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My name is Mark Lewis. I own a few popular royalty free content websites. I have been helping musicians distribute their music for over 17 years now and wanted to use this forum to share thoughts and experiences and hopefully spark some discussion in regards to the distribution of royalty free music and royalty free content in general.

Free Sound FX & Music from Alistair Cameron

Alistair Cameron


Free Sound Effects
Alistair Cameron just uploaded some free royalty free sound effects to his Soundcloud account here
http://soundcloud.com/cameronmusic/sets/free-sound-effects

Alistair says on his page:
“All the sound effects in this set are free to use in anything, commercial or private. I don’t expect people to credit individual sound effects but I do ask if you could link to my website www.cameronmusic.co.uk from somewhere, either in the video description if in youtube/vimeo etc or from your website. “

Free Sound Effects by cameronmusic

Free Music Soundtracks
Alistair also has a large selection of free royalty free music soundtracks for you to use in your projects as long as you give proper credit to the composer
http://soundcloud.com/cameronmusic/sets/creative-commons-tracks-1/

Free Film Music by cameronmusic

Flash Audio: Import/Add Sound To A Movie

The first thing you have to do of course is to start Flash. In this tutorial I use Flash 8 Professional, but the tutorial here can be applied to Flash MX 2004 or Flash MX. Go to File -> Import -> Import to Library….

How to add audio to Flash project

A dialog box appears asking you to choose a file from your hard drive.

Add audio to your flash project

Because you need only sound formats and the rest can be ignored, the next thing you have to do is to filter the sound files using the “Files of Type” drop down menu and selecting “All Sound Formats”.

Add music and sound effects to your multimedia flash project

add wav file to flash audio project

Select an MP3 (or other sound format) on and click “Open”.

The track appears now in the Library of the Flash Movie. You can open the library through Window -> Library. Open the library to see the imported MP3 file.

add mp3 audio file to flash

As you can see, you can preview the file in the library and perform some optimization in the settings. But that’s not the focus of this tutorial, we just want to add some sound to our movie. Go to the timeline of the movie and add an additional layer (Insert -> Timeline -> Layer).

sound layer, content layer in flash audio tutorial

Now you have 2 layers on your timeline. Rename the upper layer “Sound”, the layer below rename to “Content”. That’s it. Your timeline should now look like on image 7.

timeeline for audio in flash tutorial

Select the first frame on the layer “Sound” and open the first properties panel (Window -> Properties). In the panel, find the “Sound” drop down panel and select the imported sound file.

sound drop menu in flash tutorial

You can now test the movie clicking on Control -> Test Movie or pressing Ctrl + Enter.

Public Domain Vinyl Record Hiss Pop Crackle

Found this great public domain sound of an old vinyl LP record playing out it’s grooves at the end of the album complete with dirty pops, hiss and crackle. This type of sound effect is perfect for using beneath your own music creations when you want to give them an old vintage feeling.
Download and enjoy!

right click on this link to download the file hiss-pop-crackle

use the player to audition to see if you want to download the file.

New Musicloops.com Composers

Introducing Gary Wolk and Justin Nihiser
Gary Wolk
Gary writes sound-a-like music and is very good at it. Sound-a-like, or knock-off music, is music that sounds as close as possible to famous songs and styles without infringing on the copyrights of the original works. Gary’s tracks capture the unique flavor of the music of the superstars like Otis Redding, The Beach Boys, The Stray Cats, U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Bros Band, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Tower of Power, well, you get the idea.
Justin Nihiser
Justin has written and placed music for Coke, Groupon, Burger King, Casio, Wii, A&E, History, MTV, E!, CW’s Hellcats, The Big Bang Theory, and numerous other clients and we are happy to be distributing his high qulaity royalty free music.

One of the unique things about Justin’s catalog is that he sells each track for only $9.95.

I’m not sure why he is doing that but there you go.

Musicloops.com now has over 12,000 songs in its database and we’re adding an average of 150 new tracks a week.
If you ever have questions or comments regarding Musicloops.com please feel free to contact me.

