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5 Production Music Libraries to Try [ Video Samples Included ]

I could write music 24 hours a day and never keep up with all the varied needs of folks who visit Dano Songs. So here is a continuing list of production music libraries. I like to include the ones that have really nice videos!

Killer Tracks

Killer tracks is a production library that has a wide variety of tracks as well a multitude of other resources to use including animations. They also offer many pre made tracks and play lists that range between acoustic guitar and workout. The older tracks can be browsed for or you can check their What’s New section for all the freshest releases on the market.

The website that they use is very streamlined and user friendly, making it an easy place to find what you are looking for and rather quickly. They have staff on hand for questions and concerns as well as offering any help and advice on making your track choices.

615 Music

With more than 40,000 tracks listed, it is almost always possible to find what you are looking for with 615 Music. An all original music list is broken down into easy to search genres; all are available for viewing after a simple registration process.

They keep a client area, press releases, and a newsletter to help keep you up to date with all of their music while on their site. Music and library samples are also available for listening prior to sign up and registration.

Audio Network

Audio Network keeps a vibrant site to match their upbeat view on their music library. Their search engine can not only break down their selection by musical genre but by how you are looking to use it. Amongst the options available to choose from are Youtube, documentaries, gaming, and radio advertisements.

They offer flat rate fees for one time buys as well as monthly packages, allowing you to pick whichever suits your needs best. Their licensing program also gives you the comfort of using your newly acquired tracks on whatever platform you need it in as well as in any and every country.

Extreme Music

With a fast paced view on the industry, Extreme Music likes to put a strong emphasis on why it is you are there; the music. A track player along the side bar is a constant as you browse their offered tracks allowing for easy previewing. And it isn’t a forty second clip they offer you, but full tracks for listening.

Listing their locations with an interactive map, visitors can see all the dealers that are used by them. An intriguing and artistic website awaits those who turn to Extreme Music for their auditory needs, just keep in mind that their website can be a little hard to maneuver at first.

Megatrax

While they keep an interesting set of genre and playlist names, Megatrax houses a large variety of musical and sound effect files for any and all need. They keep a long list of quality tracks and their reach is global being sub-published in over forty countries.

They offer a multitude of options for your music delivery needs as well as the ability to edit your newly received tracks. If you do discover an issue that you are not able to resolve on your own, they keep a dedicated staff on hand to either walk you through it, or solve it for you all together.

Free Music for Broadcast You Can Use Legally

There is an exceptionally high demand for free music for broadcast right now and that is why I created my free music library. For instance, developers of smartphone applications and games often seek free or low cost background music for broadcast, as do the people who host Internet radio shows. With such a high demand, this begs the question: How does one find free music for broadcast that you can use legally?

First, we need to understand the legalities of music. The fact is, when a person writes music or lyrics, they own the copyright over their art. Typically, a musician will utilize a service such as ASCAP or BMI, which oversees the use of their copyrighted material, and pays the artist residuals. Of course, there are different costs for commercial applications, such as advertising or video games, and in these cases, details are worked out on a case-by-case basis. By in large, though, any time an artist’s music is broadcast, they are entitled to some sort of residual. Whoever is airing the music logs it on a cue sheet and then submits it to ASCAP or BMI, which will then pay appropriate royalties to the artist.

When considering free music for broadcast, it is important to draw a distinction between “free” and “royalty-free.” Options for truly free music for broadcast are exceedingly limited, which makes sense. People want to be recognized and paid for their work. As the demand has risen, there are now options for royalty-free music for broadcast, which is quite different than free.

Here’s how royalty-free music for broadcast works: There are services that act as libraries for artists that opt-in. Customers browse the catalog for the music that suits their needs, and then pay a one-time fee for use of the chosen music. Oftentimes, these services require that a user fill out a cue sheet, just as they would for ASCAP or BMI, but there are no recurring charges to use the royalty-free music for broadcast.

There is a caveat to royalty-free music for broadcast. Depending on the type of use, there may also be an extra fee. For instance, the basic fee will cover all use in smartphone apps, Online games, YouTube videos, etc. If the song is being used in advertising, there will be an extra fee, which may depend on whether it’s national or local. The highest fees are for commercial, theatrical use, in movies and plays. Although there is very little free music for broadcast available, there is a great deal of royalty-free music, and the total fees depend on the scope of the use.

Although it’s very hard to find truly, 100% free music for broadcast, it’s very easy to find royalty-free music for broadcast. A simple Google search for “free music for broadcast” yields multiple services that work directly with the artists, ASCAP and BMI. Although the user may have to fill out and submit a cue sheet, they will never have to pay another royalty or fee. It is never okay to take and use an artist’s music, especially for commercial purposes, and the new royalty-free music for broadcast services have made it much simpler to find and use what you need, for very low costs.

