It is that time of year again! When lots of SFX libraries make available free samples or entire collections at no cost. All this to give back to the online Audio Pro community. This is a great way to either jump start a new SFX library on your hard drive or beef up the the personal library you have been living with for years.
Check back regularly as we will try to keep adding to this list as we hear about more and more releases. Participating in holiday freebies is becoming a bit of a annual tradition for many SFX providers and recordists. So let us know if we missed anything or you are doing a give away yourself.
Airbourne Sound has a great library (30 sound files) of Jet Passes up right now. Available as 96 kHz, 24-bit stereo WAV files.
Alexander Ahura has a free library called Keys and Locks up currently. This collection has got 144 sounds in 24 files, recorded in 24 bit/48 Khz.
DesigningSound.org has a cool set of giveaways going on all month. This one is a little different from the others listed here. You have to win the freebies – but it costs nothing to “enter”. You just have to take part in their Designing Sound Exchange community forum. And since it is an awesome resource you really should be a part of it already anyway!
The great folks at BOOM Library will be doing their annual Advent Calendar again this year. Each leading up to the 25th of December they release something cool. Sometimes it is a free mini library, other days it is special discounts, while other days feature special content like gear reviews or sound design work flow blogs.
Friend of our podcast and the man behind Mindful Audio, George Vlad, has just made a nice long recording of a thunder storm hitting Johannesburg. Downloads are enabled on the soundcloud player for the clip. You can go get it from his blog post featuring the story of how he recorded the storm.
The fine people at Boom Box Post have a cool new blog post about the best practices for recording water sound. They have very kindly made a little library available for download featuring 10 examples of cool water recordings at 96k/24bit.
Our own René Coronado has let loose air traffic control centre SFX to celebrate his 17th anniversary working at Dallas Audio Post. Get it here fast (won’t be there for long!)
Here is a note from Tim at Sonniss-The Sonniss Christmas Wishlist!’. Simply head on over to our website and add a couple of items to your wishlist for your chance to win a free sound library this Christmas! http://www.sonniss.com How to get involved: 1) Signup for an account on Sonniss if you don’t already have one. 2) Choose up to 3 items from our catalog and then add them to your wishlist. (You can find this functionality on each of the individual product pages). 3) Check your inbox on December 25th to see if you have won. Pretty simple right? Winners will be randomly selected on Christmas day and gifts will be manually picked and personally sent out by yours truly. Offer limited to 50 people. Good luck!
Not really a holiday thing – but still free…. Sergey Eybog from Lesser Vibes has a new library called “Artificial Life”. It is a fun packed of raw and designed non-organic lifeforms, alien machinery and abstract expressive articulations. There is a free sample version of the library with some really cool sounds. Find it here at the bottom of the page.
UPDATE: The deadline has passed and we got some really cool stories submitted by our awesome listeners. Stay tuned for the 50th episode (coming soon!) to hear all their stories. Thanks to all those who participated!!
We have some great announcements for our up coming crowd sourcing episode. We recently announced that we have asked our listeners to send us in their stories of times they have done the seeming impossible with the sound for a project. If you missed the original announcement, you can read all the details here.
We have had a few requests to extend the deadline, so we are now moving it back to November 20th. So you have a 5 more days to get in your two cents.
The best news, for anyone planning on contributing, is we have some fantastic prizes that only people who contribute to this episode will be eligible to win. Everyone who enters WILL WIN a collection of Sound Effects from the personal SFX recordings of co-hosts Timothy Muirhead and René Coronado. PLUS they will be entered to win one of the following:
A super cool library. Featuring Ambisonic recordings on Ambiences from New York City, Chicago and Tokyo. This bundle also includes the software to decode all 134 of these recordings to mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and beyond.
Pick the 50 awesome sounds you want from the massive PSE on-line library of over 175,000 Sounds!
****We are hoping there will still be more prizes to give away but we are waiting on confirmation. So stay tuned!******
Finally all of your submissions will make up what will be Tonebenders 50th episode! We wanted to celebrate this humble milestone by getting our listeners involved and focusing on the positives of our work.
So get out your mics and tell us about your best day on the job. Get some free sounds for your effort, and help us celebrate over four years and 50 episodes of The Tonebenders Sound Design Podcast!
Here’s how to participate:
1. Grab a mic.
2. Collect your thoughts. (srsly, don’t skip this)
4. Introduce yourself (name, where you are in the world, twitter handle or your website if you want)
5. Tell your story for about 5-10 minutes. This is both a long and a short length of time, so get to the heart of the issue quickly and dive in.
6. Email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission deadline is midnight on November 20th. (We reserve the right to edit submissions for length or to exclude submissions.)
Rene and I will play to your clips and then talk about what you were able to do in an upcoming episode of Tonebenders.