From the sound of shoveling sand to the sound of pigeons eating, there are a myriad of free sound files available at soundsnap.com, another resource and community for free sound files.
Other free sound/sample sites we have mentioned before can be found here.
For music makers, one of the great sources for sounds is the Freesound Project. From the “what is freesound?” page: “The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to
* browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a ‘sounds-like’ type of browsing and more
* up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
* interact with fellow sound-artists!”
A remarkable resource. Where else could you find a recording of a tire being rolled around on sandy pavement?
SampleSwap.org: “Download 4.6 GB of free audio samples (drum loops, vocals, synths, instruments, sound fx…) Free professional quality audio samples. Zero advertising.
This AIFF/WAV collection is currently 4.6 GB (9,823 sounds) including 1,860 techno, hiphop, trance, and drum ‘n’ bass loops / breakbeats, 2700 drum hits, 2040 sound FX, 570 instrument samples, 810 vocal samples, 748 melodic loops, and more.”
Looks like a great resource for mixers and remixers.
opsound: “Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine.”
Gotta love their tag-line!