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Read about our journey and how we find soundtracks to help move our stories here at Rhino.
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Our Rhino team has shot a lot of videos. One problem we constantly run into is trying to find a good soundtrack for our video. Finding a great song for your project can be one of the hardest parts. You can't really finalize your edit without a soundtrack to base your edit off of. Some videos need a fast tempo, slow tempo, electronic beats, acoustics, etc. One thing to remember is that through CC, or creative commons, artists can share their music on these platforms and allow others to use them as well. CC is an additional license that is added on top of the original copyright so that artists can legally modify how their content can be shared. Often times, original copyright is very strict and does not allow for much wiggle room. In this article, we will be talking about our journey of finding royalty free music websites, which ones worked, which ones didn't, and the pros/cons of each.
6. Audio Jungle
Starting with our least favorite, we started with a website a platform known as Audio Jungle. Audio Jungle is popular in the music sharing community and it is mainly a platform for artists to sell their music for a commission. The great thing about Audio Jungle is that songs are much cheaper than other sites and they are made by dedicated musicians. However, it is hard to find truly good songs and most of the songs are cheesy. We don't like cheesy music.
5. Song Freedom
Next, is a website known as Song Freedom. There is a whole load of royalty free music websites but Song Freedom is great because they have pre-licensed mainstream music. So on their website, you can find songs you have heard or are currently on the radio. Many people like using Song Freedom because they have songs that are widely known and they can use them legally. Of course there are some regulations and limits per use, but for the most part, Song Freedom is user-friendly. If you are doing work for clients and they are requesting specific songs, Song Freedom may be a great place to check out.
4. Premium Beat
Premium Beat is a great platform and they have a decent collection of music. However, a big plus for Premium Beat is that they have a huge selection of sound effects. If you need a specific sound effect for your video project, this website would be a great place to look. Their music is decent and you will be able to find multiple usable tracks. The music on here is also pre-licensed so you should have no trouble using them in your videos for YouTube or Vimeo.
Up next is a website we recently found, Audio Network. Audio Network has partnered and worked with many major reputable digital media companies. They are well known and have some pretty good quality music. One of the best things about Audio Network is their Premiere plugin tool. You can actually download a plugin for your video editing software so that you can access your tracks while working on your project. Their platform is full of talented artists and like the other websites, you can find music based on mood/tempo. The user interface is friendly and it is easy to find specific tracks you may be looking for.
2. Music Bed
Next, we decided to try out a website called Music Bed. They are a great company and we have used them for a couple projects. You can expect to find awesome high-quality music on this platform. We love their website. Music Bed is a great site for both you and the artist. It is a mutually beneficial platform for filmmakers and musicians to find their audience. Music bed licenses music for all types of businesses and projects. The great thing about Music Bed is that all the songs are handpicked to fit each category. You can find a song by project type, artist, mood, tempo, lyrical, etc. The bad part of Music Bed is that it can be pretty pricey. However, if we are putting together anything for commercial use or a mini-documentary we look to Music Bed for great tracks.
1. Art List
Last but not least, Our team here at Rhino use Art List all the time to find tracks and we love it. Most of our recent videos were made with tracks from this website. Art List is a music licensing startup based out of Israel. It is currently a beta but open to the public. Their site is full of pre-licensed tracks and all you have to pay for is the annual subscription. It is great because their universal license covers both commercial and personal usage, so you do not have to worry about paying anything more than the subscription. The songs they use are high quality and they are categorized well. The user interface is simple and finding the perfect song for your video can be a breeze. However, there are a couple of bugs and sometimes the downloads do not work properly. We have noticed though that there are fewer issues when used with Mac instead of Windows.
C O N C L U S I O N
Finding royalty free music for your video can be a pain. Especially on YouTube, if you want to monetize your videos, it is crucial that you find songs that are not copyrighted. Although these are only six recommendations, our team here at Rhino have tried them all out and have had some success finding songs. Currently, we have been using Art List the most and have found many great songs for our recent videos. Hopefully, this article was helpful and you feel a little bit less overwhelmed on where to find music for your next big project.
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