Glencoe limo O'Hare .. Chicago Drug testing

Working with Royalty Free Music

When creating Multi-Media Content, Flash or Video Clips for a client's web site or CD Rom Project, the last thing you want is to get him in trouble with the law. If there's a need for music in a project, using royalty free music is essential.

Here are some general music tips that you may find useful:

1) Finding the right kind of music

There are hundreds of choices when it comes to royalty free music and making the right decision can be hard. After all, most TV production companies have music supervisors on staff whose only job it is to select appropriate music for projects. Selecting music is an art in itself. In general, you will find that your clients would prefer to use something they heard on the radio, something from their favorite album etc. Unfortunately, that's copyrighted stuff and licensing an N Sync song for your next 'how to' video or CD-Rom may cost you a fortune. What you want to do is find buyout music that sounds similar to today's popular music. It's a little harder to find than your typical 'canned' music. A lot royalty free music may sound like music from a 70's sitcom or worse, a cheap porno flick.

A good place to check out is All their tracks are created by established record producers with grammy and gold record credits so you get music that sounds as up-to-date as what you may hear on the radio.

Our tip: Always use music that sounds just a little more energetic than you think you may need. You may listen to the music over and over while you're putting together your project while the end user may only hear it a few times.

2) Less is not more in production music

When you are looking for background music for a project, choose music with some impact. I know it is supposed to be background music but if you choose high energy tracks, your whole project will leave more of an impression. Listen to a sampling of today's TV commercials and you'll find that most of them use very powerful music. You want your work to create an impact and keep viewer's attention and a strong, powerful soundtrack can do that.

3) When 'legal' music is not legal

The usage license on your buyout music CD may be very liberal but it is not a license to steal. You can use royalty free music on all of your projects and as you have the legal right to use the music, your customers can be assured not to get into legal troubles.

However, that license is only extended to you, the purchaser. You cannot transfer that license by copying your CD and giving it to somebody else or by selling the CD. This may be news to you but there's no such thing as a 'used buyout music CD' If you don't purchase the music from the producers of the music, it won't be legal still. So, next time you browse Ebay for royalty free music, make sure you are buying a new CD, not a used one or it will be useless to you.

4) You get what you pay for

While we're on the topic of Ebay: You may find offers for entire 4 or 6 CD libraries for $75 or other ridiculously low prices on Ebay. The truth is, these CDs may not even be worth that low price.

One good quality royalty free music CD will cost you between $29 and $69 (some even more) If it's less than that, here's what you are likely to get:

  • Discontinued titles that have been around for 10, 20 or more and not only sound dated but may also have already found its way unto hundreds or thousands of other projects during the years to make your own project sound dated.

  • Homegrown CDs that are created in somebody's bedroom studio. You can easily recognize these CDs as they usually don't have any 'real' instruments on it, only synthesized stuff. You can clearly hear the difference between those CDs and something produced in a real studio with real musicians. Our tip: Check out for music. Each of their CDs is only $29.95 and each title contains between 30 and 48 real studio recorded tracks.

    5) CD or Download?

    With the event of high speed internet, you don't really have to wait anymore to receive your Royalty Free Music CD in the mail. If you need tracks fast, you can now download buyout music from the net. You can choose only the tracks you need and get to use them within minutes. Single downloadable tracks usually cost a little more money per track than buying a whole CD. On the other hand, you don't have to buy a whole CD if you only need one or two tracks.

    My advice, if you are buying music to 'keep on the shelf' for future projects and for your customers to choose from, buy physical CDs. If you need just one or two 'perfect' tracks or if you are on a deadline, downloadable purchases may be perfect for you. I don't know if I have to mention it, but purchasing a Mariah Carey track from Itunes or Napster for a buck does not entitle you to use the music. You have to download your music from a buyout music company so the track is licensed to you.

    6) Make your own

    You may think, 'are you crazy? I'm not a musician' You don't have to be a music genius anymore these days. Programs like Acid and Apple's Garageband allow you to create original music by using 'loops' Loops are pre-made musical chunks of drums, bass, guitar, strings, whatever, that you can put together like a mosaic to create your own music soundtrack.

    The advantage is clear. By creating your own music with a loops program you can make absolutely sure that nobody else is using the exact same music on their project. This will give you 'original' music at Buyout Music Prices. All you need is a good musical ear and a couple of loops CDs to get you started. You can find lots of loops CDs and more info at Their Groove Construction Kits are a great way to get started with music loops. And here's the best news, you can download the Acid program for free. Just visit for free (and legal) downloads of Acid, Protools and many other great music and sound tools.

    I hope that these tips were useful to you. You are free to use or re-print this article in your newsletter, ezine, or on your web site.

    About The Author

    Alan Steward -

    Alan Steward is a producer and engineer with many credits in the Music, Video and Television production world.

    In The News:

  • Seven Tips on Making a Successful Video Production

    Producing a video for your company can be an exciting... Read More

    Is Video Streaming the Future for Corporate Video?

    Things have changed quite a bit from when I started... Read More

    What You Need To Know if Your Company Wants To Produce A Video

    Studies show that people remember merely 20% of what they... Read More

    When Does a Corporate Video Add Value?

    A professionally made corporate video production can greatly enhance your... Read More

    Video Converters 101

    Your PC may contain hundreds of video files, all encoded... Read More

    Network Marketing and Video Email

    I received another e-mail today from someone telling me that... Read More

    Independent Video in the Information Age

    One of the primary obstacles for video content distribution over... Read More

    Peer to Peer Internet Video Broadcasting

    Unlike standard television broadcasting, there are a limited number of... Read More

    Shooting High Definition Video Footage in Italy

    Italy is without question the place to shoot high definition... Read More

    How to Star in Your Own Promotional Video

    Well, it's official. You are going to star in the... Read More

    Streaming Video on Your Website - Convert Visitors into Customers

    Streaming video is a sequence of "moving images" that are... Read More

    Video Biographies; Why Hire a Professional?

    There are lots of reasons to create a video biography.... Read More

    Google Video Viewer tweaked for Non-Google content

    'DVD Jon', a Norwegian programmer, has tweaked Google video to... Read More

    Beginning in Videography

    If you're looking to get into videography and video editing... Read More

    E-Commerce & Streaming Media: A Marriage that Works

    In the heavily populated world of E-Commerce, what determines whose... Read More

    Creating Value With Streaming Video Content

    Having a corporate or promotional video for your company is... Read More

    Put Audio & Video on Your Web Site

    As a company that sells streaming media services for a... Read More

    Create a Favicon for Your Customers Bookmarks in Four Easy Steps.

    A favicon is a custom icon that sits next to... Read More

    Beginners Guide to PC Video Editing

    If you're new to PC video editing then knowing where... Read More

    Look Into My Eyes - New Webcam Technology

    If a new webcam technology from Microsoft get the go-ahead,... Read More

    How Video can be used Effectively Online

    A powerful way to convey your communication messages to your... Read More

    Five Ways to Profit from Using Video Online

    The newest media wave to hit the online shore is... Read More

    Looking for an Innovative Way to Explode Your Sales? Video Software - Benefits, & What to Look for

    Insider's Scoop On How To Skyrocket Your Sales Plus Decrease... Read More

    DVD Authoring: An Introduction

    DVD Authoring is the process of collecting various content assets... Read More

    Video Email - The New Way to Communicate

    The Internet is now a thriving means of communication and... Read More