Since some of you seem to be digging the free samples posts I’ve been putting up maybe this one will be right up your alley as well. There’s a bunch of music-sharing websites out there by now, or simply sites that allow in one way or the other to put your music up there in a play-list like Myspace. A newcomer on the internet block is Soundcloud however and it’s picking up like a twister. All the cool kids are on it I see. Chaps like Moby and A Guy Called Gerald for example and this guy. Or collaborative stuff like Tara Bush’s free mp3 Mondays.
Soundcloud feels a bit like the Flickr of music. It’s slick, works smooth and allows you to share your tracks with the world, create or join groups, comment and get commented on, you know the drill, the whole social web 2.0 deal. Cool thing is that it also gives you a neat graphical view of the tracks you’re playing, allows for super-easy embedding in your own website with the same graphical splendour. If you want to comment on that awesome second drop in a track, that’s possible. Just click the second where it starts and enter your comment. “OMGWTF” for example. The author will appreciate it.
Looking for a easy way to share and host music, or just feel like browsing through an already impressive collection of free music by genre? Soundcloud is the place to be it seems.
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So the free vocal samples for your tunes post turns out to be quite popular. It just happens that in the meantime I ran across some more of these nice free sample resources and so I thought that it would be neat to share them here online with you again.
This time it’s not about vocal samples alone. The last post wasn’t either really. You can find tons of other samples there as well, but it’s just one of those places I end up at when I am looking for an interesting vocal snippet. But anyway, here are some more wicked cool free sound archives:
- pdsounds.org or public domain sounds: their goal is to record everything and make it available for free. Sounds good doesn’t it? Volunteers sample whatever they want and post it to this site as public domain. The archive is still limited but it contains a nice selection of original samples already which is great. If you’re looking for some unique ambient noises and sounds, this seems to be a good place to start. If you feel like it, you can volunteer as well and upload your own samplings.
- SampleSwap: a large archive of already 5.5 GB of sounds available under a Creative Commons license. Contains about everything you want like breakbeats, loops, drum hits and kits, sounds effects, instruments, vocals etc.
The forum at the bottom isn’t where you’ll find the samples btw which is a bit confusing. If you can’t find your way to the samples right away look at the top of the page. There’s a search box there, and a link to browse the directory by category. That’s where you want to be to explorer the many subfolders of the archive.
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Wicked cool vocal samples. If you’re into producing electronic music you’ve probably been scavenging the net for some of these before. Movie samples are excellent for this. Not only because the big producers are doing it all the time, but heck, it sounds so much cooler when Samuel L. Jackson reads that bible passage instead of your local pastor.
If you pitch bend, distort and screw enough with the sample, it might even become unrecognisable. Hell, you can change genders by pitching up or down! Stuff like that might clear your ass in case your tune becomes a massive seller and tops the charts globally, which is always interesting. Remember that techno tune with the Jane Fonda workout samples? Not enough distortion there I tell you!
But maybe you don’t want to distort? Maybe you want to use the sample as is, and still avoid a lawsuit? Well heck, there are solutions even for that thanks to the wonders of the interweb. Right now there are sites where you can download oldskool movies free of royalties. Great for some of that martial arts style sampling, or tacky horror movie one-liners. Sweetness!
So get your public domain movie samples at the following sites:
- Archive.org has plenty of audio sources under the liberal Creative Commons license, or the Pubic Domain. Lots of recordings, interviews, poetry, music and all sorts of stuff in there.
Also check out their free movie archive for more sizzling obscureness.
- The Free Sound Project, is some sort of open source audio SourceForge. People upload samples under CC licenses that you can freely use, as long as you honour the set license (usually attribution is all it takes). Everything is nicely categorised and searchable, which makes that sample hunt a lot easier for sure.
- Don’t feel like using yet another Matrix sample? How about going through some obscure horror or sci-fi movies downloaded from Public Domain Movies and get that funny sample nobody has ever heard before. Also a good source for some Kung-Fu style sampling. It’s been done I know, but it’s so much fun innit?
Update: also check out this post for more free sample resources.