Filmmakers looking for some good, high quality sound effects, that also happen to be free, can rejoice, as Sonniss is releasing their Game Audio GDC Bundle as a free download. And weighing in at just over 10GBs, it’s sure to have what you need. But you have to act fast, as it’s only available until April 2nd!
We couldn’t make it to the game developers conference this year, but wanted to do something special for the community. In celebration of #GDC2015, we have teamed-up with many of our suppliers to offer all of the #GameAudioGDC attendees and non-attendees a large number of premium sound effects (hand-picked) from each of their libraries. – Sonniss
Brand new in the sound effects game, Sonniss acts as a SFX clearing house that allows independent sound engineers to offer their wares at a fair price. Think of it as “Etsy” for audio effects. Sellers get paid via Paypal on every sale, with Sonniss only taking a 20% cut for being the middleman, and for offering secure file hosting via Amazon’s E3 Cloud services.
The game sound effects package contains audio covering sounds such as weapons fire, crowd noises, and other effects, and can be used royalty free on all creative projects (with some licensing provisions that users must be aware of). I’m guessing the effects will be able to be used under a slightly modified Creative Commons license, with credit and attribution required. And from what I’ve read, these effects are top notch, a must have for your audio collection should you be a filmmaker, audio engineer, game developer or even a music producer.
This library is becoming increasingly popular and is getting shared thousands of times with people all over the world. Delivery costs are running into the thousands and hundreds of people are hitting refresh every couple of seconds… This unprecedented amount of traffic has caused quite a few headaches unfortunately. – Sonniss
The package is available as a download via Sonniss.com here, but be forewarned, the popularity of the downloads has overloaded Sonniss servers. As such, Sonniss has had to put a download limit of 100 downloads per 24 hour period. When that happens, you will see an icon saying the download is not available.
Should that happen, Sonnis advises to dropping them a tweet to @sonnissdotcom or to add Sonniss’ Timothy McHugh to your friends list on Facebook and request a special download link there. The other way to get the GameAudioGDC is through BitTorrent. The torrent file is http://sonniss.com/GameAudioGDC.torrent (copy and paste the link). And if you choose that method, you could help Sonniss out by offering your account as a seed for furthering the traffic.
“As soon as we open up the download slots – 2 minutes later – they’re gone,” states a Sonniss Blog update. “We wanted to make this library entirely-free as our way of giving back to the community… If you would like to help us out with hosting the files, it would be greatly appreciated.
“Alongside this, we are also running a HUGE GDC2015 #GameAudio sale until April 2nd,” tweeted Sonniss.
The company has also put up a tip jar for people to donate to help defray the costs of bandwidth and server operation costs during the free download period, so users can help. In addition, users can also take a look at a special they have going on right now for where users can save up to 50% off select sound effects libraries that include airplanes, boat noises, drone effects, Moscow Ambiance, sword “shooshes” and swings, electronic noises, broken glass, space sounds, and more.
The 50% off sale ends April 2nd, along with the download period for the free Game Audio package. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! And if you can help spread the bandwidth out, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you!
Hat Tip – BPB