A: Immediately after your credit card is verified, you will be able to download your sounds with a choice of wav or aif and a variety of bit/sample rates.
Q: Where can I download my sounds?
A: You download your sounds through your Account page. Log into your account, click the Download Sounds button and follow instructions to download your sound files.
Q: How can I download my sounds?
A: Once on the download page, read the instructions carefully. Basically, don't drag the file links, instead Right-Click (or Control-Click for Mac) then choose "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." this will bring your computers save window allowing you to save the files to your computer.
If you are having trouble with the HTTP method try FTP.
Q: I downloaded my sounds but they won't work in any applications?
A: You probably created an internet shortcut to the file and didn't actually download it. So it plays but you can't do a thing with it. This often happens when you drag the links or single click on the links to your sounds. Follow the instructions in the previous answer.
Q: I'm having trouble getting your SFX's to completely download. It got to 80% and the download froze?
A: If you're behind a firewall, it's possible your admin settings are causing interference with the download. Try both HTTP and the FTP download methods, one of the two should work.
Q: My browser/connection timed out or quit in the middle of downloading my order. What do I do?
A: Simply login to your account and select re-download If the problem persists, please let us know.
Q: Is there a way to send your demo sounds to someone? I would like to give my client choices of sounds for a project without having to purchase the sounds; like comps on photo sites.
A: You can use the Soundboxes. Similar to lightboxes, Soundboxes work like a shopping cart except you can have as many as you want. You can add sounds to them a you move through the site, then preview, edit and save the contents of each Soundbox. Also, send links to them so clients or co-workers can preview the sounds you've selected for specific projects. When ready to make a purchase, simply add the sounds from the selected Soundbox to your shopping cart.
You can also click the 'comp file' link on the music pages to download an MP3 test file of the music cuts.
Q: How do I access downloads, receipts or prepaid account funds from your old website (prior to Jan. 1 2009).
A: All of your old order information and downloads are still available at soundrangers.com/customers. Use your previous login information. You will need to create a new account for our new system. If you added prepaid funds before Jan 2009 or have any questions at all about our old system contact us.
Sound File Questions
Q: Why should I use your site or sounds?
A: Well we're glad you asked... we have the highest quality, most unique content and safest licensing on the web. What this means to you is three-fold. Because we own the rights to all of our content, you don't need to worry about copyright infringement, third party negotiations or other legal hassles commonly associated with free, microtransaction and file sharing sites. This also guarantees you high quality and continuity of sound across our entire library. We are not a distribution portal for 3rd party or public content which enables us to keep tight control of what goes into our library. Lastly, our sound effects and music are designed by working professionals who've been designing sounds for years. If you have a professional product, you want professionals designing sound and music for it. If you're looking for an explosion sound created by someone blowing into a mic, or something "borrowed" from a TV show, there are plenty of free sound sites on the web where you can find what you are looking for.
Q: What file formats and sound quality do you offer?
A: We offer wav and aif file formats. In the download window, you can choose the format plus the sample rate, bit rate and number of channels. The options are: 48k, 44.1k, 22k, 11k. 16bit/8bit, stereo/mono. We do not offer MP3's- you can use any number of free or commercial audio apps to convert to mp3: iTunes, Real Player, Flash.
Q: Can I download these sound files as MP3's?
A: No. We only offer wav or aif sound file formats. MP3 is a 'compressed' sound file format, so the quality is not as good as wav or aiff files. You can convert your files using any number of quality, free MP3 converters, including iTunes, Real Audio, Windows Media, etc.
There are dozens of variations available when converting to MP3. Each variation will give you different sound quality and different sound file sizes. It's best to start out with uncompressed, high quality sound files. Then convert them to MP3 yourself. That way if want a different variation, you can always return to the original files and re-convert. This allows you to experiment, making you own decision of file size vs. sound quality. The higher the quality, the bigger the file.
Q: What format should I use?
A: If you're using Windows, choose the wav format. Macs like aif. But most of the time both will work on either
Q: How long are the downloaded files?
A: The demo files are the exact length of the files you'll download. You can also view the length in the 'file length' column.
