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Memory Collection Packs


2020/03/17 -Memory Collection packs are on sale! Individual packs are 50% off and the 10 packs bundle is only $59 USD (60% off regular total individual price). Bundle purchase button is on Memory Collection 01 page.

The samples in this collection are taken from Public Domain movies, documentaries, TV shows and TV ads. I chose the name Memory Collection because by definition works in the Public Domain are from the past, a past often not very distant but sadly also often forgotten or ignored. These collections bring back some of the sounds from the past.

All packs have free downloadable demos on their respective page. 
All screenshots on the Memory Collection pages are from various source videos used for each pack.

The samples include voice/spoken word/dialogs, sfx/foley and music. Many of them can be further divided so you can have some fun yourself ;-).

Generally, these samples are not pristine audio because they are old and sometimes poor recordings that suffered from the passing of time and of the quality (or lack of it) of the source digital copy. And when restoring audio, there's a trade off between noise and audio restoration artifacts.

The samples in the MC packs are not mapped in any way, they only contain wav files. Also don't expect that every sample in them will be useful to you. But I am sure they will be fun!

 ... in the autumn of 2009. At the time, I wanted to add some fun and different Holidays themed sounds to the samples I was offering. The idea to use old Public Domain movies was inspired by my love of old movies and an inclination to archive stuff. I also wanted to give a shot at audio restoration and I like sampler programs that map together a bunch of diverse sounds in order to create audio collages / montages.

The original MC pack 01 was a relatively small affair with 378 samples with a price of $3.33. It was a nod to the 33 1/3 rpm long playing record. I had no idea that it would grow to 10 Memory Collection packs and 5 smaller free packs! Some packs are themed, Horror, Sci-Fi, Crime and Holidays movies for instance.

Here are the current stats:
21,617 samples (roughly 10.7 GB) from 63 movies, 39 TV shows, 164 ads, 31 documentaries, 13 shorts and 1 serial.

When planning the creattion of a new Memory Collection pack, the first thing I usually do is deciding its theme (Sci-Fi, Horror, Crime, Holidays for instance). Then I will begin the selection process of the movies.

I look for:
- Movies that I want to watch
- Movies I think will have interesting sounds
- Production values, either good, bizarre or low budget can all be interesting
- Sound quality of the copy
- Picture quality of the copy

Then I will browse through the movie to have a general of its soundtrack, to check if dialogs, music and SFX are interesting.

I verify that the source videos are in the Public Domain by searching the web, there are lists of PD movies and websites dedicated to them. Before I decide to use a video, I find at least 2 sources that say it is Public Domain. Of course I try to avoid errors but I am not giving any legal guarantees about the PD status of any source video either.

Also, here in North America, there are bargain-price DVD labels that offer PD movies. Many of the movies I have used come from my personal collection of such DVDs.

Some samples may reflect stereotypes and prejudice of their times and original creators. They may express racial prejudice, sexism, social stereotypes, ignorance and/or poor knowledge of other cultures (for instance accents that are deemed insulting today).

The views and opinions expressed in these are those of their original creators and do not necessarily reflect my opinions.

Here are some comments and reviews made over the years.

- Len Sasso featured MC 01 in the What's New section of the February, 2010 EM Cast (Electronic Musician magazine's podcast). Here are quotes from it: - interesting fun to play with collection... just going through the library will make you laugh!

- Tim Webb from Discchord wrote about MC 10: These include a lot of great and goofy samples.

- Doug from The Sound Test Room made this great video showcasing MC 10 and how to use it in a composition : Free Slate Kits and more from Les Productions Zvon

- PulpStereo (Torsten Krill) wrote: Uses quite a lot of samples from @ProductionsZvon ‘s lovely Memory Collections. I really love these samples, they are a great source of inspiration. Listen to one of his tracks featuring Memory Collection samples HERE

- Nu-Trix The Synth Guy made a great video review of Memory Collection 10, watch it on YouTube

Click on a picture to go to each pack's page!

Memory Collection 01

The beginning

Memory Collection 02

More experiments

horror movie

Something went wrong!

Santa Claus

Christmas / Winter Holidays

Memory Collection 05

Reaching out

Memory Collection 06

Out in style

Memory Collection 07

Something went wrong, again!

devil

Better to laugh about it

Winter scene

Peace on Earth

MC 10 eclectic

More action

Free sounds

What! free stuff

Memory Collection 11 announced

Yes, it will go to 11 !!!


There will be no refunds, so please try the demos before buying. All products are downloadable. After we received confirmation of your payment, we will email you the link or links to download your products. This will usually be within one business day.

 If you live in Canada the appropriate sales taxes will be automatically added to your order.

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