Category Archives: Sound design

55 Great Websites To Download Free Sound Effects

“Sound effects are used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media. These trick of sound are mostly achieved by combining technology, ingenuity and creativity. Sound effects are important for digital media because an appropriate sound effect can easily resemble a real occurrence for a situation.

We understand it\'s kind of fussy to record and process sound effects on one\'s own. Thus, we\'ve crawled into Internet and search for free sound effects which are available for download. Here\'s 55 websites for free sound effects download.”

Podcasting Equipment Guide

“So, you\'re thinking about podcasting and have no idea where to start. Or maybe you tried recording using your computer\'s built-in microphone, or the USB headset you bought to use with Skype, and realized just how bad that sounds.

My hope is that this article detailing different setups I\'ve used over the last few years will assist you in putting together a recording rig that suits both your needs and budget.”

How to record a kickass podcast between two Macs — and cheap!

“A lot of people ask me how I do the MetaFilter Podcast (warning: the podcast makes no sense to anyone outside of MetaFilter uberfans). I know they don\'t mean ‘how do you do it man, you\'re making magic over there every week!’ but rather “what software and hardware does it take to make a decent sounding podcast?” After almost a year of regular podcasts and trying out different software and equipment, I\'ve gotten the workflow down cold and I wanted to share the my way of making a good sounding podcast on the cheap. This works perfectly well for me being in Oregon and talking to my friend Jessamyn in Vermont over Skype, recording at both ends, then tossing it all into Garageband to complete the podcast.”

Why do ice cream vans sound the way they do?

“Nothing sounds quite like an ice cream van, and this post on EM411 left me wondering how they work. This is what I found: ‘Early models consisted of a hand tuned Swiss musical movement (like a music box) fitted with a magnetic pick up and the amplifiers used radio-type valves. In 1958 reliable transistors came on to the market and efficient amplifiers were built to work directly of the vehicle’s battery…’”

Score Big, Score :30

“Unless you’re involved in production or the music industry, it’s often very easy to let the importance of a good piece of accompanying music slip by …for the past couple of months, whenever we’d have a second or two, we’ve been working on this simple animated commercial for Jewelboxing to be used in the product samples we send out, for web promotion, and whatever else we see fit. Now that we’re nearing the end of the visual process, we’re at the point when we’re starting to think about scoring and sound effects.”

The Sound of Data

“Spurred on by a recent weekend full of hot-tub induced dehydration, beer, and lack of sleep, some friends of mine discovered an interesting (I think, I at least) capability of the command line computer interface. Prepare to be really geeked-out. As I wrote briefly about last year, on the Linux command line, you can pass the output of one program into another by joining them together with | (the ‘pipe’ character). For example, if you entered whois actsofvolition.com | gedit, it would take the output of the whois lookup for that domain name and open it in gedit, a text editor. It occurred to one of us, in our sleep-deprived state, that you might be able to pipe the output of the random number generator into an audio player, and hear random noise.” (Thanks kottke.org!)

Sounds of the World’s Animals

“Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. English and French cows sound the same, but not in English and French! Explore the sounds of the world’s languages through the sounds of the world’s animals.”

Dave Schroeder of Pilotvibe Talks About Sound Design for Interactive Multimedia

“Unfortunately, but understandably, audio is often under-utilized. When dealing with Web based media, audio can be a data hog and is traditionally known as a usability killer. On top of that, you can’t rely on every end user to have their speakers turned on. These are legitimate concerns and they shouldn’t be ignored. At the same time I think we need to keep looking forward and that involves thinking of sound design as an integral part of interactive media. If we begin to make media experiences enriching enough, eventually users will want to have their speakers on.”

I can see sounds

“For Jane Mackay, sneezes are turquoise and Friday is chequered. She has synaesthesia, a neurological condition which mixes up her senses. Here, the former GP-turned-artist, of south London, explains her colourful world.”