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Bell Sound Effects

In the Avosound Online Sound Archive you will find a great selection of bell sounds and ringing bells and bell sound effects. The choices include bicycle bells, door bells, cow bell sound effects and sleigh bells, tubular bells, bell plates, and, of course, church bells.

Bell sounds are an everyday sound around the world -- and we often don't even notice them anymore because they are so commonplace (unless you live next door to a church, that is).

But bells are not only found in churches, they traditionally have also been serving other purposes (e.g. signalling and alarms). Maybe bells have been popular throughout the centuries because they are incredibly practical and yet so simple to use.

Bell Sounds - A History

According to archeological discoveries in China, bells date back roughly 3,000 BCE. These ancient bells were made from ceramics and pre-date the cast bells and the ones made of brass. It is said that even the Egyptians used to make metal bells and hang them from ropes in the towers. The sound of these bell plates could be heard many miles away, which made them ideal as alarm signals.

Bells Sounds - Made In China

The high quality of the metal bells hints at considerable metallurgical know-how in the 15th century BCE during the Chinese bronze age. Even back then, bells were cast with a very specific pitch in mind. In China they were used for ceremonial purposes, rituals and ceremonies of state. These bells also found use in temples and shrines outside of China, where they can still be found in great abundance.

Bells in the Temple

Bell sounds find frequent use in buddhist temples. Buddhist temples and monasteries often feature quite a number of standing or hanging brass and metal bells of considerable size that are struck with a wooden bar. Depending on the size of the location, you can find lots of smaller bells or sleigh bells ringing in the wind in stupas or at the top of temples.

Even today these bell sounds and noises can be heard in Myanmar's monasteries.

Bell Sounds - Metal Bells

In the western world, bell sound have traditionally had a strong symbolic connection to the church. To make their sound heard across many miles, the bells were hung in high towers. The mightier the building, the bigger the size of the bells. And the bigger the bell, the deeper its sound. These bells - several feet high and weighing tons - would then be hung in gigantic cathedral spires where they remain to this day, making their unique sound heard across the lands.

Bells were also mounted to public buildings to announce the time. Bells will either ring the time every quarter of an hour or every hour.

Bell Sounds - Church Bells

The sound of church bells differs depending on the size and architecture of the church. Monasteries, for example, tend to use smaller bells, while churches are a little more ostentatious about their oversized bells. Bells can sound individually, in groups, or all together.

In this context, bells have a ceremonial character as well. For festivities, all bells will usually ring at the same time. Sombre occasions might just require the sound of the deepest bell.

Bell Sounds in the Middle Ages

Apart from their religious connotations, bells were used in the middle ages to alert the people and the authorities. The striking of the bell(s) is used to announce the time to this day (much to the annoyance of many neighbours). Some of the more impressive bell towers even featured a glockenspiel––which made them known around the country. Alarm bells would ring whenever there was an attack or a fire. Those banished from the city or village could count themselves lucky if the only thing chasing them was the sound of the shame bell. Because the blood bells would announce an unkindly verdict from the worldly court in town.

Alarm Bells

As bells became easier to manufacture, cities were equipped with bells announcing alarms and storms. Before the constant cacophony of the industrial age, you could still the night porter's bell throughout the city. Bells announcing alarms and storms were equally prominent and their sound would carry from one end of the city to the other. The great benefit of bells was the amount of people you could reach in a short time and without much effort.

Bicycle Bells

To this day, bells play a significant role in our society: bells and sleigh bells can be found on ships; they were used on trains and streetcars before the invention of electrical or pressurised air horns; and, of course, they can be found on almost every bicycle.

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2 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25Ac Sound Effects Waveform BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25Ac.wav $ 4.00* Bell, Hand: Hand Bell Ringing. (High Note) 2.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:33 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29289 BBC Sound Effects Library
3 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25Ab Sound Effects Waveform BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25Ab.wav $ 4.00* Bell, Hand: Hand Bell Ringing. (Medium Note) 2.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:37 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29290 BBC Sound Effects Library
4 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsHandBells.BBC.EC1003Bb Sound Effects Waveform BellsHandBells.BBC.EC1003Bb.wav $ 5.00* Bell, Hand: Handbells Sounded. 2.0 Bell Bell Hand 1:13 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29291 BBC Sound Effects Library
5 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsHandBells.BBC.EC1003Ba Sound Effects Waveform BellsHandBells.BBC.EC1003Ba.wav $ 5.00* Bell, Hand: Monastery Handbell Sounded. 2.0 Bell Bell Hand 1:09 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29292 BBC Sound Effects Library
6 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25C Sound Effects Waveform BellsHandBells.BBC.EC25C.wav $ 4.00* Bell, Hand: Small Bell, Short And Frantic Ringing. 2.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:17 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29293 BBC Sound Effects Library
7 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Brass,Bored Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Bored.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Bored 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:04 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21894 Rob Nokes Sound Library
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10 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Brass,Perky Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Perky.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Perky 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21897 Rob Nokes Sound Library
11 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Brass,Succinct Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Succinct.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Succinct 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21898 Rob Nokes Sound Library
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13 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Brass,Twice,Rattle Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Twice,Rattle.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Twice Rattle 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21900 Rob Nokes Sound Library
14 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Brass,Uncertain Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Uncertain.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Uncertain 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21901 Rob Nokes Sound Library
15 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Abrupt Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Abrupt.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Abrupt 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21902 Rob Nokes Sound Library
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17 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Delicate Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Delicate.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Delicate 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21904 Rob Nokes Sound Library
18 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Firm Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Firm.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Firm 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21905 Rob Nokes Sound Library
19 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Inisitent Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Inisitent.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Inisitent 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21906 Rob Nokes Sound Library
20 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Joyful Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Joyful.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Joyful 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21907 Rob Nokes Sound Library
21 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Eager Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Eager.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Pure Eager 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21908 Rob Nokes Sound Library
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23 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Fast Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Fast.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Pure Fast 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21910 Rob Nokes Sound Library
24 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Jiggle Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Jiggle.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Pure Jiggle 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:04 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21911 Rob Nokes Sound Library
25 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Lazy Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Pure,Lazy.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Pure Lazy 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21912 Rob Nokes Sound Library
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29 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Skip Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Skip.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Skip 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:03 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21916 Rob Nokes Sound Library
30 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Steady Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Ceramic,Steady.wav $ 2.00* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Ceramic Steady 1.0 Bell Bell Hand 0:02 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 21917 Rob Nokes Sound Library