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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.

1 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Metal,High,Jingle,Light Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Metal,High,Jingle,Light.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Metal High Jingle Light 1.0

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Bell Jingle

0:04 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82218 Sounddogs Sound Library
2 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Small,Light,Crisp,Jingle Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Small,Light,Crisp,Jingle.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Small Light Crisp Jingle 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:04 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82227 Sounddogs Sound Library
3 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX EXT Ice Cream Bells 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Ice Cream Bells 02.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Ice Cream Truck Bells Jingle, Ring And Sustain 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:05 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 7685 Coll Anderson Sound Library
4 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 03 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 03.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell, Interior, Ice Cream Truck Swinging Bells, Clunking Swing, Bells Jingle 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:31 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 8707 Coll Anderson Sound Library
5 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Ice Cream,Jingle,Hand Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Ice Cream,Jingle,Hand.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Ice Cream Jingle Hand 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:19 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82246 Sounddogs Sound Library
6 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Jingle,Dampen,Stop,Slow Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Jingle,Dampen,Stop,Slow.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bells Jingle Dampen Stop Slow 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:09 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82248 Sounddogs Sound Library
7 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Jingle,Glass,Metal,Santa Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Jingle,Glass,Metal,Santa.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Jingle Glass Metal Santa 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:12 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82249 Sounddogs Sound Library
8 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Jingle,Hit Store Door Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Jingle,Hit Store Door.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Jingle Hit Store Door 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:52 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82250 Sounddogs Sound Library
9 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Jingle,Slow,Long,Steady Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Jingle,Slow,Long,Steady.wav $ 5.00* Bell: Bells Jingle Slow Long Steady 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 1:26 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82251 Sounddogs Sound Library
10 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Harness,Jingles Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Harness,Jingles.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Harness Jingles 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:13 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82256 Sounddogs Sound Library
11 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Constant1 Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Constant1.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle Constant1 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:44 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82258 Sounddogs Sound Library
12 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Constant2 Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Constant2.wav $ 6.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle Constant2 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 2:22 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82259 Sounddogs Sound Library
13 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Fast,Long Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Fast,Long.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle Fast Long 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:44 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82260 Sounddogs Sound Library
14 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,One,Decay Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,One,Decay.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle One Decay 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82261 Sounddogs Sound Library
15 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Short Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Jingle,Short.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingle Short 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:28 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82262 Sounddogs Sound Library
16 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Jingles,Moves,Long Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Jingles,Moves,Long.wav $ 5.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Jingles Moves Long 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 1:06 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82263 Sounddogs Sound Library
17 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Light,Jingley Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Light,Jingley.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Light Jingley 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:18 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82264 Sounddogs Sound Library
18 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleigh,Slow,Jingle,Short Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Slow,Jingle,Short.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Sleigh Slow Jingle Short 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:05 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82267 Sounddogs Sound Library
19 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Sleighs,Moves,Slow,Jingle Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleighs,Moves,Slow,Jingle.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bells Sleighs Moves Slow Jingle 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:12 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82268 Sounddogs Sound Library
20 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Door,Jingle,High Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Door,Jingle,High.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Small Door Jingle High 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82269 Sounddogs Sound Library
21 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Jingle,High,Fast Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Jingle,High,Fast.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Small Jingle High Fast 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82270 Sounddogs Sound Library
22 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Jingle,Quiet,High Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Jingle,Quiet,High.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Small Jingle Quiet High 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82271 Sounddogs Sound Library
23 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Jingle,Quiet,Long Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Jingle,Quiet,Long.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bells Small Jingle Quiet Long 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82272 Sounddogs Sound Library
24 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Jingle,Shake,High Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Jingle,Shake,High.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Small Jingle Shake High 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82273 Sounddogs Sound Library
25 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Jingle,Shake,Slow Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Jingle,Shake,Slow.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Small Jingle Shake Slow 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82274 Sounddogs Sound Library
26 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bells,Small,Jingle,Soft,Fast Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Small,Jingle,Soft,Fast.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bells Small Jingle Soft Fast 1.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82275 Sounddogs Sound Library
27 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX INT Bell Toy 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell Toy 01.wav $ 3.00* Bell: House, Interior, Bell Toy Rattle, Small Bells Jingle, Rattle And Roll Around 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:09 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 9731 Coll Anderson Sound Library
28 Sonopedia Blastwave FX Bell Category, JingleBellDrop_S08FO.1364 Sound Effects Waveform JingleBellDrop_S08FO.1364.wav $ 2.00* Foley, Jingle, Bell, Drop, Cement, Small, Holiday, Christmas 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:01 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 110233 Sonopedia
29 Sonopedia Blastwave FX Bell Category, JingleBellUp_S08FO.1365 Sound Effects Waveform JingleBellUp_S08FO.1365.wav $ 2.00* Foley, Jingle, Bell, Pick, Up, Christmas, Holiday 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:01 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 110234 Sonopedia
30 Sonopedia Blastwave FX Bell Category, JingleBellDown_S08FO.1366 Sound Effects Waveform JingleBellDown_S08FO.1366.wav $ 2.00* Foley, Jingle, Bell, Set, Down, Drop, Wobble, Christmas, Holiday 2.0 Bell Bell Jingle 0:01 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 110232 Sonopedia