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The Pros and Cons of Royalty-Free Beats

Music is something that gives solace to one’s heart and mind. The sound of music that is soothing and lilting is enough to elevate any morose soul.

Nevertheless, making your own music is not as simple as it seems. A lot of creativity and technicality is involved in getting a single musical track on air. Hence, some people who are creative in art yet fall short of music production sense use a short way out of borrowing music that is readily available on the internet.
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For others, besides this creativity factor, the budget constraints also play part in shying away from appointing an accomplished music composer to make tracks for the film, game or video that they wish to air.

Anything that is free is always welcome by all. In this case, getting free beats for their production is on mind of a number of producers with shoe-string budget projects. When we consider this, we realize that there are obviously some pros as well as cons of opting for royalty-free music.

Pros of royalty-free music

This is mostly used by movie, game or video creators that have no money to go in for a grand music setup for the production. Royalty-free music means that the producer of the music does not take royalty. However, the composer gets a fair share for usage of the track. This amount may range from $50 to some thousand dollars.

After paying the fees to the track hosting company, the user gets access to some free tracks that can be sampled to suit their needs. On final selection of the track, one needs to acquire license for its commercial use.

The good point is that since the track is ready to use, there need not be special effort in composing music, editing and recording it. This is time and funds consuming process. Therefore, at a nominal fee for usage of track (much cheaper than expense of full music production) one can avail of immediate relief to expedite their work of film / video production.

On internet, one comes across music of all genres. Thus, it is just a matter of time and preference before you get the music that fits the bill.
Internet is also a place to get assorted music effectively combined for a single production, spaced out as required. It is not necessary that you use the music of a single composer. There is freedom to sample tracks from different composers and use them individually or blend it in streamlined track.

Acquiring a license to use the music in your production gives peace of mind. You do not have to face the threat of copyright violation or the track getting deleted from air for illegal commercial use. Royalty-free music saves lot of money even after purchasing the license. This is because the tracks are not priced at same rate. Lesser known composer’s work can come in real cheap and for an elaborate composition you may need to shell out extra bucks.

The best thing about royalty-free music is that it is totally legal. No doubt that the purchase needs to pay license fee for use of the track. However, it is onetime fee for endless usage.

This kind of music is mostly created by budding artists that are keen on showcasing their talent. When their track gets selected for a commercial production, they automatically get the desired exposure and there are chances of their music career picking up with regular demand for their compositions.

Cons of royalty-free beats

Every action has its pros and cons. Now that we have seen some pros of getting royalty-free music, let us also understand some cons involved in the act.

Remember, it is royalty-free, easy to access fare on the internet. Obviously, you cannot expect wonderful quality at all times. More so, the quality of recording may be far from desirable and you have to compromise with it for the sole reason that it has cost you nothing.

The free-to-air music is seldom permitted for use in commercial productions. In order to utilize the tracks, it is mandatory to get the production license, without which you can be charged with copyright infringement. Once you have the license under your belt, it is a fully legal act of music usage in movie / video or game.

To obtain high quality music, many libraries offer single-use needle-drop licensing and that can cost a good deal.

Royalty free music is cleared for specific use only and barred from full-fledged commercial production. Thus, even if you find suitable tracks for your production through the online sources, it is worthless without an authorizing license.

Many a times, you cannot get the full tracks from a single composer source. Therefore, you need to sample various artists and tracks. This may end up adding to the expenses, since you will then have to buy multiple licenses from different sources.

Royalty-free music usage may give you the opportunity of one-time-investment (license) and many-times-use rights. However, on many occasions, the producers do not record this music in high-quality audio. Hence, if you are low on budget and still seek free music, then you have to make do with what is available and not complain.

The biggest headache of choosing from royalty-free music is that there are innumerable tracks available on the net. Thus, selecting the right music to enhance the mood of your production is an uphill task, as you have to scan through various numbers of tracks before you hit the right note.


All said and done, these are some basic things one has to remember about royalty-free beats / music.