Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 for free sound effects at Zapsplat.com

Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016 for free sound effects at Zapsplat.com

It’s been a fantastic year for us here at zapsplat.com. It’s the year we launched and started offering our range of free sound effects…. In fact we have grown from our initial offering over just over 5,000 to a whopping almost 9,000 free sounds and we are still growing daily. Our original website was a simple affair allowing people to register to download any of our sounds as mp3s. But soon you told us you wanted the original uncompressed wav files, so we started offering those too. Contributors One thing we realised early on was we would struggle to record and upload a wide enough range of sounds to meet demand. It was almost impossible for us to get to the Amazon rainforest in ... »

Ferry Wake

Sound effect ambience recording at Dover port and onboard a car ferry

It was a Christmas tradition of my Wife’s that saw us making a trip across the English Channel and to the French town on Laon, for a pre-Christmas break. So what better excuse to whip out the recorder and record a few sound effect ambiences at Dover port and on the car ferry. From past experience, capturing good recordings onboard a passenger vehicle requires attracting as little attention as possible from the passengers and staff alike. Too often have I been asked to stop recording or had to deal with curious people asking what I am doing and ruining the take! So for these recordings I used my trusty old Zoom H2. Recording the port sounds at Dover Surprisingly the port was very quiet ... »

Copyright Free Images from Pixabay

Copyright Free Images from Pixabay

We all want something for free, right? Here at zapsplat.com our ethos has always been to support creatives of all kinds with our free sound effects and it’s a concept that the internet is helping to shape across may industries. Introducing Pixabay.com, probably the largest community and library offering completely free images, released under the Creative Commons Zero license. Starting out as a ‘pet project’ in 2010 by Hans Braxmeier and Simon Steinberger and it has quickly grown into a large repository of public domain images contributed by its user-base featuring as of this writing, over 520,000 images. Right up there with the paid-for libraries Every image sits in the pub... »

Recording forest rain in Hampshire, England

Recording forest rain in Hampshire, England

I am lucky enough to live in an an area close to a national park, with some of the UK’s richest and beautiful woodland and forests. But on a day like the Saturday just passed, when rain drizzles from the sky and an imposing blanket of dark cloud sits firmly in place overhead, most people head indoors and wait for things to clear up. However not me… days like this can create ambiences so rich in sound, it’s hard to resist the urge to venture out and record it. So microphone (AT825) and recorder (Zoom H5) in hand I headed out to capture the beautiful rainfall sound effects in one of my favourite forests, situated in Liss, Hampshire. The forest floor had become saturated with ... »

Julien Matthey brings his professional sound effects to ZapSplat.com

Julien Matthey brings his professional sound effects to ZapSplat.com

Sound designer Julien Matthey from Switzerland has joined ZapSplat.com bringing with him a fantastic collection of his sound effects completely free to download. Julien has years of experience in the field and his range of sounds boasts stunning ambiences and highly useful spot sound effects we are sure you’ll find useful in your productions. And if you get time, check out his great blog thesounddesignerblog.com which hosts some great videos, including some of the location recordings for the sounds available here. All Julien’s sound effects are available to download so we highly recommend you go to his profile and check them out. »

Our free sound effects now available as original wav files

Our free sound effects now available as original wav files

Many of our visitors and members have asked if we would consider making the original wav files of our sound effects and music available for download. While our mp3 sound effect download files have proven very popular, especially as they are encoded at a high quality, we understand that many users prefer uncompressed wav files. So we have! As from today,  26th October 2015, all our free sound effects and music tracks can also be downloaded as wav files of up to 24-bit, 96kHz. However due to the bandwidth costs involved due to the fact we have many thousands of downloads daily, the wav files are only available to Gold Account members. Upgrade your account to Gold simply by making a donation of... »

Hundreds of pro sound effects added by Little Robot Sound Factory

Hundreds of pro sound effects added by Little Robot Sound Factory

It’s with great pleasure we welcome our latest free sound effect contributor, Little Robot Sound Factory who bring hundreds of amazing sounds, perfect for your next game, app or whatever your project is! Sound designer Morten Barfod Søegaard who fronts the library has years of experience designing and recording sound effects for over 30 games, including Terraria and Hugo Troll Wars. Morten also studied sound through a Master of Science in Audio Design and his experience shines through in the quality and diversity of his sounds. Little Robot Sound Factory is a very welcomed addition to zapsplat.com. Game sound effects are some of our most requested and Morten’s library does not di... »

Felix Blume

Welcome Felix Blume, our latest free sound effect contributor

It’s with great pleasure we introduce our latest free sound effects contributor, Felix Blume. Felix is a French sound engineer and sound investigator who graduated from the INSAS film school and focuses his time recording sound and sound design for documentaries, feature films and video art. The quality and time spent on each sound is evident throughout his work and little treatment is added to each sound. His sound effects span a wide range of genres partly due to working and living between Europe and Mexico. From the evocative sound of the Amazon rainforest to industrial landscapes, Felix’s sound effects are certainly proving popular here on Zapsplat.com. To hear all of Felix&#... »