Sfx.io is a new easy to use audio-sharing service that promises to be the “imgur of audio”. A barebones concept version of the site was launched two years go, but the project was suspended. Now it’s been completely rewritten from the ground up, and is currently in beta testing. The new version of the site has a bunch of new features including…
- User accounts
- Discovery features
- Recording into a web browser
- BitCoin tipping for your favorite artists
Here’s what the sfx.io homepage currently looks like…
The bar at the top of the screen features a number of popular tags that you can use to discover new sounds. There is also a handy search for if you need to do a more specific search. There are two ways to add content to the site — upload or record. To upload, just click the green upload button and select your audio file. Sfx.io currently supports MP3, M4A, and WAV formats. Anonymous users can upload files up to 5 MB in size, and registered users’ maximum is 10 MB. Users also have the option to record audio straight into their web browser! The only catch is that you have to be using a web browser like Google Chrome, which supports HTML5 recording.
By default, everything uploaded to sfx.io is accessible to the public. Registered users have the option to make their uploads unlisted. This means the sound will not show up in search results, but can still be accessed with a direct link. Sounds shared by anonymous users will not appear in search results or the site’s gallery.
I really like what I see so far. Sfx.io reminds me of a more streamlined SoundCloud, and I think that’s something we all need. SoundCloud’s interface has gotten more and more bogged down over the years, and it’s a great time for a new service to show up. I can see myself using sfx.io to share short ideas or demos with friends, and I’m glad I no longer have to use DropBox for that.