How to: Buy a beat? | SoundsByFrenk

How to: Buy a beat? | SoundsByFrenk

Pre-face

Hello and welcome to another blog from me, Franklin. Before we start, I want to thank you for reading this and believing in me and my knowledge. I have been trying to make this as simple as possible, but still full of information you need to know when it comes to buying a beat/instrumental for your project.

I will talk about this subject in this blog post:

  • Everything you need to know about which license you should choose It might sound simple, but it can be very useful if you never exactly new which license you needed.
If you do know the difference between MP3 and WAV, WAV and TRACKOUT, TRACKOUT and UNLIMITED and Unlimited and BUYOUT, you can skip this blog post, because that is all I am going to explain to you here.

 

Recap: I am only going to tell you exactly why you COULD use a certain license, because after all, it is your choice. Never forget that.

MP3 or WAV?


You might never knew this, but there is a big difference between MP3 and WAV. In one word? QUALITY. The quality is different and I hope you will never forget that after reading these two facts:

  • WAV files are lossless, uncompressed, broadcast CD quality music files.
  • MP3 is compressed.

I do not think I need to explain more about the difference between the two of them. You might ask yourself, why does MP3 even exist? Well, according to science alert:

“The format was originally developed by engineers as a way of transmitting audio over telephone lines, but struggled to find a home in the mainstream, with many early MP3 players failing to take off in the market, until the success of the iPod helped make the MP3 a household name.”

So, which license should you choose when you are buying a beat? As I said before, that totally depends on you, but I would recommend the WAV license. If you ever go to a studio they start with WAV, at least, and I think they will not even start if you give them a mp3 file.

WAV or TRACKOUT?


I will keep this simple, because life should not be that hard. Here is exactly why you should choose for the Track out Files:

  • Track out files are very useful if you or your engineer wants to make any changes on the beat.

  • Track out files are useful if you or your engineer wants to replace a sound in the beat or delete a certain sound in the beat.

  • Track out files are useful if you or your engineer wants to adjust the volume of different sounds.

  • Track out files are useful if you or your engineer wants to control how you want to arrange the beat.

  • The track out files license comes (usually) with extra features and more stream capability from the producer and it is not even that expensive in comparation with the WAV license.

TRACKOUT or UNLIMITED?


So, the only question you need to ask yourself is: “Do I want to keep all earnings I am going to make with this beat or not?”

Unlimited means, at least on my website, that you are allowed to keep all the earnings you make off the beat. So, you can get millions of streams, videoplays, radio plays etcetera.

But, do you really need that license? If you are just starting out I would recommend the track out license. Why? Because you do have the power to make changes on the beat, but you do not have to pay the full bag yet. You can always upgrade your license if that is necessary.

UNLIMITED or BUYOUT?

This one might be more interesting to think about, but again, you only have to answer this question:

Do you want to own the beat?

The Buyout option makes sure no one can ever buy or use this beat again. If you really think you are going to make a hit record, then this is the right option for you.

The only thing to consider is that this can be a really expensive option. I did my research and most people sell their beats, exclusively, for more than 1 to 5 thousand dollars (and it goes up to $10.000+).

I do not want to scare you with this information, buying an exclusive beat can be expensive, because no one will ever be able to use it again.

Last words

Thank you for reading this blog post and I hope you learned something today! Do not forget to follow me on Instagram, @soundsbyfrenk.