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I would like to create some system sound effects for a sporting device. The device needs sound effects for actions such as play, stop, pause, error, clicking a slider etc.

Is there a free sound library that I could use for this?

Is there useful literature useful for designing my own sounds?

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The iFX series by Zero-G is also very useful

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Thanks for this, you led me to improve my search, instead of googling "system" sounds I tried "UI" sounds and this was much better in returning results. – Simon Bosley Aug 25 '14 at 13:44

The Boom library "Sci-fi" and "interface" could help you. As always their sounds are really great, well classified, good metadata for Soundminer, they always give a bunch of sounds which is good to avoid to have the same repeteting sound. You should take a look at.

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Thanks for the references, they look good. – Simon Bosley Aug 26 '14 at 22:46

Friendly greetings Simon!

Beyond a sample library, what about a dedicated tool to create UI samples? It's not free but I encourage you to consider the productivity and/or fun you might experience with Soundmorph's Galactic Assistant, it's an app designed to make UI sounds (marketed as being futuristic, but not limited to that):

I don't have it but trust them by way of friends vouching for their stuff and reputation.

Would ♥ to hear what you ended up creating.

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Thanks for the link, cool videos. – Simon Bosley Aug 26 '14 at 22:43

i just put up my own free library, with some gui & button sounds: , happy if you can use it for your project!

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Project was 2 years ago, but thanks for answering as others may find it useful as well! +1 to you Sir. – Simon Bosley May 6 at 7:48
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Thanks for the answers, I found some free effects by googling for UI Sound Effects and making some of my own in Logic Pro X. I mainly used ones I found on here:

In future I may purchase one of the sample libraries you've suggested as it would save a lot of time and be much more professional, however I was essentially looking for free samples.

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