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Hi, I'm Dan-O. I am a singer songwriter and I also like making instrumental music which you can use royalty free. Click here for info on licensing my music and songs for your video, photo slideshow, film, app or other media. For questions about my music see the FAQ.

40 Free Royalty Free Instrumentals from Composer turned Filmmaker Peter John Ross

Peter John Ross is a noteworthy Composer turned Filmmaker with lots of interesting credits. He creates his own feature films and does lots of commercial production work.

Well he has a page with 40 free royalty free Instrumental tracks that he makes it very clear you have his permission to use:

SonnyBoo.com/Music

Check out this interview with Peter John Ross, really hardworking guy, passionate about film:



Free Sound Effects Wav and MP3 Loop Downloads from JewelBeat

If you are looking for free sound effects downloads check out JewelBeat.

They have a really nice royalty free audio fx library that includes drum and percussion beats as well as a variety of samples including: accordion, bells, clarinet, cello, flute, brass, french horn, glockenspiel, harp, guitar, organ and piano. They have loops that are downloadable as wav files and the sound effects are all MP3s.

JewelBeat offers quite an astounding assortment of free background music as well. They have Hollywood style soundtrack instrumentals that could be used for scenes ranging from horror to sports.

Please note that JewelBeat requires you to actually link back to their site, not just credit them. Right now they do not seem to have a “no credit or link” option. Check them out and one of their excellent background track videos here:

JewelBeat.com/Free-Sound-Effects

JewelBeat is kind of a mystery since I can’t find any information about the composers, the company that owns it or what the actual details of the license are. Especially since the music is of incredibly high quality, I’m interested to see how the site unfolds.

Dan-O

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FriendlyMusic Licensing: More Royalty Free Music for YouTube

If you are creating videos for fun or as a partner on a video network like YouTube then you can choose from the incredible selection of music at FriendlyMusic.com.

Pros: Wide variety of professional songs in many genres. Great user-friendly interface, easy purchasing, music licensing and downloads. Very inexpensive cost per track.

Cons: Can’t be used if you are a professional who gets paid to create videos, or makes money on the videos in any other way than video network advertising revenue.

If you fall in love with a particular song and you are a commercial video/film producer then you can contact them for some type of royalty free commercial music licensing.

This could be a perfect solution for some people creating home videos. But I wonder how many folks, creating non-commercial videos, even want to pay $1.99?

Also, the site does not even mention use on Websites, slideshows, games, on hold music, etc. Seems like a great idea but I’m interested to see how the site does since its a very limited market.

Síochána,

Dan-O

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Use Free Production Music from Moby.com for Your Film or Video

If you make non-profit films and videos and need super high quality free instrumental music, there is an superb resource at your disposal.

The well-known electronic recording artist Moby has a library of 70 tracks that can be used for non-commercial independent films, videos and shorts. All you need to do register for the site Moby.com. Even commercial projects can use the music if you offer a donation to the humane society.

This is such an unique, innovative alternative resource for production music that I had to mention Moby’s library as a top source of background stock music. There are very few options (if any) in the world for licensing professional music from world-renown artists.

This is an incredible video with Moby himself explaining the site and also giving his opinions on the problem with copyrights. Love it!

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Make Videos Online with Free Legal Stock Video and Music

One of the most forward-looking online applications I have tried is Masher.com. This site allows you to mix, mash and share a variety of professional video and music content, pre-cleared and legally.

For instance they have licensed a fairly large library of BBC video content that you can integrate with your own. The site is a bit buggy and has too much advertising, but I have experimented with creating a music video using Masher and I absolutely love it!

mix mash share create videos onlineThere are literally hundreds of millions of people online, myself included, who need fun, safe and legal ways to make highly professional content quickly in a user-friendly online program. Masher is not the only such program, also check out 20 Free Online Video Editing Tools.

It’s sites like Masher, as well as YouTube’s AudioSwap program and partnership with FriendlyMusic.com that present the possibility of a future where everyday people are not hassled by copyright cops and left with very few low cost options.

For instance here is a pretty cool video for a “green” site that looks to me like it was completely made with BBC stock video and the music library that is built right into Masher: Save Our Planet



Create Your Own Royalty Free Music Online with Soundation.com Studio

My favorite online studio for creating royalty free music is Soundation.com. You own the rights to whatever music you create using the program’s sample and loop libraries.

Sound sets start at only $5 so it’s much less expensive than buying an entire royalty free loop library to compose with. You can check out some of these mini sound packages here: Soundation.com/Sound-Sets

If you are a video, film producer or other user of royalty free music, then maybe you have never tried to create your own music. It can be really fun and simple to experiment with Soundation using their huge variety of royalty free samples and loops.

Check out this tutorial to get an idea of how to start making your own mixes!



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,

Dan-O



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:

MasterNewMedia.org/Royalty-Free-Music-Where-to-Find-Free-Music-Tracks-for-Your-Video-Clips

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.

Peace,

Dan-O



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.

RoyaltyFreeMusic.com/Free-Music-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.



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