Three Good Places to Find Music and Sounds for Multimedia Projects

Two weeks ago my tip of the week prompted a bunch of questions from readers regarding where to find and how to use music in multimedia projects. Much like with videos watched on YouTube or streamed through Netflix, just because you can listen to a piece of music online that doesn’t mean you necessarily have the rights to re-use it in a multimedia project. That’s why I recommend trying to find music and sound effects that are either in the public domain or have a Creative Commons license that allows for re-use. To that end, here are three good sources that I recommend.

Dig CC Mixter is the source that I recommended in my video projects webinar. Dig CC Mixter offers thousands of songs that are Creative Commons licensed. The site is divided into three main categories. Those categories are Instrumental Music for Film & Video, Free Music for Commercial Projects, and Music for Video Games. Within each category you can search according to genre, instrument, and style. When you click the download icon on a file you will be prompted to copy the attribution information that is required to include in your project.

ZapSplat is a website that offers more than 20,000 sound effects and songs that you can download and re-use for free. The licensing that ZapSplat uses is quite clear. As long as you cite ZapSplat, you can use the sound effects and music in your videos, podcasts, and other multimedia projects.

Sound Bible is a great resource for finding and downloading free sound clips and sound effects like dogs barking, doorbells ringing, or sirens wailing. All of the sounds on Sound Bible are either in the public domain or labeled with a Creative Commons license. On Sound Bible you can find and download sounds for use in podcasts, videos, slideshows, or other multimedia creations.

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