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How to choose the right licensing option for your project

Oct 102017

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     When you're just starting out as an artist and your putting together a project for the first time, choosing the right licensing option is vital. Knowing which option is best for your project can have an impact on it's overall success. You'll want to avoid choosing the wrong licensing option so that your not throwing away your hard earned cash. Few tips to keep in mind that will help you make the best decisions when buying beats online.

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1-Project Goal- The type of project your putting out will determine your licensing choice. For example an artist putting out a mixtape will choose to lease beats instead of then buying exclusive rights. As exclusive rights can be pricey opting out for a lease would be the appropriate solution for an artist putting out a mixtape. Albums and EP's would require exclusive rights do to the nature of the project being put together. The expectation that comes with an artist buying beats for their album or Ep would be to have zero limitations, as far as sales and commercial use. As for mixtapes the expectation is some what lower and temporary in terms of how long an artist will be allowed to use the beats for their project.

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2-Mp3 or wav- This is determined by an artist's experience level. Early on quality isn't usually a concern with artist who are putting out a first time project. In fact if you're just starting out a mixtape is usually a starting point for beginners. Choosing an mp3 lease is fine if your just starting out. And if you're looking to save money as well, since Wav leases usually cost more. Other producers may even offer stem files as well, leaving you with more control over your recording sessions. But again this is due to preference that comes from the artist's experience with recording their work. By the third or fourth project most artist will begin to come into their own and will pursue better quality hence Wav or tracked out licensing options.

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 3- Pricing- You'll notice a huge difference in pricing between the licensing options available to you when it comes to mixtapes and albums. As mentioned before your experience level and project will determine how much you'll need to spend on licensing. You won't have to search to hard to find a mixtape deal on line do to the nature of these types of projects.

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4-Expectations – Knowing what you expect from your project will help you determine the direction you'll need to go when it comes to choosing the right license. If you're expecting to just do shows to help create a buzz while handing out your mixtape or demo then leasing is best they way to go. But if you're looking to have your songs placed on Tv & Film than obtaining exclusive rights is the best option for you. Establishing a clear plan earlier on with the points discussed in this post will help you choose the right licensing option for your project.

 

 

 

How to choose your DAW

Sep 282017

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      When I first got into beat making there were a long list of DAWS to choose from. What played a factor in my choice of software in the beginning was my budget and lack of knowledge. But in the end it worked its self out. Which ever program you choose to use remember that there is no such thing as the best DAW. And every digital audio workstation has its pros and cons, some may arguably out way others but that is subjective to preference. Here are a few pointers that can help beginners with your decision

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1- Budget- This is the most important factor because everything in your studio will revolve around the DAW you'll be using. This is a big commitment because you'll be using the program for about 5 years plus and beyond. I've been using the same DAW for over 10 years now and haven't had the need to make a complete switch. Which ever route you may choose, make sure you're getting the best option available to you even if it means saving up a few extra hundreds to get the full version of the DAW you desire. Trust me holding out will be well worth it in the long run. There are many DAWs to choose form that offer trial periods.

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2- Experience level- When your just starting out you'll want to choose a DAW with the lowest learning curve. For example a program like pro-tools would be too complex for a beginner to start out with, because of its learning curve being on a Pro level. This is an industry standard program that you'll find most if not all recording / mix engineers using int the studio. This program has training courses where a certification is received. Aside from that most DAWs will have more to offer beginners with video tutorials that can be found on you tube.

 

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3 – Future proof- Keep in mind if your buying the entry level version of your DAW at some point you will out grow its limitations. As mentioned before saving up a little bit more for the full version will create more possibilities for you as your skill and knowledge of the program grows. Even if your using the entry level version of the DAW you'll always have to option to up grade to the full version of the program leaving you with no limitations and more features to work with.

 

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4- Patients For some beginners there are a few DAWs that may have its challenges when it comes to the over all learning curve. The layout sequencer can be some what over whelming at first but with video tutorials and some patients the learning process can be rewarding if you stick with it in the end. With all the consistent DAW upgrades from various software developers makes it an exciting time for today's musician / electronic music producer in 2017.