Free Epic Sound Effects for Film & Video Trailers
Download this collection of high-quality sound effects for your films and videos! We’ve curated this collection of free SFX to give your trailers MAXIMUM impact!
It’s the hallmark of every action trailer: driving music and booming sound effects, building in intensity and power toward a pivotal climax. With the Trailer Construction Kit (Lite Version) from PremiumBeat, you can inject your own projects with the same high-quality Hollywood style SFX. We’ve handpicked 20 hallmark ‘action trailer’ sound effects for this free pack: sweeps, risers, slams, and intense atmospheres.
Give it a listen! We’ve profiled this free sound effects kit in this hard-hitting demo trailer:
The free download is a Lite Version of our popular Trailer Construction Kit. We crafted the full kit to include all the SFX you need to create epic and cinematic trailers. Preview the Full Trailer Construction Kit
Editing with the Free Sound Effects Pack
Sound effects have the ability to better engage your audience, support action we see on-screen, and enhance your music (like we’ve seen in the example above). Here are a few quick tips for getting the most out of this free sound effects pack:
- Change SFX speed or reverse it. With new advancements in video editing apps, you can not only change the speed of any audio, but you can also preserve the pitch as well. This is especially useful for SFX that build – you may need to speed up the build, but you don’t want it to sound like high-pitched chipmunk squeals. Also, with some SFX you can create really interesting sounds by simply reversing the audio (again, easy to do in most NLEs).
- Layer, layer, layer. Often sound effects work best when layered and combined. With trailers, where the sound design may be dense, you may need to overlay multiple SFX to really build out the sound palette. Take a look at how we layered the SFX for the demo video above:
- EQ your SFX for maximum punch. Want to bring out the bass in your drum hits? EQ. Putting a simple EQ filter on your sound effects can make them punchier, but be mindful of your levels. You likely never want the SFX to distort, get blown out or over power dialogue.
- Add audio filters and effects to the SFX. Most video editing applications have at least a few basic audio filters that, when applied to SFX, can dramatically change the sound and feeling. For instance, adding reverb may make an effect sound more ethereal, whereas distortion may work well for a gritty horror or sci-fi trailer. Experiment with filters to customize the sound to fit the needs of your project.
Check out our previous post on using sound effects in film and video for three additional tips! Simiilary, this popular post has several tips on the editing process for film trailers. Enjoy the sound effects and make something epic!