Sound Ideas

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Sound Ideas
Private (division of The Brian Nimens Corporation Limited)[1]
Industry Recording
Genre Sound effects
Founded Toronto, Canada (1978 (1978))
Founder Brian Nimens
Headquarters Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Brian Nimens, President and CEO
Products sound effects collections
Production music

Sound Ideas is the repository of one of the largest commercially available sound effects libraries in the world.[2][3] It has accumulated the sound effects, which it releases in collections on CD and hard drive, through acquisition, exclusive arrangement with movie studios,[4] and in-house production.[2]

Sound effects library[edit]

The company's first sound effects collection, the Series 1000, was released in 1979. The sound effects library includes thousands of effects ranging from adding machines to simulated farts,[2] and the quality of its effects are regarded as excellent for theatrical use.[5] In 1990 the company released the Lucasfilm Adventure Series Sound Effects Library, the first collection of effects from a major motion picture studio to be released commercially.[1] It has released sound effects libraries under exclusive arrangement with Lucasfilm, as well as Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros. Animation, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios and Turner Entertainment.[4] Its most well-known general collection, the Series 6000, provides more than 20,000 sound effects on 120 compact discs,[6] and contains a variety of sound effects which can be added to film soundtracks during post-production.[7] The company's sound effects are also used throughout the world in radio and television broadcasts and in many types of multimedia applications.

After long-time rival The Hollywood Edge (a former subsidiary of Todd Soundelux) filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014, Sound Ideas acquired the inventory of the Hollywood Edge sound libraries and began distributing them on their website.


The company was started by Brian Nimens in 1978 as a 4-track recording studio which recorded dialog for commercials and added music and effects. Nimens built the sound effects library out of a desire to gain customers for the recording business, but elected to sell copies of the library beginning in the early 1980s.[2]

Initially the library was produced on reel to reel tape, because the audio quality was superior to that which was available on vinyl record albums. In 1983, the company's collection was the first sound effects library released in the compact disc format.[2] The company has since published more than 70 different sound effects collections under its own copyright, which it produces on compact discs and hard drives.


  1. ^ a b "About Sound Ideas". Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sound Ideas: A Canadian Giant's Worldwide Success". millimeter. Penton Media, Inc. 2005-08-10. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Di Cesare, Ron (October 2007). "Innovative Audio". Post Magazine. Post, LLC (October 2007): 40–47. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Copyright Infringement Charges Lodged". North Country Gazette. The North Country Gazette. 2006-07-03. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Yewdall, David Lewis (2003). Practical art of motion picture sound (Second ed.). Burlington, MA: Elsevier Science. p. 242. ISBN 0-240-80525-9. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  6. ^ "The Series 6000 "The General" Sound Effects CD Audio Combo". Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Greer, Darroch; Mel Lambert (1999-11-01). "Digital Field Production: Assignment Hanoi". millimeter. Penton Media, Inc. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

Sound Ideas Sound Effects on Discovery Channel on YouTube