If I may introduce myself a moment, my name is Myles de Bastion and I am one of the designers working on the front-end update to Freesound 2.0 / Nightingale.
This thread has given us a lot of valuable feedback about the direction that Freesound users (you) want to see from the new design.
Something recurring in the comments is that there should be less of a jumping on the "Web 2.0" band-wagon and more keeping a "blank canvas" feel that is context independent.
For our future drafts we should avoid any design elements that suggest a context. For example with the logo/design, we should avoid references to recording hardware because that would exclude sounds that are synthesized, manipulated or computer generated when Freesound is a platform for ALL types of sound.
In a similar way, the colors and presentation of the homepage should be more minimal and less busy. We've realised our mistake in the first draft as it was too playful and bold. This could have an effect of attracting a type of crowd who would upload pop songs when really we want to encourage sounds in the vein of effects and stand alone samples etc.
So the design should not really be visible or attention grabbing from the sound files themselves. We can look to flickr.com and youtube.com for examples where the design is a simple container to show-case the uploaded content.
So now that we really are beginning to understand the message that Freesound.org should convey, we shall work on new drafts that will be in the best interest of the website's ethos and it's users.
If anyone has further points to raise, they'd be greatly appreciated!
Over the last few months I've been using REAPER as Host, and loving it
because we want to keep track of who downloads what, that's interesting information for us.
it let's us decide what samples are similar to others.
guys, the whole design and code of freesound is changing very thoroughly in the next X months, so, discussing these things now is really... futile.
stay tuned for more design-opinion poss on the forums and keep an eye on those!
I like three of the designs: 1, 2, and 5
My concern with 1 is that it is large/long. It wouldn't be easy to use in all cases because of its length. Would like to see more color in this one too, maybe the bacground image before the word in color instead of gray.
On 2, I would like to see the o with the waveform in it the same size as the rest of the letters, and the wave form altered so the peaks fit within the circle of the o instead of going to the top and bottom edge of the o. The wave form then approximates the circle of the o, and is nicely understated. I think this would be my favorite with that change, though I would want to see it. Not sure if it would improve it, but a color gradient flowing through the word might be neat.
On 5, I would like the e in the font to drop straight down and have a little lip like the d at the end does to indicate it is an e instead of a c. Or perhaps with an entirely different sans serif or other font (isn't there one made from musical notes?). And I would like to see either an assymetric waveform above the word (a gong waveform? or random?) or coloration of the equalizer bands. So the bottom is violet and it goes up the spectrum to yellow or white at the top.
If I had to pick without any changes it would be 1 or 2.
Because I'm waiting for more people's views on the subject, so I can better form an opinion
That's what I used, and when i did ReCycle I would Slice Map it and take it into Sound forge, where you can apply effects into each individual Piece of the sample. I really only know the basics of slicing and exporting as a REX and WAV file in ReCycle. but you can probably take the loop precliced into ReBirth. h**p://www.propellerheads.se/products/recycle/index.cfm?fuseaction=get_article&article=howto_3 That's DIRECTLY from their website Hope that helps
Hello everybody, i listened to the nice beats made by VEXST (the amen beats), he/she says it's been done with Recycle after composing a Reason beat, i've been using Recycle for long now but never managed to get that effects (reverse, shifting, glitching, downsampling)... Maybe out there there is some good recycle user that can explain me how in detail, i'm curious!
Hay you guys. I say, I say, I say...
Does anyone know why you need to be logged in to download files? :?:
Interesting though the transport arrangements of Central Puget Sound may be to some it is not what you need. The link should be www.soundtransit.nl so please ignore previous post. Now where did I leave my ......................
Hi Christine - have you tried soundtransit www.soundtransit.org as they have a number of Japanese sounds?
It seems more sence to me to keep the 'additions to freesound...' section on the mane screen. Why did you not vote in the pole?
I have the sound wave image I need; but have been unable to find a good image of a whistling tea kettle / teapot (preferred) or a locomotive steam whistle actively screaming. If you can provide me with this image; please post on Picassa or other freely-accessible web image provider and post a reply here. Thanks! Deadline for my project is Oct 1, 2008
It is not necessary to have it on both places, it would make more sense if the userpage showed only the latest 5 or so, then a link to a list with all files (the deviantART system). I don't know how much of this will still be present in the upcoming site change though.
