Nov 24
Gemstones

We’ve exceeded 18,000 free sound effects

Today we uploaded our 18,000th free sound effect marking a step closer to our 20,000 goal for the year (okay it was 22,000 but I’ve had to be realistic). As always, the focus of our sounds is quality not quantity, however now this is a full-time thing for me, recording for up to 10 hours a day means the library really is growing fast. I work on a mixture of requests from members and sounds I record and create daily, so here are some of the most recent uploads:

Sat Nav Voices

These prove very popular and I’ve had many requests in the past, so today I added some new ones. As before these are male voices (I’ll add some female ones too soon), But typical phrases you’d expect a sat nav voice to say are included. The can be downloaded for free here.

Call centre recorded telephone prompts

Ever sat waiting to speak to someone via telephone only to be held in a queue, with the frequent messages of ‘your call is important to us’? One of our members asked a question the other day which was ‘can I record these messages from the telephone receiver and use them in my project?’. The answer is no, it’s almost certainly under copyright. So I created a set of typical voice prompts, added a telephone style filter and uploaded them. They can be found here.

Kites

It occurred to me just yesterday that we didn’t have any kite sound effects so I recorded a few movements, shakes and crashes using a small nylon kite. I wanted to record the wind hitting the fabric, but we’ve not had much wind here the last few days. Yes I could simulate it, however I thought I’d wait and see if I can record the real thing.

Bah Humbug

This one was a request from a member who needed the sound of a grumpy old man saying the classic line of ‘bah humbug’ from the tale, A Christmas Carol. Not having a grumpy old man to hand, I recorded these myself and used some subtle pitch shifting to lower the pitch slightly.

Gemstones and Jewels

One of our members is working on a game and needed more sound effects of small gemstones or jewels with some specific actions such as scooping them from a table with hands and dropping them into a small glass jar. I instantly knew that some small decorative glass pebbles my children had in their room would work perfectly. I simply recorded the actions and recorded them then in Adobe Audition, I used some very subtle EQ just to reduce some of the lower frequencies and make the gems sound lighter which worked well. There is a dedicated category for these sounds here.

Balloons

Lastly, I was asked if I could add some more balloon sounds but specifically longer rasps while the balloon is being deflated. I managed to find a large punching balloon for this purpose. While I was at it I also recorded several other sounds, from inflating and deflating, impacts, air releases and more. I hope you’ll also find them useful.

About The Author

I'm the founder of zapsplat.com and professional sound designer. I provide free sound effects for games, TV, radio, filmmaking, podcasts, YouTube and more. You can download all my sounds free as mp3 and wav files here at ZapSplat.
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