Where can I find music or sound effects for my games?
- Hire a composer. Below are some composers who specialize in video games. You can also try posting a "Composer Wanted" request in the Unity Collaboration Forum.
- Purchase stock audio. You can purchase royalty-free stock audio from the following sites:
- Use free/CC stock audio.
- Do It Yourself
A few more sources of stock audio:
Some free music sites:
- musopen (I've used some classical recordings from them)
- open music archive
- Kevin Macleod (his site mentions some of his stuff has shown up in iPhone games)
Finally, here's a friend of mine who specializes in game audio - composition, effects, and voice recording:
I've you are already interested, I've found this site: http://www.freesound.org/
There are lots of sound effects ;)
I have been a fan of FlashKit for a few now. Great resource for sound effects and loopable sound bites.
There is also this Audio Search engine I use called "Find Sounds"... its good when you are looking for something specific....
(only lets new users post one link at a time.. sorry for the extra post...)
I have a couple additions to the excellent suggestions so far:
For 8-bit retro style sound effects try sfxr. It's fun to play with even if you don't need it. (There is a Mac version lower on that page.)
If you are on a tight budget for a small project, try making your own sound effects and music.
Using the built-in microphone on a laptop works in a bind. Use a tool like Audacity to mess with it a little and you might get what you need.
Music software in general has come a long way towards the novice ever since GarageBand was released. Depending on your project needs, you might be able to put something passable together using an inexpensive music sequencer.
Of course, you are going to get your best results from professionals.
This site has some nice sound effects, not super quality but it works, and they are free. http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/warsounds.shtml
[Edit] For indie game developers (and of course for others too) this site is great: http://indiegamemusic.com It has some very good tracks, they are cheap too and some of them are even free.
http://www.dynamedion.com/ is a great source of music for games as well.
Make your own. Invest In a studio software, heres a few industry standard softwares:
- Fl Studio 9
To name but a few…
Also for oldschool sounds try:
I have been using Sound Ideas sound fx libraries for the last couple of years. They can be a little expensive, but the quality is great. Most media files come with multiple sample rates so that you can optimize quality vs. file size.
I recommend NetMix Pro 4 by Creative Network Design if you are planning on working with many sound files and need a way to manage iterations. We use this in our pipeline and find it useful.
Hope this helps
If you want to record your own music, I would recommend using audacity's noise remover to clean up the inevitable microphone hiss from cheap recording devices.
NDB Studio Productions - Company Specializing in Video Game Audio Winnipeg, Canada Kenley Kristofferson Composer firstname.lastname@example.org www.ndbstudios.ca
This link looks helpful for Royalty free sound files:
Soundrangers.com is tailored specifically for games.
If you have GarageBand it works wonders.
If you like to edit your audio yourself and have your preferred tools in order, go check these out:
It should be added that you can expect a wide range in the quality on these sites, but in many cases they are free to use and alter under the CC Licences
My sound fx list is (note all not free and always read Terms of agreements)
http://pumpaudio.com - everything, but expensive
http://tunetronic.com - indie vocal and instrumental - I own and run this licensing service/site
For music for your games, you might also try MusicRevolution.com https://www.musicrevolution.com , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free music. The MusicRevolution.com production music library has thousands of tracks of affordable, high-quality royalty-free production music suitable for film, video, TV, radio, website, background music, legal music for YouTube, on hold music and other business music applications. I am the co-founder.