Music Library Buyer’s Guide – Music to Your Ears

Music Library Buyer's Guide - Music to Your EarsFinding the right soundtrack for your video production can be a challenge and confusing. With the right direction and a better understanding of the process, giving your video production a happy and musically appropriate ending is easier than you may think.

With all the work that goes into shooting and editing a video, constructing the perfect soundtrack may be the last thing on your mind. However, when the time comes to add that depth, flavoring and ambiance to your scenes through music, you may find yourself without many options. Not to worry! The right song is out there just waiting for you to snatch it up and match it to your sequence. With the help of this article, you’ll learn what’s available, where to find it and what’s likely the best fit for your video – without breaking the bank.

Understand the Lingo
So your rough cut is finished and you’re ready to lay down some music. You have a vague sense of what you want that soundtrack to feel like, but no resources to actually put it together. The music you hear on the radio is off-limits thanks to sky-high royalties, and the songs you recorded with your high school buddies on the boombox don’t quite hold up. The answer? Music libraries! These days, they’re easy to access online, adaptable to your needs and relatively inexpensive.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of where to find the libraries, it’s worth reviewing some of the terms and descriptions you’ll likely encounter in your search. Navigating the usage terms and rights restrictions can be confusing, so the more you understand the industry lingo, the better situated you’ll be when it’s time to decide what to download.

Remember:

  • Always read the fine print when purchasing your music.
  • Make sure the terms of usage are crystal clear to you before ordering.
  • There are plenty of nuances to the music and sound effects licensing business; don’t take anything for granted.
  • Bear in mind that some of the language you’ll encounter may have slightly different meanings from vendor to vendor. Take a look at the user agreements to make sure you’re getting what you want.

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