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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1 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT WoodChisel20ft 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT WoodChisel20ft 01.wav 2.60* Bell: Bell, Interior, Brass Ship Bell From The 1800"s Good Ring Out Could Be Fog Bell Or Farm Bell 2.0 0:09

Bell

Bell Ship

24 Bit / 48000 Hz 13260 Coll Anderson Sound Library
2 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell B 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell B 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Heavy Ding And Long Decay Series, Double Ring At End, Distant 2.0 0:31 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9729 Coll Anderson Sound Library
3 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bell,Church,1948,Large Two Meters,Old Iron,Light Bells Chimes,Clang Very Loud,Four Medium Bell Tolls,Close POV Below Bell,San Carlos,Uruguay,BG Light Town Traffic Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Church,1948,Large Two Meters,Old Iron,Light Bells Chimes,Clang Very Loud,Four Medium Bell Tolls,Close POV Below Bell,San Carlos,Uruguay,BG Light Town Traffic.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Bell, Church, 1948, Large Two Meters, Old Iron, Light Bells Chimes, Clang Very Loud, Four Medium Bell Tolls, Close POV Below Bell, San Carlos, Uruguay, BG Light Town Traffic 2.0 0:38 Bell Bell Church 24 Bit / 96000 Hz 21855 Rob Nokes Sound Library
4 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell A 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell A 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Heavy Ding And Long Decay Series, Double Ring At End, Close 2.0 0:31 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9726 Coll Anderson Sound Library
5 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell B 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell B 01.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Heavy Ding And Long Decay, Distant 2.0 0:14 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9728 Coll Anderson Sound Library
6 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell B 03 (DNU) Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell B 03 (DNU).wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Multiple, Fast Rings And Decay, Distant And Verby 2.0 0:31 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9730 Coll Anderson Sound Library
7 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell A 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell A 01.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Heavy Ding And Long Decay, Close 2.0 0:14 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9725 Coll Anderson Sound Library
8 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell A 03 (DNU) Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell A 03 (DNU).wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Large Metal Bell, Ring Bell, Multiple, Fast Rings And Decay, Close 2.0 0:31 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 9727 Coll Anderson Sound Library
9 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsExecutions.BBC.EC2B9 Sound Effects Waveform BellsExecutions.BBC.EC2B9.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Church Bells: Tenor Bell, St. Sepulchre"s Church, High Holborn. (Public Execution Bell, Rung Authentically). 2.0 6:37 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28652 BBC Sound Effects Library
10 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 60ft 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 60ft 01.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 60 Feet 2.0 0:29 Bell Bell Bicycle 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12877 Coll Anderson Sound Library
11 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Farm Bell 04 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Farm Bell 04.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, 1800"s Brass Bell Rings In Field With Insects Summer Day 60" Away 2.0 0:38 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12700 Coll Anderson Sound Library
12 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Driving Bridge 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Driving Bridge 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, 1800"s Brass Bell Rings In Field With Insects Summer Day 30" Away 2.0 0:27 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12696 Coll Anderson Sound Library
13 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 01.wav 2.60* Bell: Bell, Interior, Ice Cream Truck, Buzzing, Electric Metal Bell, Very Mechanic 2.0 0:08 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 8705 Coll Anderson Sound Library
14 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91d Sound Effects Waveform BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91d.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: St. Sepulchre"s Church, High Holborn, Exterior, Tenor Bell Rung, With Background Traffic (This Was The Bell Rung At Public Executions And Rung Here In An Authentic Manner - Opposite The Old Bailey, Formerly Site Of Newgate Prison) - 1985 (2B9) 2.0 1:55 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28739 BBC Sound Effects Library
15 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Tram Bell 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Tram Bell 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Tram Or Street Car Bell Three Single Dings 2.0 0:18 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 13117 Coll Anderson Sound Library
16 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 05ft 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 05ft 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 5 Feet 2.0 0:24 Bell Bell Bicycle 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12873 Coll Anderson Sound Library
17 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Tram Away 03 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Tram Away 03.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Tram Or Street Car Bell Single And Double Dings 2.0 0:27 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 13115 Coll Anderson Sound Library
18 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Farm Bell 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Farm Bell 01.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, 1800"s Brass Bell Rings In Field With Insects Summer Day 10" Away 2.0 0:43 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12697 Coll Anderson Sound Library
19 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Bell High School 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Bell High School 01.wav 2.60* Bell: Bell, Interior, High School Dismissal Bell, In Hallway 2.0 0:10 Bell Bell School 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 7948 Coll Anderson Sound Library
20 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 20ft 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 20ft 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 20 Feet 2.0 0:28 Bell Bell Bicycle 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12875 Coll Anderson Sound Library
21 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Farm Bell 03 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Farm Bell 03.wav 4.40* Bell: Bell, Exterior, 1800"s Brass Bell Rings In Field With Insects Summer Day 90" Away 2.0 1:15 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12699 Coll Anderson Sound Library
22 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT BikeBellHouse 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT BikeBellHouse 01.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings Around Corner Of House 2.0 0:26 Bell Bell Bicycle 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12597 Coll Anderson Sound Library
23 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT High school bell w Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT High school bell w.wav 2.60* Bell: Bell, Interior, High School Dismissal Bell, Hallway Walla 2.0 0:10 Bell Bell School 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 8683 Coll Anderson Sound Library
24 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91e Sound Effects Waveform BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91e.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: St. Sepulchre"s Church, High Holborn, Exterior, Tenor Bell Rung, Ends, Background Traffic (This Was The Bell Rung At Public Executions And Rung Here In An Authentic Manner - Opposite The Old Bailey, Formerly Site Of Newgate Prison) - 1985 (2B9) 2.0 0:34 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28738 BBC Sound Effects Library
25 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Tram Bell 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Tram Bell 01.wav 1.80* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Tram Or Street Car Bell Ding 2.0 0:04 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 13116 Coll Anderson Sound Library
26 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 05ft 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Old Bike Bell 05ft 01.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 5 Feet 2.0 0:28 Bell Bell Bicycle 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12872 Coll Anderson Sound Library
27 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT NYC Hot Dog Cart Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT NYC Hot Dog Cart.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Exterior, Old Bike Bell Rings From 20 Feet 2.0 0:17 Bell Bell Bicycle 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 12871 Coll Anderson Sound Library
28 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 02 Sound Effects Waveform EFX INT Ice Cream Bell 02.wav 3.50* Bell: Bell, Interior, Ice Cream Truck, Buzzing, Electric Metal Bell, Very Mechanic 2.0 0:12 Bell Bell 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 8706 Coll Anderson Sound Library
29 Coll Anderson Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, EFX EXT Bell High School 01 Sound Effects Waveform EFX EXT Bell High School 01.wav 2.60* Bell: Bell, Exterior, High School Dismissal Bell 2.0 0:08 Bell Bell School 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 7368 Coll Anderson Sound Library
30 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ShipsBells.BBC.EC121Dd Sound Effects Waveform ShipsBells.BBC.EC121Dd.wav 4.40* Bell, Ship: Telegraph Bell Signals. Slow Engines, Various Bell Sequences. Engines Gather Speed. 2.0 2:00 Bell Bell Ship 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29301 BBC Sound Effects Library