iPhone App Review: Fun Sounds Free

iPhone App Review: Fun Sounds Free

July 21st, 2012 by

Remember those fun noisemakers, the ones that every kid in school wants but that your mom would never buy you? They make farting sounds, burping sounds, giggling sounds; maybe there’s a different one that makes cartoon sound effects only? Well be prepared to have more room in your pockets, because now you can have that same functionality right on your iPhone.

Fun Sounds Free not only has a huge collection of scatological, cartoon, and movie sound effect; but you can even record your own sounds, apply some basic effects to them, and save them in the app’s library. Finally you can include the sound of your own burping in a sound effects generator!

How It Works

Fun Sounds Free’s operation is fairly clear from the jump. You have a list of different effects categories, organized by folder. Selecting a folder takes you to the screen with the entire listing of effects in that group. You can play the effects from the app and share them via email and on Facebook. Because haven’t we all at one time or another wanted to share “Dad’s Fart” on Facebook?

The really fun part is when you get to record your own. Tap the microphone or the record button to start recording (it looks like it’s limited to 20 seconds), then tap “Stop” to stop, naturally. After recording you can adjust the pitch (high or low tone) and tempo (speed) of the sound bite. Make a six-year-old sound like a grownup, or make your grandma sound like a chipmunk. Or just record some street sounds and change them into something unique. You can share your recording or save it to the app’s library.

Pros And Cons

Fun Sounds Free is organized very clearly, with obvious controls and a clear work flow. There’s nothing much to it really, you play sounds or record your own, pretty hard to mess that up.

The recording screen is designed nicely and makes it obvious how to record and modify your effects, but I found myself accidentally recording over my work a couple of times because of the size and placement of the giant microphone image, that also serves as a record button.

I would also like to see higher-quality sound effects included in future releases. Some of the effects, especially those from movies and TV shows, sound like they were recorded by holding an iPhone up to a TV speaker: tinny and hollow.


Fun Sounds Free (and it’s paid, ad-free counterpart Fun Sounds Ultimate) is a great sound effects generator that has all of the stupid sounds you remember from those annoying pocket devices, and puts it all into an app that fits on your iOS device. Recording and modifying your own effects is a nice added feature that should make this app fun for the juvenile in all of us.

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