Music makes explainer videos pop, add excitement slideshows, and gives your live and online sales presentations a “wow” factor.

Sound effects can add an element of humor, punctuate your bullet points, or emphasize a key part of your message. The music, clips and sounds that you embed in presentations, videos and other digital assets make the viewing experience more enjoyable for your audience — more memorable, too. Even the most basic presentation and video creator tools include an “add music” feature.

If you’re not a musician, or have a few on call, how do you source — or even make — original music, cool loops and sound effects that will amplify your message, entertain and connect with your audience?  

Use these tools to get the sound you need to grab your audience.
Music Maker JAM is an audio workstation app for Windows users. No previous experience is required to create beats, record vocals, adjust tempo and add effects.
BEST FEATURES: Library of professionally-produced loops you can arrange and combine to create your sounds.
PRICING: Free up to three sounds.


Stagelight is a mobile music studio for Windows, Android and macOS devices. Packed with royalty-free loops, sounds, effects, Stagelight makes music creation easy for all skill levels.
BEST FEATURES: An in-app store for fresh content. Get the latest EDM, Dubstep, Rock, and Hip Hop sound packs.
PRICING: Free to get started. Premium downloads $9.99 to $49.99.


PowerFX Sound Libraries is an online database with over 20,000 unique effects, loops and samples. Subscribers simply search and download to get started right away building original audio for commercial use.
BEST FEATURES: Registered subscribers can modify the sounds for use in ads, soundtracks and more.
PRICING: $2/sound, or choose from many bundled sound packs.


Mixcraft is a feature-packed digital audio workstation that includes an enormous library of royalty-free loops, sound effects, and samples for fast and easy professional production for all your needs.
BEST FEATURES: Song Kits enable incredibly easy track creation with no musical training required.
PRICING: $49 – $179 one-time purchase.


AudioBlocks is a subscription-based, royalty-free audio library containing over 100,000 music tracks, sound effects and loops. Search for just the right music based on mood, genre, instruments, tempo and duration.
BEST FEATURES: Download and use any sound in any type of commercial project. Unlimited evergreen downloads for subscribers.
PRICING: $79.99/month


SoundCite is a unique tool for writers and publishers whose audience is reading stories online. You can enhance any story with relevant inline audio clips, adding information, emotion or context.
BEST FEATURES: Easily integrate any kind of audio clip inline with any story.


PremiumBeat is a royalty-free website that provides high-quality tracks and sound effects for use in videos, films, apps, games, and TV programming. Per-track licensing so you only pay for what you need.
BEST FEATURES: Thousands of exclusive songs, handpicked so your project will have fresh tracks that aren’t overused.
PRICING: $49/track


GarageBand is a user-friendly audio workstation app for Mac users. It’s easy to create your own pro-sounding tracks with the built-in sound library, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drums.
BEST FEATURES: So intuitive that anyone can create tunes, audio logos and more for any recorded asset.
PRICING: $4.99

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