Justin Macleod on the freedom of the sound designer

  This post was written by Justin Macleod While engaged in the very fiddling that inspired that idea for this post, one of the other things I love about sound design occurred to me…the freedom. I believe sound design to be one of the freest areas within the field of audio. Sound designers are illusionists. We’re the con artists everyone likes to have around, constantly taking unreality and passing it off as real, packaging cornstarch as snow, frying bacon as rain and cellophane as fire etc. It goes even further than that though. I can’t think of anyone else in audio who is allowed to break the rules as often and with as much abandonment as the sound designer. We’... »


Another day and 83 new free sound effects just added

We’ve just uploaded a new batch of free sound effects to our library which you can download now. They include a range of Foley sounds of which just a few are listed below… Cardboard While we have loads of cardboard sounds in the library, there are always some we are missing. I spent the morning browsing other online sfx libraries to get some ideas on where we fall short and then went and recorded more. First up were some finger rubs and scratches. These may sound strange but it seems the sound of a person’s finger running across cardboard, scratching it and picking at it are popular. Then there was the sound of a heavy cardboard box being placed down on the ground. For this I took a small ca... »


71 new free sound effects just added

Today I’ve been working on the backlog of requests that have come through. I’ve been pretty busy recently so apologies to anyone who has requested sounds that have not yet been completed. I am working on them all now. One of our members has been working on a horror movie and has asked for a large set of specific Foley sounds to help save him some time in post production. So I’ve been helping him out by doing what I can. Door sounds One of his requests are specific door sounds that are synchronized to picture. In a scene, a psychotic person is trying to gain access to a room where another is hiding, but behind a locked door. So for these I used a door in my garage which closely matches the ty... »

Ripped jeans

26,000 free sound effects to download

Another busy day was spent in the studio today (plus some hours spent recording at a new location which will be revealed soon). I had over 200 new sounds recorded over the last few days waiting to be edited down. Here is a quick breakdown of just some of the new soundfx that have just been uploaded. Denim jeans I found an old pair of denim jeans at the back of my wardrobe this week and just as I was about to throw them out, my Foley brain kicked in, realising there was an opportunity here to record some great rips and other sounds. I started by using some scissors to cut some slots in the jeans (a place to be able to start the rip) and also while I was at it I recorded the sound of me cuttin... »

Thailand Wetlands

Loads of new free sound effects including Asia nature ambiences

Today was another busy day recording and editing and then also uploading some sound effects that have been waiting to go up for a while. I’ve been busy in the Foley studio yesterday and today recording some sounds that had been requested and also just general sounds I decided were needed in the library. Our contributor Marcel Gnauk of Free to Use Sounds also sent a huge 3GB file last night that contained some truly amazing nature recordings on the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park which I think you’ll agree are just beautiful. Here is a quick breakdown… Foley sounds I love spending time in the studio playing around with anything and everything I can get my hands on. I often just pick stuff up tha... »

American Football Match

New free sound effects: American football match, traffic, jungles and sounds from Thailand

Our contributor Marcel Gnauk from www.freetousesounds.com has been very busy recording more amazing sound effects on his travels of the globe and today we’ve added 55 new sounds that include the crowd at an America football match, jungle ambiences and other sounds from Thailand. As usual the quality of the contributed sounds is amazing, recorded using only professional recorders and microphones and edited to a very high standard. Below is a breakdown of just some of these sounds: American Football Crowd Nothing has a more electric atmosphere than a large sport stadium full of excited people. So these American football crowd sounds are a very welcome addition to the zapsplat.com library. Thes... »

Thai jungle

10 new Thailand jungle ambiences just added

If you’ve ever watched a wildlife program set in the heart of a tropical rainforest or jungle, you’ll know the lush tone the insects, birds and other animals make and just how beautiful it sounds. Recording on such locations can be tricky, just gaining access, battling the heat, humidity, rain, mosquito and other elements can test even the most experienced and hardy location sound recordist. While we have many rainforest sound effects in our library, our fantastic contributor Marcel from www.freetousesounds.com has just kindly contributed 10 ambiences recorded deep in a jungle in Thailand. The sounds are recorded at night in a range of different locations within the forest. From low level in... »

Soda fizz sound effects

93 more free sound effects just added

It’s another school holiday here so that means I sometimes am required to take a day off here and there to look after my children. So the first half of this week has been spent enjoying some family time, and today I am back in the studio. That’s not to say I haven’t been recording in this time, as I always keep my Zoom H5 recorder in my pocket for when recording opportunities arise. One such situation happened last week when a magpie flew right into my house which I discussed in a previous blog post, however the same bird and one of his friends just happened to fly right up to me as I was leaving the house this weekend, so I was able to quickly grab a recording. It’s in the library. Cartoon ... »

Australian Magpie

Free medieval torches, magpies and more free sound effects just added

The main aim for today was to record some medieval style torch sound effects, which we did but then a few other opportunities came up, including a miracle magpie. Read on to find out more… Torch First up today was the torch sounds. I actually had already recorded some of these a while ago and added them to the library, however I realised we needed some different versions so today I set about recording them. I found an old t-shirt and ripped a long section from it, wrapping it around the end of a large stick, tying it nice and tight so it won’t come off when alight. Next I used some mentholated spirit to soak the t-shirt rag for easy lighting. Once alight I recorded several close whooshes, a ... »

Helicopters, theme park rides and more free sound effects just added

Helicopters, theme park rides and more free sound effects just added

This weekend has seen me out and about recording in a few different locations. In fact, I came away with several new sound effects I am pretty sure many of you will find highly useful. Two of these locations offered sounds that were really fun, yet challenging to record. Theme park rides and helicopters… Theme park rides I headed down to Movie World on the Gold Coast here in Australia with my children this weekend and as I always do, I packed a small Zoom handy recorder with me knowing that several recording opportunities were likely to pop up, which they did. While this isn’t my main recorder, I use it for chance recordings while I go about my daily business. Movie World is a gr... »