Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

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Ou_Tis
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126 posts since 10 Jul, 2018

Post Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:46 pm

1.What are good royalty free sources for nature samples, without the "no commercial use" restriction that some orgs (like the BBC) have?

2. What types of samples are particularly good with Biotek 2? I'd like to make sounds where the "nature" is more prominent than in most of the Biotek presets.

There's the US National Parks service for one, though they only seem to provide long clips that haven't particularly been selected for their sound:

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/sound/gallery.htm

I found a few at Soundbible.com , looperman.com and a bunch of random sites.

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CrystalWizard
KVRian
665 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbiti sw usa

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:09 pm

Freesound.org
Archive.org
NASA (kidding)
You have to ask but the Macaulay library:
https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/about/use-media/
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Ou_Tis
KVRist
126 posts since 10 Jul, 2018

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:23 am

The Macaulay library website says there may be a "licensing and a studio fee" for non-research purposes:

"Once your order has been submitted, we will respond to you within a few days, with an estimate of the licensing fee and studio fee, if applicable. You will not be charged until you approve the estimate and the order is complete. There is no charge for research requests."

Or is it usually free for artists/musicians? Tremendous hassle too.

Is the US really the only country where a government-funded research/naure institution provides audio samples for the public domain (and free for commercial use)?

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Aloysius
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22508 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from a computer

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:54 am

Come out of the basement into the fresh air. You can get as many nature samples as you could ever wish for, for free.
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CrystalWizard
KVRian
665 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbiti sw usa

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:47 am

Aloysius wrote:Come out of the basement into the fresh air. You can get as many nature samples as you could ever wish for, for free.
Provided you have decent recording gear and access to a good place to record.

I’ve never licsensed anything from Macauley, maybe if you’re not a big name they’ll let you use stuff. Was just a thought. I’ve made most of my nature recordings.
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Ou_Tis
KVRist
126 posts since 10 Jul, 2018

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:27 pm

Aloysius wrote:Come out of the basement into the fresh air. You can get as many nature samples as you could ever wish for, for free.
Right, I'll just record the whales, volcanoes, and forest fires outside my inner city apartment. Or do you mean go to the zoo and tease the lions until they roar? Doubt that would work....

Actually, the NASA suggestion was a great idea. Outer space is nature too (and has weather, etc). One of the things that got me interested in using nature sounds was the sound design for Castellucci's The Four Seasons Restaurant, which uses NASA recordings from (the material ringing a) black hole and from Jupiter.

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Aloysius
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Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:17 pm

:lol:
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DSmolken
KVRian
1413 posts since 20 Sep, 2013 from Poland

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:53 am

Orange Free Sounds (no relation to Orange Tree) have a selection of farm animals.

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CrystalWizard
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665 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbiti sw usa

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:12 pm

Have you checked out freesound.org. When i posted that response i had not been on their site in a very long while. I looked again and there is a plethora of nature sounds.

Also, i won’t mention it here but garage sales, flea mrkts, 2nd hand stores often have cds of nature sounds, animals, etc. Of course they may be copyrighted. After a quick trip through the softsynth blender though...
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Sono_Elements
KVRer
11 posts since 10 Aug, 2018

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:43 am

Freesound.org is the best place for this type of samples. You can ever filter your research by license:

https://freesound.org/search/?g=1&q=nat ... mmons+0%22

The quality varies, but there's a lot of usable field recordings there.

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ChamomileShark
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1334 posts since 12 May, 2004 from Oxford, UK

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:50 am

thanks for that Sono, I prefer to use my own samples but those zero licence samples will make a great suppliment to what I have.

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Tj Shredder
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1627 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Re: Good sources of free nature samples? (also: for use with Biotek 2)

Post Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:53 am

I have a collection of sample and nature CDs collecting dust, I could get rid of them. PM me if interested, I am in Germany, Berlin to be precise...

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