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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blogging Secrets #2: How to get GOOD music for Youtube videos + Youtube's go-to music websites!




Hey Guys! 
This is my second blogpost in my "Blogging Secrets" series about all the little things successful bloggers/ vloggers seem to know how to do, but we don't. I am nowhere near that "success" status, but I got such a great response from my Custom Youtube Thumbnails post that I decided to keep this going and
 share what I have learnt so far!

Today is all about BACKING MUSIC! I have struggled with this since I uploaded my very first video back in December 2012, but more so now that the copyright laws on Youtube have become even more strict. Everyone wants to use their favourite song of the moment as the intro song in their latest video, but that obviously earns you a copyright strike, which affects monetisation as well as the potential to join a YouTube partner company. So, here are a few tips for you when it comes to choosing music for your videos!

TOP 3 TIPS FOR FINDING YOUTUBE MUSIC
1. Find an original artist
This is by far my favourite way to beat the Youtube copyright laws. There are plenty of talented people on the web or even in your school, college, workplace etc. who would love to get some exposure for their singing/ production talents and contacting them to feature their songs in your video is the perfect opportunity. I have found some amazingly talented people by using this method including laurazocca  edelyn agustin , Courtelizz and kristenwilliams and using new music is fresh and unpredictable for subscribers. Try searching covers of your favourite songs and connect with the artists by leaving them encouraging messages, subscribing and just loving on their stuff. Not only do you possibly get the opportunity to help them help you, you make new online friends! Don't forget to list their information and links in the downbar as a way of thanks!

2. If you really have to use your favourite song, use snippets.
Lots of Youtubers use popular songs from the charts, and most of the comments say " How comes you used that song, isn't it copyright?" But notice that they rarely use more than half a minute of the same track. Technically, this is fair use of a song and this is a possible option if you really really have to use that special song in your video. But to be honest, it is better to play it safe and forget that option altogether!

3. Use instrumentals
iMovie used to be the go to for Youtube background music as instrumentals don't usually pull copyright issues. Although it is not the choice anymore, for videos such as tutorials, it can still provide some texture to your video. If you do use instrumentals, be sure to check that the content is royalty free and get permission to use the track first. There is nothing worse than uploading and then having your content blocked/deleted hours later.


So, where do Youtubers ACTUALLY get their music from?
Sophonics has been featured on many popular Youtuber blog/ vlog channels ( think Aspyn, Zoella, Jack and Finn and Alfie) and I see alot of viewers asking where they can get the songs from. Similarly, the artist ionics is also popular, more so for music effects and transition music.

 These tracks are available from sites such as AudioJungle and auddiomicro, but, they are not free. The cost of a song can range from $5 to $80 depending on how many times the song will be used, where the song will be uploaded and for what kind of project it will be featured on. Clearly, this is not a wise option if you do not have an income or if Youtube is just a hobby for you, but if it becomes more than just a pastime, I would recommend investing. Be wise and select music you are likely to use over and over again. Remember that sound effects are readily available for free on alternative websites, so don't spend $50 on the sound of rain on your windowpane! You will need to make sure you purchase the right license, otherwise the use in your video will classed as copyright.
So that is the basics: here are my favourite music websites.

FAVOURITE MUSIC WEBSITES
Free:
kevinmacleod   - holiday/ uplifting music
joshwoodward - drum/ bass
soundcloud - this is great for remixes and orignal music (make sure you get permission)

Royalty free/ paid:

YOUTUBES GO TO BACKGROUND MUSIC
Sophonics- Sweet Ukulele/ Upbeat Ukelele/ Happy
ionics- Kinda Awkward ( for those bloopers!)

~
That is all for today; I hope I covered everything! If not, let me know what else you would like to know about music as well as any other blogging secrets you would like me to spill! 

OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES!

Thanks for reading, have a great week! 


God Bless,
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3 comments

  1. This is actually an awesome post and this series is definitely helping people like me. Could you possibly do a post on how you created this image used for this post?

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    1. Hi, thank you for the comment! Yes, I will definately do that!

