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ARTICLE: The 5 Best Online Sound Effects Resources

If you're looking to make finding sound effects easier, here are a few places you can start. In this article, we will take you through our top 5 online sound effect resources so that you can spend less time searching and more time creating.


Soundly is a fully featured sound effects platform for Mac & PC. This is our go to SFX search software for our own sound effects. We also use their online library a lot. Soundly allows you to search through all of your offline sound effects, as well as simultaneously searching through its online library. Basic soundly accounts are free, with pro subscriptions at $14.99/month.

Pro Sound Effects

Pro Sound Effects online store contains Sound Effects expertly crafted by industry veterans. You can download individual sound effects from their online library of over 250,000 sounds - either a la carte or with a monthly subscription - and you can purchase full sound effects libraries from their main site.


Soundsnap is an extensive library with a huge range of independent Creator’s contributing their work to a monthly subscription model. Soundsnap focuses solely on professional sound effects so you can feel confident knowing that you're paying for quality. They have two payment models: Pay as you go ($15 for 5 downloads or $3 per download) and a monthly subscription ($35 per month or $199 annually which gives you unlimited downloads)

A Sound Effect

A Sound Effect is an online vendor of a multitude of libraries from all levels of creators which is useful for finding specific libraries for projects. In addition to sound libraries, they also have a ton of interesting and useful written content for inspiration. Access to A Sound Effect is free, libraries are individually priced.


Freesound is a free resource that offers sound effects from a multitude of contributors, some professional, some hobbyists. It can be hard to find high quality effects, but there are some gems in there. All of the CC0 licensed sounds can be searched through Soundly.

We hope you find these 5 resources useful! Let us know your favourites below in the comments section.

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