Most people who are inexperienced in music selection trust their instincts and just choose the songs they like. It’s a good starting point, but if that’s all you’re doing, it’s usually not the best way to select tracks.
You need to look beyond your personal taste and focus on the type of “mood” the music evokes. Does this match the content you use for the soundtrack? Music storage sites can help here, as they often tag or categorize content according to moods such as “dramatic”, “bossy” or “edgy”. Another useful exercise is to find other content with a similar vibe and pay attention to its background music; it may not be what you expected.
An important part of mood is tempo. Without stating the obvious, the faster the beat of the track, the more energizing it is, while slower tracks will create a more relaxed feel. Most stock music websites list a track’s beats per minute (bpm). Around 70-80 bpm will be soothing, while 110-120 will be very upbeat.
Another consideration is Your. You don’t want, for example, to mix light music with serious content or vice versa.
As with everything in the creative world, practice makes perfect, and you can do a lot of trial and error. Luckily, most stock video sites give you free access to music samples, so try pairing them with your content and see how well they perform before you commit. With all that in mind, here are our picks for the best stock music sites available today.
Mixkit is a great place to start finding music because its tracks aren’t just royalty-free — they’re actually free. Yes, you can find music here that you can download and use for video editing free of charge.
You are allowed to use Mixkit’s music for free in private projects, YouTube videos, blogs, websites, social media platforms, podcasts and online advertisements. Note, however, that you are not allowed to use it on CDs, DVDs, video games, or TV and radio broadcasts.
Owned by imaging giants Shutterstock, PremiumBeat offers exclusive high-quality tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects, including videos, movies, apps, games and TV shows. . Its interface is very easy to use. Browse and preview their tracks, choose the one you like, and you can purchase a license with a credit card or Paypal. Then download your music: simple.
Artlist takes a Netflix-style approach to stock music. Instead of paying for individual leads, a subscription gives you unlimited access to a library of over 900,000 professional resources. This makes it a great choice for agencies or anyone who needs to license a lot of music in the span of a year.
If you use Adobe software such as Premiere Pro or After Effects, Adobe Stock Audio gives you easy access to stock music directly in your editing software. You can search for tracks by mood or genre, and each genre has multiple subgenre options. You can then refine the results by filtering by tempo, duration, voice and audio partner. You can also try an audio track by downloading a preview version, which comes in a low bitrate M4a format.
Music Vine was born in 2015 with the vision of democratizing music licensing and making it easier to find the right tunes. As one of the newer stockbrokers, their selection isn’t the widest, but on the plus side, their prices tend to be more affordable.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to license stock music, Audiojungle offers royalty-free tracks starting at $1. Operating under the Envato umbrella, it’s basically a free-for-all marketplace, so quality isn’t guaranteed. But if you find something you like, you might be able to get it for a bargain price.
Pond5 is mainly known as an image library, but it also offers millions of quality music tracks. The service gives you the choice to pay per item, buy a prepaid credit pack, or choose a subscription. Prices are set by contributing artists and tracks start at £5.
If you’re looking for songs from well-known artists like Bruno Mars, Fyrfly is your best bet. Beyond that, the service caters to those who think “all songs from other music sites sound the same”. To fix this perceived problem, it offers over 10,000 indie and cinematic songs for use in corporate projects, indie films, and weddings.
BenSound offers a brilliant selection of music tracks that can be used for free, as long as you comply with the license terms, in online videos (YouTube, Vimeo, social media, Twitch and live streaming), animations, slideshows, websites and educational projects. All of this music is produced by one man, and styles include acoustic, folk, cinema, corporate, electronica, urban, jazz, rock, and world music.
Marmoset is a full-service music agency that is very TV, film and big brand oriented, with Netflix, Apple and EA sports among its users. As you’d expect, that makes it more expensive than most providers, but with a high level of quality across the board. Marmoset specializes in curated music for licensing, music production, music supervision, clearances, customizations and sound design.
Want to customize the music you use in your projects? Then discover Addictive Tracks. Not only is its content top-notch, but it also provides different instruments within a piece of music as separate tracks and lets you mute them at will. So, for example, if you like a piece of music but the trumpets come at the wrong time, you can mute them until you’re ready to bring them back. This can be a great solution when you have a client who likes everything to be that way.