The Art of Foley – An Inside Look at Sound Effects in Film

T H E   A R T   O F   F O L E Y –
An Inside Look at Sound Effects in Film

Sound Effects are a driving force behind every film that can steer the audience’s emotions and expectations. An image of a door could be shown but the audience would know the emotional tone whether they heard the sounds of wine glasses clinking with plates and silverware milling about , or alternatively bone cracking and chainsaws revving. In one instance the audience is invited into a feast and the other they want to run in horror. The senses follow the sounds. Creating high quality sounds to use in one’s films is an undertaking and an art form in itself. In one instance there is a vast array of high quality sounds already available to you at AudioMicro.com, but sometimes you just want that personal touch and feel the drive to create your own sound effects. In this post we will be taking a look at what exactly goes into making a custom high quality sound effect and a brief history of how it all came to be.

Creating Sound Effects for Film

One of the great unsung heroes of any movie is easily the Foley Artist. These artists are the ones who create all the sound effects you hear throughout the film by using everyday objects in unexpected ways to generate unique sounds. Think banging a couple of coconut shells together to create the sound of a horse galloping like in Monty Python’s Holy Grail; that is a prime example of foley sound.

While on location of a film, modern day audio equipment is optimized for picking up the actors voice while cancelling out all the surrounding and background sounds that would breath life into the scene. This could be something subtle like the actor’s footsteps, opening a door, or even just scratching his own face, to the more in your face fighting scenes, scuffling, clashing swords, etc. It is these artists’ job to find out how to recreate any sound imaginable for any given scene and convince the audience it’s the real thing. Some examples of this would be something like stepping on VHS tape to create the sound of walking through autumn leaves. You can then pick up the same VHS tape and shake it to give the sense of bushes rustling in the wind. Another example would be stepping on a bag full of corn starch to create that sound of fresh snow crunching and compressing as its walked on. Even snapping or twisting a bunch of celery can sound like bones cracking or breaking. At the end of the day if the foley artist did his job right you will never know he did anything at all.

The Origin of Foley Sound Effects in Film

Before this method of foley sound became mainstream in film it was common practice for the time to have sound effects added into broadcasted radio plays to help paint a richer picture of what is happening for the audience. This is what helped pave the way for post sound effects to emerge into film.

The term Foley Artists comes from its creator, Jack Donovan Foley, who as a Universal employee developed the method of performing sound effects in sync with the film’s moving picture in post production back in the early mid 1900s. Jack and his team would have the movie projected in front of them and perform all the post sounds needed in one go and record it on one single track. Nowadays with the invention of computers and development of Non Linear Editing there are infinite amounts of tracks sounds can be recorded, retimed, and adjusted on that simply did not exist back then. At the time this method of creating post sound was called ‘Direct to Picture,’ and it wasn’t until years later that it became known as foley.

Modern Recording Practices of Foley Sound Effects

Today the common set up for post sound is 2 foley artists and 1 sound mixer on the mixing stage. The two artists will work in tandem to create the sound and will work from visual markers and cues projected on the film supplied by the mixer to help them match timing. However, these days it’s less critical if an artist misses the timing as this can be adjusted by the mixer, but making sure the feel of the sound matches perfectly is more of what’s necessary. These specialized mixing stages the foley artists work on will commonly have special sectioned floors with various textures and materials to step on to create various sounds. Along with having an ever expanding warehouse full of props and everyday items they have catalogued and can use at any given moment.

In the instance that you might need to add some foley sound to one of your own projects you can always go simple and experiment with a basic audio mic recording various sounds like footsteps, slamming doors, breaking celery and then test it out by cutting and remixing the sound back into your edit.

If you need something more robust and professional sounding, or you simply don’t quite know how to get that exact perfect sound effect you’re looking for – audiomicro.com has you covered! Just head to the website, select sound effects, and search for anything you need! There are literally 1000s of professional high quality sound effects to choose from that you can remix and cut back into your projects with confidence.

