A royalty free music library can provide you with a multitude of cool and appropriate tracks for your videos, whether you are looking for some quiet BGM (background music) or something that packs a powerful punch. However, you might want to take your stock music a little further by using music filters. What filters should you use? How can you easily add them to your tracks? Take a look at this quick music filters guide.

Music Filters

The Best Go-To Filters

A music filter removes certain frequencies from a track, making your music sound far from ordinary.

One of the most popular filters is the low-pass filter, which opens the doorway for sounds below a certain frequency while shutting out higher-pitched noises. Most low-pass filters come with resonance control, and the combination of the filter and the resonance can create a range of attention-grabbing sounds.

Though not as common as low-pass filters, high-pass filters are also an easy-to-use choice for your BGM music. As you might guess from its name, a high-pass filter blocks lower frequencies while allowing higher ones through.

For More Specialized Sounds

After you purchase a few tracks of stock music from a royalty free music library, you might want to play around with the sounds, and there are some fun filters to help you do just that.

  • Band-pass filters allow you to choose two frequencies, and all sounds between the two frequencies will pass through.
  • Notch filters eliminate all sounds within a chosen range.
  • A comb filter, according to Sound on Sound, “creates peaks and troughs in frequency response, and is caused when signals that are identical but have phase differences are summed.”

While the above filters are fairly uncommon, they can serve you well if you want to create a particular vibe for your BGM music. By playing around with different filters, you can become familiar with their capabilities and craft the perfect playlist for your project.

Most filtering software is fairly affordable. If you are a beginner, you may want to try Fabfilter Simplon or Sonalksis TBK1 Creative Filter. More feature-rich platforms include Fabfilter Volcano 2 and Logic Pro’s Autofilter.

Choosing the Right Tracks

A music library will have tons of tracks from which you can choose, and the right one for your project depends on the mood you wish to create. If you just want to practice using filters, you may want to choose tracks that make heavy use of guitars and drums; these instruments have a long history of being filter-friendly.

On the other hand, if drums and guitars seem too rock-oriented for your project, something with a slow violin overlay or softer percussion sounds might fit what you want to accomplish. You may want to read a guide on choosing BGM music to help you get started.

Music filters are great options if you’re looking to add some flavor to your production toolkit. Begin by familiarizing yourself with basic filters and keep learning until you have a firm grasp of what they can do. You’ll end up with polished video projects that have unique sounds.