August 11, 2016 at 12:05PM, Edited August 11, 1:00PM


How can we reduce the pain point of using music libraries (stock music tracks)

I'd like to hear from editors, filmmakers, producers, directors and other creatives about their experience of using music libraries.

What are the things that are most challenging? And what would the ideal solution look like for you? For example, is the meta data unreliable or are certain genres too much represented (or too little). What's the ideal number of tracks? Can there be too many? What search criteria is best / worst... for example: mood, genre, instrumental palette and so on.



The biggest pain point I've run into isn't in finding music. It's that once I upload to youtube I'm hit with a copyright thing. This is for stock music that I've bought and paid for. It's never resulted in a take down, but I hate having to go through those extra steps.

August 11, 2016 at 8:03PM


Avoid the multi step licensing which is based on the rather far fetched idea that some stock music library song can collect a killing if some film happens to makes a lot of money. A super production is not going to use some stock library songs that also can be used by Joe Blow for $9.99, not going to happen!

For stock music tracks just charge a one time amount for a irrevocable, perpetual worldwide unrestricted license per video with the requirement or attribution and be done with it. And if some Joe Blow movie makes a killing it is actually good promotion for the company!

August 12, 2016 at 11:35AM

Cary Knoop

I find that a lot of websites don't have high quality tracks for an affordable price. This combo is difficult to find... thankfully a few months I found Soundstripe.

You can get full access to their entire music library for just $10/month and they have some amazing music tracks - you can sort by genre, mood, instrument, playlist etc.

Check it out here:

March 13, 2017 at 1:03PM, Edited March 13, 1:03PM

Ethan Loomis
Videographer, Loomis Video

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