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30 Most Useful Sound Effects

Sunday December 31, 2017. 06:14 PM , from Audiotuts+
Whether you’re working on a YouTube video, a film, a game or
some other multimedia project, great sound effects can bring a sense of
realism, humour, and emotional intensity to your projects.  Happily, to get great sound effects, you don’t have to spend
hours of precious time or money recording or creating them, nor do you have to hire
a specialist to make them for you. That’s because AudioJungle has an amazing
sound effects library busting with thousands of tracks to fit every project. Here, I’ve complied a list of just 30 of the most useful under the categories:
nature, city, weather, domestic, and cartoons. Nature SoundsI'll begin the list with sounds that are most often heard in our
natural environment. If you’re working on a project involving the great
outdoors, you’ll want to have a listen to this list. 1. CricketsNot every location has them, but they’re great for adding
background texture to your night scenes.2. Stereo Birds Singing in the Garden
LoopBird sounds galore, mixed with the subtle sound of bees and
cicadas in the background.3. BeesNothing like the sounds of bees buzzing in the air to call
to mind the lazy days of summer.4. SeagullsThe squawking and squealing of seagulls will intensify the atmosphere of your beach or
seaside scenes.5. Wolf HowlOkay, this one isn’t as universally appealing as the others
on this list but it is ideal if you want to add that haunting sound of a lone
wolf to scenes shot in the woods or if you want to add a touch of that horror
movie vibe to your project.6. Large
dog barkingDogs may not be part
of our untamed natural environment, but they certainly are ever present enough
to earn them a place on our list of useful natural sound effects.City soundsIf your project is shot in a city or in an apartment or
office within a city, then you definitely need the sound effects in this list
as they highlight some of the key sounds you hear in the background in any
large city. 7. Noisy
Big City TrafficThis track perfectly captures the noisy traffic of a city
with many different kinds of vehicles passing by, a traffic officer whistle and
car horns.8. Police SirenNo city scene would be complete without the siren of a
police car blasting as it rushes past.9. Car
AlarmCar alarms maybe
aren’t as prevalent as they were back in the 80’s but they’re still very much a
part of the city environment.10. Street Crowd Ambience 03This loopable city
crowd track is ideal when you want to capture the hubbub of a pedestrianised
area of the city.11. Car HornThe insistent sound of an impatient driver honking the horn
is certainly one of the most annoying sounds to be found in cities across the
globe.12. Children Playground In A ParkAnd to complete our city list, we’ve added the joyful sound of
children playing in a playground.WeatherWhatever scene you’re setting, you need to take the sounds
of the weather into consideration.  These
six sound effects are selected because they represent the most common weather
sounds. 13. RainA realistic sound of heavy rain falling and hitting a
combination of surfaces like trees, road surfaces and rooftops.14. WindThe sound of a powerful cold wind.15. SnowstormIf you’re looking for a more intense storm sound, the snowstorm
sound effect is a better option than Wind above.16. StormStorm is for those
times when you need to add a bit of thunder to your stormy weather.17. Summer
Morning Ambience The sun shining has
no sound, but when the sun is shinning, birds are often singing and bees and
other small creatures are often buzzing around. So if you want to communicate
the sound of summer, this sound effect is it.18. Ocean Waves 1Not strictly a weather sound effect, but useful if you want
to communicate a beach scene with gently lapping waves.Domestic SoundsIf you need to add some realism to a domestic scene, here
are six of the most useful domestic sound effects. 19. DoorbellGives you a realistic sound of a doorbell being rung.20. House Door Close and OpenA front door being opened and closed.21. Telephone RingingThough mobile phones are more common today, house phones are still very common and quite useful in dramatic scenes.22. Alarm ClockAnother common and familiar domestic sound is the alarm
clock, everyone’s morning enemy.23. ShowerShower gives you the sound of water falling while taking a
shower. And here’s a bonus sound effect to go with it, the sound of a sliding shower
curtain.24. Pouring CoffeeAnd finally, pouring coffee is the sound of coffee being
poured into a china mug.Cartoon SoundsIf you watched cartoons as a kid, you’re probably familiar
with all the sound effects featured here. Though designed for cartoons, these
sound effects are also handy if you want to add a bit of humour to a variety of
multimedia projects.25. Funny Cartoon
BloopersA collection of 20 funny sounds for silly situations,
bloopers and laughter.26. Cartoon Pop UpAlso great for silly situations, games and popping up items
in cartoons.27. Drum RollFrom the tradition of the big moment of a magic trick, this
sound effect will work well in any situation where anticipation is building up
to a great reveal.28. FailThe sound of failure, disappointment or things gone wrong.29. Magic WandThis sound that the magic wand makes in fairy tales is handy
for any kind of situation where one thing is transformed to another as if by
magic.30. Record ScratchThe sound of a needle zipping across the surface of a vinyl
record is now part of the language of comedy to indicate a mistake or an
interruption in a conversation after a ridiculous comment.ConclusionThese 30 royalty-free sound effects are just a small
selection of the thousands of sound effects available at AudioJungle, so if
none of them quite fits your needs, there are plenty of other great options
from which to choose.And if you want to improve your skills creating and or
editing your own sound effects or music tracks then check out some of the
ever-so-useful music and audio tutorials we have on offer.
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