Music adds interest and excitement to your videos. But where do you get it? It’s not wise to rip tracks from your favorite, best-selling artists. And very few video creators are also musicians.
What’s a person to do? The answer is royalty free music, available at a range of sites online. Here is a look at seven excellent sites to get your music. They range from free to affordable and on to premium pricing.
YouTube Audio Library: Many users don’t realize that YouTube provides free music for your videos. You can choose from more than 1000 royalty-free tracks, both music, and sound effects. A handy search bar makes it easy to find specific types of music. You can also browse by category, including genre, mood, instrument, duration and attribution.
Free Music Archive (FMA): FMA curates music from a variety of sources, all of it free to download. The licensing varies from track to track. If you want to use music beyond the permission of the license, you can contact the artist and discuss the specifics. It is easy to find the type of music you need, just find the genre from the pull-down menu. You can also use the handy search bar.
Music from Bensound is free to use under the Creative Commons license, which means you should give them credit in your video. You can use their music for most web projects (online videos, websites, animation, etc.). They do offer various levels of Pro licenses if you don’t want to give credit or your use is beyond the web. Pro licenses starts at $129 for an annual subscription. You’ll find high-quality music on their site. However, their selection is very limited.
AudioJungle: The average cost of a full-length song at Audio Jungle is $19, but you can find tracks for just $1. Each month they offer several no-cost tracks. The site has over 450,000 tracks and sounds, all royalty free. They let you download preview files so you can be sure you’re getting what you want. The search bar and category tabs make the site easy to navigate and music simple to find.
Melody Loops: At Melody Loops, you can buy on a one-time basis, pay as you go, or get prepaid download credits for a discount. The single-track license fee is $12 and pre-paid plans begin at $44. This site makes it incredibly easy to search, using tabs for genres, styles, way of usage, moods, and instruments. With its multi-usage license, you can apply the music to a variety of projects. You can download preview tracks before you buy.
Audioblocks: Sign up at Audio Blocks for $99 a year and download as many music tracks, sound effects and loops as you want. A free 7-day trial is available. Searching is easy using the search bar or by moods, genres, and instruments. They have over 100,000 tracks available.
Premium Beat: Premium Beat has a catalog of over 5,000 music tracks and sound effects. The site’s royalty free music is carefully curated and features professional composers. The cost for a standard license is $49 a song. You can download MP3 previews for music selections. Searching is easy, with a search bar and tabs for genre, mood, artist, popularity and recent.
Marmoset Music: Marmoset offers high-end tracks for purchase. Their motto is “Handcrafted sounds for filmmakers and storytellers,” and the emphasis is on quality, not quantity. Costs range from $29 to $199 for a song, depending on how you use it. Finding music is simple using the filters, including mood, energy, arc, length, vocals, instruments and genres. You can download MP3 versions for preview.