I remember when we started to see all this independent companies of sound effects distribution just starting. Now I’m glad to see all the amazing packages that have been released by designers and recordists that put their heart and soul into this.
For a good resume and opinions about this, I recommend you to read a great post created Damian Kastbauer at his blog Lost Chocolate Lab, where he talks about community, sound effects libraries, and more. Also, Jim Stout recently reviewed the Cinematic Metal package from BOOM Library. I’ve been doing reviews/demos of these libraries too. You can find them on my personal blog.
Here on DS I’ve always liked to spread the word about the work of these guys. In an attempt to further support such projects, now you can see a new sidebar banner called “Independent SFX Libraries“. There you’ll find info about all the independent sound effects companies out there, including general info and releases for each one, including: BOOM Library, Chuck Russom FX, Haptic Audio, HISS and a ROAR, Rabbit Ears Audio, Stout Sound, The Recordist.
They doesn’t ask me for doing this. I’m doing this just because I want. Those guys are great persons doing great sounds. They’ve been really kind with me and the blog, so I just love to support them. As you may know, Designing Sound is (and I hope it will always be) a non-profit site. So, this is not an advertisement. It’s about supporting great things that are happening in this community.
If you’re going to release your own independent sound effects label, feel free to send me all the info you want. I’ll be more than happy to help you.
UPDATE: Looking for strange noises? Sound designers Jeremy Goldstein and Patrick Campbell are sharing free sound packages under Creative Commons licence in a project called Haptic Audio. Don’t forget to check his work and also if you know more about his work, you can find a very cool interview at SounDesign Blog.