If you’ve ever wanted to hear the sound of sausage counter from the 1970s, the assured, eerie ambience of a ‘Toilet compartment with water & blower sounds (First Class)’ or the atmospherics of a Berlin U-Bahn station, you’re in luck.
The BBC have made a vast archive of over 16,000 sound effects available to download for free in WAV format for personal, educational or research purposes. The collection is easily searchable and studiously tagged. Balearia bods will be pleased to note there is vast array of sea gull recordings up for grabs while ASMR fanatics should head straight to the extensive collection of footstep recordings, rainfall duplicates and Male/Female heavy breathing samples.
The collection serves as a plotted history of the BBC and the kingdom it serves, taking document of everything from the sound of Whitby Lighthouse's Foghorn sounding (circa 1950s) to the mating cry of a young donkey in 1972.