Sony Creative Software Royalty Free music: A review
As part of my Sony Vegas purchase I received a link for 25 free songs from Sony. Normally each song costs $9.95 and includes the full song track as well as 10, 30 and 60 second clips. The songs are divided into a variety of genres including cinematic. There is currently 1660 songs in their library. Sounds great so far right. Now here are the drawbacks. Sony only allows a limited license usage meaning they keep the copyright. This means you can't use it for your film if you're wanting to go commercial. If you listen to all the songs to find the ones you want you have the 1660 songs on 111 pages. No problem you say but in order to prevent people downloading the songs right from the preview page they've installed an annoying beeping sound at approximately 5-10 second intervals throughout the music. The songs themselves are a mix of blues, jazz, hip-hop, rock, country and everything in between. One or two songs are almost all generated electronic noise and not enjoyable to listen to. The big thing I've found is that it seems some of the composers are fond of inserting dissonant noises where none are required and many of the more orchestral songs are pitched too high to be comfortable. Some songs merge synthesizers with other instruments with the synth overpowering the rest of the music. There are a few good songs on here. Few have vocals apart from a few uh-uh's in the hip-hop songs. Is it worth it to pay $9:95 per song. Don't think so. The song's I have downloaded will likely only be used as suggestions of the style of music I want on my projects. Without the ability to use the songs royalty free regardless of commercial context it just doesn't seem worth it. But that's just my opinion. If you do download songs from the site I suggest you read the License information very carefully.