A directory of wonderful sounds

Carnegie Mellon University's Auditory Lab has a huge collection of high-quality audio recordings of random sounds—from a marble dropped onto sheet metal, to bubble wrap being popped, to crumpling newspaper, to the sound of a sponge being squeezed out over empty tupperware. I trust you all will come up with fun uses for this stuff. At the Annals of Improbable Research you can hear one of the lab's sloshing sounds. It is a very good slosh. (Via Marc Abrahams)


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    Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this material for any purpose other than its incorporation into a commercial product or transfer for compensation is hereby granted without fee, provided that the above copyright notice appears in all copies, that Dr. Laurie Heller of Carnegie Mellon University is acknowledged in all publications and documents as the source of the material, and that the name of Dr. Laurie Heller not be used in endorsing any product resulting from the use of the material without specific, written prior permission. 

  2. This seems like a good time to mention http://freesound.org which has a wonderful collection of Free sound effects, voice audio, etc. I use it in my D&D games but other people are using it as a resource for indie games, indie film, and probably more mainstream efforts as well.

    No affiliation to me, other than I use & like it.

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