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Postby nerdle » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:46 pm

I want to have a few cuckoo, duck and woodpecker sounds etc to spice up my piece of music (as you do) and I wonder where to find these sounds to use. Hoping for free and with permission to use in my original work.


Can anyone recommend a good sound library?
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Postby BJG145 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:09 pm

You could try the British Sound Library archive...or simply Google "duck wav", which is probably the easiest way...

http://sounds.bl.uk/
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Postby Hoopy Frood » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:28 pm

Also, have a look at the Freesound Project:

http://www.freesound.org/

A quick search there revealed multiple options for ducks, woodpeckers and cuckoos :lol:
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Postby Folderol » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:51 pm

Bear in mind it is very difficult to get such sounds without a fair bit of background 'ambiance' and you will need to find a way to blend/mask this with your music. To make matters worse all your sound clips are likely to have totally different backgrounds!

I speak from the practical experience of recording a blackbird some years ago.
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Postby nerdle » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:57 am

Thank you luvly people!

I'll explore your suggestions. I'll need to edit to clean up the ambient noise (will have to learn how to do that now)!

Found this in the meantime - didn't know there were so many kinds of cuckoo!


http://www.soundeffects.ch/surround-sound-effects-_e.php?action=insert_st&prodid=50644&Category=Eurasian%20Cuckoo%20(Cuculus%20Canorus)
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Postby James Perrett » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:02 pm

The real wildlife recordists use things like parabolic reflectors. I sent off for a free birdsong flexidisc from the RSPB when I was young and was amazed at how well they had isolated the wanted bird from everything else.

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Re: natural sounds of wildlife

Postby nerdle » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Hello
Never thought of RSPB - me with a bird watching cousin!

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Postby Folderol » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:27 pm

James Perrett wrote:The real wildlife recordists use things like parabolic reflectors. I sent off for a free birdsong flexidisc from the RSPB when I was young and was amazed at how well they had isolated the wanted bird from everything else.

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Interesting. When was that?
I ask because a friend got a boxed set of RSPB cassettes in the early 70s and was very disappointed with them.
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Postby John Willett » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:25 am

nerdle wrote:I want to have a few cuckoo, duck and woodpecker sounds etc to spice up my piece of music (as you do) and I wonder where to find these sounds to use. Hoping for free and with permission to use in my original work.


Can anyone recommend a good sound library?

First place of call really should be the WSRS - the Wildlife Sound Recording Society.
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Postby nerdle » Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:31 pm

Thank you. I had a look and couldn't see how to browse sounds and purchase one or two with licence for commercial use. I think its for keen recordists (perhaps I should track down one of them)!

I downloaded the eurasian cuckoo sound (from a different site) and found the ambient woodland sound blissful and will use that too.
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Postby John Willett » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:25 pm

nerdle wrote:Thank you. I had a look and couldn't see how to browse sounds and purchase one or two with licence for commercial use. I think its for keen recordists (perhaps I should track down one of them)!

I downloaded the eurasian cuckoo sound (from a different site) and found the ambient woodland sound blissful and will use that too.

I would contact the WSRS (yes, it's a society for naturalists and recordists), tell them what you want and they, hopefully, would put you in touch with members who could help.
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