“Your submission has been rejected due to possible copyright-infringing material.” In case you’ve ever received the above message from your digital distribution provider, you know how dispiriting and confusing it is. The rules of copyright might be confounding – and infringement can have severe consequences. In the latest of a string of high profile cases, all royalties from Ed Sheeran’s monster hit “Shape of You” have been frozen, because of accusations of copying the chorus from Sam Chokri’s 2015 song “Oh Why.” So how do you prevent getting sued or rejected due to copyright infringement? What are the rules? What can you use? Does it matter in case you can prove that you never heard the track in question? In this article we’ll go through every part you want to know the way sample clearance works.

Now, the primary question to ask yourself is: which part of a file am I using – the composition, lyrics, or recording (sampling)?

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Ready to jump into distribution? Here are the steps to follow and master digital distribution.

1. Find The Right Digital Distribution Platform

Ok, so your record is ready. You’ve mixed it and mastered it. Your album art is ready to go. You’re excited to get it out.

Now you might be wondering the way to get your music on platforms like iTunes, Spotify and all the other major stores. The first step is to find out for yourself the right online music distribution platform.

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Music distribution is the connection between your final version of your record and your future fans. Here is a complete guide about music distribution. 

Distribution is a crucial part of music promotion. Brick and mortar music distributors used to be the only way for record labels and independent artists to bring their records to the hands of listeners.

However, digital music distribution has taken the center stage. Digital surpassed sales of physical mediums for the first time in 2015.

As an artist, digital distribution has become a must do activity to reach all your potential fans. Smart distribution grows your visibility. It allows your music to go into as many ears as possible. And it helps you get paid for your music.

So here is a complete guide you need to know about digital music distribution and the way to do it right.

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Distribution is the best way to get heard. However, how do you do it right? Music distribution is misunderstood. There’s way too much confusion about what it means, how it works, and how to do it effectively. And that’s when you’re ready to release. It’s changed a ton since digital distribution took over. So it’s time to clear up some of the confusion once and for all… Here are 7 common mistakes about music distribution you need to forget.

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In this article, we will go through how to make a Lo-fi beat with AI with example from LANDR – one of the huge musical sources. We will come back with using Selector – the world’s first AI sample recommendation tool.

Starter Loop: Lo-fi Melodics from Skifonix

We will start this session with a jazzy guitar lick from a sample pack known as Lo-fi Melodics on LANDR.

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This sample is one of the 10 best lo-fi sample packs according to an analysis on LANDR for an article.

This one stuck out to us for its quick runs and jazzy chords.

The lo-fi texture of the sample inspired us, It should be the place where you should begin building a beat.

So, in this session, we will use Selector to help us discover the loops I need to construct a lo-fi beat that complements this starter loop.

We’ll put Selector to the test and see what loops AI suggests we use in our beat.

At the end of the article, you may hear the final product!

We’ll put Selector to the test and see what loops AI suggests we use in my beat.

Selection 1: Top 06 from Apex Audio

Since we began with a guitar loop, the following thing the track needs is a percussive element to drive the beat along.

To complement the higher frequencies in the guitar loops we will discover a hi-hat loop to get the high end of the percussive elements in my beat started.

We put a hi-hats only filter on the Selector results from our starter loop and wound up with about two pages of samples.

We put a hi-hats only filter on the Selector results from my starter loop and wound up with about two pages of samples.

After going through pretty much all of them we finally settled on this washy sounding loop that seems to incorporate sidechaining and reversing effects.

It’s not your typical hi-hat sound, however, that’s kind of what I like about it!

The hi-hat loop has enough rhythm to drive the track along and the sound complements the lo-fi elements in the starter loop.

Alright, we have half a drum kit and a guitar loop to play within my DAW.

Now it’s time to add kick and snare.

Selection 2: Kick and Snare 04 from Apex Audio

We hit the Selector button on my hi-hat loop however this time we filtered the results pages for just kick and snare.

Again, the Selector returns about two pages of kick and snare loops.

Sifting through the loops we settled on this bottom loop because it leans into that classic lo-fi sound.

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Aside from the crunchy and subdued sound of the kick and snare, I like the rhythm itself.

The loop uses that classic minimal R&B rhythm inspired micro delayed MPC style quantization that was pioneered by beat-making legends like J Dilla.

You hear in a lot of lo-fi beats today too.

The result is pretty satisfying once I put it in my DAW.

Alright, we have a full kit going and it complements our loop pretty well.

Now it’s time to roll the dice a little bit and try to discover something in the low end to complement our guitar track.

Selection 3: OL1 Bass from Opium Lounge

To complement our guitar loop we may put a bass guitar filter on our Selector results.

To complement our guitar loop we put a bass guitar filter on our Selector results.

Nice, we get about 26 bass loops on our Selector session.

I’m looking for something that matches both the melodic and rhythmic elements of our guitar loop and two of those samples from the Opium Lounge works best.

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The bass guitar loops are both in the same key and they seem to use the same tone.

I like how the bass in these loops have funky long and short notes that may line up with the chord hits and runs in our guitar loop once we chop them up in Ableton.

What drew us to the loops in the first place is their tone. Somehow they both remind me of funk and jazz bass legend Jaco Pastorius’ tone.

Jaco’s track A Portrait of Tracy comes to mind in particular.

The bass loops come in A# minor, so once we throw it in my DAW we will have to transpose them down a couple of steps to match the guitar in D minor.

They match okay however we will need to spend some time tweaking the bass loops to make them suit the guitar track a little bit better.

Putting it all together

It might sound counterintuitive, however, sometimes putting limitations on yourself can help with sparking creativity in your songwriting.

I this case we limited ourselves to using only the recommendations that an AI tool gave.

It was pretty fun to work with these limitations and I think it produced an interesting result.

To finish our beat we will do a little bit of arranging, EQ, and sidechaining in my DAW.

Plus you can master your track once you bounce the final version.

 

 


Mastering is the crucial and final step in the music production process.

It’s the part where your track gets its last polish and presentation for release.

However, mastering isn’t just an extension of the mix. And it’s much more than window dressing.

Mastering plays an important role in your listener’s experience—in more ways than you may think.

In this article, we will explore the top 5 reasons mastering is crucial to how we listen to music today.

In case you’re on the fence about whether to master your track before people listen to it, this guide will explain why skipping mastering is a mistake.

Let’s jump right into!

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There are some times in life, you will find it hard to create and perform music, even for musicians who do that job for their living.

If you’ve ever been in this situation, it should not feel bad about it. Sometimes, it’s normal to be disconnected from creative work and motivation.

Make music long enough and you’re bound to wander through creative deserts now and then.

Some musicians feel frustrated to find audiences for their music.

For whatever reason, some people can’t feel the same inspirational passion that used to fuel their music.

If you believe that inspiration is something that magically appears out of nowhere, feeling creatively stuck can be especially frustrating.

Luckily, this mindset only tells one part of the story.

Here are three great strategies that help you to take meaningful musical motivation back into your life.

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One of the most important parts of music theory is the time signatures which is a great way to feel the beat.

Time signatures are the first thing a musician looks for on a piece of sheet music before playing a note.

But if you are just a beginner, you may find it difficult to understand what time signatures are.

Understanding what the numbers mean behind the strange fraction-ish looking symbols can be difficult.

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Distribution is the best way to make songs go viral. However, how do you do it effectively? How can you avoid some common mistakes musicians usually make?

There is a lot of confusion about Music distribution, about what it means, about how it works, and about how to do it right. Music distribution has changed dramatically since the Digital distribution has appeared.

So it’s time to make clear some of the confusion for all…

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