Q: Is there anyway to know the file size before I make a purchase?
A: There isn't unfortunately. If you plan on compressing the files (MP3, etc.) it's best to start with a full quality file and then compress it to the file size/quality you need.
Q: What format are the files before conversion? Can I get them again without conversion? I noticed that prior to download, there was a message stating that the files were being converted.
A: The files are unconverted if you download them with the DEFAULT (16bit/44.1k) setting. You can also login to your account to re-download and choose different file settings whenever you want.
Q: Why do the demo files sound different than what I download?
A: Due to the low resolution of the demo files the sound quality won't be as good as the CD quality file you'll download. The demos are meant to give you an idea of what the file sounds like without being exact replicas of the original. The first thing to go when downsampling or creating the lo-res files is the high frequencies. If you want to replicate the sound of the demo files, convert them to 48kbps MP3 files.
Q: Do you sell sounds in packages, or are they only sold separately?
A: You can chose our 'build your own CD' and put together your own 'package', and at a considerable discount.
Q: My Windows Media Player and QuickTime won't play the button sounds I just purchased?
A: Our user-interface sounds have been edited with extreme precision so many of them are just too short for Windows Media Player to be able to play properly. They will work fine in whatever authoring application you are using.
Q: How do I make a sound loop?
A: When an audio file (any audio file) is a "loop" that simply means it is capable of looping, how you do it is up to you. There are two main methods; either paste the file end to end in editing software, making a seamless file of your own length without having to actually edit the file itself. The other way is to play it back with a playback device or software capable of seamlessly looping audio.
Audio files will not just magically loop on their own.
Q: I was wondering if you have any continuous sound loops that have no beginning or end and can play continuously, with no interruption until stopped?
A: Most of our longer sounds and nature sounds are edited to loop continuously. If the loop box next to the sound is checked, that's exactly what it will do. Play seamlessly until the end of time as we know it, or until told to stop, whichever comes first.
Q: Just downloaded the sound files and there's a hiss on some of them. Is there a way to get rid of the hiss?
A: You can return to the site and re-download the files to see if the problem was a download glitch. Try the new download with the default file settings, this is the highest quality setting. If you originally selected a lower quality format, it will affect the quality of the sound, making it noisy. Also, some of the natural ambience files contain wind in trees or grass, or other background sounds found in nature which can sometimes sound like hiss, depending on the playback system and/or volume.
Q: There is a lot of background noise in the samples on your site. Is that noise also in the downloaded versions?
A: No. The demo files are lo-fi to help speed up page loading. We've also added a small amount of noise to each file as a watermark to deter theft which is removed on the master sound files.
All downloaded files are of the finest quality available in audio industry. The sounds are created or recorded using the latest digital technology by members of the Soundrangers Institute of Audio Wellness. We are sworn to uphold the strictest audio standards in the known universe.
Purchasing and Credit Card Questions
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal.
Q: I have a charge on my credit card, where can I find the invoice for this transaction?
A: You can see your order history and get copies past invoices through your Account page. Log into your account, click the Download Sounds button or the Order History link to view and download all your invoices.
Q: Why did you decline my credit card?
A: Credit card declines come straight from your bank. We just send the bank the information you give us, they determine whether to let the transaction go through or not. It could be something as simple as a mismatch in your address. You'll need to contact your bank if you think this info is correct. Unfortunately there's nothing we can do until your bank gives us the OK.
Q: Why can’t I download my sounds after using PayPal?
A: PayPal does not like special or complex characters such as ä, æ, á, etc.These characters will cause your transaction to fail. Then they don’t always let you know right away that your transaction failed. Since all we see is a failed transaction, your sounds won’t become available for download. This is a bug on their part. Hopefully they will fix it someday.
Q: I received a message from you saying my credit card was declined, yet I noticed a transaction pending at my bank. How could there be a transaction pending when I was unable to complete the purchase?
A: Your card issuing bank 'holds' the transactions until they settle. This usually 24 to 48 hours. You should see the transaction removed after a few days; your card was not charged. This is standard credit card issuing bank procedure and is both confusing and annoying!
