Sound effects make content better – they add an extra dimension you can’t get from raw audio. If you’re looking for top-drawer sound effects with no copyright problems, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover 5 of the best sound effects – bets on which they are? – and how you can use them to improve your content!
Where do YouTubers get sound effects?
Unless they’re a dab hand in the studio, YouTubers won’t create their own sound effects. More often than not, they’ll have access to a royalty-free music catalog. They’ll usually pay a fee to access the catalog, and depending on what type of agreement they sign, they’ll be able to use the audio in their videos, one way or another. As long as they have the correct license to use the sound effects, it’s all good.
How do I find the right sound effects?
Finding the perfect sound effect can seem daunting. If you’re offered a package of ‘glass breaking sound effects,’ for example, you want to make sure it contains the right effect before you part with any cash.
Similarly, paying to license individual sound effects can get expensive. At Epidemic Sound, we offer a direct license – we own all the financial rights to every track and sound effect, so we deal with all the legal stuff. The catalog’s bursting with 90,000 sound effects and 35,000 tracks, too, so you’re spoilt for choice. Check out the 30-day free trial below, then read on to discover our 5 top sound effects to boost your video content.
The best sound effects to use in your content
Dog barking sound effects
Need to throw down some sick dog barking sound effects, but Fido’s not playing ball? Doesn’t matter. Stop worrying about getting hair and slobber on your nice new microphone, and head over to our page for all your barking, whining, panting, and running needs. Just listen to that Chihuahua. We’ve yet to hear back from the person who recorded that.
Glass breaking sound effects
Want to draw attention to a taillight smashing? Some clutz crushing their wine glass? Your well-meaning but ultimately destructive cat casting all your flower pots to the floor? We’ve got an entire section of glass breaking sound effects here, and if you want a taster, click below for the actual banger that is Light Bulb 2.
Horror sound effects
Maybe you’re rustling up some extra spooky Halloween content. A spine-tingling vlog, a gripping podcast, or a dumb prank to scare your friends out of their skin. Whatever it might be, we can handle the treats as long as you bring the tricks. Check out our ghost sound effects here, and click below for an absolutely ghastly scream (Ghastly Screams 49, to be precise.)
Cartoon sound effects
Whether you’re actually creating cartoons, or just want to add a comedic sting to your real-life content, we’ve got you covered. In our cartoon sound effects section, we’re packing everything from violin scrapes to laser shots, pizzicato strings to evil laughs. Here’s Comic Head Impact for you.
Horn sound effects
You know how the old saying goes: there’s a horn for every… oh, that’s not a saying at all. Anyway, we have all the horn sound effects you’ll ever need. Vehicle horns? Yup. Train horns? Got some of those, too. And don’t you think we forgot about the run-of-the-mill, common or garden horns – they’re all here. Honk below for a pretty angry vehicle horn.
To learn about using sound effects in a more visual format, check out our video with Epidemic Sound ambassador Irfan Junejo below.
How do I download sound effects?
If you just want one sound effect, you can certainly license it from us for a one-time fee! But why stop there? With an Epidemic Sound subscription, you can use any of our 90,000 sound effects within your content. As long as you've added your accounts and platforms, you're cleared to use it in your content. Just sign up, hit the download button, and choose the format in which you’d like to receive your file. It’s that simple.
Browse the entire catalog, and don’t settle for second-best!
If you’re still not convinced, here’s how our sound effects pop once they’re paired with video content. Pretty cool, if we say so ourselves.
Are you a video editor or filmmaker? Whether you’re an absolute master or just a beginner, discover what Epidemic Sound has to offer on our Epidemic Sound for Filmmaking page. Oh, and if you’re looking for some music for video editing, check out our dedicated page.