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SoundScalpel’s huge archive expansion

British sound library SoundScalpel has announced a major acquisition which will make it one of the largest of its kind worldwide.

SoundScalpel has recently increased its library to 80,000 after acquiring 30,000 extra sound effects from BBC productions. This purchase puts the British sound library more than halfway towards its goal of a 150,000-strong archive by mid summer. As a result, the library now includes sound effects created specifically for movies by some of Hollywood’s leading sound designers, including Avatar; and some written for major British TV programmes such as Eastenders.
“The industry has changed a great deal over the past decade when CDs used to be the norm,” says SoundScalpel’s managing director Alan McKinney. “When we first launched the site in 2005 we had only 3,000 effects. This latest expansion means we are able to offer 50 times that number which our customers are able to listen to and decide to download instantly.” SoundScalpel currently attracts approximately 40,000 visitors to its website each week, a proportion of which work outside the TV and film industries. Visitors from the education, theatre, mobile phone apps, and computer game industries have a regular requirement for instantly-downloadable sound effects. McKinney adds that the company now has over 9,000 royalty-free music tracks available for the first time which have already been used for film trailers, corporate videos and adverts.