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We know this sensation well: after hours in front of the computer, you get the perfect song to accompany the rhythm of your video … What do I say, what video, your masterpiece. It is not very slow or very fast. It is not very cloying. It is perfect! You edit based on it, you give life to your creation with its beat . You render, export, publish on YouTube … and boom! Police copyright notice– Your video has been muted / blocked for possible use of copyrighted material.
It has happened to me, it has happened to you, it has happened to us. In this post I bring you the solution so that it does not happen to you again. I tell you about four sources of music for you to use in your videos. Here we go!
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If your video creation rate is occasional or your budget does not allow you to enter paid platforms, I can recommend these options:
To get started, YouTube’s native library is a must-know resource. This platform is a music bank within your YouTube “Creator” area and has royalty-free music and sound effects.
To use it, log in to YouTube and access the YouTube Studio area by clicking on your profile photo, at the top right, in the menu that appears:
Once in Studio, on the left you will have another menu available. There you will see the Audio Library option:
You can also search for it on Google or go to this link, after logging in to Youtube: studio.youtube.com
The library is very easy to use. You have a search engine just below the free music option where you can use keywords from the mood you want for the video, then filter the results by genre, moods, artist, duration, and even license type. You will get better results using more generic words and preferably in English .
For example, if you want to give your video a gloomy vibe, you’d better search for “dark”, or “shadow”, or “mystery”.
Just put the cursor over the song you are interested in and the filter and download options appear .
This library is especially useful if you want to create YouTube-specific content, as the songs and sound effects that are available have been previously verified and approved for use on the platform.
One of the favorite platforms of independent creators. Friendly, more alternative and less generic, Soundcloud is a source of good music of all genres and latitudes .
To use it you should only create a free account, with your email or Facebook . Once this is done, you can go to the search engine and start exploring different genres and artists. Sometimes it is more useful to search by subject and select Playlists. There you will have more results at the same time and more chances of finding what you are looking for.
There are even music lists for videos. You can find them by searching for “music for videos”.
When you find an artist that interests you, make sure their bio has the disclaimer that you can use the music for free. There are those who also put if you can use the music in videos that you want to monetize:
Most people who upload music to download to Soundcloud , and to any other platform, they only ask for recognition in the video : name in the music credits and link to its contact platform in the description.
If you can’t find the download option, which appears when you click on the three dots below the song’s playback line, a good option is to get in touch with the artists . Write them an email, tell them about your project, assure them recognition in the credits and most likely they will say yes 🙂
If you have a higher production beat, you want to invest a bit in your music. videos and you already earn or hope to earn money with them, this is my recommendation:
This is one of the platforms that I use the most, since makes finding and downloading music much easier for content creators , audiovisual producers and freelancers usually.
With a minimum fee of € 13, which you can pay monthly or annually, you have access to its entire library and you can download all the music and sound effects you want .
The rights of the music that is available belong to the platform so, by paying the fee, you are already buying the license of the music you want to use. As in the two previous cases, remember to give the credit 😉
If you don’t know whether to switch to a paid platform, you have the option to test their service for 30 days for free with this link !
This section is dedicated to all the people who make videos of their trips and who do not know what music to accompany them with.
In many countries, street artists have the possibility to offer their music in CD format when they perform in the street or other public spaces.
A good way to support them and to have very original music that will also be directly associated with your trip, is buy them the CD and ask them if you can use any of the songs that are there in your video .
Make sure to ask for their social media accounts or a way to contact them so that they feel 100% included and recognized in your project.
In conclusion, music is a fundamental part of the audiovisual content that you are creating. The environment of what you want to communicate is achieved with the musical accompaniment that you give it, so it is very important that you get the one that best suits your project.
That is why it is just as important that you always give recognition to those who make it possible for you to have music in your content and that, with it, your product is top.
I leave you here the links of the platforms, with bonus :
YouTube Audio Library (remember to have logged into YouTube before going to the link) studio.youtube.com
Soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com
Epidemic Sound – www.epidemicsound.com
Motion array – www.motionarray.com
Artlist – www.artlist.io