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A sound effect is the audio you hear that creates a sound in a film, movie, or other video format. For example, in an animated video, if you hear a door slamming shut, this is a sound effect. Creating believable sound effects requires understanding what materials you can use to recreate noises. This is no easy feat, so we recommend hiring a sound effects company to help you.

That's why we've created this list of the best sound effect companies for you to review. Read through company descriptions, former clients, and notable projects to find the best fit for your business. (And, if you want personalized recommendations, tell us about your project.)

List of the Best Sound Effect Specialists

  • 1
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Los Angeles CA

    Rip Media Group is an animation and video production company located in Los Angeles. Founded in 2007, they currently have about 15 employees who specialize in video production services for businesses of any size. The team creates 3D motion graphics, 2D animation, and live action videos amongst others for clients in the IT, medical, and business services industries.

    Clients
    Ben and Jerry's
    Harvard University
    Cisco
    Intel
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Rip Media Group provided full-scale production services for a food services company. After creating a script and storyboard, Rip Media Group directed and edited the animated explainer video for publishing on the client's website. They delivered impressive customer service and tailored content that helped to establish the client's competitive edge. 

    "Throughout the entire project they were extremely responsive and always reachable." — Co-Founder & CEO, Food Services Company

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  • 2
    $1,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    Alexandria VA

    Alconost Inc is an information technology agency based in Alexandria, Va., with another office in Belarus, that was founded in 2003. Their team of nearly 35 employees specializes in video production, translation, and advertising for small businesses.  

    Clients
    Kaspersky
    WebMoney
    Viber
    Atola
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Alconost Inc created a short promotional video for a brain training app. While the app hasn't launched yet, the client is happy with the results. 

    "Alconost delivered the work on time, and the budget was what we agreed on. Whenever I requested a change, it was done quickly." —Head of Marketing, Education App

  • 3
    $5,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Kraków Poland

    Studio Pigeon is a full-service animation studio founded in 2012. The company has locations in both Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. Between these two offices, they employ a team of 23 that provides video production and graphic design services to mostly mid-size companies.

    Clients
    IKEA
    Microsoft
    UBS
    T-Mobile
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A gaming company needed help developing interactive stories for a children's app. Studio Pigeon created the GUI, illustrations, and promotional trailers for the iOS app.

    "We developed a great relationship with their team. The company’s approach to our partnership improved the quality of their service...We will work with them in the future for sure." — CEO, Gaming Company

  • 4
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Toronto Canada

    Signature Video Group is a video production company and content agency based in Toronto, Canada. This company was founded in 2009 and has three employees. Services provided by Signature Video Group include video production and content marketing.

    Clients
    Fallsview Casino
    Boston Pizza
    Ontario Tourism
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Signature Video Group took on a video production project for a home insurance company. The project involved planning shoots, filming, editing, and publishing the final videos. 

    "Their support for our team has had a huge impact on my staff’s stress levels just by being consistent and providing a vendor we can always count on for really high-quality work. They also go out of their way to source really cutting-edge camera technologies for our shoots, which helps make us look incredibly professional." Digital Product Analyst, Home Insurance Company

  • 5
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Indore India

    MotionGility, founded in 2015, is an explainer video company headquartered in Indore, India. Their team of 18 people specializes in video production, but also does some graphic design and logo design. Their clients are enterprise, mid-market, and small businesses in a variety of industries. The industries their clients are in include advertising & marketing, business services, and consumer products & services.
     

    Clients
    Solar Curtain
    Epris
    Abuzz Technologies
    Industries
    Notable Project

    MotionGility created a promotional video for a tech company. The client wanted to raise awareness of their product, and gave MotionGility a description of what they wanted in the video. The company developed a draft and many iterations in order to receive client feedback to create the final product. The client received positive feedback about the video. 

    “The promotional video was well received.” — Owner, Tech Company
     

  • 6
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Newport Beach CA

    VeracityColab is a video agency located in Newport Beach, Calif. Founded in 2008, VeracityColab's team has over a decade of experience in video strategy and execution. The firm primarily works with mid-market and enterprise clients from the consumer products, business services, and healthcare industries.

    Clients
    Thermo Fisher
    Intuit
    BlackLine
    AT&T
    Industries
    Notable Project

    VeracityColab helped a gaming startup with a branding campaign, producing custom videos. VeracityColab provided storyboards, scripting, and editing services for all the videos. Many of the videos created by VeracityColab featured 2D or 3D animations. The client was impressed with the VeracityColab's video production skills. 

