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Jarred Land
02-09-2010, 02:50 PM
I have heard alot of great music come from the most unsuspecting people here that have shared it with the community.

Here is a more organized place to post what you have created ( or found ) for royalty free use by the community.

Julio Quintana
02-09-2010, 03:07 PM

James Wright
02-09-2010, 03:28 PM
Jamendo.com (http://www.jamendo.com)

02-09-2010, 03:39 PM

M de Man
04-01-2010, 01:21 AM
Hi There,

My name is Martijn de Man and I am a composer/sounddesigner looking for projects and possible collaborations. I have over 10 years experience in composing for various types of visual media. If interested you can see and hear some of my previous work at http://www.martijndeman.com/

Hope to hear from you,



Erwin Vanderhoydonks
04-01-2010, 02:09 AM
For my small project I use music from TuneSociety (http://www.tunesociety.com). There are alot of people creating great stuff.

Stephen Vidano
04-21-2010, 12:22 PM

I want to thank you for your support and mentioning Tune Society on this Forum.

Just to let you know that our music hub will have 3,000 tunes available for royalty-free licensing by the end of next week. We currently have 2,000. The songs are being added everyday and I am blown away by the diversity and quality.

Take care.

Stephen Vidano

Anson Fogel
04-21-2010, 12:30 PM

and the big bad boys, APM, still bear mentioning, while not a secret find, they still have the goods.

Larry Gebhardt
04-21-2010, 02:23 PM
Just a note ...I just signed up at the Tune Society site...great site, easy navigation, auditioning, etc. The few songs that I listened to were all very good, some great...I will be back.


Martin Weiss
04-21-2010, 02:51 PM
Have to name Kevin MacLeod, who offers his music totally free, as long as he gets credit: http://incompetech.com/

Other than that, I have been happy with qmusic in the UK (http://q-music.co.uk/ ) and Shockwave Sound, with composers from around the globe (http://shockwave-sound.com/ )

Eirik Tyrihjel
04-21-2010, 03:03 PM

Has a lot of limitations to it. Basically not for commercial use.

Unfortunatly there are several providers out there who claim to be "royalty-free", but if you want to use it on something to be broadcast you still have to report it, and you will be billed! So take care and read the fine print carefully!

Martin Weiss
04-26-2010, 01:38 AM
Just came across a great list at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/forums/topic:15630

Jim Retar
04-26-2010, 07:02 AM

Ketch Rossi
04-26-2010, 07:32 AM
First, thanks Jarred, GREAT idea!

An other vote for TuneSociety but now will surely listen thru the ones listed, and will keep an eye on any new postings.

There are many out there, but most not for commercial use, and also must say that is a Pain in most royalty free sites,
as you just simply can not enjoy listening to any tunes, when every few other seconds they scream out loud the name of their company.

Jim Retar
04-26-2010, 10:22 AM
must say that is a Pain in most royalty free sites,
as you just simply can not enjoy listening to any tunes, when every few other seconds they scream out loud the name of their company.

Music is very, very easy to steal from a stock site... so we have to either have an audio watermark or make a low quality version. I prefer the 1st option, at least you can hear just how good the quality of the song is.

Martin Weiss
05-03-2010, 12:24 AM
http://withetiquette.com licenses music for small artists, at $99 a pop. Lovely, handmade music with acoustic instruments and text.

Ketch Rossi
05-03-2010, 06:24 PM
Music is very, very easy to steal from a stock site... so we have to either have an audio watermark or make a low quality version. I prefer the 1st option, at least you can hear just how good the quality of the song is.

Totally understand Jim, but I would still prefer to be given a choice to which one listen to.

But http://www.stockfuel.com/stock_audio.html is amongst one of my favorite as well, and love the UI and site design, a plus on that.

Kelley Muro
07-18-2010, 03:07 PM

Elsie N
07-18-2010, 03:17 PM
What about the stuff provided through apps like Adobe Audition or Soundbooth? Anything you compile using those royalty free sounds is yours... right?

Tim Hole
07-18-2010, 03:24 PM
Again another vote for Tunesociety. Had my back on more than one occasion.

Elsie, the foley sounds are but have never used stock sounds in either program on commercial work so haven't looked at the fine print. Always be careful. Its ALWAYS a lot cheaper on the front end than the back.

Elsie N
07-18-2010, 03:45 PM
...on commercial work so haven't looked at the fine print. Always be careful. Its ALWAYS a lot cheaper on the front end than the back.
Good points.

07-19-2010, 11:39 AM
For royalty-free music, you might also try MusicRevolution.com https://www.musicrevolution.com (https://www.musicrevolution.com) , an innovative new online marketplace for royalty-free music. The MusicRevolution.com production music library has thousands of tracks of affordable, high-quality royalty-free production music suitable for film, video, TV, radio, website, background music, on hold music and other business music applications. New music is being added every day. MusicRevolution.com offers four purchase options-- Single Tracks, CDs, Subscriptions and an Internet Music Stream. I am the co-founder.

