Here's a list of different ways to
research music and sound effects for your Lighting and
Sound Presentations or for your Sound Design for
one of our Productions.
Browse our Online Sound Library. Select
"Music" rather than "FX" or "Offline".
Mix Signature Collection includes some 500
royalty-free compositions in different styles:
Country, Corporate and Industrial, Easy Listening,
Easy Rock, Holidays, Jazz, Light and Easy, Light Jazz,
New Age, Rock, and Sports.
composition is available in three different lengths:
- Long (> 3 min)
- Medium (1 min.)
- Short (30 sec.)
Planet Soundtrack -- pioneering 1950's
Band Era -- over 100 tracks from 1930s and 40s.
are a number of online sites where you can browse and
download music tracks in different styles.
-- This is the best source for most things,
whether incidental or background music, karaoke
tracks or sound effects. Browsing is
free. You can preview 30 sec. clips of each
track. It costs $0.99 - $1.99 per track for
downloads, but that’s a lot better than having to
pay $20 for an entire CD when you only need one
track. The Sound Designer for each Production will
have access to the Department’s iTunes account.
Network -- http://www.audionetwork.com/
-- High quality production music for TV, Film,
Advertising and Corporate Video. Pre-cleared for
worldwide and multi-platform use — forever.
The cost per track for student, educational or
festival usage is $1.35. This is where I found the
“Jungle Drums” by Evelyn Glennie for “The Tin Can
-- SoundCloud is an online audio distribution
platform which allows collaboration, promotion and
distribution of audio recordings. Many of
the tracks are downloadable.
-- Freesound is a collaborative database of
Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download
and share sounds.
Baroque Banquet -- http://www.baroquecds.com/baroquebanquet.html
-- A downloadable collection of musical selections
(mostly short samples, some entire pieces) from
the Baroque era (1600's).
Archives -- http://www.classicalarchives.com/
-- Browse a huge collection of classical music
selections by composer, artist or album.
Download ($ maybe) single tracks.
Music -- http://live.freeplaymusic.com/#
-- Musical compositions free for student
-- Source for traditional and digital sheet music
files. Digital Files can be transposed, tempo and
instrumentation can be changed.
of Space -- http://www.hos.com/#
-- Website of National Public Radio broadcast
featuring a mix of ambient, electronic, world, new
age, classical and experimental music, weekly
since 1973. Good for researching artists.
Classical MIDI Collection -- http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/index.html
-- Despite the site's name, a collection of MIDI
files of music from various periods and in various
styles, including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical,
Romantic, Impressionistic, Twentieth Century.
-- providing recordings, sheet music, and
textbooks to the public for free, without
copyright restrictions. -- Thanks to Isabel Faia for this
Camp -- http://bandcamp.com/
-- Discover new music and directly support the
artists who make it.
-- Royalty Free Music, composed by Kevin MacLeod
-- Licensed under Creative Commons. -- Thanks to Chris Upsdell for this
-- Online compilation of "discographic information
on every artist who's made a record since Enrico
Caruso gave the industry its first big boost". --
Thanks to Peter Vatsis for
following sites would be more of interest if you
were looking for backing tracks for a musical
production but might give you some ideas for your
Stars Records -- http://www.stage-stars.com/index.html
-- "Karaoke" style backing tracks for musical
Music Solutions -- http://www.rms.biz/
-- Complete orchestration tracks to enhance the
sound of a small band for a musical. Orchestration
follows keyboard for tempo.
Broadway MIDI -- http://www.custombroadwaymidi.com/
-- Off-the-shelf or customised accompaniment
tracks for musicals.
-- http://www.hamienet.com/ --
Sharing site for MIDI tracks for musicals and
other uses. Files can be modified, converted to
mp3 and downloaded.
If you're looking for
Sound Effects that you can't find in our Library, try
some of these sites. Just remember, you get what
you pay for. A good Sound effect will probably
cost you something -- $3-$5.
- BBC Sound Effects -- http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/ -- These 16,000 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence.
The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal,
educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.
- Macaulay Library -- Cornell University -- https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?mediaType=a
-- The Macaulay Library is the world’s premier scientific archive
of natural history audio, (> 400k) video, and photographs. Access to audio and video recordings in the archive is available for research, educational, and commercial use.
- SoundBible.com -- http://soundbible.com/
-- SoundBible.com offers free sound clips for download in either wav or
mp3 format. We offer free and royalty free sound effects and clips for
video editors, movie scores, game designers, and weekend sound
- Sound Dogs -- http://www.sounddogs.com/sound-effects.asp/
-- The world's first online commercial sound
effects and production music library, with over
600,000 tracks online.
- Pond 5 -- http://www.pond5.com/sound-effects/1/*.html
-- The World's Stock Media Marketplace.
In most cases, --
click on links to listen,
- right click and choose "Save
Link" or "Save Target" to download.
In other cases, you may have to use the Windows 10 WASAPI Loopback to record the audio into Reaper.
In either case, don't forget to convert to *.wav format –
Stereo, 44.1 kHz, 16 bits!
IMPORTANT NOTE: For
any of these sites, carefully read licencing info
before considering use outside of class.
(Lighting and Sound 1 and 2 Presentations are part of
your classwork, so shouldn't be a problem.)