99Sounds has released World Sounds, a free sound library featuring a collection of field recordings and nature sound effects created by Marcel Gnauk of Free To Use Sounds.
World Sounds contains close to 4GB of royalty-free field recordings and sound effects. The sounds were recorded by Marcel Gnauk, the author of the fantastic Free To Use Sounds project. All content is provided in 24-bit WAV format (48 kHz stereo), and it’s completely royalty-free.See also: 99 Sound Effects Is A FREE Sound Library By 99Sounds
The library contains 76 recordings in total. All included files feature descriptive filenames, and they’re sorted into folders by category to make it easier for the user to browse the recordings. There are fifteen different categories, covering airplane sounds, silent rooms, electromagnetic noises, rain and thunder recordings, ocean waves, waterfalls, crowded markets, people playing sports, jungle ambiance, and more. World Sounds is an excellent source of foley effects and field recordings for your next video or audio project.
If you’re a regular BPB reader, chances are you’re already familiar with Marcel Gnauk’s work. He publishes field recording libraries on his Free To Use Sounds website and his Bandcamp page. There are over 400 GB of sounds to download at the moment, with new sound libraries added almost every week. Marcel travels the world with his girlfriend and records interesting urban and nature sounds in various locations across the globe. The freely downloadable World Sounds collection provides a free taste of Marcel’s field recording work.
The library is available for free download via 99Sounds. A valid email address is required to get the download link.
More info: World Sounds (3.23 GB download size, ZIP archive, contains 76 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format)
What a gem. This is so useful for adding atmosphere and texture! Thank you very much.
Likely great stuff, but..hm..it’s a pity that 99sounds.org has now switched from the “just click here to download” model to a “need to checkout and provide email address” model.
For me, this is not really “free” anymore – and really free downloads are becoming ever more rare these days :-\.
I know, it’s not ideal but it had to be done, at least for now. The thing is, with the fully unlocked (click to download) system, people would simply copy the entire 99Sounds page or even just the link and share it on other websites, forums, and so on. This resulted in massive download bandwidth costs for me (that is hundreds of GB daily) which simply didn’t make sense because I couldn’t afford to add new free sounds to the website. Download links would constantly expire (just look at the comments on 99Sounds releases) due to high bandwidth and I’ve wasted a tremendous amount of time reuploading, fixing the links, etc. It also meant that people would download the sounds from random places without ever even seeing who the author was (each page on 99Sounds links to the respective author’s other work and their sound design projects). So, something needed to change. With the current setup, I can afford the download costs because services like Sellfy and Gumroad offer unlimited space for a lower cost and there is at least some control over the download bandwidth and location.
Ok, thanks for the explanation. Your motivation is understandable.
So, as long as you promise to not abuse/forward the collected email addresses, I am fine with that :-).
Oh, definitely not. Even receiving notifications about future 99Sounds releases is optional.
Hi Tomislav, I can’t really seem to be able to check out by using the shop on sellfy, it keeps crashing for me for some reason and the buying options are not really even visible. Is it still functional,
Hi Reda, you should be able to use the free checkout option. Simply enter zero as the amount. Does that work?