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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,Church,Oneroa,Mangaia,Ring,Int POV,Crowd Idle,Coughs Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Church,Oneroa,Mangaia,Ring,Int POV,Crowd Idle,Coughs.wav 4.40* Bell, Church, Oneroa, Mangaia, Ring, Int POV, Crowd Idle, Coughs 2.0

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1:13 The Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Atiu, Mangaia 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 61879 Rob Nokes Sound Library
2 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Church,Ring,x4,Int POV,Chain Pull,Wood Block Hits,1 Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Church,Ring,x4,Int POV,Chain Pull,Wood Block Hits,1.wav 3.50* Bell, Church, Ring, X4, Int POV, Chain Pull, Wood Block Hits, 1 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:11 The Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Atiu, Mangaia 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 61880 Rob Nokes Sound Library
3 Rob Nokes Sound Library Sounddogs Bell Category, Bell,Church,Ring,x4,Int POV,Chain Pull,Wood Block Hits,2 Sound Effects Waveform Bell,Church,Ring,x4,Int POV,Chain Pull,Wood Block Hits,2.wav 2.60* Bell, Church, Ring, X4, Int POV, Chain Pull, Wood Block Hits, 2 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:10 The Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Atiu, Mangaia 24 Bit / 96000 kHz 61881 Rob Nokes Sound Library
4 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsLich.BBC.ECD151 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsLich.BBC.ECD151.wav 5.30* Bell, Church: 10 Bells Ringing, Lichfield Cathedral. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 2:56 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28569 BBC Sound Effects Library
5 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsGreenock.BBC.ECD151 Sound Effects Waveform BellsGreenock.BBC.ECD151.wav 5.30* Bell, Church: 10 Bells Ringing, Parish Of St. George, Greenock. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 2:54 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28570 BBC Sound Effects Library
6 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsWorcst.BBC.ECD151 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsWorcst.BBC.ECD151.wav 5.30* Bell, Church: 12 Bells Ringing, Worcester Cathedral. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 2:59 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28571 BBC Sound Effects Library
7 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsRungPoorly.BBC.ECD151 Sound Effects Waveform BellsRungPoorly.BBC.ECD151.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: 6 Bells Poorly Rung In English Village Church. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 4:06 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28572 BBC Sound Effects Library
8 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsGermany.BBC.EC4_1 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsGermany.BBC.EC4_1.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Aachen Cathedral Bells Ringing. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 6:04 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28573 BBC Sound Effects Library
9 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91a Sound Effects Waveform BellsChurches.BBC.ECD91a.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Angelus, With Outdoor Atmosphere - 1966 (91D, Reprocessed ) 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:03 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28574 BBC Sound Effects Library
10 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsMissions.BBC.EC1003A Sound Effects Waveform BellsMissions.BBC.EC1003A.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Basutoland, Mission Bell Sounded. (Basutoland Renamed Lesotho.) 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:19 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28575 BBC Sound Effects Library
11 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsBells.BBC.EC1003B Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsBells.BBC.EC1003B.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At Bergen Cathedral. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:47 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28576 BBC Sound Effects Library
12 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Bb Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Bb.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At Lavenham Church, Suffolk. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 4:09 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28577 BBC Sound Effects Library
13 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsBells.BBC.EC100_1 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsBells.BBC.EC100_1.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At Nidaros Cathedral. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:02 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28578 BBC Sound Effects Library
14 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ac Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ac.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At San Giovanni Church, Laterno (Rome). 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:02 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28579 BBC Sound Effects Library
15 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Aa Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Aa.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At San Petronio Church, Bologna. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:08 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28580 BBC Sound Effects Library
16 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ad Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ad.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At San Sabino, Rome. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:42 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28581 BBC Sound Effects Library
17 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ab Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ab.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At Santa Agnese Church, Rome. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:03 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28582 BBC Sound Effects Library
18 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ba Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesBells.BBC.EC1003Ba.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At St Francis Church, Valetta. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:50 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28583 BBC Sound Effects Library
19 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchesGermany.BBC.EC46C Sound Effects Waveform ChurchesGermany.BBC.EC46C.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Bells Ringing At St. Nicholas Church, Alsterdorf. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 6:03 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28584 BBC Sound Effects Library
20 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2B6 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsLondon.BBC.EC2B6.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Bells: St. Paul"s Cathedral, H.R.H Prince Of Wales" Wedding, 29.7.81 2.0 Bell Bell Church 6:31 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28585 BBC Sound Effects Library
21 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsCzech.BBC.EC46Gc Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsCzech.BBC.EC46Gc.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Brno Cathedral Bells Ringing. (Bells C. 17th Century.) 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:57 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28586 BBC Sound Effects Library
22 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, ChurchEdinburgh.BBC.ECD151 Sound Effects Waveform ChurchEdinburgh.BBC.ECD151.wav 5.30* Bell, Church: Cambridge Maximus. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 2:42 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28587 BBC Sound Effects Library
23 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsCanterb.BBC.EC2_1 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsCanterb.BBC.EC2_1.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Canterbury Cathedral Bells: Exterior, Ringing Starts, Rounds, Grandsire Cinques, Rounds, Ringing Stops. (Recorded From Top Of "Bell Harry" Tower) 2.0 Bell Bell Church 6:30 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28588 BBC Sound Effects Library
24 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsCanterb.BBC.EC2B5 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsCanterb.BBC.EC2B5.wav 7.90* Bell, Church: Canterbury Cathedral Bells: Interior, Ringing Starts, Rounds, Grandsire Cinques, Rounds, Ringing Stops. (Recorded In Roof Void Above Nave) 2.0 Bell Bell Church 5:48 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28589 BBC Sound Effects Library
25 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, CathedralsLondon.BBC.ECD4 Sound Effects Waveform CathedralsLondon.BBC.ECD4.wav 6.20* Bell, Church: Cathedral Atmosphere With Movement From Visitors And Distant Traffic. (Recorded At St. Paul"s Cathedral.) 2.0 Bell Bell Church 3:55 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28590 BBC Sound Effects Library
26 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Df Sound Effects Waveform BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Df.wav 4.40* Bell, Church: Catholic Church Bells, Angelus Bell With Outdoor Atmosphere. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 1:02 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28591 BBC Sound Effects Library
27 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Da Sound Effects Waveform BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Da.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Catholic Church Bells, Sanctus Bell. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:42 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28592 BBC Sound Effects Library
28 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Db Sound Effects Waveform BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Db.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Catholic Church Bells, Sanctus Bell. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:39 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28593 BBC Sound Effects Library
29 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Dc Sound Effects Waveform BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Dc.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Catholic Church Bells, Sanctus Bell. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:53 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28594 BBC Sound Effects Library
30 BBC Sound Effects Library BBC Bell Category, BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Dd Sound Effects Waveform BellsCatholic.BBC.EC91Dd.wav 3.50* Bell, Church: Catholic Church Bells, Sanctus Bell. 2.0 Bell Bell Church 0:52 16 Bit / 44100 kHz 28595 BBC Sound Effects Library