Welcome to Freesound 2!

Dear Freesounders,

For more than a year now we’ve been promising you an upgrade of
freesound. Dates got shifted into the future, things took (much)
longer than expected, … About half a year ago everything shifted
into higher gear when the team of Vincent, Gerard, Frederic,
Stelios and Jordi started getting involved deeply in freesound code.

Stuff starting whizzing along, more work was done than ever on
freesound “2” or “nightingale”, or now just… freesound.org again. So
many things were rebuilt, reenvisioned and reimplemented that it would
be rather useless to try to list them all. But let it be clear that we
started from zero: the old -and relatively broken- codebase was
replaced by a bright shiny new one, based on the great django

We know the new site creates emotional responses as you have been
working so closely with the old one. For us it’s such a big change
which will let freesound “breathe” again.

Hopefully this new freesound site will serve us for many years to
come. For us (the people behind the scenes) the biggest advantage to
this new site is probably the maintainability: it will be so much
easier to adapt the code, add new features, fix bugs…

Talking about bugs: feel free to post bugs in this forum or via the
contact form.

Thanks for waiting and special thanks to the beta testers!


– The Proud Freesound team (Bram, Gerard, Vincent, Jordi, Frederic,
Stelios and Xavier)

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43 Responses to Welcome to Freesound 2!

  1. Rafael says:

    After a brief tour around the site I think it’s AWESOME!!!!!!
    Thanks for improving the site, the options in the search box are quiet useful
    Best wishes

  2. Larry Estes says:

    I am trying to register but the Captcha thing isn’t showing up. Are you broken or just not taking new registrations?

  3. bdejong says:

    Larry, that should be fixed now!

  4. Newton says:

    It looks awesome. It’s cool that now the authors can choose the (cc) license, CC sampling+ was too restrictive (in context of open source).

  5. Simon says:

    Good stuff, nicely done guys! I like this version much more 🙂 Thanks for creating this site too!

  6. Stephanie W says:

    This looks so much better!

  7. Sarah says:

    It looks great! Well done. I love this site – thank you.

  8. 3insanity says:

    Thanks freesound for keeping indie filmakers on budget! This site has saved my life more times then I can count. Whenever I actually make some money, expect a huge donation coming your way.

  9. Hakeem says:

    Thank you so much for the new layout, it’s much easier to search for sounds, and it’s overall more easy to navigate. I appreciate it very much!

  10. Very cool! I like the new design – simple and good.

  11. DieSeL says:

    What a good new to see these latest days you were under ongoing changes!
    I am more than happy to see fs2 is here.
    Since last time Bram told me this would be launched (june 2010?) I’ve been looking forward.
    It is exactly how I expected, and I admire the new flash player and the possibility to embed it externally from here.

    Thanks Bram and team, visca!

  12. Gerard says:

    Haven’t had a chance to play around yet, but it looks great, and just wanted to say a big thanks for suppling this service, it really is invaluable.

    Much appreciated

  13. bananovitch says:

    oh my. I didn’t visit freesound for some time, I came back and it’s so different. And must say, I absolutely love it. great job!

  14. __MaX__ says:

    Huge update ! Great work guys, i really enjoy the new website.

    Keep up the good work.

  15. G1g4BYt3 says:

    Hi guys, looks great and much better now, big up!

  16. McFex says:

    Freckin’ FANTASTIC what you did here!
    Who cares how long it took, if the final outcome looks like this?

    Fantastibulous, well done, and keep up your great work!


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  18. DrNI says:

    I loved the embeddeable player! It would be great if it could be resized arbitrarily without cutting the display. (I know one could perhaps use the width attribute, but it would be great if the player could detect its width automagically.)

  19. Sarah says:

    … oh and I just noticed you’ve changed the licence – great! The last one was so confusing.

  20. Nic says:

    Well this is the first time ive ever been on this site, so from a perspective free from emotional attachement (hehe), the site looks & functions great.

  21. cris says:

    it looks awesome!
    congrats and keep up the good work!

  22. Danny Bar says:

    Loving the new design and functionality, well done guys!!

  23. moonmail says:

    great work, guys!
    one thing: please, correct the ?play? and ?pause? button, i can’t click on them the first time!)


  24. KrisTiasMusic says:

    Thank you so much for keeping the best sound source alive. But I have another question. Can you post a link to a high resolution picture of the one above up here? The one with the frequency spectrum ( blue to red ). Looks just simple and awesome, wanna use it as a wallpaper for my desktop! I’m on Freesound.org with the same nick name. Thank you for everything! 🙂

  25. TenaciousC says:

    It’s beautiful! This design is huge improvement over the old one.

  26. Jeremy says:

    I only discovered freesound very recently, and I can’t believe what a gold mine it is! Seriously, I’ve shelled out good $ for so-called “world sample” sets that aren’t a fraction as authentic and inspiring as xserra’s extensive collection – but where’s the site gone?! I’ve been trying to access it for a couple of days…. is there supposed to be a revamped site on the way up?

  27. Fabiano says:

    YES! It was a long time that I don’t come up to this site, and then, when I access it, is so beautiful, clean, modern and still powerful. Congratulations to your job.

  28. Mr.Brian says:

    Love the new UI/ UX.

  29. thebondman says:

    fantastic redesign, great job!

  30. Max says:

    “The search server could not be reached, please try again later.”
    …um, yeah.

  31. Kevin says:

    Site looks incredible!
    I think there’s something broken with the email generator though, I’ve tried resetting my password/creating a new account, and I’m not receiving emails (not in spam folder).

  32. Mike says:

    I signed up an hour ago and I didn’t get a confirmation email

  33. bdejong says:

    We’ve been having some troubles with the activation emails, but… they should be arriving a bit… later now!

  34. Andi says:

    I really like the relaunched site!!!

    The design looks well-arranged and the sound-player works better than the older one.
    You guys made a great job!

    Thank you,


  35. Nash says:

    What an improvement!!!…Well done.

  36. Tom says:

    Great site! I appreciate all the work and time you invested into this relauch. Thank you so much!

  37. It’s very heart-warming to see all the positive comments about the new look and functionality of the UI/UX.
    Bram has put together a great team of people who have gone to great lengths as well put in countless hours of their own time to revamp the Freesound website.

    I want to thank Bram and the whole team for the opportunity to work with them and I hope that YOU, the users will get the most out of this invaluable resource and continue to contribute in your own ways back to the community with all the great creations that you make.

    If you have any questions about the thinking and philosophy behind the new Freesound 2.0 designs and UI/UX then don’t hesitate to shoot me or Bram an email.

  38. It looks beautiful, and navigation is so much simpler, awesome!

  39. Djordje says:

    Wow! This is great!


    Thanks a ton.
    Always loved Freesound… always thought it worked just wonderfully and was so valuable a resource….
    BUT, this is magnificently unprecedented out-of-the-blue icing on the cake.
    That team did a hell of a job.

  41. This is fantastic news! I had discounted FreeSound as a source for a long time because of the non-free licensing (the “almost but not quite” free “Sampling+” was very frustrating). I can see I’m going to have to re-evaluate.

    Thanks and congratulations!

  42. Chris C says:

    I’ve been using Freesound.org for a couple of years and the recent update is fantastic. Well done to all the team for their efforts and great work!

  43. Danny B says:

    Hi, I’d really like to join, but the site isn’t sending activation emails. I’ve been trying since last week, and still no-go. Nothing in the spam folder, nothing in the inbox.

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