Quick link to Aviary
Quick link to Aviary for Education

About

Aviary is on a mission to make creation accessible to artists of all genres, from graphic design to audio editing. We're a privately held company currently headquartered in New York City with team members around the world. Our founders also created Worth1000.com, a talented community of 500,000 digital artists that participate in amazing daily contests.
Have more questions? Maybe you'll find what you're looking for in our FAQ. If not, we'd love to hear from you.

Terms of Service

Aviary's Terms of Service are presented in a manner that is extremely helpful for those who are not learned in "legalese." The TOS are presented in two columns - one with the technical language, one with an explanation in plain English. With this said, there are a couple of important parts you should be aware of:

  • You must be at least 13 to use the site unless you are being supervised by your parents or guardian. If you are under 18, you may only use the site with the consent of a guardian.
  • We [Aviary] own our website.
  • You own your content.
  • If you allow another user to make a derivative, you still own your work.
  • Please don’t disregard our copyright notices. :)
  • Some content may be licensed under Creative Commons.
  • You can download anything on the site for personal, non-commercial use only. Other uses are not OK (unless you purchased the work from the creator).
  • Aviary is allowed to display within Aviary, any work you make available to everyone to view, Additionally, we can allow the work to be used by a third party in a way which promotes Aviary (for example, using the work alongside a newspaper article about Aviary).
  • The content you contribute may not infringe on the property rights of others.
  • The content you contribute must not be obscene, hateful or generally intended to offend most people who view it.
  • The content you contribute must not be malicious or cause actual damage (i.e. a virus).
  • You are solely responsible for anything uploaded under your username, even if it wasn’t you. GUARD YOUR PASSWORD.
  • You will respect any Creative Commons license posted on the Aviary website.
  • Aviary is currently free to use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. In the future if we decide to charge for the service or introduce new features that are paid, we'll let you know within a reasonable amount of time.
  • If you sell anything through our marketplace in the future, we may take a percentage fee as a commission, (the amount will be determined at the time the marketplace opens).

Roc - Music Creator

You can combine multiple instruments in the online music creator Roc to create songs with an orchestra of sounds. To do this, select an instrument from the top of the right-hand sidebar, and all the sounds that are contained in it will be displayed below. Pick the sound you want to add to your file and drag it onto one of the tracks. You will see a green box showing where the clip can be dropped and a convenient message will let you know that the sound is loaded on the track. Repeat as needed - you don't have to stick with one instrument.

Myna - Audio Editor

Use Myna to remix music tracks and audio clips - including those you have created using Roc. Apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments!

Projects

Getting started with Roc

To get an idea of the different instruments and sounds available let's create some loops. Loops can be expanded for use into larger projects:
  • Loop 1 must have the following:
    • at least one acoustic drum instrument sound
    • at least one perscussion (from any region) instrument sound
    • at least one acoustic guitar (major or minor) sound
  • Loop 2 must have the following:
    • at least one hip hop drum instrument sound
    • at least one piano instrument sound
    • at least one flute or harp instrument sound
  • Loop 3 must have the following:
    • any three instrument selections of your choice

Saving your Roc work

When you are happy with the loop you have created please save your work using either the default setttings (Creative Commons Attribution) or adjust the settings to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial. You can find more information about copyright law here.

Integrating your loops into a larger piece - Myna

Here is an example of how Myna can be used. Open the Audio Editor to see the exact changes & alterations that were made to the loops to come up with the final piece.

What I would like to see you do:

Open Myna (audio editor) and change the settings from Qunatram Tracks to Roc beats.


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You should now to see the loops you created in Roc.

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Click and drag from the filename column within the Roc display to the Track column - drop your loops into one or track - or different tracks.

Peacock - Visual Laboratory

Peacock does so many amazing things -- experiment with pixel-based images in completely new ways. Check out the new user-created wiki for specific ideas on how to use this "visual laboratory." You can also watch a "how-to" video here.

Phoenix - Image Editor

From basic image retouching to complex effects, Phoenix delivers the key features of a desktop image editor with the simplicity and accessibility of a web-based application.You can watch a "how-to" video here.