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How to Find Sound Effects Online

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soundsnap. All opinions are 100% mine.

No great action movie, television series, or catchy commercial is complete without stellar sound effects. A cliffhanger moment in a box office blockbuster is often guided by the soundtrack – without it, dialogue lacks the empathy and emotion that is often dictated by the music in the movie. So how can you produce this same cinematic quality at the office or home?

With sound effects, professionals and hobbyists alike can access over over 120,000 premium sound effects and loops from an online audio library to add to their own productions. These premium sound effects are produced from the sound designers of Batman Begins, Million Dollar Baby, Ali, Happy Feet, Star Trek, The Addams Family, Tron, The Hunt for Red October, and more. Users can buy packages of sounds, or subscribe to an annual package for unlimited access to sounds and loops. These options are great and cater to users with a wide range of needs, whether you are a student working on the occasional school project or a professional video blogger. All contents are licensed and screened to ensure there are no copyright violations so that they can be used by any Soundsnap user.

Soundsnap is designed mainly for sound designers/recordists and music producers, filmmakers, bloggers, and video game developers. The Soundsnap library includes animal, human, and environmental sounds, as well as unnatural special effects useful for professional edits. Soundsnap can also be used by hobbyists for home videos and anyone else who needs sound effects for projects, such as students. Soundsnap’s diverse collection is easy to search regardless of a project’s needs, as results are descriptively titled. For example, a search for “sad” returns sounds and loops that would be appropriate for anyone hoping to do the next adaption of a Nicholas Sparks book.

Soundsnap was started by Tasos Frantzolas, a sound designer from Athens, Greece without any venture funding or other financial backing. Although a small team of 20 people was at the core of the community and collected the original 30,000 sounds to offer to the public, the main power behind Soundsnap is the worldwide community that contributes to its ever-growing collection. Check out Soundsnap at sound effects.

Star Wars Sound Effects Book Look: Jeditacular


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If you are as big of a Star Wars fan as I am, you love every sound in each of the movies. I love the little noises R2-D2 makes. It’s awesome to hear Chewbacca’s adorable little Wookiee sounds. Now you don’t have to watch the movies in order to hear your favorites sounds. Just grab the new Sounds of Star Wars book and enjoy!

Any Star Wars fan can mimic Darth Vader’s voice or Chewbacca’s roar with ease. But how many of them would be able to identify the lion’s roar used in the sound of the Millenium Falcon’s engine? You’ll find the illuminating history of the sounds that make the Star Wars universe so believable. An attached sound module with an exterior speaker and headphone jack lets readers listen to more than 250 unique sound effects.

The book is very well put-together and is filled with illustrations. The history and information will surprise you: it explains several scenes you may have been puzzled over when watching the movies. There are details in this book that you’d have never thought about, let alone asked to be included.

Every Star Wars fan should have one of these. I know mine won’t be relegated to a shelf somewhere. It’s on a table within easy reach so that I can listen to Chewie or Vader at the touch of a button.

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Free Sound Effects

Now here’s a new service that’ll come in handy for would-be soundboard creators…

Soundsnap is a new online platform for finding and sharing free samples, sound effects and music loops. Designed as a resource and community for musicians, sound designers, producers, film makers and web/video game developers, Soundsnap provides user driven content for use in virtually any kind of media production. Users can freely download and upload content to be legally shared and used in any media project.

Indeed, I jumped right in and found what it was I was looking (read: hearing) for. Not sure if I’d consider it a platform, but it’s certainly chock-full of sound effects.

Soundsnap launches with 30,000 available free sounds ranging ‘from high quality music loops and music samples, sound effects such as animals, industrial, nature, sports, and human, to sound design, sound art, comic, unreal, and science fiction. Visitors can search for sounds by keyword searching or browsing by category, user/creator, or tags, which are user generated keywords used to place sounds into categories.

It’s definitely worth remembering – although I’m surprised that more people aren’t talking about it yet?