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Let’s face it. Video content creation can be expensive. You’re bound to cough up a few thousand dollars to be able to generate all the elements of your content from music down to the footage you use for B roll. While it’s nice to have your own or buy them from great producers, not all of us have the money to spare.
For the bootstrapping marketer, these sites are a gold mine of free, usable background music and sound effects that you can use for your videos. But before we go there, check out my YouTube video checklist if you want to learn more about crafting the best YouTube videos.
Now, time to create the perfect video!
In this post, I’m sharing with you my favorite sites for free music and sound effects and next, if you want to know my favorite sites for free stock images and footage, click here for my video where I share my favorite sites for that.
Now, before you go wild and download a bunch of content online, you need to be aware of the different licenses that are attached to this content so you won’t violate any piracy laws. The best content is still your public domain, but creative commons licenses are becoming popular for these sites. Usually, you can make use of these for your videos provided that you site and give credit to the owner. Make sure that you check the icons indicated on the content piece before downloading.
Here’s where you can find free background music and sound effects.
YouTube Audio Library. What’s nice about YouTube is that it has a massive audio library that’s filled with free songs and sound effects. You can search by genre, instrument, duration, or even mood. It’s easier to look at the best songs by ticking the popularity filter, which shows you the most downloaded songs on the library.
To access the YouTube library, go to your Creator Studio from your YouTube account page, Create, Audio Library. If you click the drop down arrow under attributions, you can select to see songs that are available for use with or without giving credit to the creator.
Free Music Archive, this is one of the best sites for searching for curated background music and sounds regardless of what kind of content you’re making. All music files on this site are already legal for commercial use and they’re cleared from the restriction of copyright laws. There are more than 1,500 public domain tracks, as well as more than 1,000 more in creative commons for you to use.
Sound Cloud. Now, disclaimer, not all music on Sound Cloud is available for use. You can search to find music here as well that’s made specifically for people to reuse in their YouTube videos or other video projects.
So, there you have it!
You don’t have to break the bank to get quality content. With these resources, generating content won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Just remember the necessary requirements for creative licensing and you should be fine.