Sci-FI VFX Tutorials

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With the upcoming release of Star Wars the Force Awakens, and the premiere of the recent Star Trek films, there have been many visual effects that filmmakers have looked to replicate to bring to their productions. This can be anything from heads up displays, 3D spaceships, weapons, and much more. Looking at these effects as they are, it would be a daunting task to replicate them without prior knowledge. However, using a tool like After Effects can bring your imagination to life by watching the right tutorials. Below, I will highlight a few tutorials based on science fiction visual effects that you can bring to your video projects.

Lightsaber Tutorial

In this tutorial from VideoCoPilot, Andrew Kramer shows us how to use his lightsaber preset which he created using the beam effect along with other filters and expressions. This preset has all the functions you would need to create the perfect lightsaber effect without having to use a solid layer with a mask. This preset also reacts to composition motion blur to create realistic motion. Using an obscure layer as a matte, you can place the lightsaber beam behind your talent when their motion calls for it.

I recently used this preset on a set of commercials and it still holds up eight years after it was initially released. I found it easier to use and manage over a plugin like Saber Blade from Fan Film FX. You can download the preset here and use it on your next Star Wars fan film.

Transporter Tutorial

In this tutorial from SternFX and Red Giant TV, Eran Stern breaks down how to create this infamous Star Trek teleportation effect using Trapcode Particular. Using the path from a circle math, Eran creates a circular motion for the point light which influences the motion path for Particular. Next, he parents the light to a null object so that he can influence the motion even further. With Particular applied to a solid layer and the settings manipulated to emit a solid stream of particles, the transporter effect begins to take shape. Once he has the effect created with Particular, he precomposes it and duplicates it to manipulate other iterations. With a lens flare from Knoll Light Factory and a few animation keyframes, he completes the overall animation necessary to apply to it to his subject.

In a separate composition, he brings the transporter effect and talent to the forefront. Using warping filters and masks, he completes the effect with ease. What I like about this tutorial is the attention to detail that Eran brings to this effect. I’ve seen this effect achieved using particle images from Particle Illusion, which is passable to the common viewer, but this version of the effect really has the Hollywood finish to it. Although it is a dated tutorial, I find it still holds up after all these years.

Hologram Tutorial

This tutorial from PixelBump shows us how to create a Star Wars themed hologram using green screen compositing. He creates three compositions with his keyed talent and changes their colors accordingly using the Levels effect. With the addition of the wiggle expression to create jerky motion, he crafts the colorization needed to create the hologram along with the Venetian Blinds filter. With a combo of offset matte layers and glow filters, he is able to complete Star Wars-esque hologram.

This effect was achieved using native filters and techniques that exist inside of After Effects which makes it accessible to everyone. I recently had to do a hologram effect for a group of spots and I went the third party route using Holomatrix to create the effect. It is always useful to know how to create visual effects when you don’t have access to to third party tools.

These are just three science fiction effects-based tutorials you can use on your next video projects. Try these out and experiment to create something unique.

Royalty Free Music

Quick Dubstep Effects in Premiere

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Ever since I was introduced to the music genre of dubstep, I was intrigued by the things editors of music videos could do with it. You would see a variety of effects which included but are not limited to: RGB channels splitting, the same clip playing back and forth over a few frames, video being oriented 180 degrees over a few frames and the screen scaling up and down. With this variety of effects, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how simple and accessible they were to pull off with NLE software. Thanks to this article from the folks of Coat of Arms, I learned that half of these effects were simple editing tricks that anyone could do if they pay attention to the pacing and tempo of the music. Below is the final version of a dubstep video that Coat of Arms edited for musical artist Chae Hawk titled “Heartlock” This was cut in Final Cut Pro 7 and as shown in the aforementioned article, the dubstep effects were simple editing tricks that most would overlook.

