No knocking Kevin MacLeod from Incompetech.com. He’s saved us from many default musical loops and countless copyright infringements. But now and then, we need a bit of variety. And here are some additional options for music, sound effects and even video footage.
To help you return to this post, I’ll add the words Helen Keller. Then you can just do a Google search for Helen Keller and WillVideoForFood, and you’ll be back on this page. See, Helen Keller couldn’t hear or see, so she’s not a name you’d expect to see as a mnemoni, and… oh never mind. You’ll remember it.
- I’ve got some of my Nalts themes (recorded using every loop I could buy for Garage Band).
- Jonathon Mikel Taylor Roberts has a nice MacLeod-like site at jmtr.com.
- Candace Bilyk has “project loop” to encourage more royalty-free artists to promote their music. She also has some of her own songs on her site.
- DigitalPh33r (a creator for Machinima.com) identifies two sources, and does so without sounding as angry as usual. He credits stockmusic.net
- Then there’s RoyaltyFreeMusic, which seems a bit pricey for the amateur and a bit cheesy for the pro.
- The MusicBakery is a mixed bag. Some fantastically cheesy 1980s music mixed with some robust classics. Prepare to dig, but you may find something worth the $30-$50 price tag for a song download.
- Opuzz.com was also hot and cold, but I quite like this contagious whistling song called “Easy Stroll.” Prices range for $3 to $30 per clip, depending on how much you want.
- Free Sound Project is one that’s a bit more complex, but interesting. Sounds not songs.
- DigitalPh33r lists soundeffect.com.
- PartnersInRhyme has a nice mix of free and pay-as-you-go sound effects… all royalty free.
- I’ve also used SoundDogs before, and you’ll need to dig around but usually find what you need.
- Avoid the CD-ROM collections since they’re usually not royalty free, even if they’re inexpensive.
- iStockvideo.com and Pond5.com offer user-generated content at low price points ($5 to $100). This is a better alternative to higher-end stock companies like Gettyimages.com, Artbeats.com and Corbis.com (who average $200 or more, and have some footage for closer to $1000). Source: DV.com
- Here are a few more from a threaded discussion on the topic: www.thinkstockfootage.com, www.digitaljuice.com, www.dvcuts.com, www.veer.com, www.liquidlibrary.com, www.creatas.com