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Top 48 Websites to Download Free Sound Effects and Royalty Free Music

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Nobody can deny the importance of sound effects when it comes to music, video, animation, games and any other media. This is simply because choosing a right sound effect can makes your media project stands out from the crowd. Although there are many kinds of music and audio software can be used to create your own sound effects, but the process of making it can be difficult and time consuming. So why don’t you make your life easier since there are so many great resources available offering you to download useful and awesome sound effects for free.


In this post, you can find 48 websites that allow you to download a huge variety of sound effects for your upcoming project. This is a very comprehensive list with short description for each site. Remember to bookmark it!

Flash Kit
Flash Kit has a huge list of shareware and freeware SoundFX, mp3 and flashtrak versions of all effects for download.

Media College
With Media College, you can find a various type of free sound effects including animals, disaster, nature, office, etc.
media_college is a collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sound for musicians and sound lovers.

GRSites provides you high quality, attractive sound effects for use in web pages, games and multimedia applications.

Partners in Rhyme
Partners in Rhyme provides royalty free music to download for Film, TV, Video and Websites, plus free sound effects, music loops, midi files and audio software.

SoundSnap is another great online platform that offers a wide variety of downloadable sounds.
This site lets you download royalty-free music and background music for use as music on hold, production music, bumper music and more.

AudioMicro provides sound effects from the world’s top sound effect designers and major motion pictures.
audiomicro offers royalty free sounds for video editors, movie scores, game designers and more.

Soundboard offers over 368,000 of free sounds on 76,500 boards from movies to sports, sound tracks, television, celebrities, history and travel.

Sound-Effect lets you search for, preview and download royalty free sound effects for immediate use in your multimedia project.

Sound Jay
Another good site to download background sounds, button sounds, communication sounds, human sound effects and more.

PacDV offers free sound effects for multimedia productions. Categories include ambience, domestic, interfaces, machines, mechanical, miscellaneous, people, and transportation sound effects.

FindSounds is a search engine that lets you search for sample sounds and sound effects. It’s featured with directory, keyword and sonic similarity search functions.

Acoustica provides free sound effects, including 30 baby coos! You can use them in Acoustica’s Internet Audio Mix to create RealAudio stories, ads or personal welcome messages for your website.

Boogie Jack
Boogie Jack lets you download funky, weird, unique, crazy, strange, and goofy sound effects.

Soundrangers is one of the finest online libraries of professional royalty free sound effects and production music designed for video games, apps, websites and more!

freeSFX is a great site to search and download free sound effects with more than 20 of categories.

Fxhome provides free sound effect downloads for you to use in your movies.

The Sounds Page
This site has 8 categories of sound effects for free download including animal sounds, human sounds, automobile sounds, weapon sounds, etc.

Pachd Sound Effects
Another site that provides free sound effects and button sounds.

Soungle is a free site that allows users to easily find and search sound effects and musical instruments samples along its huge online library.

Animal Pictures Archive’s Animal Sound Clips
This site provides hundreds of animal sound clips.

Movie Sound Clips
This site is a sound effects library that provides various types of movie sound clips in the format of wav, mp3, ogg, and flac.

SFX Source
SFX Source offers pro sound effects, music loops, royalty free music, sound fx, and downloadable free sound effects.

Music for Video
This site provides high quality production music library and free sound effects for use in video, commercials, TV shows, radio and multimedia projects.

Special Operations
Special Operations has a collection of various military sounds.

The Recordist
The Recordist presents a collection of free sound effects in MP3 format. These sound effects are from The Recordist Private Collection library and the “Special Edition”.

WavCentral is a searchable database of wav, mp3 audio sound clip files. Sounds are databased by type, including movies, tv, and effects.

Wav-Sounds provides some of the best free wav sounds around including cartoon wav sounds, comedy wav sounds, email wav sounds, funny wav sounds, and movie wav sounds.

TalkingWav has a selection of free wav sound files and ringtones.

With WavPlanet, you can download wav audio files from TV shows and movies. It is also available sound effects, comedians, midi’s, theme songs, and more.

Free Sound Effects
This site has converted their stage sounds series so you can pick and choose your effects to create your own customized CD. The sound effects are available in a smaller mp3 format and a larger wav file-self-extracting zip file.

Free Audio Clips is loaded with tons of wav, midi and au files for your listening and downloading pleasure!

Nature Sounds
Nature Sounds lets you download quality, original, sounds of nature mp3s for relaxation, sleep, meditation or ambience.

Guide to Animal Sounds on the Net
This site provides many samples of animal sounds.

Hollywood Edge
Hollywood Edge is another site to download sound effects, background noises, music effects, ambience, science fiction & animal sounds, and much more!

Event Sounds
Event Sounds provide an archive of movie and TV sounds.

Stoutman’s Sounds
Ths is another site to download free sounds with the categories of animals, computer, human, movies and more.

Sounds FX Page
Sounds FX Page brings you a small collection of sounds FX files saved in wav format.

With Ljudo, you can access to over 1,200 sound effects in mp3 and ra format (multilingual search).

3dmm Studio
3dmm Studio brings you free movie sound effects, and realistic background noises.
This site has hundreds of free sound-effects for you to download.

The Wav Surfer
The Wav Surfer is a download site for TV and movie wavs.

Wav Sound Files
This site also provides free wav sound files although not many choices.

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