The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of sound samples and effects. Users can up and download sounds to and from the database under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. It provides a way for sound designers and artists to legally share and track the evolution of their creations. The database is for sound samples and loops only – the building blocks of compositions, field recordings and generated sounds – not full songs. Membership to the Freesound community is free, here’s a quick look at some of the features:
- WAV, AIFF, OGG and MP3 files are allowed and groups of samples can be uploaded to a ‘sample pack’.
- Pictographic previews of waveforms can be played and looped. Colours in the waveform display are an indication of a samples spectral content. Colours towards blue are low frequency and colours towards red are high frequency.
- Sounds can be uploaded via an on-site Java applet or by using an FTP client to connect to the freesound website.
- Sounds can be described by assigning key words or ‘tags‘ and any user can add tags to any sound. A full textual description and the automatic attachment of the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License is necessary and supported.
- Any compositions made with Freesound samples must credit the original author. The Freesound Attribution Form lists all the samples you downloaded from freesound with some data. You can use this form to attribute samples to users when you use them.
- The Remix! Tree that shows the sound design development of samples as branches.
- Community communications including forum, shoutbox and comments.
- Search or browse for audio files and users.
- Development of the Similarity Grapher, a graphical browser that shows all samples as coloured dots that can be selected, previewed and grouped by similarity.
The Freesound Project is an initiative by the Music Technology Group and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in preparation for the International Computer Music Conference to be held in Barcelona in September 2005. Performances and competitions at the conference will use the gathered database of sounds. This will help to promote the community.
The Freesound website was developed by Bram de Jong.
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