SoundBible.com offers free sound clips for download in either wav or mp3 format. For SMART board users you will need to download the sound file as a mp3 in order to insert it into a SMART Notebook document. Once you have downloaded the sound file, right click on an word/image, select the drop down menu, select ‘sound’, ‘browse’ and then find your sound file.
I like SoundBible.com because no ‘sign up’ or ‘log in’ is required. However, most importantly the sounds are completely royalty free, meaning you can use them commercially without paying a cent. You may be asking, what does ‘Royalty Free’ mean?
“Royalty Free Sounds are sounds that are free from royalties. They can be used commercially in things like movies, games, and anything else you might need a cool sound for. You may not however redistribute them for a profit. While sending one to a friend is ok, selling one to a customer is not”.
“Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 is one of many CC Audio types. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 put simply means you can use this audio but you must attribute your work to this person. If the audio is from Mike Koenig then you need to give him credit somewhere. That somewhere could be in the credits, the cd cover, or a link to the sounds page from your site”.
“Public Domain Sounds are sounds that have been added to the public domain. They are owned by the public, and are 100% free. Items get added to the PD in a variety of different ways. 1.) Items older than the public domain age setting are automatically added. 2.)Thoughtful members of the audio community donate their own works for the good of others. 3.) Speeches by presidents and other political audio is usually considered public domain works”.