years. The roundups are meant to gather similar posts in one easy-to-digest serving.

The first roundups covered the two most popular questions I receive from readers: How to Sell Sound Effects and Sound FX Library Ideas & How to Choose Them. The third most common question follows a similar theme:

Where should I sell my sound effects?

How can I choose the best sound library partner?

What is the best website to distribute my sound clips?

How do you find good sound fx distributors?

So, today’s article will share previous posts about sound fx library distributors. It will also include new tips that will help you learn how to choose the best sound stores to sell your clip collections.

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Last week I shared a roundup of articles I had written that share how to sell sound effects.

That’s one of the most popular questions I receive from readers. What’s the second-most popular question? Unsurprisingly, it asks about the next step in selling sound fx libraries:

  • What’s the best topic or theme for my first sound fx library?
  • What is the best subject for a sound collection?
  • What title is best for a new sound clip library?
  • How do I find a good idea for a new sound fx library?

Today’s post will be a roundup of advice I’ve shared to answer that question both here, and on other websites.

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It’s quite exciting to see many field recordists and sound designers eager to begin sharing sound fx with the community. I receive many emails from people curious about selling sound.

Writing about sharing field recordings on the Web is one of my favourite article topics. However, as the site grows larger, those posts are a bit trickier to find amongst the other articles.

That may be why I still receive many questions about sharing sound, such as:

  • How do I sell sound effects?
  • How do I create a sound fx library?
  • How do I design a sound effect library?

Those are all good questions. So, it’s time for a refresher. Today’s article is a roundup of all previous posts about sharing sound.

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Article: 10 Tips for Sound FX Library Publishers

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Earlier this week I published an article called 10 1-Minute Fixes That Drastically Improve Your Indie Sound FX Library on my sister website, Sound Effects Search.

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Article: 11 Ways to Improve Your Sound FX Web Store

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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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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.

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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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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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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