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New sounds: F1 cars, horror drones and game tones

Today has seen three batches of new sounds added to the library totaling 84 new free soundfx. These have been contributed by the amazing Marcel Gnauk and Scott Lawlor, with the game tones added by myself. Here is a quick break down of what you’ll find that’s new when you browse the library today! F1 racing cars As many of you will know, Marcel of Free To Use Sounds regularly contributes sounds. In fact he contributes so fast, I sometimes struggle to keep up. On his travels around the world with partner Libby, they have captured some amazing recordings, from wild weather right through to industrial ambiences and more. They’re currently in Singapore and among a large batch of... »

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Water sizzles, dog barks and 71 new free sounds just added

It was an unintentionally busy weekend that just passed, where I got the rare chance for a few hours recording time alone. Normally Saturday and Sunday is spent as family time, however, this weekend there were a few kids things happening and so I grabbed a couple of hours and recorded some sounds I have been planning for a while. Water sizzles The sound of water hitting a red hot metal surface, or the sound of a red hot metal object being submerged in water is one I have always loved and also loved recording. It’s also pretty easy to set up and record such sounds, with all you really needing is something metal and some fire (oh and water). So while the kids were out, I set up a small a... »

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New royalty free music just added to the library

We’ve been working hard in the studio recording new sound effects and music, and today we announce the release of a few new royalty free music tracks. Below you’ll find some short descriptions of each. Stay Away Inspired my rap and hip hop artists such as Eminem, this instrumental track features a simple, repetitive theme that’s set with a staccato bass, classic hip hop style drum loop and piano rhythm. Warm synth pads sit underneath leading into a first guitar break, then into a second more driving electric guitar riff with a bit more attitude. This track is perfect for many applications, so we suggest you take a listen for yourself, here. Be Mine Originally inspired by th... »

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2 new free sound effects packs just added

Today we released two new free sound effect packs. As an ongoing drive to introduce not only thousands of individual sounds, we want to expand our collections. We know from feedback how important it is to our members to have access to themed packs that can be downloaded quickly and easily, taking the hassle out of searching and downloading similar sounds individually. The two new packs below contain sounds already in our library, however these can all be downloaded as mp3 (for Basic members) or uncompressed wav (for Gold members) with the click of a button.   High Heeled Footsteps Recorded using professional microphones and recorders, this pack contains 91 high heel footstep sound effec... »

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We’ve reached 29,000 sound effects

Today we uploaded 62 new free sound effects exclusively for Gold members (check them out here) which brings the total number of sound effects at zapsplat.com to just over 29,000. That’s a mighty achievement, considering just three years ago we started with only 6,000 sounds. But are we stopping there? No way. In fact we estimate we will hit 30,000 sounds within 2 to 3 weeks. When we do reach the 30,000 mark, we’ll be running a fantastic free giveaway of a pack of 100 pro sounds courtesy of Audio Hero. This pack will offer a range of very useful sounds for you all, so watch this space for more information. I also just want to thank Justin McLeod, our new member of the team here at zapsplat.co... »

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120 new free sound effects just added

We are rapidly approaching 30,000 free sound effects and with many new free sounds being added this week, as well as a new contributor or two (watch this space for details), it should be around a couple of weeks until we hit that number. Today I added 120 new free sound effects that include everything from alien chatter to pears, and the two are bizarrely linked as you’ll find out below… Recording pears This wasn’t the most challenging recording session I have ever had. In fact this was a request that came through via email and with it being such a simple request, I managed to get these recorded the same day. One of our members was trying to find the sound of a shiny pear squeaking, as if so... »


128 new free sound effects: footsteps, glass bottles, jars, power tools and more

Another very busy day has almost ended her for us and what a great day it has been. Myself and Justin of Skyclad Sound have been finishing up preparations for, and launched a new horror sound effects pack just in time for Halloween. The pack, Horror Atmospheres and Accents features 60 sound design elements ranging from dark drones through to sinister hits and tones. Justin will be adding a blog post detailing more about how he created the sounds in this pack but for now, you can download it for free here. I’ve also been recording and editing sounds for the last few days, many of which I have uploaded today. Some are requests and some are sounds I have been recording for the library. I&... »


189 new free sound effects just added

Things have been extremely busy here this week and today we’ve uploaded 189 new free sound effects. Some of these have been sat on my computer waiting to be edited for a few days and others are freshly recorded. So as always, I thought it useful to give a quick breakdown of just some of these sounds… Empty drinks can I had a request come through a while ago for the sound of an empty drinks can being crushed under foot. So I decided to go one step further (excuse the pun) and record a whole lot more. It always amazes me how many sounds can be created from just one simple item, and after editing them down, realising you have 40 or more sounds. This was the case here after popping open a can of... »

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The Art of Layering sound: How the pros do it.

A couple of weeks ago, we tweeted asking what kind of articles you’d like to see on the blog – what aspects of sound design you’d like us to cover. One of you replied and said they’d like something on how to combine sounds to make a new sound effect. This is a fascinating and vital topic and one of particular interest to me because, I’ll freely admit, it’s not my strongest area. I tend to be more about combining plugins, using them like instruments to make a new sound effect. We’ve been all a-bustle at the moment preparing a new horror sound effects pack for Halloween, which is due for release on 8. September, so we haven’t had chance to write ... »

28 horror drones and hits

28 horror drones and hits

Today I’ve been working in the new studio on some sound design elements, which from time to time it’s nice to sit down and get stuck into. The great thing about working on such sounds is there is a huge amount of flexibility and as such, your creative juices can really get flowing. This week I’ll be starting work on some new Halloween sounds as myself and Justin (our new team member here at Zapsplat) are putting together a Halloween themed pack (coming soon). So these are just a warm up and taster of some of what’s to come. I started by using the stock synthesizers that come with Logic pro, namely the ES1, ES2 and ES P, which are all fantastically versatile instrument... »