Are you creating an audiobook and need to put background music or sound effects on it?
Great, because we’ll explain everything you need to know in this article, including where and how to get the songs, as well as what licenses you’ll need to ensure that everything is legal in your country.
Background music in an audiobook is often used to:
- As an introduction to the book
- As little introductions to each chapter
- Like the playout at the end of the book or chapters
- To enhance or emphasize certain parts of the story or dialogue
The first thing we should know is that for a digital product – such as an audiobook or podcast – that will later be on sale to the general public, we will never be able to use free music.
Because free music on the Internet is under Creative Commons licenses, which allow us to use these types of songs as long as the use is strictly personal and they are not used in any product with which the author can obtain an economic return.
That said, the market for royalty-free music currently has various platforms through which to acquire the licenses we need very easily and cheaply.
Where To Find The Music?
The most popular marketplace for getting music is called Envato Elements.
In Elements, we can find more than 90,000 royalty-free songs of all kinds, classified both by genre (rock, pop, ambient, electronic, classical.) and my mood (happy, sad, melancholic, for children), something that will greatly facilitate the task of finding those songs that best suit our history.
Depending on the theme of the audiobook or the sensations you want to create, different audio backgrounds can help the listener to get even more involved with the story.
You should choose ambient pieces that underline the events in the particular chapter or portray the general mood of the novel or short story.
This type of music is created especially to be background music, therefore most of them do not have any type of letter incorporated and are designed in such a way that they leave sound space to be able to put a voice on top of them and that it continues to be heard to perfection.
The good thing about this platform is that it has a very comprehensive search engine and an adequate song organization, which allows us to listen to small segments of different songs until we find one we like.
The next feature is that we can download all the songs we want without a monthly limit.
What License Will I Need?
Elements do not work under individual licenses, but for a subscription of € 14.50 per month you will have access to its entire catalogue, which includes:
- Access to all slopes
- New songs added every week
- Unlimited downloads
- Unlimited use on all your products
- No copyright or royalty claims
- Monetize your audiobooks
- Cancel at any time
The Sound Effects?
To acquire the sound effects, you can look for them directly in the ‘ Sound Effects ‘ category of the Audiojungle page.
And if you need another alternative to find sound effects for your audiobooks, you can try Premium Beat.
Contrary to podcasts or radio reproductions, audiobooks most of the time only have the voice of the reader. Sometimes they add a short introduction to individual chapters or prologues, but other than that, the most the listener can do is focus on the voice reading the lines.
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This is done on purpose so as not to distract you from the story and events in the book: there is only one voice to listen to, no background noise, no music. Sometimes this can be disconcerting and all it does is make the listener lose focus.
When it comes to improving our audiobook experience by adding ambient sounds or appropriate music, it is good to know that there are portals such as Envato Elements that make it easy to find the perfect background music.