Licensing Deal Provides Instant Access to 55,000 Professional Quality Sound Effects
Los Angeles, July 28, 2009. AudioMicro.com, a crowd-sourced marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects licensing, announces that its users can now download more than 55,000 sound effects from The Hollywood Edge, the world’s most widely used sound effects library. Consumers and professionals alike now have direct and immediate access to professional quality sound effects created by the Academy Award-winning sound studio Soundelux, whose credits include such films as Kill Bill, Braveheart and Fast and Furious. The Hollywood Edge and Soundelux are part of the CSS Studios group of companies.
“Teaming with The Hollywood Edge is a big step forward for us,” said AudioMicro Founder Ryan Born. “In addition to our superb collection of user-generated content, we can now deliver, on-demand, thousands of sounds created by the world’s most talented sound professionals. Our users will be excited by the unprecedented quality, size and scope of this collection.”
Under the terms of a new licensing agreement, AudioMicro members have access to The Hollywood Edge’s library of professional-grade sound effects royalty free and under the same pricing and terms as AudioMicro’s crowd-sourced sound effects. Prices for individual sound effects are as little as $1 per minute, while subscription packages start at just $9 per month. Users are permitted to use the content for all digital media, including websites, short online films, motion pictures, feature films, flash animations, radio advertisings, PowerPoint presentations, live performance, remixes and other purposes.
Historically, The Hollywood Edge library has been available only in the form of large sound effects packages aimed at the professional market. “AudioMicro provides a platform where users can download as little as a single sound effect and do so at an affordable price,” noted Lon Bender, Chief Creative Officer of CSS Studios. “We are very pleased by this opportunity to expand our digital downloading offering and to make our library accessible to a much wider spectrum of users.”
In addition to the alliance with The Hollywood Edge, AudioMicro recently redesigned its website to incorporate several ease-of-use capabilities, including advanced search features, customizable favorites lists, and embeddable tracks. Last month, AudioMicro announced the availability of its second iPhone app, AudioMicro Lite. AudioMicro Lite is a free app and includes over 50 royalty-free sound effects as well as a “Sneak Attack” feature that sets the iPhone to play a specified sound effect when the device is moved by an unsuspecting person. For 99 cents, users can upgrade to the full AudioMicro app, which includes over 500 professional sound effects.
About CSS STUDIOS, LLC
Hollywood, California-based CSS Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. CSS Studios provides creative services to major motion picture studios, independent producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and interactive producers. CSS services are marketed under the brand names Todd-AO, Sound One, Soundelux, POP Sound, Modern Music, Soundelux Design Music Group and The Hollywood Edge, with facilities in Los Angeles, New York and London. With more than 50 years of experience in providing creative sound services and technical solutions, the companies, collectively, have garnered more than 50 Academy Award nominations and won 26 Academy Awards®.
AudioMicro offers advertisers, music supervisors, creative directors, webmasters, filmmakers, and “YouTubers” an affordable, high-quality solution for appropriately securing sync music for use in creative audio-visual projects. With content purchased from AudioMicro, a movie or webisode can be scored at a fraction of the cost of a traditional music library. AudioMicro offers the largest user-generated micro stock music library, with over 150,000 tracks from publishers, composers, independent bands, and sound designers worldwide.