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Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 | 10 comments

Sound Effects for Charity

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Charles Maynes and have teamed up for two very special sound effects libraries. “Sounds of Modern Conflict” is two volumes of small arms sound effects in 5.1, stereo and mono mixes.

Volume 1 is 19 effects of U.S. and NATO infantry small arms weaponry. Volume 2 is 18 effects of Russian small arms weaponry. Both packs are 24 bit/96 kHz.

100% of the proceeds from these libraries will perpetually be donated to Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, The Halo Trust, and Wounded Warrior Project. Head over to the product page for more information, previews of the libraries’ contents, and to support these charities with your purchase.


  1. Charles and to SoundDogs,
    Many thanks for making these available and your time and effort in donating the proceeds to these charities.

  2. h’mmmmmm
    I like how modern people apprehend information nowadays. 
    I wonder, is it only me who think it’s kinda strange? Selling guns, ok, sound of guns, to help people who suffer from those guns?
    Imho it’s really strange…

  3. I agree. It seems really inappropriate and just bad taste.

    • I can’t say I disagree with you two. My initial reaction was very similar. I do recognize, however, that there’s a fine line to walk when trying to build a sound effects library that is both relevant to the cause and something people will actually buy (meaning that money will actually be generated for that cause). I’m not necessarily saying it was the right choice, just that it’s not simple. If it brings additional attention to the cause…that’s only for the better. It’s also not as if Charles or SoundDogs is making any money from these libraries either. If that were the case, I would agree with you whole-heartedly…but there was obviously some level of awareness in the decision process.

  4. I think it’s a great and thoughtful gesture from good people who are trying to do something helpful in the world beyond film sound. Ironic and appropriate at the same time.

  5. in response to the comments of Bob, and nobody…. This library was nearly completed at the time of the Sandy Hook shootings- the point of the gesture is to serve the sound community, at least those in the community who need sounds of this sort, and to have the proceeds be directed to actual victims of the conflicts and violence themselves. In fact, the library is basically a “thank you” for your donations to those organizations. If you think that might be crass, I would ask that you might consider donating to the charities directly via the links on the Sound Dogs site.

  6. one other added point with the library, that is not presently documented- 

    the download links provide not only 96k 5.1 files, but also stereo and mono files in 96k, and 48k

  7. Hi Shaun, The madness of war and the sounds that this madness produces should be used to generate goodness. Victims are tormented with the pain of these sounds everyday. I hope this library brings them some comfort. Good for you.

    • These are not my libraries, Dennis. They’re the work of Charles Maynes.

      • Hi Shaun,
        I realize that but promoting them is a good thing in and of itself. I try to promote anything that helps others who are victimized every chance I get. Cheers, dennis

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