I love sound recording. On a scale of one to ten, I would put my sound recording skill at a “2.” I give myself a “2” only because I have an actual audio recorder and a set of mics, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. But when I combine ambient sound with still images my heart does begin to flutter. It always has, actually. I’ve always felt that the combination of still images and ambient sound is one of the most powerful delivery mechanisms for visual imagery, even more so than motion content.
So, how happy was I to find “Free to Use Sounds” channel on YouTube. This channel is the result of Libby and Marcel, a couple who travel the world recording sound. As with most YouTube channels, there are quite a lot of review films but there are also enough ambient films to keep someone like me interested. And frankly, their reviews ARE handy. Cameras I know well enough to not really need reviews, but audio equipment is another matter.
You might be wondering if I use their sounds. So far, no. I haven’t downloaded anything but that is not because I don’t find their product useful. I do, but once again, it’s all about time. Most of what I’m making isn’t for me, so my needs are limited. However, if I ever get time to make more for me I will be devouring more of their site and product.