The BBC has released over 16,000 sound effect samples from its archive

The BBC has shared a wide catalogue of free samples from its archive, and they’re available to download now for free.

From African drumming to the sound of falling rain, a total of 16,016 sound effects has been released under the RemArc License, meaning they can be used for “personal, educational or research purposes”. Though the service is currently in beta, there is a search function that allows users to easily navigate the broadcasting company’s archive of WAV snippets.

It’s not the first time the BBC has released a host of sound effects, with the 1Xtra sample bank offering soundbites across a spectrum of genres, such as garage, hip-hop and dancehall. A collection of 29,420 royalty-free samples from the BBC is also available to purchase via ProSoundEffects.

You can download the new release here.

(via Music Radar)