The Best Stock Music Websites for YouTube Channels and Partners

Here is a great video that explains in plain terms the reasons you need to use royalty free music if you want to become a YouTube partner or have a channel. Its from DearNaptural85’s YouTube channel who says she previously had big issues with using copyrighted music.

You need to own all you content in your YouTube videos if you want become a partner. She explains that buying music from iTunes and Amazon does not give you the right to distribute and display the music – just to listen to it.

But using my music or music from a site like RoyaltyFreeMusic.com allows you to not only buy the music, but to also include it in your videos, websites and other projects that you can improve if you get the right seo company to optimize your sites. She likes some tracks on Beat Suite even though the downloads are not cheap. Pond 5 is her favorite saying the music is incredible and cheap.

DearNaptural85 also gives tips on how to handle the YouTube web forms regarding the use of music in your videos, in order to ensure your video does not get deactivated.

Tips on the Best Stock Music Websites for YouTube Channels

Best Voice Over Actors for Video and TV Commercials

Since I provide background music for allot of videos I get asked often if I can recommend voice over actors for commercials.

You can get some incredible voice over deals on Fiverr.com if you are on a super tight budget. But there is not that much choice of talent and the format is limited.

Also, I’d like to mention two gentlemen who helped me do the voice over for the sounders on my site. Will Wilson at WillSpeakforYou.com and Bill Hewes from the “The Hillbilly Yank Show“.

I set out to find out the best reliable source of voice actors that I could recommend to folks and I narrowed it down studiocenter.com. They are big time into radio commercial production and all around audio production for video and television.

Another reason I am recommending Studio Center is because they have studios in many major cities across the US so this may be helpful to people.

You can check out the video below for their top 10 male voices and see their YouTube channel. Go to their website for samples and to search for voice over acting talent.

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Make Youtube Videos with Windows Movie Maker: Clip Editing Tutorial

I found this really nice professional tutorial on using Windows Movie Maker to edit your clips and make Youtube videos. If you want to import audio into your movie check out my royalty free music on my home page for download-able mp3 music files.

You can download Moviemaker from Microsoft here for free and I think it works on any computer with Windows – XP, Vista, 7, etc. The program has some built in effects and transitions you can use in your movies. Even though this is free software it still works well, even for professionals in some cases.

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Tutorial Video: How to Add Music to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Using MP3 Audio Files

I found a very well done, simple tutorial video that shows how to add music to your video for YouTube using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker and MP3 audio files.

You can try this out by downloading one of my free songs if you want. Feel free to edit the MP3 files in order to create clips with a sound that fits in your movies – just like the tutorial shows.

If you are totally new to using the program, here is an article about locating, downloading, installing and “How to Use MovieMaker on Windows 7“. Also, if you are not on Windows you can read about “Online Video Editing Alternatives” as well.

My Tip: Instead of inserting such a long track into moviemaker (as shown in the video) and then having to shorten it, try using the free software called Audacity to edit the clip first.

How to Insert Music into You Movie or Film: Tutorial Video

Latest Music Licensing News and Groundbreaking Developments

music-licensing

Here is a bit of interesting news on the forefront of the music licensing business:

Tadcast.com is trying to get musicians to pay for having their music placed in popular YouTube videos. This is definitely a groundbreaking attempt in the music licensing world that I’m sure will cause quite a stir. Read More

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will no longer allow music licensed under creative commons. They say it is because most of it does not allow commercial use. They are right! That is why I allow commercial use of my music so it is easy to use. Read More

Promotion company DMX thwarts ASCAP‘s attempt to price gouge them with a 25 million dollar performance licensing fee. Oh, the complications and the drama of the PROs! That’s why the commercial-friendly creative commons license added a new paragraph to exclude ASCAP and BMI. Read More

The founders of Skype and Kazaa are now in the music rights administration business! It is a new world we are in and I’m just waiting for Google to step in on music licensing. The company, Music Report, is helping Rdio manage their music subscription licensing. Read More

See How Tadcast Is Trying to Get Musicians to “Pay for Play” in YouTube videos!

Man is this a major faux pa, sure to spark controversy and change. Question is, will musicians sign up? Reality is that desperate labels probably will.

5 Royalty Free Music Tracks: Featured User Videos

Hey, here are some of the top viewed YouTube videos that use my royalty free music library as a soundtrack. You can download all of these instrumental songs as MP3s from my home page. You can use them as background production music in video trailers, Websites, Internet radio, podcasts, or for on hold.

This cute pet video uses “Joker with Honey Lips” which has a country rock feel. This is adorable.

The alternative rock guitar track “Sun Spark” is used in this highly rated video with great clips of game play.

Acoustic rock tune “Art of Gardens” used to demonstrate smart phone typing app.

“Silver Shine” is a new age style piano track used in a girly tutorial. I can’t believe how many girls use my music for these kinds of videos – really funny!

“Black Box in the Ground” is a hard rock style epic that I made to be used as just for background music – perfect for a zombie game guide!

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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