BBC Gives Away 16,000 Sound Effects for Free


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By almost every sound designer, the BBC Sound Effects Library has been regarded as the “must have” sound library. Now, over 16,000 sound effects from BBC Sound Library have been made available to download for free in WAV format for non-commercial uses.

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The BBC Sound Effects Library is well known among sound designers and sound engineers. The collection contains sound effects from historical content to the recent productions, covering almost every aspect of sound effect for Film and TV production needs.

Under the Research and Education Space (RES) Platform, The BBC released part of their archive of sound effects for free download. There are 16,000 Sound Effects available as high resolution WAV Format (44.1KHz, 16Bit CD Standard) to download for personal, educational, or research purposes. Here you can find the detailed terms of the RemArc Licence.

There are not only practical sound effects like “Applause,” “Bells,” or “Cars,” but also some fascinating sound effects such as “fizzy liquids” or “one bluebottle insect circling at 7ft – 1972″). You can check out the entire sound library yourself here.

BBC Sound Effects download page, source: BBC

For commercial use, you can license the sound effects also. Since 2009, the whole BBC Sound Library is available on Pro Sound Effects (PSE) for commercial licensing. You can find out more details about commercial licensing here.

Check out all the Sound Effects here.

Besides these free downloads, if you are looking for sound effects, you can also have a look of our other articles where you can find some amazing sound effects, some are even for free like the free cooking sounds from Shutterstock or free samples from the Epic Sound Effects, for cinematic projects, the Ambisonic Sound Library from RØDE will be very useful.

Where do you find your sound effects? What sound effects do you use the most? Let us know your experience or your thoughts by leaving comments below.

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