In this article, I will show you how to do 3 quick dubstep tricks in Premiere and help you look like a rockstar on your next edit. They are the Rapid Reverse, Screen Pump and Stutter Cut. With this tutorial video here, you can create these effects in no time.

Rapid Reverse

This effect involves rapidly rotating your image 180 degrees over 20-40 frames. The best filter for this job in Premiere is the Basic 3D filter. In the video demonstration below, you see what the final result looks like. One of the components of this effect involves using Hold keyframes so you have it change value based on the frames you set. Hold keyframes play a part in the Screen Pumps effect as well. I’ve used this effect in combination with other effects I created and got amazing results.

Screen Pumps

This effect is a favorite in the gaming community as well as the music community. It involves your image scaling up and down real quickly. The best part about this effect is that it exists within the motion parameter in the effect controls panel. If you want to have access to the scale parameter in the motion tab, you can use the Transform filter instead. In the video demonstration above with the Rapid Reverse effect, you see what the final result looks like.

Playback Reverse

This effect is a staple among a lot of the dubstep music videos I’ve seen online. This is used best when there is a bass drop in the beat or reverb pattern. This effect involves taking a section of your video and repeating it over 20-40 frames with every other duplicate frame playing in reverse rather than playing forward. In the video demonstration below, you see what the final result looks like.

These quick dubstep effects can help add some production value to your edits and the best part is it can all be done with the native tools and filters in Premiere. I’m the NLE Ninja with AudioMicro asking you to stay creative.

Royalty Free Music

‘Tis the Season for Certified Holiday Hotness

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With the Holidays just around the corner, ’tis definitely the time to introduce you to some holiday hotness from some of AudioMicro’s top contributors. We have everything from classic arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes to fresh, contemporary renditions as well (and a few sound effects to round out the selection).

Our music and sound review team has worked hard to put together the following fantastic collection of royalty free Christmas music and sound effects for your holiday videos.

FreddieHangoler is one of our favorite artists. He most often composes gorgeous and emotive orchestral pieces suitable for epic film trailers. Here is his take on “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”:
                  

EasyAccessMusic is a long standing AudioMicro contributor. His productions are versatile and always top quality. “Holiday Bells” has an uplifting, happy feel perfect for your Holiday productions:

Cinematone produces top notch orchestra music. Here is their take on “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”:

What would a Holiday playlist be without “Jingle Bells”? Not much of one I suppose. AMAH delivers with this fun, jazzy version driven by a great stand up bass line:

You can see the Elves bustling about making last minute gifts in Santa’s workshop in this fun, children’s focused track “Christmas Eve” by Fortefill:

Dreaming of a White Christmas? This elegantly composed version of “Let it Snow” by PPaul3 is the perfect tune for you:
                  

If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, with a little urban appeal then WeAreAA‘s hip hop take on “Deck the Halls” is perfect:

That does it for music tracks. Let’s move on to some appropriate sound effects for your holiday videos and multimedia. For starters, you gotta have sleigh bells! Wills.theatresound provides:

Here is a nice group vocal shouting “Merry Christmas” by Blastwavefx:

And here are a few takes from Santa himself by Csproductions:

And lastly, Soundjay provides us with some very well sampled footsteps in snow:
                  

That does it for this year’s Holiday Hotness. Of course, we have thousands of other royalty free music tracks and sound effects geared towards the holidays, so if you didn’t hear what you’re looking for, be sure to drop us a line and our support team will be glad to assist.

Have a great Holiday season and upcoming New Year. Cheers!

 

Happy Halloween – AudioMicro Certified Spooky Sounds and Tracks

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Time to pick out your costume, decorate the yard, and add some sweet sound effects and tracks to your Halloween sound track.

Our ace review team has passed along some fantastic gems to keep everyone on top of their Halloween sonics this Rocktober. We have a flurry of scary sound effects and some very eerie royalty free music tracks for use in your Halloween videos, productions or haunted houses. We take great pride in always making sure you get the freshest sounds and tracks for any aesthetic or occasion and I’m confident you’ll find no exceptions in this month’s selections. Without further adieu, let’s get into it.

