Want to create your own sound effects library? Here’s how:

If you’re a sound designer or field recordist, creating and selling your own sound effect libraries can be a great addition to your regular sound business. But how do you get started?

Over at A Sound Effect, sound designer Mark Camperell has a great guide up, with insights into how you can create your first sound effects library – from deciding on what to create, planning, recording, post processing and even pricing and selling.

Starting out, try something that you have relatively easy access to. You could have an uncle that’s a marine officer and can get you onto base to record some maneuvers. Or you could have a friend that has a fully restored, hot-rodded ’57 Chevy that sounds killer!
Chances are, you know someone that can get you around something that sounds cool. When you’re starting out, you don’t necessarily want to have to shell out a bunch of dough just to get access to something awesome. If you settle on something that isn’t exactly unique, then make it something that is created in a unique or different way.

Read part 1 of Mark’s full guide on creating sfx libraries here.