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36 Top Sound Effects Web Sites 
For When You Need A THWACK! Or ...
By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor & TV News Anchor

The other day I had need of a "busy street scene crowd background sound," and went searching.


And it occurred to me that a list of the web sites I found may be helpful for those needing a )))THWACK((( or a HONK or the sound of a mosquito in your ear.

Below, then, an incomplete but irreplaceable list of some of the top royalty-free sound effects sites out there. I'm not sayin' they're free - although some are - but they do seem to get a lot of traffic.
This is a companion to another list I compiled, 50+ Sources For Royalty-Free Music.

Please COMMENT below and/or send me the names and a link to YOUR favorite sound-effects site, which I may have missed, and I'll add it to the list.
Royalty-Free Sound Effects Web Sites
Dave Courvoisier ("pronounced just like the fine cognac, only no relation") is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer, voice actor, and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. He also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of adventures and observations in a style that's true to his friendly Midwestern farm roots.


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Comments (9)
Dave Adkins
1/23/2019 at 10:37 AM
Kevin Macleod has a new site with free, public domain music that's pretty nice too. It's if anyone is interested.
12/20/2017 at 12:54 PM
Very helpful resources, thanks a lot. I think sound effects from this website is also cool
Bob Selby
10/24/2010 at 7:36 PM
Dave, great information. Thank you so much for compiling a list of helpful resources that you are willing to share.
J. Christopher Dunn
9/28/2010 at 6:08 PM
Just when I thought my bag of tricks had taken as much as it could. Guess it's time for a new bag.

Thanks, Dave!
Heather Costa
9/28/2010 at 8:09 AM
Thanks for the info, Dave. It's always great to have stuff like this compiled in one place. Much appreciated :)
Holly Franklin
9/27/2010 at 2:41 PM
Thanks Davey! U rock.
Maxine Lennon
9/26/2010 at 9:19 AM
Thank you, Dave - great resource list - the generosity of sharing in the voice over business is amazing ...
Martin Drayton
9/26/2010 at 1:25 AM
Thanks Dave ...That's super useful. I had only found, and used, 4 on that list. My personal favourite? ,where effects are produced by hundreds of individuals for FREE Royalty-free use!

Martin Drayton
rowell gormon
9/26/2010 at 1:08 AM
Well done, Dave! I only knew a few of these.

Also add to your list D.A.W.N. Music. I use their royalty-free music, drawn from several libraries, but they also have sound effects you can get a la carte.
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