Building a Sound Library

Sound Library Part 1

Sound Library Part 1

Every sound designer, editor, game developer, flash addict, and producer worth his salt needs a good sound library.

There are several trains of thought when it comes to creating one, the first being not to. It’s easy now days, to just get what you want online there are literally hundreds of searchable sites online where you can find what you wan when you want and how you want. Google and Yahoo alone offer neat little hacks, tricks, and options that allow you to search for sounds.

Storing Your Library

External Hard Drive for Library

External Hard Drive for Library

Assuming you want a library on hand because of limitations on bandwidth or lack of internet access due to geo location, we suggest you buy an external hard drive of some sort. Do not use a flash drive. Although you can get these things cheap they fail often, and without warning.

We suggest you go With a Western Digital External USB Hard Drive. Please note that we are not affiliated, nor are we making a profit from this suggestion. Read more at the official page on Western Digital: (read html) (read pdf)

The next step is to start selecting your sounds. You need to ask yourself a few questions.




  • Are you planning to use your library to create products you’ll sell commercially? If so you need “Royalty Free Sounds
  • Are you going to use this library for personal or educational use only? If so you can use just about any sound you can get your hands on. Assuming you are in the United States. Please read the Fair Use Agreement

Those are the 2 main questions you need to ask yourself and are the main “fork in the road” while creating a library. Business or Pleasure as they say. For fun or for finance.

No matter what you are using your sounds for there are several basic rules to follow.

  1. Always rename to a standard convention you can understand. Some people will tell you “Ooh.. no you have to do it this way”, but in the end you are the one using it so you need to rename them in such a way so that you know what they are.
  2. Keep the names short and sweet. Try not to use something like “City sounds from some guy from New York Very Good” maybe do something like “City Sounds 001″ or “City Snds 001″ or “City 001″
  3. Group like items into folders. That’s pretty self explanatory right?

That’s really all there is to it. Assuming you follow this guide you should have a nice sound library in no time. :)

What’s that you say? You need sounds for your library? Ooh. of course.

Here are a few of our favorite sounds sites

Favorite Sound Sites

Favorite Sound Sites

Another quick tip. If you are running windows its always nice to visually distinguish between MP3 and Wav Files You can do that by showing file extensions.

Be sure to bookmark this page and come back soon. Part 2 of Building a Sound Library will be up soon! Part 2 will look at advance search technics for using Google and Yahoo to comb the web for sounds, and anything else we can think of in the mean time.

Thanks- Mike Koenig

Free Sound Effects for Tux Paint

Free SoundFx Tux Paint

Free SoundFx Tux Paint has recorded some sounds for Tux Paint [] Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. was contacted in June as well as July for several sounds via the request a sound feature on the site. Here are the sounds created.

If your project or application needs sound effect be it error sounds, or tool sounds like tuxpaint please contact us and we’ll help for free! All we ask is that you provide us with a link on your website and or “credit” for the sounds in the notes distributed with the project/about page.

Turkey Sounds from Wild Turkey Federation

Turkey Sounds

Turkey Sounds

We’ve just added what has to be the best collection of Turkey sounds online to The sounds are courtesy of the or National Wild Turkey Federation.

All together there are some dozen turkey sounds or more. We’ve remastered them cleaned them up, and converted them to a quality mp3 and wav file format. Listen to the sounds here.
So again thanks to the, please be sure to visit their website at and maybe even drop them an email telling them how much you like their field recordings.

If you are a hunter looking to use this audio to help call in Turkey it may not be a good idea if you have low grade audio playback like an iphone or something. If you try it and it works… tell us it would be cool to know. Hunters be sure to check out and look at their prices and reviews for turkey gun.

SoundBible Search Upgrade

Search Update

Search Update has upgraded our search and tag features. We had a few issues with searching our sounds, the main one was that the results were gradually becoming more and more unrelated.This is because of our tagging system.

Before searching for a term would show you all sounds that had that word anywhere within the sounds data.

Now searching for a term will first give you the exact term, and if there is no term it will then perform a broader search.

As an example searching for pig before would yield both pig, pigs, and pigeon since pigeon has a pig in it. Now however it will only yield pig.

