Machine learning has helped solve many of our biggest technical problems, and now it can help you find and create automatically generated, royalty-free music to play in your videos and live streams so you don’t face copyright infringement become.
Mubert is a royalty-free music streaming service available on the web, iOS, and Android that uses crowd-sourced and machine learning to automatically generate “an infinite soundtrack” that you can add to your videos, podcasts, or even just background music help you focus or relax. Auto-generated music may seem like a strange idea at first, but it has one major benefit: it can help you avoid the aforementioned copyright claims from record labels, the DCMA, and other large corporations.
Copyright claims and warnings are a serious problem for content creators. If a copyrighted song is played in the background of a video or during a live stream and the algorithm detects it, the user’s content could be dismantled or removed, their accounts blocked or their channels deleted. It doesn’t have to be just background music either; Corporations can claim copyrighted music, video, or even gameplay clips even if the content creator uses the infringing content in a manner that is fair use law.
Copyright claims are now especially often on Twitch and YouTube, forcing users to find royalty-free or open source music to play in the background of their videos. There are plenty of “stream-safe” playlists in apps like Spotify and plenty of places to find royalty-free music, but those tunes can still be claimed – Twitch’s own Soundtrack from Twitch Service even saw copyright issues.
However, Mubert sidesteps many of these concerns because the music and ambient noise it produces does not belong to anyone and are theoretically unique compositions. And the music is actually pretty good too. I admit that I was skeptical at first, but the “auto-generation” effect is not that noticeable and the results never sound too artificial. Granted, it doesn’t move you like an intentionally composed piece of music, but that’s not the point of the app.
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Mubert offers free and paid services. “Mubert for streamers” is a free web radio site that has a selection of different genres and moods of music, and all music is DMCA friendly. Everything from lo-fi hip-hop, trap beats, techno, and piano music is available for free, but you can unlock more choices by signing up for $ 5 a month. (Premium channels are indie rock, jazz, electronica and classical.)
There is also a “Mubert for companies” Package that includes even more music and ambient sounds such as forests, ocean waves and more. The free Mubert Business Stations are limited, but you can unlock full service for $ 10 per month or $ 100 per year.
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There are other supporting services, including a studio app that lets you create and upload your own songs by simply choosing genre, mood, and length, as well as a library of custom tracks. You can test the studio app here, but note that a “Made with Mubert” watermark will play every few seconds for free titles. To remove the watermark, you can pay $ 10 for each title used in unbranded content (unlimited downloads are available for $ 35 per month or $ 350 per year). This should work for most content creators who post on YouTube personal channels or social media, but it costs up to $ 250 per track to use for branded content.
Mubert’s premium services are admittedly quite expensive, especially if there are any many other sources for free open source music out there– Music composed entirely by professional human musicians, no less – but it’s a new idea and worth considering.