Certified Spooky Sound Effects:

Certified Spooky Royalty Free Music Tracks

 

That does it for this month’s installment of AudioMicro Certified [Spooky] Hotness. If for whatever reason you didn’t find what you need for Halloween in the above tracks, please email us with the sound effects or royalty free music track types yuou’re looking for and we’ll have our review team find some appropriate links for you.

 

 

 

AudioMicro Introduces Sound Effects Subscriptions

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In April, we unveiled a fantastic redesign of AudioMicro.com – complete with a more straightforward dollar pricing system and increased clarity and options for different music licenses. Unfortunately for some users this also came with the removal of previous subscription options. However our continued interest is the satisfaction of our customer base and correspondingly the constant improvement of our products…

So now we have raised the bar once again – re-introducing monthly sound effects subscriptions for our dedicated sfx buyers.

The sound effects subscriptions offer packages tailored specifically at sound effects users, and greatly reduce the per download cost of a single sound effect. The packages currently available are:

* 5 sounds per month for $9.95

* 25 sounds per month for $39.95

* 100 sounds per month for $99.95

Comparatively speaking, the per sound effect download cost for an a la carte download is $3.95, so needless to say the sound effects subscriptions offer a much more cost effective/cost conscious option for any user who needs several sound effects per month. Even the most modest subscription plan (5 sounds per month for $9.95) cuts the a la carte/per sound effect cost in half. While the best value plan (100 sound effects per month for $99.95) offers users the chance to download sound effects at just $1 per sound effect.

Users can allow the subscription to recur on a monthly basis, or cancel conveniently any time by navigating to their SFX subscriptions page once logged in to their AudioMicro account.

We’re proud to roll out this new addition to our product and know that users will find great value and peace of mind being able to select a package perfectly suited for their sound effects needs. You can sign up now by navigating here.

 

 

Windows Live Movie Maker now Featuring AudioMicro Music and Sound Effects

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I’m proud to announce on behalf of the entire AudioMicro team that the new release of Windows Live Movie Maker now features a link directly to music and sound effects from AudioMicro. Users of the software can now navigate from the edit window straight to the web’s best resource for royalty free music and sound effects – AudioMicro.com.

To enable the music feature, Movie Maker requires that you have some visual element first in the edit window. Once a visual element (either a picture or video will suffice) is in place, the “Add Music” button becomes live. By clicking on the dropdown arrow (rather than the music note itself), users are exposed to a few different external links, the first of which goes directly to AudioMicro’s royalty free music page.

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Video production and media presentation in general can be enriched greatly by the addition of music and sound effects. Lately there has been a flurry of new media and video production products released. Now Movie Maker users have the ability to find great music online by navigating within the software to the web.

Movie Maker continues to progress and is quite an avant garde video production tool, particularly for those with little prior video editing or production experience. It seems Microsoft is taking great strides and great pride in simplifying their users’ experience. We at AudioMicro do just the same.  Making movies shouldn’t require an expensive rig or advanced degree. And neither should finding the perfect tunes for your movies.

AudioMicro has worked with Microsoft in the past, providing sound effects and royalty free music to users of Microsoft Office. With the addition of the AudioMicro link in Windows Movie Maker, an even broader expanse of Microsoft/Windows 7 users will now have direct access to our award winning music and sound effects. We couldn’t be happier.

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Birthday to the United States of America! Ahhh the 4th- good friends, barbeques, cold beverages, music, and yes of course – fireworks.

Few things are as definitively awesome and American as a butt kickin’ Fireworks show on the 4th of July. That said, if you’re shooting video of the show, catching the sound isn’t always the easiest thing to do – especially considering fireworks shows don’t necessarily take place in the most confined of sonic spaces. How about adding some whistles to round out the scene? Still not quite there? Not to fret because this awesome grand finale fireworks sound effect will fill the void in your 4th of July video’s sound mix perfectly. Check it out.

