Where are good, solid places to purchase sounds from on the internet? Nine times out of ten buying CDs/DVDs full of sounds results in many of them not being used or not appropriate... I'm wanting to find a few decent places where I can browse for sounds and purchase only the ones I want.

Of course, a lot of the sound design I want to create myself... But there is times where this isn't possible.

Any ideas for places like this?

  • Something I've run into with batched effects is that they're generally already designed, which ends up with them being almost useless to us. We don't want designed, we want raw! So, when you're purchasing sounds, make sure they specify that they're raw or unprocessed. The folks at Designing Sound keep a killer list of Independent SFX Libraries, here: designingsound.org/sfx-independence, most of which are unprocessed sounds (I think BOOM Library is the only one there that sells designed sounds, but they point that out, too.) Commented Sep 11, 2011 at 14:38

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There are a quite a few.

  • Blastwave FX offers Power Packs, which you can download (click on the power packs at the bottom of the link). They are $25 each and are categorised by groups of sounds.

  • On SoundSnap you can download each sounds separately, and browse all you want. You pay for a membership and are allowd X amount of sounds per month.

  • Freesound is free and you can often find some really nice sounds.

  • Audio Jungle

  • iStockPhoto has got sounds as well.

I'm sure there are a ton more. But here are a few to get you started.

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    The Freesound project has been great. Good resource in the past. I have checked all of the ones above, so it looks like I've seen most of them now. Thank you. Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 14:07
  • There's another one that's not too bad called AudioMicro. Commented Sep 11, 2011 at 19:53



  • Looks great... could you give us more info about it? Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 5:15
  • And could this be why a while back you put up a poll on your blog asking our favorite format for sound effects ;-) was wondering if there was something in the pipeline. Lookin forward to checking it out! Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 7:13
  • Aye, I've been researching, planning & working on the site for over a year & its taking what I think is a unique philosophical approach based on the context of how sound editors & sound designers work, based on my experience...
    – user49
    Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 20:19
  • Sounds exciting! Can't wait... Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 20:41
  • Insert drool here. :-) Commented Mar 12, 2010 at 0:11

Two more:





Sound Mountain is a fantastic boutique sound FX Library run by Anne Kroeber, who manages her & Alan Splets library

  • What's the cost range of Anne's sound fx library? I've been reading up on her and Alan's recording techniques and that FRAP mic that she has.
    – user210
    Commented Apr 7, 2010 at 19:12

SFXsource Sound Library ... all pro sounds across 645 subcategories and downloadable as aiff, wav, and .mp3

  • This looks like a good one too, I'll keep an eye on this. Cheers. Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 9:36

Look into: www.googootools.com (tools for freelancers) they have links to various sound effects libraries.



also audiosparx.com.


My fav: www.pond5.com



I'm pretty sure everything on the site is free, but there's a ton of sounds and the search filters are very convenient.


http://www.signoaudiodesign.com Sound effects librairies for Native-Instruments Kontakt coming soon.

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