Fun Sound Effects … In An Instant

sound_fx_machineEver wish that you had some kind of device to help lighten up an  awkward moment or get you out of an uncomfortable situation? I’m sure we all have had a similar experience at one time or another.

Well ….. Fear Not Anymore! …..

Here are a few sites to check out for thousands of cool and fun “instant gratification” sound effects.And best of all, the key element to this list is that they are all FREE (as well as royalty-free) with minimum effort involved. They run the full gamut from funny to scary in range, including sounds of animals, applause, people, transportation, sirens, lasers, instruments, household appliances, doors, machines, TV, space, occupational, nature, weather and so forth as well as a whole slew of alarms, bells, beeps, clicks, chimes, screams and whistles ….. all designed for personal use on your projects, blogs, websites, etc.

Go Ahead! — Give it a Try! — Indulge A Little! — You know you wanna! 🙂

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11 Instant Sound Effect Sitesmagic-button-anim

This is the classic and most likely the original site in the genre. Load this site up before you tell a joke and hit the button to punctuate your punch line.

Created in response to instant rimshot, sad trombone is useful when delivering bad news to someone such as “Honey, I accidentally drove the car into the garage door…” Insert sad trombone sound here.

An alternative that is probably a good idea to have open alongside instant rimshot when telling a joke, you might want to use instant crickets when your joke doesn’t go over too terribly well. This site is particularly useful in corporate meetings when telling “politically-incorrect” jokes.

When everything seems to be getting you down, you can always rely on your emergency yodel button. Yodels are like hugs, giving you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside and making everything just a little bit better.

This reminds me of the sad horn sound effect, from a well-known television game show, where you attempt to guess the prices of everyday products. You probably know which one I’m inferring to.

Basically just an up and down slide whistle sound ….. In some ways, it appears more pathetic than a sad trombone. Doesn’t really sound all that festive but you could stretch your imagination and find a creative use for it.

The classic scream from “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by Roger Daltrey of the legendary rock group “The Who”, which just happens to be the theme song from “CSI:Miami”.  Also, David Caruso’s acting skills are legendary, so why not punctuate your day with sunglasses and his serious mug?

Be Fore-Warned!! – Beware, that by clicking this link, you will be exposing yourself to a full-screen image of William Shatner’s face….. Again ….. You Have Been Warned!!

Bad Taste Alert!! – This is one of those pull-my-finger episodes. May be lame and kitschy, but may work when the “essense of you” time rolls around and pointing your finger at the dog just doesn’t work anymore.

Reminds you of an old black and white TV western in the mindset of “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper. Gives kind of a desolate or lonely aura. Also, ideal to use when one of your jokes bombs or goes over your audience’s heads.

Personally I find this one quite annoying, but others may find it perfect for that moment when someone in your office makes a ridiculously obvious suggestion or comment, or is prone to spilling coffee all over himself/herself.

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13 More Sound F/X Sites With Large Libraries sound effects logo

As a bonus, thousands of additional sound effects as well as  sound bytes can be found at the various sites listed below. Simply click on the name/link and you’ll be taken right to the  website. These are also FREE and are Royalty-Freeas well.

 

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Here are a few more just addedcreate farts

Create and customize virtual farts and email them to your family and friends.

A collection of either gross or funny (depending on how you look at it) belches and burps – It’s a simple fact of life – just depends on how vocal you are 😛

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FREE 411 Directory Assistance – Now More Choices!

free411.img_assist_customI’m now aware of 7 companies offering TOLL FREE 411 INFORMATION to anyone using either a landline or cell phone. Now if you’re using a mobile phone, depending on your plan, you will still have to pay for your minutes you actually use, of course. You might want to test these out and see which one works best for you. Websites have been included wherever possible for more info.

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1-800-FREE-411

http://www.free411.com/index.php

1800FREE411

In exchange for listening to a 10-second ad, you can use this free 411-like service. A nice bonus is that it can text (SMS) you the information you’re looking for.

