BBC sound effects archive

Over 16,000 effects made available.

The archive provides a simple free text search function. 

My first search (“dog”) resulted in an extraordinary list of results from the relatively simple [Collie dog barking, exterior] to [Spain: Small zoo & aviary in recreational area, with lots of noise from monkeys when teased, dog barks occasionally & traffic.]  I then travelled around the world by “river” starting at [Atmosphere recorded at River Mersey, with occasional hoot from boat] to [Wuhan: Quayside of Yangtze river, with hooters].

The sounds can be downloaded and are released under a non-commercial use license.

Be warned. You may find yourself travelling in time and space and unable to stop yourself!

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