What do you guys think about Soundsnap.com? Its my sound effects website and I 'm working on improving it.
I 'm looking for feedback from the sound community to see what areas of the site we can improve.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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I'm one of your "old school" members. I have to say I love the idea of the site. I use it a lot for getting something specific or different (as in not in the usual libraries) and has got me out of a hole plenty of times.
However I do have 2 things I'd like to add. There's one thing I wish you'd bring back, the ability for me to upload and sell individual sound recordings. I'm guessing that the vetting process which I'm sure is a mammoth undertaking.
My other issue is that some of the sounds are of a fairly poor quality. Some have background hiss and hum while others are clipped. I don't want to get into naming files and therefore people but it has rendered some files unusable in a TV broadcast setting. Perhaps vetting the person instead of every single file might be a way around the workload. Or perhaps you could add a way of reporting a poor recording and make the users become the vettors (is that a word)?
Please forgive me if this comes across harsh but I really do love the site and am frequently on there looking for sounds.
Good luck with it and long may it continue!
Hi Tazos, Another "old school" user here and lover of Soundsnap. I don't know what I would do without you guys actually. Would it be possible for you to implement some file naming conventions for your submitters. Right now the files are named all sorts of ways and sometimes those names are very non-descriptive. This means I end up renaming them but then I don't know if I've already downloaded that file and I end up with a lot of duplicates. I also agree with the above commenters but above all, keep up the good work and thank you!
I too discovered Soundsnap a couple of years back (does that make me an old skool user too?) and definitely agree with Ian's point about quality. The idea of the site is great and allows us to access very specific sounds and to purchase a license for individual sounds. This is very useful.
However, I think that the quality issue is something that can cause many of us to hesitate using Soundsnap. Most sounds are available in MP3 and WAV formats. Personally, when I'm working on a project I will never use an MP3 sound (unless it was so unique that I had no choice), even if I will eventually render down my final mix as an MP3 (for an iOS-platform game for example). I prefer to use the highest possible quality (96KHz 24 Bit or 192KHz 24 Bit if poss) that allows me more flexibility.
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I can't seem to find anywhere on the site where the quality of sound files is discussed. And it's been a while since I purchased a sound so maybe this issue has been addressed. But overall, it's a great site in terms of usability. Very easy to search and I love the clean layout.
I have been using Soundsnap for a number of years and I am also an "Old Skool" member. I remember the change from a free to paid for service that you offered.
You once had an active community on the website forums, which seems to have diminished since the change has taken place. I particularly liked the Request a sound forum. It would be great to grow that community again, or work with another great community of Sound People.
As IanJPalmer said, it would be great to be able to upload individual Sounds to your library. Infact, I'd rather upload mine to your library than to some of the others out there because I love the layout and simplicity of the website.
I have been a member of soundsnap for a long time, but I must say I almost haven't used it since it changed to the new business model. I thought it was pretty cool that you could share good sounds and in return get access to all the other sounds for free. I had hoped it would be possible with the new business model to still share sounds and at least get a discount on a membership and have the feeling of being part of a community, but sadly I think that part has faded. Soundsnap is just not so appealing to me anymore.
I used Soundsnap for the special and personal sounds, you do not normally find in archives. They are perhaps not as special and personal as the sounds you might find in freesound.org, but at least you don't have to deal with the confusing licenses. I can't really use an internet based sound archive for the bread and butter sound effects, because it is simply too slow. When I work in soundminer, I just import the sounds i think I might use, check them out in the track and discard them afterwards, if they don't feel right.
When paying per sound effect, this process is simply too slow and too inefficient for me.
It is still a great site, but perhaps I have just bought too many sound effects to need it the way it is now.
There's something I don't understand about the Soundsnap licensing model, and this has prevented me from really using so far, even though I'm interested in subscribing for the 'Annual pack'.
In the FAQ it says:
For how long can I use the downloads I bought? Are there limitations?
There is a limitation of two years on all packs you purchase.
You will have to download your sounds within two years after your first download.
But in the license itself I cannot find anything about having a 2 year restriction on the license of the sounds I purchase. How does this work then? I don't really like the idea of having to renew the license on sounds I purchased every two years. Maybe I'm just confused by the wording of the FAQ question/answer though?