We just reached 500k sounds… and Freesound got faster!

Hi everyone,

In our recent 2020 in numbers blog post we predicted that we would reach 500k sound uploads at some point in 2021 and… it has just happened! At some point during the past weekend, the number of sounds which are available for download in Freesound has surpassed half a million. Note that by sounds which are available for download we mean sounds that have been already moderated and approved, and here I am not counting sounds that were deleted in the past. Huge congratulations to the whole Freesound community! This is a remarkable achievement, and we could have not imagined at the beginning of Freesound that one day it would host more than 500k Creative Commons sounds uploaded by thousands of people around the world (and downloaded by millions!).

To celebrate this achievement, we are also very happy to say that, as part of the changes in the Freesound infrastructure we’re making these weeks, we’ve managed to significantly increase Freesound speed, including downloading speed. In fact, our monitoring tools indicate that Freesound is now very fast, and our subjective experience using the website also says so. We have just barely started all the infrastructure changes that we’ll carry out in the next months, so many things still need to be changed and improved and you can expect some issues here and there. But the most processing intensive part of Freesound has already been moved to a new environment of the University IT infrastructure that we can scale much easily and will allow us to adapt much better to the future needs of Freesound. Hurray!

We could not be happier to bring you these news 🙂
We hope you enjoy browsing more than 500k Creative Commons sounds with the new super-fast Freesound!

frederic, on behalf of the Freesound Team

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22 Responses to We just reached 500k sounds… and Freesound got faster!

  1. That is awesome. You folks Rock! ~Freesound is truly a one-of-a-kind platform and I will continue to support them as they grow.

    Sincerely, F. Benjamin aka BaDoink.

  2. winnon says:

    I just want to thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in allowing me to use your platform sounds on my videos. I have not yet uploaded this to YouTube so I just needed clarification if I could go ahead and use your royalty Free sounds on my channels without any problems. Please let me know what are the necessary steps I will have to take before I download any sounds or if they are ready royalty free to download. Thank you very much awaiting your reply.

  3. stomachache says:

    Prepare Freesound for LUDICROUS SPEED!

  4. Drew says:

    Been using FreeSounds for years! Thank you for all that you?ve done! I wouldn?t be half the producer that I am without you

  5. frederic.font says:

    Thanks for the comments!

    @winnon: please check this FAQ section https://freesound.org/help/faq/#what-do-i-need-to-do-to-legally-use-the-files-on-freesound 🙂

  6. Marcel Maas says:

    Oh, what a joy it is to see all those improvements over the past 11 years. Freesound was once like a T-fort, now a Ferarri.
    I would like to thank the whole team for all your efforts.

  7. Justin Dean says:

    I’ve used this site for years and I couldn’t be happier to see all the progress its made! Thanks for the years of great sounds and community.

  8. Algoto says:

    Thank you for amazing sound base!

  9. Brady says:

    I love Freesound! Congrats on the 500k milestone and the performance improvements! I use Freesound to personalize the sounds of my push notifications on Vybit. Having this many searchable sounds to pick from is super useful! Thanks again for for all the work you guys put into this.



  10. Great milestone!
    I just discovered you guys through your link on Hacker News. Can’t wait to integrate your API in the new video editing app we are building. This should be fun!

  11. Felix says:

    Very Cool! The download speed was an issue, glad you managed to fix that!

  12. Marcos C. says:

    Amazing! So happy and thankful that you all care so much about the site 🙂

  13. Neroli says:

    Congratulations! That’s awesome.

    Thank you for all your work.

  14. Iman santoso says:

    Very Cool! The download speed was an issue, glad you managed to fix that!

  15. Thimblerig says:

    That is *very* cool.

    Freesound has a been a great boon to my recording activities, and I’m glad the site is doing so well.

  16. Konrad says:

    Nice work guys!

  17. Chris says:

    I don?t have any sound and did have until recently. How do. I correct that?

  18. Fi says:

    I just discovered this platform TODAY! What a timing! I’ve just been here for some hours and when I tell you, this place is a lifesaver! Forever thankful for the people behind this platform. I’ll definitely donate asap. Keep rocking!

  19. deni ilicic says:

    Best website ever! No one compares. The worlds best resource for all audio and sound projects. Thank you and congratulations Freesound!

  20. LaughterCraft says:

    Outstanding updates. I’ve supported you guys over the years and will continue to do so. An invaluable resource!

  21. Thanks for all your amazing work, I’ve been a member of Freesound for almost 12 years, I absolutely love this website. One of the few remaining places on the Internet where I feel free !

  22. Better stuff says:

    With cloud front or traditional cdn?

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