If you’ve ever needed sound effects or music loops, you know that searching the web for a free solution is both tedious and difficult. And of course once you come across something great that would be perfect for your project, you realize it’s not royalty free. This can be extremely frustrating.  Thankfully, there’s a perfect solution to end your frustration once and for all.  The site is called Soundsnap and it’s a free online sound library. Yep, all 30,000 sounds that they offer are royalty free!

With such a large selection of songs, it’s important to have a clean and simple interface that’s easy to use.  They offer just this, and the sounds are tagged and categorized into 16 different categories with many choices in each. Users of Soundsnap play a really important role because they’re the ones that submit the content to begin with, and many of them are sound engineers so it’s not all amateur. If you’re wanting to listen to some of the most popular songs, you can just view their tag cloud.  If you want to download a clip, you can first preview it and then download it in MP3, wav or aiff formats.

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There’s a social aspect to Soundsnap as well. It’s social in that members have a public profile where they can show-off some of their work if they’ve submitted it. They’re also able to keep a list of their favorite sounds for all to hear. Users can get involved by rating sound clips using a five-star scale which gives you a good idea if the sound will be worth listening to or not.

Overall, Soundsnap is a great service that provides a broad selection of sound samples, sound effects, and music loops — all royalty free. You can’t beat that!

Source: John @ Soundsnap – Thanks!

There Are 12 Comments

  1. Uh, the link for the source is seriously broken :?

  2. No, the link works. You must have done something wrong.

    This is probably the best freeware sound effects site at the moment, IMNSHO.

  3. No, I think the link is broken to. The URL I get is:

    [cybernetnews.com]

  4. The link in the article is [soundsnap.com] Why they hid soundsnap at soundsnap.com is beyond me. :roll:

    If you click on the article title it leads to…the article.

  5. Oh, now I see. You clicked on John which is an automatically generated link. Fine, that is a broken link. You should recognize it is a slightly mangled email address. 80

  6. Nice tip, thanks. Another Cybermark for me.

  7. Yea very nice, will cybermark as well.

  8. free but loads of crap. I would have to know howto piece together a cymbal crash and other musical elements to use it. Good if you need sound effects or single element sounds.

  9. Thanks for this article, it is perfect timing. I have just started contributing to the LibriVox Project.

    Love the site.

  10. Really neat! I just downloaded a bunch of stuff to scare the kiddies on Halloween. :twisted:

  11. Thanks for everyone pointing out the broken link, it was only the link at the end of the article that didn’t work. The one in the beginning of the article worked fine.

    minnie wrote:
    free but loads of crap. I would have to know howto piece together a cymbal crash and other musical elements to use it. Good if you need sound effects or single element sounds.

    Some people use sound effects for other things as well though. Maybe on a website when a user performs some kind of action, or in a presentation that you’re making.

    Kate wrote:
    Really neat! I just downloaded a bunch of stuff to scare the kiddies on Halloween. :twisted:

    That’s one way you can use them. :roll:

  12. Street wrote:
    Thanks for this article, it is perfect timing. I have just started contributing to the LibriVox Project.

    Love the site.

    Your welcome!

    Kate wrote:
    Really neat! I just downloaded a bunch of stuff to scare the kiddies on Halloween. :twisted:

    I didn’t even think about it, but yes, that is certainly one way you could use the site! Have fun with those sounds on Halloween! :)

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