AudioMicro Announces 13,000 New Premium Production Music Tracks Available

Film Music Magazine • October 19, 2009, a crowd-sourced marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects licensing, has announced that its users can now download more than 13,000 new production music tracks from its online library. Consumers and professionals alike now have direct and immediate access to production music supplied by one of the largest production music libraries in Hollywood. The new offering is dubbed “The Premium Collection” and represents the first time that record label owned material has been made available for synch licensing to small independent video producers in a micro stock format.

“The Premium Collection is a big step forward for us,” said AudioMicro Founder Ryan Born. “In addition to our superb collection of user-generated content, we can now deliver, on-demand, thousands of production music tracks created by one of the world’s most respected record labels. Our users will be excited by the unprecedented quality, size and scope of this collection.”

Under the terms of a new licensing agreement, AudioMicro members have access to The Premium Collection library of professional-grade production music tracks royalty free and under the same pricing and terms as AudioMicro’s crowd-sourced stock music files. Prices for individual music tracks are as little as $3 per minute, while subscription packages start at just $9 per month. Users are permitted to use the content for most digital media, including websites, short online films, iPhone apps, local television, flash animations, Facebook games, PowerPoint presentations, and projects with budgets under fifty-thousand dollars.

Historically, The Premium Collection has been available only to major television networks and feature film producers in a high end, rights managed licensing format. “AudioMicro provides a platform where users can download as little as a single track and do so at an affordable price,” said Born. “We are very pleased by this opportunity to expand our digital downloading offering and to make The Premium Collection available to a much broader spectrum of users.”


By Bob Safir on October 22nd, 2009 at 8:47 am

How much to buy all 13,000 tracks? Eleven dollars? What is the sum total that composers make on the deal? Four cents?

Yes, I exaggerate to make a point. But the point is that AudioMicro, more than any other company in existence, is doing the most to devalue music, composers, and the industry in general, with their sub-standard, peasant-worthy pricing structure.

And by the way, will you please tell us about the major television networks and feature film producers that have used the AudioMicro catalog, and what cues they used? I thought so.

You may think it’s a perfectly legal practice to compensate (read, not compensate) composers for the value of their work, and it is. Whether it’s moral or not is another question, as is the net effect the AudioMicro business model has on the industry.

I know…let’s ask the photographers who helped build the numerous and profitable photo libraries in existence today (profitable for the owners, at least). There they are…over there…in the unemployment line. Take a number.

By Terry Michael huud on October 22nd, 2009 at 11:32 am

Great post Bob. I couldn’t agree more. I personally don’t know anyone whose sold enough through them to even make it 1/50th worth their while in the time it took to assemble the material and upload it to AudioMicro.


By Sebastian on October 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 am

Yes Bob, you are absolutely right! This is such a shameful devaluation. So, who will be next, offering music for 50 cents per minute (not second!!). How can we – as a composer/ producer – possibly make a living from this in the future. I think it is time for the industry to wake up and really oppose this model, otherwise sooner or later we will not be able to invest in musicians, sound libraries, equipment etc…. . Unless we sell 100000 licenses ! Each! this is… well. Let’s all make music with garageband! Should do, don’t AudioMicro agree.


By Emmett Cooke on October 27th, 2009 at 4:05 am

Yup – the biggest website which devalues composers the most – I have about 5 tracks on there, simply to see what the sales are like. Needless to say, I’ve received about 4 sales, and only about $3 – and you can’t even take out your money until you have $20 – would probably take years!

Shameful that websites like this exist…

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