Sound effects are often used to
compliment and enhance artistic presentations,
whether they be podcasts, videos, or other audio/visual
productions. Royalty-free sound effects are typically
non-exclusive and can be used by anyone who purchases
them. Professional sound effects can give a podcast
or production a more professional sound. However,
many new producers may not realize that sound
effects have copyrights, and in many cases it
is illegal to use a sound effect that you happen
to find on the web without properly licensing
Most podcasters and producers do not have the
time or equipment to go out and record all the
sound effects they may want to incorporate into
their production. Podcasters are better off using
royalty-free sound effects. Royalty-free sound
effects are purchased, and there is no recurring
fee for the use of the effect. The purchaser may
use the sound effect(s) as often as required within
the license terms and conditions, without paying
for the use of the sound effect each time the
effect is used.
Fortunately, there are a number
of sound effect websites where podcasters can
purchase a single effect for a fixed fee, or they
can purchase a sound effect subscription that
allows the subscriber to download multiple effects.
Sound effect websites allow webmasters, podcasters,
and producers to locate sound effects for their
productions without the hassle of renting sound
equipment and creating their own effects. With
regard to copyright laws, businesses must be very
careful if they use unlicensed effects.
There are also risks in using "free"
sound effects. Many of the free websites contain
collaborative works from multiple sound engineers
and artists. While the websites may attempt to
monitor the effects in their collections in order
to comply with copyright laws, there are no guarantees.
If you opt to use sound effects from a free portal,
it is important to keep this in mind.
The following is a list of reputable
sound effects websites that are available:
Where to Locate Sound Effects - http://www.small-business-software.net/where-to-locate-sound-effects.htm
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS
feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages
marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.