Brian Nimens, President and CEO of Sound Ideas, began the company as a recording studio in Toronto, Canada in 1978. Today, Sound Ideas is the world's leading publisher of professional sound effects, offering more than 272 distinct royalty free collections to broadcast, post-production and multimedia facilities around the globe.
Sound Effects - In the Beginning
Series 1000, the very first royalty free sound effects library produced by Sound Ideas, was released on reel to reel tape in 1979. In association with the Phillips Corporation in Eindhoven, Netherlands - the birthplace of the compact disc - Sound Ideas published Series 1000 as the world's first compact disc sound effect library in 1985. The following year, Sound Ideas released Series 2000 - a 22 CD set that was the world's first fully digital sound effect library.
Award Winning Sound Effects
The award-winning Series 6000 "The General", was released in 1992 as a 40 CD collection - a stunning assortment of sound effects that covers all the bases - from ambiences to zebras, with 4 CDs of sound designed effects specially produced by some of the industry's most well known names. Many other specialty products, and a series of Series 6000 Extension libraries, have followed The General. In particular, the Series 6000 Extensions offer updated sets of general effects, including comprehensive selections of recent vehicles, new communications devices and weapons.
The General HD - Hi-Definition Sound Effects
Sound Ideas "Signature" collection is The General HD Sound Effects Library – a 24 bit / 96 kHz high definition signature collection with 26,307 premium sound effects on hard drive. The General HD Sound Effects Collection was 3 very busy years in the making. We sent our audio and recording engineers out into the field with state-of-the-art recording equipment to start all over again and create a completely new sound effects library in high-definition. The result of their incredible work is a mammoth general sound effects library featuring brand new sound effects recordings - all originally made at 24 bit / 96 kHz.
Feature Film Collaboration
The world's most recognized film studios have collaborated with Sound Ideas to produce sound effect libraries from the archives of Hanna-Barbera, Lucasfilm, Turner Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Jay Ward Productions and the Saul Zaentz Film Center.
Royalty Free Production Music
Sound Ideas uses the same care and professionalism it’s famous for with its sound effects to produce high quality royalty free production music. The Mix Music Library is a tremendous resource for commercial and promotional applications, and the Tune Drive series of Hard Drives offers more than 80 CDs of production music in the most used musical genres.
Production Elements & Musical Elements
Our production elements collections Elements Café and The Big Whoosh are staples of the broadcast imaging industry. We have whooshes, transitions, bumpers, dissolves, beds, IDs, intros, logos and every imaging working part you can think of.
Dedicated to the world of professional audio, Sound Ideas keeps its ears tuned to the future needs of sound designers and producers through the creation of new material and the adoption of new technologies. We are determined to continually improve industry standards for royalty free sound effects.