Where do you get MUSIC for your videos?

by Dayne Dylan Banned
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Warriors,

I'm wanting to make videos to put on YouTube for all kinds of promotional marketing. Some of them, I would like to have appropriate music (soft to hard rock).

Of course, I would LOVE to be able to use any song I want, but obviously there is copyright issues.

Do you know of any good resources to get free music to use on videos like the ones I want to create? Or even low cost sources?

Thanks!
#music #videos
  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    There is a fellow warrior who specialises in producing music for marketing videos. His work is very good & he is extremely versatile.

    Check him out. He goes by the name bazp2010 on this forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronSnider
    Royalty Free Music

    Another warrior suggested this one a couple weeks ago
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    • Profile picture of the author abednego
      Originally Posted by AaronSnider View Post

      Royalty Free Music

      Another warrior suggested this one a couple weeks ago
      Some good stuff there - I'll be sure to use them in my next video
      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemac1
    @Dayne Dylan - actually you can just use YouTube, here's what you do... create a video and upload it to YouTube, you don't have to put any music with it at this point.

    After uploading it, go to My Videos and select AudioSwap, then browse the music that you can use as the background and when you find one you like, YouTube will embed the music with your video, here's a link to check it out: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    BTW, this no April Fool's Joke, I have used it, the only pet peeve is that the music ends abruptly when the video ends. Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author wal742
    First up, do not infringe copyright even though others do so, and no matter how tempting it may seem.
    There a multitude of sources for low cost music and audio.

    Do google search for "royalty free music"
    Also type in "music for video" and look at the other suggestions that display below the entry field on the google search page and check out some of the samples until you find something that you like

    Another very useful resource is Mike Stewart who has been in multimedia for decades. He has a website call "twobuckthemes".



    Adding an audio track with the right music makes a huge impact to the effectiveness of a video.


    If you want to really learn more about video marketing from an investment of just 7 cups of coffee at starbucks, check out Kevin Rileys "videoproductionlabworkshop" which has around 30 lessons with personal help from him over a 5 week period.
    The course has just closed and has around 600 participants.
    I am sure that he will open it up again in the future.
    Kevin is an established marketer and can be contacted at his other site "productcreationlabs"

    This should be enough to get you started.
    I am not an affilate for Mike or Kevin in case you are wondering about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author CLAURA09
    Audiomicro.com offers original Royalty free music and sound effect .You can find large catalog of sound effect tracks. you can also buy sound effects using a Pay Per Download or Subscription Package, then download original files any time. you can get very good quality music and sound effect(Hip-Hop, Dance, Techno, Jazz, Chillout, Drum and Bass etc.) for very cheap prices.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Jennings
    I like Stock20 -- just $20 and you get multiple lengths (sometimes 25 or more) for that price.

    Plus, your first one is free when you open an account so you can get some music right now without it costing anything.

    BTW, I was a happy customer before I became a happy affiliate. And I think I still have enough credit there that I probably won't actually get a free song for recommending them, but use my link anyway -- I like them owing me. =

    Jay Jennings
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    • Profile picture of the author Marty S
      Actually guys you can take ANYTHING you can find on iTunes - including TOP songs for a Youtube upload.

      Youtube now has an affiliate arrangement with iTunes that will add a pop-up advertisement for the song(s) being used in the video.

      Once Youtube software recognizes the song (it may take a few weeks) the advertisement will pop up when played on Youtube. You will also receive this notice, or similar:

      __________________________________________________ ____________


      Copyright Info: BAD BEAT POKER

      Your video BAD BEAT POKER, may include content that is owned or licensed by these content owners:

      • Content owner: Sony Music Entertainment and UMG Type: Audio content

      As a result, your video is blocked in these locations:

      Germany

      What should I do?

      No action is required on your part. Your video is still available everywhere not listed above. In some cases ads may appear next to your video.



