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Sound Effects - FAQs

Is there a License Agreement for your sound effects?
What Rights do I get when I buy SFX?
Can I use sound effects on my Web site?
Can I use sound effects in my music?
Can I use sound effects in my computer game?
Do I have to pay you more if I include your sound effects in a production that will be broadcast on radio or TV?
Can sound effects be used for live theatre productions?
Can I transfer your sounds to computer hard disk myself, or have it done for me?
Can I copy sound effects or music on to my computer hard drive in order to create a production?
Can I make a back up copy of my Sound Ideas CDs?
I already own a copy of an fx library and I need another copy. What are my options?
Can I buy a single CD?
Can I buy a single sound effect?
Do you sell "computer ready", wav, or MP3 audio files?
Can I use your CD ROMs on my Macintosh or PC computer?
Still need help?


Is there a License Agreement for your sound effects?
Yes there is. Sound effects are sold under the terms and conditions stated in the End User License Agreement.

Hanna-Barbera and Turner sound effects are sold under the terms and conditions stated in the Hanna-Barbera & Turner Sound Effects End User License Agreement.

 What Rights do I get when I buy SFX?
Royalty-Free sound effects products are sold with their synchronization rights, as described in either the De Wolfe/Sound Ideas End User License Agreement or the Hanna-Barbera & Turner Sound Effects End User License Agreement. 

Performing rights do not apply to sound effects. Except as specifically identified in the De Wolfe/Sound Ideas End User License Agreement, you are not authorized to copy or re-distribute our sound effects, unless they are synchronized in timed relation with your production. .

Can I use sound effects on my Web site?
Yes, within the following limits... you can synchronize our sound effects for playback only on your Web site, so that button rollovers "bark" or a banner crackles in the "wind". 

This type of use is absolutely legal. But you are not allowed to distribute our sound effects in any way - whether you intend to give, trade, loan or sell them. You are not permitted to present our sound effects in any way that would allow access to the sound effects or sounds as downloadable audio. This would be a violation of our proprietary De Wolfe/Sound Ideas.

Can I use sound effects in my music?
Yes you can. Under the terms of the De Wolfe/Sound Ideas End User License Agreement, this qualifies as synchronizing our sounds with other audio content..

Can I use sound effects in my computer game?
Yes you can, provided that the sounds are embedded in the code of your game and are not available for an end-user to access or download. If your application allows the end-user to access or download unsynchronized sounds, you should contact De Wolfe/Sound Ideas to arrange supplemental authorization for the use of the sound effects.

Do I have to pay you more if I include your sound effects in a production that will be broadcast on radio or TV?
Sound effects are sold as Royalty-Free products. This means that you do not need to pay any additional money to De Wolfe/Sound Ideas if a production is going to be broadcast or performed publicly.

Can sound effects be used for live theatre productions?
Yes. Our sound effects can be incorporated into a live theatre production, either through the creation of a cued tape or CD created specially for the production, or through use of a direct cue from the original library CD.

Can I transfer your sounds to computer hard disk myself, or have it done for me?
Yes, provided that you own the De Wolfe/Sound Ideas products that you want to transfer. If you are setting up a multi-user audio production environment, you need a license from De Wolfe/Sound Ideas. Our Hard Disk Information Sheet has been designed to provide full details about this license. 

Read the terms and conditions regarding copying FX to hard drives.

Can I copy sound effects or music on to my computer hard drive in order to create a production?
Yes. The synchronization license that you obtain with your purchase or lease of sound effects allows you to copy the files on to your computer hard drive for the purposes of creating audio and/or visual productions or applications. 

Your license does not permit the sale, lease, loan or gift of any unsynchronized audio content. This means that if, for example, you decide to sell a computer hard drive that has copyrighted audio content copied on to it, you must delete that content before the hard drive is delivered to its new owner.

Can I make a back up copy of my Sound Ideas CDs?
No. You are not permitted to make additional back up copies of De Wolfe/Sound Ideas FX CDs or their contents under any circumstances. If you ever encounter a problem with one of our CDs, please contact us to arrange for a replacement copy.

I already own a copy of an fx library and I need another copy. What are my options?
Contact our SFXteam who will be happy to help you.

Can I buy a single CD?
We sell our products in complete sets - however, all De Wolfe SFX are available to buy individually and there are more than thirty products available from Sound Ideas that are comprised of one or two CDs only. Check out the Compact Collections.

Can I buy a single sound effect?
If you are looking for just one or two sound effects, please call our Sound FX Helpline 020 7631 3600.

Do you sell "computer ready", wav, or MP3 audio files?
Yes. Sound Ideas offers several Web-Ready and Multimedia Products.

Can I use your CD ROMs on my Macintosh or PC computer?
Sound Ideas produces several Web-Ready and Multimedia Products. All wav files on these products can be accessed from both PC and Mac platforms. Mac users can easily access the wav files (for use with software applications like Macromedia Flash), through use of QuickTime 4 (installed with current Macintosh operating systems), or by using an audio editing package like Sound Forge (available from www.sonicfoundry.com).

Two of our CD ROM products, SFX on CD ROM Volume 1 and SFX on CD ROM Volume 2, also include programs. The programs on these 2 ROM products are only compatible with the PC platform.

Unless stated otherwise, sound effects and music are produced in CD Audio format - not CD ROM format - and will require a CD Player (either a physical player or a computer multimedia player) to play back the contents.

Still need help? Call us on 020 7631 3600

All Sound Effects charged for are non-returnable unless faulty.