Need some sound effects for a personal project? The BBC has got you covered with an archive of over 16,000 WAV files you can download for free.
The BBC Sound Effects archive grew out of the Reminiscence Archive, which is designed to help trigger memories in people with dementia using BBC Archive material as stimulation.
At the moment there are 16,016 Sound Effects in the archive, each one available to download in .WAV format. You can choose to display 10, 25, 50 or 100 results at a time and the sound effects cover an extensive range of sounds, from a parrot talking, waterfalls falling, to a "Land Rover, interior, engine started, idles, pulls away, continuous journey, stop & idle, engine off. (Land Rover, Long Wheel Base, 109" Safari Diesel, Series 2A, 1967)".
You can sort the sound effects by description, category, and duration (in seconds) or use the search box for a particular item. Many of the sound effects don't have categories assigned to them, so that's the least effective sorting option.
Sound effects are available for use under the RemArc License:
• For non-commercial, personal or research purposes (for example, including the
content on a non-commercial, advertisement-free reminiscence website aimed at
helping trigger memories in people with dementia)
• For formal education purposes while you are a student or a member of staff of a
school, college or university (for example, if you are enrolled on a university or
college course, or if you are a school pupil, or you are a teacher and you wish to
display the content on an electronic whiteboard, including images in a printed class
I'm one of those people who reads TOS (Terms of Service) agreements, software licenses and things like that. I think the BBS license agreement is my favorite, ever. Not only is it clear, brief, and concise, it's clear that whoever wrote it has a sense of humor. If you have any questions about how the content may be used you'll be sure to find a clear answer on the license page.
(h/t to Panzer)
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