50+ Sources For Royalty-Free Music,
Sound Effects, Looped Tracks & More
By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor & TV News Anchor
Have I mentioned I'm a prodigious list-maker? I am. My shrink has yet to explain the significance.
With Google around, it may seem a moot point, but then again, Google only provides search results, and the list below is sifted, winnowed, filtered and somewhat vetted.
Voice actors are always looking for royalty-free stock music, music beds, sound effects, looped tracks, and public domain music (must be 1922 or older, BTW).
Here's a great site that explains public domain, copywriting, and music copying principles: www.pdinfo.com.
HEAR IT HERE
And below is a list of 50+ royalty-free music sources that I've compiled from - first - my trusted friends at the VO-BB (Voice Over Bulletin Board), and secondly from a Google search using the terms royalty-free, music-beds, public domain and stock music.
I can tell you that I've visited each site and found them all to be exactly what they claim to be.
Not all sites are made the same, but you'll see a lot of similarities among them:
Digging into some of the sites will also yield sections that offer looped tracks, special effects, stingers and sound effects.
I'd recommend checking out the first 10 or so on the list before going deeper. But they're all genuine!
ABOUT DAVE ...
Dave Courvoisier ("pronounced just like the fine cognac, only no relation") is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer, voice actor, and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. He also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of adventures and observations in a style that's true to his friendly Midwestern farm roots.
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