Top 10 Free Production Music Websites
Let’s face it: when it comes to video editing, you can never have enough production music to choose from. Unfortunately, the price of production music isn’t always wallet friendly. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 websites that offer some type of free production music downloads!
A word of caution though: always read the fine print! Make sure to go through and try to understand all the terms and conditions of the license you are agreeing to by downloading the clip. Some of these sites are for non-profit and non-commercial use only. Others require you to attribute the artist somewhere in your project. If you’re not sure you understand the license agreement, make sure to contact the producer before using it!
With that said…here are your top 10 free production music sites:
We might be a little biased on this but AudioBlocks is the absolute best site on the entire internet- which is only a slight exaggeration. AudioBlocks allows you to search for mood, genre or instrument and can filter results based on length and beats per measure. Choose from over 100,000 sound effects, loops and production music or just download them all- a membership allows for unlimited downloads!
Free Stock Music is a great site to find a pretty substantial library of free production music. They add a new track everyday and have lots of different genres, so there’s bound to be something that will fit your needs. All you have to do is register for an account with your email address. Try following them on Twitter or Facebook so you never miss out on a new clip, too.
This site is pretty much ran like a blog and it compiles free music offers from all across the internet. They do a pretty good job of letting you know the conditions of the license up front. If you keep an eye on the site (or subscribe to it), you’ll always be in the loop when there are new free tracks available.
The Free Music Archive is ran by WFMU, the most renowned free form radio station in America. The offer an incredible huge variety of music, and it is all available for download for free. You can browse by genre or artist. The site is always being updated so it is a really great resource!
Musopen is a non-profit organization that is trying to “set music free” by making music available for free online for anyone who needs it. Their collection is mostly classical, but they offer a lot of choices. Everything is copyright free, so it can be used in practically any application. They also offer free sheet music as an extra bonus!
This site has over 7,000 free production music tracks to choose from, and they add more all the time. It is totally free if you are using the music for non-profit and non-commercial uses. That means it would be great to use in presentations, slide shows and personal products. If you’re looking for music for a professional production that will be distributed, however, you’ll have to pay for a license, which they do offer on the site. Overall, this is a great tool for a hobbyist or non-profit organization.
Remember Moby? Yeah, that Moby. The bald one that had a few hits in the late 90s. Well, he has a site of free production music that can be used for non-profit and non-commercial use! You have to create an account, but after that it is all free. If you do want to use his tracks for commercial use, you can easily buy a license and all the money is donated to the Humane Society. Way to go, Moby!
PacDV.com is unique because it offers both free production music and free sound effects. Their license agreement includes an Attribution License, meaning you need to mention their website somewhere in your project. This website has some really good quality material; it’s not all over-synthesized.
This is another site that requires an Attribution License. Again, this means you must make mention of the site or producer in your project. It is a really easy site to use because you can search by genre, by feel or by keyword. They have lots of free production music choices!
Another great place to look for free production music is to search by composers. Taylor Hayward, for example, offers free production music on his personal site. He asks you to mention him in your project. As a result, he gets free publicity and you get free music! Everybody wins! Taylor’s site features exclusively piano music.
This is another composer’s site. He offers some pretty moody pieces. Once again, the composer asks that you attribute his work when you can, though there is no strict licensing agreement that says such. He also has a donations button on his site if you feel inclined to leave a few bucks in return for the free music.