I’m amazed that in less than a year Sound Effects Search has added over 300 new independent sound effect libraries to the search engine. That’s an astounding amount of productivity from the field recording and sound design communities.
I usually write articles reporting about each new library for the website’s News page. Sometimes I’ll share a bit of insight on how they were recorded, or an interesting approach the creator provided. The goal in reporting on indie sound libraries is to mirror the rest of the site: keep it short, sweet, and stick to the facts.
A Quick Snapshot of New Indie Sound FX
What if you want an even quicker way to keep track of new non-corporate sound clip bundle releases? I created a new page to help with just that. It’s the new Recent Sound Libraries page.
It’s quite simple: it’s the same “just the facts” search results you’ll find elsewhere on the site with one difference: they’re sorted by date. The most recent sound libraries are at the top. Since the libraries are added to the search engine more quickly than I can write article about them, the Recent Sound Libraries page is the quickest way to stay up-to-date on new collections.
So, if you’d like just a quick snapshot of new sound fx bundles, bookmark the Recent Sound Libraries page.
Here’s the link (you can also find it under the “Find” menu item).
Be Notified of New Sound Library Blog Articles
Maybe you want more insight on the libraries? Bookmark the New Sound Libraries post item category:
That will filter any analysis or website feature news, and focus just on sound fx collection articles.
Would you prefer to be notified, instead of visiting the site? No problem. You can track those articles in an RSS reader as well. Here’s the RSS feed link for the new sound libraries post category. It will let you know just when new sound library articles appear:
Adding Sound Library Announcements to Your Own Site
Do you own your own WordPress website? You can display the latest sound library releases from Sound Effects Search for readers on your own site. Here’s how:
- Log into your WordPress site’s admin page.
Navigate to Appearance/Widgets.
Drag the “RSS Feed” item into your active sidebar.
Add the feed link text (https://www.soundeffectssearch.com/category/new-sound-libraries/feed) to the first field.
You can also add a title to the widget, and set how many recent articles are displayed, and so on.
(Or, read instructions on the WordPress home site.)
That will display the article titles in your sidebar, and will update them automatically. You can see how I’ve done that myself by adding the Creative Field Recording article titles to the sidebar on the right.
Of course, you can still use the old methods of joining the free independent sound fx library newsletter, the catch-all RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter for article announcements.
There’s a lot of data going on in the search engine behind what’s displayed in the search results. I’d like to use as much info as possible in search results so library creators can share their collections most efficiently, and users can find them more simply.
I’m working on a simple, clean way to display more info such as sampling rate and bit-rate, description, and also two user-requested features: tags and total duration. I also have some thoughts about reworking other fields, such as metadata, which right now is not really consistent between libraries. This could be displayed more clearly.
Stay tuned for these improvements in the future. Thank you for your continued support of the website.
– Paul Virostek
Owner, Sound Effects Search
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