Often, one is looking for SFX (Sound Effects) files, or music files for use in their videos. This is a list of some possible sources. Some of these are free, while some are for sale. While there are many more, and they will be added, as I come across them, these URL's would be a good place to start. I have used several of these, both free ones, and commercial ones, but cannot comment directly on all of these, as many were added by others.
Thanks for the list Bill. Great resource. I have also had a good experience with one that is not on your list:
The have a handful of free music tracks and sounds, but a very large selection of good music that can be licensed fairly affordably.
Appreciate you posting this. I'm working on a small video project and was scrounging for some royalty free music on my computer. I found some appropriate pieces at incompetech.com. An odd choice for a domain name, but they have some decent music there.
Two of the best resources for production music and sound effects on the web include these two sites:
AudioSparx - The Music That Powers Hollywood - High-impact music that powers the hottest Hollywood films, TV shows, commercials, games and busy production studios & sound editors around the world. Features the music and sound effects from over 2,700 amazing composers and producers around the world.
Stock Music Site - Ultimate Royalty Free Music - The royalty free music and sound effects site you've been dreaming about, with over 400,000 tracks online from thousands of composers and producers. This site is great for young filmmakers getting started in the business that need royalty free music and sound effects.
http://www.opuzz.com/ is not a new player and has a large resource with over 300 CDs. Definitely worth investing your time in searching for music in larger libraries as it offers you a better chance of finding something that fits your need.
You might also try MusicRevolution.com https://www.musicrevolution.com, an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free music. The MusicRevolution.com production music library has nearly 12,000 tracks of affordable, high-quality royalty-free production music online. I am the co-founder.
Hi, I just found this post and would like to recommend NeoSounds.com (www.neosounds.com) as a source for Royalty Free Music. I have been using this web-site for a long time and very satisfied. Music is very professional and hight quality. The web-site is very convenient for use, clear licensing policy and reasonable pricing.
You may want to watch out for people like Mark, Bill, who have only posted a few times -- and every post includes a link to the same web site.
Often these are not true recommendations. They're essentially spammers, out to pollute the boards.
I recommend you only trust recommendations from people who regularly contribute to or ask questions on the forum.
Do not forget two Avid partners - Blastwave FX and Pro Sound Effects!
We have over 100,000 sound effects in our arsenal and can create custom libraries. And sure, I may be bringing these particular libraries to your attention because I work with PSE and BWFX, but I'm also a feature film sound editor/mixer and use them every single day at my studio. (Not a spammer, as the previous post might suggest). They're an essential tool for any sound OR video editor.
From another user:
You can also find Sound FX here: http://www.themusicase.com/library/Sound-Effects/
There is 21,000 sound fx collection for 4 $ per file.
Note: I have not explored this link, and take no responsibility for it.
Here is a link from Matt Peterson:
we make good use of www.jamendo.com . The music has various terms but most is Creative Commons, meaning that as long as you credit the creator, you're good to go.
Toby Roberts added these links:
Hi I hope this helps anyone searching for Royalty Free music, as I dont think you can find a better collection , nor as cheap on the web..
Royalty Free Music collection from Universal Sony BMG Chappell writer - $2.00-$5.00 per track !
My music is featured on Big Brother, MTV, Sky Sports, Top Gear and others.
Over 1000 Tracks - Amazing prices $2.00-$5.00 Lowest on the Net.
Bookmark both these accounts - over 1000 top quality professionally recorded tracks
High quality drama scores, piano works, orchestral pieces, battle drums, choral work, rock, funk, hip hop, house, dubstep, ambient and electronica.
Completely Royalty Free - full licence - no need to credit or report usage, lifetime licence, edit with no restrictions on usage ( no resale of file - other than that no restrictions )
Checked most links given above. Most of them look ancient.
Have been using those mentioned in post #9 (by Quinnster) for years, but recently discovered the greatest one:
This web-site became my favorite one, it's modern with good selection of music and authors. It helped me with my first project and I was fascinated when I was able to get appropriate music for my presentation background in several clicks!
The background music I used is now in promotional bundle and is given away for free. Hope it will help someone as it helped me a month ago. Check Corporate Reality from promo bundle: http://luckstock.com/pages/free-of-charge-royalty-free-music-and-sound s.html
p.s. Not sure whether I'm allowed to post here. If, not allowed, please remove my post but don't block my account (I'm not spammer and I'm willing to participate in adobe community forum).
As this is an on-going list, I greatly appreciate your contribution. I have seen references to that site elsewhere.
As I use some of the sources, in the original article (SmartSound mostly), I have not checked each link, to every site. Some might not be available any more, and if you find some that were, but are no longer, I will remove those.
Adobe already provides many free Sound Effects!