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The Definitive Guide to Prompt Search: Find Music Using Your Own Words

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Sifting through infinite tracks. Hoping you’re using the right keywords. Not really sure how to translate a creative vision into a few limited tags. What solves all that plus other music search pitfalls? Being able to use your own words (natural language) to find exactly what you need, at any stage of your project, with whatever details you’ve got.

Zero guidelines. Just write what pops into your mind and go.

This is now possible thanks to AI-driven Prompt Search, an AIMS tool that enables film/TV producers, music supervisors, and all other sync specialists to set the scene — any scene — at unprecedented speed.

Imagine having a friend who knows all the music, and who gets you. Now say what you need. That’s Prompt Search. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

Quick Intro: Why Prompt Search Exists

Created by a team with a long history in the music industry and AI, Prompt Search is the result of an ambitious goal: To make music search fast, intuitive, and accessible to anyone.

You don’t have to be a musicologist. You don’t need to know which keywords or tags are used by a specific music catalog. You don’t even have to be sure of what you’re looking for. You can find music just by describing bits and pieces of what you’re imagining — and even that can be done in whatever words come naturally to you. A lot more on that below.

6 Ways to Use Prompt Search

1. Describe a Scene — However You Like

Prompt Search understands unspoken nuances. No matter how you describe your needs, it’s mastered the art of picking up what mood you’re trying to capture, and the tracks it suggests elevate your storyline.

Whether you go heavy on atmospheric adjectives or stick to the facts is up to you.

Query examples:

  • “A field of fallen soldiers”

  • “Fast-paced chase in a heist movie”

  • “The CSI team finds a clue under an abandoned truck”

2. Get Specific With Details or Industry Lingo

With AI, there’s no such thing as overexplaining. Precise instructions produce precise results. So the more you know what you want — or the more musically literate you are — the more you can point Prompt Search in your ideal direction.

Go all out by asking for specifics. If you’re musical, include details pertaining to instruments. If you’re a director, paint the scene to your heart’s desire.

Query examples:

  • “Soft sparse strings with tender piano notes quietly playing over it.”

  • “As the camera pans across a sweeping landscape, the music starts with a gentle melody that evokes a sense of awe… and as the camera continues to explore, the music builds with soaring strings, as if mirroring the natural world…” (We’re stopping here, but you won’t have to. Go nuts.)

3. Use & Combine Pop Culture References

Prompt Search recognizes references like artists or film titles. Even if you’re considering an eccentric combination of mainstream hits, it’ll be right there with you. You can mix genres, categories, or entire worlds.

Query examples:

  • “Quirky music that would work for Pirates of the Caribbean”

  • “A dramatic track that has the feel of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky”

  • “Busy night at Studio 54”

4. Match Music to Locations or Cultures

Convey the energy of a geographically specific atmosphere, holiday, or occasion even if you’ve never experienced it yourself. And for the documentarians — welcome to your playground.

From straightforward inputs to more distinct scenes, you’ll get results recognized and appreciated by locals.

Query examples:

  • “Elephants bathing in a Kenyan river”

  • “Early morning crowds at the Taj Mahal”

  • “New Orleans during the first hours of Mardi Gras”

5. Take the Traditional Search Route

Prompt Search also works with the approach you’re used to. If you’ve finetuned the keyword game across music catalogs, there’s no need for you to step out of your comfort zone. Feel free to stick to what you know with straightforward inputs; you’ll still be surprised by the wide-ranging results.

Query examples:

  • “Action score with heavy toms”

  • “Cheerful folk pop”

  • “Bouncy electropop with sassy female vocals”

6. Exclude What You Don’t Want

You can fill out what you’d like to avoid — like a clichéd tone for a trope that you’re looking to turn on its head — directly in your query. The result is greater accuracy from the get-go, making your search a lot less frustrating.

You might be okay with a bit of melancholy, just not a full-blown tearjerker. Or you’re after some unusual lounge music. No problem.

Query examples:

  • “Music for a farewell scene that isn’t overly sad”

  • “Cocktail bar background music that isn’t jazz”

Bonus Tip for Fast Results

Prompt Search is built to be flexible enough for a myriad of requests. Our main tip is: Don’t overthink. This tool will know what you mean; it gets associations, recognizes things that exist in the same vicinity, and figures out what helps you. Even if your mind’s a little messy.

No need to waste your time figuring out whether to write “1970,” “1970s,” “70s.” or “seventies.” Don’t get worked up over calling something “synth pop” or “electro pop.” Prompt Search doesn’t have strict boundaries with terminology, genres, or moods. It’ll catch your drift no matter what.

Just input whatever you want and enjoy.

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