Here are 9 of the Best Resources for Free Sound Effects and Music

The internet is like a mega-collection of everything free and awesome. You can produce a whole video, be it for a short presentation for a class project, or a comedy video to post on social media, or even an advertisement for some company, using nothing except free tools from the internet.

One of the most important aspects of producing a proper video are the sound effects, and the music. The tricky thing, however, is to find the best sources for free music/sound effects to use in your video. Using music from any source without the proper rights is not only illegal but can also get your video banned or taken down for copyright infringement. In fact, most video portals today, including YouTube and Facebook, employ built-in algorithms that can automatically detect any copyrighted music/audio in your video.

So here, we have compiled a list of the best free sources for finding music or sound effects to use in the video. Note that, although most are free, some do require you to explicitly credit the source in the video you are going to use it,

1. FreeSound

Type: Sound Effects
Requires Sign-Up: Yes

FreeSound is a collaborative repository of Creative Commons Licensed audio samples with more than 230,000 sounds. The sounds range from field recordings to synthesized sound effects — sound effects that have been created electronically using synthesizers.

Looking for some free sound effects? Head here.

2. YouTube Audio Library

Type: Music + Sound Effects
Requires Sign-Up: Yes

Google’s very own repository for free music and free sound effects is one of the best there is. It also has a great search feature which lets you quickly sift through the whole library, and even lets you separate the ones which require attribution.

Check out the massive repository of tunes and sound effects from YouTube Audio Library today.

3. SoundBible

Type: Sound Effects
Requires Sign-Up: No

SoundBible has a collection of thousands of free sound effects, sound clips as well as straight up sounds. You can use the sound effects from this site for Video Sound Scores, Movie Scoring, Game Design, Powerpoint Presentations, Prank Calls, Sound Boards, and more.

For sound effects, you can check SoundBible today.

4. Free Stock Music

Type: Music
Requires Sign-Up: No

Completely free with no catches and unlimited downloads, free stock music is one of the best stock music sites around. It also has neatly organized categories for Classical, Cinematic, Easy Listening, etc.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Free Stock Music.

5. Partners In Rhyme

Type: Sound Effects
Requires Sign-Up: No

Partners in Rhyme offers a great collection of sound effects, free as well as premium. Their large database includes ambient, human, animal, and even vehicle sound effects.

Check their library of sound effects here.

6. SoundGator

Type: Sound Effects
Requires Sign-Up: No

From ambiance sounds to animal sound effects, SoundGator has an elaborate collection of sound effects. The site doesn’t require any citations or special licenses and you can use download their sound effects and use them for almost any purpose.

For all your sound effects needs, head over to SoundGator.

7. Jamendo

Type: Music
Requires Sign-Up: Yes

Jamendo lets you find any type of music for your personal use. However, you will need to buy a royalty-free license for using the music for commercial purposes.

Check out Jamendo for free music.

8. Free Music Archive

Type: Music
Requires Sign-Up: No

The Free Music Archive is a music collection of high-quality, legal audio downloads. However, do remember to check out the licenses for the music you are planning to use to see if it’s available for commercial use or not.

Check your their music archive  here.

9. Free Sound Project

Type: Sound Effects
Requires Sign-Up: No

Aptly named, the Free Sound Project has a huge collection of sound effects — audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, all made under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.

You can check it out here here.



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