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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 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Racktrack,Call to Padd Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Racktrack,Call to Padd.wav $ 4.00* Bell Racktrack Call To Paddock Ring Slow Clang - Some Background Birds Voices And Traffic. 2.0

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2 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsTicket.BBC.EC25C Sound Effects Waveform BellsTicket.BBC.EC25C.wav $ 4.00* Bell Ringing On Old-fashioned Bus Ticket Machine. 2.0 Bell Bell 0:11 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 29308 BBC Sound Effects Library
3 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Desk,Ring,Sharp,x2 Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Desk,Ring,Sharp,x2.wav $ 3.00* Bell, Desk, Ring, Sharp, X2 1.0 Bell Bell 0:07 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 65728 Rob Nokes Sound Library
4 Tibetan Monasteries Avosound Bell Category, Bell-Tibetan-Prayer-Wheel-01 Sound Effects Waveform Bell-Tibetan-Prayer-Wheel-01.wav $ 4.00* Bell, Small: Tibetan Bell From Prayer Wheel 2.0 Bell Bell Bell 0:19 Labrang Monastery, Tibet, Asia 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 120277 Tibetan Monasteries
5 Tibetan Monasteries Avosound Bell Category, Bell-Tibetan-Prayer-Wheel-01-MS Sound Effects Waveform Bell-Tibetan-Prayer-Wheel-01-MS.wav $ 4.00* Bell, Small: Tibetan Bell From Prayer Wheel, UNDECODED MS-STEREO TRACK 2.0 Bell Bell Bell 0:19 Labrang Monastery, Tibet, Asia 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 120278 Tibetan Monasteries
6 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX INT Apt. Door Bell 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Apt. Door Bell 01.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Apt, Interior, Door Bell, Ding Dong, Inconsistent Rings, High Pitch, Very Metallic, Series 2.0 Bell Bell 0:42 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 9711 Coll Anderson Sound Library
7 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, EFX INT Apt. Door Bell 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Apt. Door Bell 02.wav $ 5.00* Bell: Apt, Interior, Door Bell, Ding Dong, Inconsistent Rings, High Pitch, Very Metallic, Series 2.0 Bell Bell 1:31 24 Bit / 48000 kHz 9712 Coll Anderson Sound Library
8 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Brass,Rings,5X,Low,Clang Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Brass,Rings,5X,Low,Clang.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Brass Rings 5X Low Clang 1.0 Bell Bell 0:04 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82194 Sounddogs Sound Library
9 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Buoy,6 Foot,Gentle,Ring Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Buoy,6 Foot,Gentle,Ring.wav $ 6.00* Bell: Bell Buoy 6 Foot Gentle Ring 1.0 Bell Bell 2:44 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82195 Sounddogs Sound Library
10 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Buoy,Ext,Gentle,Clangs Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Buoy,Ext,Gentle,Clangs.wav $ 5.00* Bell: Bell Buoy Ext Gentle Clangs 1.0 Bell Bell 1:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82196 Sounddogs Sound Library
11 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,China,Light,Ring,Medium Sound Effects Waveform Bell,China,Light,Ring,Medium.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bell China Light Ring Medium 1.0 Bell Bell 0:10 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82197 Sounddogs Sound Library
12 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Desk,Ring,Short,Twice Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Desk,Ring,Short,Twice.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Desk Ring Short Twice 2.0 Bell Bell 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82200 Sounddogs Sound Library
13 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Desk,Ring,Single Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Desk,Ring,Single.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Desk Ring Single 2.0 Bell Bell 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82201 Sounddogs Sound Library
14 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Fairy,Short Tinkle,Light Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Fairy,Short Tinkle,Light.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Fairy Short Tinkle Light 2.0 Bell Bell 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82212 Sounddogs Sound Library
15 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Gong,High,Reverb,Fast Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Gong,High,Reverb,Fast.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Gong High Reverb Fast 1.0 Bell Bell 0:01 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82213 Sounddogs Sound Library
16 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Gong,Low,Ring,Vibrate Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Gong,Low,Ring,Vibrate.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Gong Low Ring Vibrate 1.0 Bell Bell 0:02 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82214 Sounddogs Sound Library
17 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Chaang Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Chaang.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell Large Old Hit One Chaang 2.0 Bell Bell 0:21 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82215 Sounddogs Sound Library
18 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Clang Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Clang.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell Large Old Hit One Clang 2.0 Bell Bell 0:21 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82216 Sounddogs Sound Library
19 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Long Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Large,Old,Hit,One,Long.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell Large Old Hit One Long 2.0 Bell Bell 0:21 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82217 Sounddogs Sound Library
20 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Metal,Medium,Slow,Rings Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Metal,Medium,Slow,Rings.wav $ 3.00* Bell: Bell Metal Medium Slow Rings 1.0 Bell Bell 0:07 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82219 Sounddogs Sound Library
21 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Metal,Rhythmic,Soft,Medium Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Metal,Rhythmic,Soft,Medium.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell Metal Rhythmic Soft Medium 1.0 Bell Bell 0:16 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82220 Sounddogs Sound Library
22 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Modern,Store,Pager,Service Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Modern,Store,Pager,Service.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell Modern Store Pager Service 1.0 Bell Bell 0:11 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82221 Sounddogs Sound Library
23 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Salvation Army,Even,Long Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Salvation Army,Even,Long.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell Salvation Army Even Long 1.0 Bell Bell 0:47 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82222 Sounddogs Sound Library
24 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Salvation,Fast,High,Sharp Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Salvation,Fast,High,Sharp.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Salvation Fast High Sharp 1.0 Bell Bell 0:05 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82223 Sounddogs Sound Library
25 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Sleigh,Double Ring Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Sleigh,Double Ring.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Sleigh Double Ring 2.0 Bell Bell 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82224 Sounddogs Sound Library
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27 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Sleigh,Triple Ring Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Sleigh,Triple Ring.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Sleigh Triple Ring 2.0 Bell Bell 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 82226 Sounddogs Sound Library
28 Casablanca Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Tone,Class,Change,Crowd Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Tone,Class,Change,Crowd.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Tone Class Change Crowd 2.0 Bell Bell 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 4572 Casablanca Sound Library
29 Casablanca Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Tone,Class,Change,Feet Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Tone,Class,Change,Feet.wav $ 2.00* Bell: Bell Tone Class Change Feet 2.0 Bell Bell 0:03 16 Bit / 48000 kHz 4573 Casablanca Sound Library
30 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Big,Interior,Hit,x1,x2,x3 Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Big,Interior,Hit,x1,x2,x3.wav $ 4.00* Bell: Bell, Big, Interior, Hit, X1, X2, X3 2.0 Bell Bell 0:15 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 21854 Rob Nokes Sound Library