This week, our stock music pick of the week is Opinion by Sergii Vasylchenko, track ID 373640. It’s a super useful piece of production music: its etherial, circular feel over a pulasating yet mellow beat makes this the perfect royalty free music track to accompany montages and timelapse sequences – see the stock footage remarks for some great timelapse video clips. The track is also great for product advertisements, especially in tech and clean energy projects.
We’ve combined Opinion with a timelapse stock footage clip of some clouds over a scenic green rolling hillside, Stock Footage ID 315765. The slow moving pads match the pillowy cloud formations, while the steady beat and forward motion capture the escence of the timelapse motion and firmness of the hillside.
Video note: our text overlay in the middle of the video shows the wrong ID numbers – we didn’t catch that in time for this week’s video. Sorry to our contributors about the error!
The words royalty free and stock music might have a negative connotation in some filmmaking circles. But the reality is that using stock audio strategically and appropriately within your productions can have a positive impact on both your creative output and your bottom line. Here are three great reasons to use some royalty free music in your next film.
1) Stock music is cheap. There we said it. Stock music is cheaper than most sources of music, whether you’re looking at custom composed tracks (which can run you several hundred to several hundred thousand dollars), library music (which carry license fees per use, per second, and based on the size of your production), or even licensing a popular song through a publisher (can we say, pricey?). Stock music requires a one time fee, usually $50 to $100 for commercial usage, and that’s it.
2) Stock music actually sounds good. It’s true. More and more professional musicians and artists are realizing the value in contributing work to the royalty free music scene — it gives them more exposure, allows them to make more money from their music, and gives them some control over their careers. That means that gone are the days when stock music sounded hoakey or cheap, so you can put asside any pre-conceived notions that stock music will make your project sound bad. You can get some really great sounding tracks that work with your visuals seamlessly and have great production value and in any style you could dream of. Combine it with some sound effects, and people will think you had custom top-of-the-line audio work in your production.
3) Royalty free music saves you time. With the help of powerful online search functions, keyword tagging, and lightboxes, you can put together a soundtrack in mere minutes without spending a dime on music supervision services or waiting for cues from a composer. And time is money. You can go from concept to final product in hours instead of weeks. Throw in some HD stock footage for good measure, and take care of some of your shot needs, as well!
Looking for something simple, fun, and modern? A royalty free music track that screams Apple or Google? Something personal, hip, and nostalgic? Look no further than Sunny Side by Toy Invention (Music ID 350610) this week’s Royalty Free Music Pick of the Week. This track is perfect for advertising campaings and is sure to appeal to the senses like a warm summer day.
We put together this video with a stock photo, ID 331081 and some nifty little filters to give you a little visual feedback as well.
Any situation is the right situation to record whatever you hear. And sometimes what you don’t.
We all have an emotional response to sound effects. Take footsteps. Are they fast and sharp, like a woman in heels on a hard surface getting away from something? Does your heart beat faster? Or ocean waves crashing on the rocks. Calming?
Good effects evoke emotions.
Good sound effects evoke an emotional response from the listener. When producing effects, keep the resulting feeling in mind.
An example is my recording in Chicago of a busy shopping area in December. What one thing defines the season more than anything? The charity bell ringer on almost every corner. Makes you think of the warmth of a roaring fire and holidays with family. But what if you need everything in your ambience except the bells? For after the holidays? What to do?
I often record with a Soundfield microphone. Soundfield mics record 360 degrees on 4 channels which can be decoded into almost format – mono, stereo, 5.1 and so on. And is steerable. So in making a stereo version on the recording, I steered away from the bells to make a more “generic” track. New software allows for even greater directional control.
Using the many tools available to record and prep thick, dense, interesting backgrounds makes for sound effects that producers, sound designers and editors want to hear and want to use.