– When You Need Sound Effects
You’re making a video for YouTube about let’s say ghosts, and given that you haven’t really captured one on camera, you need to fake it, but how? What about some good sound effects? Your own caterwauling and groaning probably won’t cut it, so you’ll need something more professional. This is when you turn to Soundsnap, the web’s best repository of, yes, sound effects, free and legal of course.

Sounds are conveniently grouped by category, for instance ‘comic and film fx’. Each effect can be downloaded either as an mp3 or wave and there’s also a preview. Filter your search by tags or keywords. Upload your own sounds and rate others’ sounds. If you register you’ll get your own profile with your top personal tags, email and website. You can network of course with other creative types too. Soundsnap has a discussion forum to exchange ideas and discuss sonic issues. Soundsnap is currently free, but may offer premium content later on. In Their Own Words

“Soundsnap is the best platform to find and share free sound effects and loops- legally. It is a collection of original sounds made or recorded by its users, and not songs or sound FX found on commercial libraries or sample CD’s.

It was originally started by a small group of sound people from all over the world. Our common belief is that sounds and samples should be free for everyone to use in their projects, commercial or not.”

Why It Might Be A Killer

You might not think you’d need a site like this but it could become very useful, especially if you’re the creative type. Sounds from Soundsnap can be incorporated into digital soundscapes, songs, movies, animations, pranks. The fact that it’s free doesn’t hurt either and Soundsnap already has quite the collection of varied and interesting sounds.

Some Questions About

How does Soundsnap keep track of copyright? Will it add features so that sound artists can sell their work? Will more networking features be incorporated?