Q: Can I set up an account and get sounds without using a credit card each time?
A: Yes. We have a Pre-Paid Account option that let's you pay once then grab sounds as you need them, debiting your account as you go. There's more info on the Pre-Paid Account page.
Q: Which music license should I use?
A: See our Licensing page for descriptions of the different licensing types and prices.
Q: Could you verify that you own all rights to the material on your website and can legally license us rights to air on all forms of television, in synchronization with our programming? Does it also include online & wireless rights? I want to make sure we wouldn't be using the material in any unauthorized way.
A: We do indeed own all of the rights, 100%, of all of our content; both sound effects and music. The sound effects purchase price/license does give you complete rights to air on ALL forms of broadcast, in synchronization with programming without any hidden fees or third party negotiations. Please see next question.
Q: If I license some sounds from you, how do I know I won't be burned with hidden fees or licensing terms down the road?
A: Because we create our own content, we own the rights to our library which guarantees you the right to use them according to our licensing terms without any hidden fees, copyright infringement or third party haggling commonly associated with free sound, microtransaction, public file sharing sites, movie clip sites etc. Our licensing terms are exactly as stated, no skeletons in the closet or murky multi-party licensing to worry about. See our Licensing and EULA pages for more information.
Q: Can I use your sounds in my video game?
A: Yes, that’s why we are here!
Our sound effects are royalty free, meaning you license (purchase) them once and can use them as many times as you want without further costs. The license you get when purchasing through our site covers you for use within your game or project, as long are synchronized or used in conjunction with a graphic. It does not cover the sounds when they are used as standalone elements such as ringtones or when users are allowed to select which sound they want or redistribution. Additional licenses can be obtained for these or any non-standard use of our sounds. Contact Us for more details. See our Licensing page for details.
Q: Can I use your sounds in my iPhone app?
A: You can use them for games. Regular apps require an additional license from us. Please contact us for more info.
Q: I want to use your music in a webcast. Does that count as a broadcast in terms of filling out the cue sheet or is that considered a podcast that requires no additional licensing forms?
A: The cue sheets are for TV and radio broadcast only. They are not needed for webcasts or podcasts.
Q: I want to use your music in podcast. Do I need to purchase a license? Do I have to submit a cue sheet?
A: All you need to do is select the 'Podcast' license from our pulldown and you are covered. Cue sheets are only for TV and radio broadcast, not webcasts or podcasts.
Q: If I use the clip will I have to pay the composer of the music clip? Am I considered the broadcaster?
A: Broadcasters are the TV stations, Radio stations, etc. They are the ones responsible for paying performance fees to the performing rights societies (PRS). Then the PRS pay the composers. Broadcasters always pay a regular fee to the PRS. You just need to report what music was used, so the composers can get their slice of that fee.
The music license purchaser (you) are never responsible for making any payments to PRS.
Q: I'm confused by this statement. 'The broadcaster is responsible for paying performance fees to the performing rights societies when a PRO administered piece of music is broadcast- these fees are then payable to the composer and publisher and cannot be processed accurately without the composer and publisher information correctly being logged alongside your air date information.'
A: The phrase quoted means: The broadcaster (TV stations, Radio stations, etc.) are responsible for paying performance fees to the performing rights organizations (PRO). Broadcasters always pay a regular fee to the PRO. You just need to report what music was used, so the composers can get their slice of that fee.
The music license purchaser (you) are never responsible for making any payments to PRO.
Q: Do I have to fill out a cue sheet to use the sound effects too?
A: Nope, only for music.
Q: I wish to purchase sound effects for someone else. They want to download these sounds but do not have a credit card, is that an infringement upon the license agreement?
A: It isn't an infringement; the rights transfer to your end user.
Q: Do you offer educational discounts?
A: Our best discounts come in the form of our CDs, DVDs and Sound Packs.
Q: Do you have Annual Blanket License agreements that allow you to download a certain amount of tracks per year?
A: Yes we currently offer an annual license for broadcast music usage. Please contact us for more info.
