New free sound effects: waterfalls and creeks

New free sound effects: waterfalls and creeks

The Buderim Forest Park is a beautiful forest nestled at the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. The park features tall palm and gum trees shading a meandering creek that runs from a waterfall at the northern edge, down through to the southern. Our mission for this recording session, come away with a set of free waterfall and creek sound effects for you to download. On the day we arrived there was (typically) some grass cutting going on at the entrance to the park. We’re not talking a guy with a lawnmower… Nope, this was a couple of guys with industrial mowers, weed whackers and leaf blowers. Undeterred we ventured into the forest, but having to go a little deeper... »

Creek at Kondalilla

Recording rainforest ambiences at Kondalilla National Park

If there was one thing we looked forward to recording most when we moved out to Australia, it was nature. Often us sound designers find ourselves stuck in the studio or in front of the computer gazing at the outside world hoping the next job will take us to the great outdoors. Luckily for us, so far we’ve managed to be out and about quite a lot this month. Kondalilla National Park The Kondalilla National Park sits in south east Queensland in the Blacknall Range. It’s a protected area featuring lush rainforest, creeks, waterfalls and beautiful views. In fact this was probably the first place we visited when we arrived and so far, it’s never disappointed. We’ve swam in ... »

Sheet Metal

Cinematic hits, metal impacts and many new free sound effects just added

It’s been another hectic week here at zapsplat.com. Not only have we been busy recording more sound effects, but we’ve also been constructing a new small studio live room, well more a booth, so we can work from our office. Already delivered are 40 new acoustic foam tiles, new microphone stands, a shiny new Sony PCM D100 recorder for more location work and a few other bits. All that’s left to do is build a moveable wall for the foam tiles and we’re away… We’ll add pictures when we have some. New free sound effects… First up we got our hands on some empty gas canisters of various sizes. Now what do do with those? Hit them, drag them and generally get a... »

Drone

Recording drones

Drones, or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are becoming increasingly common in our skies. From hobbyists flying them in the local playing fields, to professional uses including construction, agriculture, sports, film and TV, security and much more, the small yet highly useful devices will surely be an increasingly common sight. With this in mind, we recently went out and recorded a mid-sized UAV in all its glory. Soon, we feel there will be an even bigger demand for drone sound effects. The location So, to get a decent chance at recording the UAV in action, we had to find a location for suitable manoeuvring such as fly-bys, take-off and landings, hovering, flips and more. This obviously had t... »

Soundbits

Saro Sahihi of SoundBits talks about field recording and sound design

Beyer Dynamic recently released this interesting interview with the founder of www.soundbits.de, Saro Sahihi, talking about working as a professional field recordist and sound designer. If you’re thinking about starting a career in the industry, this video will give some great ideas for locations, some things to expect and more. if you’re a working professional, you’ll watch this and think… ‘yeah, I agree’! As a field recordist and sound designer myself, this video rings many bells for me. Saro speaks many true words and explains some of the good and tricker sides to recording sound effects. One thing that particularly stands out is how you need to, and wi... »

sounddevs

Sounddevs.com gets a facelift

The social network for audio professionals, www.sounddevs.com has just had a facelift. The popular service connects pros working within the audio industries for networking, sharing ideas, collaborations and jobs, showcasing work and projects and much more. Their member base stretches from sound designers and Foley artists right through to sound engineers, dubbing mixers, music composers and anyone else working with sound. Recently they launched the marketplace, an area for members to sell their sound effects libraries and services. They’ve just opened this up to those of you who want to sell equipment (old and new), services, or those looking for a career in the industry via the ‘... »

Summer field

New country, new challenges

It’s almost our second month living in Australia since moving here from the United Kingdom in January. The most challenging part of the move was doing so with four children under the age of 10. As you can imagine, the pre-move preparations were pretty intense considering we were still working away recording free sound effects and uploading them while also packing, cancelling everything and preparing everything for the other side (or down-under). But we made it and after just a couple of weeks, we were back recording with our trusty portable recorders. But as you’ll probably imagine, moving to a new country throws up challenges (for recording) that i’d not even thought about... »

Australia

Our website now headed from Australia

You may have noticed we’ve been away for a month and therefore no new content has been added to our website. This is due to us moving to Australia from the UK. Well after a long period of being offline, we’re pleased to say we’re now back online and have just uploaded our latest free sound effects. Some of the new sounds we’ve added were just sitting on the hard drive waiting to be edited and uploaded. Others have been freshly recorded down under. So we’ve added 25 new free soundfx and have many more ready to be uploaded and lots of recording trips planned. One of the things I noticed on arriving was how hard it is to record with a all the cicada and insect nois... »

Cartoon Explosion

Zapsplat.com: now with 12,000+ free sound effects

We’ve just uploaded our 12,000 free sound effect which is a bit of a landmark here at zapsplat.com. It’s pretty much doubled our library since launch back in 2015 and we’ve been picking up the pace ever since. the latest batch of sounds consists of: cartoon squelches, holdalls, parcels, tins and much more. Zapsplat.com is a labour of love for us. As you’ll be aware if you’ve been following our blog posts, we work full-time on bringing you free sound effects and while we make some money fro donations, most of what we earn is ploughed straight back into growing the library, updating the website and promoting our amazing range of free sound effects. Next on the car... »

Ice

New free sound effects: ice cracking, smashing, icy water and more

It’s finally here in the UK, winter has arrived and with it comes our annual season of numb feet, colds and (hopefully) snow, not that we get much where we are. So with out so much of a hesitation, I packed up my recording equipment, put on 12 pairs of socks, gloves, a hat etc and off i went to the local forest. The aim, to record icy footsteps, ice cracks (they have massive puddles there) and whatever else I could find. True to form, this forest didn’t disappoint. The usual deep puddles were there and as anticipated, frozen over. This gave me the opportunity to record several sound effects from ice cracks (various pressures, leading to breaks), ice shard movements and smashes an... »