Music and Sound Effects

Company Product/Collection Music/Sound FX Number of Discs in Collection Fee or Price per Disc Fee or Price of Collection Buyout License Annual Blanket License Per Use License?
AirCraft Production Library AirCraft Music Library music 93 varies varies no yes yes
BLC Productions Professional Series music 4 $60 $200 yes no no
Contempo Music Production Music Library music 11 $75 $660 yes no no
Creative Support Services Targetrax music 10 $60 $480 yes no no
  ReproFile music 16 $100 $899 yes no no
  MAX trax music 31 $149 $1,470 yes no no
  SuperThemes music 7 $200 $2,300 yes no no
  MAX + FX sound FX 7 n/a $290 yes no no
Creative Video Images Producer Series Vol. II both 1 $50 $50 yes no no
Davenport Music Davenport Music Library music 13 $50 $430 yes no no
  Musikos Music Library music 9 $50 $170 yes no no
  Davenport + Musikos Libraries music 22 $50 $500 yes no no
Dimension Music and SFX Gold Series music 10 $25 $250 yes no no
  Platinum Series music 10 $25 $250 yes no no
  Champion Series music 8 $25 $250 yes no no
  SFX Series sound FX 10 $35 $350 yes no no
  Tech Effects sound FX 1 $50 $50 yes no no
Energetic Music Broadcast Series music 5 $100 $500 yes no no
  Sports and Action Series music 3 $60 $180 yes no no
  Easy Listening Series music 3 $60 $180 yes no no
  Romantic/Wedding Series music 5 $60 $300 yes no no
  Sound Effects Starter Set sound FX 5 n/a $100 yes no no
FirstCom Music House Personal Music Library music 600+ varies varies no yes yes
  Sound Ideas sound FX 16 varies varies no yes yes
  OneMusic Library music 50 varies varies no yes yes
Fresh Music Library Fresh Music music 40 $60 $995 yes no no
Gene Michael Productions GMP Music Library music 58+ $85 $3,944 yes no no
  GMP Special Collection music 4 $95 to $125 $470 yes no no
Ghostwriters Sound Effects sound FX 5 n/a $90 yes no no
  MAX FX sound FX 6 n/a $200 yes no no
  Muscle Shoals Magic music 9 n/a $350 yes no no
  Beds & Bits music 4 n/a $200 yes no no
  Power Disc sound FX 1 $100 $100 yes no no
Hollywood Edge Sound FX sound FX 20 $60 $895 yes no no
  Edge Edition sound FX 4 n/a $295 yes no no
Lifesongs Wedding & Romance music 1 $59 $59 yes no no
The Music Bakery Production Music music 30 $60 $1,770 yes no no
  Dimension Sound Effects sound FX 10 $100 $495 yes no no
Music Services Canary Music Library both 30 $65 $995 yes no no
  Sirocco Sound Effects sound FX 4 n/a $395 yes no no
  Essential Music Library music 18 n/a varies yes yes no
OGM Production Music Premium Line music 27 varies varies no yes yes
  Professional Line music 65 varies varies no yes yes
Omnimusic Music Library music 120 varies varies no yes yes
  Sound Effects Library sound FX 12 $75 $695 yes no no
QCCS Productions Pro Background Theme Music (PBTM) music 19* varies $60** yes no no
River City Sound Broadcast Series music 7 $60 $420 yes no no
  Specialty Series music 10 $60 $600 yes no no
Royalty Free Music 3PK music 3 n/a $150 yes no no
Signature Music Production Music Library music 31 $85 $1,495 yes no no
Soper Sound Ambient Pathways music 1 $125 $125 yes no no
  Action, Heroic & Patriotic music 1 $125 $125 yes no no
  Tension, Danger & Mystery music 1 $125 $125 yes no no
  Guitars (i-lektrik) music 1 $125 $125 yes no no
  Classical & Americana music 1 $125 $125 yes no no
Sound Ideas Sound Ideas Music music 96 varies varies no yes yes
  Turner Broadcast music 10 varies varies no yes yes
  Turner Entertainment Co. SFX sound FX 3 n/a varies yes    
  General Series 6000 sound FX 40 n/a varies yes no no
  Series 6000 Extension sound FX 15 n/a varies yes no no
  Ambience I sound FX 12 no $495 no no no
  AmbienceII sound FX 15 no $495 no no no
trF Production Music Bosworth Music Library music 198 varies varies no no yes
  Pyramid Music Library music 20 varies varies no yes yes
  MP2000 (Montparnasse) music 147 varies varies no yes yes
  International Ethnic Music music 2,000 varies varies no yes yes
  Musictrack Library music 6 varies varies no yes yes
Zedz Music Production Music Library music 6 $100 $600 yes no no

*19 CDs contain 20 volumes of music.
**Prices start at $60 with quantity discounts available.