    "When it comes to video, they're very strong in everything, from lighting and technology to storytelling. We can tell that they're invested in our success. " - Creative Director, Gaming Startup 

  • 7
    $25,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Umault is a video production company based in Chicago. Founded in 2010, this company has six employees. Umault exclusively specializes in video production services for small, mid-sized, and larger businesses.

    Clients
    Dell
    MassMutual
    Deloitte
    APA
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Umault produced an 8-part video series for a management consulting firm. The project involve pre and post-production processes, including the creation of teaser trailers. The final videos were viewed hundreds of thousands of times, triggering a great increase in site views and inquiries for the client as well.

    "They created a masterpiece that I’m personally proud of. More importantly, it’s had a dramatic impact on our audiences, substantially more views than the platform we launched it on usually sees." - Research Director, Management Consulting Firm

  • 8
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Diego CA

    Nanobot Medical Animation is a video production agency headquartered in San Diego, with additional offices in Kiev, Ukraine and Tallinn, Estonia. Founded in 2007, they have since grown their team to 17 specialists who provide video production and AR/VR development. They work with small, midmarket, and enterprise businesses in the health care industry.
     

    Clients
    Novartis
    Bayer
    Sandoz
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Nanobot Medical Animation created a video animation for a health care company. They worked with the client to develop a 2D rendition of the project, and then delivered the 3D final project, taking into account the company’s comments and requests. Internal stakeholders were pleased by the educational animation.

    “We have received a very positive feedback from our stakeholders who thought that the MoA video was educational and helped them to better understand our technology.” – Brand Manager, Health Care Company
     

  • 9
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Chicago IL

    Demo Duck is an animated explainer video company based in Chicago. Founded in 2011, Demo Duck's team of 16 employees offer video production services for clients from the advertising, education, and media industries. 

    Clients
    Geico
    Netflix
    Blue Cross & Blue Shield
    Northwestern Mutual
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Demo Duck partnered with a clinical pathology organization, producing various educational and promotional videos. Stakeholders consistently give positive feedback on Demo Duck's videos. The client was impressed by Demo Duck's ability to produce quality and unique work despite multitasking or difficult circumstances. 

    "Everybody really loves their videos, especially the editing, the production, and how they convey emotion. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback." - Senior Manager, Clinical Pathology Organization 

  • 10
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    New York NY

    Top Notch Cinema is a video production company based in Astoria, N.Y., with a secondary office in New York. Founded in 2014, this company has eight employees. Top Notch Cinema focuses exclusively on video production services, including scripting, casting, shooting, and editing for businesses of varying sizes.

    Clients
    T-Mobile
    Reese's
    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
    Notable Project

    Top Notch Cinema provided full-scale video production services to an insurance agency. They were responsible for creating a video advertisement to support the agency's digital and TV marketing campaigns. The client reported satisfaction with the final product.

    "The completion of the commercial was the best part. We’re happy with how the commercial turned out." - Owner, Insurance Agency

  • 11
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Pittsburgh PA

    Covalent is a video production company located in Pittsburgh and Berlin. Founded in 2012, they have between two and nine employees specializing in creating unique and impactful stories for small, midmarket, and global companies, usually in education, finance, and healthcare. Services include video production, experiential marketing, VR, and drones.

    Clients
    Westinghouse
    The Ellis School
    Yelp
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Covalent produced two animated videos for a third-party client of an advertising and marketing company. They prioritized clarity and storytelling in their work to convey the value of a new healthcare brand. Working closely with their partner on revisions, they demonstrated a commitment to quality and a strong understanding of the end client’s needs.

    “In the world of technology, one of their greatest strengths is their people skills. They’re honest and willing to have hard talks with us without hiding information. The team is full of engaging artists, always thinking about the process, not the product.” – Owner & Chief Creative Officer, Advertising & Marketing Company

  • 12
    $1,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Warszawa Poland

    ExplainVisually.co is a visual thinking agency based in Warsaw, Poland. The agency, founded in 2014, has a team of more than ten that provides video production and graphic design services. ExplainVisually.co serves enterprise and smaller-sized companies in the IT, health care & medical, financial services, telecommunications, energy & natural resources, and utilities industries.

    Clients
    IKEA
    Carlsberg
    Orange
    ING
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A general merchandise retailer hired ExplainVisually.co to help generate more awareness about their actions to prevent food waste. As part of the engagement, ExplainVisually.co analyzed, synthesized, and visualized the key information about the food waste prevention initiative. They then prepared hand drawings that presented this initiative on the walls of their shops. The wall drawings worked well as shoppers asked for more information from staff and congratulated them for having it.

