Free Sound Effects

Download free sound effects from our extensive range, recorded and edited by professional field recordists and sound designers. With over 100,000 sounds in our library and hundreds more added daily, we’re one of the fastest growing sound libraries online. Whether you’re a filmmaker, game developer, podcaster, need free sound effects for YouTube, TV, radio or any creative project, we have you covered. That’s right, free mp3 sound effects to download (and .wav for our premium members)

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Free Sound Effect Packs

We also have a large range of free sound effect packs available for instant download. These mini-libraries are themed collections of sounds, perfect for any creative project!

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Why use

We add hundreds more free sound effects every week for instant download and work with some of the best professional sound designers and libraries to bring you fresh, exciting new content. All our sounds are 100% legal to use, recorded by ourselves or our contributors. We own the copyrights or are authorised to distribute them meaning you can use our audio with absolute confidence. We take great pride in the quality of the sounds in our library and check every single one to make sure they meet our strict quality guidelines.

Why do we offer free sound effects to download?

What’s the catch? That’s something we get asked a lot. There isn’t one. Back in 2015, when ZapSplat founder Alan started the library, he was struggling to find professional quality sounds and music for free, so decided to create a library that did just that. Offering a vast library of free sounds and music helps everyone, from hobbyists, aspiring creatives and students right through to major production companies and broadcasters. We’re monetised through upgrades, which helps us grow the library and pay for the things required to run it, but ZapSplat will always be predominately a free sound effects library.

Can I request sound effects that I can’t find?

Absolutely, listening to our users and building a library around the content they need is what we do. If you can’t find a sound on our website you can post requests in our free Discord community. We work hard to try and create or record these sounds and add them in for everyone to use.

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What type of projects or platforms can I use the sound effects in?

Our free sound effects can be used in everything from games and apps, YouTube and streaming platforms such as Twitch, by filmmakers and videographers, websites and blogs, commercials, TV, radio and podcasts, social media, including Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, in art and exhibitions… in fact you can pretty much use our sounds in any creative project, even for broadcast. All our sounds are royalty free.

Simple Licensing for all our sounds and music

All our sound effects and music are royalty free, which means while we or our contributors retain all copyrights, we grant you a license to use them in your work and you can use our sounds without having to pay any royalties or other fees, so long as you abide by the terms of our License Agreement.


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Remember, you must credit us/provide attribution when using our sounds/music in your work. An example would be:

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