About ZapSplat

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

I am Alan, the founder of ZapSplat. It all started in 1997, when I recorded my first sound effect with a PZM microphone. I 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.

Welcome to ZapSplat.com

Used millions of times

From all around the world, over 2.6 million filmmakers, game developers, YouTubers, podcasters and other creatives download and use our royalty free sounds and music.

Over 150k 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.

Meet the ZapSplat Team

We are a team of highly experienced sound designers, field recordists, composers and developers. We have been recording sound effects since 1997 and have built one of the largest independent SFX libraries in the world. We pride ourselves on the quality of the sounds we offer and are proud to hear them in Hollywood movies, on TV and radio, in thousands of games, podcasts and much more. Meet the team!

Alan McKinney

Alan McKinney

Founder and Sound Designer

I obtained a degree in sound engineering in 2004 and worked as a Pro-Tools engineer in London studios for many years before founding ZapSplat. Having recorded over 110,000 sound effects, I bring vast knowledge and experience in the field and continue to record sounds on a daily basis.

Brett Tandy

Co-founder, Lead Developer

I’ve been working in IT, web development and building IT systems for over 30 years. Working with companies such as IBM, I bring a wealth of experience to ZapSplat, making sure our website and servers run smoothly and providing the best user experience for our members.

Justin Macleod

Customer Service and Library Curation

I am a professional sound designer and field recordist who also teaches advanced audio production. I’ve been working in the sound industry for over 15 years and work tirelessly behind the scenes making sure ZapSplat always has fresh new professional sound effects for our members.

Joe Peek

Composer and Producer

I am a professional musician and composer producing royalty free cinematic music scores for ZapSplat. My work encompasses contemporary classical compositions as well as ventures into various modern genres, showcasing my versatility and innovative approach to music production.


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