October 12, 2010

Royalty Free Music

Royalty free music - AudioMicro logoI received a spam email the other day for a music sales site, but I noticed upon clicking through there was a link to a royalty free music site.

Looks like there are some great sound effects and lots of music titles for session ambiance. No download links that I could see, but it would be easy to bookmark or link to the effects you want for in-session use.

http://www.audiomicro.com/royalty-free-music

khael

Thanks for the tip. This is a great music site. It’s really helpful for gamers who like music in their games. The quality is good enough that you may want to download some songs just for your private listening pleasure.

Michael Beck

this is a very nice site. I’m just skimming through it and got to the following follow up question for everyone:
How do you organize your RPG-Soundfiles for a sesion/game/campaign? I mean it’s almost impossible to plan in advance when you need what kind of music and on the other side you want to keep the time searching for the right track/folder minimal.
Another (somehow related) question would be:
Are you guys using music the whole evening playing in the background or do you start certain tracks at certain times? Like recurring themes for important NPC appearance, combats etc…

I would be interessted how other GMs organize music.

Johnn Four

I created a playlist just for my current campaign and leave my iPod playing on shuffle the whole session.

I have two special songs picked as well. When the one plays, all PCs get +1 to hit and damage. If the other plays, their foes get that bonus. It is a bit of random silliness, but fun.

I have a large sound effects library and organize it by topic using folders in Windows.

I use MyInfo to organize my campaigns and can link to any file in it. So, when planning, I find the folder I want and then search through its files until I find the perfect sound effect and link to it within my MyInfo session notes.

However, I have yet to use sound effects in my game. At first I had technical difficulties. Now, I have a time issue where I only have enough time to go through my loopy planning process and no time to gather multimedia assets for session enhancements.

SomeGuy

Thanks for sharing this site.
I found out you can download the music files by right-clicking on the play button, and select Save Link As….and save to your computer desktop, or where ever you want to.

khael

Ok that question made me rethink an old blog post about gaming music. The playlist in my group is a consensual decision and music is a group effort. The BESM game had the best run audio for many reasons so I’ll use it as an example.

We patterned it after a typical anime series. There were choices for opening and closing songs. There were trademark combat songs. People even asked for specific Character themes. Then everyone pitched in to help get said songs or alternatives.

Next, we had a player doing sound tech duties. He chose and played the songs at the appropriate times. This freed the GM to do other things. It also helped ensure the music changed to reflect the mood. Things that were not planned in advance – the tech gets to decide subject to [a rare] GM veto.

I guess it also helped that the BESM system was rules light and effect based. The DnD games were less polished musically.

Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the song bonus idea Johnn. That sounds like something I can use too!

Lewis

I have two special songs picked as well. When the one plays, all PCs get +1 to hit and damage. If the other plays, their foes get that bonus. It is a bit of random silliness, but fun.

I use MyInfo to organize my campaigns and can link to any file in it. So, when planning, I find the folder I want and then search through its files until I find the perfect sound effect and link to it within my MyInfo session notes.

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