Background Music for Podcasts: How to Find & Add Music Tracks to Your Show

Adding background music to your podcast can create a unique and captivating atmosphere for your listeners. From classic rock to mellow jazz, there are countless music styles that can help enhance the overall mood of your show. But where do you begin when it comes to finding the right tracks?

In this article, we're going to tell you about it all! In fact, we're even going to teach you how to add the music tracks you've found to your podcast episodes. So let's not waste anymore of your time and get straight into it!

How to use background music in your podcast?

How to use music for podcasts? There are different ways music can be used in your show. Hre are the most common types of music

Intro music
Podcast intro music is  typically the first thing listeners hear when they start a podcast episode, so it can be used to set the tone for the rest of your show. It doesn’t need to be long; just a few seconds will do.

Bumpers and transitions
Music can help transition between sections or topics in your podcast. This type  of music, called bumpers or transition music, can help bring a listener into the story and help them flow from one topic to another.

Background ambiance
You can also use podcast background music as ambience music to create atmosphere and set the mood for your show. This type of music adds an extra layer of engagement to your show and helps you control the emotional tone of your podcast.

Outro music
Podcast outro music should be the last thing listeners hear before they move on to the next episode. It’s a good idea to end each show with some type of outro music that helps wrap up the show and leave listeners with a positive feeling.

How to add music to my project with Podcastle?

1) Create a Podcastle account
To get the Podcastle experience, creating an account is your first step! You can make a user profile through Facebook, Google or Apple. Alternatively, simply enter your email address and select a secure password. If you already have an existing Podcastle account – just log in to access it again.

Create an account window

2) Start a new project
Now it's time to start working by creating a brand new project! Select Create > Project and you will be directed to Podcastle’s studio.  

Empty dashboard

From here, you can either import your already recorded audio, or record it yourself with Podcastle. So, depending on your needs, select either Import Audio, or Record Audio.

Once your recording is done, it will show up in your studio like this:

Project one recording

3) Add the music track
To add music, click on the Music icon on the left corner of your dashboard. As you can see, Podcastle’s library is full of quality royalty-free music you can use for your podcast intro, podcast outro, or simply as a background music.So pick the genre you like and choose your favorite track! For our podcast, we want some chill Lo-Fi tunes, so we will pick the “Take a Breath” track from the  Lo-Fi genre.

Music library_lo-fi

To add the music track to your project simply drag and drop into the track you want. You can either add it to your existing track, or click +New Track and add it there. If your music track is longer than you want it to be, select the Split tool from the menu below or select 2 for quicker access. To delete the part you don’t need, simply select it and click Delete on your keyboard.

Split_Music track

Finally, to make the transition between the tracks smoother, just hover over the track until two dots appear on top of it. Move them to left or right for creating the fade-in and fade-out effects. The left one creates fade-in, while the right one is for the fade-out. If you want to do more post production audio work, you can continue to master the tracks by using other online tools. Such as the ones at Mixea, which makes mastering tracks and manipulating your audio extremely simple. With all of these tools, you can make background music a non intrusive and yet integral part of your show and your podcast experience.

Music track_fade out

That’s pretty much it! As you can see, adding background music to your podcast is easy with Podcastle. So waste no more time, and start enhancing your podcast now!

Why background music in a podcast is important

Background music in a podcast is an important tool for creating ambiance and setting the tone of your production. It can be used to evoke a particular emotion, create energy and excitement, help transition between segments, or simply add texture and depth to the audio.

Music has the ability to emotionally engage listeners and draw them into the content of your podcast.It can also act as a subtle call to action for listeners, inviting them to become more involved with the show.

In addition, background music in a podcast can be used to create an atmosphere of professionalism and heighten production quality. With careful selection and volume control, it can provide just enough of an auditory backdrop without being distracting or overwhelming. Finally, adding music to your podcast can help you stand out from the crowd and make your content more memorable.

Ultimately, background music in a podcast is an important aspect of audio production that should not be overlooked. When used strategically and tastefully, it can greatly enhance the listening experience for your audience and create an atmosphere that encourages engagement.

Where can you find music for your podcast?

Podcastle has an extensive library of royalty-free music for podcasts, where you can find tracks of any genre! But in case you still need more, here is our list of best paid and free sources for podcast music.

Best free sources of podcast music

1. YouTube Audio Library: A great source for free music, sound effects, and vocal samples. The library also has a wide variety of genres to choose from.
2. Free Music Archive: An online resource offering a huge selection of Creative Commons licensed tracks that are suitable for your podcast. All the songs are hosted by popular artists and are regularly updated.
3. Freesound: A collaborative database of audio snippets and samples that can be used to create custom soundtracks for your podcast.
4. SoundCloud: One of the biggest music streaming services with an enormous selection of free songs, instrumental tracks, and sound effects. SoundCloud has great search tools as well as the ability to filter search results by genre.

Best paid sources of podcast music

1. Audio Jungle: A great source for all types of production music and sound effects, with a wide range of prices depending on the track.
2. Pond5: With an extensive library of tracks to choose from, they offer an affordable solution for background music in your podcast.
3. PremiumBeat: They have a selection of tracks available for a range of prices.
4. Shutterstock Music: A great option for royalty free music, with over 6 million songs in their library. Whatever your podcast needs are, there is sure to be a perfect option out there! So start searching and find the perfect fit for your project.

Final Thoughts

Adding background music to your podcast can be a great way to make it stand out from the crowd and enhance the listening experience for your audience. With Podcastle, you can easily add any type of music to your podcast – all it takes is a few simple steps. So go to Podcastle, and give it a shot today! We can’t wait to hear your new, amazing podcast episodes. Good luck!

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