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eric dole
Licence free music
on Jan 18, 2013 at 12:24:19 am

Any recommendation for a GOOD license free music library?

I'm probably going to launch a show for local broadcast. The TV station will have a blanket license, but then we will post the shows on a third-party website. So, we need independent licensing.

I know there are some good music sources out there now, but which one?

thanks,

ED


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Bill Davis
Re: Licence free music
on Jan 18, 2013 at 2:45:59 am

In my experience, the best place to get top quality totally free, fully rights cleared music is the same place you go to get top quality totally free shoes.

When you find that place, please let us know.

There's tons of free "meh" quality stuff floating around the web. Some quality stuff that's "free with purchase" from software companies. (often over exposed since anyone with a Mac, for example can use the Apple Loops) And plenty of web sites promising "free" music with absolutely NO paper trail showing any solid rights clearances that a reputable broadcaster would accept.

Welcome to the business of production.

Where money kinda counts a lot at every turn.

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André Engelhardt
Re: Licence free music
on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:00:58 pm

Obviously there are a lot of stock music sites out there and I found the quality of stock music on *all* of them can vary, nothing wrong with that but basically it means you will probably have to be open to spend some time looking around.

If you do prefer a local one stop solution you could check out products like the Maximum Edge HD (http://www.stockmusic.net/index.cfm/page/main.maxEdge). Other than that, reputable sites I've had good experiences with (both as a contributor as well as a buyer) are Getty, Pond5, PremiumBeat. For a more complete list check out http://www.videomaker.com/downloads/stock-music.

Good luck!

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André Engelhardt
Audio Engineer, Sound Designer
http://www.soundr.net


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Corbin Gross
Re: Licence free music
on Jan 18, 2013 at 4:15:41 pm

I believe you are looking for "Royalty" free music, correct? Not necessarily music that is simply no cost to purchase?

I really like Smart Sound. They have a pretty good selection of music that is royalty free and very affordable. I use their scoring software, Sonicfire Pro, which allows you to very easily edit the pieces to fit any length you may need, from a stinger to as long as you want. The music is OK. It suits my needs, it's budget stock music but it's engaging enough to help get my message across, and it's extremely flexible.

Really "Good" music is going to cost you though. Somebody I work with just paid 10 Gs for a custom piece with an exclusive license, and honestly, I had to use my carefully practiced work smile and pretend to like it.

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eric dole
Re: Licence free music
on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:30:04 pm

Thanks Corbin,

Your post is also very helpful. No, I'm not looking for a freebie, but something that is royalty free that does not sound too schlocky. And you are absolutely right about paying for an original score. That is not the budget for the time being. Maybe later.

Thanks,

ED


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eric dole
Re: Licence free music
on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:24:41 pm

Thanks André! That's really helpful. You are absolutely right. There is a lot of stuff out there of various quality and after a while you find yourself sampling endlessly without satisfaction. That is why I was asking for a little word of mouth.

Thanks again,

ED


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Scott Lloyd Shelly
Re: Licence free music
on Feb 26, 2013 at 8:36:55 am

Try musicloops.com and productiontrax.com

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eric dole
Re: Licence free music
on Feb 26, 2013 at 10:02:18 pm

Thanks Scott. Will check them out.

ED


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