Royalty Free Music - What is it and how can I use it?
What is Royalty-Free Production Music?
Royalty-Free Music is music created specifically for use in multimedia productions, such as film, videos, presentations, podcasts, TV, broadcast, advertising, theatre, web, on-hold messages, in-store background music, ringtones, video games, electronic toys, student demo reels, and many other types of productions where 2 or more types of media are synchronized (combined), such as music & voice, music & video, music & slides (still images). Royalty free music is sometimes also referred to as Production Music, Stock Music, BuyOut Music, Background Music or Needle-Drop Music. >> PeMusicLicensing offers production music in just about any style imaginable, and for just about any type of production.
What Does Royalty-Free Mean?
Royalty Free means that once you purchase a royalty-free production music license, you will never have to pay any performance royalties when the production the music was used in is performed (even for broadcast), provided that the type of use does not exceed any usage restrictions for the license that was purchased. Some services offer a single, typically more expensive license. >> PeMusicLicensing offers 3 convenient licenses (A = Non-Commercial, B = Commercial/Broadcast, C = Extended Use) so you only pay for the authorization (clearance) that you need for your productions.
What Media Production Software Can I Use?
Most production music will work in any modern media production software, including iMovie, Final Cut Pro (and Express), Premiere, Flash, Flex, Vegas, iPhoto, Camtasia, PowerPoint, Keynote, and many others.
What Audio File Format Does Production Music Come In?
Traditional (older) music libraries are delivered on physical Audio CDs, which converts to 16-bit, 44.1kHz audio files (when digitally imported). Some newer libraries are delivered as audio file instant downloads, in a variety of audio file formats, such as WAV files (16-bit, 44.1kHz like Audio CDs) or mp3 files (usually compressed 16-bit, 128kbps to 320kbps rates). MP3 files are "lossy," formats, which means the audio content is compressed to create smaller files, but in the process, some quality is lost. This is not noticeable to some people at very high rates, but in general, uncompressed WAV files are the purest form of digital music. >> PeMusicLicensing offers the highest-quality CDs and Instant WAV Downloads.
How To Choose The Right Music For My Production?
Not all production music is created equal, so it's recommended that you listen to all music tracks in their entirety, in a high-quality format, so you know exactly what you're getting before you make a purchase. Beware of libraries that offer you short music samples or low-quality samples and promise high-quality masters, as many music licensors have an all-sales-are-final because of the nature of digital music. >> PeMusicLicensing provides full-length, high-quality previews of all music tracks on each CD library listing.
Contact PeMusicLicensing if you have any questions about Royalty-Free Music and we'll be happy to help you.