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Free Sound Database


waveform.pngWe all love seeing great animations being posted on-line or in films.  Many of us even create our own to test our skills or to do a job.  Though as we watch the subtle movements of the scene, we sometimes forget the other senses that bring it all to life.  In particular, sound.  Tim (Room335) points us to The Freesound Project allowing any animator add a sound to the silence of animation.

From the site:

The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license interact with fellow sound-artists!

It also adds:

If you have audio samples which can be released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License please add them! Label them correctly and help us build a huge database.

So if you are looking to kick your animations up a notch, or looking for just the right telephone ring, this is the site for you!

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  1. Sounds interesting (no pun intended). I just hope that the quality of the sound is better than most of the free sound effects you can get from places like, and we all know how bad those can be. Otherwise one has to buy a sound library which can cost an arm, and a leg.

  2. so many times in the past I've encountered "free" sound FX sites that want to sell you 1 cd of sound FX for like $30.

    This sounds excellent!

    hahahahah I made a funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!1!!

  3. Actually after listening to several sounds I discovered that the quallity is extremely high for free sounds. Plus its truly a free service, and isn't like the scams alot of sites try to do. Its Alot like Blender (its to good to be true/free).

    I cant wait for their library to become larger.

  4. I can't say I really have a use for it, but I already had a lot of fun just browsing those sounds for over 15 minutes. That must count for something as well, right? :)

  5. Looks really interesting, good to know there are such great pages out there, so if I'll ever need a sound sample or what ever, this will be my url to check! *bookmarked*
    And if i find interesting sounds i can publish i'll do of course, those projects are more than just worse supporting.

  6. BTW - While you are visiting thier site, drop them a note that you where there. I believe that the more positive input thier memebrs receive will incourage them to create more sounds.

    I am currenty collaborating with two of thier members for my current production. I'll be posting at Blender Nation as soon as I get the first sceene completed.

  7. What is so crazy is one week ago I did an animation and found this website saved in my favorites from who knows how long ago. It is a great site to get sounds.

  8. I've been looking for something like this for a long time. This will really improve the overall quality of Blender-realted animations (if people take the time to add sound).

  9. Sounds are as important as visuals. The last blender siggraph had very beautiful song. Elephants Dream another strong point was the music. This is a very good project. BTW u can go to Jan's (who gave Orange project the beautiful music) site for free musics.

  10. I've been a member of the Freesound project for a while now. It's featues and search engine is great, and the topics varied... however, if you use Freesound for a while, please be gracious and submit your own sounds. It can be as simple as adding some ice cubes to a cup and sloshing them around near a low-quality microphone (In fact, that was my first submission). Thanks for reminding us all of the project!


  11. Have you tried Audacity? I'm not sure if it works for Linux-it should-but it has met and surpassed my needs for a professional audio editor. I reccomend it 100%.


  12. thanks for think link Eugene/Tim. I would have been nice to explain the licensing requisites though... Perhaps you should all go read the legal of the Sampling+ license:

    In essence: you can use the sounds, but you have to add who made them in the credits. Or at least, supply a link to a URL where the list of sounds you used is presented.

    thanks for the headsup!

  13. bram,

    I just automatically give credit to all who contribute to my work so I didn't think it was an issue. A small price to pay. Thanks for bringing it up.

  14. well, it might be because i'm severely hung over and a little extra slow today, but i can't actually find the sound archive... apart from that, this site sounds (i couldn't resist it either)very promising.


  15. Thanks very much for the link, bookmarked. Just when you think you're finally through with the animations, the next wave of pain comes when trying to get sounds! Nice to have such sites around.

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