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Justin Macleod on the freedom of the sound designer

  This post was written by Justin Macleod While engaged in the very fiddling that inspired that idea for this post, one of the other things I love about sound design occurred to me…the freedom. I believe sound design to be one of the freest areas within the field of audio. Sound designers are illusionists. We’re the con artists everyone likes to have around, constantly taking unre... »

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GDPR compliance

Today is the day new EU regulations come into force to protect user’s data and privacy within the European Union. While we are based in Australia (formerly the UK), many of our users are within the EU, meaning we like all other companies who’s members or users are within the EU must take new measures regarding this. We have always operated a fair and strict policy with regards to what we do ... »

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Recording the Kondalilla Falls

The last few weeks have felt like I was working an office job, something I’ve deliberately chosen not to do in my life, because it’s just not for me. But with running a website also comes the tasks that involve me sitting in front of a computer screen for extended periods of time. Recently I’ve also spent a fair bit of time on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation, another job of the website owner) and ... »

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Using our free sound effects & music in YouTube videos

A HUGE number of our members download and use our free sound effects and royalty free music in their YouTube videos, which on last count was around 26% of you. With this we often get asked questions regarding using our sounds for such videos, so this quick blog post is here to answer those questions… 1) Can I Legally use your sound effects and music in my YouTube videos? Yes. All our sounds and mu... »

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Using the Zoom H1 as a portable emergency recorder: a quick review

If you’ve read some of my previous posts regarding portable handheld recorders, you’ll be aware that I’ve use many over the years including others from the Zoom range (H2 H4 and H5) as well as higher-end recorders such as the Sony PCM D100 (great review here) which is my current go to portable. But even the Sony device can be a little bulky for those situations where you just don’t want to have to... »

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Third party review of ZapSplat.com with a focus on accessibility

I absolutely love talking to our members and regularly post up some of the feedback we receive in posts here. I’ve always been of the opinion that listening to what your users think about your service should be a top priority. Last year I was approached by Justin Macleod, a sound designer and regular user of our sounds here at zapsplat.com. Justin eventually became a contributor, adding some... »

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Requesting sounds you can’t find

Very often I receive emails stating something like “I can’t find the sound xyz in your library, do you know where I can find them or can you create it for me”. I love receiving requests because it a) helps me understand what we are lacking and can build the library around this and b) because it opens up dialogue between you and I. Running any website (or any business) relies heavily on interaction... »

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A big thanks to all those who have donated and upgraded so far!

Last month we started accepting monthly and yearly recurring donations to help us monetize zapsplat.com allowing us to better cover our costs, help me to dedicated more of my time to recording and uploading more free sound effects and royalty free music and safeguard the site for the future. So far it’s going very well and the projections look good for the site to be fully self-sustainable by June... »

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Why free sound effects are important

I occasionally get asked ‘why do you offer sounds for free’, which is a legitimate response to the core ethos behind zapsplat.com. Some people don’t understand why we do what we do and why it is important. Are we trying to dominate the sound library industry? Are we bringing the industry down by offering a free alternative to what has always been a paid-for market place? No, we don’t believe so an... »

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Review: FreeToUseSounds.com

I few months ago I had an email arrive in my inbox from an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual named Marcel Gnauk, who informed me of his website and enviable lifestyle, traveling around the world recording sound effects. In fact, just a few days before receiving the email, I’d had a conversation with my wife expressing a desire to do the exact same thing. On taking a look at his website ... »