Buying Beats For Sale:
Buying hip hop beats online can be confusing if you are not aware of the basics. There are many things you need to know in order not to get burned. You will learn how to purchase the best beats at the lowest prices.
Learn the terms of the beat purchase. Most producers sell beats online by licensing, which means that they still hold rights to the beat.
Learn the difference between non-exclusive and exclusive.
Exclusive license - there is no limit to what you can do with the beat. You can include the beat on a for profit album, and sell unlimited copies without owing the producer royalties.
Non-exclusive licenses have many limitations. Most artists buy non-exclusive beats because they are cheaper. If they record a song with the beat that they like, they simply contact the producer to work out terms on buying the beat exclusively. Non exclusive beats are usually cheaper than exclusives.
Purchase the beat by using PayPal, or another payment system. After paying for the beat, you should receive a link to download it. You should receive the link immediately after your purchase.
Buy beats non-exclusively to try them out. If you record something on the beat that you like, then you can buy it exclusively.
Make sure the sound quality of the beat is up to par.
Look for a producer that will give you good value for your money. Build a relationship with producers that give you value.
All exclusive beats give you the ability to own the beats and not pay any further royalties on that beat. This saves you money over buying a non exclusive beat.
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What's the difference between Lease and Exclusive?
Leasing rights give the music artist a certain amount of uses per lease. Once it runs out, the customer would need to buy another lease for the same beat. You can give out as many units as you can, it's really all up to you.
Another thing about leasing is that the producer can sell the beat to multiple artists, as long as nobody buys the exclusive rights to it. This can be very good for the producer because he won't have to take the beat off sale and make more money off of it.
It is a cheaper price for the artist, because this is meant for mixtapes and promos. Usually, you wouldn't want to lease a beat for albums; it would make much more sense to buy the exclusive rights because you don't want to hear another rapper have your beat in their album, too.
The producer usually would give out an MP3 version of it,with a lesser quality sound than the exclusive. This is because they don't want to give out the best quality sound, unless it was an exclusive. They deserve the better sounding material.
This gives the music artist sole ownership of the beat, and unlimited use of it as well. The producer cannot sell this to anybody else and must take it down from sale.
An exclusive beat will be more expensive in price because the artist gets full ownership, and can do whatever he pleases to the instrumental.
The producer will give out a high quality version of beat, including an MP3 and WAV form as well. Also, they may give you a tracked-out version of the beat so that you can easily mix your vocals into it. This will make it easier for the artist to make the song turn out well, because he can mix the vocals in the beat, and not just sit it on top.
You would usually use this for an album or something very serious like turning it to the record labels.
I hope you now know the differences between the two kinds of licenses, but let me know if you have any questions!