This list is only a sampling; it is not meant to be comprehensive. Prices listed are manufacturer’s suggested retail price to the nearest dollar. All information is supplied by the respective manufacturers and/or representative agencies and is subject to change without notice.

Explanation of Feature Headings

  • Music/Sound Effects The library is comprised of sound effects, music or both.
  • Number of Discs The number of CDs that make up the library.
  • Fee or Price The fee the user pays for a per-use or annual blanket license, or the price of buying out the library.
  • Buyout License The user buys the library outright, and has unlimited use of the selections for the life of the CD(s).
  • Annual Blanket License The user can use as many selections as he wants, as often as he wants, for one year.
  • Per Use License The user pays each time he uses a selection (sometimes called “needle drop” license).

Music and Sound Effects Library Manufacturers

  • AirCraft Production Library
    162 Columbus Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
    (800) 343-2514
  • BLC Productions
    448 Lafleur
    Vaudreuil, Quebec
    Canada J7V 6N4
    (800) 569-2827
  • Contempo Music
    P.O. Box 2049
    Elmhurst, IL 60126
    (888) 687-4285
  • Creative Support Services
    1948 Riverside Dr.
    Los Angeles, CA 90039
    (800) 468-6874
  • Creative Video Images
    129 W. Evesham Rd.
    Voorhees, NJ 08043
    (800) 326-1387
  • Davenport Music
    P.O. Box 25636
    Charlotte, NC 28229
    (800) 951-6666
  • Dimension Music and Sound Effects
    P.O. Box 992
    Newnan, GA 30264-0092
    (800) 634-0091
  • Energetic Music
    P.O. Box 84583
    Seattle, WA 98124
    (800) 323-2972
  • FirstCom Music House
    13747 Montfort Drive, Ste. 220
    Dallas, TX 75240
    (800) 858-8880
  • Fresh Music Library
    34 South Main Street
    Hanover, NH 03755
    (800) 545-0688
  • Gene Michael Productions
    441 Post Rd.
    Buchanan, MI 49107
    (800) 955-0619
  • Ghostwriters
    2412 Unity Ave. North
    Minneapolis, MN 55422
    (612) 522-6256
  • Hollywood Edge
    7060 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1120
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (800) 292-3755
  • LifeSongs
    4620 W. 72nd S t.
    Prarie Valley, KS 66208
    (800) 397-9403
  • The Music Bakery
    7134-A Campbell Rd. #1
    Dallas, TX 75248
    (972) 414-0313
  • Music Services
    121 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Wayne, PA 19087
    (800) 368-0033
  • OGM Production Music
    6922 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 718
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (800) 421-4163
  • Omnimusic
    6255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 917
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (800) 828-6664
  • QCCS Productions, Inc. (PBTM)
    P.O. Box 11194
    Eugene, OR 97440
    (800) 345-7286
  • River City Sound
    P.O. Box 750786
    Memphis, TN 38175
    (901) 274-7277
  • Royalty Free Music
    P.O. Box 4100
    Santa Cruz, CA 95063
    (800) 772-7701
  • Signature Music
    P.O. Box 921
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    (800) 888-7151
  • Soper Sound
    P.O. Box 498
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    (800) 227-9980
  • Sound Ideas
    105 West Beaver Creek Rd. #4
    Richmond Hill, OT L4B1C6
    (800) 387-3030
  • trF Production Music
    747 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
    Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
    (800) 899-6874
  • Zedz Music
    49 Hanover St.
    Malden, MA 02148
    (617) 324-1989

