Royalty-Free, Open and Free Sounds
It’s really important to locate music or sound effects that have the kind of copyright status for use in creative commons projects. (In Canada, it’s called “fair dealing”
in relation to copyright law). Happily, there’s a stunning array of sites that contain free music or music that is shared under a creative commons license that lets us use or modify the sounds for our own purposes.
that you note carefully where you find your sounds or music so that you can attribute them correctly in the show notes for your episode! (And pro-tip: always save your media in the same sub-folder. This will be essential when you’re working within any audio-editing software program).
how to find usable tracks and sounds:
Search the Creative Commons
for sound (ie. Soundcloud or Jamendo) or for images (ie. Flickr), and the thing to look for is the creative commons icons for the very same limitations (“attribution” and “non-commercial”).
Here are 16,000 Sound Effects from BBC
, easily searchable and usable for personal, educational or research purposes under BBC’s copyright.
The Free Music Archive
lets you search by genre (Blues, Electronic, Experimental, etc). They have a Song of the Day
podcast: a way to discover a huge range of sounds and tracks.
is a site that has wonderfully creative tracks and sounds. The site explains, “Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine.”
is especially searchable for sound effects.
has a huge database of sounds and loops (it’s easy to search, but not all of the sounds are royalty-free).
An especially great set of royalty-free music can be found here
. (Credit to Marlo Mack from the award-winning podcast How to Be a Girl
, whose music originates from this Incompetech site, put out by Kevin MacLeod).
is beautifully curated, with a lot of artists who are putting their tracks out with a creative commons license (meaning that we’re free to use them as long as we attribute the songs to them).
Our Music Box
has a nice range of genres and tracks, royalty-free and easy to download.
Mount Royal University’s library
has curated a comprehensive list of open and royalty-free resources.
Free Pod-Safe Music
: a great list of usable tracks and sites, put together by Ernest Barbaric
for the inaugural Pod Summit in Calgary in May 2017.