Get 16,000 of the BBC’s sound effect samples for free

As you can imagine the BBC have a massive collection of sound effects for use in all of their shows, now they’re free for you to download and do anything you like with.

The BBC are releasing 16,000 samples to everyone for free WAV download out of their giant library of sound effects. They are releasing them under a RemArc license which means that they can be downloaded and uses for “personal, educational or research purposes”.

The archive is available on their website and can be easily searched by keywords to look for the sounds you’re after. There is a massive variety to the samples, as you can imagine with 16,000 of them, ranging from simple sounds of the sea to parrots talking to a creepy doll saying ‘Mama’ over and over again for a minute. You’re sure to find something interesting you can use.

The samples range from anywhere to the past year to nearly 100 years ago so you can even access some archaic, archive sounds from the BBC. You can play any of the sound effect samples on your page and download them all individually for free.

The website is currently in beta and unfortunately doesn’t seem to work very well at all. It’s slow to load, hard to access and once you do it’s luck whether the samples will play or download but hopefully the BBC will work on making the site usable as this could be a great resource for musicians, filmmakers, and beyond.

If you have a minute for it to load, you can check out the giant list of samples here: bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk

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