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.

Library Waveform Filename add Price Description Channels Duration ShortID Category Subcategory Location Resolution Track ID Library
1 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ba Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Ba.wav 3.50* Bell, Clock: Magdalen College Clock Striking Nine O"clock. 2.0 0:51

Bell

Bell Clock

16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29071 BBC Sound Effects Library
2 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94b Sound Effects Waveform SchoolsBells.BBC.ECD94b.wav 3.50* Crowd, School: Electric School Bell - 1980 (3C9, Reprocessed) 2.0 0:15 Bell Bell School 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 32060 BBC Sound Effects Library
3 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bell,Bicycle,Rings,Loose,Echo Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Bicycle,Rings,Loose,Echo.wav 3.50* Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Rings Loose Echo 2.0 0:11 Bell Bell Bicycle 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 82166 Sounddogs Sound Library
4 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2C9b Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2C9b.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Large Crowd: Outside St. Paul"s Cathedral, Shouts Of Orders, Carriage Procession Arrives, Cheers. 2.0 0:54 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28696 BBC Sound Effects Library
5 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Tones-Bells-GasStationBell- Sound Effects Waveform Tones-Bells-GasStationBell-.wav 1.20* Tones - Bells - Gas Station Bell - CU - Single Ding 1.0 0:03 Bell Bell Gas Station 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 166155 SoundStorm Library
6 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
7 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Bf Sound Effects Waveform ClockBigBen.BBC.EC105Bf.wav 6.20* Bell, Clock: Sound Of Big Ben Ticking. 2.0 3:04 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29186 BBC Sound Effects Library
8 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cl Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cl.wav 3.50* Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Twelve O"clock. 2.0 0:19 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28827 BBC Sound Effects Library
9 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Tones-SleighBells-RhythmicM Sound Effects Waveform Tones-SleighBells-RhythmicM.wav 1.90* Tones - Sleigh Bells - Rhythmic Movement 1.0 0:14 Bell Bell Sleigh Bells 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 166997 SoundStorm Library
10 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsAbbeys.BBC.ECD151 Sound Effects Waveform BellsAbbeys.BBC.ECD151.wav 6.20* Bell, Church: Iona Abbey"s Tenor Bell Ringing. 2.0 3:03 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28690 BBC Sound Effects Library
11 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Tb Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Tb.wav 1.80* Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Two O"clock. (Cuckoo And Chimes.) 2.0 0:05 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28941 BBC Sound Effects Library
12 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsCathedrals.BBC.ECD90a Sound Effects Waveform BellsCathedrals.BBC.ECD90a.wav 7.90* Bell, Cathedral: St. Paul"s Cathedral Bells, Pealing, With Distant Traffic - 1972 (2B1, Reprocessed) 2.0 5:00 Bell Bell Cathedral 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28567 BBC Sound Effects Library
13 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Med,Fast2 Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Bicycle,Jingle,Med,Fast2.wav 1.80* Bell, Bicycle: Bell Bicycle Jingle Med Fast2 2.0 0:05 Bell Bell Bicycle 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 82113 Sounddogs Sound Library
14 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bell,Hand,Brass,Uncertain Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Uncertain.wav 1.80* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Uncertain 1.0 0:03 Bell Bell Hand 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 21901 Rob Nokes Sound Library
15 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Eb Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Eb.wav 3.50* Bell, Clock: Queens College Clock Striking Ten O"clock. 2.0 0:48 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29179 BBC Sound Effects Library
