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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 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.


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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.



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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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Use Incompetech’s Royalty-Free Music to Spice Up Your YouTube Video – (lifehacker.com)

MusOpen.com Hiring Orchestra To Record Classical Music and Release it Copyright-Free – (slashdot.org)

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!

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…

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