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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:43 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:44 AM
Something I've been curious about. I don't have any interface to record sounds right now, and although I have two decent compressor mics, I need something to record to my computer with. I also can't necessarily get all sounds, like a helicopter or gunshot.
So, I was wondering about the ethics about using royalty free source audio libraries for projects you're working on. I've been taking them, changing the pitch, layering them, adding reverb, etc. to change them a little bit. Is it wrong for me to get paid doing this? I have edited them and am still doing processing and creating sounds for unique game events, even if I'm not doing the recordings? Of course, as soon as I have the capability I will begin building my own sound library. Just wondering what everybody else thinks.
If the license for the library allows what you are doing and your customers are happy with the result then there is nothing wrong with it.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:43 AM
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
I personally would never do this myself (unless I was on an unimaginably tight deadline and missing it wasn't an option). But then again, I'm part of the "problem" in as much as I create such music, and work for a company that sells it. Right now it's probably the only thing paying my bills haha. So I can't really knock it. But I will admit, it's a bitter pill to swallow knowing that people are using products I make to get the work I would like to get. But hey, I've got a whole year ahead of me to change that Anyway that's just my personal reflection on the matter. As has been said, check the license. If it's all cleared for use, then go right ahead!
Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:25 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:24 PM
There are a couple dangers about using free sounds...
2) as pointed out, there are frequently non-monetary license requirements such as attribution, etc.
1) you are assuming that the person who posted them to be taken freely in fact had the authority to do so. So if some random person takes an SFX from a paid library, uploads to to "freesounds", it doesn't suddenly make the sound "free." If you then use it, you may be held responsible if there's a problem.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:17 AM
Have you considered a la carte sites like www.sounddogs.com and www.soundrangers.com? I understand the investment for full SFX libraries can sometimes be too much but many sites offer individual SFX for a much lower rate and could get you rolling. Plus being that they're established and have official relationships you can avoid some of the issues that fall under "free" sounds.
Edited by nsmadsen, 09 January 2013 - 09:17 AM.