Video Production

Free Sound Effects for Video Editing: Download 60 Minutes of Background Ambiences

Set the Mood with Sound

An often overlooked but entirely essential aspect of creating an immersive video experience is ambient sound. Just like life, videos should be a multi-sensory experience. If you want your audience to feel like they’re really walking down a busy urban street, what better way to convey it than with city sounds like traffic rushing past them, a subway rumbling below their feet or the chatter of people bustling by?

Getting your own custom recordings like these can be difficult. To get high-quality ambient sound, you need to actually go to the location, you need expensive equipment, and you need the technical know-how to get a clean recording.

Often actually going to a location to record sound is impossible, especially for videographers working on a tight budget and time scale. That’s where a resource like SFX Cellar comes in handy. Packed with thousands of royalty-free sound effects for use in your video projects you’ll be sure to find the perfect ambient sounds for your videos, all without having to get up from your desk!

We’ve put together an awesome starter pack of Background Ambiences to get you started. In it you’ll find 21 high quality stereo recordings of a whole host of environments. We’ve included animal sounds like dogs barking and crickets chirping; room tones from hospitals and utility rooms; outdoor city noises with street musicians, birds singing and traffic sounds plus loads more!

Discover the Free SFX Cellar Background Ambiences Pack

To give you more of an idea of what’s in our royalty-free SFX Cellar Background Ambiences Pack, we’ve included a few audio examples below and given some examples of where you could use them in your projects.

Using the Free SFX Cellar Background Ambiences Pack to Create Peaceful Outdoor Ambience

If you’re looking to create a peaceful outdoor environment then the sound SFX Cellar - Park Ambience With A Variety Of Birds is perfect. Birdsong and other animal sounds are a great way to give the impression of being outside.

SFX Cellar - Park Ambience With A Variety Of Birds

If you listen with headphones, you’ll notice that the recording is in stereo making it truly immersive. Your viewers will feel like they’re walking through the trees with birds chattering away all around.

Depending on the environment you’re trying to create you could layer up the birds with some crickets chirping to create a richer natural feel. An ideal SFX for this would be SFX Cellar - Night Ambience With Crickets, which is also available in our royalty free Background Ambiences SFX pack.

SFX Cellar - Night Ambience With Crickets

If, on the other hand, you wanted to make it more obvious the birds were singing in an urban park you could layer in some city ambience from our Background Ambience pack such as SFX Cellar - Urban Street With Calm Traffic. We’ve got more information on layering SFX available on our blog.

SFX Cellar - Urban Street With Calm Traffic

You’ll want to get the balance between the birds and the traffic right, that’ll require a little mixing.

Using the Free SFX Cellar Background Ambiences Pack to Create a Street Party Audio Scene

There are a bunch of different royalty free sounds in our free Background Ambiences Pack that could be really handy when creating a realistic street party atmosphere. 

Let’s start with SFX Cellar - New Year's Eve Fireworks as our base sound.   

SFX Cellar - New Year's Eve Fireworks

Say we wanted our street party to be taking place in a village overlooking a large fireworks display in a nearby town. To create this feeling it would be a good idea to layer in the SFX Cellar - Dogs Barking With Crickets Air Tone SFX. 

SFX Cellar - Dogs Barking With Crickets Air Tone

We could turn down the fireworks sound effects and add a little bit of reverb, this would give the impression that the display was happening a mile or two away.

Alternatively, the scene could be set in the town where the display is happening. In this scenario, we could keep the dogs barking but we’d also want to add in some street noises and city sounds. People chattering, music, traffic, trains and other sounds of life will all help to give the impression that the viewer is in the midst of a bustling street party. 

SFX Cellar - Street Market With Distant Music Festival would work perfectly here, as would SFX Cellar - Walking In The Center Of Athens Passing By Street Musicians.

SFX Cellar - Street Market With Distant Music Festival
SFX Cellar - Walking In The Center Of Athens Passing By Street Musicians

Again, for more information on mixing audio for video check out our guide.

Also don’t forget to download your free SFX Cellar - Background Ambiences Pack below.

June 05, 2019
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