What will you create with this huge amount of free sounds?
You’ve gotta give it to the BBC. From their early coverage and support of musique concrète to their release of ten hours of nature recordings, they’ve always helped the music community discover new sounds.That’s why it should come as no surprise that they’ve decided to unleash over 16,000 high-quality sound effect recordings for free download.
Anyone can take a look into their massive archive—which thankfully has a search function that makes it fairly easy to navigate—and download what he or she pleases, putting it to whatever use they see fit, so long as it’s for “personal, educational or research purposes.” While free, these sounds are still technically owned under the RemArc Licence.
Don’t let this dissuade you, however; it would be a shame if such a rich archive of sound went under utilized. You can’t tell us that sounds with names like “South American parrot talking and screeching” and “Suzy Sing-A-Song Singing Doll Record” (also featured in the sound library embedded below) don’t get your sample-searching brain fired up. And who knows? You could be the one to discover the next loon sample.
Check out the expansive BBC archive on their site here.