About ZapSplat

A free sound effects and royalty free music library for creatives, by creatives

It all started in 1997, when ZapSplat founder Alan McKinney recorded his first sound effect with a PZM microphone. He was hooked, starting an obsession with sound that would eventually lead to the creation of one of the world’s largest free sound effect libraries.

And here we are in 2023, a vast collection of sound effects and music creatives can use for free, with a growing premium selection from some of the world’s best sound designers and field recordists.

All the sound effects and music in our library are recorded by us, or we sign distribution agreements with our contributors. So you’re safe in the knowledge that any sound file you use from us is 100% safe and legal for you to use royalty-free in your projects.

Our journey was recently featured on Starter Story

Welcome to ZapSplat.com

Used millions of times

From all around the world, over 2 million filmmakers, game developers, YouTubers, podcasters and other creatives download and use our royalty free sounds and music.

Over 124k sound effects & growing

We add around 100 new sounds every day with new libraries being added constantly! You’ll only find professional quality sounds in our library and they’re all royalty free!

20,000 daily users

Around 20,000 people use ZapSplat.com every day. We’re proud of our creative community and the work they produce with our sounds and music.


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Remember, you must credit us/provide attribution when using our sounds/music in your work. An example would be:

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