Have you all noticed how there are 2 places where you can find your uploads? On your 'view user' page and in a seperate section 'files XXX added', where XXX is the user's name. Is the 'files XXX added' section necesary? I would appreciate a reply again from site admin as to why they think that it is
Can someone explain why it is that when I download a sample pack, the files contained within it are not shown in my ‘files I downloaded?’ For example, I recently downloaded London Underground by Limitedheadroom - hope I spelt it right!,
but the files don't show in my downloads. The upshot of this is, that whilst I downloaded the pack, the files still show ‘0 downloads’ next to them. No politics here…
I would appreciate a reply from bram or 1 of the other admins to sort this out.
MOPE08 "movement to performance 2008"in Vaasa, Finland.
PLATFORM http://www.platform.fi is arranging the performance festival MOPE08 for the third time in Vaasa, Finland. The festival takes place at Vaasa City Art Gallery 19.9.2008 at 5pm-9pm, and
Kuntsi museum for modern art 20.9.2008 at 11am-7pm (GMT+2)
Among the performing artists is Hermann Hiller (DE) who during Saturday will receive wishes from the audience of what their dream clothes would look like if one could decide oneself. The result will be shown as a catwalk that also finishes the festival. During this final show live recordings of sewing machine sounds will be mixed and played back with ambient sounds from Freesound, at least the following sounds will be used:
By anamorphosis (http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=130612)
GMB Kantilan 9.WAV (http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=24629)
By plagasul (http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=23)
By yewbic (http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=208116)
By lgarrett (http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=58726)
lg freight elevator.wav (http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=17077)
By artifact (http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=229220)
By NoiseCollector (http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=4948)
independent pink noise.wav (http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=4029)
independent pink noise ringa.wav (http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=4027)
I will attempt to update the list if necessary. The final show starts 18.30 Finnish time and lasts 1-2 hours. Be sure to check the live video stream mentioned above if you cannot attend!
edit: attribution list update
Dear Benevolent Dictator For Life,
Logo 1 is the one I like most as it reflects most what Freesound is about. The others are, uhm, slick but nothing special. The breaking-glass thing is something that should really be incorporated - it reminds me of the liberation of sounds that Freesoudn is all about. Good work!
As for the website design, I'm sorry to say that I'm not really impressed. It is too colorful for my taste, a bit chaotic with too many points screaming for attention. I have to agree with Thanos (congrats on the recorder!) that the current design is quite good and a little optimalisation could mean much improvement. Do not use too many colors, do not try to cramp too many items on the main page.
Your humble servant,
I am a radio author for German public radio. For a portrait about a Japanese artist I found some really wonderful samples on this great site. The problem is: the station does not have any possibility to attribute the creator of the file. I tried to contact the creators, one answered and gave me the permission to use it. But I can’t get in contact to the other ones. To make it short – I got the hint to put the samples in this forum to ask, if someone could create a similar sound for me under the condition, that I can use it on air without attribution. This would be such a great help - I promise to send a mp3 of the programme to these friendly people.
So – here are the samples I found – all of them field recordings.
Thank you all so much in advance.
All the best from Berlin
I think #1 comes the closest to being ready, but the broken glass isn't quite right and the colours aren't good. I also think the page mockup (last image) isn't inviting, it's blech.
The current freesound site design has a great simplicity with colour (black, white, grey, red & light blue), it doesn't try to set a mood or a feeling, it's a little blank, it's open. The site design should change, definitely, but the current one does at least have that going for it. So I strongly suggest maintaining simplicity with colour. Austerity!
Freesound has sounds from forests, kitchens, servo motors, synths... some sounds were recorded in 5 minutes and some in 5 hours... the aesthetics of freesound are totally open and the site design should reflect that. If the site design has a bold, colourful style it may channel the kinds of sound people want to upload, like encouraging techno and discouraging door squeaks or vice versa. The design shouldn't lean toward branding, it should lean toward creative inspiration. So, keep it simple & open.
My 2 cents.
By the way, I finally bought a Zoom H2.