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I have been looking and looking, probably in the wrong places, but have not found anything I can easily afford. I have need of an inexpensive royalty free music download site for music that I can use for a club video. This video will be shown at various model railroad flea markets as a backdrop to what we are selling. I have looked at Sonicfire, and Free Play, and while their selections are great and the music sounds wonderful, it is expensive for what I need; way beyond my budget.

Is there any royalty free music sites that have music that can be used as background music on videos, that don't cost as much as $40, $50, or more per selection?

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Give this site a whirl......

http://www.audionetwork.com/

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railfan - as you probably know, lots of "free" music sites turn up in an internet search. Only a few of them are really free, have good selections of music and are easy to navigate.

The best of these, in my view, is Free Stock Music at: http://www.freestockmusic.com/

It is really free (requires sign up), has musical backgrounds for different types of video (e.g., corporate, cinematic, etc.), and is easy to navigate.

One caveat: I had a challenge with YouTube, which wouldn't let me monetize a video with a freestockmusic soundtrack until I showed them the license agreement: http://www.freestockmusic.com/license-agreement/

Hope this is helpful,

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In addition to those two, I've found a few more that have possibilities. All have audio for sale at a wide range of prices, including a few for free.

http://www.smartsound.com/

http://www.moby.com/ Click on mobigratis.

http://www.royaltyfreemusiclibrary.com/index.php There may be only a few inexpensive track here.

http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/Video/ I have not used this yet, but might it might be the best choice.

http://www.pianoloops.net/freemusic.html Only piano music.

http://rocksuresoundz.com/There are a few under the 'free' tab.

The best of all might be the Vimeo Music Store. There are many free and lots with multiple prices, depending on intended use.

Another route is to spend about $50 for Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite and it comes with "360 exclusive music soundtracks". They are quite good!

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Thanks guys for your replies. I will give each site a look. Bill, I might just give Sony Vegas a try and see how their music stacks up.

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Thanks guys for your replies. I will give each site a look. Bill, I might just give Sony Vegas a try and see how their music stacks up.
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Be sure you buy the right package. I'm not sure they all have the music. Due to computer glitches, I had to give up on Vegas, but I kept all the music tracks so that I can use them in my favorite editor, Adobe Premier Elements 10.

PE10 has a built in version of Sonicfire with links to Smartsound. There is some free stuff and a lot of tracks or sound effects. I checked one I liked and the price was $30. Sonicfire provides tools that help such as making the audio match the length of the video.

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Hi Bill. Yes, Sony Vegas was not quite everything that I thought it would be, the biggest being that it would not produce AVCHD DVDs. The other was that I could not figure out how to insert a video file into the middle of my timeline, but maybe that was just part of the learning curve. As for the music, I would imagine that it would be in the top package where it would be the best.

The old tried and true rule of "you get what you pay for" certainly holds true with free music. Comparing what is available from these pretty much "free" selections compared to what Freeplay and Sonicfire have, the quality is noticable. But there are some exceptions where the difference is small enough to be acceptable. I thank you and Blasst for educating me about these sites. I will be using a couple of them.

You said that you were able to save the music selections from Vegas and used them on your other NLE. How were you able to do that? I have Pinnacle and while most of the music on their product I am not interested in, there are a few I would like to use with PD10. How would I go about getting the music from Pinnacle 12 to PD10?

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You said that you were able to save the music selections from Vegas and used them on your other NLE. How were you able to do that? I have Pinnacle and while most of the music on their product I am not interested in, there are a few I would like to use with PD10. How would I go about getting the music from Pinnacle 12 to PD10?
Search your hard drive for files with an extension of .mp3, .wav etc. I'm not familiar with Pinnacle 12, but I'm sure if you select the audio track in Pinancle 12, there should be an option to discover the location of the file on the hard drive. Once you've found the location of the file just copy it to your desktop and use it in whatever NLE you like...
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.... How were you able to do that? .....
As sabatical said, I found where Sony put them during the original installation. Then I copied them to a new folder I've labeled "Music For Video". Also in that folder are files (that were offered for free at some point) that I liked well enough to use them in future projects.

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Alright then, I will give it a try this afternoon. Thanks, guys.

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Well, I did it. But my results were not as good as hoped for.. The music files were only 30-45 seconds long and there was no way to extend them, like what can be done with the Pinnacle program. Oh well, it is better than nothing.

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Try Footage Firm:

http://www.footagefirm.com/free-footage

They have "free" royalty-free tracks in various lengths on DVD compilations. You pay for postage, normally $8.41 per DVD. They currently have a promotion where if you buy an entire set of 22 newly released DVDs, they knock the postage per disc down to $5. Quality varies but there seem to be some decent tracks there. The nice thing is that you can preview all of the songs at their full length on their website before you decide to buy. That's a really great service that doesn't seem to be common. I've not yet purchased any discs from them but I'm tempted.
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Well, I did it. But my results were not as good as hoped for.. The music files were only 30-45 seconds long and there was no way to extend them, like what can be done with the Pinnacle program. Oh well, it is better than nothing.
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If it is background music with no voice, I think Pinnacle will do like other NLEs. It simply repeats them. You can do that manually. It depends on the music.

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You are probably right, Bill. Didn't think of that (been trying to get ready for a house full of in-laws, so....).

Sixpack, thanks for the link. I will give it look once the in-laws leave.

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You might also try MusicRevolution.com https://www.musicrevolution.com , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free production music with over 17,000 affordable, high-quality tracks. Single tracks start at $9.99. Most tracks are priced at $49.99. To mark the anniversary of our 2010 launch, MusicRevolution.com has created this page of royalty-free music tracks that are absolutely free to use: http://www.musicrevolution.com/free_production_music/ I am the co-founder.
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You might also try MusicRevolution.com https://www.musicrevolution.com , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free production music with over 17,000 affordable, high-quality tracks. Single tracks start at $9.99. Most tracks are priced at $49.99. To mark the anniversary of our 2010 launch, MusicRevolution.com has created this page of royalty-free music tracks that are absolutely free to use: http://www.musicrevolution.com/free_production_music/ I am the co-founder.
Thank you very much for your gift and congratulations on being up and running for two years!

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You can also try Creative Commons. You can use an artist's copyrighted material (for free), but you have to give them credit with your video:

http://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos

additional info:
http://creativecommons.org/about
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Thank you ccardell. I will take a close look at your site.

Thanks xfws. Will also check out what you posted.

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You can try http://www.jewelbeat.com. All tracks with commercial use without needing to credit at 99 cents. Over 35,000 tracks. Hope this helps.
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Thanks. I found JewelBeat. Music is not bad, not the best but it will do. Can't beat the price, especially the free selections.
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