If you know the type of music that you need and would like to narrow your options based on musical styles, descriptive keywords, featured instruments, tempo, intensity and more, try the search capabilities in our Quicktracks section.
If you have some flexibility, or are just looking to browse for ideas, try the "Categories" listed under "Smartsound Royalty Free Music Library" on the home page, and several other pages. You can also click on the Music Library link at the top of each page, for a visual of the categories and series.
If you are a newcomer to sound editing, the category Atmospheric Beds refers to background music designed to be "behind" dialogue, without intruding, yet doing its subtle work of enhancing the mood you want to create.
Note: Even though Smartsound's website features over 3500 tracks and 20+ million variations , each song (and album) is listed in only one of our eighteen categories (Cinematic, Rock/Hip Hop/R&B, Holidays, Romantic, etc.) Thus, when you look at another category you won't be seeing duplicates anywhere.
However, genres (jazz, patriotic, blues, etc) and production types (weddings, video games, corporate, etc.) are not the same as categories, so the same piece of music may overlap these terms.
First step - start a search in the "Search Music" bar to the right of "Search by Category" and "Search by Series" sections on the Home page, or near the top of the "Music Library" page.
Begin with the narrowest search you want, such as funky reggae, in the search bar. If you don't get enough choices from this, broaden the search—such as just reggae. NOTE: Always omit the word "music" from your search term— i.e., "Latin" instead of "Latin music." It makes the search way too broad.
If these tactics don’t get you the selection you want, once you have done the basic search, you can then go into Advanced Search at the bottom of the search list page. Fill in the bar "With the EXACT PHRASE" to get your narrowest term. "With ALL the Words" will give you the whole term, but not necessarily together, and "With ANY of The Words" gives the largest number of results.
If you’ve already looked through most of the relevant albums you might want to keep an eye on New Releases at the top of the Categories section appearing on the home page and every track and album page. We also write blog articles on each new release.
We’ll say more on finding the right song using our blog "Behind The Scenes At SmartSound" in the next post, Royalty Free Music Search - Part 2.
SmartSound is Royalty Free Music made easy!