When you click in the “Similar sounds” button of a sound, you receive a list of sounds that are similar according to its acoustic properties. The technology that powers this feature is Essentia, a library developed during several years at the Music Technology Group of UPF, where we host and support Freesound. The descriptors computed by Essentia are also available through the Freesound API.
Essentia was recently released as an open source library, and consequently the program in Freesound that uses it is now also open source. This means that anyone can see how it works, and use this technology for open source projects (the library can also be licensed for closed source projects upon request). One interesting consequence is that you can now compute the same descriptors that Freesound uses for any sound, and, using the API, search for similar sounds from Freesound. Play a note and get sounds with the same pitch, or the same timbre, imitate sounds with your mouth… you name it, we await for your hacks!
Researchers on the Good Recording Project (University of Salford, UK) have just launched a new Web experiment investigating audio quality in Freesound samples.
The AudioBattle experiment presents participants with pairs of real samples taken from Freesound and asks them to rate which is better. The researchers hope to discover how well we can predict quality from audio features in recordings and in the metadata of sounds submitted to Freesound.
The experiment takes no more than 10 minutes and all participants are able to enter a prize draw once they finish. To take part in the experiment please visit: http://www.goodrecording.net/audiobattle/
The dares are comming back to life!
So Freesounders, I dare you to participate…
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Hey there freesounders!
You all know what Freesound is all about and why you like using it. However, if you want to know a bit more just watch this promotional video we’ve just released:
Share this video and help us promote Freesound and make this amazing community bigger and bigger!
On Wednesday July 10 at 11 p.m. CEST (5 p.m. Pacific, 3 p.m. Eastern) Freesound will be down for a few hours while we perform some additional maintenance on our Internet connection. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
As part of our research towards improving Freesound we are developing a tag recommendation system to help Freesound users tagging their sounds when they are uploaded.
Before implementing the system into Freesound we have started a testing phase in which we will compare several strategies for tag recommendation that we have developed. We will choose the best recommendation system according to your input.
For this, we kindly ask you to participate in an experiment that we have set up at http://labs.freesound.org/tagrecommendation/. Please carefully read the instructions and follow all steps until the experiment is finished. It will take around 20 minutes.
Once we close the experiment we will randomly select two of the participants to receive a Freesound t-shirt as a reward!
Thank you very much in advance for your participation. We believe you’ll enjoy the experiment and will be of invaluable in helping to improve Freesound.
keep on Freesounding!
ps: you can leave comments and suggestions here
Edit: Because you can see this message it means we’re back, sooner than expected. Thank you for your patience.
On Wednesday May 29 at 1 a.m. CEST (28th 7 p.m. Pacific, 4 p.m. Eastern) Freesound will be down for a few hours while we perform some maintenance on our Internet connection. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
Hello there Freesounders!
we would like to announce that we have introduced a couple of small new features, some of them were requested in the forums.
First of all, we have increased the number of sounds that can be described per round from 4 to 10. This will be specially useful for users that tend to upload a lot of sounds at once, and will help you have your sounds described quicker.
Also to easy up the description process, you will now be able to see the description of more than one sound at a time.
We also added query term highlighting in the sound descriptions of the search results page.
Furthermore we have added some minor layout improvements, fine-tuned anti-spam measures and updated the moderation interface in order to promote oldest sounds at the beginning of the queue. This way sound moderation will become closer to “first in first out”. And now that I’m talking about sound moderation, don’t forget that moderators are humans and do this task voluntarily in their free time. They take this responsibility very seriously and always do the moderation as fast as they can! They deserve a biiiiig hurrayyyy from the whole Freesound community!
Said that, keep on Freesounding!
Today is the 8th anniversary of Freesound! Congratulations to the researchers, developers, moderators, donors and users who have been and are part of this project for the success achieved so far. Thanks to the collaboration of this great community we have now more than 160.000 free sounds from all over the world.
Freesound was started in 2005 in the Music Technology Group (MTG). One of the first aims behind it was to create an open repository of sounds to be used for scientific and artistic research, but quickly became a very popular site used by a wide variety of people to share sounds and the experiences around them.
Freesound has now 3.5 million registered users around the world, about 40.000 visits a day, and the total number of visits in those eight years has been more than 57 million, coming from almost all the countries of the world.
There are many successful usages of the sounds in Freesound, for example in the movie Children of Men and in a song of the internationally known band The Prodigy. Freesound has received several awards, such as a BMW award, a Barcelona City award and a Google research award twice. But what is most important, during all those years users have shared really amazing sounds. Find the opinion of the community about the coolest sounds on Freesound: http://www.freesound.org/forum/freesound-project/33568/
The interest for sharing sounds keeps growing and the community of active users of Freesound is also growing. For the MTG, Freesound offers an exceptional framework with which to carry research in the context of semantic web technologies. But we are specially proud of being able to offer a very useful service to the society.
On April 5th will be the 8th anniversary of Freesound, and thanks to your contributions more than 160,000 sounds have been shared with the community so far!
Now, the Freesound team would like to look back in the Freesound history and find some of the most original or unusual sounds that have been uploaded during all these years. That’s why we need your help:
In your opinion, which are the most amazing / surprising / coolest sounds you have ever found on Freesound?
Please leave your comments here: http://www.freesound.org/forum/freesound-project/33568/
Thank you for all these years of cool sounds!!!