Free Sound Effects


FreeSFX offers more than 3000 free sound effects and music tracks. All downloads are mp3:s and to get access you have to become a member.

Freesound has been around since 2006 and over the years they have collected over 100,000 sound effects and music tracks. The uploader gets to choose between different licenses so make sure you select files that properly suits your project.

Hiss and a Roar

Tim Prebble does not only sell sound effect libraries, he also offers parts of them for free. The only thing he asks in return is that you subscribe to his newsletter.

MySoundFX has free sound effects, ringtones and background music. The sounds are licensed Creative Commons 3.0 Unported which means you can share, remix and use them commercially as long as you credit MySoundFX.


The free sound effects at PacDV seems to be very similar to those at SoundJay. You can download them directly without registering. The sound effects are either mp3 or wav.

Samuel Justice

Sound Designer Samuel Justice has worked on projects like Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Dear Esther. Samuel is also kind enough to share some of his recordings on his blog (almost) every week.

Partners in Rhyme

The Partners In Rhyme site has been around since 1996. Their main focus is to sell royalty free music and sound effects but they also have a free section. The site is somewhat chaotic and quite tricky to navigate.


SFXSource is in essence an audio stock site. They do however offer some useful free sound effects.

Sound Librarian

Stephan Schutze has a passion for sounds. He’s collected over 20,000 sound effects which he shares with the world for free. There are restrictions though since the collection is covered by a Creative Commons NonCommercial license.

Sound Jay

The audio at Sound Jay seems to be similar to those at PacDV. Every free sound effect is available in both wav and mp3. No registration necessary.

 SoundFX Now!

SoundFX Now has about 1,000 free sound effects. Download individual mp3:s or make a small donation to get the full high-quality wav collection.

The Recordist

Frank Bry’s site The Recordist has a collection of free quality sounds in mp3 format. Note that the sound effects are only free for personal use. If you want to use them in a project you’ll have to buy a license.

A1 Free Sound Effects -- Library of sounds.
Absolute Sound Effects Archive -- 1,980 high quality sound effects.
All Pro Sound -- An innovative, full-service commercial sound, video and lighting company providing consultation, design, and installation for any of your church and school needs.
Cartoon Sounds -- Original cartoon sounds. Sound Clips -- Many sound links.
Custom Electronic Industries -- Operating Telephones for Stage and Screen.
FindSounds -- A free site where you can search the Web for sound effects.
Flash Kit -- Free soundfx for download! Choose from our categories below, or use our search. All effects are available in mp3 and flashtrak formats.
Free FX and Sounds -- Sound effects, music, and old time radio.
Free Sound Effects -- Wide variety of sounds and sound effects.
Frogstar Fun Stuff -- A little bit of everything. -- Animals, Bells, Cartoon, Household, Military, Nature, Sirens, Sports, Transportation sound files.
GoldWave, Inc. -- Affordable, professional quality, digital audio editing software and multitrack audio/video mixing software.
Jireh Supplies -- Complete audio systems.
Naturesongs -- Samples of various natural sounds.
Nature Sounds for Me -- Find, mix,and save nature sounds.
NCH Free SFX -- Free sound effects and royalty free music library.
OTR Now -- Featuring Old Time Radio Programs, Webcasts, and other OTR related products of interest to collectors! Books,movies, TV, DVDs, and other nostalgia-related items.
Old Time Radio Sound Effects -- Description of the evolution of performance-related sound effects.
Partners in Rhyme -- Royalty free music and sound effects.
Recordlist, The -- Presents a collection of free sound effects in MP3 format.
SFX Sources -- Royalty free sound effect library of 100,000 sfx in 645 categories. Professional, affordable, downloadable. -- Library of song lyrics.
Sound America -- 160,000 sound effects, loops, instrument sounds, pre-cleared music tracks and more.
Show Cue System -- The versatile and affordable program for theatre sound cue playback designed to playback sound cues such as sound effects and music cues for live theatre productions. -- "The Encyclopedia of Sounds" - Free Sound Clips, Sound Bites, and Sound Effects. -- Offers over 235,000 files available for immediate download in six different file formats.
Sound Effects for Radio Programs -- Get sound effects or learn how to make your own. -- The world's largest auditionable sound effects, music samples, and music tracks library. -- Sound Effects - Music Libraries - Music Loops; 18,.000 free SFX to Download.
Sound FX Page -- A fairly small selection of really good sound files.
Sound Handbook -- Audio as a combination of music, sound effects and voice reinforcement as used in a theatre production.
Sound Ideas -- Royalty free sound effects and production music.
Sounds Page, The -- Runs the gamut of SFX needs.
Stage Research -- All about developing cool, software tools for designers to create even cooler shows.committed to advancing theatrical playback and show control technology with state-of-the-art software development.
WAV Surfer -- Media-recognized sound collection.

Acoustica Free download
ALC Free Downloads worth checking.
Footage Firm Free sample clips of city and region footage
Free Nature Sounds Downloads Nature sounds recorded in the north-eastern woods of North America.
The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.
Koumis Productions Not only free sounds, but free 3D objects, music, background pictures and video, too.
Ljudo Free access to more than 1200 sound effects. The sounds are available in two formats: RealAudio and Mp3
Mean Rabbit Economical SFX Download or CD
Media Tracks Free Sound Effects A collection of free sound effects from a producer of sound effect libraries.
PacDV Free sound effects Downloads
Partners In Rhyme Another collection of free sound effects from a producer of sound effect libraries.
Sound Hunter Duck the ads. Has links to other sites. Downloads
Stonewashed SFX Download

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