3 New Free Royalty Free Music Sites

Three new sites that I recently found offering free royalty free music to use in your commercial projects with no fees or hassles from the man…

Cameron Music is offering a selection of tracks for free use in commercial projects. Some of the suspenseful tracks are pretty good, others are kind of midi sounding but all useful for low budget type projects.
www.cameronmusic.co.uk

Sonny Boo is a filmmaker who is offering a very nice selection of music tracks for absolutely free use in any commercial project. Very nice of him….
Sonny Boo

I had seen the Purple Planet website a few years ago when they were selling their music and just noticed that all of their music is now free for website type uses (including Youtube) with only a credit to the composer in return.
They also ask for donations but it is not required. The music is pretty cool too, check it out…
Purple Planet

10 Websites with Free Stock Video Footage

filmFree royalty free stock footage is hard to find but we have compiled a list of some of the better sites that are offering a selection of video clips available for download and use in personal and commercial projects.
This is a list of 10 websites that offer lots of free royalty free video footage. We try to keep the registration sites and upsellers to minimum. We will keep updating as we find more.
If you have a free stock video footage site please post a comment and I will review it and add it to the main article. You can use free royalty free stock footage in your personal and commercial projects. You can often download it in NTSC and PAL formats which is basically covers the US (NTSC) and the rest of the world (PAL). Many of the videos loops and are meant to used in the background of elements you already have created such as text and titles or green screen elements.

1. Partners In Rhyme Free Video Loops
www.partnersinrhyme.com/free_video_loops.shtml
There is a free video HD video loop to be downloaded on every page. More being added all the time and soon we will have a main page with all videos listed..

2. StockFootageForFree.com www.stockfootageforfree.com
There are absolutely no fees to download as much royalty stock footage as you would like. These are footages that span the world. All you do is to create a free account and you get to log in and download unlimited amounts of quality footage or clips that you are interested in.
PLEASE NOTE: you do have to create an account to download these files. I have created an account and it is as it says, free downloads of lots of stock footage.

3. MovieTools.info
This is a great source for free stock footage in NTSC and PAL formats with 77 motion background loops, 12 lower thirds and 4 motion objects for you to download and use in your projects.
Chrstian Video Loops
Countdown Video Loops
Energy Video Loops
Flag Video Loops
Hightech Video Loops
Holiday Video Loops
Misc Video Loops
News and Studio Video Loops
Sports Video Loops

4. BottledVideo.com
www.botledvideo.com
A huge archive of free video footage, no gimmicks, no sales, just download and use the video clips.

5. Digital Hotcakes
www.animationsforvideo.com/html/free_3d_animation.htm
When you sign up Digital Hotcakes at they will give away a free loop each month.

6. Pond5
www.pond5.com/Free-Stock-Footage
Download a free HD video clip every week from Pond5.com. Choose a format, add it to your cart and checkout to receive the free clip.

7. MotionElements
www.motionelements.com/stock-footage?p=-1
Motion Elements has an extensive free section of nearly 180 high quality background video clips.

8. Vidsplay.com
www.vidsplay.com/
A great site with lots of free stock video footage for you to download. No registration and no upsell..

9. GiveMeFreeart.com
www.givemefreeart.com/
A small selection of video clips free to download without registration or upselling..

10. FootageCrate.com
www.footagecrate.com/
Lots of great video footage in many genres, Free to download and use, no registration..

40 New Royalty Free Music Collections From PIR

We’ve just finished publishing 40 new royalty free music collections available for download on the Partners In Rhyme website (they will also be available for shipping within a week or two).
I am just sending out a list of titles and links so you can listen to them at your leisure. It took me two months to prepare and publish these 40 new collections.
I really hope you enjoy listening to them… …I’m going to take a nap now.
Regards,
Mark Lewis
Partners In Rhyme

Horror & Suspense Rock Guitar Children / Fun
Classic Horror Melodic Rock Vol 2 Kid’s Music Vol 1
Horror Classic Rock Kid’s Music Vol 1
Modern Horror Epic Rock Happy Silly Fun
Horror and Suspense Guitar God Acoustic Happiness
Piano Music New Age Guitar Travel / Documentary
Emotional Piano Vol 2 Earth Music Vol 1 India Music
Piano Music Earth Music Vol 2 The Beauty of India Vol 1
Classical Piano Acoustic Landscapes The Beauty of India Vol 2
Ambient Piano France and Europe
Variety Gypsy and Balkan
Film Soundtrack Sound-A-Like Variety Fiddle Music
Orchestra Vol 2 Corporate Music Latin Music Vol 2
Americana Vol 2 Groove Salad Vol 7
Film Music Jazzy Blues Vol 2
Trailer Music Easy Listening
Spy Music Vol 2 Light Industrial

