About Freesound

What is this site anyway?

Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:

  • browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more
  • upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
  • interact with fellow sound-artists!

We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research and be integrated in third party applications. Using the Freesound API researchers and developers can access Freesound content a retrieve meaningful sound information such as metadata, analysis files and the sounds themselves. See the developers section and the API documentation for more information. Freesound API usage is free for non-commercial use, but it can also be licensed for being used in commercial applications.

Who is behind this site?

Freesound was started in 2005 in the Music Technology Group of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Currently it is being maintained and developed by the Freesound team, which is basically composed by current and former researchers and students of the research group. Freesound exists thanks to the support of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, anonymous user donations, t-shirt sells and API licenses, which provide us with the needed hardware infrastructure to handle the site.

Currently the Freesound team is formed by:

Alastair Porter (alastairp): System administrator.

Alba B. Rosado (alba_mtg): Technology transfer, BizDev.

Bram de Jong (Bram): Developer and administrator, Freesound guru.

Frederic Font (frederic.font): Main developer and administrator.

Xavier Serra (xserra): Head of the Music Technology Group.

Collaborators and former members:

Gerard Roma (simple machines), Vincent Akkermans (vincent.akkermans), Stelios Togias (stetogias), Jordi Funollet (jordif).

We have also been supported by:

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