Andrew clemson
07-19-2010, 11:21 PM
We use Audio Network:


Bought one drive with the whole library on it and an unlimited license for the year, but you can buy them by track from the website.

Good mix of stuff, noticed tracks we used on corporates on shows like CSI. Very odd feeling!

Oliver Peters
07-22-2010, 05:16 AM
MyMusicSource.com http://www.mymusicsource.com/index.aspx

Free use of preview licenses. Very inexpensive licensing for commercial and web use. They have a lot of tracks by indie bands as well. Lots of options with and without lyrics. Also have a free FCP import plug-in via distributed through BorisFX. I did a review here :

http://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/mymusicsource/ .

I have used them successfully for several projects.

- Oliver

Kelley Muro
08-05-2010, 09:01 PM

Erwin Vanderhoydonks
09-02-2011, 11:42 AM
Just learned about this one...


Robert Andriessen
04-07-2012, 10:12 AM
Here's a great post on royalty free music, for different purposes

Tony Koretz
04-09-2012, 04:09 PM
Here are a couple of links to articles I wrote about royalty-free music. The first is a tutorial explaining what royalty-free music actually is:

While the second one is about the mis-conceptions regarding broadcast royalties:

I hope that some of you who have questions, or are unsure about using royalty-free music may find some useful answers in these two articles.

Denizhan Nacar
04-09-2012, 04:18 PM
tunesociety is recommended

Karim Ayari
04-10-2012, 06:27 AM
I've been using www.youlicense.com for years. Discovered some great bands and musicians.

Jochen Schmidt-Hambrock
02-07-2013, 09:14 AM
While this is not free for every use ( I have to make a living somehow as a composer) it is a production music database of my work from the last 20 years.
Internal and use for european broadcast and television are free. Everything else can be purchased for a filmmaker-friendly fee.
All cues are indexed for their dramatic impact.

You can do a relative search (something faster / bigger/ more suspense / etc) than the current track.
And you can search for similar, fitting or ... totally different music.

So far there are 700 cues in the database. I hope you like some ... most ... every single one ... of them.


From one reduser to the other

Martin Weiss
09-25-2013, 03:22 PM
YouTube just added a section with music anyone can use in their projects. http://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary

Carey Lee Coffey
09-27-2013, 08:11 AM
You get what you pay for.

Luke Neumann
10-01-2013, 01:15 PM
Just thought I would throw our site on here. I'm an Editor so I have tried to structure the albums to work with most projects (thus the "Toolbag" format). Also implemented REDs upgrade path idea into the music. People buy in early and recieve free upgrades over the first year of an albums cycle. Once it's all down, we usually double the total album size via free updates.


Eric Matyas
08-21-2014, 05:29 PM

I hope it's helpful,


Eric Matyas
08-29-2014, 07:51 AM
Hi everyone,

New tracks are available on the following pages:


I hope they are helpful. As always, any and all feedback is welcome and appreciated.


Gregory Williams
01-12-2015, 11:34 PM

I'm a music composer with a constantly growing portfolio ranging from minimalistic piano scores to epic orchestral/dubstep pieces.

You can view my work @ soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/semblanceproduction . Every song has a "buy" button linked to audiojungle for easy licensing for a very modest price.

Feel free to contact me for any custom work, i'm very much looking forward to new work and challenges.

Thank you.

Peter Steele
03-20-2016, 10:17 AM

Solid site, I think its around $200 a song, depending on how you will use it

Eduardo Garcia
11-27-2017, 12:03 PM

They have an extensive library and tracks cost 29.99. They also just launched a section with music completely free.

11-27-2017, 04:55 PM
https://www.filmstro.com/ I use sometimes.

Alexander Kochetkov
11-28-2017, 03:50 AM
https://www.acousticbro.com/ has quite wide range of music. From cinematic music to pop and folk. Prices low, starts at 14.95$/track, which is common in royalty free music niche.

Hope that helps.

Matthew Lundin
02-02-2018, 01:18 AM
As free music, you can have a check on Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/tag/free-download
And more free music streaming sites: http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/tips/free-mp3-download-websites.html

Hicham Chahidi
05-31-2018, 03:41 AM
I'm a music composer and sound designer and this is my own work www.musicscreen.org (https://www.musicscreen.org) use it for free in non commercial projects.

Paul Keane
02-21-2020, 09:59 PM
But on this site there are short versions and loops for all tracks. - taketones.com (https:// taketones.com)

03-03-2020, 01:24 PM
My list of favorites is like this:

There are really cool tracks here, but these sites are quite expensive.

Alex Degtyarev
04-12-2020, 01:29 AM
I am using TakeTones (https://taketones.com/) for my streams. The site provides royalty-free music, so you wonít need to pay any additional fees. Thatís for sure. To download music and use it for whatever you want, you will need to buy a license. There are several kinds of licenses, starting from the simple (the cheapest one) to the unlimited one. If you need a song for a non-monetized youtube channel or personal video, you can use the music for free.
I think you will get how to find the needed song in a matter of seconds ó the search system works ok."