      Delete
  2. Can you use the music that youtube have in their editing app thing online? Great post btw :)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blogging Secrets #2: How to get GOOD music for Youtube videos + Youtube's go-to music websites!




Hey Guys! 
This is my second blogpost in my "Blogging Secrets" series about all the little things successful bloggers/ vloggers seem to know how to do, but we don't. I am nowhere near that "success" status, but I got such a great response from my Custom Youtube Thumbnails post that I decided to keep this going and
 share what I have learnt so far!

Today is all about BACKING MUSIC! I have struggled with this since I uploaded my very first video back in December 2012, but more so now that the copyright laws on Youtube have become even more strict. Everyone wants to use their favourite song of the moment as the intro song in their latest video, but that obviously earns you a copyright strike, which affects monetisation as well as the potential to join a YouTube partner company. So, here are a few tips for you when it comes to choosing music for your videos!

TOP 3 TIPS FOR FINDING YOUTUBE MUSIC
1. Find an original artist
This is by far my favourite way to beat the Youtube copyright laws. There are plenty of talented people on the web or even in your school, college, workplace etc. who would love to get some exposure for their singing/ production talents and contacting them to feature their songs in your video is the perfect opportunity. I have found some amazingly talented people by using this method including laurazocca  edelyn agustin , Courtelizz and kristenwilliams and using new music is fresh and unpredictable for subscribers. Try searching covers of your favourite songs and connect with the artists by leaving them encouraging messages, subscribing and just loving on their stuff. Not only do you possibly get the opportunity to help them help you, you make new online friends! Don't forget to list their information and links in the downbar as a way of thanks!

2. If you really have to use your favourite song, use snippets.
Lots of Youtubers use popular songs from the charts, and most of the comments say " How comes you used that song, isn't it copyright?" But notice that they rarely use more than half a minute of the same track. Technically, this is fair use of a song and this is a possible option if you really really have to use that special song in your video. But to be honest, it is better to play it safe and forget that option altogether!

3. Use instrumentals
iMovie used to be the go to for Youtube background music as instrumentals don't usually pull copyright issues. Although it is not the choice anymore, for videos such as tutorials, it can still provide some texture to your video. If you do use instrumentals, be sure to check that the content is royalty free and get permission to use the track first. There is nothing worse than uploading and then having your content blocked/deleted hours later.


So, where do Youtubers ACTUALLY get their music from?
Sophonics has been featured on many popular Youtuber blog/ vlog channels ( think Aspyn, Zoella, Jack and Finn and Alfie) and I see alot of viewers asking where they can get the songs from. Similarly, the artist ionics is also popular, more so for music effects and transition music.

 These tracks are available from sites such as AudioJungle and auddiomicro, but, they are not free. The cost of a song can range from $5 to $80 depending on how many times the song will be used, where the song will be uploaded and for what kind of project it will be featured on. Clearly, this is not a wise option if you do not have an income or if Youtube is just a hobby for you, but if it becomes more than just a pastime, I would recommend investing. Be wise and select music you are likely to use over and over again. Remember that sound effects are readily available for free on alternative websites, so don't spend $50 on the sound of rain on your windowpane! You will need to make sure you purchase the right license, otherwise the use in your video will classed as copyright.
So that is the basics: here are my favourite music websites.

FAVOURITE MUSIC WEBSITES
Free:
kevinmacleod   - holiday/ uplifting music
joshwoodward - drum/ bass
soundcloud - this is great for remixes and orignal music (make sure you get permission)

Royalty free/ paid:

YOUTUBES GO TO BACKGROUND MUSIC
Sophonics- Sweet Ukulele/ Upbeat Ukelele/ Happy
ionics- Kinda Awkward ( for those bloopers!)

~
That is all for today; I hope I covered everything! If not, let me know what else you would like to know about music as well as any other blogging secrets you would like me to spill! 

OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES!

Thanks for reading, have a great week! 


God Bless,
post signature

3 comments

  1. This is actually an awesome post and this series is definitely helping people like me. Could you possibly do a post on how you created this image used for this post?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, thank you for the comment! Yes, I will definately do that!

      Delete
  2. Can you use the music that youtube have in their editing app thing online? Great post btw :)

    ReplyDelete