      __________________________________________________ ___________




      The thing is, I if you have a sales video, I am not sure about the effectiveness of using popular music, however, there a gazillion songs (many instrumental) produced and available on iTunes that will not overtake your video or it's message.
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    • Profile picture of the author Asher
      Originally Posted by AaronSnider View Post

      Originally Posted by Jay Jennings View Post

      I like Stock20 -- just $20 and you get multiple lengths (sometimes 25 or more) for that price.

      Plus, your first one is free when you open an account so you can get some music right now without it costing anything.
      All great sites, I personally am using Stock20
      for a lot of my song needs but these are some
      great recommendations.

      Mike Stewart's Royalty Free Music For CDs, Podcasts, Videos, DVDs Only $2 a Track!
      is another site with great themes.

      Ginny Culp is another Warrior who creates and
      sells her own music. She's currently working on
      her Beats Gone Wild site.

      But if you want to get some music from her,
      you can try out: TimeToHelpThemBack.com

      Asher
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      • Profile picture of the author hobbit
        Originally Posted by Asher View Post

        All great sites, I personally am using Stock20
        for a lot of my song needs but these are some
        great recommendations.

        Mike Stewart's Royalty Free Music For CDs, Podcasts, Videos, DVDs Only $2 a Track!
        is another site with great themes.

        Ginny Culp is another Warrior who creates and
        sells her own music. She's currently working on
        her Beats Gone Wild site.

        But if you want to get some music from her,
        you can try out: TimeToHelpThemBack.com

        Asher
        I've used Ginny Culp stuff and it's great. You can't go wrong with this one
        Barry
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        • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
          Originally Posted by Jay Rhome View Post

          Nice one. Looking for "bland" corporate background music was harder than I thought. I'm a musician myself but my style is quite different (metal).

          Too bad we can't download right away and have to order a CD... that's weird in 2010!
          Jay, I totally agree on the CD in the mail thing, but it's worth the wait!

          Giles, the Crew Chief
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    Use my site danosongs.com or incompetech.com.
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    DanoSongs.com - Royalty Free Music for Marketing Videos

    No sign up required to try my music in your video.

    Just click to listen and download. No cost to try, only pay when you publish.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jay Rhome
      Originally Posted by dndoseller View Post

      Use my site danosongs.com or incompetech.com.
      I might just use a few of your songs. Good luck with it and keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author badboy_Nick
    Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

    Warriors,

    I'm wanting to make videos to put on YouTube for all kinds of promotional marketing. Some of them, I would like to have appropriate music (soft to hard rock).

    Of course, I would LOVE to be able to use any song I want, but obviously there is copyright issues.

    Do you know of any good resources to get free music to use on videos like the ones I want to create? Or even low cost sources?

    Thanks!
    I've always used shockwave sounds for my royalty free music. They have some really cool tracks. Give them a try.

    Any questions just let me know

    Nick
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  • Profile picture of the author CLAURA09
    I am a composer, I used to download music from internet if need some specific sound effect like Game Sound Effects, Animal Sound Effects, Nature and Weather Sound Effects, Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) Sound Effects, Sports Sound Effects, Water Sound Effects, Musical Instrument Sound Effects, Guns and Weapon Sound Effects etc try Audiomicro,it is very popular for music and sound effects. It's not free but very well priced and then you are free to use the music forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Check out AudioJungle. Great pricing, great music and two different license agreements depending on your needs: Royalty Free Music & Stock Audio - AudioJungle
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    all recommendations above are great.If I could add, just visit ur windows again and find "my music".then get that sample music to be ur music.free and simple.hope this helps
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Although I use Stock20 a lot (recommended by Jay Jennings above) I also find some great stuff at Music Bakery. Costs a wee bit more, but sometimes you need a different tune.
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  • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
    Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

    Warriors,

    I'm wanting to make videos to put on YouTube for all kinds of promotional marketing. Some of them, I would like to have appropriate music (soft to hard rock).

    Of course, I would LOVE to be able to use any song I want, but obviously there is copyright issues.

