52 Cool places to find music and sound effects for your videos (one for each week of the year…)
An important note before you start! Although a music track is “royalty free” this does not mean it is actually free to use or that you can just download it to your computer and upload it to your video editor. You need to check any licensing requirements very carefully to avoid legal actions and/or very large fines! I’ve compiled a list of 52 sites offering music and sound effects you can download and use. That’s one for each week of the year! While many of the following sites DO offer completely free tracks, you still have to give credit to the composer or the website in your video by including details of the composer/track or a link back to the download site in most cases. There is also a multitude of different license types, some allowing free use with certain conditions and others requiring payment. Remember this simple rule to follow before you decide to add a particular track or sound effect to your video creations (or indeed, if you simply wish to add a soundtrack to your website to keep your visitors entertained): Check the licensing requirements and then check them again!! Having said that, I am confident the following listing of 52 different music resources will let you find that elusive track and/or sound effect you need to enhance your creative efforts. (The first archive site alone contains over 3,250,000 listings, enough to keep your ears occupied for…. well….years!) Seriously, if you can’t find the music you require from any of the following sites you probably need to buy a second-hand rocket from NASA and move to a different planet! So, here goes, I have simply listed the sites in alphabetical order and I have tried to include accurate information about each site. Also, where possible, I have tried to include the licensing information they publish. And… once again, it is your responsibility to check the licensing requirements before using any of the stuff you download. If you get in trouble… don’t come running to me. You have been warned! Now, go and feast your ears……… (p.s. All 52 sites were tested and working at the time of publication. Obviously I cannot guarantee this will remain that way as I have no control over the sites whatsoever.)
No More Excuses!! So, there you go!! You now have a site for every week of the year where you can search for your music. I’ve done all the hard work for you!
I have seen many people asking the search engines and in various video related Facebook groups questions like: “Where can I find free music to use in my videos?” “Where can I find Royalty free music?” “Free music for commercial use?” Because I see the same questions being asked so often, I thought it was time to do some research and find some useful answers. We know that video is a great way to market almost anything these days, but when it comes to choosing and adding a soundtrack to your latest video ad, video product review, or even your latest blockbuster, you are entering a minefield! Although a music track is “royalty free” this does not mean it is actually free to use or that you can just download it to your computer and upload it to your video editor. You need to check any licensing requirements very carefully to avoid legal actions and/or very large fines! I’ve compiled a list of 52 sites offering music and sound effects you can download and use. That’s one for each week of the year!