Free Online and Offline Audio File Conversion

At Partners In Rhyme we deliver all of the audio our customers order in WAV format. Some of our customers need their audio in MP3 format and we help them with instructions on how to easily convert their audio to any format they need using free iTunes software.
For those of your who do not want to download software to convert your audio there is a new free online audio conversion site just for you called Media.io
http://media.io/

To convert using iTunes follow the instructions below:

Converting to MP3 is very easy. If you don’t already have it download the free app iTunes (Mac or PC) here:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Load all of the sounds into iTunes (simply drag and drop in most operating systems) then choose iTunes > Preferences
Click on the ‘General’ tab, then click on the ‘Import Settings’ button and choose ‘MP3 Encoder’.
You can also choose the quality setting you want or choose ‘custom’ if you have a specific setting in mind.
Click OK. Then go back to the library, select all of your tracks that you want to convert, then choose Advanced > Create MP3 Version.
Once that is done you will have an MP3 version of the track in your iTunes music folder.

Interview with Sound Designer for Red Dead Redemption

Read Dead Redemption is one of my favorite PS3 games, not only for the game play but for the beautiful environments, musical soundtrack and flawless sound design.
I am posting a link to an in depth interview the audio director of Red Dead Redemption.

The interview is by Miguel Isaza for designingsound.org

When I saw the first images of Red Dead Redemption I knew that it will be a beautiful and amazing game. Then, the gameplay confirmed me that not only the visuals were great. The sound work there was fantastic. Clean mix, great sounds, and a perfect sonic experience for any player. So, if like me, you wanted to know more about the sound direction of the game, here is an interview with its audio director Jeffrey Whitcher.

Interview with Music Supervisor Greg Debonne

Arron, the owner at PlayItLoudMusic.com has kindly given me permission reprint his interview with Music Supervisor Greg Debonne here in its entirety.

Interview with Gregory Debonne

Greg’s credentials can be found on numerous reality shows with networks including MTV, VH1, The Discovery Channel, SPIKE, A&E, Lifetime, BRAVO, to a name a few. As a music supervisor with experience as a composer/arranger in conjunction with session work on production music cues, Debonne also is a well integrated member of the Los Angeles music community. To top it off he has perfect pitch!

We want to thank Greg again for taking the time to answer our questions on a Sunday night.

There is a lot of great insight here!

What got you into Music Supervision?

I’ve been involved in music all my life. Prior to music supervision, I was an associate producer of reality television shows. An AP job on reality television shows has morphed, but back in the day -in the early 2000s- you actually had some reality shows on MTV and VH1 that were music oriented whereby as the AP, I was also kind of the music coordinator as well. I had to handle all of the clearance for that as well, the liaison between the production

and clearance. On shows where there was a music super, I would assist that music super because I knew the MTV and VH1 systems of doing things so well. It was a natural segway for me to go into music supervision.

How has it changed the way you listen to music?

I’ve always listened to music from an arrangemental and orchestral standpoint, but now I listen to music relative to what’s going to work well to picture in that regard as well. I’m listening to the phrasing of every instrumental element individually, as well as combined, assessing just how easy it is for a music editor to cut that piece of music to picture underneath dialogue, assessing its compositional value and the dynamic ebb and flow in that regard, as well as other aesthetic nuances.

How can artists find out about new projects and their related music supervisors?

Different artists have different ways of going about it. But I know people who literally get online and find out who is the music supervisor of what shows. People look up shows that I’ve done. “Oh, who’s the music supervisor on that? Oh, Greg Debonne. Well then, I’m going to google Greg Debonne.” So, there’s that approach.

