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Published on October 30th, 2013 | by Douglas Price

Why the Hybrid Library is “The Robin Hood of Sound Effects Libraries”

When we launched the orig­i­nal Hybrid Library in Decem­ber of 2012, David Weiss of SonicScoop.com dubbed it “the Robin Hood of Sound Effects Libraries”. It made sense because the ini­tial spirit behind the library was to sup­port the grow­ing num­ber of free­lancers on tighter bud­gets (“giv­ing to the poor”) with the same library resources as the big guys (“rob­bing the rich”, in a man­ner of speak­ing). Big stu­dios were shut­ting down (and con­tinue to do so) and more inde­pen­dents needed the same large library to com­plete large scale projects on tighter dead­lines and fur­ther tight­en­ing bud­gets. As a result, Robin Hood has become our mas­cot. Hybrid Library own­ers are our troupe of “Merry Men” or, as I call them,  “Hybriders”.

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here are 4 Rea­sons with fun facts on why the Hybrid Library is called the “Robin Hood of Sound Effects Libraries.”

1. Robin Hood looked out for the Poor. We look out for Free­lancers on Small Bud­gets (Hybriders).

With the Hybrid Library we wanted to level the play­ing field for our fel­low Hybrid­ers and let the qual­ity of one’s sound design speak for itself regard­less of bud­get or big com­pany affil­i­a­tion. We work to enable more peo­ple to make more and bet­ter media with bet­ter sound and we rec­og­nize and respect the pro­fes­sional and eco­nomic chal­lenges free­lancers face. In fact, 2 mem­bers of Team PSE are free­lance sound design­ers! Pro Sound Effects was a start-up in 2004 – same scrappy story. All of this has resulted in 50,000 sound effects from top libraries on hard drive + access to 125,000 online. More than $10,000 worth of value for $1500 through Decem­ber 31 (then goes up to $2995). It’s our way of giv­ing back and sup­port­ing the small guy.

2. Robin Hood was a Mas­ter Archer. Hybrid­ers have pin­point search Accuracy.

When you are work­ing to com­plete a project, you need to hit the bulls­eye fast with what you are look­ing for – both to save time and cre­ate flow in the cre­ative process. That is why we have fur­ther enhanced the meta­data for the new Hybrid Library – based both on feed­back from our fel­low Hybrid­ers and also after what was arguably the most exhaus­tive library review ever last year by Shaun Far­ley on DesigningSound.org! Cat­e­gories are fully stan­dard­ized, key­words are fur­ther opti­mized – search and browse func­tions are light­ing fast and deadly accu­rate – whether you use Sound­miner, Base­head, Net­mix, Digibase, Medi­a­bay or and other sound library search software.

3. Robin Hood was a Swords­man. Hybrid­ers fin­ish off projects in one broad stroke.

Skilled swords­men can kill oppo­nents with one strike. Any sin­gle gen­eral sound effects library of true merit should allow you to quickly get your project in rough shape – that is how the Hybrid Library is designed from the ground up. Fine-tuning (or the actual pluck­ing, sea­son­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion of your prey) can come later, whether it is lay­er­ing or replac­ing some of the sound with your own record­ings, using plug-ins, or fur­ther artic­u­lat­ing the finer points of your sonic tapestry.

4. Robin Hood lis­tened to his Merry Men. We lis­ten to our Hybrid­ers and they keep get­ting Merrier!

The Hybrid Library and the new Expan­sion 1 add-on were cre­ated in survey-driven col­lab­o­ra­tion with pro­fes­sional free­lance Hybrid­ers. We take our users and prod­uct feed­back as seri­ously as Robin Hood’s legacy and believe this is the key to the ulti­mate util­ity and suc­cess of the Hybrid Library pro­gram. Check out the mer­ri­ment of cur­rent Hybrid­ers in our ever-expanding Hybrid Library Reviews section.

Do you have any Robin Hood analo­gies you think should be posted here? If so please leave a com­ment and we’ll con­sider for an extended post!

Finally, click here for fea­tures, demos, and to apply for the Hybrid Library.

Or click here to learn more about the Expan­sion 1!

(Dou­glas Price is not only Founder of Pro Sound Effects but also an Archery Enthusiast!)

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