As we all know anything can be done online when it comes to marketing and selling your music. For today's aspiring artist it's never been easier. With several resources like social media its easy for an artist to reach out to his or her fans. Artist can also find services like graphic design for cover art and web design. And for putting together an album or mix tape they can even find producers and buy beats online.
The process for buying beats used to be more complex for artist. The days of having to book studio time with a producer just to preview his or hers beats have changed. With today's methods you can find beats online, preview and purchase what you like. Here is a guide on how to buy beats online.
1. Finding beats: There are a lot of ways you can go about finding beats. But the key is to find beats you like. For instance if you have a particular style that you're going for Youtube is the best place to start. Producer's reference their beats to commercial acts that may potentially fit the sound you're looking for. Most producers online will use the following sites services as a platform for artist to buy their beats:
Airbit (formerly myFlashStore)-
You'll find the average price range will be from $20-$100 roughly. The more you pay for a lease the more freedom you will have with their beats. This also goes for quality as well. Higher priced leases will often offer different file formats like WAV and some may even offer track-outs/stem files. Obtaining the stem files will depend on the producer as most producers will only offer you the track-outs when a beat is purchased for exclusive rights.
3.Terms and conditions: This is very important especially if you plan on using their beats on your projects. Then you'll need to make sure that your intentions are within the guidelines. These limitations prevent artist from misusing beats. In case an artist wants to obtain exclusive rights to a beat for their album. They won't have to worry about hearing the same beat they just bought used on someone else's album.
4. Write before you buy: Now that you found a beat that you like before committing to a purchase. Make sure inspires you to write, just because it's a dope beat doesn’t mean it fits you as an artist. Finding the right chemistry between you and the beat is everything when it comes to making music. You don't wanna purchase a beat and it just sits on your hard drive for months collecting digital dust. Ok that last one was a joke but chemistry is everything and you'll want your fans to feel the same way when they hear your songs.
5.How to purchase: Navigating a beat store for the first time can seem overwhelming at first but gets easier once you realize what everything is.
Most players will have instructions on the left or right side of the player your using.
Click the add icon and select the license you want to buy
- Select the BUY button on the upper right hand corner
- After payment, you will receive your music download link automatically via email. (Please check your spam folder)
No matter the skill level of your artistry it's always a good idea to invest in yourself. As an artist finding your sound is a lot easier with original beats then it is with instrumentals of popular commercially released recordings. Developing your own cadence and melody oppose to going with ones that everybody knows. Is what will help you as an artist grow and stand apart from the rest that choose to put out low quality mediocre music. Even if you're doing it as a hobby and its something you truly enjoy doing. It's always a good idea to invest a little in yourself. Whether its learning to paint or playing an instrument you'll still need to invest. For today's aspiring artist who are unsure or unaware of the benefits to buying beats online. I’ve put together 10 reasons why Artist should buy beats online.
1.Beat selection: When you buy beats online you get access to a wide variety of beats in different genres. From pop, trap, EDM, experimental, R&B, Hip Hop and more. And the best part about it is you get to take your time and listen to as many as you like.
2.Instant delivery: You receive beats you've purchased instantly whether it's a lease or exclusive rights. It's all automated and ready to be sent to your email with detailed instructions. A quick and easy process that allows you to begin your song creation as soon as possible.
3.Deals & special offers: You can expect to find some sort of deal online buying beats. Usually around the holidays like anything else you'd buy online will have a sale. Like a buy one get to free or a 30% discount code you can enter during the checkout process. The online shopping experience for an artist has come a long way.
4.Access: There are a ton of producers to choose from online all with different levels of experience, and sound quality. You can and will literally spend hours listening to the many different styles out there. And you can buy at anytime of the day without having to contact the producer, unless there's an issue with you receiving your order which doesn't happen too often. But in the event that it does most producers are easy to get in contact with and will gladly assist you on the matter.
5.Royalty free: When your leasing beats there will be no royalties unless your buying beats for exclusive rights. Most producers will often include a contract telling you what your limitations are.
6.Affordable: Buying beats online can be cheap if your leasing them. The most you can end up paying is anywhere from $ 25 USD to $ 60 USD and up. As I mentioned before you can always find deals or pricing that works with your budget. But if your buying exclusive rights it can cost anywhere from $250.00-$2000.00 and up. Now this depends on what the producer is comfortable with selling his beats for. The reason exclusive rights will cost more is that the producer is giving you the full rights to use his beat without any limitations and will no longer be able to sell it once you've purchased it. It will be marked as sold and if he or she was leasing it to others before you bought it won't affect your agreement because leases have limitations and expiration.
7.Tag free: As soon as your payment is received all voice tags are removed and you are able to enjoy a tagless beat.
8.Saves time and Reduces cost: As a producer, engineer studio time with artist can vary upon the artist. As far as time spent on writing and recording songs. The process can normally take anywhere from an hour or more depending on the artist. As for the mix engineer working on your song can take quite some time. The turnaround time for completion can take a week and if it's an entire project a month. This process cannot be rushed as it is vital to the sound quality of your songs. If you're expecting your producer to make your beats on the spot. The process can take any where from 30 minutes to an hour or more depending on the producer. This time can be better spent going through a catalog of beats online. Especially if your working on an entire project. This allows you to begin the songwriting process at your own pace. From my own experience working with artist. I can tell you that the recording process tends to go a lot smoother when the artist already has the beat and lyrics written prior to recording. The artist will by then have time to memorize and develop a flow for their song. Once it's time to lay their vocals down. And if you're an artist that can do your own recording then you'll only need your songs to be mixed. Saving you time and money that would've been spent on booking studio time. Be advised doing the recording yourself will require you to have a good quality microphone, preamp and audio interface to have near studio quality. You'll also need to be able to edit your own vocals and more. Just something to consider before opting out and doing it yourself.
9.Track outs for better mixes: As mentioned earlier the process that goes into putting your songs together weighs heavily on the quality of your recordings. The stem files are the kick, snare, strings ,piano etc, of a beat. These files are extremely important to have and should be handled by an experience mix engineer. This allows you the most control over your sound then it would a single Wav file. The difference in quality is noticeable and can be observed when comparing a mix tape to an album. 2 track recording is used for mix-tape recording which consists of a single wave file and vocals. As for albums the process requires having access to tracked out stem files for optimal sound quality.
10.Negotiation: Buying exclusive rights can be expensive because the producer is giving you the full rights to the beat. But in most cases a lower price can be negotiated. Depending on what the producer is comfortable with selling you their beats for, will play a factor in the deal.