4 Best Places to Find Free Sound Effects

Free Sound Effects
If you’ve ever edited a movie before, you know that a movie without the sound effects is just not the same.

You probably have a sense that there are a lot of royalty-free sound effects and clips out there if you just knew where to find them. After all, there are so many generic sounds that can bring a movie to life that there’s no reason you should have to pay a fortune to make your movie sound great.

Whether you’re looking for iPhone sound effects, YouTube sound effects or sound effects for a full-fledged motion picture, if you’ve been wondering where you can download free sound effects, you’ve come to the right place. What follows are 4 free sound effects download sites that you’re sure to love.

Check it out:

Wondershare Filmora9

Filmora Free Sound Effects Home Page
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One economical option for free sound effects for video editing is to download a video editor with a free sound effects library built in. That’s what you get with Wondershare Filmora9, which you can download for free and which includes a free sfx library of over 50 royalty-free sound effects and audio files.


Filmstocks Free Sound Effects Home Page
Credit: Screenshot of Filmstocks home page by Craig Berger

Filmstocks.com is an invaluable resource for any filmmaker on a budget. Filmstocks has a huge library not only of free sound effects for videos, but of royalty-free stock footage and images as well. It’s a one-stop shop for free stuff that can bring your movie to life.


SoundBible Free Sound Effects Home Page
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SoundBible.com has literally thousands of free sound effects for download that anyone can use for their films and videos. These include everything from the sound of heavy wind to dogs barking, ice cubes tinkling, cars starting and more. Be careful though. Some of SoundBible’s sounds are covered under commercial or non-commercial use licenses, so be sure you are selecting from the Royalty-Free or Public Domain sounds sections.

But that’s not all…

Zapsplat Free Sound Effects Home Page
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If you haven’t found what you need at one of the sites above, check out Zapsplat. Zapsplat has a mind-boggling array of over 42,000 professional free sound effects and royalty-free music files. They also have a variety of free sound effect packs. If you can’t find the free sound effect that you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist.

Trying to add all the sound effects that you need to make your video or film great can not only be expensive, but extremely time-consuming. We recommend you play around with all of the options above to find which site has the library of free sounds you like the best. Then you’ll have a go-to whenever editing time rolls around so you can get through the sound effects process without a hassle and without cutting any corners.

So, what’s next?

Now What?

Now that you know where to go for your free sound effects, check out this list of the 3 Best Completely Free Stock Footage Sites for even more budget-friendly editing tools.

Is there any great hidden free sound effects site that you’ve found? Let us know in the comments!     

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Seems odd you did not include freesound.org

September 9, 2019 at 8:33AM, Edited September 9, 8:33AM


I was going to post the same!

September 20, 2019 at 7:15PM

Emilio Parij

And do you know this brand new site : soundfishing.eu ?

November 9, 2019 at 9:27AM

Mourioche Dub
sound designer

Also, there are a lot of independent sound effects library stores that have great free sound bundles. I'm thinking about asoundeffect, sonniss or silverplatteraudio but there are many others as well. A lot of hidden gems!

January 31, 2020 at 9:44AM


I want to recommend this Sound Effects Mega Pack a lot. It has 50.000 MP3s organized by categories (Alarms, Impacts, Ambience Recordings, Modular Samples, Weapons, Drums, Instrumental, ...). Its only USD 29.99. It saved my life!
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May 17, 2020 at 1:52PM