7 Hollywood Sound Effects for Epic Productions

Whether you’re producing a large-scale science fiction saga like Avatar, or creating massive battle scenes like those found in Braveheart, every film or video production calls on sound effects to enhance the realism and impact of the picture. These seven royalty free sound effects are hand-selected for their superior quality and realistic sound, which will put your viewers in the center of the action.

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1) Space Airlock Door
Prepare for spacewalk. This futuristic sliding airlock pressure door would be ideal in any Science Fiction game or film. Just don’t go out too far.

2) Magic Spell Fire Ball
Create some magic with your own audio wizardry. This effect features an energy buildup followed by discharge. The wizard ignites a flame that builds into a fireball, which he then unleashes at his target and it explodes on impact. Bad wizard.

3) Jet Bomber: Fly By & Bomb Explosion
For huge war sequences, try this effect, capturing the sounds of war in pristine panoramic stereo. A jet bomber missile attack, with a fly-by followed by explosion at close distance. It’s almost like you’re flying the plane.

4) Sword Fight Pack
For maximum value, try this single stock audio file containing 12 unique sword fighting effects: 4 ringing sword hits, 4 clinking chain mail hits, and 4 swooshing misses. A great choice for medieval warrior battles or fantasy video and computer games.

5) Dragon Growl
Beasts, goblins, and mythical creatures. This sound effect captures a roaring dragon spitting fire (at least that’s what the poor soul who recorded it wrote in his notes… Excellent effect for cartoons, animation, films, computer games and more.

6) Knight Slaying Monster
For the fantasy epic, this high quality sound effect features a heroic Knight slaying a dragon or monster with his sword. Complete with grunts, growls, and metalic impacts. Our hero.

7) Bed Sweeper Blips Epic Mysterious Spacey 01
This imaging Production Element uses a sweeper to create a mysterious, spacey sound bed. Great for layers and sound design, and for creating the illusion of wide open and spooky spaces.

10 Royalty Free Soundtracks for Film and Video Productions

Creating an independent film or YouTube video, and can’t quite find the right production music tracks to fit the bill? We’ve hand selected ten quality royalty free music tracks that work in a variety of audio-visual settings, for a wide range of characters and genres. Use these suggestions as quick audio gold, or as an idea springboard to help launch your search for your own custom soundtrack.

1. Cool Raindrops
Score Studio The artist. This sophisticated piano track sparkles and spins its wheels, conveys a sense of grace, thoughtfulness and creativity. Althewhile captivating, inspirational and artistic, this track is a must have for artists at work, creativity, or even suburbian dramatic thrillers.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/408986

2. Heroic Trailer
Heroic Trailer The epic blockbuster. Epic and intense, this orchestral track builds up to distorted guitars and heavy drums, creating a fantastic soundscape for video-games, movies, short films and epic animations.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/408705

3. Just Me Small
678 The sinister villain. This atmospheric track captures a gloomy, dangerous and uncertain ambience, and creates an intense, sinister mood. Works well with dark scenes where a sense of evil is begging to be brought to light.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/408567

4. WONDERGATE – Cinematic Fairytale
971 The curious elf. A full orchestra creates the classic fairytale environment of a Kingdom Of Elves. Full of wondrous curiosity, this track culminates with a climactic ending. Great for various cinematic uses, particularly mystery, epic sagas, fairytales, and fantasy.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/407622

5. Hidden Affairs
7475 The bank heist. A fast and unconventional track featuring piano, drums, percussion, rhodes and strings, Hidden Affairs has a jazzy flavor and it recalls mysterious images. It could fit perfectly in noir and espionage stories. Imagine a robbery gang in action, such as Oceans 11 or Catch Me If You Can.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/406191

6. Desert Scorpions One
7234 The mummy. Ominous desert sun brooding, this is a low stringed, big-ass drum pulsating dramatic assault of daunting dark character. The sweepeing strings create a sense of foreboding evil that will cower the audience and eradicate the nicer things in life.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/404762

