When it comes to running your business from a legal standpoint, I don't whether artists are not aware or whether they don't care, but it's almost as artists never planned on getting big. As eArtists, we need to keep our digital empire clean from any legal issues. To get off on the right foot, eArtists, should not be using beats that they have not paid. These beats can extremely affordable, but finding the right sounds for your next project can definitely prove tiresome. Listed below are 4 of the best websites to find beats for emerging urban professionals:
Why is it important to pay for your beats?
One because it's illegal, but two, more importantly, if your record goes viral or someone wants to sign you to an industry deal, you can't take action because you're not ready. Successful people aren't successful because they're lucky. Successful people are successful because they plan to be successful then prepare themselves accordingly for that once in a lifetime opportunity. Today, we'll discuss 4 of the bigger websites where you can find affordable beats so you won't have to worry about any legal issues regarding your music career 20 years from now.
This is website is first on the list because it is my favorite and go to website for hip hop instrumentals and beats. When I first began my journey as a recording engineer in 2010, this was where I was pulling my beats from. I love this website because it has a category of different styles of sound in case I want something other than your standard trap beat. Soundclick also has a chart that allows producers to be ranked. This allows me to effortlessly browse different artists and songs. For me this is one of the easiest tools to use.
At first, I wasn’t particularly crazy about finding beats on Youtube. When it comes to beats, I always pay for mine, and websites like Youtube or Soundcloud are not created to sell beats so the user experience is a little different. It has slowly become my second go to website for beats due to the sheer volume of instrumentals on the website. In terms of producers, Youtube probably has the most producers/beats out of any other platform on this list, but is also not organized like Soundclick. This will require you to develop your own workflow on how you find and choose beats but nonetheless, it is a great website.
Beatstars is similar to Soundclick. It was created to sell beats so the process is easy. They too have a charting system that lets you find producers/beats quickly. You will soon notice that the top producers will be on multiple sites, especially on the charts if the platform has one. I still love the experience that Soundclick offers, but when you need inspiration and some newer sounds, Beatstars may just be exactly what you’re looking for.
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AudioJungle has sell beat licenses, but in a different way. I come to AudioJungle when I’m specifically looking for music to put in a video I’m creating. Adding music to a video can change the whole story and dynamic of a video but you don’t want to rip something off Youtube as you might go to jail. AudioJungle offers royalty-free music that you pay to use. It’s great because when you’re looking for a specific emotion to add to your video, just type that emotion into AudioJungle and explore the sounds that would make the best fit for you video.
Legal issues in the music industry are a dime a dozen. Big or small, legal issues will always catch up with you. Take out all the guess work by doing things right from the beginning. Just remember, it's only $20 now, but it might be $20,000 tomorrow. Successful people take calculated risks, not necessary risks. Know the difference.
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