    "Their fantastic flexibility and ability to prepare great visual synthesis." - Former Operational Community Manager, General Merchandise Retailer

  • 13
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Washington DC

    LAI Video capitalizes on the role video plays in marketing by specializing in video production. Based in the heart of Washington, D.C. with a second office in Chicago, LAI Video was founded in 2013 and has a team of 39 employees. They create videos for branding and communications campaigns, commercials, and events.

    Clients
    Real Estate Arts
    National Retail Federation
    DC Education Fund
    NRF Foundation
    Industries
    Notable Project

    LAI Video helped an education nonprofit partner recognize educational professionals at an awards ceremony by creating tribute videos for each recipient. The partnership began two years ago and requires producing eight, two-minute videos for the ceremony. To keep the videos unique, LAI Video used its trademark approach to gathering information: They interviewed each award recipient, pieced the information together to create a storyboard, held multiple video shoots, and wove the stories together. They orchestrated a surprise moment to capture each recipient being notified to show the real emotion and impact of the award. It created an unpredictable story with an authentic feel.

    "Their project manager will reach out to us months ahead of filming to start intro conversations. LAI is flexible and they always bring new ideas to the table. They’re customer-oriented and do a great job of implementing our insights into the final vision." – Development Manager, Education Nonprofit Partner

  • 14
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Luton United Kingdom

    mhf creative is a video production company founded in 2013. Based in Luton, England, their team of fewer than 10 offer solutions in video production and corporate photography for small and medium-sized businesses in the fields of advertising, financial services, and business services.

    Clients
    NuBreed Events
    Egencia
    Expedia
    Industries
    Notable Project

    mhf creative produces videos for an events agency. The agency needs live newsrooms, interview videos, and webcasting for their events, and has constantly partnered with mhf creative for their assistance. One of mhf creative's contributions helped turn a 2020 conference fully sold-out.

    "(mhf creative) are professional and engaging. We would not have them as our number 1 go to for event video production, live recording and photography otherwise." - CEO, Events Agency

  • 15
    Undisclosed
    10 - 49 Employees
    Yerevan Armenia

    Yans Media is a design studio based in Yerevan, Armenia, and founded in 2015. Their team of 8 employees specializes in video production.

    Clients
    Laclary
    Magna Clava
    DriveTime
    Notable Project

    Yans Media created a video for a music sharing service. They storyboarded and created an animated video based on the concept provided by the client. The video advertised the service and was posted to Facebook and Instagram. The client said that they saw a rise in the number of producers and sound designers on the site after posting the video.

    “Working with Yans Media was a fantastic experience. I can’t say anything negative.” – CEO, Music Sharing Service
     

  • 16
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Douglas Isle of Man

    Animation Explainers is an explainer video production company located in Douglas, Isle of Man, and Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2018, they now have about 12 employees who specialize in creating bespoke animation explainer videos for companies in the medical devices, IT and software, cryptocurrency, and financial services industries amongst others. Services include scriptwriting, animation, production, voiceovers, music, and editing.

    Clients
    Post Media Network
    Deutsche Telekom
    Impellam Group PLC
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Animation Explainers produced an animated explainer video to inform potential clients about a HR company’s services. They collaborated on the script and audio elements and incorporated feedback into the work. The final video has received thousands of views online and all feedback has been positive.

    “The process was very easy and resulted in a great final product. On LinkedIn, we have a few thousand views on the video and it’s definitely making rounds on all the platforms.” – President, HR Company

  • 17
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Seattle WA

    Webdew is a video production agency headquartered in Seattle with additional offices in London and Mohali, India. They were founded in 2016, and have since expanded their team to 49 specialists. They provide video production services to small, midmarket, and enterprise businesses.
     

    Clients
    Uber
    Microsoft
    Calendar.com
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Webdew created a 60-second explainer video for a software development company. They began by storyboarding the project, and then went on the animate the video and narrate using a voiceover. They delivered the completed video on-time and on-budget.

    “The video was great and it came at a really good price.” – Marketing Manager, Software Development Company
     

  • 18
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Fayetteville AR

    Explainify is a video production company located in Fayetteville, Ark. Its team of 5 employees has been specializing in video production and marketing strategy since its founding in 2012.  

    Clients
    Coca-Cola
    The Mars Agency
    General Electric
    Tyson
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A methodologies firm hired Explainify to produce videos to use during employee and client interviews. Explainify produced a 30-second animated explainer video and a broader client-facing video. They also provided backend development, lighting, music, and camera makeup. The client was impressed with Explainify's flexibility. 

