Productiontrax Guides & Tutorials

Your royalty free music knowledge resource.

The Productiontrax Learning Center features guides and articles designed to help you grow your knowledge about stock music -- how to use and license royalty free music and sound effects in your next project, and best-practices when using production music. Up your game here.

Film Production

Music Licensing 101

A guide to the ins and outs of music licensing, with an emphasis on how to license royalty free music and sound effects. Explores the different aspects of music copyright, and the type of license needed for different kinds of projects, as well as the advantages of using royalty free music, and what you should look for in a stock music license.



10 Ways to Use Romantic Royalty Free Music

A guide to some unique and profitable ways to use romantic royalty free music, whether you're creating a physical product or a rom-com film.



Royalty Free Horror Music Guide for Halloween

An extensive guide for filmmakers looking to incorporate horror stock music for their next Halloween project. Advice on using scary music and sound effects, with tips and shortcuts to finding the best stock music clip to match common scenarios.



How to Find and License Royalty Free Christmas Music

Learn how to find and license Christmas stock music for the holidays. Special emphasis on the difference between public domain christmas music and royalty free music, and how to avoid common pitfalls when using Christmas production music.



How to Use Horror Sound Effects

This guide answers why good sound effects are so hard to find, and how to use high-quality royalty-free horror sound effects to create a realistic and immersive experience for your audience.


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Public Domain vs. Royalty Free Music

You've heard that using public domain music can help you avoid copyright issues. Learn the difference between public domain music and royalty free music, and what you can and can't do with each in your film or YouTube video.



Ultimate Podcast Creation Guide

Learn how to use podsafe production music and sound effects to create a great podcast. This guide will walk you through the ideation, recording and editing workflow, and help you find the right music for your podcast.