This tutorial explains the basics of how to use Create Music’s app to get your own customized stock music perfect for your project.
Step 1: Upload your video
This step is optional. You can upload the video you’re working on here to use as a reference. Don’t worry, the video isn’t being saved to our servers. Best to use mp4.
- On the top bar, select “Video”.
- Load video. Press the load video button and select your video.
Step 2: Find your track
It all starts at the “SEARCH MUSIC/SFX” box. First define which you want to search for and click the relevant choice. For music, press “Search Music”, for sound effects, “SFX”. You can also change this selection by the corresponding magnifying glass options at the top of the page. Underneath the search box you can see the Desired Track Length part. This is the length that you want your track to be. When you later add the track to the timeline, it will automatically be set to this.
Beneath that, you can find the various tags that we use. Click on a “+” to expand each list of related tags. These vary from genres like “Electronic” or “Filmmusic” to emotions such as “dramatic”, “lively”, “melancholy” or even production types or specific instruments that your track should feature. You can be creative here. We have not only music, but film underscore tracks and sound effects. Go ahead, try it, search for yourself.
When you’ve decided on your tags, now have a look at the “SEARCH RESULTS” in the center of the screen. Let’s say you need “sad” stock music. Enter that into the text search, and it will instantly bring up results. The results are organized by “Tracks”, “Albums”, “Favorites”, and “Playlists”.
You can further change the results at any time by adding and/or removing your tags.
Select “Tracks” from the SEARCH RESULTS menu.
- The first option is to play and pause the track. These selections run independent of what you have in your timeline.
- Underneath the track title is the Album title. When you click on that, it will bring up the list of tracks in the album, no longer bound by your tags. Click back to return to your filtered search.
- Next, you’ll see a heart. Click on that to add that track to your favorites list (see favorites below).
- A basic dynamic timeline can be found in the center. You can click anywhere on it to cue that position.
- Beats per minute (BPM) is listed in the next column. Pay attention to these.
- Tags – You can add the tags to your own filter by clicking on the tag. You can click any highlighted tag to remove it from your search filter.
- Add to Timeline – If you already have a track on the timeline and you prefer a different one, then you can click “REPLACE TRACK” on the one you prefer and it will automatically remove the currently highlighted track and put your new selection in its place.
- To select a track, either click on Add to Timeline or click and drag it into your timeline.
- You can add as many tracks as you want, with up to 15 minutes of sound.
- Click X at the top right to exit this mode and customize the track.
This allows you to conduct your stock music search by album. Albums are thematic compilations, often by the same composer. So if you like a specific track, you can now easily browse other tracks from the same album that will likely match your search criteria.
The “favorites” feature allows you to bookmark your favorite tracks. These tracks are then subject to your tag filter, so that they’re easy to look through and find tracks you had previously searched through and liked.
Within our playlists, you will find curated selections from our music editorial team. Unlike with albums, playlists are constantly being updated and always include the latest tracks that match the respective topic of the playlist.
Step 3: Customize Your Track
Change Length On The Fly
You can change any track to any length and the music’s intro and outro will automatically and seamlessly adapt to it. Simply click and drag the end or the beginning of a region to your desired length. Currently the timeline has a maximum of 15 minutes. You can pre-determine the length using the “Desired Track Length” option below the initial search box.
On the right-hand side with the “Scale timeline” you can control the zoom and get down to the details of your track or zoom out and look at the bigger picture.
Customize Mix and Discover Variations
At the top left, there’s the “customize track” box, with several options. You will need to press “X” to exit the Search Results screen before accessing this.
You can adjust the individual track volume with the first slider.
Each track has 2-5 variations. That way, you can switch between variations if you don’t want the music to be repetitive, but still staying on theme.
Select the mix
You can select from a number of preset instrument mixes for each variation, or you can define your own using the list of instruments and volume sliders below.
Customize track even more
At any point, if you want the track to change variation or mix, you can:
- Click on the track so that it’s selected (highlighted).
- Next, click on the timeline where you want to split the track.
- Click on the button with a + on it, where the mouseover says “Add mix change”. Likewise, if you want to remove the change, you can click on the symbol with a – where the mouseover says “Remove mix change”. You can adjust the transition time between the mix changes by clicking on the section before the change. Then below the variation and mix selection buttons, you’ll find the “Transition Time” slider. You can adjust that if you want a more gradual change of mixes.
Click on the automation button, which looks like a triangle wave. A yellow line appears on the track. This line controls the volume. Click anywhere on the track to add a node. You can add as many nodes as you want, to perfectly adjust the volume of your tracks. This is especially useful for manual voice ducking, so the music doesn’t overpower any dialogue.
Pressing the final button allows trim mode to be activated. With trim mode, you can change the length of the track without reshaping the music. This is especially useful if you prefer a fadeout or an instant cut.
Step 4: Export
Your first option is to make a “preview” which will allow you to get a full mp3 of your stock music to make sure you like it with your video or podcast. The preview will still be watermarked, however.
If you have a subscription, then this will allow you to download the file. If you don’t have a subscription yet, then this will take you to the subscription page. The stock music file can be downloaded in .wav format.