Where to Find Game Show Sound Effects

From Freebies to Paid Effects, Here's How to Get Your Collection Started

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Many game shows are known for their sound effects. From the losing horns on The Price is Right to generic buzzer and wheel spinning sounds, these effects are well known and commonly used outside their intended purpose.

No matter what you want to use these clips for -- whether you're hosting a game show party and want to make things realistic or you're looking for some new sounds for your cell phone -- game show sound effects are widely available online.

Keep in mind that many original sound effects are copyrighted property, so if you're using real game show sounds for commercial use (either online or off), you'll need to get permission from the copyright owner first. This can be both tricky and time-consuming, so in these cases it's best to go with generic sounds that are offered via purchase or creative commons licenses.

Sources for Game Show Sounds

Here are some good sources for sound effects from game shows. Check all copyrights and licensing information before downloading and using them.

  • Free SFX -- These are generic in nature, but they are free to download and use, and there's a nice variety of different effects. Here you'll find several different buzzers as well as a fun clip of a "flipping" deck of cards which would be handy for a number of different card-based game shows.
  • StockMusic.com -- Another source for generic sounds, this site offers everything from TV effects to alarms and bells to human voices. You'll have to do a bit of digging to find exactly what you're looking for, but after you register, downloading and saving files is easy. This site can be on the pricey side, however, with many sound files priced at $2.49.
  • Sound Rangers -- If you're after lots of different bells, dings, and buzzers, this is the place to find them. Priced under $2 each, there's a great variety to choose from. You'll also find a few "reveal" files and even a time out sound.
  • Sound Snap -- Along with the bells and buzzers, Sound Snap offers audience effects, a grand prize file, and even an orchestral piece that could be used as a theme song. Pricing varies, so check each file before purchasing.
  • Sound Bible -- Sound Bible also works with generic sounds, and their files specific to game shows are limited to a wheel spin and audience laughter. However, if you search the site for your own particular needs, you'll find that there are other effects that would work well for buzzers, losing horns, and other noises. All files here are free, but some are restricted in how you can use them.
  • Qwizx.com -- If you're looking for actual game show sound files, Qwizx is a fantastic resource. I cannot vouch for the legality of these files, so proceed with caution. However, the setup is really easy to use and the variety is amazing. Start by clicking on the world map to pick the location of the game show you want sounds from. Then choose from the variety of logos to get to the files. Even if you're not looking for anything specific, you can spend hours just listening to how the sounds vary by country.
  • YouTube -- If you don't need to download your sound effects and just want to play them (for whatever reason), YouTube has an ever-growing library of them. Try this collection of six effects and themes, and this interesting amalgamation of lengthy clips from The Price is Right and others.

Explore the wide variety of available sound effects that you can use for a party or even to create your very own game show!

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