We need your help: the Audio Commons survey

Dear Freesounders,

As part of the Audio Commons Initiative (that we introduced in a previous post), we’re rolling out a survey to gain insights into how creative users interact or wish to be able to interact with Creative Commons (CC) audio content. We’d like to get feedback from sound designers, musicians, sound engineers, game audio developers and, in general, from anyone working with CC audio content.

You can participate by accessing this URL: https://goo.gl/U8mAz9
You can also comment about it in this forum thread

The objective of the Audio Commons initiative is to promote and facilitate the reuse of CC audio content in production environments. This includes the development of new technologies for annotating and organising sound samples and music pieces, the development of technologies to support easy licensing procedures of CC audio content, and the development of tools to allow easy access to CC audio content within existing production environments such as a DAWs or video editors. Freesound is playing a big role in this initiative as, together with Jamendo, we will be the first repository of CC audio content to be part of the initiative. Therefore, the success of the Audio Commons Initiative is the success of Freesound 😉

Please participate, your opinion is very important to us :)




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Improved html uploader and captcha system!

Dear Freesounders,

We just wanted to let you know that we just deployed two small yut important upgrades that we’re sure you’ll appreciate.

On the one hand we improved Freesound’s html uploader. Now you can upload multiple files at once without the need of having Flash installed :)

On the other hand we upgraded the captcha (aka anti robot spam) system to latest Google’s reCaptcha. Now it should be faster for you to prove you’re not robots, and harder for robots to pretend they’re humans…

We hope you enjoy these improvements!



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Maintenance downtime, May 10th 2 a.m. CEST

Dear Freesounders,

Today May 10 at 2 a.m. CEST Freesound will be down for approximately one hour while we perform some maintenance on our servers. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

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10 years of Freesound at Mutek Festival

To commemorate the 10 years of Freesound we are organising an event in the framework of the MUTEK festival in Barcelona.

The Music Technology Group will have an Artist-in-residence that will create a musical work using Freesound. The result will be presented as part of an event dedicated to Freesound that will take place on March 3rd. The artist has been selected by Mutek festival through an open call.

The program of the event is:

– Introduction to Freesound and its use in the musical creation
– Audition of the work “Paseo BCN” by Andrés Lewin-Richter
– Presentation and live session of the artist in residence MUTEK [ES] – Freesound. Work created in real time using some applications created around Freesound.
Chromahelix ­ Live Act (https://soundcloud.com/chromahelix). Electroacoustic ensamble established in Barcelona, that expose the audience to different sound textures, combining soundscapes and minimal rythms. In this performance the audience will be able to interact with Freesound in real time.

All the performances will use a surround octophonic system.

You are all invited to come to celebrate the 10 years of Freesound.

March 3rd, 2016 – 7PM
Sala Polivalent
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
C/ Roc Boronat 138
Barcelona, SPAIN

Free admission

Organised by:

Music Technology Group, Phonos Foundation, MUTEK[ES]

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The Audio Commons Initiative

Dear Freesounders,

It’s been a while since our last post, but as always we’ve been busy working on many Freesoundish things. This time, we’d like to let you know about the new Audio Commons initiative!

During the last year we’ve been working together with two other research institutions (Queen Mary University of London and University of Surrey) and three companies (Jamendo, Audiogaming and Waves), to prepare a project proposal for one of the funding lines of the European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme). The project we proposed is to support that Audio Commons initiative, and the good news is that we have been granted the funding! This means that we will start now working in this project together with the aforementioned research institutions and companies and with the aim of attracting more people in our way.

But, “what is Audio Commons all about and why are you explaining all of this to us”? Well, the objective of the Audio Commons initiative is to promote and facilitate the reuse of Creative Commons audio content in production environments. This includes the development of new technologies for annotating and organising sound samples and music pieces, the development of technologies to support easy licensing procedures of CC audio content, and the development of tools to allow easy access to CC audio content within existing production environments such as a DAWs or video editors. Freesound is playing a big role in this initiative as, together with Jamendo, we will be the first repository of CC audio content to be part of the initiative. You’ll find more detailed information in the Audio Commons web site: www.audiocommons.org.

