Saturday, 18 April 2020

BBC Free Sound Effects for Film-Makers

For our student film-makers, an excellent resource for sound design and sound effects is the BBC Free Sound Effects for Film-Makers.

Around 16,000 BBC Sound Effects have been made available by the BBC in WAV format for free download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

Jakob Parsons teaches sound design at Escape
Why animators need sound design
For our student film-makers, it's important to remember that the visuals are just 50% of the experience; the rest is audio. The audio experience is made up of music, sound effects, dialogue and - sometimes - narration.  Occasionally, good sound design means having no sound at all, or very little. But there is usually considerable work to be done.

Who needs Sound Design?
Good sound design brings a huge amount to any project. Sound design is not just about the quality of recording itself, it's about music, sound effects, foley, and the final mix.  Sound heightens our experience of a film and brings it to life. Sound design is something that animators at a big studio take for granted - because someone else does it for you. But when you are learning and studying animation, you will have to do it yourself.

BBC Free Sound Effects Official site
To find the BBC Free Sound Effects Official site, follow this link:

License Details
The license is for non-commercial use, which is all our students need. Should you need a license for for commercial use, you can also license BBC sound effects by following this link. You can also access dataset metadata by visiting the BBC's dedicated LOD site. If you have any queries regarding usage, contact jake.berger at

Free sound effects
There are a number of other places on the web which offer good sound effects for free. Free sound effects can also be found online at and These are Creative Commons sites; users upload their sound effects and license them for free.

Sound Design and Sound Effects at Escape Studios
For more on the use of sound effects and sound design, follow these links:

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2020, follow this link.   To apply, visit the official page here

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