1-800-373-3411

  1. Call 1-800-373-3411
  2. Listen to a 10-second ad.
  3. Follow the voice prompts, asking for your location and business name/type.
  4. Get your desired information by phone or by text.

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1-800-THE-INFO1-800_the_info

http://www.800theinfo.com/

Simply Dial  1-800-843-4636

1-800-THE-INFO is the number to call for free business numbers and addresses. Get the info you need for shops, restaurants, andlocal businesses. Get it fast and get it free. Save yourself some dough. The next time you need to know a number or an address fast, call 1-800-THE-INFO.

It’s like Directory Assistance. Except for some key differences. You can search by the TYPE of business you’re looking for.  Also, if you want to search by neighborhood, landmark or intersection, we can recommend nearby businesses and services.

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1-800-GOOG-411

http://www.google.com/goog411/google411

Google’s service finds specific businesses in specific cities, and connects you to them by phone.

1-800-466-4411

Google’s service gives you information about local businesses in a specific area.

  1. Call 1-800-466-4411
  2. State the location (“Oakland”) and business name or category (“Golden Lotus”/”vegetarian restaurant”).
  3. Choose/confirm the business you want to contact.
  4. Google will connect you.

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1-800-935-5697at&t

1-800-YELLOWPAGES

http://www.att.com/Common/1800yellowpages/product_description.htm

Place a free call to 1-800-YELLOWPAGES – (1-800-935-5697), listen to brief five to ten second ads, and then get the number you want. All for free, thanks to the advertisers who pay for the calls.

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1-800-555-8355

By phone or by cellphone Web

http://www.tellme.com/youtellme_color_screen

Tellme allows you to call a toll-free number and get information such as stock quotes, directions, movie and weather information, or get richer information if you have a Web-enabled phone or Blackberry. It can also text (SMS) you the information.

  1. Call 1-800-555-8355
  2. Say one of the following words below.
  3. Get the information you requested.

You can request any of the following:

  • business (“Coffee”, “Starbucks”)
  • “movies”
  • “sports” – scores, game times, updates
  • “weather”
  • “news center”
  • “stock quote”
  • “travel” – taxis, planes, rental cars, hotels
  • “entertainment” – horoscopes, soap opera news

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1-800-BING-411

http://www.discoverbing.com/mobile/411/bing411

  • Call 1-800-Bing-411 (1-800-246-4411) for free.
  • Connect directly to businesses for free.
  • Share listings with friends.
  • Receive text messages of local listings.
  • Hear the latest traffic reports, personalized to your route
  • Hear turn-by-turn driving directions, or get a text message
  • Find movie showtimes and theater info
  • Listen to current weather and forecasts

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1-800-411-SAVE

1-800-411-SAVE Rolls Out Free Directory Assistance Nationwide

1-800-411-SAVE is a pioneer provider of free directory assistance services. Supported by advertisers, 1-800-411-SAVE provides free residential, government and business listings (by name or category) via live operators. While the listing is retrieved, callers hear a brief, relevant advertising message often containing a promotion or special offer. The 1-800-411-SAVE service is an excellent alternative to costly directory assistance services and is fast, easy and 100% free.


Ultimate Web Resource Directory

globe_in_flat_screen_monitorThis post has been a huge endeavor – Over 200 Entries – and features links to important information and resources for highly searched subjects as well as issues concerning consumer safety, emergency preparedness, medical help,child care, pet care, travel, entertainment, internet related help, government resources, economy minded sites, coupons, do-it-yourself tutorials, consumer reports, school resources, real estate, lots of reference sites to many different subjects, and the list goes on ….. Many of the referral sites are FREE while others are CHEAP. I’ve visited about 95% of the sites listed here at one time or another as I’ve been keeping track of some of the better or more interesting or informative ones. I’ve tried to avoid sites with too much interference of annoying ads or ramblings away from the subject initially sought after.

Lots of FREE information located within this directory

that could save you plenty of money, lots of time,

and probably some stress too!


