A new Web site lets musicians and sound designers share free samples, sound effects and music loops.
Designed as a resource and community, Soundsnap is a platform that provides user-driven content for media production. Users can download and upload content to be shared legally and used in any media project.
“We like to think of Soundsnap as ‘YouTube for sounds,’ where users not only download sounds for their own use, but submit their sounds and help the library grow organically,” said Tasos Frantzolas, creator of Soundsnap.com.
Soundsnap launches with 30,000 free sounds, including sound effects such as animals, nature and sports as well as sound design, sound art and science fiction. Visitors can search for sounds by keyword searching or browsing by category, user/creator or tags, which are user-generated keywords used to place sounds into categories.
Soundsnap allows original samples and sounds that have been recorded or created by contributors that have accepted Soundsnap’s license agreement, which ensures that previously copyrighted material is not downloaded, distributed and used illegally. Contributors retain ownership rights to submissions, while granting Soundsnap a royalty-free, transferable sublicense.