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Where Can I Find Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects?
Where Can I Get Some Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects?
Do you need some royalty free music or sound effects for a project you're working on? And you don't know where to get some? With all the mess of unhelpful pages you've spent hours searching through, only to find junk! Here's a page full of helpful links to the sites that offer free or paid music &/or sound effects.
Look no further! Here's a list of websites that offer what you're looking for. Most of the sites I've listed here, are ones that I use, especially the free ones. Some of the websites I've listed here are paid, and some are free! So whether you're looking to buy some music or to just use some music with empty pockets & a smile, check these helpful suggestions out........
Free Vs. Paid
Knowing The Limitations of Licensing!
There are two different types of royalty free music & sound effects available out there.
Out there, being that giant spider web that covers the face of this planet....In the figurative, technological, sense of course. Websites, that you have to pay to use their music & sound effects, & sites that you don't. But some of the sites that are free have limitations. Limitations like not using them without crediting the author/website. Some websites won't allow you to use their music for anything commercial, only for personal use.
So be sure and check every website you end up using. Seeing as how they can change their Policy/T.O.S.(Terms Of Service) in regards to licensing, at anytime they see fit. I doubt they could throw the book at you, if you downloaded & used their music or sound effects during the time they were free of charge. Since they were obtained & used during the time in which they were free & without the new limitations set forth. They should be able to be kept on that piece of work, you created, that has been sitting online for quite some time. That's like a restaurant saying a meal is free and then after you eat it they changed their minds & want it back(reverse peristalsis) plus the price of what it costs to make it.
Here's some more information about royalty free music: Royalty Free Music Info
Next up are some lists of websites that offer, paid & free, royalty music & sound effects.......
The Best Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects
The Best 4 Free! Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects Websites!
I use these 4 websites, listed below, for all projects I've had and will have. They've got some great free music & sound effects. Each site has their own terms of service info, about how to use & credit the music maker/website. You cannot directly link to any of their songs, only the website itself, in case you ever point someone there. Also, you cannot resell any of their works or pass them off as your own. Also, I've included, under 3 of the websites, the links for their T.O.S Licensing Information(only 3 of them because the other 1 has the info on their first home page). It would also be wise to peruse the websites for anything F.A.Q. or information related, so that you don't step on any toes in regards to licensing and free use.
#1. www.SoundJay.com: SoundJay has a great listing of royalty free music & sound effects. They have their files broken into different categories for ease of use. You can save the files as wav's or mp3's. I find, that with my Arcsoft Showbiz DVD 2 video editor program, wav's work best for less distortion or messing up when putting together movies with audio files added.
#2. http://www.PacDV.com/Sounds/: PacDV has royalty free music & sound effects available. PacDV makes no mention of crediting them when you use their files. I however, do credit them. Also, they, like all 3 of these websites...state that you cannot direct link to their exact song files, only to their website url in general. PacDV's terms of usage are right on that first page. They also have their audio files broken into categories, very helpful.
#3. www.Incompetech.com: Incompetech is another great resource for royalty free music. However, they don't have sound effects in their arsenal. The website is run by a musical genius named Kevin MacLeod. There are many genres of music split into their respective categories. It's a great resource for royalty free music. He adds & updates new music often. So, be rest assured he will most likely have something you're looking for.
www.incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/faq.html: You'll want to read this page for knowing how to credit Mr. MacLeod and you should probably donate some money to him so he can eat. Musicians need to eat too. It would be nice if you gave him some money as a way of saying thanks, for getting to use his music freely. One last thing to mention is that he does freelance music making for people who need specific types of music and scoring. Check around his webpage to find the part where you can hire him, to make you a piece of music.
#4. http://beatsroyaltyfree.com/: BeatsRoyaltyFree.com has a nice selection of royalty free music & sound effects. They have their files broken into different categories for ease of use. The files are generally available in mp3 form. Now check out their copyright info.....
http://beatsroyaltyfree.com/copyright-information/: BeatsRoyaltyFree.com's Copyright Information states that you can only use their music/soundfx if you credit them every time. You can use them for commercial and non-commercial. Now you have to be careful! because the site allows people to upload their own music/soundfx that they've made and not all music & sound fx are free the way some others are. Every song or sound effect you come across, you have to check underneath or near it for copyright info. So just be careful about that.
*With Halloween quickly approaching, these sites should be able to help you with any sound effects, clips, bites or background music you might need for anything Halloween related - whether it's for a haunted house you're putting together or a video/music project you're working on.
Royalty Free Sound Effects Available On Amazon
Terms & Conditions Follow-Up
Plus Another Great Website For Finding Sound Effects......
So just make sure you read all the info for any website you use. You don't want to get caught with your pants down when using an audio file you probably shouldn't be using or if you use it incorrectly! Especially if you plan on using any music or sound effects for a commercialized product such as a monetized youtube video. Play it safe, if you can't find the owner of the audio file, or a page directing you to info saying that it's copyrighted and it's not free to use or vice versa, then don't use it!
Here's another great website for finding sounds. The only problem with this one is that the sounds might not be free! So you'll have to check and see. Go to the website that each audio file shows and check. Play it safe, if you can't find the owner of the audio file, or a page directing you to info saying that it's copyrighted and not free to use, then don't use it!
You should be able to find some really good sound files on that site as well as the other sites I listed earlier. Halloween is almost here and you probably want some creepy sounds for a haunted house or Halloween project you're working on.
Programs To Make Your Own Music - On Amazon
3 Paying Websites For Royalty Free Music
Here are 3 websites that offer Royalty Free Music that you have to pay for:
(Each has their own prices & choices in music. I have never purchased any music from them but their accessibility seems easy enough. You can sample the music before you choose to buy.)
3 Paying Websites For Royalty Free Sound Effects
Here are 3 websites that offer Royalty Free Sound Effects that you have to pay for:
(Each has their own prices & choices in sound effects. I have never purchased any sound effects from them, but their accessibility seems easy enough. You can sample the SoundFX before you choose to buy.)
Have You Ever Paid For Royalty Free Music Or Sound Effects?
The Number #1 Way To Get Royalty Free Music................. - Wait for it........Wait for it.....................Make Your Own Music!
Make It Yourself!
Buy a piano or a guitar..... learn how to play them using youtube educational videos(Just think how fun it would be, or not!?! lol). Or even buy a program for your computer that lets you make music. Maybe even buy some royalty free music cd's from an online store. These are all great ways to find the royalty free music you're looking for. Plus, I'm sure there are some more fantastic websites for royalty free music that I haven't listed. There are always diamonds in the rough. If you find any gems.... worthy websites, hosting royalty free music & sound effects, please let me know. Well, I hope I could help you in your searching................
Make Some Music Today!
My Youtube Videos Using Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects!
Here are Some Videos I Made..... Using The Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects, From The Websites I Mentioned In This Article.
Road Construction Time Lapse Video
Snowfall Time Lapse Video
Sky Clouds Time Lapse
Vehicles Slipping & Sliding On Ice & Snow!
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