    Do you know of any good resources to get free music to use on videos like the ones I want to create? Or even low cost sources?

    Thanks!

    Probably the best kept low cost secret is: FREE Production Music Collections

    You can acquire HIGH quality music of all varieties and genres and not be concerned about any licensing issues.

    Once you check them out, you will agree they are the best!

    Giles, the Crew Chief
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    • Profile picture of the author Rashell
      you can also check out Pond5.com

      Rashell
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    • Profile picture of the author Jay Rhome
      Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

      Probably the best kept low cost secret is: FREE Production Music Collections

      You can acquire HIGH quality music of all varieties and genres and not be concerned about any licensing issues.

      Once you check them out, you will agree they are the best!

      Giles, the Crew Chief
      Nice one. Looking for "bland" corporate background music was harder than I thought. I'm a musician myself but my style is quite different (metal).

      Too bad we can't download right away and have to order a CD... that's weird in 2010!
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  • Profile picture of the author Long Beach Nathan
    I think the site ProductionTrax.com has some interesting, cool stuff on it, and a lot of the prices are pretty reasonable. Plus, I have music on there myself
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  • Profile picture of the author sarthakbehl
    You can use itunes store and search for royalty free music..
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  • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
    Something slightly different - I like to use Sonicfire Pro by Smart Sound.

    It's a program AND sound files. There are hundreds of tracks in multiple genres to choose from

    There are two GREAT reasons to use this program. Firstly the tracks are customizable in length. You want 10 seconds. No problem. You want 50 seconds - no problem. Just type in your desired length and the program adjusts the file accordingly.

    The second great benefit is that the majority of their songs come in 'multitrack' format. This means the track is split down into its constituent elements - e.g. drums, bass, guitars, strings, etc etc - and in the program itself you can break the track down and introduce the drums first, then add the bass, then the guitars. So you can create your own mixes very quickly and intuitively to help build dramatic emphasis.

    If you only want a few tracks then one of the royalty free sites is probably your best bet. If you envisage doing it on a regular basis then check Sonicfire out - there's a free 21 demo to download so you can try before you buy.


    HTH
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  • Profile picture of the author PeepMyCollar
    This is great! I could really use this for my website's videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Long Beach Nathan
    I record a tune every now and then. Some of those can be found in the link in my signature, if anyone's interested. I know I already posted in this thread, but the old post doesn't display my signature.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      I've purchased a few libraries of music from Digital Juice. If you sign up on their list they will send you offers for discounts when they are available. The music libraries are packed with all kinds of music catagories and a ton of songs, and if you make a lot of videos you already know that sourcing music is one of the biggest time drains there is.

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  • Profile picture of the author ill_al
    I go on skyhigh718.wordpress he makes music and also compuses instrumentals

    You can also find a few others located at or reverbnation.com/pennyshaw
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  • Profile picture of the author guideebook
    Hi,

    I discovered these site for free music:

    stonewashed.net/free-music.html
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  • Profile picture of the author David Hooper
    Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

    I'm wanting to make videos to put on YouTube for all kinds of promotional marketing. Some of them, I would like to have appropriate music (soft to hard rock).

    Of course, I would LOVE to be able to use any song I want, but obviously there is copyright issues.
    Not on YouTube. Those rights have already been negotiated, so you're good. This is how all those kids playing cover songs are able to get away with it.

    I'm not an attorney, but I'm in the music licensing business, so I know.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jay Rhome
      Originally Posted by David Hooper View Post

      Not on YouTube. Those rights have already been negotiated, so you're good. This is how all those kids playing cover songs are able to get away with it.

      I'm not an attorney, but I'm in the music licensing business, so I know.
      Hi David. I didn't know you were on the WF. I'm a long time subscriber of your list (this guy knows his thing about promoting music!)