Q: If I were to download an entire CD, would that come with an unlimited use license agreement?
A: With the CD's and DVD's, you're granted the license to use the sounds for as long as you need and in as many applications as you need.
Using Our Sounds
Q: Do I need to give Soundrangers credit in my game or project?
A: You don’t have to, but we guarantee it will improve your Karma, clear up your skin and make your hair healthy and shiny if you do! And send us a link to your work, we love to hear our sounds in action!
Q: Is it possible to include the sounds offered at your site on a standard web page, made in Microsoft Front Page or Dreamweaver, or is special software required in order to incorporate your sounds in a web site? I don't know how to use Flash.
A: Our music is built specifically for web designers and websites, so you can definitely use our tracks on your website. You'll want to purchase the 'general' license. FrontPage and Dreamweaver do offer a ways to loop background music, check the help docs. You won't have the capabilities of Flash in terms of controlling the file size. If you purchase our music and find that the wav file is too big, you can always log back into your account and download your order again using a smaller sample and bit rate.
Q: I cannot get a music loop to loop seamlessly in PowerPoint. It seems as though the beginning and the end of the music loop do not match. I have tried to edit it with my PowerPoint recording/editing tools but can't get it to sound right. Is there something wrong with this loop? Can you offer me some help or exchange loops?
A: Unfortunately exchanging loops won't solve your problem. If you can't get one of our music loops to loop seamlessly, you will have the same problem with all loops, whether it's from Soundrangers or not. All of our loops have been thoroughly tested and do indeed loop seamlessly; but you must use software capable of correctly playing audio loops. There are many software programs capable of playing audio, and even looping audio; but seamlessly looping audio so there is no hick-up at the loop point is not nearly as common. The problem could be any number of PowerPoint related things; the audio settings, playback computer speed, embedding the audio, the way the presentation was assembled.. We're not familiar enough with all the versions of PowerPoint, and the tricks to loop audio, to be more specific.
Another solution is to create an edit of the music loop (cut and paste, end to end), using audio editing software. Then save the file, at the length needed, as a new file. This way the loop will play seamlessly for as long as needed.
Q: How do I burn your sound effects or music to a CD?
A: First of all make sure that the sounds you want to burn to a CD are actually on your compute. Meaning don't try to burn sounds to CD from our download window. Once the sounds are copied to your computer they will behave like any other sound file and can be burned to CD, imported into applications, opened in iTunes... whatever you can do with audio files.
How you actually burn them to CD depends on the hardware and software you are using. Generally you just drop the files into a CD burning application, put a blank disc into your computer and tell it to make a CD. We recommend using something other than Window's Media Player to burn CD's, it always seems a bit troublesome. If you do need to to use Window's Media Player you may need to "unblock" each sound file by right-clicking it.
Q: How do I open your sounds in iTunes or any application?
A: First follow the instructions in our download window making sure the files are actually on your computer, then open the application you wish to use and either import the sounds or simply lick open; sometimes you can even just drop the sounds into the open application. The key is to make sure the sounds are on your computer first, don't try to drag them from our download window into an application.
Q: Can you tell me how I could purchase your sounds and use them on my cell?
A: You must download the sounds to your computer first. We do not offer over the air transmission to your phone. Your phone must also be audio file compatible. Some of our content is currently available on the ATT and Verizon networks. Please surf over to these sites to download our sounds.
Q: Can you sounds be made into ringtones?
A: They can be made into ringtones and used on your personal phone. With 'Smartphones' or any phone that uses wav files, it's usually just a matter of just copying the files to the right directory, but we leave it up to the individual to figure out. There are so many phones out there that we don't try to have all the answers. Some of our content is currently available on the ATT and Verizon networks. Please surf over to these sites to download our sounds.
Q: How do I get the ringtones from my computer to my Pocket PC?
A: You'll need to consult the user guide for your PDA in regards to moving sounds onto it. Click on 'My Windows Mobile Based Device' if that is what is appearing when you hook up your PDA. From there you should be able to just drag the sounds onto your PDA or Pocket PC.