My Favorite Music Sources

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Humans are emotional beings. It's part of who we are! This is something we can use for our advantage as videographers. A skilled editor will know how to edit a film to elicit the emotional response that they want.  One of the best tools that we can use to elicit the responses we want is music. Music allows us to make people laugh, cry, feel uneasy, and anticipate. 

That's why music selection needs to be one of your top priorities when it comes to editing.

When editing, the first step you should take is to lay the audio track. That means selecting the music and choosing the voice-over or interview clips or text that will drive the video. You need to ask yourself what emotions you are trying to make your viewer feel. Then, you need to find music that will help you accomplish that.

So, when looking for music it can be a bit overwhelming if you're not sure where to go.

To start, you need to make sure that you are legally licensing the music that you use. No, you cannot just take a song you like and use it for your video. You need to make sure that you have the right to use that music. Lucky for us, we have some pretty amazing websites that have done all of the hard work for us and have made it easy to license music for our projects.

MY two favorite websites for music licensing are MusicBed and SoundStripe.

Both of these websites offer monthly subscriptions for unlimited downloads. Both websites have a great selection of music available to you. MusicBed is a bit more expensive for their membership, but you also have the option of paying per song rather than subscribing to their service. MusicBed is where I find most of my wedding film music.

Soundstripe is where I get 90% of my music for corporate videos though, so I have to say I am a fan of their subscription service as well.

Both are amazing and have their benefits. I have subscriptions to both because I use them for different things. Soundstripe for corporate and MusicBed for weddings.