How to use Royalty Free Music

How to Use Royalty Free Music

Royalty free music is a fantastic tool to use when creating projects of any type. From indie films, to podcasting, to marketing, and even YouTube videos, royalty free music is an easy and convenient way to make your project sound polished...


But what exactly are the limitations to royalty free music? How far can you extend your usage? The majority of these questions can be answered in the type of licenses available for the music you purchase. While royalty free music is the best way to to add a soundtrack to your project, some restrictions do apply to the usage.


The type of license that is purchased with your music determines how you can use the music. The most popular license at is the Media Producer's License (also known as the blanket license as it's the most widely used). It's under this license that allows you to use royalty free music as a soundtrack, background ambiance, in advertising, and more. It's great for general production and can give your project the extra pizzazz it needs. But with this license comes with some restrictions. You cannot use the music to create "new pure music product by copying, sampling, remastering or any other form of duplication". Which means you must take the track how it is without any alterations. But there are more options if you want some expanded licensing. There are several Extended Licenses offered that allow for re-sales, duplication, and distribution based on the amount of tracks you have purchased.

Adding Audio

So under the Media Producer's License you cannot alter the track once it's purchased. This means no remixing or adding more vocals and instruments. still owns the rights to the music so re-sampling and adding to a track is a no-no and could result in copyright issues. But there are instances that it's okay to have extra audio. For example: audiobooks, narration, or instructions that are layered over the track are totally okay. As long as the original track itself is not altered, you can record audio that goes over it. Just remember to keep royalty free music as it's own audio track and you'll be good to go. This is why royalty free music is ideal as background music on several platforms.

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