There’s also the approach of where you simply know of the music super’s name and you contact them and say “Hi, are you’re looking for music?” That music supervisor will get back to you and either say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It always helps for an artist to know what that music supervisor is looking for stylistically. Now, there are some music supervisors who only want what they’re looking for at the time, pertinent to whatever project they’re working. Me, I won’t turn anyone away if it’s good and potentially viable for future use. However, if it’s not applicable to whatever project I’m working at the time, I may not get to it right away.

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New Free Royalty Free Music Clips Collection

28 new full length tracks have been added to our Free Royalty Free Music page on the Partners In Rhyme site here:
Free Royalty Free Music
These free files come with same license as if you had purchased these files from us.
You can use them in your videos, DVDs, films, websites, almost any type of project.
You cannot redistribute/resell them on their own (you have to use them in the background of something).
You can preview the tracks by hitting the more link and download them via the link above.
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Embedding Audio Files

How do I put background music on my web page?

It’s fairly simple to add background music to your web page but first you have to consider your visitors. Never put a sound that plays automatically in the background with no option for the user to turn it off. In fact, it would probably be best to give your visitors the choice of turning on the music only if they want to hear it.

 The <EMBED> tag is the most common way of adding sound to a Web page. Its advantage over the <BGSOUND> tag is that it is supported by both browsers, and more consistently across the PC and Mac platforms. The <EMBED> tag introduces many features that aren’t supported by <BGSOUND>. Furthermore, while the <BGSOUND> tag only supports background sounds, the <EMBED> tag also features an interactive interface (including various buttons to play, stop, and handle the sound). Let’s take a look at the <EMBED> tag in action
(requires a sound-enabled browser)

The HTML code that generates a control panel is very simple:

This code:
<EMBED height="20" SRC="http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/indexmidis/BLUES.MID" VOLUME="50" loop="true" controls="console" AUTOSTART="FALSE" width="128">

Will produce this console:

This version uses a WAV file instead of a midi:
<EMBED height="20" SRC="http://www.sound-effect.com/sounds/loops2/SweetDreams.WAV" VOLUME="50" loop="true" controls="console" AUTOSTART="FALSE" width="128">

If you find a sound you like somewhere on the web and decide you want to use it on your web page make sure you download the file to your hard drive then upload it to your own server. Do not under any circumstances link directly to the server you found the file on. Hot linking to someone else’s server is considered bandwidth theft and is against the law.

The attribute, "autostart=true," specifies whether the file should start playing automatically after it loads. If autostart is set to "false," then the file will load into the sound player utility but the user will have to click on the "play" button of the sound player utility in order to start the playing of the sound file.

The LOOP attribute tells the browser how many times you want the the sound to repeat. If you added LOOP="10" to the <BGSOUND> tag, the sound would play 10 times and then stop LOOP="TRUE" will play the loop until the user stops it.

If you need more music loops you can always download free royalty-free music loops here.

 

If you find a sound you like somewhere on the web and decide you want to use it on your web page make sure you download the file to your hard drive then upload it to your own server. Do not under any circumstances link directly to the server you found the file on. Hot linking to someone else’s server is considered bandwidth theft and is against the law.

The attribute, “autostart=true,” specifies whether the file should start playing automatically after it loads. If autostart is set to “false,” then the file will load into the sound player utility but the user will have to click on the “play” button of the sound player utility in order to start the playing of the sound file.

The LOOP attribute tells the browser how many times you want the the sound to repeat. If you added LOOP=”10″ to the tag, the sound would play 10 times and then stop LOOP=”TRUE” will play the loop until the user stops it.

If you need more music loops you can always download free royalty-free music loops here.

Download Sound Effects w/ VIP Shopping on Sound-Effect.com

We’ve responded to a flood of customer requests for discounted packages of royalty free sound effects on Sound-Effect.com.

We’ve gone even further and built a new VIP Shopping feature where you can buy lots of high quality sounds effects for one low price and keep them organized in your own download area.

With a VIP Shopping account on Sound-effect.com you can:
1. Buy blocks of sound effects for one low price
2. Create and save lists for possible sounds for different projects & clients
3. Download and re-download your sounds whenever you want
4. Top up whenever you need more sounds with the appropriate package

Check out VIP Shopping on Sound-Effect.com today

Partners In Rhyme Interview, in Spanish!

