For the independent game developer, due to time constraints it is sometimes necessary to reuse existing assets rather than create every single element of the game from scratch. Sound and audio effects are no exception. Unfortunately if you don’t know where to look, finding quality SFX for your game can take just as long as creating them yourself in some cases, so below I have compiled a list of the resources that I use most often for SFX when creating a game. They are simply ordered by the resources I use most often. There are many sites out there similar to these, but using the list below I have never needed to search further.
#1 – Audio Jungle
Audio Jungle is by far my favorite and most used resource for both SFX and game music when I’m not making my own. The quality control is impeccable, and there is no need to cull out the low quality sounds because for the most part, they don’t make it past Audio Jungles screening process. There are sounds starting from $1 each and when you need a sound in a jiffy, Audio Jungle is the way to go.
#2 – FreeSound.org
FreeSound.org has a ton of audio clips, effects, recordings, and a lot of unmastered stuff – all free Creative Commons Licensing.
#3 – CCMixter
CCMixter is a great resource for free music. Most of the genres you’ll find here ‘dance’ style music, but there is an occasional pop or rock song available too.