I’ve been producing radio for over 17-years and have used countless licensed music collections and services, and I am very impressed with JewelBeat.
One of the biggest drawbacks with most licensed music libraries, is the cost. I remember paying $20 (sometimes $35) per CD, on top of the high annual fees for music use. Often times, the most you could squeeze out of a CD was 75% of the tracks.
When online services began to emerge, you could at least sample the tracks. Even still, to fully know what a CD was like, the music library would snail-mail you the disc for your review. If you didn’t like it, you sent it back. This way of doing business is expensive.
Although many of the established music libraries have given per download options and full music track review, the cost still remains high.
As a small, independent, audio freelancer, the options that remain for affordable music beds is slim, and the quality doesn’t compare to the higher priced licensing.
JewelBeat is a breath of fresh air.
I browsed through JewelBeat’s library, and although I didn’t sort through it long enough to get an idea of it’s depth (35,000 total tracks), I can tell you from my 17-years of experience that these tracks are good. (Their sound-a-likes are solid, too!)
First off, you can sample the entire track.
When I’m choosing an audio track for a project, I’ll playback the “naked” mix while playing-back the test track. Listening to the dynamics of the piece, the tempo, etc … to see if it’s a good fit.
You can do that with JewelBeat, and I love it!
Once you find the track you like, give them a dollar, and you can use that track however you like. If you want to use that same track for a different project, simply go and purchase it, again (see license agreement).
JewelBeat is currently offering 1,000 free downloads when you purchase one, that’s right, one 99¢ track.
Once you’re hooked on JewelBeat’s quality, you may want to consider some of their more robust purchase options.
JewelBeat has three ways to purchase music:
Grab tracks one by one, for 99¢ per track, or a complete “CD” for $19.00.
For $99 or $9 per month, there are 12 different JewelStick’s to choose from:
- Video Games
- On Hold
- Background Music
This is what I want.
Because it’s awesome.
First, there’s the JewelDisk mini:
- $399 or $39 per month.
- 100 best-selling CDs.
- Dedicated music library hard-drive.
The second option is my favorite! JewelDisk MAX:
- $999 or $99 per month.
- The entire JewelDisk library on hard disk.
- Free new releases for 1-year.
- Free delivery worldwide! (I live in Italy, so this really adds to the awesomeness)
Give JewelBeat a try on your next media project.
With their licensing structure and prices, you can hardly go wrong.
The next time I need a music bed, this is going to be my #1 destination.