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Audio Editing Video Course Using Open Source Audacity Software

If your using my music or other royalty free audio you may need to edit the tracks and add a voice over for your video or podcast.

Well you can use the open source software called Audacity for free. In fact, I use Audacity to do final mastering of wav files and conversion to MP3.

Click here to download Audacity

Here is a video course that explains editing audio tracks using the software:

There are allot more audio editing video courses on YouTube that teach how to use Audacity to:

– Export to MP3 using the LAME MP3 Encoder
– Remove vocals from audio tracks
– Mix multiple tracks into one audio file
– Record original audio using Audacity on your PC
– Create podcasts using Audacity
– Remove unwanted noise from tracks

Click here to see all YouTube Audacity courses

How to Use Legal AudioSwap to Add Free Background Music to YouTube Videos

Did you know how to legally add free background music to your personal videos from right within YouTube?

You can do it with a YouTube feature called “AudioSwap”. It really is as simple as going to “My Videos” and then selecting “AudioSwap”.

Pros: Free, legal commercial music in many genres for unlimited use. No need to upload videos using your own MP3s and trying to find songs online. Great for personal home videos that need a soundtrack. Just make sure that you don´t enter a site that is full of scams.

Cons: Soundtrack is permanently replaced, can’t be used for revenue sharing partners, only good on YouTube, may make ads appear on your video, can not be used with voice-overs. Not really royalty free or copyright free for professional use.

Learn more on the at the official YouTube AudioSwap page and check out this mini-tutorial from about.com.

This is the best video I found that explains simply and clearly how to get this free background music:

If you can’t find the perfect track on my site, I hope this help you out!

Freedom and peace,


11 Royalty Free Music Sites Compared

Very thorough comparison of 11 royalty free music sites indicating if the sites cost money, allow commercial use or not and if they require registration.

Has a complete chart comparing Jamendo, Royalty Free Music Library, Free Music Archive, MagnaTune, Music Bakery, PremiumBeat, Incompetech and a few others:


This post makes some important points about how independent musicians are using the creative commons license to introduce people to their music, and how that can be a huge benefit for video producers.

This essentially bypasses all the traditional music industry red tape, like paying performance royalties for instance.

From an indie artist’s point of view, like myself, creative commons licenses enable us to self-publish with no middle-men or lawyers, via the Internet. For me, that is ideal since I would much rather be apart of the world of Internet publishing than the “music business”.

If you are new to the subject of music royalties, this is an excellent video by Dave Olsen, a music teacher at McNally Smith:

Although I have a college degree in music business I have moved on to enjoy being a Blogger, Webmaster and content creator much more than I did playing the role of musician in the complex and odd world of the music industry.

Thankfully I am able to connect directly with you through this Website without needing much more than a blog and Google.



Free Royalty Free Music Teachers can Use for Education Resources

free-royalty-free-music-education-teachersI found out that RoyaltyFreeMusic.com has sound effects and music that can be used as resources for educational, personal and not for profit projects.

If you can’t find what you need on my site for your Powerpoint presentation, slideshow, student film or video, then check them out.

This is a great library of loops, stingers, beats, classical music, MIDI files and even photos that you can use in Flash programs, student Websites, online yearbooks, and whatever else you need for teaching resources.


Also, found a free royalty free music video called “Angel of Darkness” from jewelbeat.com. They have wav files you can download, great resource.

Using Background Music for Your Personal YouTube Videos Legally

Found this great article and video about using copyrighted music as well as royalty free music in personal YouTube videos legally. There are some interesting points about legal fair use of 15 seconds or less for background music. But as the author mentions, you are in a gray area with fair use unless you have permission.


Creative Commons Music Podcasts

Great list of creative commons music podcasts provided directly by the Creative Commons Website. Free podcasts you can subscribe to or find music to create your own podcast:



Also found this video called “Code Monkey” today. This music is by Jonathan Coulton who releases songs under a Creative Common license. A fan created the video and its awesome…

5 Copyright Free Music Licensing Public Domain Resource Lists

Copyright FreeIn reality the only “copyright free” music is public domain, and there are not allot of completely legal free and clear recordings in the public domain. However, you can find them if you look:

PDInfo.com – List of copyright free public domain music and songs with sheet music reprint files and legal information about copyright.

Wikipedia.org/Sound/list – Mainly classical, hymns and choir music by Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Bach and Beethoven. Some excellent recordings of the concertos, suites, and sonatas on piano, violin and clavier that could be used for scores.

PDMusic.org – Hymns and blues songs in the public domain by a variety of composers. Midi files are offered by the site owner for a fee.

MusOpen.org – A non-profit that offers access to public domain music recordings to the world wide community for free and copyright free.

PublicDomain4u.com – Links to public domain music in all styles from hip hop beats, electronic, jazz, blues to soft rock instrumentals. Places where you can find songs by indie bands and artists online. There are lots of MP3s here from underground sources, so make sure to check with each artist.

JazzOnline.com – Excellent hand-picked collection of public domain jazz music. Hard to find recordings you can download of traditional jazz artists from the early 1900s performed live.

“I think art is the only thing that’s spiritual in the world. And I refuse to be forced to believe in other people’s interpretations of God. I don’t think anybody should be. No one person can own the copyright to what God means.” – Marilyn Manson

If you just want a free legal way to license and download mp3 music that has a copyright then check out this great video about creative commons and lists of music sources:





Most of this is creative commons music, not copyright free music, but you can still use it for free. Some of these sources allow commercial use, others do not.

You can find my own complete collection of creative commons music on my home page.


“Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.” – Mark Twain

2500 Creative Commons Licenses

2500 Creative Commons Licenses by qthomasbower, on Flickr

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