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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

Use Case: Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects for Black History Month

We don’t claim to be experts on African history, but here are some great ideas to help you put together a classroom lesson your students will remember with royalty free music and sound effects that represent the rich African-American culture for Black History Month. Drawing from musical genres such as Jazz, Soul, African, and Gospel, you can create an interactive learning experience for students of any age.

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Traditional Africa
Start with a trip overseas to Africa, the heartland of the world, and delve deep into the cultures of the kingdoms of the African plains. From the Ivory Coast to Kenya and Ethiopia to the Congo, African heritage has its roots on this huge continent. So transport your students with royalty free sound effects and music beds of african drumming, chants, and songs. Explore rhythmic textures and traditional percussion and wind instruments native to Africa while letting students see images of proud kings, queens, and African royalty, and explore the African terrain with stock footage clips from Africa. Teach your students about the teamwork, compassion, and community needed to survive in both harsh environments and luxurious oases. Empower students with family history and African ties to tell their family’s story, and encourage creating family trees to trace for royal lineage.

Slavery and American Gospel
Of course, no African history lesson is complete without a close, careful examination of slavery. For far too long, native Africans were treated as commodities by western and European conquerors, bought and sold along the waterways and trade routes across the Atlantic and around the world. Paint a vivid picture of what it was like to be a slave: the horrible conditions, the tireless work, and the lack of freedom. Have your students imagine growing up without parents and access to education and resources. Play traditional royalty free gospel songs to illustrate to your students how slaves communicated not only religious beliefs, but hope and secret messages for the underground railroad.

Afro-Cuban Music
You can pair these images with the vibrancy of Afro-Cuban music, which transported traditional African bata drumming to the Western Hemisphere, providing a scintillating mix of cultures and musical styles. Show your students how traditional drumming patterns are similar to those in Salsa and Afro-Cuban genres, and how African dance influenced western movement.

Civil Rights and Rap, Jazz, and Rock
Finally, remind your students that modern day American rock and roll, jazz, and R&B and Rap all have their roots in the 19th and 20th century Black-American struggle. Whether via civil rights injustices or economic injustice or via social triumphs of progress and reform, show the rich cultural impact that African artists have had on modern art, culture, and society. Listen to some stock jazz music in class, and compare how poetry from Harlem is similar or different that Rap from the streets of Compton, and discuss the social problems that drove these art forms, and the steps towards progress we can all take.

Ratavox – Italian Royalty Free Stock Production Music

Whether you’re putting together a short film or advertisement about an Italian Restuarant, or need something quirky but worldly sounding for a comedy, try this week’s royalty free music pick of the week: Ratavox. The live vocals in this production music track, along with live winds and effects make Ratavox the perfect soundtrack for creating something with extra character. We combined this piece with some stock footage from our Restaurants & Food category, and applied a little filter for some extra aging and fun.

Great for Italian comedy, this Italian style mazurka is fast, fiery, funny & rousing. It conjurs up big Italian family dinners or homecomings where accidents occur, pasta boils over, laughing children playing games, and several grandfathers tell jokes. Give it a try in your next cartoon or animated piece, short ad, radio spot, or time-warped montage.

License the track for use in your next project: http://www.productiontrax.com/royalty-free-music/240866