Brian Nimens established Sound Ideas in 1978 as a four-track recording studio in the downtown area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The story of his success and that of Sound Ideas is one of hard work, passion, experience and a love of sound.
Sound Ideas has worked with some of the biggest names in the film industry to compile libraries of sound effects drawn from companies including Hanna-Barbera, Lucasfilm, Turner Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Jay Ward Productions, and the Saul Zaentz Film Center. In 2019, Sound Ideas acquired SoundDogs. Back in May of 1997, SoundDogs.com became the first company to ever provide commercially available online sound effects and production music libraries. Their high-profile and highly regarded ‘SoundStorm’ product line earned them eight nominations in all, including one for the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing, which they went on to win. SoundDogs.com is home to one million different sounds that are immediately available for purchase, licensing, and download. Through the use of this feature, they have greatly increased their visibility on the internet. The creation of Westar Music led to additional expansion for Sound Ideas. It gives users the ability to search for, license, and download high-quality production music. In January of 2015, Sound Ideas purchased the massive Hollywood Edge Collection. Then in May of 2018, they grabbed the attention of the Emmy Award-winning American Music Company (AMC).
The work process starts with an international network of the best sound Recordists and designers in the business who are either commissioned to create a product or submit field recordings for review and inclusion in upcoming releases; rigorous in-house mastering, development of metadata and documentation, in-house graphic art creation, demanding release schedule: products released simultaneously through SoundDogs.com and other propriety sites. Sound Ideas takes the same meticulous approach to make royalty-free production music as it does to make its world-famous sound effects. More than 80 CDs of production music in the most popular musical genres are available on the Tune Drive line of hard drives, and the Mix Music Library is a fantastic resource for commercial and promotional uses.