We’re very excited to start this new initiative and to work on all the challenges that it poses. We sincerely think that the Audio Commons initiative and Freesound can be greatly beneficial to each other, and expect that the outcomes of this symbiosis will also be very valuable and useful to the whole Freesound community. That’s all for now, we’ll keep you informed!




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Freesound Labs

Dear freesounders,

we are happy to announce that we’ve just launched a new Freesound-side site called Freesound Labs. Freesound Labs is a directory of projects, hacks, apps, research and other initiatives that use content from Freesound or use the Freesound API. Our aim is to keep on updating this directory as we come across more and more Freesound powered projects. If you know of projects that should be listed in this directory and are not there, please let us know 😉

We hope that you enjoy navigating Freesound Labs and getting to know what amazing things people are doing with content from Freesound. In the end, all this is possible thanks to all of your contributed sounds, so you can feel proud of it :)





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Introducing the Modular Samples library

Hi everyone,

We’re glad to announce that we’re in the process of uploading around 70GB of analog synthesizer samples to Freesound*, aka the Modular Samples library, consisting of 40,000 samples organised in 461 packs, recorded from 20 different analog synthesizers and released with the CC0 license !

All sounds are tagged with instrument names, note names, midi note numbers and, when available, different velocity layers. Check them out at http://www.freesound.org/people/modularsamples/

All this has been possible thanks to the incredible efforts of Richard Taylor, who has been creating this library for many years and has now kindly offered it to us to upload to Freesound. Make sure to check the Modular Samples library’s official page, facebook and soundcloud profiles. Thanks Richard!



* At the time of this writing we have only uploaded around 10% of the whole library, you can expect the upload process to continue during the following days…

UPDATE 10/7/2015: The Modular Samples library has been now completely uploaded!


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Problems processing sounds [fixed]

Hi everyone,

as some of you might have noticed, we’re having problems processing sounds. Don’t worry about your sounds, they’re safe and you can continue uploading, but they won’t be processed (and moderated) until the problems are fixed.

Thank you for your understanding, we’ll let you know when processing is up and running again!

[edit: problem has been fixed and sounds are being reprocessed]



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Special dare: celebrating 10 years of Freesound !!!

Yes, it is true: Freesound is 10 years old!
I am launching one of our friendly competitions celebrating the occasion. Find out more and get involved:

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10 years zip right past…

Dear Freesounders,

You maybe didn’t know this yet, but Freesound has just turned 10 this month! The project started out as an all-red website back in the days. It was built on rather shabby technology and has by now grown way beyond its initial goals. Way back in 2005 I took Xavier Serra‘s idea of “having a website where composers can exchange sounds” for ICMC 2005. I hacked together something rather rudimentary and invited some of my friends over. We started adding a few sounds and very quickly Freesound unexpectedly exploded into a massive sprawling community.

Freesound was rewritten from scratch to support the high demand and by now I’m no longer involved in Freesound on a fulltime basis: other amazingly capable people at the Music Technology Group have taken over while I moved a bit more to the background. I still keep an honorary position in Freesound as the “Self-Proclaimed Benevolent Dictator for Life” which is probably why I’m writing this happy post…! 😉

So, what about the next 10 year? Well, many plans are brewing!! As you might know, a lot of research is being carried out in the Music Technology Group, including plenty of research related to Freesound. Work is being done to improve the way in which sounds are stored, analysed and described. Improvements in searching and browsing would be a first result from this work. Improvements in uploading and describing sounds a second. The Freesound Team is also starting collaborations with third parties and preparing really exciting new research and development projects that will support Freesound in the coming years. Stay tuned, future looks promising!

So, what about some fun nerdy statistics?

  • 240 000 sounds, uploaded by 13 000 people. If all sounds were played after one another, Freesound would by now play for 146 days straight!
  • More than 4 million people have signed up to download sounds more than 65 million times.
  • More than 50 000 people visit us each day.

In order to celebrate this joyous day, one of our moderators who you all know as AlienXXX has created a new “Freesound Dare” that matches the 10 year anniversary theme! We dare you to join it!

Best Greetings,

Bram – in the name of the Freesound Team

PS: have you freed your sound today??!

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