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SOUND 1/2 L&S1/2
Michael Drolet -- 2012
Home Music and FX Resources

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".

·         The Mix Signature Collection includes some 500 royalty-free compositions in different styles:

o    Classical, Country, Corporate and Industrial, Easy Listening, Easy Rock, Holidays, Jazz, Light and Easy, Light Jazz, New Age, Rock, and Sports.

o    Each composition is available in three different lengths:

  • Long (> 3 min)
  • Medium (1 min.)
  • Short (30 sec.)

·         Forbidden Planet Soundtrack -- pioneering 1950's Electronic Music.

·         Great Band Era -- over 100 tracks from 1930s and 40s.

There are a number of online sites where you can browse and download music tracks in different styles.

  • iTunes  -- https://www.apple.com/itunes/ -- 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.
  • Audio Network -- https://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 $1.35. This is where I found the “Jungle Drums” by Evelyn Glennie for “The Tin Can People”.
  • SoundCloudhttps://soundcloud.com/ -- SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings.  Many of the tracks are downloadable.
  • Freesound -- https://freesound.org/ -- Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.
  • Classical Archives  -- https://www.classicalarchives.com/newca/#!/ -- Browse a huge collection of classical music selections by composer, artist or album.  Download ($ maybe) single tracks.
  • FreePlay Music  -- https://freeplaymusic.com/#/ -- Musical compositions free for student  use.
  • Musicnotes -- https://www.musicnotes.com/ -- Source for traditional and digital sheet music files. Digital Files can be transposed, tempo and instrumentation can be changed.
  • Hearts of Space -- https://v4.hos.com/home -- 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.
  • The Classical MIDI Collection -- https://www.classicalarchives.com/midi.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.
  • MusOpen -- https://musopen.org/ --  providing recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.  -- Thanks to Isabel Faia for this one!
  • Band Camp -- https://bandcamp.com/ -- Discover new music and directly support the artists who make it.
  • Incompetech -- https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/ -- Royalty Free Music, composed by Kevin MacLeod -- Licensed under Creative Commons.  -- Thanks to Chris Upsdell for this one!
  • Allmusic -- https://www.allmusic.com/ -- 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 this one!

The 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 Presentation:

  • Stage Stars Records -- https://www.stage-stars.com/index.html -- "Karaoke" style backing tracks for musical productions.
  • Realtime Music Solutions -- https://rms.biz/ -- Complete orchestration tracks to enhance the sound of a small band for a musical. Orchestration follows keyboard for tempo.  
  • Custom Broadway MIDI -- https://www.custombroadwaymidi.com/ -- Off-the-shelf or customised accompaniment tracks for musicals.
  • Hamienet -- 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 warriors. . 
  • Sound Dogs -- https://www.sounddogs.com/ --  The world's first online commercial sound effects and production music library, with over 600,000 tracks online.
  • Pond 5 -- https://www.pond5.com/sound-effects/ -- The World's Stock Media Marketplace.

In most cases, -- 

  • left 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.)