Sound | Online Background Music, Music Tracks and Sound Effects (Library Databases)

High quality music tracks available for download. Contains over 33,000 tracks (with 2-3 cut-downs for each track) for a total of 100,000 music tracks. It has plenty of genres, including hip-hop, classical/orchestral, pop, rock, dance, dramedy, world music, film scores and more! 

Tutorials: Quick SearchAdvanced SearchOverview (includes how to download: Project Action chapter) 

Killer Tracks supports Firefox, Chrome and IE8+. You may have problems if you use Safari. 

If you can't download tracks, you can optimize your Killer Tracks downloads by changing the download settings and choosing to download using Flash (not Java): 

  1. Log in to Killer Tracks. 
  2. Log in to your personal Killer Tracks account. 
  3. Click on "My Account Details" in the upper right portion of the screen. 
  4. On the left side of the next screen, click on "My Download Preferences." 
  5. Click the radio button for "Flash Download Manager." 
  6. Click the "Update" button.

More than 350,000 sound effects and music clips available for preview and download for Ringling students, faculty, and staff. If you have problems using Sound Ideas, please email research@ringling.edu

Over 17,700 high quality music tracks to download. There are many genres, including Jazz, Rock, Classical, New Age, Oldies, Country, New Age, Retro, etc. You can search by musical styles, moods, geography, well-known tracks, tracks that sound like (ex: sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers) and by instrument.

Sound | Online Background Music, Music Tracks and Sound Effects (Websites)

Over 390,00 Creative Commons-licensed music tracks in a wide variety of genres. Use the Advanced Search to limit your searching by a particular Creative Commons license. 

These tracks are available for private use, but other uses that require display (including to the web) may require licensing. 

Search more than a thousand Creative Commons-licensed sound effects. 

Make sure to check each sound effect to see what Creative Common license is on it and find out what you can do with it (how to credit it, can you use it commercially, etc.). 

Search more than a thousand free sound effects. Alan McKinney of McKinney Sound asked professional sound companies and individuals around the world to contribute sound effects for everyone to use for free. 

 There are some limitations to how you can use the sound effects - read those limitations and learn how to credit the effects here

Sound | Online Audiobooks

Contains audiobook recordings of books, in a variety of genres, such as children's fictions, classics, crime and mystery, sci-fi and fantasy, humor, plays, poetry, non-fiction and more.

All materials are in the public domain.

Contains both human-read and computer-generated audio books on a variety of topics. 

All materials are in the public domain. 

Sound | Public Domain Music 

This site lists sheet music that is available in the public domain, but NOT sound recordings of that music. You would need to make your own recording. 

All materials are in the public domain

Contains recordings of public domain music (the majority of the sound recordings are classical). 

All materials are in the public domain. 

Sound | Music and Sound Effects CDs in the Library's Collection

The Library has a large collection of background music, music tracks and sound effects that are ONLY available on CD. You can use the lists below to browse the tracks and effects that are available. These lists do not include the following collections (you'll need to browse them in the Library):

  • Foley Footsteps
  • Foley Footsteps Winter
  • BMG FX

Sony Pictures Sound Effects complete track list (PDF)
Index to sound tracks in the CD collection. Review the track list PDF to see if there is anything interesting to you and ask for that CD at the Library's Circulation Desk. 

Loops for Acid CD title list (PDF)
Index to sound tracks in the CD collection. Review the track list PDF to see if there is anything interesting to you and ask for that CD at the Library's Circulation Desk. 

Fresh Music Library
Acoustic Atmosphere to Cyber Sports (PDF)
Desert Schooner to House & Garden (PDF)
Innovations & Technology to Production Elements (PDF)
RapCeeDee to World Wide (PDF)
Emotion Index (PDF)
Index to sound tracks in the CD collection. Review the track list PDF to see if there is anything interesting to you and ask for that CD at the Library's Circulation Desk.