Hey, folks! Work currently on my own sound library for personal use and notice variety of possibilities to form first library for share. For past year i recorded many sources (household, crowds, town and countryside ambiences, trains, animals, seashore sounds, rain and thunders) but most of them has poor quality – i used cheap tascam dr60d recorder without any preamp – thus i deside to re-record exceptionally bad recordings with my upgraded setup (SD MixPreD + Tascam DR100mk3) and want to concentrate on nature sounds and foley. Problem is that there are so many really good sound libraryes about rain, thunders, seashore and birds from all around the world, this confuse me. Yes i always may share with people for free and i will, but my main goal is to make someting useful and earn some money to compensate all time and resources i spent during recording sessions.
So i need advice where to start. I know many of recordists and sound librarians gain experience through years of hard work in film or music industries, but i had no such chance. =(
Search for what is unique to you. Ask yourself: who do you know, or what locations or environments or vehicles or animals or props can you access that are a unique resource. Make a list, and research all of the options available to you.
Also, if you don’t have experience working in the target industry, then you need to talk to people who are working in that industry so you insure you are providing useable and useful material.
Don’t be discouraged. There are indeed many libraries out there. However people come up with fresh concepts every week so there is no reason you can’t do the same.
I generally record things that interest me and then publish them. However a better idea is to create a sound library that does three things:
1. Provide value (in terms of people feeling they are receiving a good deal for what the clips are and the cost)
2. Supply quality (in terms of objective fidelity and also interesting technique)
3. Give people sound they need (in terms of appeal and popularity)
That may seem basic but you’d be surprised how easy it is to overlook that while publishing. If you have all three things you will do well.
I wrote a post in this a while back that expands on the idea and also has some concrete suggestions. You can check it out if you like:
Good luck with your library and let us know how it works out!