So we’ve got a couple great sound effects for America’s birthday, now how about some tunes?

Celebrating a nation’s birthday without a sweet rendition of their national anthem would be terribly unpatriotic – good thing AudioMicro has the goods. Check out this fantastically performed National Anthem, and don’t forget to join in the fun by hooting and hollering starting at “the rockets red glare.” It’ll sound just like Dodger stadium.

Lastly, on a more personal note, two genres of music really defined my formative years in the States, and those were Hip Hop and Rock.

There are some fantastic hip hop and rock composers on the site, many of whom also fly the American flag! One of my personal favorites is RCummins. His style is truly classic American hip hop, and the track “Good for the Soul” is an awesome mellow background track for the barbeque scene in your video. Check it out here. Or check out R’s entire portfolio here.

Now, its time for rock! This one’s easy – just yesterday we added tunes from KJrecords, many of which make up some of the best rock tracks the platform has ever seen. Check out:

All Night Blues in E and Swampdog Blues in D – to get a taste. Or check out the entire portfolio of world class studio productions here.

Have a safe, fun and musical 4th! Until next time…

 

 

 

Welcome to the New AudioMicro!

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Today, we are pleased to officially announce a completely redesigned and all new AudioMicro.com.  It’s the culmination of many months of hard work by our team.

We’ve been listening to your feedback and the latest version of AudioMicro incorporates your suggestions.  Highlights include:

  • an awesome new HTML5 audio player that allows you to quickly listen to your search and browse results, easily add them to your favorites, and your shopping cart
  • cleaner, slicker interface and user experience
  • improved, more accurate search and advanced search features
  • elimination of non-selling, low rated music tracks so that you’ll only hear the highest quality tunes
  • addition of over 100,000 new sound effects from the world renown Sound Ideas library.
  • more affordable sound effects pricing
  • watermarked, downloadable preview files (coming soon)
  • a highly simplified license agreement (no more platinum collection)
  • elimination of subscription plans for future purchases
  • MOST IMPORTANT – we’ve eliminated the credit system in favor of a more simple, dollar based pay as you go shopping experience (like Amazon.com)

Full details are in the press release below.   We hope 2012 is your best year ever.

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AudioMicro Adds 100,000 New Sound Effects from Sound Ideas; Unveils Redesigned Website, Pricing, and License Agreement

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AudioMicro.com to represent over 100,000 sound effects from the Sound Ideas library.  New website offers simplified end user license agreement and pricing schema.

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LOS ANGELES, April 27, 2012 – AudioMicro.com announces the addition of the Sound Idea sound effects library, adding over 100,000 professional royalty free sound effects to its online archive.  Headed by Brian Nimens, an audio veteran with more than 35 years experience, Sound Ideas offers an immense variety of contemporary and vintage sound FX keeping its ears tuned to the current and future needs of sound designers and producers.

“We are pleased to make our sounds available through AudioMicro, a real innovator in the marketplace,” said Nimens.

Categories within the Sound Ideas collection include ambience, animals, impacts, guns, production elements, science fiction, whooshes, and everything in between.  The addition of Sound Ideas brings AudioMicro’s total file count to over 300,000 stock music and sound effects tracks, all pre-cleared for use in creative audio-visual productions.

In addition to the 100,000 new sound effects from the Sound Ideas library, AudioMicro has launched a new version of its website, targeted at purchasers of royalty free music and sound effects, including YouTube users, iPhone/iPad app developers, and film/TV producers.  New visitors to AudioMicro.com will find a completely revamped user interface and design, making it a rich and simple destination for discovering and licensing stock audio.

