Helpful Links

Helpful audio links for beginning sound designers to build a sound library, buy high-quality equipment, find jobs, and learn more about the industry.


Recommended Free Sound Libraries

Recommended Professional Sound Libraries


UCS - Universal Category System

The Sound Design community has created a system to try to standardize sound effect naming conventions.

Free Sound Effect Search Programs


Pro (Paid) Sound Effect Search Programs


Figuring out project/hourly rates:


Cool Free Plugins


Royalty-Free Music


Ear Training Games


Recommended Inexpensive Headphones 

Recommended Expensive Headphones 


Recommended Inexpensive Audio Interface


Recommended Inexpensive Vocal Microphones

  • Audio-Technica AT4033
  • Shure SM7B
  • Sontronics STC-2 
  • Lauten Audio LA-220
  • sE Electronics sE2200
  • Warm Audio WA-87

Recommended Expensive Vocal Microphones


Recommended Expensive Pro Studio Monitor Speakers

You have to get minimum of 6 inch speakers so it can reproduce all frequencies.


Switcher Box

  • SPL Switcher Box 2489 or something similar


Microphone Shootouts


Some good audio job aggregators / search engines:


Other Helpful Sound Lists 


Orchestral Audio Libraries

  • Performance Samples Vista Strings
  • Spitfire BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover (free)
  • 8Dio - Adagio Violins 2.0
  • Arturia Augmented STRINGS Intro
  • Impact Soundworks - Tokyo Scoring Strings
  • Metropolis Ark, Orch Tools
  • Berlin Woodwinds
  • Berlin Percussions
  • ProjectSAM Swing More!
  • ProjectSAM Symphobia 1
  • Atelier Series - Sasaki Trumpet
  • RealiTone Screaming Trumpet
  • Broadway LITEs by Fable Sounds
  • Drums - Strikeforce Cinematic Percussion
  • Drums - Stormdrum 2 and 3
  • Cinesamples - Cineperc
  • Vienna Symphonic Library - HARP GLISSANDOS
  • Vienna Symphonic Library - Flutes
  • Vienna Symphonic Library - Woodwinds


Useful Plugins

  • Sound Toys 5
  • Oeksound Soothe 2
  • Tape Piano plugin
  • XLN Audio’s XO
  • Wavesfactory Trackspacer
  • Youlean Loudness Meter (free)
  • Master Fader plugins - 1. FabFilter EQ, 2. Softube saturation, 3. Slate FG-X mastering plug, 4. Waves WLM+ LUFS meter
  • Master Fader plugins - Ozone 5, Softube Console 1 (the SSL channel strip), Oxford Inflator, Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, UAD SSL G Bus Compressor, Manley Massive Passive, Elosis AirEQ. Don't use all of the plugins all of the time.
  • Inspirata Reverb




Sound Design Advice Columns


Recommended Acoustic Treatments 


Good Demo Reels:


Procedural Music Info:


Sound Conferences


Sound Societies

Good Post Programs


VR/AR Info


List of USA Game Companies


Good Recruiter Companies


Job Applying Tips


And check out these websites


Good Media Newsletters

Good Audio Talks


Audio Workflows


Good Audio Groups


Good Audio Blogs


Studio Construction Info


Audio Equipment Advice


Finished Pro Tools Session Screenshots


Audiobook Info


Pure Data and Python


Good Videos about Audio Creation


Other Cool Stuff


Sound Designers Portfolios


Sound Designer Sample Resumes


Fun Stuff


Audio Book


Financial Advice