I'm looking for upbeat royalty free music to use as a theme intro for audio and video projects, and live speaking engagements. I've searched a dozen sites that sell royalty-free music and it seems the license almost always is for a single use. Can anyone suggest a source that is 1. reasonably priced (under $50), 2. has good music, and 3. Allows free unlimited use once the license is purchased?
Also, I looking for a good entry-level microphone that I can plug straight into my Mac and record my voice on GarageBand. Any suggestions there?
Larry, for a mic, I would start with a Sure SM58. Its a dynamic mic and sounds very good when recording straight to the computer.
If you really get into sound quality... try a condenser mic and Presonus tube pre amps. http://compare.ebay.com/like/390396317856?var=lv<yp=AllFixedP... The sound is incredible.. but the problem is.. it picks up waaayyyy too much background noise, the kids, the air conditioner, all sorts of sounds in the house. Sound proofing would be needed.
I find myself just using the SM58 for ease of use.
On the music thing... I dont have any stock audio libraries off the top of my head. How about creating your own music? You could use a site like BeatPort.com, buy some samples, use a free audio program like Audacity and create your own intro/outro music. The benefit would be... you gain some basic audio engineering AND your music is customized by you. Just a thought.
Good luck... word me up on your project!