Visitors to the new AudioMicro experience improved utility and design, including:

  • A slick HTML5 audio player which allows users to more easily browse the archive and locate the perfect cue or effect for their projects
  • Pay as you go, dollar based pricing – the credit based purchasing system has been retired
  • A simplified end user license agreement that allows tracks to be purchased once and used over and over again in multiple projects by the same buyer
  • Embeddable Tracks – embed your favorite tracks on websites, blogs, Facebook, etc.
  • Customizable Favorites Lists – create multiple favorites collections to preview your favorite tracks on the fly, before you buy
  • API Integration – the AudioMicro API allows approved partner platforms and resellers to create highly customizable applications utilizing the AudioMicro library.  Early API partners include SlideRocket, Hark, and Amana Images (Japan)
  • Brand new content and features to be announced over the coming months

About AudioMicro

AudioMicro is the largest micro stock music and sound effects collection. With over 300,000 royalty free music tracks and sound effects ready to be downloaded on demand, if it’s audio that you need, we’ve got you covered. We license music and sound effects to media producers of all shapes and sizes. Our music ends up in a wide variety of productions from independent regional advertisements to full scale national campaigns. Our sound effects can be heard in everything from Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 to your friends’ recent YouTube video.

About Sound Ideas

Founded in 1978, Toronto-based Sound Ideas was the first company to release sound effects libraries on compact disc, and the first to release the sound effects library of a major motion picture studio. The company publishes more than 1,000 CDs and more than 150,000 sound effects.  It continues to adapt new technology in order to offer quality audio to professional sound designers and producers in the broadcast, post-production and multimedia industries.

Video Games and AudioMicro – Endless Possibilities

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AudioMicro has a massive library of royalty free music and sound effects, and its expanding everyday. Listening to such a vast collection of original sounds on a daily bases, its hard not think of all the fun projects that these tracks can be used for. So hard, in fact, that I had to get some of these ideas out of my head and onto the blog.

I am a huge video game fan, and almost every game I play incorporates a heavy dose of production music and sound effects. Video games, whether social apps or full blown computer games, can have an original piece of music for every moment of play. From the “press start” screen, to the main menu, to level select, and of course all levels, music is everywhere. You can have a jingle for when you beat the level, and then another for if you lose! When you fight the “Boss,” or when time is running out, when you got a new high score or watching the game credits, there is a musical need for every situation.

All of this, and we haven’t even gotten to the sound effects! From the ball dribbling to the crowd cheering, every single action requires its own sound effect, and sometimes they need more than one. You can rest assured that AudioMicro has enough sounds (and more) to fill every possible one.

Lets say we have a race-car game that involves cars that are equipped with “offensive weaponry”(sounds awesome already). We’ll call it “Speed Wars.” Now we’ll need some hypothetical music pieces for such a rad sounding title…here are a few potential winners I came across:

An intro piece:

Race Car Intro Techno

The race begins:

3, 2, 1 Go Voice Sound Effect

High action game play music:

Action/Adventure Video Game Music

The race is on! Lets go faster!

Acceleration

Gotta slow down around this turn!

Tire Skid

Whoa that car just crashed!

Metal Explosion

Now, lets get to the weapons:

Machine Gun Fire for when I need to pop a tire or two!

Machine Gun Warfare

The metal tire protectors are stopping my shots from penetrating!

Bullet Hits Metal

No problem, I’ll just bust out the GRENADE LAUNCHER:

Fire Grenade Launcher

I missed! But it made a great explosion!

Big Grenade Explosion

I shoot again, this time, I hit ‘em!

Car Explosion

I pass the finish line in 1st place! The crowd goes wild!

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That was fun, but it’s only the beginning. There are so many different ways to use AudioMicro it’s mind-boggling. What can you come up with?

October Update- Hot New Royalty Free Music Tracks

Hi there music lovers, media producers, youtubers and the like. We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to another exciting fall season of production. We’re sure you’re beyond busy again with TV and Webisodes, commercials and all that good stuff…and so wanted to share some awesome sonic goodies to help you along.

