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Where to Get Free Soundtracks to Download

Downloading music is a tricky issue these days. With internet authorities acting fast to shut down illegal music downloads sites, you have to be careful where you get your music files from. One wrong move and you could end up in more trouble than you bargained for.

However, you could just want to get free soundtracks to download for your art project or school assignment. Well there allot of free music sites on the web.  First check out my music and then here are several more  sites with safe high quality music and a good selection:

Freemusicarchive.org

This site has a large selection of free production tracks to choose from, and you only have to click on your selected track to download it. Sample tracks on the site’s database, and if you like it, you may be able to use the track. If it is offered under the Creative Commons license, you may be free to copy and distribute tracks.

Funkyremixes.com

Like the title suggests, this site has a variety of great quality remixes to choose for your production. Downloads are free and legal, and you have wide selection of music genres to choose from. You can rip, download, remix or share tracks, all for free.

Jamendo.com

Another free music site that allows you sample free tracks online. All music on the site is royalty free, and the easy to navigate website makes it a joy to make use of.

Opsound.org

This site allows you to upload your own original or remixed track after registration, thus increasing the volume of music you have at your disposal. Download music in order to play, and browse from one of the largest free music databases on the internet.

Top 3 Free Online Sound Effect Download Libraries

If you are a film enthusiast and enjoy shooting, editing, and splicing films or videos you are probably always on the lookout for good free sounds. There are lots of good sound effect websites that you can visit to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here are the top 3 free online sound effect download libraries with Mp3s and wavs including some of their most notable qualities. Start at the top and work your way down to find the sound that you’re looking for.

Freesound.org. This is a massive database of sound effects and there are new ones uploaded daily. The majority of the sounds are created by users so they are organic and original, unlike those out of a sound stock collection. Look for public domain licensing so that you can use it for any project and note that attribution and non-commercial licenses restrict what you can use the sound for. They also have one of the largest collections of room tones or ambient noise tracks that you can use to fill in the audio of a scene or contribute to the ambience of a location.

Soundbible.com. Here’s another that is on par with Free Sound. However, to make things extra easy for you they’ve separated their sounds into more categories so they’re easier to search. There’s even a royalty free sound category so that you can be sure to avoid sounds outside of that category if you’re going to monetize your project.

Sweetsoundeffects.com. These high quality sounds are available for download in packs. Simply put in your email address and you’ll be able to download the packs that you want. Plus, there’s a whole section for sounds from movies so that you can download lightsaber effects, for example. If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can submit a request for a sound and you may see it available for download in the future.

Still searching for the perfect sounds? You can also check out soundjay.com, soungle.com, jojikiba.com, and soundeffectsfactory.com!

What is Production Music?

When I tell people I run an open source production music library, I often get asked “What is Production Music?”. Its a bit complicated, but I’ll try to explain it here : )

While popular music publishers hold about 50 percent of the copyright in a typical compositiona production music library usually owns the entire copyright of their music. This means the music can be licensed without the permission of the composer.

Many media producers like to use music libraries as it’s a convenient solution for them. They can license a piece of music quickly at a good rate and they don’t have to spend the thousands required to license more popular works.

These libraries contain all styles of music and various genres so the producer or editors can find the types of music they want to use. Libraries can have several hundred tracks or many thousands of tracks. In 1927 De Wolfe Music created the first production library for use in silent films.

Examples Of Production Music

In radio, television, and film, the background music often comes from a production library. British T.V. shows like BBC’s Grandstand, the Benny Hill Show, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus all used production music as a background during the shows. American T.V. has used production music too such as in Monday Night Football, The People’s Court as well as The Ren and Stimpy Show.

The performers who work in production music are usually anonymous and they aren’t known outside of their professional circle. Some composers have achieved cult status such as Keith Mansfield, John Cameron, and Alan Hawkshaw. There’s a bigger interest in their production music from the 1970s, and 1960s. Some of these production composers have given performances under the name KPM Allstars in recent years.

The Business Model

There are two income streams in production music which are:

License or synchronization fees—these are paid to the library upfront to synchronize the music to video, audio, or film. The fees for this vary greatly from country to country.

Performance Royalty or Performance Income—When the music is publicly performed this type of royalty is generated. The broadcasters give these fees to performing rights organizations who distribute the income to their members. A library can receive about 50 percent of this income and the performer the other 50 percent.

Libraries

Some libraries are affiliated with large publishing and recording companies like EMI, or Universal Music Publishing Group. However, there are both large and small music production companies in the UK, US, Canada and other locations.

Some smaller libraries don’t charge customers for licensing music upfront. The customer will purchase a CD where the content is licensed to them to synchronize when they wish. These libraries get royalties from performances for the bulk of their income.

Some libraries are non-exclusive which means the library gets the composer to sign a non-exclusive agreement which allows the artist to license the piece of music to other clients and libraries. The composer can’t have exclusive contracts with other companies, however.

So to sum up, when people ask me “What is Production Music?” I explain that the main difference between what I do on DanoSongs and what a record label does, is that I sell music to people to actually use and not just to listen to.

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New Production Music Downloads Website

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Cinephonix started out in 2006 as an agency for composers that specialize in film, commercials and TV. It has grown over the years and just launched a large music publishing site with production music downloads. They also have a staff of composers that produce custom music.

Their site lets you search for instant downloads, with licenses for a variety of uses. The music is exclusive to Cinephonix so you will find unique original high quality material there.

I went to their site and really liked their music player, look and feel and overall vibe. Cinephonix is a UK firm but they also operate in Sydney Australia, New York City in the US and Los Angeles, CA. All the music is of course pre-cleared for film, television, commericials and websites. If you need help improving your website, then make sure you call SMR Digital, it is very important to have a web development company helping you grow your site.

Very beautiful moving vocal production music download from Cinephonix…

Music Resource Sites for Teachers: Naxos Music Library Review and Tutorial

I get allot of educators coming to my site to use my free creative commons music  for students.  That’s why I thought I would write about the Naxos Music Library which is one of the most tremendous resource sites for teachers online.

This music library has tens of thousands of classical, jazz and world music tracks. You can browse recordings by composer and read discographies as well as biographies about them. You can also browse by genre and record label as shown in this video.

One of the best resources for teachers on the site is the preplanned music curriculum outlines. Ideally as a teacher, you would request your institution to sign up for a subscription for the service so your students can log in and listen to pieces in the educational programs.

Video Overview of the Naxos Music Library – One of the Best Sites for Teachers

This is a very professional tutorial video showing how to search, play and download tracks. Visit the Naxos Music Library.

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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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!


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