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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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