DaveLayne (music)

Dave joined us only a couple months ago and has already amassed over 90 fantastically high quality tracks. Dave is a great guitarist, and it shows in his diverse collection of tunes ranging from Surf rock to Big beat. Take a few minutes to check out his diverse selection of tracks here.

Wills.TheatreSound (sfx)

Will has been with us for some time and has some very specialized ambiences and shorter sounds as well. He really provides a lot of the in between material that is difficult to find but oh so important for a great sound and foley mix. Check out his collection here.

MartynHarvey (music)

Martyn has been with us since the early days and has a broad range of tracks. He has a definitive fun vibe to his music but also is not shy to go into more emotive realms as well. Everything he produces is pristine, quality sonics with top-notch composition. Check out his portfolio here.

We hope you find the above portfolios beneficial for your upcoming projects. Please note we’re gearing up for a super holiday season here so if you are looking for anything in particular, drop us a line and let us know and we’ll be sure to include it in our next update.

Royalty Free Music with a Bang- Happy July 4th Weekend!

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What’s up media lovers and music fanatics? We hope you are enjoying your summer so far and are looking forward to a fun filled July 4th Weekend. Happy Birthday USA! You know the drill, we are back checking in with the monthly hotness to keep you in the loop on June’s top new uploads and artists in the royalty free music game. Let’s get right into it.

WeAreAA

We recently saw an influx of very true to form Lady Gaga/Katy Perry/Rihanna esque productions, coupled with some fun urban and hip hop tunes, from Los Angeles based WeAreAA. They recently began compiling their cue library and we are excited to be their exclusive online distributor. Check out their rapidly expanding library of modern synth pop, hip hop and urban music here.

LLMillerMedia

We know, we know, we mentioned her last month…But Lori has been on an absolute tear recently as her portfolio has grown by over 200 tracks since our last post…wow. Most tracks feature her fantastic guitar work, be it acoustic noodling or wall of sound metal style shredding, Lori is on it. Take a few minutes to check out all the new goods here.

NatKingKong

Natkingkong is a fantastic composer who recently began uploading several new cuts in experimental, corporate, dramatic and orchestral feels. His portfolio of just over 30 tracks is not about quantity, but quality, and that quality is par excellence. You will find nothing but world-class compositions and mixes in this collection, and they are both refreshing and incredibly useful. Check them out here.

Know any hot artists we need to get on board? Want some different genres of vibes featured next month? Drop a comment in the comments section and let us know your thoughts. Have a great 4th of July.

Royalty Free Music – Hot New Artists and Tracks

The month of May, per usual, saw a flurry of world class compositions uploaded to the AudioMicro platform. Some of the contributions came from longtime AudioMicro composers, while others came from a couple composers brand new to the platform who are already bolstering robust portfolios. Without further adieu, here are some our recent favorites.

Neilcross

Neil’s been with us for a while, but recently uploaded some fantastic new material, with genres ranging from Hip Hop and Rock to Mystery, Suspense, Romance and Horror. Neil’s music is frequently licensed to film, tv and commercial productions in Hollywood and worldwide. His credits include the motion picture, “Hostage” starring Bruce Willis, “Religulous” starring Bill Maher and “Bruno” starring Sasha Baron Cohen and numerous television scores including “American Chopper.” We are lucky to have such an illustrious and accomplished composer amongst our ranks, so if you haven’t heard Neil’s work yet, we strongly recommend you take some time to check it out here.

MrTrWillis

Tramel Willis has also been with us for quite some time but really began ramping up the contributions this month with some fantastic new uploads in the Hip Hop, Electronic and Pop realms. Tramel has been composing music for 8 years with a focus on creating catchy and rhythmic tunes that drive straight to the point. Many styles and influences abound in his work but the sounds of Hip Hop and Pop dominate. Check out his constantly expanding portfolio of royalty free music tracks on AudioMicro here.

