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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 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsSchools.BBC.EC3C9a Sound Effects Waveform BellsSchools.BBC.EC3C9a.wav $ 4.00* Bell, School: Electric School Bell Rings. (Recorded In London, 1980.) 2.0

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Bell School

0:12 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29294 BBC Sound Effects Library
2 Casablanca Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,School,Ring,Distant,BG Sound Effects Waveform Bell,School,Ring,Distant,BG.wav $ 3.00* Bell, School: Bell School Ring Distant BG 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:09 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 4570 Casablanca Sound Library
3 Casablanca Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,School,Ring,Voices,Dist Sound Effects Waveform Bell,School,Ring,Voices,Dist.wav $ 3.00* Bell, School: Bell School Ring Voices Dist 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:06 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 4571 Casablanca Sound Library
4 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX EXT Bell High School 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Bell High School 01.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bell, Exterior, High School Dismissal Bell 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:08 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 7368 Coll Anderson Sound Library
5 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX INT High school bell w Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT High school bell w.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bell, Interior, High School Dismissal Bell, Hallway Walla 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:10 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 8683 Coll Anderson Sound Library
6 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX INT Bell High School 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell High School 01.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bell, Interior, High School Dismissal Bell, In Hallway 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:10 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 7948 Coll Anderson Sound Library
7 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChildrenPlaying.BBC.EC76Dd Sound Effects Waveform ChildrenPlaying.BBC.EC76Dd.wav $ 5.00* Crowd, Children: Crowd, Children: Junior School Playground, Bell Rings And Children Leave Playground. (8-9 Year-old Children.) 2.0 Bell Bell School 1:12 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 31608 BBC Sound Effects Library
8 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChildrenPlaying.BBC.EC76Db Sound Effects Waveform ChildrenPlaying.BBC.EC76Db.wav $ 5.00* Crowd, Children: Infant School Playground, Bell Sounds And Children Leave Playground. (Five-And-a-half Year-old Children.) 2.0 Bell Bell School 1:11 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 31645 BBC Sound Effects Library
9 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94a Sound Effects Waveform SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94a.wav $ 4.00* Crowd, School: Bell Rings, Children Leave Classroom (rec. London, Reprocessed) - 1980 (3C9, Reprocessed) 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:55 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 32022 BBC Sound Effects Library
10 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94b Sound Effects Waveform SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94b.wav $ 4.00* Crowd, School: Electric School Bell - 1980 (3C9, Reprocessed) 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:15 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 32060 BBC Sound Effects Library
11 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, SchoolsJunior.BBC.ECD93 Sound Effects Waveform SchoolsJunior.BBC.ECD93.wav $ 5.00* Crowd, School: Exterior, Bell Rings (electric, Reprocessed) And Children Leave Playground (8-9 Year Olds) - December 1968 (76D, Reprocessed) 2.0 Bell Bell School 1:09 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 32061 BBC Sound Effects Library
12 Sonopedia Blastwave FX Bell Category, SchoolBellRing_S08FO.2261 Sound Effects Waveform SchoolBellRing_S08FO.2261.wav $ 3.00* Foley, School, Bell, Ring 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:07 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 114264 Sonopedia
13 Sonopedia Blastwave FX Bell Category, SchoolBellRing_S08FO.2262 Sound Effects Waveform SchoolBellRing_S08FO.2262.wav $ 3.00* Foley, School, Bell, Ring 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:07 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 114265 Sonopedia
14 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39b Sound Effects Waveform BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39b.wav $ 4.00* Mixed Comprehensive School, Classroom Atmosphere At End Of 5th Year Lesson, Bell Rung, Chairs Moved And Door Banged. 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:55 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 32156 BBC Sound Effects Library
15 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39c Sound Effects Waveform BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39c.wav $ 9.00* Mixed Comprehensive School, Classroom Atmosphere, 2nd Year Pupils Enter Room, Settle Down, Chatter And Quiet Periods While Working, Bell Rung, Chairs Move And Door Banged. 2.0 Bell Bell School 6:24 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 32157 BBC Sound Effects Library
16 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39a Sound Effects Waveform BellsSchools.BBC.ECD39a.wav $ 6.00* Primary School, Lunchtime Atmosphere In School Hall, Lunchtime, Mixed Infants To 11 Year Olds, School Bell Rung (at 2m34s). 2.0 Bell Bell School 2:44 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 32168 BBC Sound Effects Library
17 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, School,Primary,Kids Voices,Bell,Scooters,Loud,Idles,Pass Bys,NOT GOOD,Atiu Sound Effects Waveform School,Primary,Kids Voices,Bell,Scooters,Loud,Idles,Pass Bys,NOT GOOD,Atiu.wav $ 5.00* School Primary Kids Voices Bell Scooters Loud Idles Pass Bys NOT GOOD Atiu 2.0 Bell Bell School School Ambience 1:57 Rarotonga, Atiu, Mangai, The Cook Islands 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 59194 Rob Nokes Sound Library
18 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsSchools.BBC.ECD32 Sound Effects Waveform BellsSchools.BBC.ECD32.wav $ 6.00* School, Ambience: Greece: School Playground, Very Noisy With Children Shouting And Playing, Distant Traffic, Bell Rings And They Go In. 2.0 Bell Bell School School Ambience 2:14 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 37478 BBC Sound Effects Library
19 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsSchools.BBC.EC3C9b Sound Effects Waveform BellsSchools.BBC.EC3C9b.wav $ 4.00* School, Ambience: School Bell Rings, Mixed 10 To 13 Year Old Schoolchildren Leave Classroom. (Recorded In London, 1980.) 2.0 Bell Bell School School Ambience 0:51 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 37479 BBC Sound Effects Library
20 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, School,Atiu,Primary,Kids,Distant,Scooters - bell at head, some birds Sound Effects Waveform School,Atiu,Primary,Kids,Distant,Scooters - bell at head, some birds.wav $ 5.00* School, Atiu, Primary, Kids, Distant, Scooters - Bell At Head, Some Birds 2.0 Bell Bell School School Ambience 1:57 The Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Atiu, Mangaia 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 59151 Rob Nokes Sound Library
21 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Tones-ModernSchoolBell-Int- Sound Effects Waveform Tones-ModernSchoolBell-Int-.wav $ 2.49* Tones - Modern School Bell - Int - MCU Hallway - Single Ring 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:08 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 166972 SoundStorm Library
22 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Tones-SchoolBell-Interior-M Sound Effects Waveform Tones-SchoolBell-Interior-M.wav $ 2.65* Tones - School Bell - Interior - Medium - Long Ring In Hall 2.0 Bell Bell School 0:10 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 166991 SoundStorm Library
23 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Tones-SchoolhouseBell-MCU-S Sound Effects Waveform Tones-SchoolhouseBell-MCU-S.wav $ 4.82* Tones - Schoolhouse Bell - MCU - Similar To Church Bell, Contiuous Rhythmic Rings 1.0 Bell Bell School 3:38 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 166992 SoundStorm Library
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