About us

We are a royalty free sound effect and music library who are dedicated to promoting and supporting indie sound effect creators, sound designers and libraries by offering selections of their work in exchange for quality exposure and promotion to over 1 million filmmakers, animators, game and app developers, students, teachers, schools and universities and more. Our users can audition and download any of our sounds and music for free, use them in their work safe in the knowledge that everything is 100% legal to use. You can view a list of all our contributors here.

We do not exist to undercut professional sound designers and those selling their sound effects. We strive to provide a platform that everyone benefits from, and to support the growth of the industries we supplement as a whole. We also review new sound effects libraries, software, plugins and interview sound designers, field recordists and those in the field to bring you in-depth information, along side the audio content on offer.

The vast majority of revenue we earn through account upgrades (to remove attribution requirements and more) is invested straight back into zapsplat.com to help with development, growth and also promotion and marketing of not only the site, but those who contribute.

Who are we

We’re a small team of creatives who each bring our individual skills and talents to making zapsplat.com what it is. We all work in the industry professionally, and dedicate our time to zapsplat through a love and passion for sound. Meet the team…

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Alan McKinney

Owner & Founder

Alan is the founder of zapsplat.com and handles the day-to-day running of the service. With 20 years experience running sound libraries both online and offline, making sure everything runs like clockwork is his passion.

Grant Harris

Product Reviews

Grant is a professional sound editor and mixer with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge of the audio industries. Grant is our hands-on product reviewer, testing gear, software & plugins and writing reviews for our blog.

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