7. Spy on the run
565The cutting edge James Bond. This high-powered, grungy, dramatic industrial Hi-Tec espionage spy theme has flavors of Alias and 24. Heavy guitars and techno drums, power killer guitar solos & moving bass. Great for background suspense music, thriller movies, action scenes, spy music and more.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/40444

8. Floating in Space (Loop)
5436The sci-fi epic. Let the imagination soar to new heights. Travel in space or visit futuristic landscapes and explore a desserted planetary outpost. Journey between stars and planets. Slow sweeping electronica, high tech FX, creating ambient depth and distance that reminds us of Blade Runner, Fallout, Star Wars, Terminator.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/304272

9. Children’s Adventure
5094For the kids. This playful childrens track creates a sense of intrigue and adventure, featuring piano, flute, pizzicato strings, xylophone and synthesizer effects. A pulsating tuba melody adds a classic childlike feel, while maintaining a playful edge.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/289082

10. Old Joe’s Country Fiddle
8130The backwoods country rest stop. Good-time country tune featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar and double bass. The track has a simple tune and basic two-step beat for an old time, home-spun feel. Lively, happy and real, this music is ideal for anyone wanting a sense of nostalgia, warmth and authenticity.
http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/399617

Expanding Your Production Music Library

Ideas for composers for increasing the number of clips in their music library.

Would you like to have or need more clips of your production music along with a wider range of time lengths and potential applications for your music? Here are some relatively simple and good ideas.

One thing you can do is to use pieces of music that you already have as completed works. Let’s say, for instance, that you have a five minute film score with a spacey ambient string section intro, a main full instrumental chord progression, a catchy melody theme, an energetic driving drum break, and a calm serene melodic interlude. It is not very difficult to have all these related individual sections edited into separate stand alone music clips. If you were to take for example the percussion break, this can easily be edited and turned into two individual clips, one as a percussion phrase with a distinct resolute ending and the other one as a loop.

Production Music EditingAlways remember you must be sure to check that the loop loops seamlessly before making it available for lease. All too often what sounds great in your audio editing software will have noticeable seams when actually looped. These loops can have noticeable clicks, timing errors, artifacts, or dynamic inconsistencies. It is always a good idea to make sure and check the rendered file before making it available for licensing! The same technique holds true for the chord progressions, ambient interludes, and melodies.

Two more benefits of this are:
1) the producer who is licensing your music can now have more options for time lengths and choices for dynamics of the original piece to use in their related project, and

2) you will have many more clips for a wider range of applications even if they are not related to the same end production.

Another way to have more clips can be by using different dynamics for the same passage. For example, one version can have only chord changes, another will have the melody line, and another without any percussion.

And yet another way is to make different time lengths of the same piece. One easy way to do this with MIDI produced tracks is by increasing or decreasing the tempo. For instance, a sixty second track at 60 beats per minute will become a thirty second track at 120 beats per minute. Yes, it will speed up the tempo but it does work for some things like ambient and certain kinds of melodic ambient and can have some interesting results. Of course there is always “copy and paste” too.

Well, I hope these suggestions will help a bit because they have worked for me!

Zoid Proteus “Interstellar Music”
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Mystery Groove – Stock Music loop for Detective Shows

This week, we dive in to the genre of detective mysteries. Our royalty free music pick of the week is a short little stock music track by Matthew Anklan called Mystery Groove (track ID 387379). Without sounding dated, this production music track features four trumpets and rhythm section, complete with note bends, harmon mutes, and a delightfully funky beat and bass line.

The looped groove is perfect for comedy, mystery, and investigative shows, and immediately gave us images of the Pink Panther, Inspector Gadget, Mr. Monk, Sean Spencer, and other famously wacky television detectives. We combined this track with a stock footage clip ID 74853, which is a shot of a forrest road winding through some pretty dense fog. The video, also available for download at Productiontrax, adds to the mysterious yet almost comical flare of this music track. We think this piece will work equally well as a soundtrack for children’s projects or advertising.

License the audio: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/387379
Get the footage: http://www.productiontrax.com/stock-footage/74853

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