Looking for some sound effects to use in a presentation or project? Check out the Freesound Project, a large collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings and bleeps.
You can search for sounds by tag, description, username or filename. The search results include brief details of each sample, such as filename, clip length, the sample’s waveform and the ability to play the sample to check it out. Clicking on a sample’s title in the search results takes you through to the full entry, which includes user comments.
All of the audio clips in the database are available under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus license, which means that you’re free to use them for both commercial and noncommercial purposes. It’s probably fair to say that the quality of the samples is mixed, but it’s such a large collection (there are over 95,000 clips in the database) that it’s likely that most sound effect needs are catered for.
In related news, online music hosting service SoundCloud announced yesterday that it’s added the ability to search for Creative Commons-licensed tracks to its Advanced Search feature. If you’re looking for music to use with a project, it’s worth checking out.
Where do you look for sounds and music to use in your projects?
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