Recording drones

Drones, or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are becoming increasingly common in our skies. From hobbyists flying them in the local playing fields, to professional uses including construction, agriculture, sports, film and TV, security and much more, the small yet highly useful devices will surely be an increasingly common sight. With this in mind, we recently went out and recorded a mid-sized UAV in all its glory. Soon, we feel there will be an even bigger demand for drone sound effects. The location So, to get a decent chance at recording the UAV in action, we had to find a location for suitable manoeuvring such as fly-bys, take-off and landings, hovering, flips and more. This obviously had t... »


Saro Sahihi of SoundBits talks about field recording and sound design

Beyer Dynamic recently released this interesting interview with the founder of www.soundbits.de, Saro Sahihi, talking about working as a professional field recordist and sound designer. If you’re thinking about starting a career in the industry, this video will give some great ideas for locations, some things to expect and more. if you’re a working professional, you’ll watch this and think… ‘yeah, I agree’! As a field recordist and sound designer myself, this video rings many bells for me. Saro speaks many true words and explains some of the good and tricker sides to recording sound effects. One thing that particularly stands out is how you need to, and wi... »


Sounddevs.com gets a facelift

The social network for audio professionals, www.sounddevs.com has just had a facelift. The popular service connects pros working within the audio industries for networking, sharing ideas, collaborations and jobs, showcasing work and projects and much more. Their member base stretches from sound designers and Foley artists right through to sound engineers, dubbing mixers, music composers and anyone else working with sound. Recently they launched the marketplace, an area for members to sell their sound effects libraries and services. They’ve just opened this up to those of you who want to sell equipment (old and new), services, or those looking for a career in the industry via the ‘... »

Summer field

New country, new challenges

It’s almost our second month living in Australia since moving here from the United Kingdom in January. The most challenging part of the move was doing so with four children under the age of 10. As you can imagine, the pre-move preparations were pretty intense considering we were still working away recording free sound effects and uploading them while also packing, cancelling everything and preparing everything for the other side (or down-under). But we made it and after just a couple of weeks, we were back recording with our trusty portable recorders. But as you’ll probably imagine, moving to a new country throws up challenges (for recording) that i’d not even thought about... »


Our website now headed from Australia

You may have noticed we’ve been away for a month and therefore no new content has been added to our website. This is due to us moving to Australia from the UK. Well after a long period of being offline, we’re pleased to say we’re now back online and have just uploaded our latest free sound effects. Some of the new sounds we’ve added were just sitting on the hard drive waiting to be edited and uploaded. Others have been freshly recorded down under. So we’ve added 25 new free soundfx and have many more ready to be uploaded and lots of recording trips planned. One of the things I noticed on arriving was how hard it is to record with a all the cicada and insect nois... »

Cartoon Explosion

Zapsplat.com: now with 12,000+ free sound effects

We’ve just uploaded our 12,000 free sound effect which is a bit of a landmark here at zapsplat.com. It’s pretty much doubled our library since launch back in 2015 and we’ve been picking up the pace ever since. the latest batch of sounds consists of: cartoon squelches, holdalls, parcels, tins and much more. Zapsplat.com is a labour of love for us. As you’ll be aware if you’ve been following our blog posts, we work full-time on bringing you free sound effects and while we make some money fro donations, most of what we earn is ploughed straight back into growing the library, updating the website and promoting our amazing range of free sound effects. Next on the car... »


New free sound effects: ice cracking, smashing, icy water and more

It’s finally here in the UK, winter has arrived and with it comes our annual season of numb feet, colds and (hopefully) snow, not that we get much where we are. So with out so much of a hesitation, I packed up my recording equipment, put on 12 pairs of socks, gloves, a hat etc and off i went to the local forest. The aim, to record icy footsteps, ice cracks (they have massive puddles there) and whatever else I could find. True to form, this forest didn’t disappoint. The usual deep puddles were there and as anticipated, frozen over. This gave me the opportunity to record several sound effects from ice cracks (various pressures, leading to breaks), ice shard movements and smashes an... »

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, 2017

We’d like to take this opportunity to say Happy New Year to all our members and visitors. 2016 has been a busy but successful year for us here, seeing our range of free sound effects grow from just a few thousand to almost 12,000 amazing high quality mp3 and WAV files. We have also gained over 20,000 members. What’s next for us in 2017? It’s going to be another busy year… We’ve many thousands more free sound effects coming your way. In fact we aim to reach 22,000 free sound effects for you to download by December 2017, we will be working with many more libraries to bring you more third party contributors and we aim to launch our new free royalty free music range... »


Brand new free sound effects just uploaded

We’ve just added 42 new free sound effects that we’ve been asked for by you, our members. This latest instalment includes: Cabinet doors and drawers opening and closing, games, toys, electrical buzzing and much more. Funnily enough our users request certain Foley sound effects from us often to replicate a particular type of unit or action. Often, someone will require the sound, for example, of an antique, heavy wooden draw opening and they just can’t find that suits. They send us a picture of what the actual one looks like and then we work from that. However it’s often easier for us to manipulate a recording of another unit (maybe a smaller, modern one) and apply effe... »


80 new sound effects added

We’ve just added 80 new free sound effects that many of you will probably know as staple sounds from the festive period. If like us, your family spends much of Christmas squashed around a table, slightly merry on wine while playing an array of classic board games then these sounds might just be familiar! Yahtzee and Rummikub Yes, those old classics… and we recorded as many sounds from these classic games as possible from dice shakes and throws through to box movements and score cards. These sounds will also prove generic, so if it’s another game such as Monopoly, these will also fit the job. What else have we been recording? This latest sound effects release also brings loa... »