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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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Today’s post is the second post in a short series about pro audio career advice. The last article explored general pro sound tips and tricks.

Today’s post answers two of the more common questions I see in my email inbox:

How do I become a field recordist and share sound libraries on the Web?

How do I get and established selling sound, and what’s the most effective way to break into that world?

Do you want to record sound effects beyond the studio? Are you eager to share your field recordings with other sound pros? Today’s post includes suggestions to help you build a field recording career sharing sound on the Web.

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Lately I’ve written a lot about creating sound effect libraries. In an interview with A Sound Effect, I mentioned that many sound collections begin when a sound editor notices certain sounds are missing.

This is exactly how the Free Firearm Library began. Of course, many of you know this library. It has received a lot of press and support from the community. The library has been downloaded by many sound pros. The crew behind the library, Still North SoundFX, recently mentioned that library clips were used in Boardwalk Empire.

The library also offers something more than tricky sound clips, however. The reason why it was created and how it was done provides insight for audio pros interested in sharing sound themselves. How?

Well, we’re all familiar with the sound of Hollywood-style suppressed gunshots. Ben Jaszczak and Brian Nelson of Still North SoundFX knew silencers sounded differently. They were determined to capture realistic-sounding suppressed gunshots. To do this, they turned to the community to support the project with what became a popular Kickstarter campaign.

So, what’s interesting is that the library grew from a need to record a specific sound effect that was difficult to capture: suppressed gunshots. Also, the Firearm Library involved the community intimately by using a tool rarely seen when creating new collections: Kickstarter.com.

It’s been some time since the library was released. I recently reached out to Jaszczak and Nelson to hear their reflections on these ideas. They kindly shared their time answering questions about recording the gun library, working with the community, and their plans for the future.

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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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Sharing Sound Online Group

It’s been a while since I posted here regularly. That’s because I’ve poured all my energy into writing a new e-book about sharing sound effects and field recordings.

It’s called Sharing Sound Online and it’s available now in the Creative Field Recording bookstore.

Sharing Sound Online is an e-book that explains how to build an indie sound bundle and share it from your own Web store. It collects all my knowledge of selling sound on the Internet since 2000, and presents hundreds of tricks and tips.

I wrote this book because I know many of you have excellent sound effects that are waiting to be discovered. I’m excited about the book because I think it is an extremely simple way to help everyone move their great collections out into the world to be enjoyed by listeners everywhere.

It’s the result of a solid three-and-a-half months of writing. I’m very excited to finally share it with you today.

This post will be a brief overview of the book. I’ll also be publishing two articles (article one, article two) with info from the book, starting today. At the end of the post, I’ll also include a discount code for 15% off the new book, which is good for the next 48 hours.

Interested in learning how to build an exceptional sound bundle and share it with thousands of sound pros on the Web? Read on.

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