    "They allowed us to have more creative license than other firms. Some firms like to control the creative process and script. While they helped write it and laid things out, they didn't put a lot of pressure on us to acquiesce to what they were trying to do." –Founder, Methodologies Firm 

  • 19
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Austin TX

    Wienot Films is an explainer video and whiteboard animation company based in Austin. Founded in 2011, their team of about 10 specializes in creating videos that turn complex ideas into concise, memorable, easy-to-understand stories. They work with clients ranging from startups to large Fortune 500 companies and offer a range of animation styles including hand-drawn whiteboard videos, character animations, and motion graphics. 
     

    Clients
    Canon
    Gatorade
    Sesame Street
    Google
    Notable Project

    Wienot Films created an animated explainer video for a healthcare consulting firm. They drove the entire process from message discovery, scriptwriting, storyboards, to final animation. The video garnered glowing reviews from industry professionals and pleased internal stakeholders with its quality-to-price ratio. The client was impressed with Wienot Films' personal, attentive service and quick understanding of project goals. 

    “"The excellence at Wienot sure makes us want to find ways to partner with them in the future as we grow, as we know we can trust any project to their capable hands and creative minds. We can't thank them enough for such a professional and amazing final product. It was well worth the investment, and they have our highest recommendation." – Co-owner, Healthcare Consulting Firm

  • 20
    $5,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    New York NY

    Video Explainers is an explainer video and whiteboard animation company, founded in 2010 and located in New York. They have 10 employees specializing in scriptwriting, storyboarding, illustrations, voice overs, animation, infographics, editing, and motion graphics. They work with small, midmarket, and global companies in a range of industries, including finance, marketing, education, and real estate.

    Clients
    NASA
    Coca-Cola
    Microsoft
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Video Explainers helped draft, film, and produce a video explaining the role of a veterinary staffing company to their client's target audience. Video Explainers worked quickly and communicated effectively. Their video increased web traffic and engagements for the client.

    “The final product was exceptional. There was an increase in traffic from our social media to our website.” – CEO, Veterinary Staffing Company

  • 21
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Tel Aviv-Yafo Israel

    Blue Monkeys Productions is a production company based in Bnei Brak, Israel. Founded in 2010, this company has 10 employees. Services offered by Blue Monkeys Productions include video production and branding for businesses of all sizes.

    Clients
    IBM
    Microsoft
    HBSC
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Blue Monkeys Productions provided film production services for a bank. The project includes all stages of the film production process from brainstorming to filming and editing. The client reported very positive feedback from the final product.

    "They are able to capture the many voices we need to create a well-made product. Their exceptional level of service and care toward the relationship shows in their work." - Head of Global Liquidity & Cash Management, Bank

  • 22
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Brooklyn NY

    Prosper Digital TV is a full-service video production and marketing company of 8 members that's based in Brooklyn. Since 2012, they have provided video production, advertising, and broadcast video for mid-market firms, as well as both small and large businesses. Prosper Digital TV works primarily in the fields of advertising, business services, and education.

    Clients
    MTM
    Amalgamated Bank
    Accelerate
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Prosper Digital TV was once tasked by a legal services firm to create a video that showcased their work. The resulting commercial produced by Prosper Digital TV ended up getting over 100,000 views on YouTube, with greatly increased demand for the product in the commercial and more conversions overall.

    "I was very impressed by the caliber of the actors and the crew. Their prices were also very reasonable, and the other companies in our award category paid much more to other agencies." - Vice President of International Digital Marketing, Legal Services Firm

  • 23
    $1,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Vancouver Canada

    Six Degrees Productions is a full-service media production agency headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and with a second location in Bryanston, South Africa. Founded in 2005, their team of fewer than 10 employees offers video production, social media content creation, video ads, graphic design, and more mainly to mid-market clients across various industries.   

    Clients
    Standard Bank
    Fit Body Bootcamp
    Thomson Reuters
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Six Degrees Productions worked on creating marketing and social media videos for boosting a new boutique fitness studio's recognition. Their team produced short video clips of the studio's opening event as well as workout sessions which helped the client gain more exposure. High-quality outputs and quick turnaround time are highlights of the collaboration.  

    "Their videos and interviews were extremely high-quality, clear, and professionally done." – Owner, Boutique Fitness Studio

  • 24
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Baltimore MD

    Founded in 1982, Producers is a video production agency. Their team of around 55 employees is based in Baltimore. The team focuses solely on video production.

