A Guide to Creating & Selling Royalty-Free Music

by | Sep 8, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Royalty-free music is the best way for anyone looking to create a business or personal track without worrying about paying royalties. Like standard intellectual property laws, it ensures that all of your profits are made from the initial sale and not subsequent purchases. This guide will help you understand what royalty-free music means and how to make it yourself.

There are several advantages to selling your music royalty-free. Suppose you’re an aspiring musician. The ability to market and sell your original compositions can be financially rewarding. Also, it can lead to more performances or opportunities for collaboration with other artists. The internet has made it easier than ever before to post and distribute your music online without having expensive up-front costs associated with producing CDs or vinyl records. Now you need a website, some promotion on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, distribution channels like Spotify (or Apple Music) that offer listeners ad-supported streaming services. Also, YouTube, where videos come preloaded with songs, is another ample promotional opportunity.

Step 1

First, you will need an instrument and a sequencer so that your computer can ‘play’ the instruments for you (though not all programs require this). Then you want to open up the program you’ll be recording, then import any loops or individual sounds from other tracks that they may have used in their song. From here, start experimenting with arranging everything until it’s perfect!

The first step to creating royalty-free music is coming up with a unique sound you can use several times for different projects without being recognized as the same artist. This may seem like an impossible task, but luckily there are some creative ways of achieving this goal:

You could combine jazz fusion or bossa nova funk or create your genre by experimenting with fresh sounds (electronic folk?). You could record vocals one day at 125 bpm, then switch gears to try recording drums at 140 bpm when inspiration strikes next. Or spend five minutes strumming guitar chords before switching back to piano keys. Why? Because they make more sense in the current project’s mood. Whatever works best. The point is to experiment with new and different sounds until you have a unique style.

Step 2

The next step in making royalty-free music is refining your sound. This may be as simple as writing songs or coming up with an album title before creating several demos to test out which one should make it into production. But this also includes the aspect of mastering – how well-balanced are all the instruments? How loud does each instrument need to be relative to other sections? What kind of effect can you apply at this point (reverb?) before sending off your completed work for review.

But don’t stop there. Encourage people who enjoy listening to your original compositions by following them on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter or by following them on Spotify. You can even ask for feedback if you’re feeling unsure about a track and want other listeners to weigh in with their thoughts.

Step 3

The last step of the process is creating an album that will be available for sale online. Usually, this means uploading individual songs as singles before compiling them into one larger work, making sure it’s formatted correctly (title/artist/tracklisting). Adding cover art and choosing to price options like free download or pay-what-you-want. This may seem daunting at first, but there are some great resources out there for musicians just getting started. TuneCore makes it possible to get your music listed on iTunes without upfront costs, while Bandcamp offers flexible preorders. Hence, fans know how much to pay before downloading your music.

Once done, export your work as either MP3 or MPs files. These formats allow people who might not know how to use audio editing programs like Audacity access to them because of their simplicity. Finally, upload your masterpiece onto one of the many royalty free music sites.

Final Thoughts

This article gives readers the information they need for a successful career in making and selling royalty-free music. It includes practical steps on how to come up with an original sound before refining it—experimenting with different genres or sounds, coming up with album titles and covers for individual songs. Whatever will make your work stand out from others! Creating this type of content is essential. Why? Because there’s so much competition, thus providing something unique can help you get more listeners who buy your tracks!

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