Using music and sound effects libraries is easy, but knowing how to use them is confusing. Here are some tips on buying and using royalty-free music.
There are a few editors who gladly strike up the band and the Foley studio to record their own custom music and sound effects. But many of us don't have the time, equipment or money to make that a reality. That's when royalty-free music and sound effects (SFX) libraries come in handy. A robust collection of music and sound effects quickly become the editor's best friend. This should be a top priority for anyone starting out as an editor. Put some money aside now. Royalty-free music and sound effects pay for themselves by saving you a lot time and frustration.
Royalty-Free Is Not Free
One of the more common misconceptions about royalty-free music and sound effects is that they are free to use in your production. Not true. In fact, most good libraries cost money, and the best libraries can run up quite a bill. Royalty-free means that you do not pay any royalties to the music or sound effect author when your video airs or is distributed. That's the general agreement. You pay a flat fee upfront for the rights to use their media. But the agreement when you make your purchase can vary between au… Read More