Partners In Rhyme has done many interviews over the years but this is a milestone.
It was completely done in Spanish! More of a milestone for me than my partner/wife Monalia.
I just started learning Spanish when we arrived in Barcelona almost 4 years ago and now I am talking philosophy and politics and doing interviews in Spanish!
I still have a way to go to being completely fluent but “todo llega” as they say here (everything arrives).

Partners In Rhyme First Spanish Interview

Matt McFarland Free Music Clips

Found another site today with a fairly wide selection of some pretty good free royalty free music clips here:
http://www.mattmcfarland.com/index.php/alltracks.html

Matt’s usage terms are pretty straight-forward:

Here you can find some of my favorites, which are all royalty free! The only thing I ask is that you kindly mention my name and website in your product. If you have any more questions please ask!

You can also find lots of free royalty free music on our site at
Free Royalty Free Music Loops and Full Length Tracks

New Musicloops.com Composers

New Composers on Musicloops.com

There have been quite a few new composers signed to musicloops.com since our last newsletter and I’d like to take a moment to introduce them to you
Yuri Sazonoff beautifully arranged orchestral pieces
Sergei Stern a variety of styles with an emphasis on solo acoustic guitar and piano pieces
Martijn de Man a wide variety of well produced music tracks
Marco Ricciardi A variety of guitar based music tracks
Michael Trapp
great music that sounds just like Nine Inch Nails, except royalty free
Brilliant Music music production company with a wide variety of styles in their catalog
Dave Klotz well produced music in a varity of genres

21 New Royalty Free Music Collections

New Royalty Free Music Collections

I just finished publishing 21 new royalty free music collections available for download on the Partners In Rhyme website (they will also be available for shipping within a week or two).

There are some very unique collections here with some interesting themes and also some customer requests that we have been getting for collections like ‘Trailer Elements’, specifically designed to help you with your film and video trailer projects.

Absolutely Positive Acoustic Guitar: Sacred Hymns
Alternative Rock Ambient
Drama & Tension Dreams & Nightmares
Exotic Acoustic Vol 2 Groove Salad Vol 6
New Orleans Music Orchestra Vol 1
Punk & Ska Soft Rock
Trailer Elements Suspenseful Music
Gypsy Jazz Music for Thrillers
Drones Percussive Soundscapes
Bossa Nova Vol 2 Radio Hits, Stings & Jingles 1

GoDigital Media Monetizing Royalty Free Music w/o Permission From Composers

pir100-2_BGPartners In Rhyme and many other royalty free music libraries have been having a lot of problems recently with a situation created by Audiosparx (a royalty free music library) and GoDigital Media Group (monetizes media used in youtube and elsewhere).

Sometime last year GoDigital offered Audiosparx the chance to join their Adshare program. The Adshare program utilizes YouTube’s Audio Match ID feature to monetize any video that has music that matches the audio in GoDigital’s database.

Audiosparx joined the program and submitted 15,000 royalty free music tracks to the GoDigital database. Again, these are royalty free music tracks and Audiosparx and GoDigital were wanting to earn “royalties” off of this music (I still don’t understand the logic behind this at all).

The main problem with this though is that this same music is also being distributed by many other royalty free music libraries throughout the internet and Audiosparx does not have an exclusive agreement with any of the composers involved so when Audiosparx does something with the content that is owned by these composers their actions end up effecting the business and reputations of other royalty free music companies.

So, in October, Partners In Rhyme and other music libraries started receiving customer complaints that videos that included legally purchased music were being tagged in their YouTube account as possibly containing copyrighted material owned by GoDigital Media. The videos would then be monetized by GoDigital with Adsense ads and the owner of the video would be denied the right to monetize the videos themselves with their own ads.

Partners In Rhyme had to hire lawyers and send a registered letter simply to find out what was going on but we were finally told that Audiosparx had submitted this music into the GoDigital database.

We checked with our composers who also had material in the Audiosparx library and they had never heard of GoDigital and had no idea their music had been placed into this system and they confirmed that they had not given expressed permission to have their music placed in the GoDigital system.
We made GoDigital and Audiosparx aware of the mistake they had made and Audiosparx apologized and withdrew from the Adshare program.

GoDigital however still has much of the content in their system and is still earning revenue off of content that they have no permission to have in their database.

