Audio Sources in Podcasts

If you are creating a podcast, you will likely use a variety of audio sources. Your primary recording may be your own voice, and editing software like Audacity has access to sound effects, but adding additional audio can make your podcast more interesting. Depending on your podcast content, you may want to add music or audio segments of interviews, speeches, radio programs or other podcasts.

Although the Internet is full of audio sources, not all are available for download. Many are copyrighted, and some are in file formats that are not easily edited.

cc This page offers some ideas of sites that include Creative Commons material and material that is archived for public use. According to their site, “One goal of Creative Commons is to increase the amount of openly licensed creativity in ‘the commons’ — the body of work freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing. Through the use of CC licenses, millions of people around the world have made their photos, videos, writing, music, and other creative content available for any member of the public to use.” Be sure to attribute sound effects or clips to acknowledge their creators.

  • YouTube Audio Library offers free music and sound effects. Access it by using your UNE YouTube account (same user name and password as Okta sign-in), and navigating to YouTube Studio (click your profile in the upper right corner and select YouTube Studio). Scroll to the bottom of the menu on the left, and select Audio Library.
  • SoundBible is a collection of sound effects. When using the effects, select the Royalty Free sounds. Click the sound and select the audio format (.wav or .mp3). The download menu is on the left. Do not elect to sign up for any services as these files are Creative Commons licensed.
  • Free Sound  Be advised that you will need to create a log-in to download any sounds.
  • Free Music Archive offers a variety of Creative Commons music.

Some of the following feature Creative Commons material (note only those with the CC logo are Creative Commons), but whenever using audio that you did not create, be sure to cite the source following the citation style of the course. In audio recordings, this can be embedded in the text of the recording or as a works cited at the end of the recording. Speaking of giving credit, this list is composed of suggestions from UNE’s Barbara Swartzlander, Research and Teaching Librarian, and the UNE reference librarian staff.