You’ve probably heard of it. You may have used it. But just what is this sound effects metadata thing?
It’s not surprising that the word metadata is thrown around a lot these days. We’re flooded with Web pages, text documents, and photos. Metadata is a way of organizing and searching through this torrent of information.
Metadata has become incredibly important to field recordings, in particular. Using metadata makes your sound library more supple, and more useful.
I first mentioned metadata on the site when I described how to apply metadata to the Free Firearms Sound Library. Those instructions were fairly involved, though. Let’s back things up and slow things down.
So, this article will explain how to use sound metadata, starting with the basics:
- What is metadata?
- Different types of metadata.
- How to add metadata.
- How to use metadata.
I’ve also included links to other metadata articles at the end of the post.
The next article will delve deeper into metadata. It will include a fresh look at how metadata affects field recordings in particular, and, later, suggested fields to use in sound effects libraries.
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