Bluezone Corporation has released a free sample pack containing 1 GB of free sci-fi sound effects in 24-bit WAV format.
The sample pack is a 0.98 GB download (1.01 GB when extracted) and contains 120 sound effects in total. The included sounds were handpicked from various commercial Bluezone Corporation releases. Most sounds share a similar sci-fi theme, with plenty of swooshes, flyby sound effects, impacts, radio interference noises, and background atmospheres which sound as if they were recorded on an alien planet. Obviously, these are perfect for use in sci-fi video projects and similar audio-visual work, but I can also see them being blended with other sounds in electronic music production.
The great thing about this particular taster pack is that you can download it directly from Bluezone Corporation’s website without filling out any forms or submitting your email address. Simply scroll all the way down their homepage (linked below) and click the download link. All included sounds are provided as high-quality 24-bit stereo WAV files.
What is somewhat disappointing, though, is the fact that there is no license information in the download pack, nor one the Bluezone Corporation website. For that reason, it is not clear if these files can be treated as being royalty-free and used as such in commercial projects. I reached out to Bluezone Corporation to ask them about this and I’ll update this article as soon as I receive their response.
UPDATE: My bad. The download actually DOES contain a license text file and the included samples ARE indeed royalty-free. Here’s an excerpt from the license: “These samples are royalty free and can be used in television and radio broadcasts, film or video productions, video games, web promos, music tracks, commercial audio and/or visual productions.”
The samples are available for free download via Bluezone Corporation (0.98 GB download size, ZIP archive, contains 120 sound effects in 24-bit WAV format).