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5 Places You’ll Find Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects


Having access to free recording software like Garage Band (Mac) and Audacity (PC) has opened up an endless world of possibilities for our students. With this software, they’ve learned how to create impressive current events newscasts, audio narratives, and digital book reviews. But once they’ve mastered the software, students usually start looking for ways to make their podcasts feel more authentic. 

Adding sounds and background music to podcasts can not only help with the pacing, but make them more engaging for listeners. For that reason, we thought it might be useful to highlight five of our favorite websites where your students can find royalty-free sound effects and music to help spice up their podcasts.

royalty free music Freesound is always our first stop. Browse audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, screams and instrument samples all released under Creative Commons licenses. You never know what you’ll find, but if you’re looking for something specific, you can use a customizable keyword search and narrow down your choices. On the rare occasion that you can’t find what you’re looking for, hit the Freesound forum and throw down a request.

royalty free musicWhile you won’t find straight samples or sounds on Incompetech, you will find royalty-free music. We’ve found lots of useful tracks in the “silent film,” “soundtrack,” and “unclassifiable” categories.

royalty free musicRoyalty-Free Samples & Field Recordings is a Sound Cloud group for people who are willing to share their own royalty free samples and field recordings to be used in others' music.


royalty free musicThe folks who run Public Domain 4 U describe what they do perfectly and succinctly: “Great historical music recordings, free to download, play and share.” All of the tracks you’ll find on Public Domain 4 U were recorded before 1922, so get ready to time travel.



Sound Clips houses over 10,000 sounds, songs and strange audio effects. The interface isn’t as user-friendly as the one you’ll find on Freesound, but that doesn’t keep us from using this site. 

If you’re new to podcasting and looking for creative ways to introduce students to it, check out this article by Erin Macpherson.

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Hi, our website would be a good resource to add on to the list. 
We freely offer all of our Creative Commons licensed instrumentals for educational, commercial and non-commercial use. (We also offer the same free instrumentals as $0.99 downloads via itunes solely as an option for our friends and fans to monetarily support us if they feel compelled to do so.) 
World Hip Hop Beats 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 5:34 PM by World Hip Hop Beats
thank you so much for all of the information you provide has been beneficial to many interesting tips
Posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:40 PM by obat peninggibadan
Incompetech.com rocks. A few others that have incredible music are. 
musopen.org/ - great classical music 
joshwoodward.com/ - singer songwriter 
TheTunePeddler.com - sorry for the self-promotion.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:13 PM by Josh Molen
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