If you’re looking for free, quality music for your podcast intro, here are some sites I recommend:
- Music for Makers – when you sign up for their mailing list you’ll get a new free track every week. There’s a lot of variety in the songs that Logan produces. I ended up upgrading to the paid service because it’s so good. (The song we use on the Build your SaaS podcast is from here!)
- Joseph McDade Music – I honestly can’t believe Joseph is giving these tracks away for free. He wants to be the “Unsplash for audio.” He currently has 14 songs you can download. There’s quite a variety, and you don’t even need to give him your email address to get them. (Although, you should support his Patreon)
- Kabbalistic Village – this composer sells music on AudioJungle but gives away some of his songs on Soundcloud. All you need to do his credit him in your show notes.
- Vlad Cuiujuclu – this 24-year-old composer from Brooklyn, NY recently said he was “happy to provide for free, with the only condition that I am contacted and credited for my music.”
- Free Music Archive – the biggest repository for free audio downloads. These songs are licensed under Creative Commons and other licenses.
- Youtube Audio Library – YouTube maintains a pretty good library of free tracks you can use.
Paid royalty-free music options
Tips for podcast intro music
- Keep it short – too many podcasts have music that plays for 30 seconds at the beginning of every show. Keep it to five seconds.
- Match the volume to the rest of your show – you don’t want your theme music to be too much louder than the rest of your show. In fact, I prefer my intro music to be on the quiet side. Be sure to fade it down even more if you’re overlaying narration.
- Don’t use a song, use a signature sound – you might not even need a whole theme song. Some podcasts will have a 1-2 second clip. It could be a banjo strum, an alien ship taking off, or bells. Make it distinct; something that people think of when they hear your show.