OK, we have that set. But what about sources for your soundtracking needs? We have some ideas for that, too.
Film and video game scores
The easiest things to procure are scores from movies and video games. You can find them on YouTube and any streaming service if you don’t own the tracks. Think of the vibe you’re going for in your game, and try to match it with a movie you know. If you’re playing in Ravenloft, try the “Dracula Untold” soundtrack. If you’re doing a high fantasy adventure, the “Lord of the Rings” soundtracks will work wonders. Video game music is also great because the songs are typically matched to specific scenes of gameplay such as battles, exploration or conversation.
This site is amazing. TabletopAudio.com offers more than 100 of audio tracks full of music, sound effects and other ambient elements that make you feel like you’re in the local they describe. The site lets you narrow them by subject (fantasy, sci-fi, historical, etc.), create playlists and download the tracks. Each track is 10 minutes long, and you can loop them continuously.
This band has 13 full-length albums that are each a soundtrack for different genres of RPGs such as gothic horror, Christmas, dark carnival, zombies and more. (They even did the “official roleplaying soundtrack” for D&D.) Take a cruise through their albums and pick out some tracks for various things you might need. (They have jaunty songs for combat as well as chanting and other sorts of things.)
You can certainly create some pre-made music, but Syrinscape lets you create your own background audio for your adventures. Think of it like a D&D soundboard. With a little advanced preparation, you can use it to generate the perfect audio. Basically, there are sliders for various musical elements and sound effects, so you can make a track that has battle music, clanging swords and the sounds of a fire-breathing dragon. Or change it up to have cheering rebels, shouting dwarves and exploding fireballs. It sounds really, really cool.
These guys created a host of audio for your games including music, monsters, sound effects and even actors speaking in languages such as orc and draconic. It’s free to sign up, and some elements are also free, but you pick and choose what pieces you want to pay for. There’s also a soundboard and mixer, so you can weave your audio elements together.