Where To Find Great Sound Effects On The Internet

by Niharika Gupta on Saturday 28 May 2011, 3:11 PM | Category: Information Technology| View: 1176 views


Sound effects are great for much different type of projects.
These include videos, digital projects, and even websites. High quality sound effects can make your project come to life when used appropriately.
Some people believe that sound effects are only used by the professionals and are expensive to produce. They couldn't be more wrong. With the growth of the Internet, more and more professionals are setting up websites to offer their services. Today, you can easily purchase quality sounds even if you are on a shoe string budget. Here are some ways you can search for great sound effects online.
1) Search engines. This is the first place to start. The key is to be as specific as possible when conducting a search. Most sound effects come in MP3 format these days. Some sites choose to provide audios in both MP3 and WAV format. WAV format is the older uncompressed sound format. It can be of similar quality but the file size is significantly larger. Usually, MP3 files will be all you need. Most digital audio editing software allows importing of MP3 files. When searching, be sure to specify the type of sound you are looking for. For example, you can use a search string like "laser sound effect mp3" (with or without quotes). A quick search will get you thousands of search results instantly.
2) Sound effect forums. These are community sites with members who share a similar interest. In this case, it's audio production. Active forums have thousands of members who are more than happy to do business with you. Often, they offer free sound effect samples and you can assess how good they are before making a purchase. Many of these service providers have their own websites. On the websites, you can download samples, browse existing sound effects and even make a purchase directly on the site. Payment is usually made by PayPal or Credit Cards. You can also try visiting music forums as many musicians know how to produce cool sound effects too.
3) Audio ecommerce sites. These sites are dedicated to selling audio files such as sound effects. The digital files are usually very well organized and there are literally thousands of great sounding effects to choose from. Usually, you will be able to hear a sample of the sound effect via an embedded Flash player on the site (similar to the way podcasts are played on blogs).
Finally, bear in mind that quality sound effects don't necessarily have to be expensive. You may be surprised to find sound files that cost as low as $1.00 to $3.00 per download. Downloads are typically instant. In other words, you are normally allowed instant access to the files once payment has been completed.
If you still can't find any effects that you can use, you can always request for a custom made sound file. You can do so by sending the site owner a request and then wait for a quote. If you are happy with the quote, you will have your custom made sound effect in a few short days.
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