Never understood the webby awards.... Way to many off-axis categories to win in. It seems like an award for anything on the web - from series to website design - which is just WAY too much.
Musicloops.com requires you work with them directly as an artist, though I have no idea what their curation process is. If they do or don't, I've never ran into a song on there I'd view as bad - they just have a LOT of songs that apply to many different genres. Their cinematic and fantasy categories are especially great. They seem to have less of that 'synth' music that a lot of stock has to it, and more live orchestra stuff.
Smartsound offers compilation CDs of music, and frankly I find most of it dull. Never really used them, but I do know they can fill some needs if you need them, and they won't cost an arm and a leg.
The difference between rights managed and royalty free is not that much difference. In fact, it's all canned stock music that anyone can license and use. So in reality, the only difference is in how they charge their fees.
I have no affiliation with musicloops.com, other than using them a lot. It's pretty much impossible for me to say how great their music selection is, and just how good it sounds. Their cinematic and fantasy categories are specifically alive with large, epic tracks - most of the more expensive of which are recorded using a live orchestra.
You'd really just have to go there, spent a few minutes browsing and listening to get a sense of what they offer. You won't be disappointed.
Honestly, the stuff I heard at musicbed.com was really the same type of stuff that is lower-end at musicloops.com, and about on par with pond5 or audioblocks.
As for FREE music, I really most of it a waste of time. Most people with really good music want to make something off of it. Rather that be via the "walmart" method of low-priced, high-quanitiy like musicloops.com, or via the few buyers but at a larger fee source like musicbed.
Yeah, no thanks. Their film music library is expensive enough. I inquired about licensing a song for an indie film, basically no budget. Almost $400 for one song.
Meanwhile, over at Musicloops.com, you can browse thousands of better songs, and pay one flat fee to use that song however you want (basically), on any number of future projects. No song is more expensive than $130, and most are in the $30 to $80 range.
No, most of these 'stock music' websites are a rip-off to the filmmaker. The only exceptions I have found are musicloops.com and smartsound.com.
Could you not just buy a $169 Tascam DR-60, and mount it to the camera if you need audio?
While resolve could use with better audio to make it a one-size software, real audio post should be done in a real audio daw - I use audition, though protools is more industry standard.