An issue for the video effects editor, or anyone who needs access to a large library of sound effects, has traditionally been the fact that purchasing a sound effects CD will provide the required sound clip, along with 99% of other material that is not needed. Alternatively, if a library of CD sound effects is being built, time lost in searching the CD's for a single sound effect increases cost management and reduces productivity.
A typical solution to the second problem is to hire someone to construct a database of available clips, which itself requires the acquisition of software and additional media onto which to store the ever-growing number of effects. And then there is always Murphy's law, which causes a client to request that one effect that is not in the library. So, off to buy another CD....
Sonomic is a company that provides several elegant solutions to all these scenarios. As one of the largest and most comprehensive online libraries of professional samples and sound effects, the company provides the easiest way to get new sounds right away when needed. They will provide on site servers with yearly licenses to huge databases of sounds, if that is what is required.
But a far more intriguing solution is the company's Library Card which allows the user to preview and then download only those samples or sound effects they need at a given moment.
Functioning in a similar manner to the ubiquitous phone card, the user buys the Library Card, which in turn allows them to choose fifty (50) samples OR twenty (20) sound effects for download. The user logs onto the Sonomic web site where they have access to over 250,000 sounds (more are added monthly) and using the very intuitive search engine, can audition and download the required clips.
Files are available in both .aiff or .wav formats.
In addition, Sonomic will supply every customer with a free personal "Sounbay" for life. This allows the user to store, organize, access and re-download purchased sounds, anywhere that Internet access is available. So if a project is moving from one studio to another, the very same sounds are available at both locations for as many downloads as required.
All the sounds available are from the top sound providers in the industry, including Zero G, Sound Ideas, Universal Sound Bank, Q up Arts, Sampleheads and more.
- Access to a huge sound effects and sample library
- Easy to use database to find just the right audio clip
- Web site is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No more worrying if an item is in stock
- Preview before purchase
- Card can be used incrementally. However, once a type of download (sample or sound effect) has been initiated, all following downloads have to be one or the other, depending on the initial download