If it was any good, they probably would want to charge you for it.
wrote on 11/4/2010, 9:13 AM
Royalty-Free doesn't mean free -- you still have to pay for the music (their "Flagship" CD's are $48 each). You just don't have to pay each and every time you use it for a project that falls within their licensing agreement.
My guess is that Royalty free music often have to be relatively generic, or they might not be able to sell enough of it to make it worth while.
Besides it's not too far fetched to think that if a song writer came up with something that could break the charts, they'd set it aside and sell it to whomever buys those. And continue working on the regular tunes without it.
Your answer is in the $48. That is so low per CD that the production cost had to be very low. In short, it costs a lot of money to make a good soundtrack and the most of the royalty free stuff doesn't have the budget.
It cost almost $200,000 to compose and record a full orchestral CD the last time I did that. Most of the royalty free houses pay about $500 per track to the producer. That is about 4% of the budget.
The best royalty free stuff is going to be small combo stuff. I look for ethnic or solo music. The other route is a house that releases previously paid for stuff that made it money as a custom soundtrack, but now is just adding revenue. Unfortunately those tracks are rare and and you can not be sure where they will turn up . :(
I've found the music from Smartsound to be OK as is the tracks I bought from Stock20. Because none of it is specifically composed to your vision it has to be a bit generic.
One project I'm working on we do have a composer, using only synths. It's OK but it's taught me you cannot beat a real orchestra playing a score written by a good soundtrack composer and that costs money.
"Your answer is in the $48. That is so low per CD that the production cost had to be very low. In short, it costs a lot of money to make a good soundtrack and the most of the royalty free stuff doesn't have the budget."
I'm pretty sure they intend on selling more than one copy of each CD. If they sell 500 of them then $24,000. Not too bad ;-) And they have 86 CD's in the library.
It cost almost $200,000 to compose and record a full orchestral CD the last time I did that.
Not all music is done with live musicians. For instance, to me, it sounds like the Digital Juice music was done electronically, but I'm no expert. IMHO the DJ stuff is "serviceable" for some. It all depends on the track and your project (and your budget;-)
Excellent point, Leslie! Versus Media is where I found the composer who did the patrotic piece for me a few years back. It sounded fantastic and didn't cost anywhere near $200,000 (although it sounds like it did).
Grazie, I get your drift, but I'm not altogether certain it's applicable.
I'm not talking about music in general, just royalty-free music. Royalty-free video, on the other hand, from the major stock houses is, comparatively speaking, superior to the music being offered. However, the clips are far overpriced, comparatively speaking IMHO.
*Royalty-free video, from the major stock houses, is superior to the music being offered. However, the clips are far overpriced, comparatively speaking IMHO.*
Just as with RF music, you get what you pay for. You want the best RF video, go to Artbeats and pay accordingly. If you don't want to pay as much, then you can find plenty of crap stock video out there. But hey, it's cheap!