I am a music producer and composer, my end goal is to get more clients and to get my work featured in more films & video games. To accomplish this I created a website and a free resource of 143 professional quality, royalty free music downloads which are commercially usable provided the end-user gives attribution to me in the credits.
I worked very hard to design an appealing, very high quality resource and even arranged all of the songs by category with nice images, a great interface, the works.
After I finished I thought a good way to market this resource and to hopefully succeed in getting my name out there I would sign up for all of the Filmmaker and Video Game Developer forums I could find, and post an article there giving away this free resource and showing I am bringing value to their community.
Well it backfired. Not only did I straight up get banned from one of the forums with no warning (not allowed to name forum)but my article was deleted and trash-talked by mods on a second forum and just simply trash talked on a third forum. Overall it seems people hate something about how I did this. TRUST ME I placed my articles in the appropriate places in the forums too, it wasn't due to me miscategorizing the post.
So here it is, please help me figure out what I did wrong!
Title: How to Get a Professional Soundtrack Produced for Your Film, Video Game, or YouTube Video Without Spending Money
Electronic Music Producer, Composer & Audio Engineer
So you're in the final stages of your film & you need to have it scored, or perhaps you're a YouTuber seeking to enhance the quality of their videos with stock music, or even a video game developer looking to immerse the player in their game with a custom soundtrack; one way or another, you need music to complete the project you're working on and bring it to it's full potential.
Well what if I told you there was a way to have a professional soundtrack produced specifically for your project for free that sounds equally as good as if you hired a professional to score it?
...Well I'd be lying. But don't click away just yet, it should be obvious that hiring someone to produce a custom soundtrack will always be the best choice and there is no getting around that...
I have a secret for you.
Instead of paying $ you can pay time to have a soundtrack for your project that sounds almost as if you hired a professional to do it, without spending a penny.
And here's how you do it:
Leverage the power of little-known stock music libraries and royalty free music catalogs to craft your own professional soundtrack out of completely free, professional quality resources.
I'm not going to lie and say this is going to be quick, but if you follow my instructions and you take the time to navigate through a hundred or so professional songs you will find the exact ones you need for each scene in your project.
By the time you're finished people will think you hired someone to score a professional soundtrack specifically for your project!
Step 1: Choose the Category of Music You Require for Each Scene in Your Project & Download a Selection of Songs
Lucky for you, I already put together a comprehensive catalog of free music resources arranged by category here. All you need to do is pick a category for each scene in your project that matches with the tone or emotion you are trying to portray.
Once you have your categories picked, here is where the time consuming part comes into play.
Hover your mouse over the category & click the icon that appears to open up the embedded audio player.
Listen to each song in the category you chose, one by one until you find a few that seem to fit with the scene you are going for, and click the download button on the far right of the song title to download the tracks.
Step 2: Import the Music Into Your Video Editing Software or Game Development Platform and Ensure it Mixes Well
This part is somewhat common sense, but to be thorough I am including it anyway:
Import the songs you downloaded into your software and listen to it while your scene plays out to see if it fits. If not, move to the next track on your list of downloads and keep going until you have a rough-draft of the entire soundtrack.
Once you have a rough draft, go back to Step 1 and make SURE you didn't miss any songs that may be in other categories you didn't listen to that might fit the scenes you're working on.
Step 3: Obtain the Appropriate License to Use the Music and Ensure You Have Given Proper Attribution
Whenever you're working with royalty free music you always have to keep in mind that just because the music is free doesn't mean you don't have to cite the author.
If you're using the Royalty Free Music Catalog I linked to earlier then this part is very simple:
If you will not make money from your project directly or indirectly (this includes advertisements and YouTube monetization) then all you have to do is put "Music Downloaded From in your credits, description or somewhere easily visible in your project.
If you will make money from your project directly or indirectly, simply fill out the Commercial License Request Form found on the website and enter in the title of your project and your project's information for EACH project you will require music for.
And that's how you spend time instead of money to create a custom soundtrack for your film, video game or YouTube video!
What to Do if you Still Haven't Found What You're Looking For
Now if for some reason you don't find the music you need in that library of over 100 songs, get in touch with me and tell me about your project. If I am inspired by your project, I will work with your budget to produce a custom soundtrack for you!
I know it's not easy to make a career out of your passions when you're on a limited budget, believe me, just read My Story if you want to know how I spent 6 years in poverty before becoming a successful music producer & composer
Because of my past, and how hard I had to work to get where I am today, I love working with people who still pursue their artistic passion regardless of their financial or social limitations.
And I frequently provide my services to these types of people for far less than any of my competitors, even the ones with less experience than myself, just because I love what I do and I love working with passionate individuals who have vision.
So if you think that's you, get in touch with me via my website or my email:
See you later, creators!
I have a few guesses as to what could be the main things people don't like about it but I wanted to get you guys' feedback first before I jump to conclusions.
Thank you so much if you take the time to help me figure this one out, it was really embarrassing to have such a negative reaction to what I regard as me doing people a free service and helping people so they would share my name :-(