When it comes to using background music for projects, it can be difficult to choose between the wide variety of music tracks that exist and the platforms that offer them.
As discussed in this article, if you don’t want to have copyright problems or want to avoid the cumbersome process of applying for licenses for the use of music, it is advisable to turn to royalty-free music.
Once you’ve dug through the endless playlists on music portals, you may find it difficult to choose a single song that fits perfectly with your business image, either because the lyrics don’t convey the message you want, the rhythm isn’t right… or because you would simply like to select one of the song’s elements separately.
So, ideally, there would be a tool that allows you to choose a song fragment that more or less fits the idea you have in mind and automatically displays other similar songs or sounds.
This would make it much easier to find the right music track, as you could browse through a wide range of songs with similar characteristics until you found the one with the particularities you were looking for. Well, this tool exists, it is called EAR and it has been created by the Epidemic Sound platform.
New search tool: EAR
Epidemic Sound is one of the best-known platforms in the Royalty-Free music sector. It is used by many world-renowned companies such as Nike or Coca-Cola, as well as most YouTubers and influencers, as it offers a library of more than 100,000 songs and sound effects, all created by the best independent artists.
This company, while already offering numerous tools to facilitate the search for songs for projects, has recently created a new one that will make you find the perfect song for your projects in a few seconds.
This is called “EAR” –Epidemic Audio Reference-, with which you can select a fragment of a song you like from its extensive music playlist and it will automatically show you other songs that are based on it: with similar rhythms, tone of voice… it detects the actual sounds, tone, vibration and atmosphere of the song you liked so it can share with you the most similar parts of other tracks. This way, you won’t have to spend time searching for the right words to describe the kind of music you want. You can spend all your time creating and not searching.
¿What is it for?
The main objective of EAR is to facilitate the search for the song that best accompanies your audiovisual projects through assimilation with other songs; quickly and easily. Epidemic Sound tries to provide tools like this to help content creators and companies to boost their creative and commercial success.
¿What are the benefits of using it?
The benefits of using this new tool are very clear:
- Save time searching for music.
- Find music with songs that are similar to it.
- It is very easy to use.
Do you want to use this tool the next time you are looking for a song for your project? Here’s how:
How do I use it?
EAR is currently limited to music tracks that are included in Epidemic Sound’s music catalog. So the first step is to browse through the platform’s playlists until you find a song that more or less suits your needs.
- Once you’ve done that, click on the song title to go to the track page.
- Right next to the track’s sound bar, to the right of the song’s duration, you will find a button in the shape of a sound wave (circled in red in the image)
- Press the button and select the part of the song you like by dragging and dropping the blue bars on the sides.
- A list of songs similar to the part of the song you selected will automatically appear below.
As you can see, Epidemic Audio Reference is very easy to use and allows you to find a song based entirely on another song. Remember that apart from having the possibility of getting a whole very similar song to the one you like, you can also choose in the waveform a very specific part of the track to find similar pieces just dragging and dropping. Now that you know how to do it, try using this tool for your new audiovisual project.
“Find similar” another search tool
While Epidemic Sound has recently added this tool, it has been offering a similar tool called “Find similar” for some time. With this function, you can find music tracks and background sounds that fall into the same category or have the same tags. In other words, there is a song that you think fits your project, but it is not exactly what you were looking for, so with “find similar” you can find others that meet the same characteristics. So what’s the difference with EAR? The difference is that with “find similar” you find tracks or sounds of the same category; however, with EAR you can access songs that have the same rhythm, that convey the same feeling and that even the lyrics are very similar.
Therefore, EAR offers much more accuracy and precision when searching and finding similar music tracks.
Get to know Epidemic Sound
This Swedish company, a benchmark in the sector since its creation in 2009, has more than 12 years of experience offering quality music for audiovisual projects. In addition to its extensive music catalog and the new EAR, Epidemic Sound has other tools that will allow you to find the perfect music for your project:
- ‘Stems’ gives you room to develop your creativity by being able to remove various sound elements from a music track, including vocals.
- ‘More of what you like’ offers music recommendations based on songs you have recently downloaded from Epidemic Sound.
In addition to these, there are also ‘Clearing videos’ and ‘Clearing invitations’. If you want to know more about how they work, we recommend this article on our website.
Epidemic Sound is the only platform that has a so-called “direct license”, which is the license that, simply explained, includes each and every one of the rights necessary to use the songs. Having songs with a direct license means having absolute freedom to use them in your videos and distribute them on any online platform and in any country in the world.
For companies and agencies, Epidemic Sound offers its “Commercial” plan, through which you can:
- Download unlimited music with all rights included.
- Use that music in online ads, as well as on any social network.
- Get personalized music recommendations.
- Ability to ‘clean’ customer videos of copyright claims, or even do it themselves.
The cost varies depending on whether you choose to pay monthly or pay annually in advance. If you choose the first option, the cost is €49 per month. However, if you opt for the annual payment, the price is reduced to €25 per month, for a total of €299 per year, which represents a saving of almost 50% on the final price. If you are a freelancer or content creator Epidemic Sound has a “Personal” plan for you, with which you can:
- Download unlimited music with all rights included.
- Use the music for podcasts with the possibility of publishing them on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok and podcast platforms.
- Select a full music track or download only the vocal or instrumental part.
- Use the music in sponsored or branded content for your own channels.
- Access the Epidemic Sound mobile app.
This plan, if you want to pay monthly, is priced at €13 per month. However, Epidemic Sound offers the possibility to pay €108 per year in advance – that is, €9 per month – which is a saving of €4 per month compared to the month-to-month payment option.
Until now, the search for the perfect song for your projects could be cumbersome and time-consuming, as well as difficult to put into words the “vibe” you want the song to convey. For this reason, Epidemic Sound has created the EAR –Epidemic Audio Reference-, with which you will be able to obtain, through 4 simple steps, songs that are similar to any other song in its musical catalog.
From now on, it will be much easier and more comfortable for you to find the perfect song that transmits the message you want to convey with your brand or business.