      As I'm sadly no longer really active in the "music bizz", I haven't read much in a long while, but I wanted to say hi!
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  • Profile picture of the author EvolBaby
    I'm lucky! I have lots of friends who are professional musicians and they make me musical scores and theme songs for free! I've got several of them geared up to make some ebooks about how they got so successful.

    Getting your own music goes a lonnnng way in promoting yourself!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Sanford
    Hi there a great place i use to find all types of music for videos is shockwave-sound.com huge selection and very resonable prices.
    cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    If you want a site where you can get pre-licensed music then check-out animoto.com they offer a pro account with a $249 /year fee or $39/month or you can settle for a free account and still enjoy the free music, only you have to settle with a 30 second video.

    The effects and music transition combined with the slides are really majestic, I am sure you'll love it. Transferring the video from animoto to youtube is a real breeze too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jay Rhome
      Originally Posted by Andrea Wilson View Post

      If you want a site where you can get pre-licensed music then check-out animoto.com they offer a pro account with a $249 /year fee or $39/month or you can settle for a free account and still enjoy the free music, only you have to settle with a 30 second video.

      The effects and music transition combined with the slides are really majestic, I am sure you'll love it. Transferring the video from animoto to youtube is a real breeze too.

      Heu? Do you work for Animoto? Sure sounds like it.

      BTW I certainly DO think it's a great way to do videos with licensed music... but

      #1 you lack control unless you download a couple of versions and rearrange them yourself with further software

      #2 they are way too severe limitations and costs for B2B applications. If that wasn't so, I would have never left. As it stands now, it's very UNfriendly for us dealing in B2B. Now I've found alternatives and I'm probably never going back. And again, I would not have even looked for alternatives otherwise.
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    • Profile picture of the author CCGAL
      Originally Posted by Andrea Wilson View Post

      If you want a site where you can get pre-licensed music then check-out animoto.com they offer a pro account with a $249 /year fee or $39/month or you can settle for a free account and still enjoy the free music, only you have to settle with a 30 second video.

      The effects and music transition combined with the slides are really majestic, I am sure you'll love it. Transferring the video from animoto to youtube is a real breeze too.
      I love Animoto. Just sayin' ...
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  • Profile picture of the author alniches
    You can try neosounds.com royalty free music.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryJBloomer
    iStockphoto.com offers sound and video clips and loops. You could also make your own in Apple's GarageBand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    One of the biggest mistakes so many make is to "Not Read" the terms of these so called Royalty free music companies, often they have so many " things you Cannot do " with the music that you might as well just pay for the privileged of downloading the song then never being able to legally use it,

    Of course the chances of getting dinged, are say one in one thousand, but I would not want to be that one person that got sued.

    For example did you know that even if someone sells you music they claim they have the right to sell, if they do not have that right you can and still will be responsible for any damages due the actual person that owns the music.

    Take for example some places, like trade bit, (allegedly) you can find all kinds of music, but much of it does not even belong to the folks that are selling it, (again allegedly) disclaimer,)

    The key is to know with whom you are doing business, if the price is so cheap that it sounds too good to be true well guess what, that still does not excuse you from getting sued.

    Even some of the big names, have license terms like you can only use it for up to 5 thousands times and after that you have to buy another license.

    Now for the most part you will never have an issue, but what if you use it for a you tube video and Baam, you get 200 thousand hits, well you could be liable for buying enough licenses to cover that amount of exposure, and if you think that this is not normal, just have a look at many of the media buy out, clauses, on these websites, some of which have been mentioned here on this thread.

    It is there in the license terms but most people don't bother to read them.

    All I am saying here is you should take the time to read the terms of use because some of these music companies have some really restrictive terms which for the most part people do not even know they are agreeing to.

    Just be careful, most of us don't have anything to worry over, but one in one thousand, just make sure your not that one person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Warrior65
    I use Royalty Free Music, there pretty good. Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author jtribe
    Stock music boutique is a good place.
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  • Profile picture of the author dexcell
    One more recommendation for stock20. Check it out, it has some great music.
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