16 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Tones-Bells-GasStationBel_4 Sound Effects Waveform Tones-Bells-GasStationBel_4.wav 1.90* Tones - Bells - Gas Station Bell - Ext - CU - Multiple Rings 2.0 0:05 Bell Bell Gas Station 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 166148 SoundStorm Library
17 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsMytholmroyd.BBC.EC2B6a Sound Effects Waveform BellsMytholmroyd.BBC.EC2B6a.wav 5.30* Bell, Church: Church Bells: One Bell Rung. St. Michael"s Parish Church, Mytholmroyd. 2.0 2:15 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28643 BBC Sound Effects Library
18 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cd Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Cd.wav 3.50* Bell, Clock: Bracket Clock Striking Four O"clock. 2.0 0:12 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28820 BBC Sound Effects Library
19 SoundStorm Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Tones-ChurchBellsFromNear_5 Sound Effects Waveform Tones-ChurchBellsFromNear_5.wav 5.70* Tones - Church Bells From Nearby Street - Ext - Distant City Traffic Wash, Bells From Second Church Audible Os, Some Pedestrian Movement, Coughs And Light Walla, Light Footsteps, Some Mic Bumps 2.0 3:44 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 166420 SoundStorm Library
20 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bell,Hand,Brass,Bored Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Hand,Brass,Bored.wav 1.80* Bell, Hand: Bell Hand Brass Bored 1.0 0:04 Bell Bell Hand 24 Bit / 48000 Hz 21894 Rob Nokes Sound Library
21 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, Copenhagen.BBC.ECD104a Sound Effects Waveform Copenhagen.BBC.ECD104a.wav 4.40* Copenhagen City Hall - Bell Strikes 12 2.0 1:09 Bell Bell 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29316 BBC Sound Effects Library
22 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Uf Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC48Uf.wav 2.60* Bell, Clock: Cuckoo Clock Striking Six O"clock. (Cuckoo Only.) 2.0 0:06 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28934 BBC Sound Effects Library
23 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BicyclesBells.BBC.EC1001Cg Sound Effects Waveform BicyclesBells.BBC.EC1001Cg.wav 3.50* Bell, Bicycle: Bicycle Bells, Two Bells Ringing Followed By Several. 2.0 0:14 Bell Bell Bicycle 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28556 BBC Sound Effects Library
24 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Al Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC1004Al.wav 3.50* Bell, Clock: Lincoln"s Inn Clock Striking Twelve O"clock. 2.0 0:36 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29064 BBC Sound Effects Library
25 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, Bells16thCentury.BBC.ECD91a Sound Effects Waveform Bells16thCentury.BBC.ECD91a.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Interior, 5 Bells Rung In The Style Used From The Reformation Until About The 17th Century - Rounds And Call Changes From Interior Of Church (St. Mary And St. Andrew"s Church, Whittlesford, Cambs.) - 1982 (2B8, Reprocessed ) 2.0 5:32 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28688 BBC Sound Effects Library
26 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Jh Sound Effects Waveform ClocksChiming.BBC.EC36Jh.wav 3.50* Bell, Clock: Oriel College Clock Striking Five O"clock. 2.0 0:14 Bell Bell Clock 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29119 BBC Sound Effects Library
27 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bells,Sleigh,Slow,Jingle,Short Sound Effects Waveform Bells,Sleigh,Slow,Jingle,Short.wav 1.80* Bell: Bells Sleigh Slow Jingle Short 1.0 0:05 Bell Bell Jingle 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 82267 Sounddogs Sound Library
28 Sounddogs Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Sound Effects, Bell,Fairy,Short Tinkle,Light Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Fairy,Short Tinkle,Light.wav 1.80* Bell: Bell Fairy Short Tinkle Light 2.0 0:01 Bell Bell 16 Bit / 48000 Hz 82212 Sounddogs Sound Library
29 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, Abbeys.BBC.EC91E Sound Effects Waveform Abbeys.BBC.EC91E.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Westminster Abbey Bells Ringing. 2.0 7:05 Bell Bell Church 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 28759 BBC Sound Effects Library
30 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Sound Effects, BellsCattle.BBC.ECD9b Sound Effects Waveform BellsCattle.BBC.ECD9b.wav 7.90* Switzerland: Small Cowbells. 2.0 4:01 Bell Bell 16 Bit / 44100 Hz 29324 BBC Sound Effects Library