Sites with free sound sources

Contents
  1. Find the loops, sound effects and music you need
  2. sound snap
  3. What do we like?
  4. What we don’t like
  5. Incompetech
  6. What do we like?
  7. What we don’t like
  8. CCMixter
  9. What do we like?
  10. What we don’t like
  11. Free-Loops.com
  12. What do we like?
  13. What we don’t like
  14. Newgrounds
  15. What do we like?
  16. What we don’t like
  17. Rekkerd.org
  18. What do we like?
  19. What we don’t like

Find the loops, sound effects and music you need

Royalty-free (RF) sounds are music and sound effects that you can use as many times as you want without paying for each individual use. Many websites offer free music, sound effects, and loops that you can use in your projects.

Some free music sites have completely free music, meaning you don’t even have to pay for a license, but they usually also require an attribution to acknowledge the creators. Other RF audio sites operate through licensing, so you pay for music, loops, or sound effects, but you don’t have to give credit.

sound snap

What do we like?

  • More than 15 categories or sounds

  • Has postpaid and subscriptions

  • Sounds can be sorted to narrow the list

  • You can listen to the sounds before you buy

  • Each download is available in MP3 and WAV format

What we don’t like

  • You need to buy a license to use any of the sounds

Soundsnap has royalty-free sound effects in categories such as animals, exterior, interior, transportation, sound art, surreal atmosphere, nature, sci-fi, multimedia, music samples, music loops, people, and sports.

When viewing a specific category of sounds, you can filter and sort the list by duration and library, such as the creator’s name.

You must subscribe to a monthly or annual pay-as-you-go plan to get RF sounds. There is a 15 day return policy if you are not happy with a subscription. In certain countries, you can purchase a Soundsnap subscription using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.

Limits : Valid for commercial and non-commercial use, but must comply with their terms of use and license (attribution is optional, but resale is not permitted unless part of a complete work). See the Soundsnap Legal FAQ for more information.

Pricing options

  • $15 for five downloads

  • $29 for 20 downloads

  • $35 per month for 50 downloads

  • $199 per year for unlimited downloads

Incompetech

What do we like?

  • Every download is free

  • Lots of filter options to find the music you really want

  • It allows you to buy all the free music at once, so you don’t have to download it separately

  • All music is on one page for convenience.

  • Allows you to preview songs before downloading them

What we don’t like

  • You have to download each song separately (unless you pay)

  • Free downloads are only available in MP3 format

Incompetech is a free download of music created by owner Kevin MacLeod, so you won’t find any sound effects here. However, each song is 100 percent free to download and you have access to a list of everything it has to offer so it’s easy to see if you’re interested.

Another way to find out which royalty-free songs are available from Incompetech is to use the search function. The list of RF song uploads can be filtered by feel (e.g. calm, rhythmic, uplifting, cheerful, action, humorous, dark), tempo (e.g. 90-120 or >150), genre (e.g. funk, polka, african , world, disco, latin, jazz, horror, blues, vacation and city), and length.

Limits † Music should be attributed to your work. If attribution is not possible or you want to avoid crediting the author, you can purchase a license.

Pricing options † RF music can be downloaded for free if you don’t want to download everything at once, in which case it’s $38. A license is required to use music without credit:

  • $30 for a piece

  • $25 each for two games

  • $20 for three or more pieces

CCMixter

What do we like?

  • All sounds are free if you give credit to the musicians

  • Thousands of free downloads

  • Everything is original from musicians and singers

  • Includes video game loops, soundtrack music and more

  • Allows you to listen online before downloading

What we don’t like

  • Some free music cannot be used in commercial projects unless you purchase a license

  • Everything is available in MP3 format with no option to select another audio file format.

CCMixter is a unique royalty-free music site because you download a remix from the site. For example, the musician sends the original sample, the singer uploads the sample clip and the DJ mixes them.

There are three sets of RF music available in CCMixter, each with different music and different rules. One set has instrumental music intended for film and video, and the other has music for video games; none of them can be freely used for commercial purposes. The third set of free music you can download here is for commercial use.

To find royalty-free music on CCMixter, browse the three sections listed above, use the search facility, or filter your music by genre, instrument, style, and/or license.

Limits : Check the Creative Commons license associated with each song before using it. According to the FAQ, most of the music on the site is free and legal for any use anywhere, but you are advised to check individual songs for different licenses and restrictions.

Pricing options : Everything can be used for free. With some music, however, you have the option to purchase a license through TuneTrack, which grants additional privileges beyond the rights you grant with Creative Commons, such as using the work in a commercial project or without citing the source.

If the free MP3 you are trying to download plays in your browser instead of being saved to your computer, right-click anywhere on the page to find an option to save the audio file to your computer.

Free-Loops.com

What do we like?

  • Contains over 7000 sounds and loops

  • New content added daily

  • It allows you to download sounds without creating a user account.

  • All sounds can be viewed on the site

  • Contains public domain sounds

What we don’t like

  • All sounds can be downloaded as WAV; you have no option to save them as MP3 or any other audio format

Free-Loops.com only has what it sounds like: royalty-free loops and other sounds. You can even download them without creating a user account.

There are thousands of options available on this site, and while you can download everything you want separately, there is also a handy option to buy all the sounds they have in one big bundle.

To find free music on Free-Loops.com, you can use the search option or browse categories such as bass, drums, synth, vocals, or sound effects. RF sounds are also categorized into genres such as jungle, house, rap, piano, breaks, and funk.

The final method of finding royalty-free music is to search by license type to make sure you only see sounds and loops that you can use for your projects.

Limits There are a few different limits to these sounds, so check each file before downloading it to find out how to use it. Some of the free loops and sounds are freely available and can be used any way you want, while others require attribution or can only be used for personal projects.

Pricing options : They are all free to use, or you can download all the sounds and loops for $9.95.

Newgrounds

What do we like?

  • Lots of unique content

  • Tens of thousands of free music files

  • No user account required

  • Everything can be viewed before downloading

What we don’t like

  • Unable to sort music by license type

  • MP3 is the only download option

Newgrounds users upload their own music to the site in categories such as easy listening, metal, electronic, experimental, world and gothic. Everything can be downloaded in mp3 format.

This website is full of user-generated free audio files, and since anyone can download whatever they want, you’ll find a lot of great content, but also downright awful stuff.

You can search royalty-free music on Newgrounds by genre, then filter and sort the list by approved artists, unscreened artists, upload date, rating, and views. There is also a search function if you know the name of the file you want to download.

Limits check each track for licensing and attribution requirements; it is displayed in the field License Terms on the left side of each download page. Some RF sounds may accompany this message: “Contact me if you want to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.” Other sounds claim that attribution is required.

Pricing options † All music is free.

Please note that Newgrounds users can create remixes and loops without permission from the copyright owner.

Rekkerd.org

What do we like?

  • Royalty-free cycles and samples are included in easy-to-download collections.

  • You get tens, if not hundreds of files per download

What we don’t like

  • None of the sounds can be previewed before starting the download.

  • You need to download files in batches, which are often large and take a while to complete.

Rekkerd.org differs from other royalty-free audio sites in that you can download RF music loops and samples in collections, often containing hundreds of files in one bundle.

Each package is different, but each download page describes what’s in that particular collection. For example, the Rekkerd Techno package says it contains 475 WAV files and it’s all free.

Limits no, but check each download page before getting the files. Some patterns or loops may not be used in commercial projects.

Pricing options : Everything on the site is free.

All samples and downloads available through Rekkerd.org are packaged in ZIP files. Your computer should be able to extract archives automatically this way, but if not, use a free file extractor.

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