How To Find Sound Fx?

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I received this email from Zachary Byrd who writes to us from the great state of Illinois. 

I am a long-time listener to the program and just wanted to write to thank you for being here for me. Your show is always fun, always entertaining and …well, always there.  If I had to change anything it would be to have more stories. My question is about sound effects. I am dabbling in sound editing and want to make my own short stories. But I can’t find any sound effects that aren’t copyrighted or require purchase. Can you help me with this?  – Zach

Zach, I have been there and done that. You are correct that there are a lot of folks out there who supply effects, but you don’t have to pay for them. There are many available on youtube, but the problem is that you have to convert those from video to audio for use. Not difficult, but it is time-consuming. My go-to place for sound effects is either to create them myself or head to

For example A few weeks ago it did a skit with Jim Harold. I needed the ambient sound of being picked up by a car and driving. I was not able to find exactly what I was looking for so I created my own. What I did was record it using an external mic, my iPad, and a trip in my Subaru. It worked out pretty good too. is a group of folks that provides a collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps …whatever and releases them under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. You only have to give the creator credit if you plan to use it for commercial use.

I hope that helps you, Zach. 


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