THE BEST Sounds

Freesound.org

Freesound.org

Need to find a sound effect for a recording project? Freesound.org is a collaboratively-managed database of sounds you can use under one of several Creative Commons licenses. We found all kinds of unusual noises there, from a growling ogre, to creepy atmospheric music, to a delightfully ASMR pencil scribbling on paper.

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.

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Game Console Guitar Sounds

Game Console Guitar Sounds

Musician Davidlap likes to make unusual noises with his guitar. In this video, he attempts to replicate sounds from a handful of game consoles, including the startup sounds from the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5.

Satisfying Sounds Song

Satisfying Sounds Song

A crackling fire, advancing a mechanical camera, and a well-struck golf ball are among the most satisfying sounds in the world. Musician Dan Mace recorded and edited together some of these great noises into a soundtrack that’s engineered to be even more satisfying than its individual components.

Engineering Product Sounds

Engineering Product Sounds

Did you know that vacuum cleaners don’t actually need to be as loud as they are? Cheddar explains how companies often manipulate the sounds their products make to make them more satisfying, to provide feedback, and to demonstrate that they are actually doing their job.

BBC Sound Effects Library

BBC Sound Effects Library

Do you need some sound effects for a project? The BBC and RES have released a massive library of over 16000 individual sounds in WAV format for use in personal, educational or research projects. You’ll need a license for commercial usage though. If you don’t have a use for them now, it’s fun to browse and listen.

Screwing up a Turbine Engine

Screwing up a Turbine Engine

If you’re an airplane mechanic, one of the last things you want to do is drop a screw into a turbine engine you’re working on. Due to their construction, it would be very difficult to get it back out if you did. But as this video from AgentJayZ shows, it would make quite a pleasant sound before it totally ruins your day.

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more that 650 different sounds that skateboards make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.

Video Game Rain Sounds

Video Game Rain Sounds

Looking for some nature sounds to help you relax or sleep? You could download one of the many white noise apps out there, or you could play FunWithGuru’s video clip, a 16-minute-long compilation of rain sounds captured from 50 different video games.

The Silence of Scotland

The Silence of Scotland

As part of his Silence Project, photographer Casper Rolsted takes a less-is-more approach to filmmaking with this footage of Scotland’s beauty, accompanied by immersive and relaxing sounds of nature. Best enjoyed with headphones with the volume cranked.

Deal: Pzizz Pro

Deal: Pzizz Pro

Sleep like it’s your job with Pzizz Pro. These specially mixed sounds help to get to sleep faster and stay asleep for your desired length – whether overnight or a quick power nap. Get a lifetime subscription at a limited time sale price The Awesomer Shop.

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Laser Lake

Laser Lake

You’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of this clip, in which a frozen lake in Nevis, Minnesota makes some strange and unexpected sounds as chunks of ice crack and move. You might think it sounds like Star Wars, but us real geeks know it’s Tempest.

What Animoji Sound Like

What Animoji Sound Like

We fully anticipate that the iPhone X’s animoji will be overplayed any day now, but for the moment, we’re still enjoying their novelty. Beatboxer and impressionist RudiRok applies his vocal talents to imagine what each character might sound like.

The Apprehension Engine

The Apprehension Engine

A unique machine designed solely to produce eerie sounds for horror films. Luthier Tony Duggan-Smith created this combination of strings, rods, magnets, wood, and other found objects so Indie Film Maker could make original sounds instead of turning to a stock library.

Lampstorm

Lampstorm

YouTuber Mr. Cookies liked the sound his floorlamp made when he tapped its metal shade with a pen, so he decided to sample it and a few other lamp sounds, then sequenced them it into the 2001 Darude track, Sandstorm.

Assault Trombone

Assault Trombone

A kid plays a hilarious gizmo cobbled together from the butt of a rifle, a garden sprayer, and a brass horn. We certainly wouldn’t want to be on the business end of this half-vuvuzela, half-fart sound machine.

Fish Does a Burnout

Fish Does a Burnout

YouTuber Michael Ryan simply describes this brief clip as follows: “This massive V8 powered fish is dropping the fattest skid of the decade!” It seems only appropriate that this video was discovered by a Redditor going by the screenname YouTubeGoingDownhill.

Scooter Upgrade

Scooter Upgrade

Despite the added weight, this ordinary scooter actually got much faster and more powerful thanks to the guy riding on the back seat. Toyota should totally offer this as an option for the Prius.

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BMX Bike Sounds

BMX Bike Sounds

For his White Room Project, DJ and sound designer Sonny Blake decided to create a track using only the sounds captured while assembling a BMX bike. The sounds were manipulated with numerous effects, but it’s still a cool concept.

Mega Stomp Battle

Mega Stomp Battle

ThinkGeek powers up their Mega Stomp Panic noisemaker for 2013. The Mega Stomp Battle has almost 100 different sound effects and a hand control for weapon sounds. The perfect finishing touch for your Halloween costume.

Frozen Lake Laser Sounds

Frozen Lake Laser Sounds

We would not recommend getting too close to thin ice but thanks to YouTuber Brice Center we will now most likely be throwing rocks at the next slightly frozen body of water we come across.

Mega Stomp Panic

Mega Stomp Panic

Take your Halloween costume to the next level year by adding this gadget which produces crazy sound effects every time you take a step or stomp your feet. Our favorite sounds – 8-bit gaming hero.

Bleep Blap Bloop

Bleep Blap Bloop

We already know that Michael Winslow is the king of making funny noises with his mouth, but among everyday folk, do you think guys or girls can make better sound effects?

Sarah Hears Herself

Sarah Hears Herself

If you considered Operation Smile a success, then you’ll probably like this video Sloan Churman shot of his wife Sarah, born deaf, hearing her own voice the first time thanks to a cochlear implant.

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