FAQ

Can I get a discount?

Yes. Subscribers to the Hzandbits newsletter always get a substantial discount on new releases, so be sure to sign up.
What's more - those discounts never expire, so if you don't need the sounds now, you still have the discount (be sure to save the code somewhere though).
These discount codes are emailed to subscribers at the moment of release for a new library, and are valid for the whole cart - not just the release it was issued for.

A list of all Hzandbits release discounts ever:

After a new library is released, I may offer the release discount to new subscribers for a limited time. In other words: You get the same offer that existing subscribers just received in the mail - even though you subscribed after the release.

As a subscriber, you also get access to free downloads of 24bit/96kHz samples from each Hzandbits library. More here.

For non subscribers, there may be occasional discounts and freebies. I'm spontaneous like that.

To use a discount code, simply enter it in the relevant field at checkout.

Taxes and VAT

EU VAT rules got somewhat more complicated starting in 2015. You may ask yourself: "Do I need to pay VAT?"
The answer is: "it depends".

How do you process the sounds?

Short version: as little as possible.
Long version: it depends on the sound. With field recordings, I of course do decoding from M/S to X/Y stereo (if relevant). Quite often, I roll off some low end; usually from around 50Hz. Sennheiser MKH mics can pick up A LOT of low end, and if it seems to do more harm than good for the sound, I get rid of it.
Izotope RX is used, on occasion, to remove or attenuate unwanted noises. It could be ultrasonic RF, which might pierce your ears in case you lower the pitch of the sounds, or it could be softening plosives relating to wind buffeting the microphone membranes. My rule of thumb for processing the sounds, RX or otherwise, is to take it to the point where it's audible - then scale it back until it isn't. I generally delete sounds that aren't salvageable, but sometimes "bad" noise adds character to a sound - in which case I keep it.
Designed sounds are another matter of course; as are sounds recorded with coil pickups especially. Who's to say how to realistically reproduce the sound of a smartphone charger? There's no spatial information there, no way to mess up the stereo image or the "natural" timbre of the source. Some contact mic recordings are the same. With sounds like these, the processing-gloves come off.

What about metadata?

Most of the libraries here include extensive metadata, with sound descriptions embedded into the files themselves.
Further metadata, such as tags and info about location and equipment used, can be found in the included ODF (OpenOffice) spreadsheets and CSV files.
Your favorite metadata/librarian app probably supports importing CSV (Comma Separated Value) files. You choose which metadata to import and embed.
Note: The CSV files are derived from the ODF spreadsheets, setting the "field" delimiter to TAB. Sometimes you have to fiddle with text/field delimiters (if your librarian app allows this) to make imported data look right.

Can I get a multi-user license?

Yes - and you get a discount too. HereĀ“s the deal:

2-5 users: 10%
6-10 users: 20%
11-19 users: 30%
20-49 users: 40%

If you are interested in a multi-user license, shoot me an email here.

Why are some of the downloads hosted on Amazon S3?

You have probably noticed that several of the downloads found here are hosted on Amazon S3, which is cloud hosting service hosted by...guess who?
Why S3? Because it is stable, secure and reliable, especially important for larger downloads. Costs me a little bit, but means better product delivery to you, dear customer.

What equipment do you record with?

I use an M/S rig consisting of Sennheiser MKH60/40/30 mics (depending on the situation), into an SQN 4S Series II field mixer, recording to the line input of a Sony PCM M10.
Sometimes I use the M10 with high quality Primo EM172 omni electret mics, for stealth or portability. I also use JrF contact mics and Monacor coil pickups. In the studio, or at more stationary locations, I use a Roland Octa-Capture audio interface.

What does QB stand for?

You may have come across a few ambiance recordings with file names containing the letters QB. That little acronym stands for "quasi binaural", which is a technique I used for a while. Why "quasi"? Because my setup didn't record binaural audio - strictly speaking. It featured Primo EM 172 omni capsules mounted in heavily customized ear muffs (which let sound in, rather than keeping it out). The capsules were mounted as close to my ear canals as possible, but without touching my head (I wanted to keep "handling" noise down). So: Quasi - but still sounds rather convincing.