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Video Production: Using Royalty Free Music


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Music is one of the single best ways to spice up your video and make it more entertaining.

Does that mean you can download the latest #1 hit tune off the Billboard charts and use in on your online video?

Nope, sorry.

Well, you can, IF you do not mind risking a lawsuit. And sue they will. Record companies have been known to sue small time, struggling public school system TV and Video Departments so obviously, no one is safe.

Royalty free music is the solution.

Royalty free music is produced specifically for use in video and audio productions. Generally, it is lyric-free and timed out to match common video lengths, :30, 1:00, etc.

Using royalty free music requires paying a one-time fee, then, with most licensing agreements, it is yours to use forever. Certain restrictions apply and the specific licensing agreements vary from supplier to supplier.

The only real problem with royalty free music is that sometimes it sounds like rejects from the “elevator” music category. You know, the kind of stuff that either puts you to sleep or makes you grab for your ear plugs.

I am pleased to say however that over the years, royalty free music has improved tremendously. Nowadays, some of the best royalty free music is not only listenable, but actually quite enjoyable. An entire industry of professional musicians gravitated toward the field as demand increased.

I just found two incredible sources for royalty free music that I wanted to pass on to my readers. (More were added later to the comments section below.)

Smart Ass Music.

I don’t know about you, but with a name like that, I liked them immediately!

The other resource is Mike Stewart with two-buck themes.

Get royalty free music from TwoBuckThemes.com

Smart Ass Music is a group of pros from the UK with very impressive credentials in the big-time professional film scoring industry. Mike Stewart worked for years in the Atlanta Market and has become quite well known in internet marketing circles as a video and music guru.

I listened to about 25 different music clips on Smart Ass Music site just now and thought every single one was great. You know a royalty free tune is fantastic when you like it so much that it would sound great mixed in with the “real” music in your collection. For me, some of their blues tunes would fit right in on my iPod!

Not only was the music great, but I was impressed with their affordable prices. The price you pay depends on which level of licensing you need, they have three different levels. Fees start at about 25 bucks per song for the lowest level.

Now their BEST deal is a group of 15 tunes that you can download for FREE.

Kind of hard to beat that price! You can find the freebies by scrolling down about 1/2 way on their home page and looking in the center of the page.

But that’s not all! You can get a second free audio download package from Smart Ass if you go to this link too!

Now is that cool or what?

So if you are in need of some royalty free music for your online video production, I strongly recommend you check out Smart Ass Music. And they are NOT paying me to say that! (Too bad for me!)

Mike Stewart’s royalty free music is great too. Mike has created hundreds of one-minute royalty free tunes you can purchase for a very reasonable fee. Mike’s music can help you build an entire library of royalty free music. For just ten dollars a month, you get five new cuts.

I personally have used dozens of his royalty free music cuts and like them very much.

Above all there are a large variety of websites out there that offer different genres of royalty free music so do not be afraid to do some research of your own so that you too can get free beats for your next video project.

So go download some royalty free music today.

Thanks for reading Video Production Tips.

Lorraine Grula

Internet Video Gal

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Lorraine Grula

Lorraine Grula enjoyed a fast-paced, multifaceted career in the television and video business, producing, shooting, writing, and editing documentary-style videos in both news and corporate settings. Later, she got to teach media and video production in two high schools, which then morphed into instructional design and corporate training. Lorraine is now dedicated to sharing her vast knowledge with others who wish to learn the art of video making, with an emphasis on storytelling and creating professional-quality videos for the internet as simply, yet creatively as possible.

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  1. I saw your post regarding smartassmusic and thought I would add a few sites with *free* royalty free music and sound effects.

    On this page there is a collection of free royalty free music loops that are perfect of idents, stings or background music behind a voice-over. Avaialble for personal and commercial use, no strings attached:
    Free Royalty Free Music Loops

    This page has thousands of free sound effects to download and use, organized into easy to search categories:
    Free Sound Effects

    This blog constantly posts new royalty free music and sounds effects that are available for use in personal and commercial projects:
    Royalty Free Music Clips

    Musicloops.com isn’t free but has over 4000 tracks from some of the best composers on the internet. If you need a wide variety of music genres to choose and nothing but high quality stuff this is the place to go

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  2. Hey Mark

    I checked out all those sites (briefly) and they looked good. I was afraid they would be spammy crap, but they looked good.

    So thanks for the quality information.


  3. My pleasure.
    Since this is a video production tips blog
    there’s another page that might be worth mentioning that has 10 free, Christmas themed video background loops available for personal or commercial use in any video production.

    There are 10 of them in full rez, PAL and NTSC available for download.

    They come in handy to add titles over or green screen or matted type elements.

    10 Christmas Themed Video Background Loops

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  4. Hey Mark.

    Wow! Those are positively gorgeous. I will be downloading them myself!

    Thanks a million for the info. We always love free video production resources here at VPT!

    Merry Christmas

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