Freesound: the online sound sample sharing site
Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:
- browse the sounds in new ways using keywords and content-based queries, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more
- upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
- interact with fellow sound-artists!
Freesound was started in 2005 in our research group. One of the first aims behind Freesound was creating an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research. Many audio research institutions have trouble finding correctly licensed audio to test their algorithms. Many have voiced this problem, but so far there hasn't been a solution until the Freesound project. Currently it is being maintained and developed by the Freesound team, which is basically composed by current and former researchers and students of the research group.