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Earlier this month I hosted a 50%-off sale over on Airborne Sound. That’s a sale I host once a year with discounts on every sound library there.

This week I reflected: why not share the spirit here on Creative Field Recording, too? So, for the next 48 hours, everything in the bookstore is on sale. Use the discount code SUNLIGHT to save 50% all books, including combo pack bundles.

Please note the sale is now over.

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The State of Indie Sound Effects: New Podcast Episode Available

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You may have noticed there haven’t been many new articles on the site recently. The blog isn’t dead. I’ve just been on a bit of a sabbatical from writing about field recording. I have many articles nearing completion, and I’m excited to share them with you when I return.

I haven’t stopped thinking about field recording and sound effects while away from the site, though. So, I was quite excited when I was kindly invited to share those thoughts with the gentlemen from the A Sound Effect podcast.

Last year I had completed an indie sound fx library search engine website, Sound Effects Search. A Sound Effect’s Asbjoern Andersen asked me my thoughts on the state of indie sound bundles on the inaugural episode after adding over 800 collections to the new search engine.

Sound Effects Search website

Sound Effects Search website

The team had the interesting idea to check in on the concept, one year later. So, last month they graciously asked me my impressions of community sound bundles now. I sat down with Christian Hagelskjaer From, who served up some intriguing questions. In the podcast we share ideas about how the sound clip landscape has changed, and what that means. What I especially liked about Christian’s questions was that they were aimed towards helping new people contribute packages with fresh angles and ideas.

That gave me an opportunity to ramble on about one of my favourite subjects: how sound pros can move beyond stats and tech specs to create exceptional sound libraries. It was interesting that the discussion moved away from a report to an exchange of ideas of how sound pros can share meaningful sound clips with the community.

Do you capture field recordings or create sound libraries? If so, you may find the podcast interesting. It’s my hope that the questions will do for you what they did for me: to consider how I can capture and share more meaningful field recordings the next time I press “record.”

Check out Episode 3 of the A Sound Effect Podcast.

Read more on the A Sound Effect blog post.

My thanks to the A Sound Effect team for inviting me to be a part of their podcast.





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Preserving the Sound of the Pacific Northwest: A New Kickstarter Project

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Well, it’s been a busy week for community projects. A few days ago I mentioned Paul Col’s new collaborative CrowdsourceSFX website. Barely a day later, a new crowdfunded sound fx project launched: The Northwest Soundscapes Project.

The year-long project, led by field recordist and sound designer Andy Martin, aims to capture 15–30-minute long 96 kHz quad ambiences from 72 distinct locations across the Pacific northwest at various times during the day. Interestingly, Martin plans to include impulse responses from each location as well.

The project is already well underway, having gathered over $2,500 out of a $9,450 goal. If you’re interested in nature ambiences, preserving the sound of northwest America, or want to grow your sound library, check out the project. Here’s the link to The Northwest Soundscapes Project Kickstarter page.

Learn more about the project in an interview on the A Sound Effect blog.

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As field recordists, we all know that venturing out of the studio to capture sound effects takes thought, effort, and skill. Weather, network demands, and milestone deadlines highlight another challenge: time. Superior field recordings are diligent and comprehensive; neither aspect can be rushed. That’s a shame, since sound fx editing becomes easier when pros have multiple variations of similar sound clips. It just isn’t possible for a single recordist to gather ample variety on the tight schedules that are becoming more common in pro audio. So, how can someone stretched for time beat this problem?

One increasingly popular way is crowdsourcing. This approach combines the efforts of an entire community of skilled pros to create something bigger than a single field recordist can accomplish themselves.

Field recordist and sound designer Tim Prebble was one of the first sound pros to champion a crowdsourced sound fx collection. That became the respected "Doors" sound library of 2010.

Since then, there have been a number of other fx-themed crowdsourced projects: René Coronado’s trolley library and the Free Firearms library by Still North SoundFX used Kickstarter to help overcome the financial hurdles of creating a sound collection. Both Mike Niederquell’s Audible Worlds forum and Michael Maroussas’s The Sound Collectors Club draw from community submissions to create theme-based sound libraries. Just recently a new crowdsourced library website was launched with a compelling twist: CrowdsourceSFX.

Today’s article will explore this community project and its website. The post will explain how you can become involved in this intriguing new crowdsourced sound library, and how it can keep giving back to collaborators, years after their first upload.

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