Hope this helps everyone out.

Feedback welcome!

More Search Upgrades Here

Bird Sounds & Songs Recorded by Tony Phillips

Bird Songs & Sounds

Bird Songs & Sounds

Tony Phillips is a professor at the Stony Brook University in NY. He has a unique collection of bird calls and songs that he has generously added to Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported.

His collection contains; Gulls, Terns, Shorebirds, Geese, Ducks, Loons, Doves, Raptors, Owls, Kingfishers, Quails, Partridges, Cuckoos (not just a clock its a real bird boys and girls), Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Titmice, Nuthatches, Wrens, Mimic Thrushes, Thrushes, Vireos, Warblers, Orioles, Blackbirds, Tangers, Swallows, Swifts, Crows, Jays, Finches, Sparrows, and even Hummingbirds. Please visit his page.

Soundbible will be taking the sounds and converting them to stereo and offering them under his terms and in MP3 and WAV format. See and hear his original collection of field recordings here.

See the updated sounds remastered by visiting this page. We should have all sounds reworked by Mid December 2009 at the latest, just check back as it will & BC Finance Ministry

Logo BC Ministry of Finance

Logo BC Ministry of Finance

SoundBible was contacted recently by Kevin Watt of the British Columbia Ministry of Finance.

He requested sounds that the Ministry will be using for their internal communications department. is very happy to be of assistance to such an esteemed organization.

They will be using the creative commons attribution licensed files for a video or presentation within their organization of which they say there are around 40,000 employees.

Ocean Sounds for Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth

SoundBible was contacted recently by Our Dynamic Earth who was looking for “ocean sounds“.

Our Dynamic Earth is a charitable trust raising awareness and understanding of our planet through the Dynamic Earth exhibition and promoting education and life-long learning in Earth and Environmental Science.

We were and are very happy to help out organizations like this. We are nature geaks as well, and glad we can help scientific exhibits and scholastic institutions.

If you work with a school or science center please feel free to contact us with your request. Its all 100% free. Here are the sound we gathered for them. Launches Free Sound Clips Blog

Free Sound Clips

Free Sound Clips

SoundBible is open for buisiness! After months of development we’ve managed to pull together a project that we have fallen in love with. is 100% free and requires no registration, no hesitation, and no constipation.. (scratch that last part sorry). We tried to make the site as pleasing as possible. The blog was launched Jan of 2009 to further assist the growing community.

This site offers thousands of free sound effects, sound clips, and straight up sounds. These sounds can be used in a variety of sound projects including Video Sound Scores, Movie Scoring, Game Design, Powerpoint Presentations, Prank Calls, Sound Boards, and the list goes on.

A few popular free sound clips; fight sounds, car sounds, dog bark, city sounds, gross sounds, bird sounds, scream sounds, whale sounds, ocean sounds, jungle sounds, dog sounds, dj sounds, fart sounds, thunder sounds, animal sounds, human sounds, machine sounds, nature sounds, heartbeat sound, gun sounds, funny sounds, red alert sounds, scream sounds, cartoon sounds, laugh sounds, xp sounds, vista sounds, computer sounds, horror sounds, scary sounds, cat sounds, dog sounds,sound bites, bell sound, beach sounds, war sounds, crowd sounds, game show sounds, sports sounds, military sounds, work sounds, kid sounds, cool sounds, powerpoint sounds, hospital sounds, explosion sounds, see more…

iPhone Developers Wanted

iPhone App

iPhone App is looking for experienced iPhone developer(s) to create next generation iPhone application to be freely distributed.

We know there are tons of cool app’s out there that relate to sounds. We also understand the importance of mobile app’s.

The app will integrate sounds from Any developers out there feel like helping? Any and all concepts welcome! Use “Request a Sound” form to contact us if you are interested! Ranked #1

Delicious #1

Delicious #1

We were super stoked to see at the top of the Delicious Hotlist Wednesday Night!

For those of you who do not know Delicious, or, is a social book marking and sharing site much like, Digg, StumbleUpon, and loosely related to twitter.

Wednesday night while uploading sounds we were notified by friends that our site was currently ranked #1! This is a great moral booster, its nice to be appreciated to say the least.