    Clients
    Advance Business Systems
    Under Armour
    Toyota
    Ocean City Tourism
    Notable Project

    Producers produced three videos for an independent school. They were responsible for production from the beginning to the end of the process. The videos conveyed what a day in the life of a student at the school is like.

    "Their ability to really listen to all the different constituents at Potomac School and incorporate their own ideas into the final product was their biggest strength." – Director of Admissions, Independent School

  • 25
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Baltimore MD

    Storyfarm is a motion pictures and film production company that is located in Baltimore. Founded in 2009, Storyfarm's team of 15 employees has nearly a decade of experience in video production. The firm primarily works with small, midsize, and enterprise B2C and B2B businesses.

    Clients
    Uber
    American Standard
    Under Armour
    American University
    Notable Project

    Storyfarm produced around 30 different videos for a healthcare company, dealing with informational, marketing, and sales focuses. Storyfarm also provides extensive editing services to the videos they produce. The client has developed a lot of trust in the team at Storyfarm. 

    "The level of trust I have with them doesn’t require me to reach out for RFPs anymore. I can’t put a price tag on the amount of trust I have for the team." – EVP, Sales and Marketing, Healthcare Company 

  • 26
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    India

    MyPromoVideos is a video production company based in India. Founded in 2009, their team of 21 employees provides video production and graphic design services.

    Clients
    UHID
    Kettle Lend
    Smartech
    Industries
    Notable Project

    MyPromoVideos developed the perfect industry solution for their software developer client. Featuring customizable data points and a robust strategic approach, MyPromoVideos’s work resulted in positive client feedback.

    "The video was extremely well received. As a result of the project’s success, we’ve extended our relationship to add clients to their practice through our network in the US." –Project Manager, Software Company

  • 27
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Ottawa Canada

    Simple Story Videos is a video design agency located in Ottawa, Canada. Founded in 2011, Simple Story Videos' team of approximately 10 employees offers video production, marketing strategy, and broadcast video services. Simple Story Videos works with clients of all sizes from the business services, advertising, and information technology industries. 

    Clients
    Walmart
    Coca-Cola
    HomeAdvisor
    Bell Canada
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Simple Story Videos created two explanatory videos for a medical device company. Both of the videos featured animation. Since launch, both videos have received hundreds of views and have been prominently featured in the client's digital campaigns. The client was impressed with Simple Story Videos' organization and project management skills. 

    "They did a very good job with project management. That’s one of the things they have done best. They have a good understanding of how to lead companies and customers through the process in order to get what they need." - VP Sales, Medical Device Company 

  • 28
    $10,000+
    Freelancer
    Chicago IL

    Attack Studios is a video production company based in Chicago. Founded in 2013, the team of 2 specializes in video production, broadcast video and advertising.

    Clients
    AAA
    FEMA
    Nissan
    OREO
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Attack Studios worked on video production for a law firm. They developed a video game trailer, a trailer based on a convention and an animated video for a pre-recorded voiceover. The client was extremely impressed with the work the team produced.

    “Sometimes, their animations are so flawless that they look effortless. Out of all the videos on our YouTube channel, this video game trailer has the most views, as well as on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.” – Director of Marketing, Law Firm

  • 29
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Cambridge MA

    Planet Nutshell, Inc. is a full-service animation studio based in Boston, Mass. Founded in 2008, this company has five employees. Planet Nutshell, Inc. offers video production services for businesses of all sizes from startups to global brands.

    Clients
    Google
    Microsoft
    Amazon
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Planet Nutshell, Inc. provided video production services for a social non-profit organization. The project involved the creation of two explainer videos, involving writing the scripts, creating the storylines, making animations, and editing the final video products.

    "Planet Nutshell, Inc. turned out to be great partners for this project. People have loved our videos—they find them interesting and respectful to the populations we help." Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Social Non-profit

  • 30
    $10,000+
    2 - 9 Employees
    Novato CA

    Explainly is an animation company headquartered in Novato, Calif. and founded in 2018. The team of fewer than 10 employees provides video production services, with a specific focus on explainer videos. Their clientele is composed of enterprises, midmarket businesses, and small businesses in the advertising and marketing and arts, entertainment, and music industries.

    Clients
    Visa
    HubSpot
    Stanford
    Morning Brew
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Explainly produced an animated explainer video to generate leads. Their work involved writing the scripts and creating the visual design, and the deliverable led to an increase in both inquiries and revenue.

    "We have had numerous prospective customer and active customers tell us they were interested in evaluating [us] based on the Explainly video." – Sr. Sales Manager, Influencer Marketing Company

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