Music Libraries: An Expanding Resource for Sports Productions

Sports producers seeking library and production music and cues have more choices than ever. Here are some of the leading offerings from a variety of music libraries.

FirstCom Music
Established in 1980 and headquartered in Dallas, FirstCom Music offers 20 music catalogs containing more than 160,000 copyrights and updated six times a year. Among the tools that the company has developed for accessing the catalogs are MusiQuick Online, the first online production-music delivery Website, in 2000; LiquidTrax, which allows editors to remix or create surround soundtracks from its libraries; and MusiQuick SQL, among the first hard-drive search-and-delivery systems for FirstCom clients on-site. Another industry first is a surround-sound series on DVD Audio/Video/ROM. Sports-related link: http://www.firstcom.com/ – /themed-playlists.aspx?playlistId=74

Killer Tracks
More than 2,000 digital albums from 21 global libraries are available, along with original works from award-winning composers and producers that include Chuck D, Lamont Dozier, Alex Band, Rev Theory, RedZone Entertainment, Ennio Morricone, and Christopher Franke. Sports clients include ESPN, Fox Sports, and NFL Films. Features include complimentary music-supervision services and music access online and on interactive hard drive. Sports related links: Action sports: http://bit.ly/KWc7pi, Dramatic sports: http://bit.ly/JO1zFh

MegaTrax
More than 60,000 tracks contain alternate and underscore versions and complete edits. The company’s new Website features an easy-to-use interface and an improved search system with custom coding. Portable–hard-drive update system provides faster music updates and accurate metadata. Full-time tech support and music supervisors with live chat are available. Online Spanish and Portuguese translations are provided. Payment options include the ability to do radio and TV barter deals. Custom scoring is available via the Aircast Custom Music division. Sports-related link:  http://megatrax.com/browse.php?bLibs=0&bCats=1273&bSort=DESC&bRecs=25&bPage=1

Pro Sports Music Marketing
Serving both professional and collegiate sports, Pro Sports has become a resource for all the professional sports leagues for music and music talent, counting among its events the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Daytona 500, World Series, NHL and NBA All-Star Games, and more. http://www.prosportsmusic.com/

Sound Ideas
More than 500 distinct royalty-free collections are available for broadcast, postproduction, and multimedia facilities. Unlimited lifetime synchronization rights are included with every purchase; supported formats include DVD ROM, hard drive, and CD. All .wav files are provided with full keyword metadata for search applications. Sports-music link: http://www.sound-ideas.com/musicmenu-sports.html; sports-sound-effects link: http://www.sound-ideas.com/11000.html

Sound Ideas sister company Westar Music also features unlimited licensing  http://www.westarmusic.com/products/sports.

Warner/Chappell Production Music
Uniting successful independents Non-Stop Music, 615 Music, Groove Addicts, CPM, and others, Warner/Chappell Production Music features brands that have composed works for TV shows, films, and such organizations as ESPN, British Open Royal & Ancient, World Cup South Africa, Major League Baseball, Cox Communications, and Speed channel. http://www.warnerchappellpm.com