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Post by AdamBielka » January 20th, 2020, 9:19 pm

There have been moments where I've wanted to add small sound effects appropriate for parts of my submissions (like applause, kisses, dropped metal, etc), and I was wondering if anyone knew any good public domain sound effect libraries (that don't require attribution or licensing fees). I was wondering what other people had found?

Or is there a prohibition against these in the rules somewhere?

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Post by Availle » January 20th, 2020, 9:24 pm

We do not allow any kind of additional sound effects in our recordings.

What you can do if the text says for example "and they kissed" that you make your own smooching sound - that would be fine.

Personally, however, I would find that odd in a reading of a book especially if it is a group recording and there's a single chapter where somebody starts making weird sounds.
Dramatic versions or plays where the stage directions call for sounds like these are exceptions. And in your solos, you can do what you want (but still no added sound effects other than what you can produce yourself).

Hope that clears things up. :D
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Post by TriciaG » January 21st, 2020, 6:54 am

Availle wrote:
January 20th, 2020, 9:24 pm
And in your solos, you can do what you want (but still no added sound effects other than what you can produce yourself).
Not 100% accurate. :) You still can't do whatever you want even if you make them yourself. The basic principle is, "Less is more." Very basic sounds are OK (a door knock if the text makes a big emphasis on that knock and how it's done, for example) but incidentals that aren't essential to the story aren't. See here for the rule:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Music_%26_Sound_Effects_Rules

(I think that that is what you meant - in a solo you can make a kissing sound or maybe a knocking sound for a door knock, but you cannot go record the sound of a steam locomotive or seagulls and add that into your solo recording.)
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Post by Availle » January 21st, 2020, 7:05 am

Yes, that's what I meant with "produce yourself".
Although, if you can really produce the sound of a steam locomotive with your voice alone... :shock: :thumbs:
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Post by TriciaG » January 21st, 2020, 7:06 am

:lol:
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Post by mightyfelix » January 21st, 2020, 7:04 pm

Availle wrote:
January 21st, 2020, 7:05 am
Yes, that's what I meant with "produce yourself".
Although, if you can really produce the sound of a steam locomotive with your voice alone... :shock: :thumbs:
I met a guy who could. It was crazy.

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Post by AdamBielka » January 22nd, 2020, 12:44 pm

Thanks all! This is definitely the answers and parameters I was after!

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