Here’s a useful list of some of the best sites for finding and downloading sound effects for your production.

Terminolgy…and the small print

Royalty free when applied to sound effects usually means that you purchase the sound for a ‘flat fee’ and then you the ‘purchaser’ can use that audio on any number of productions without paying further fees or royalties. However you need to check the licensing terms before purchase to be clear what you can and can’t do. For example with Pond 5 you can use their sound effects on any number of productions, and as with most libraries that licence is restricted to what they refer to as 1 ‘seat’. With Pond5, a “seat” is a ‘single user, person, or computer, hard drive accessible to one person. A “seat” cannot be shared, or passed along. Each new user of the content is an additional “seat” and that licence is limited to one person using it.’ If you need more seats you can buy an extended licence.


Explore the world’s largest collection of royalty-free stock video and creative assets. 

AudioJungle | Envato

Audiojungle have huge amount of sounds from just $1. The licence covers you for use of that sound in one ‘end product’ production only – if you want to extend that to unlimited end products / productions you need to select an extended licence.


Professional sound effects libraries for use in films, games and interactive projects.

AudioBlocks is the first subscription-based resource providing UNLIMITED downloads of royalty-free production music, sound effects, and loops.

Partners in Rhyme

General sound effects, public domain sound effects, free royalty free sound effects




YouTube has its own library of FREE royalty free sound effects and music. You’ll need a YouTube account and once logged in you can search for sounds and download them. See the YouTube royalty free licensing terms.

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

Looking for free non-mcps production music?

If you make broadcast productions then you can now get access to the Sounds Visual Music production music library. Refreshing new music – non-mcps and free to use on broadcast productions.