How does that sound? A community that shares free sound effects and loops. That's right, all of the sound effects and loops posted on the website by the community are free to use in your projects and websites. You do not have to be signed in to download the mp3 or wav files from Soundsnap so it's as user friendly as it can get.
Update: Things have changed significantly. While you can still listen to any song online, downloads are not provided anymore for free. You pay $1.80 per sound in the smallest package, or $249 for an annual package that enables you to download as many sounds as you like to your local system.
Sound loops and effects are listed in categories like Buttons, Comic & Film FX or Music Loops but can also be browsed using the tag cloud on the main page as well. More than 25000 sound loops and effects are available on Soundsnap starting with loops of just a few seconds to loops of several minutes.
The sound effects in each category can be sorted by various criteria such as duration (longest, shortest), most popular and highest rated.
Update continued: The site lists more than 160,00 sound effects and loops currently on its site which are still listed by category when you open the sound page.
You can however use the search at the top instead to find particular sounds that you are interested in.
Sounds are displayed with lots of information. From the type of sound, e.g. woman snoring to nature or industrial sounds.
Each sound can be previewed, and if you have an account and enough credits, download to your local system.
All Soundsnap sounds are royalty-free which means that you can use them in any commercial and non-commercial application. While you can use them for this purpose, you are not allowed to sell the sounds as is, for instance on sound CDs or as individual sounds on websites.
If you are looking for a free alternative, try the Free Sound website instead. All sounds offered on the site are released under Creative Commons licenses.
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