 

Air Quality –

Airline & Vacation Package Discounts –

Airline Directory/Locator (International) – 

Airport Directory/Guide (International) –

Alternative Medicine –

AMTRAK Schedule & Information –

Amusement Parks/Theme Park/Water Parks Directory –

Antiques & Collectibles – Value/Price Guide

Apartment Rentals Nationwide –

Auctions & Marketplaces To Buy/Sell Online –

Auto Insurance Comparisons –

Auto Repair Directory/Locator –

Auto Repair Manuals (Online Resource)

Auto Safety – Government Site –

Baby/Infant Care –

Baby Names/Meanings –

Bartender Guide To Drinks –

Blog Listing Directory/Locator

Blog: FREE Blog Sites

Book Reviews/Best Sellers

Book Stores: Independently-Owned Store Locator –

Bus Travel – Greyhound –

Bus Tours/Charters Directory –

Calendar/Scheduler/Customize – Perpetual (printable)

Calorie Counter –

Campground & RV Park Directory –

Car Purchasing Online –

Car Buying Online + Reviews/Ratings –

Car Buyers Guide –

Car Values – Kelley Blue Book –

Casinos Online Directory/Reviews –

Celebrity Obituary Listings –

Celebrity Gossip/Online Tabloids  –

Cell Phone Directory FREE – 

Cell Phone Reviews –

Cheap Gas Locator –

Child Care Resources –

Children’s Activities & Projects Resource –

Classified Advertising Online –

Clip Art FREE Online –

Coffee Houses: Independently-Owned Store Locator –

Coin Exchange/Redemption Locator-

Cold & Flu Remedies –

College Textbooks (Buy/Sell) – CHEAP –

Computer/Internet Download Applications – FREE

Computer Spyware Detector & Eliminator – FREE & SAFE

Concert & Event Locator/Directory –

Consumer Complaints/Protection/Warranty – Federal Trade Commission –

Consumer Product Ratings & Reviews –

Consumer Safety/ Product Recall Lists –

Contractor Directory/Listings  –

Computer Repair Directory  –

Conversion Charts/Lists (For Almost Everything)

Coupons Books for Entertainment & Dining Discounts –

Coupons for Groceries & Merchandise – FREE & Printable

Credit Card Search (Compare Before You Apply)

Currency Converter – World Curency

Daily Almanac –

Debit Cards – Prepaid (Comparisons) – 

Dentist Directory –

Dictionary Online –

Diet Plans (Listings/Reviews) FREE  –

Directory Assistance FREE Phone Numbers (Free 411) –

DMV National Directory/Guide –

(for Driving Laws/Requirements/Education/Records/Traffic Schools)

Do-It-Yourself: Auto Repair –

Do-It-Yourself: Computer Repair –

Do-It-Yourself: Home Repair Projects (by category)

“Do Not Call” Registry –

Doctor/Physician Directory/Locator (by Specialty) –

Drug/Pill Reference Guide –

Earthquake Information & Recent Activity

Emergency National Hotlines –

Emergency Preparedness –

Encyclopedia Online –

Facts (in general)

Fair & Event Directory (State/County/District/Regional) –

Farmer’s Almanac –

Fast Food & Restaurant Promotions/Discounts/Freebies

Fast Food Finder + Health & Nutrition Guide

Fire Information/National Logistical Support Center –

Fire – Cal Fire – California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection –

Flea Market & Swap Meet Directory –

Food & Drug Administration –

Food Poisoning –

FREE Stuff – Freebies Online –

Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Guide –

Gardening Guide – 

Going Green

Gold & Silver Exchange Rates –

Government: FREE Information Source –

Government: FREE Publications & Resources –

Government Grants/Loans Directory & Guide –

Government Reference Guide –

Government – The White House –

Health Insurance/Health Care Plan  Comparisons –

Highway Travel Sources – 

Hippy Communes Directory Locator –

Home/House Insurance Company Comparisons –

Home Makeovers – HGTV

Home Solutions Using Alternative Products

Image/Picture Search Engine –

Identity Theft Resources –

Identity Theft Protection Service (Reviews/Ratings/Compare)

