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- July 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM #69116
SO I HAVE FINAL CUT PRO X, BUT I HAVE NO MUSIC ON IT THAT I CAN USE FOR VIDEOS. I SEARCHED THE INTERNET AND FOUND ROYALTY FREE MUSIC, BUT IT SEEMS CRAZY TO SPEND $30 FOR ONE SONG THAT I'D PROBABLY USE ONCE.
IS THERE ANY SOFTWARD OUT THERE, OR DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO GET BUNDLES OF MUSIC FOR USE WITH FINAL CUT PRO. I'M USING A MACBOOK PRO.
- July 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM #208344klookfilmMember
In the world of royalty free prices can get crazy quick. I will try to answer your question(s) in a couple parts for ease of reading:
There are plenty of places on the net to get free royalty free stuff and depending on your project will determine what is right for you. I can't stop recommending Kevin McLeod and his website: incompetech.com he has huge collections of music for use in just about anything most require only attribution if you don't want to buy royalty, and his prices are crazy good compared to most.
Another route you could go is "public domain" anything created before 1923 is in the public domain so most classical music, hymns, and things like that, but new music can be released to the public domain for anyone to use how they see fit. A simple google search will render thousands of sites with public domain music, video, and images.
-create your own
Well I've gathered your on a budget as most of us are some of the tools I use are things like audacity, since you are on a mac you should have access to garage band if I'm not mistaken? I am a PC guy myself. I don't have much experience with creating music as I'm not a musician, but with today's technology anyone can do it look on youtube for guides or vimeo.
I hope this helps.
- July 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM #208349Daniel BrunsParticipant
Justin has made some great suggestions. I would definitely check out the companies that he mentioned.
It's good to know up front that $30 for a song is actually not as expensive as you might think. In the past and even today, some royalty free music has cost as much as $1,000 to buy the rights for a film. Considering that, $30 is a steal!
That being said, I have gone to the Free Music Archive in the past to get free music for my commercials and documentaries: http://freemusicarchive.org/ However, it will take a bit of digging to find music that will work for you on a site like this, but nothing beats free!
An even better alternative is a website called Audio Jungle: http://audiojungle.net/. They have really high quality music and their prices are very reasonably priced (usually from $5 to $15). They are my typical go-to when I need a piece of music that I know will work for a commercial.
My last recommendation would be PremiumBeat.com: http://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty_free_music/ Though most of their songs cost around $30 (which you balked at earlier), they are good songs with great production value. You may find that $30 is a steal when it comes to some of their music!
Hope that helps!
- July 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM #208356
forgot to mention. I also found that good ole' Itunes has ROYALTY FREE MUSIC. I typed it in and a bunch came up. You can buy a lot of it in bulk priced from $5.99 to $9.99 for about 20 songs, or buy individual songs for $0.99. Since I can upload those songs on to my ipod, I'll probably do a lot of searching there too.
- July 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM #208359
Wow! Thanks so much for the FREEMUSICARCHIVE Reference. There are tons of free songs on there. I just went straight to the ALL TIME most used songs and there are tons of great ones.
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- July 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM #208377rwbarnaParticipant
There is also FreePlay Music for audio tracks.
I asked, and as long as the work is not being used for commercial purposes, you don't need any further license.
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- November 9, 2016 at 9:03 PM #214442RickCostelloMember
You don’t need to wait 50 years to use free music in your film or commercial projects. Royalty Free music is the way to go! This site offers all their great songs for free download for personal or educational use. for commercial applications, a small fee is required. http://www.freemusicpublicdomain.com/royalty-free-music/
- November 10, 2016 at 7:46 AM #214814
I love these posts – Royalty Free music, with the emphasis on the word free that of course isn’t. About time people got to grips with copyright and learned that like in that link above, to use it in any way other than for yourself, means shelling out for the license to use it – Is there really such a thing as personal use when you then stick it on youtube for others to use? Same thing – what does educational use mean? Downloading a youtube video on the latest gadgets fitted to a multi-thousand pound Range Rover car is educational, but it’s designed to help sell a car – so is that really educational or promotional (or just marketing). It’s jus got so complex nowadays. Youtube just identified one of my productions as belonging to somebody else, and has added an advert and stopped me benefiting. Getting them to re-categorise it is taking a lot of time.
I wish we could just categorise music for people to download as pay or not pay. The word ‘Free’ means no payment. Free music you pay for is just weird!
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- March 26, 2018 at 3:30 AM #278533SophialingMember
iTunes library is one of the largest music source including iTunes music, audiobooks, Apple Music, and Audible audiobooks. If you would like to use some amazing music for editing in FCP, you can import audio files from iTunes library. Although some of audio files in iTunes library are encrypted, you can use some wonderful tool to remove it, such as DRmare Audio Converter from https://www.drmare.com/drm-audio-converter-for-mac. After that you can freely use this powerful music library using in Final Cut Pro.
- March 26, 2018 at 5:38 AM #278534
So you download the tool to remove the copy protection, and after that, you can illegally use the music for free. I hate spam posts – especially those that are designed to sound legit!
- June 30, 2018 at 9:54 AM #298753eclGuest
Hi All, Came across this thread and thought I could add, all the above has helped lots. I use FCP Audio
£29.99 for 3 tracks all can be custom made and arranged in FCPX pretty cool and the licence is 100% included for any use!
- August 22, 2018 at 4:53 AM #71107413Annie YazbeckParticipant
Would you like to use Spotify music on Final Cut Pro? If yes, you can use third-party software, like AudFree Spotify Converter (https://www.audfree.com/spotify-music-converter-mac/) to download Spotify files to local folder on your computer and convert them to Final Cut Pro compatible formats. And then it’s free to use Spotify music as background music in FCP.
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- November 13, 2018 at 2:38 PM #72003477
Wow? Music is available everywhere. How much it costs is often but not always linked to the quality. Luckily we just produce music to order, at what we think is a good price for our clients. Fifteen years ago I wrote some music for Armistice day – commissioned for a satellite channel – 3 mins of slow camera pans across poppy fields and the war graves. Made me a few pounds each year till it stopped being used. This year I’ve found it twice on Youtube videos. I’ve made money on the recording, but after 15 years it still annoys me people just steal it. I sent one a message “Great music, very appropriate – where did you get it”. He answered – “I found it on the net”. Hmmmmmmm
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- July 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM #208351
wow, thanks a million.
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