Sound library recommendations

Anyone, I use music quite a bit in my podcast. I’ve used sounds I’ve recorded in the wild. Now I’m looking for a library of sounds. I’m willing to pay some, but rather not a subscription. Recommendations? @kristo, what do you use?

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@DannyvLHealthHats I’ve used Pond5 but I don’t use sound effects often. I’m adding in @brucedevereux because he does wonderfulthings with sound.

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I am adding @AnnieP as she is the sfx queen. Annie what are you using?

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This is tangential, but Podnews mentioned this article the other day…

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@DannyvLHealthHats - what sounds are you looking for? If you are not in a hurry, I could maybe make it an exercise in POD10 for people to create and share ambient sounds…

free and royalty-free, though not as extensive as the paid selection

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Thank you, @thearena (Linda) for the honorary 🥸
Yes, I’ve been messing around in this world for a while.
Here are my best takeaways so far:
*watch your time— this can turn into a giant black hole, it’s fun and it cat eat your time

Reminder: my content is historical fiction. Overall, the source that has become my go-to is pond5. I have pulled a few bits from free sights. Pond5 is not free and you can set your search parameters to include price and length of clip

  • start to build a file in a sub folder for music and foley

  • sound effects are reusable

  • this is the total pain-in-your-a** bit—the search words you use may not align with the creator of the sound or the sites librarian so vary your words (e.g. bar, pub, meeting, party, coffee shop) I needed a chatty, all male voices contained environment background ambiance.

Hope that helps. Put specific questions in the thread and tag me. I will respond as soon as I can. I am traveling
AnnieP (p.s. I love my sound effects 🥸)

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I use BBC sounds.
Here is the link: https://sound-effects.bbcrewind.co.uk
They don’t always have what I am after but usually good for sounds.
Cheers @DannyvLHealthHats

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Hi @DannyvLHealthHats
my go-to for the peanut gallery is freesound.org
they also have plenty of straight-up sound effects…
they don’t charge anything at all, but they’re so good I always donate something…

if you’re looking for more sound effects try these:

if you want more music, try these:

https://freemusicarchive.org/home

https://archive.org/details/audio

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https://www.streambeats.com/ is a good one for streamers, YouTubers, and more.

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I am trying to find sounds to use for transition . I just bought package of 3 from melody loops

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Thanks all. Yes. Black hole indeed.

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One more note, when I was choosing my transition and introduction music, I put together a poll with sound snippets. One thing I gleaned from Seth while reading (and re-reading) This is Marketing, is it’s not my taste that counts here — it’s my audience’s. For me I used my Facebook private group as my Guinea pigs. As an indie author that is something I’ve cultivated. I was surprised by what they didn’t like and what they did. If you’ve developed a profile of who you want your audience to be I would ask a few people to listen to samples for you. I know this may sound complicated, it’s worth the time investment. Food for thought 🥸

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I have my basic sound library (intro, outro, breaks) for my podcast that I’ve used for three years. It’s my signature. My cousin is a musician and we have a business arrangement. He’s created several tunes for me to use. I’m a musician and I use some of my own music as well. I’ve been thinking about some sound effects, inspired by @kristo.

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Hey @DannyvLHealthHats I can recommend Accusonus free sound effects library - SFX Cellar. It’s pretty awesome.

You just need to register to access it.

https://sfxcellar.accusonus.com/user/sign-up

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Thanks for the link in @JuleKucera. It sounds like this thread has it covered with a wealth of knowledge.
I did find this course I am looking to take. Some may find of interest.

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Thanks @brucedevereux. I signed up for the course

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@craig
And what a bounty!! Old blues singers on scratchy 78s (I used to collect the songs) and so much more!

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@brucedevereux

The course looks great! The price point - well, I’m not working anymore… I mean for $ from Covid outreach.

Let us know how it goes!

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@Lovelace I think you will love this film. I just interviewed the producer and director, Beth Harrington, for a future podcast. AMAZING story. She interviewed Johnny Cash three weeks before his death. His last interview really. The moment when Johnny Cash asked her, “Do you want to hear the real story, alright, here’s the real story”. Beth almost feel out of her chair :slight_smile:

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Thank you so much, @brucedevereux. Looks great!

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