They say they are trying to remove the content but it is somehow YouTube’s fault now and they are not able to delete the content from their end for some reason.

I am simply posting this explanation so our customers are aware that the problem is being dealt with and to contact Partners In Rhyme (or any other music library that you have purchased royalty free music from) to get GoDigital’s false ownership notices removed from your YouTube videos should they appear.

93 Free Music Clips for Podcasting

Found this page today offering 93 free music clips available for use in podcasts (and I imagine other non-broadcast type uses) on the Indiana University website.

The quality of the clips is questionable, very Garageband sounding, but there are quite few gems in there if you look hard enough
Download 93 Free Music Clips for Podcasts

Some of the tracks I like are the Indian flavored ones like this;
Lone Rider

Some of the funky guitar tracks are interesting as well;
Wow Wow

Free Music Clips from Vlad Rebek

I found another pretty cool site with free royalty free music clips today.
It is run by musical composer/enthusiast and experimentalist Vlad Rebek and he is offering a collection of his tracks for “joy or for profit, or both”.

You can take a look at his complete terms here

And you can preview and download his music starting here by click on the categories in the left hand menu.

And don’t forget to check out the free royalty free music clips at Partners In Rhyme if you haven’t done so already.

GoDigital Media Monetizing Music Without Composer’s Permission

I just want to notify our customers and composers that the GoDigital problem that we took care of with Audiosparx.com (monetizing Youtube videos that contain music legally licensed from Partners In Rhyme) is happening once again with another royalty free music library, this time it is Audiomicro.com.

The problem appears to be effecting us to a much lesser extent than the Audiosparx.com problem but still we currently have about 7 loyal clients that Audiomicro’s actions have impacted very negatively. We are sending the customer complaints to our lawyers so that he can put together a case of “Tortious Interference with Business Relations”.

Partners In Rhyme is very tired of dealing with the customer problems caused by GoDigital Media and the chasing down of Youtube videos to remove false GoDigital claims so we are now blocking all composers who have their music in the Audiomicro.com catalog from any further sales or access to their PIR or musicloops accounts.

We are also no longer accepting any composer submissions from composers who have or have had music entered into the Audiomicro.com database.

It is regretful that GoDigital is promoting the Youtube contentID system as a royalty payment system to royalty free music libraries when it is only a system to monetize *illegal* uses of music, not legal ones.

I deeply apologize to the percentage of our loyal Youtube customers who have come to rely on our music catalog to use in their business promotions and projects but the actions of other companies are completely out of our control.
Also, please rest assured that you do have the legal right to use the music you purchased from Partners In Rhyme and we will do everything we can for our customers that have Youtube videos being illegally monetized by GoDigital to get their false claims removed as quickly as possible.

Regards,
Mark Lewis
Partners In Rhyme

Download 200 Free iPhone Ringtones (no strings attached)

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We created these ringtones specifically for our iPhones so that we could have something other than the stock ringtones or the latest iTunes hip hop track blaring out of our iPhones when someone calls us.

To be honest we tried to figure out how to sell these ringtones to iPhone users but it is just too much of a hassle and we’re busy with lots of other stuff so we thought we’d give them away.
No strings attached.
A collection of 200 unique, different, hip and cool iPhone ringtones for you to drop right into the ringtone area of your iTunes program and then synch up your iPhone to load them in.
Once your iPhone is synched up go to settings and choose a new ringtone.
There’s something for everybody here to check it out.

200 Free iPhone RIngtones.zip 13megs

Introducing the Partners In Rhyme Programmers

Partners In Rhyme Programming TeamJust wanted to send out a big thank you to the Partners In Rhyme programming team at Harvest Technologies.
We’ve come to rely on Guru and the team to realize all of our ideas and help update our websites and keep things running smoothly. Whenever we receive a feature request from our clients (which we do quite often) we immediately contact Guru and see if we can implement the idea.
We’re particularly proud of our latest website at http://www.naturemusicdownload.com/ which the guys did a great job from design and functionality to coding and implementation.

Also notice the Partners In Rhyme T-Shirts the guys are wearing in this photo.

Thanks a lot to Guru and Harvest Technologies and look forward to realizing more of our ideas with you and the team.