LLMillerMedia

Laura Lee Miller is a producer, composer, and multimedia artist located in Santa Barbara, California. She only joined us recently but has already amassed almost 100 tracks on the platform, with many more on the way, ranging in many diverse styles from Rock to Horror. Her excellent guitar work coupled with a keen ear for tension make her tracks fantastically interesting, all the while maintaining a sense of space and openness that is so important in commercial/sound track music. Check out her rapidly growing portfolio of tracks here.

IdiomMusic

UK based composer Keith Holden has TV credits with BBC, ITV, ESPN, Fox and CBS. Keith is also relatively new to the platform and just keeps hitting on all points with diverse uploads ranging from Electronic to Dramatic Film Scores. Keith currently has just over 45 tracks and continues to add tracks weekly. Keep an eye on him as his portfolio of great production music continues to grow here.

All told, May has seen over 1,000 new uploads in music categories, one of the most active user upload months to date. Enjoy…

I’ll check in again soon with some more sound effects and royalty free music goodies for you to listen to, thanks for reading.

AudioMicro Supplies Microsoft® Office 2010 with Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects

We are excited to announce today a licensing and distribution deal with Microsoft® Office 2010. Microsoft® Office users are able to select from a hand picked collection of over 1,500 royalty free music and sound effects tracks from the AudioMicro collection for use with any Microsoft® Office project. Users can access the new collection at Office.com. Having built AudioMicro with exactly these types of users in mind, we couldn’t be happier about the partnership and we hope that Microsoft Office users have plenty of reason to be happy to0. 🙂

The royalty free sound effects offering include files from our friends at The Hollywood Edge sound effects library created by the many Academy Award-winning sound editors of Soundelux®, whose credits include such films as Unstoppable, Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum and Braveheart. The Hollywood Edge and Soundelux are part of CSS Studios, LLC ®.

CSS Studios, LLC ® is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries.  CSS Studios provides creative services to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and interactive producers.  CSS’ services are marketed under the brand names Todd-AO®, Sound One, Soundelux®, POP Sound®, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge, with facilities in Los Angeles and New York  With more than 50 years of experience in providing creative sound services and technical solutions, the companies, collectively, have garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Academy Awards®.

Sound Effects and Royalty Free Music -April Uploads

The last couple months have been bustling here at AudioMicro, and we have received an influx of fantastic new sounds and music. From sound effects artists to world class classical guitar players, our catalog continues to grow in both size and quality.

On the Sound Effects side of things the SFX Bible collection grew by over 15,000 sounds. These astoundingly high quality effects range from Outdoor Ambiences to Sports to Alien Sounds, and everything else in between. With the baseball season getting fired up, you might want to peruse some of these fantastic baseball sounds here. If Science Fiction is more your cup of tea, check out a massive collection of awesome Alien sounds.

Also joining us in April was Sound Effects artist David Fienup. His collection spans over 3,000 sounds and he is well known for his meticuous recording and editing techniques, producing amazingly high quality sound effects. This collection is quite dynamic, but has a heavy focus on organic sounds, such as these very well produced lake ambiences.

On the music side of things, we continue to flourish. Dirk Lind aka Particleheadrecently joined the platform providing some fantastic vocal pop, rock, reggae and folk tunes. A gritty vocal and uplifting, fun instrumentation are the cornerstones of his tunes. Check out his awesome royalty free music collection.

Long time top contributor Martyn Harvey has been a busy bee lately, uploading over 20 new cuts in April alone. This brings his total track count on AudioMicro to well over 100, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board. Check out his entire portfolio of top quality production music compositions here.

New contributor Michael85 has also been uploading some great tunes lately, many supported by his fantastic guitar playing. Flamenco, classical, and good old fashioned shredding rock styles all find their way into his tunes. Check out the goods here.

We’ll keep you posted on new uploads with an updated post in the next few weeks. Until then, thanks for reading!