Digital Images and Graphics

Company Product Video Clips Photos Clip Art/Icons Backgrounds/Textures Fonts Number of Discs Number of Selections Price
Aridi Computer Graphics Volume 6: Borders no no yes no no 1 200 $100
  Volume 7: Initial Caps no no yes no no 1 312 $100
  Volume 8: Calligraphia no no yes no no 1 200 $100
  Volume 9: Ornaments no no yes no no 1 300 $100
  Volume 10: Ribbons/Banners no no yes no no 1 200 $100
ArtBeats Software, Inc. City Surfaces no no no yes no 1 90 $250
  ReelTextures yes no no no no 2 40 $350
  Film Clutter yes no no no no 1 71 $350
  ReelExplosions 1 yes no no no no 1 30 $500
  ReelFire 1 yes no no no no 1 30 $500
Cascom Select Effects CD-Roms yes yes yes yes no 3 7,500 $240
Corel Corporation Gallery 2 yes yes yes yes yes 1 15,000 $59
  Mega Gallery yes yes yes yes yes 5 110,000+ $100
  Stock Photo Library 1 no yes no yes no 200 20,000 $995
  Stock Photo Library 2 no yes no yes no 200 20,000 $995
  Stock Photo Library 3 no yes no yes no 200 20,000 $995
Diamar Interactive Introductory Collection no yes no yes no 1 1,350 $13
  Landscape & Scenery Bundle no yes no no no 4 216 $200
  Background & Texture Bundle no no no yes no 8 432 $400
  People & Lifestyles Bundle no yes no no no 10 520 $500
  Portfolio 25-Volume Bundle no yes no yes no 25 1,350 $1,300
Digital Stock Corporation Space & Spaceflight no yes no no no 2 100 $250
  Cyberstock no yes no no no 2 100 $250
  Natural Textures no yes no yes no 9 100 $250
  Animals & Wildlife no yes no no no 2 100 $250
  Flowers no yes no no no 1 100 $250
Energy Film Library Energy Interactive Catalog yes no no no no 1 1,300 free
  Visual Energy yes yes no no no 1 200 $50
  Cinema CD for Mac yes no no no no 1 100 $50
  Visual Vocabulary for Windows yes no no no no 1 220 $50
Image Club Graphics Digital Vision no yes no no no 30 3,000 $7,500
  Artroom 10.0 no no yes no no 1 10,000 $800
  LetterPress 7.0 no no no no yes 1 890 $1,500
  PhotoGear no yes no yes no 14 700+ $1,120
  ObjectGear no yes no yes no 10 850 $1,000
NewSoft Presto! Photo Album no yes yes yes yes 1 200 $30
  Presto! Print Suite no yes yes yes yes 1 1000 $50
  Presto! Multimedia Suite yes no no no no 1 400+ $100
Periwinkle Software Past-Tints Sampler no no yes no no 1 309 $60
  Past-Tints Garden no no yes no no 1 306 60
  Past-Tints Home no no yes no no 1 415 $60
PhotoSphere Background Stock Images no yes no no no 3 300 $585
  Nature Stock Images no yes no no no 3 300 $585
  Places Stock Images no yes no no no 7 680 $1,365
  Economy Stock Images no yes no no no 8 760 $1,560
  People Stock Images no yes no no no 9 760 $1,755
Tech Pool Studios/LifeArt Super Anatomy 1 no no yes no no 1 500 $220
  3D Super Anatomy 1 no no yes no no 1 160 $300
  3D Super Anatomy 2 no no yes no no 1 150 $300
  Cardiac Professional no no yes no no 1 500 $350
  Orthopedic Professional no no yes no no 1 800 $500
Vivid Details Background/Texture Library no yes no yes no 3discs 30 or 48 $179/$229

This list is only a sampling; it is not meant to be comprehensive. Prices listed are manufacturer’s suggested retail price to the nearest dollar. All information is supplied by the respective manufacturers and/or representative agencies and is subject to change without notice.


Explanation of Feature Headings:

  • Video Clips Short segments of moving video.
  • Photos Still photographs.
  • Clip Art/Icons Illustrations.
  • Backgrounds/Textures Background images on which to overlay text, or textures for wrapping around images.
  • Fonts Text styles.
  • Number of Discs The number of CD-ROMs that make up the library.
  • Number of Selections The number of clips, images, textures or fonts included in the library.
  • Price The price of the entire library. Individual discs are available from most manufacurers.

Digital Images and Graphics Manufacturers

  • Aridi Computer Graphics
    5151 Beltline Rd. Suite 420
    Dallas, TX 75240
    (800) 755-6441
  • ArtBeats Software, Inc.
    2611 Myrtle Rd.
    Myrtle Creek, OR 97457
    (800) 444-9392
  • Cascom International
    806 4th Ave. South
    Nashville, TN 37210
    (615) 242-8900
  • Corel Corporation
    1600 Carling Ave.
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada KIZ 8R7
    (800) 772-6735
  • Diamar Interactive
    600 University Street, Suite 1701
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (800) 234-2627
  • Digital Stock Corporation
    400 S. Sierra Ave. Suite 100
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    (800) 545-4514
  • Energy Film Library
    12700 Ventura Blvd., 4th Floor
    Studio City, CA 91604
    (800) 462-4379
  • Image Club Graphics
    Suite 800, 833 4th Ave. S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta Canada T2P 3T5
    (800) 661-9410
  • NewSoft
    3353 Gateway Blvd.
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (800) 436-4365
  • Periwinkle Software
    7475 Brydon Rd.
    La Verne, CA 91750
    (800) 730-3556
  • PhotoSphere Images Ltd.
    380 W. 1st Ave., Ste 310
    Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Y3T7
    (800) 665-1496
  • Tech Pool Studios/LifeArt
    1463 Warrensville Ctr. Rd.
    Cleveland, OH 44121
    (800) 543-3278
  • Vivid Details
    8228 Sulphur Mtn. Rd.
    Ojai, CA 93023

Buyer’s guides compiled by Don Keller, Videomaker‘s Senior Editor.

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