In the first and second articles of our three-part series All About Music, we talked about the Why, How, and When to use music and sound effects. In this final part, we want to share with you 10 sites offering royalty-free* music (including 5 sites offering AI generated music) that can really up your game.
*Even though it's called "royalty-free", most of the time you still need to pay for it. But the good news is that you only pay once for royalty free music. And we believe good music is worth the price tag!
Epidemic Sound is one of the most widely used sites (and our favorite) where creators can find high-quality background music. With a library of 35,000+ tracks updated every week, Epidemic has some of the best music offerings in the business. You can easily search music by different genres, moods, lengths, tempos, or vocals to find the perfect fit for your video. We love how Epidemic Sound bundles all the legal rights you’ll need into one main license that works across all social media platforms.
Artlist is a beautiful music licensing site for video, film and YouTube. You’ll find over 22k great songs and more than 27k sound effects – updated daily. It’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, with all music categorised and curated by modes, genres, video themes and instrumentals, all of which you can use as filters to find the perfect track for your next project. You can even use the ‘For You’ page to get personalised suggestions, or the spotlight page to browse trending content.
Geared up to provide production music solutions, Soundstripe differs from some of the sites we’ve touched on before in that it’s a subscription service, rather than a means of buying single license tracks.
Your membership enables you to gain access to unlimited licenses to their hand-picked music collection. If you’ve ever browsed Spotify’s playlists, then navigating Soundstripe’s curated libraries will be a doddle. It’s incredibly intuitive and easy to use.
Great place to find some cool tunes. You can find thousands of tracks from small indie and jazz groups to classical pieces. Moreover, Icon8 provides not only music but video and photo stock, icons, as well!
YouTube Audio Library
If you have a Youtube account then you’ll also have free access to YouTube’s Audio Library. This is a list of thousands of royalty free music and sound effects that can be used in your content.
It’s easy to filter tracks by genre, mood, and license type. All tracks listed on the YouTube Audio Library are classed by YouTube as “copyright safe”, however some require attribution so be sure to check before using them in your video.
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Topping our list of best AI music generators is Amper Music, which is one of the easiest AI music generators to use, making it a perfect choice for those looking to get started with AI-generated music.
Amper does not require deep knowledge of music theory or composition to use, as it creates musical tracks from pre-recorded samples. These are then transformed into real audio, which can be modified with music keys, tempo, individual instruments, and more. For example, you can tune the entire instrument to fit the mood or vibe you are trying to achieve.
One of the biggest names in the AI industry, OpenAI, has their own online AI music- generating tool called MuseNet. According to the company, the tool can generate songs with up to ten different instruments and music in up to 15 different styles.
Another unique aspect of OpenAI’s MuseNet is that it can mimic famous composers like Mozart, as well as today’s top composers. The tool relies on a deep neural network trained on data acquired from internet sources, and this enables it to evaluate music over long periods of time.
Another impressive AI music generator that always receives attention is AIVA, which was developed in 2016. The AI is constantly being improved to compose soundtracks for ads, video games, movies, and more.
AIVA’s first publication was titled “Opus 1 for Piano Solo,” and it has also released an album and composed music for a video game. The tool enables users to develop music from scratch, and it can help produce variations of existing songs, all without having to worry about music licensing processes.
One more great option for an AI music generator is Soundraw, which enables you to customize a song with AI-created phrases, among many other things. The tool relies on the combination of AI and its assembly of manual tools, all of which enable you to generate and customize new music with ease.
The platform has a customization feature that allows you to improvise and tune a single piece of music. While free users can use the music generator to create music, you must subscribe for unlimited downloads.
Ecrett Music enables anyone to generate clips of music by training on hundreds of hours of existing songs. The tool’s straightforward interface and large selection of scenes, emotions, and genres makes it a great choice for amateurs and professionals alike.
The AI music generator allows you to compose music for any video or game, and it comes with a royalty-free music generator to avoid any issues with licensing.
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About the Author
Rebecca Xu is the Product Marketing Manager at Opus, and a professional simultaneous interpreter. She is a story teller, food lover, globe trotter, and sarcasm connoisseur. She loves learning new things through reading, traveling, and exploring. Most of the time, you can find her either in an ice-cream shop, or on her way to an ice-cream shop.