2 Best Ways to Add Sound Effects to Instagram Reels

Last Updated: 2022. 09. 17

With Instagram rolling out 16 Reels sound effects, for content creators, now you can get your creative juice flowing and inject a sense of humor into your Reels by adding a refreshed collection of funny sound effects.

So, in this tutorial, we will walk you through how to add multiple sound effects to Reels using Instagram Reel’s native sound effects and offer you an online alternative to adding more and custom sound effects to Reels. Let’s dive into it, now!

Here is what you will learn:

Also, read 4 Best Ways to Add Original Audio to Instagram Reels.

How to Add Sound Effects to Reels

Currently, you can easily add 16 funny sound effects to Reels, ranging from Air Horn, Crickets, and Evil laugh, to Flashback, Nope, Whoosh, Applause, Fart and Goat, etc. within Instagram Reels’ sound effects library. And you can add multiple sound effects to Reels to spice up the video content.

You can add 16 different sound effects to Reels on Instagram

You can add 16 different sound effects to Reels on Instagram.

Step 1
Launch the Instagram app and swipe left to open the Reels.
Step 2
Record a video for Reels or upload a video from the photo gallery and tap the Next /Preview button.
Record or upload a video for Reels and tap Next

Record or upload a video for Reels and tap Next.

Step 3
Add sound effects to Reels.

Tap the Music icon on the top of your screen > tap Sound Effects > now you select from 16 sound effects for your Reels, such as crickets, air horn, goat SFX, etc. You can pause the video and move the cursor to where you wanna add a specific sound effect or multiple sound effects.

  Add multiple sound effects to Reels

Add multiple sound effects to Reels.

Kind Reminder:

  • Different sound effects have different lengths, for example, the evil laugh, flashback, and tiny violin SFX have a much longer duration than Goat SFX, Fart SFX, or transition sound effects Whoosh. So, make sure your video is long enough to use multiple Reels’ sound effects.
  • If you added a sound effect in the wrong place, you can tap the undo button to remove it in the order you add the sound effects.
  • You can first add music to your Reels and then add multiple sound effects to Reels as well. Besides, Instagram Reels’ sound effects can also be added to photos in the same way as you add them to Reels’ videos.
  • You may also tap the Controls button to adjust the volume of your original video and the audio level of your sound effects.
  • Adjust the volume of the music and sound effects of your Reels.

    Adjust the volume of the music and sound effects of your Reels.

    Step 4
    Done with adding sound effects and tap Next to post your Reels.

    Alternative: How to Add More Sound Effects to Reels by FlexClip Online

    Well, though Instagram Reels’ new sound effect feature offers you an easy way to add sound effects to Reels, for content creators, some downsides are worth your attention:

  • The 16 sound effects seem to be too limited. You can’t use many other popular sound effects like pop-up SFX for a text or logo reveal, glitch, hit or riser SFX for Reel’s transitions, keyboard typing SFX for typewriter effects, or woman screaming SFX for Halloween, heartbeat SFX, etc. Also, read the 6 best sites to get scary sound effects.
  • As you tap the undo button, you can only delete the sound effects in the order you added the sound effects, which is not that flexible if multiple sound effects have been added.
  • You have no ways to trim the duration of Reels’ sound effects and can’t adjust the volume of each sound effect individually.
  • If you try to save the Reels to your iPhone/Android, the music and sound effects added to the Reels’ video will be automatically removed. Not that helpful for repurposing, like posting it to YouTube Shorts, TikTok, etc.
  • You can’t save Reels’ video with added sound effects and music

    You can’t save Reels’ video with added sound effects and music.

    So, another viable workaround for you to add both music and sound effects to Reels is using FlexClip online video maker’s vast audio library. You can select from thousands of royalty-free music and sound effects for your Instagram Reels, with no downloads and experience needed.

    Add royalty-free sound effects and music to Reels by FlexClip online.

    Besides, tons of designer-made and fully customizable Instagram Reels’ video templates are also available. Just drag and drop your photos and clips and you can make scroll-stopping Reels in minutes and stand out from the crowds.

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    Step 1
    Access FlexClip and upload your clips to FlexClip from your PC or phone.
    Upload your clips to FlexClip

    Upload your clips to FlexClip.

    Step 2
    Set the video aspect ratio to 9:16 for Instagram Reels and add clips to the timeline.
    Set the aspect ratio to 9:16 for Reels’ video and add clips to the timeline

    Set the aspect ratio to 9:16 for Reels’ video and add clips to the timeline.

    Step 3
    Add multiple royalty-free music and sound effects to Reels’ video.

    Click the Audio tab > Sound Effects > search for any ambient sound effects or transition sound effects that can match the vibes and emotions of your Reels. You can easily trim, split the duration of sound effects, and adjust its volume as well. Then, you may also find and layer multiple pieces of music to your Reels to add dimension.

    Add multiple sound effects and music to your Reels’ video by FlexClip online

    Add multiple sound effects and music to your Reels’ video by FlexClip online.

    Step 4
    Make more edits (optional).

    You may add animated GIPHY’s stickers from the elements Tab for your Reels or animate your text with different text animations like typewriter effect, glitter, bounce, etc. or add liquid or circle transitions to add a personal flair to your Reels while the overlay effects like lens flare effects, smoke, film grains, etc. are also available.

    Add animated texts, GIPHY’S stickers, and transitions to your Reels’ video

    Add animated texts, GIPHY’S stickers, and transitions to your Reels’ video.

    Step 5
    Preview and share.

    Done with the editing. You can directly download the video to your local PC or share it to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. and share it to Instagram Reels.

    Now, It's Your Move

    Adding different sound effects to Reels offers you a great way to add drama and vibes to your Instagram Reels. Hopefully, you find our tutorial helpful and can make more viral Instagram Reels and get more likes, comments, and followers. If you enjoy this post, do share it with friends on Facebook, or Twitter and leave your comments to us. Cheers!

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