Audio Upload Specifications

Audio Quality Requirements

Audio files should be cleanly recorded and professionally prepared in the highest quality possible.

Moderate distortion or creative tinkering is okay.  However, please remember that many buyers will modify the sound of the audio after purchase and will therefore desire a high-quality, minimally manipulated file to work with.


Technical Specs


Sound effects can be as short as half a second.  Music files should ideally be under 10 minutes in length.

File Size

File size limit is 1GB, however 100mb size for music file is acceptable. 

File Name   

Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters, Cyrillic, dashes, underscores, or accents.

Examples:  [ , ] , - , _ , & , å , ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’) or ( ) ~ ' , & \ / ! ? @

 Short file names are best when uploading in batch. 


Pond5 no longer accepts tags and keywords that reference popular musicians, performers, composers or films/television shows.

File Format

Music files may be prepared as 16 or 24bit, 44.1 or 48,kHz WAV or AIFF

Sound Effects files may be prepared as 16 or 24bit, 44.1, 48, or 96 khz WAV or AIFF.

We only accept stereo sound effects, with the exception of human voice and archival sounds.

Note:  We are no longer accepting MP3 or FLAC files

If your audio file is in a different format, please convert it to .WAV or .AIFF before uploading. Another option is to export it natively from your audio editing program as a high-quality WAV. You want to avoid compression as much as you can, so always export as close to native quality as possible.

Please check your files before uploading to make sure they are broadcast ready.

Uploading Multiple Versions

Once all versions of your file are approved and online, contact us with a list of the clip IDs you would like associated and we will group them as multiple versions of the same file.

Please use this format when requesting association, using your clip IDs:

item: 1234567:1234577

We suggest only associating time edits of the same track (:15, :30, :60 version) - as they'll appear on the Edit Item page when the master track is opened.  Alternate versions should be submitted separately (you can use the same keywords and track name, just add "loop" or "alternate version" at the end), as that way they'll appear in search results.

Legal Requirements

ID Verification

We ask artists to provide ID verification as part of our continuing efforts to protect our artist community from imposters fraudulently posting their work.


When you upload a clip to Pond5, you are offering it for licensing to Pond5’s end-users, who will be able to use your work according to the terms of our Royalty-Free License.

You MUST be the copyright-owner or authorized representative of the owner for any audio you make available for licensing on Pond5. Generally, if you created the file, you are the copyright owner and are free to upload and market your work. If you are unsure whether you are the legal copyright-holder of a clip, don’t upload it.

Audio files must be wholly the work of the person submitting the file.

In the case of third party sound effects or loops incorporated into a larger work, the seller must ensure that all elements of their composition are cleared for resale and for use in a commercial project.

If you're using third-party loops, make sure that you know your rights and whether or not you can incorporate their work into your stock files before you upload.

For royalty-free loops available through audio manipulation programs, as long as the loops are overlaid with other content and there's a majority original content in the track, there should be no problem incorporating them into your files.

If you are interested in finding out more about copyright, or in registering your work with the US copyright office (this is not necessary, but it can afford you additional legal protections), you can take a look at their website:

Note: we do not accept any content which has been submitted to digital rights management services such as GoDigital. These services block distribution via online platforms like YouTube, and therefore conflict with our end-user License Agreement.

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    Stoked & prepared! Thanks guys!

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    nice one!

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    Thanks Pond5

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    Andrey Naplekov

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    Thanks for information!

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    Thanks for information!

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    I'm going to see how i can contribute to the arts
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    Can I upload hi-rez sounds, I have a lot of samples at 96k 24bit.

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    Yes, where are the options for 24 or 32 bit file uploads? I'm an editor, finding major problems with Pond5 because when I've edited a piece with a sample audio file (32 bit mp3) and then I relink to the purchased download, the sync is out - meaning I have to re-edit the whole thing. Very annoying!!

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    Nice !

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    Like it...

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    Thanks Pond number 5, looking forward to uploading my library over the next few weeks.

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    Thx u

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    @Luciano - yes, the watermark is automatically applied.  :)

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    Thanks, glad to be part of the Pond5 community! 

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    You guys have to do something about your watermark or the preview of the file. I just finished uploading an audio file with 15 db of Dynamic Range at aprox. -23 LUFS (Recommended Loudness for Broadcasting) so this makes your watermark extremely loud compared to the music file making it hard to enjoy the preview. Maybe some algorithm that detects the loudness of the music and apply it to the watermark so both have the same loudness maybe?


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    @Jose - we hear you loud and clear. We are currently in the process of updating and improving the watermark on our files so it will be much easier for buyers to browse without shattering their ears!

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