Free Sound Effects: Top 8 Free Sound Effects Websites of 2021

"Expand your scope of work and enhance your video with amazing sound effects from these top 8 websites."

You have put in overlays, transitions, titles, slides etc. perfectly, but, is that extra bit of “jazz-cum-razzmatazz” for that action in the video still missing?

Well, all you need is the appropriate sound effect! There are many websites offering royalty-free sound effects which can be easily downloaded. At the same time, you must be careful as there are numerous sites having pirated content. Not to mention all the malwares and viruses that come with it!

To ease your search, here’s a list of 8 websites to download free sound effects:

Free SFX

Initiated by Alan McKinney, Free SFX is a massive library of sound effects offering something for everyone. It has around 25 categories and numerous subcategories coming with HD quality sound effects, HD drives and downloadable packs. The website has collaborated with both freelance composers & sound designers and big professional companies.


Started in 2005, Freesound is licensed under Creative Commons and has one of the largest archives of sound effects including recordings, samples, snippets, bleeps, etc. This website allows you to quickly find the sounds which can be utilised for personal use and which are restricted for commercial use. Moreover, you can browse for the required sounds via packs, geotags or keywords. Even better, try previewing the sounds before downloading for a better experience.

Sounds Crate

Sounds Crate is an excellent source of sound effects for creative and independent filmmakers. Starting from ambient sounds to weapons to animals and more, one can select from a range of sound effects. The website also offers the preview option. Besides sound effects, Sounds Crate offers various graphics and textures to use in video contents.

Partners In Rhyme

Do you need the right sound for a game or app you are making? Well, Partners in Rhyme can be a good choice. This website comes with thousands of royalty free music and high quality sound effect which are worth exploring. Operational since 1996, this website aims towards supporting amateur musicians, professionals, filmmakers, multimedia producers and even students.


The collection of sound effects in 99sounds is selected from many sound designers. Starting from cinematic to outer space and even the latest drone sound effects, new-edge musicians and other professionals can find high quality sounds to suffice their needs precisely. All the products available on this site are 100% royalty free.


Unlike the sites mentioned above, FindSounds doesn’t have a database of sound effects to download from. It instead enables you to search for the require music and sound effects from the internet directly. You can either select the category provided on the website or type the name of the sound you are looking for.


Zapsplat is one of the fastest growing online libraries having more than 29,000 music and sound effects for free. The directory is updated with more 100 sounds per week, and all of these can be downloaded in original WAV or MP3 file format instantly. Zapsplat records every sound effect using professional microphones and recorders. So, these can be utilised for personal, commercial as well as broadcasting purposes.

Zapsplat offers sound effect request service for free; meaning, you can request a specific sound effect customised for your need.

Orange Free Sounds

Last but not the least, Orange Free Sounds comes with an array of categories from water sounds and scary to street sounds and miscellaneous. Not only sound effects, this website also offers background music and loops to be used for videos, apps, etc.

Music producers, sound designers, video game developers, explainer video makers, students, documentary filmmakers and other professionals can browse through Orange Free Sounds’ directory for that perfect music.

In case you are wondering which one of the above is our favorite, the answer is “Zapsplat”. Here is a video that we produced recently with sounds from Zapsplat:

What are you waiting for? Expand your scope of work and create your unique video with amazing sound effect from the above top 8 websites.


Jacklyn Chung

Marketing Executive at Explainer Videoly Sdn Bhd

Being part of the Kasra Design™ family for many years, Jacklyn takes care of the marketing tasks, be it online or offline.