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What is a Sound Effect?

At, we record, design and publish thousands of different single isolated sounds, special effects and background ambiences. These include everyday sound effects like doorbells, car horns and telephone rings, specialty sounds like fantasy and science fiction FX and musical accents, and longer background ambience tracks to make the listener really feel like they are in places like a courtroom, a church, a train station, a thunderstorm or a jungle.

What is Copyright?

A simple definition of Copyright is the 'right to copy, publish or perform'. It is a way of expressing the legal exclusive right of ownership. is the registered copyright owner of its sound effects.

What is Synchronization?

Synchronization is the term that describes the way in which's sound effects can be utilized in productions that you create. A sound can be synchronized with a visual presentation (the sound of a creaky door timed perfectly to be heard when a door opens), or with other audio material such as a voice over - as in the case of a radio commercial. A sound can be synchronized for use in many media: television, radio, film, multimedia and audio-visual presentations, Web sites, computer games and music.'s royalty free products are sold with their synchronization rights as described in the End User License Agreement.

The rights to re-sell, re-publish or otherwise distribute's sound effects are not obtained with your acquisition of synchronization rights to our products. When you use our sound effects, they must be synchronized within a multimedia presentation, film, Web site, game, audio-visual production or broadcast.

What are Synchronization Rights?

With a synchronization license, you gain permission to reproduce a musical composition within an audio-visual media form (like films, TV programs, commercial announcements, music videos, multimedia or other visual presentations). The music is generally synchronized and/or recorded in timed relation with the visual images, graphic design or voiceover.

What does Royalty Free mean?'s sound effects are sold as royalty free (or buyout) products and their use is governed by the End User License Agreemen.When you buy a library, you buy the rights to synchronize the sounds with your productions. While you own the physical CDs or DVD's that make up the library and you are allowed to synchronize them for use in your productions - the sounds and their copyright will always belong to either or the copyright holder of the product.

What is a Sampled Sound?

A sampler device permits the recording (sampling) and replay (playback) of audio in a digital format - so a sampled sound is one that has been digitized and stored in the RAM memory of a sampler. The sampler allows the digitized audio file to be amplified and manipulated in different ways, for example: playback of the sampled sound at a different speed will alter its pitch. Samplers vary in their purpose and capabilities - some of them can be used to record and edit the different notes of almost any instrument - a piano, a flute, drums, or whatever you need to simulate the sound of a full orchestra or band. Use of a MIDI keyboard with a sampler allows you to 'play' a full range of notes for the instrument(s) of your choice. Some samplers are also designed to offer sound effects and accents as well as music and percussion sounds, and many samplers have the ability to 'loop' an audio file, which means that you can extend the playback time of the note just by holding down the key longer. Features like these make samplers and sampled sound very versatile for the production of customized audio.

What is meant by CD Audio or Red Book Audio format?

Red Book Audio refers to the technical standards that have been set by the audio industry for the physical production of CDs, such as the overall dimension of the CD, the size of the CD hole and how the audio is burned on to the CD. This CD Audio format is not the same as the format of wav or MP3 files. CD Audio is designed for listening on a CD Player. If you have a multimedia program installed on your computer that will play standard audio CDs, you will be able to use your CD ROM drive to play back and listen to the sound effects or music on the CD. Unless otherwise stated, Sound Ideas' products are produced in the Red Book CD Audio format.

What is Foley?

Foley recording is a specialty technique, designed to produce simulated everyday and extreme sounds for synchronization and audio sound replacement usage in motion pictures. Without the magic of Foley, you would never hear someone's footsteps in a film - these and many other sounds must be dubbed in again on the film's soundtrack in order to be heard by the audience.