4 FREE Ways to Get Music and Sound Effects

Music and audio are a huge part of making video a success. Who can forget the “Tears for Fears” soundtrack in the movie Donnie Darko or the use of classic 60’s hits in the TV series, Mad Men? In the same way, you can harness the qualities of music and audio in your videos. Music helps set the tone of your video and also “fills in” the background of your piece. Sound effects emphasize actions and underline graphic motion. All together, the use of audio completes your video with a professional finish.

To continue our free resources series this week, we’ve hunted down 4 great online sites for quality music tracks and sound effects which are copyright-free and immediately usable on your latest video:

1) YouTube Audioswap

Did you upload a video with a song you have no rights to? That’s definitely a YouTube no-no, so they’ve provided an easy option. YouTube Audioswap provides an extensive list of free music that you can use. Once you’ve chosen some copyright-free music, it’s an easy process and  – as soon as you click  “Publish” – YouTube swaps out your entire audiotrack with the song you’ve chosen.

2) diggccmixter

This is a great site that offers original free music with a variety of different creative commons licenses. They state that they are a musicians’ community which makes “modern, challenging, but satisfying” music. The types of licenses vary but the site has several thousand tracks with permission to use on commercial projects for free.

3) Partners in Rhyme

There’s a whole collection of audio you can explore here including free music loops for commercial use, free sound effects, even free audio software. They also have royalty-free music which you can buy the rights for a one-time fee.

4) GRSites

Need a sound of an airplane landing? Or a swoosh for your title graphic? This is one of the largest collections with almost 2000 free and categorized sound effects. Download some quality effects here to finish off your video in style.

By Karen Young Chester, Social Media and Marketing Strategist for BroadbandTV.  You can email her at socialmedia@broadbandtvcorp.com.