Indian Casino Directory –

Internet Domain Registration Sites –

Internet On The Go – Wireless Internet Provider Info –

ISP: Internet Service Provider Directory –

ISP: Internet Service Provider Reviews –

Job/Employment Search Directory –

Jokes/Funnies Online –

Kids Health (All Issues About Growing Up) –

Learn To Draw Online –

Legal Forms Online FREE –

Legal Reference Directory/Law Guide –

Life Insurance Comparisons –

Make At Home Products

Maps Online

Marathon Listings/Schedule –

Master Card Global ATM Locator – 

Medical Dictionary/Encyclopedia –

Missing & Runaway Children/Teens  –

Movie & Theater Listings/Showtimes –

Movie Search & Reviews –

Movies Theaters: Independently-Owned Theater Locator –

Music Charts (American & International)

Music Charts (Indie/International)

Music Research/Song Information

National Parks –

Native American/Indian SuperSite (Tribes/Events/Casinos) –

Newspapers Online Directory (Worldwide) FREE –

Nutrition Facts/Understanding Food Labels –

Obituary Notices – Online Reference –

Online Free Games –

Parents Guide/Parenting –

Pawn Shop Directory/Locator –

Pet Care Resource –

Pet Pharmacy Online –

Phone: FREE 411 – Directory Assistance  –

Phone: FREE – Number Search/People/Business/Directory/Area Code/Zip Code –

Phone: FREE – Reverse Phone Look-Up –

Phone: FREE – Mobile Phone Information Services –

(including Traffic/Weather/Travel/Directions/Movies/News/Sports)

Phone: Toll Free Directory Assistance (800 Number Look-Ups) –

Phone Service – CHEAP – Internet-Based –

Photography Guide

Product Safety Recalls –

Public Records Directory –

Questions & Answers –

Radio Station Worldwide Locator –

Real Estate Finder/MLS Listings –

Recipes Online FREE –

Recycling Guide/Directory/Locator

Religion Facts & Comparisons  –

Reservations Online – Lodging –

Restaurant Directory/Locator –

Retirement Communities Directory/Locator

Road Conditions/Closures (National) –

Road Trip Travel Guide/Unusual Tourist Attractions –

Scam Checking/Reporting –

School Alumni/Reunions –

School Directory Nationwide –

Search Engine List/Directory –

Senior Services –

Slang Dictionary/Reference –

Social Networking Online / Listings-

Solar Energy

Sound F/X Directory –

Sports Almanac & Encyclopedia

Stocks

Stores That Accept Competitors Coupons –

Suicide Prevetion Hotline –

Summer Camp Directory/Locator

Swine Flu Info/Updates – (CDC) Center For Disease Control & Prevention –

Swine Flu Info/Updates – (WHO) World Health Organization –

Taxi Service Directory/Reservations Online (National) –

Teen Issues –

Texting Lingo Glossary –

Thrift Store Locator –

Tourism Information/Offices Directory (National/Worldwide) –

Trade School Directory –

Trade Show Directory –

Translator – Full Text/Web Page Translator

Travel Discount Reservations –

Travel Guides/Information Resource –

Travel Guides (Order Online/FREE by mail) –

Trivia & Fun Stuff –

Troubled Teens (Advice/Info) –

Truck Stop Directory/Locator FREE –

TV Online – Watch FREE –

TV Online – Watch FREE – Major Networks –

TV Program Schedules –

TV Reception Problems/DTV Info –

Urban Legends, Myths & Rumors –

Useless Information –

US Cities & Towns Profiled/Info –

Vegetarian Food Source

Video Game Cheats/Tips/Tricks –

Video Game System Repair –

Video Rentals CHEAP –

Video Sharing Sites Online –

VISA Global ATM Locator –

Vitamin Guide –

Weather Service/Forecasts –

Web Browsers Guide –

Web Image Hosting/Sharing Sites – FREE –

Websites: Domain & Hosting Sites –

Websites: FREE Domain & Hosting Sites –

WiFi Hot Spot Directory (National)  –

Wireless Internet Provider Information –

World Records –

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If you have any other ideas or suggestions to include here please comment below.