Searching for the most epic movie trailer music for sync licensing purposes can be a long and drawn out task if you don’t know where to look. There are other options, but often music licensing is the simplest way to go.
- Create your own epic trailer music
- Find a professional composer with trailer music experience to create the track for you
- Go the sync license route for your trailer music
All of the above options are viable, but it can depend on your skill set, your budget and your timeframes to determine which option is the best in your particular circumstances.
If You Can Do It…Do It
If you have the skills, the time, the instruments and the software, then creating your own epic movie trailer music might be the way to go. This way you also get the thrill of hearing your very own music in your movie or game trailer. Creating music is loads of fun and very satisfying, so if you have the option, have a crack at it yourself and see what you can come up with.
You will save project money in the process as well as tailoring the music and SFX to really suit your trailer.
Hire A Music Composer/Producer
If taking this route you really want to hire someone who has had some experience producing similar music to what you are looking for. All composers are not created equal, and everyone has a preference for the type of music they make, and every composer is usually better at creating music in one genre than another genre.
The negative to this option is obviously the costs involved. Depending on the complexity of the project, the final bill could run way higher than you anticipated or budgeted for.
Overall, the third option on the list is possibly the very best one.
Sync Licensing Music for Your Trailer
A sync license will not only cover the legalities of using someone else’s music in your movie or game trailer, it could also conceivably save you both time and money in the process. You don’t need to spend time creating the music yourself or hiring someone to do it. You can just purchase a license for a piece of music that has already been recorded and is ready to go.
There are loads of music licensing websites out there today and many of them feature some epic music that would suit your trailer. Some websites off the top of my head include:
- Premium Beat
- Getty Images Music Portal
- Audio Socket
- Audio Network
- Seek Audio
Epic trailer music is one of the fortes of many production music composers, so there is a plethora of this kind of music available in various genres and lengths. Generally this type of music will be instrumental, which is what you want for your trailer.
Searching for an existing piece of music to sync license is possibly the very best course of action. It’s ready and waiting to be used in your project. What you need most of all is to go to a music licensing website that has a very accurate and intuitive search function so that when you input the parameters of what you are seeking, the results will be pretty close to the mark; meaning it saves you a lot of valuable time in the search process.
As a production music and trailer music composer myself, I recently uploaded my catalogue to a site that has one of the best search functions I’ve come across on a sync licensing website. It’s a site called Songtradr, and their catalogue has stacks of music suitable for an epic movie trailer or game trailer.
If you would like to see what’s on offer over at Songtradr for epic trailer music, simply click on their logo below to be taken to their website. While you’re there, feel free to have a listen to the cinematic music in my own catalogue.
Happy music hunting.
Movie trailers have always made me fantasize, because they have basically told me about the movie in that little sequence of music. I can tell if it’s going to be gory, happy, love story, heartbreaking, whatever.i assume that is what that music is made for. But it puts you in the mood for the type of movie you are going to watch before hand. I love them all. Thanks,Ellen
Thanks, Ellen. That’s exactly right about movie trailers and their music. It sets the tone and the mood and gives you an idea of what’s coming.
Interesting stuff, very good read, I had no idea that you could buy a music license, very informal, especially for those looking into finding some music for their own films.
This is really useful information for filmakers, animators, and people who want to create videogames, thanks for passing your knowledge.
Glad you liked it Jacob.