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More than ever before, voice talent are seeking safe sources of material to include on their demos from scripts to music beds.
We’ve compiled a list of great royalty-free music and sound effects sites that are sure to help you.
Be sure to check these out and let us know what you think!

Peer Recommended Sites

Voice talent often need to use post-production elements for projects that they work on. Since this topic is popular with many customers at, I posted an update on Facebook in effort to learn more about where audio pros get their royalty-free music and sound effects.

If you are on a quest to find music and sound effects, take a look at the sites listed below. Should you know of any you’d like to see added to this list, make sure that you comment at the bottom of this post and include the name of the site and a link.
The following resources are presented in no particular order.

Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects Sites

The Freeplay Music Library is a comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via their Portable Hard Drive.

SoundSnap allows you to access unlimited downloads for $249 per year. The site features sound effects and loops from the best Hollywood sound designers and cutting edge music producers.

Incompetech by Kevin MacLeod offers sound effects and music beds to choose from.
Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.

Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.

Footage firm, though specializing in film, also provides access to stock music and stock sound effects.

AudioJungle sells royalty-free music. There are usually two different licenses depending on the price you want to pay. They host both music and sfx.

iStockAudio offers music and sound effects that you can peruse by category and purchase online.

Have Any Recommendations?

If you can think of any other sources that you’d like to refer, comment on this post and let us know where you get your royalty-free music and sound effects.
Looking forward to your reply!
Best wishes,
© Schmidt

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  1. A few I know of are SoundDogs (, APM (, Killer Tracks ( and Ole ( I’ve really only tried APM and SoundDogs, but my old boss now uses Killer Tracks and says they’re great – great selection, good interface and they also have a service where you can call in and have them find similar matches to a particular song. Quite helpful in a pinch!

  2. Hey what useful tips, thanks all. Keep ’em coming! A kindly friend gave me a CD of royalty-free tracks he found in a rummage store. Jolly, romantic, dramatic… but needless to say, hopelessly dated!
    So I check music with young friends.

  3. I have three sources that I’ve used that I’m satisfied with:, and I’ve been pleased with all three.
    Thx for the addl info! BN

  4. Hi,
    For cheap royalty free music, is hard to beat. It’s pretty small (about 200 loops) but the quality is great & best of all the tracks are only £0.99 and free to use however you like.


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