When you upload your song is when you are ready to get it into the "real world". We will explain you how uploading your music in Traxbeat works.
Don't forget that Traxbeat is not based on marketing. Traxbeat is made to help your music get heard and discovered according to its quality only, something that we really miss those days.
To upload your track, click in the left sidebar the "Upload" button. You will be redirected to an upload form where you will be able to submit your music. Each upload cost 5 Credits. You have to carefully fill in every required field and include all artist details if more than one. After your submission you will not be able to edit any information while your track is in a rating process.
In the upload form you will be able to select to upload as a Demo to submit to available record labels in the Genre, Audience & Submission section. See more on Demo Submissions
You can only upload original works that you own and other versions of your song like a remix or mix. You can also upload collaborations with other artists as long as they have granted you permission to do so.
This is where you will include all artists of the song including featuring Artists, if applicable. For each Artist you add you have to include the Royalties Share each artist will have, the roles if any and an email address if the artist you add is not registered to Traxbeat. You will also have to select if the artist must sign or not a licensing agreement with a record label.
The C Line, represented by ©, is the copyright of the music but not the sound recording itself. The C Line signifies the copyright owner of the music and lyrics but not recordings of it. So when filling in the C Line you will need to list the original songwriter(s) names seperated by comma if more than one.
The P Line, represented by ℗, is for the phonographic copyright holder – the person who holds the rights of the sound recording and to identify the owner of the music. As an example, if you have signed your music with a record company then the record company is the phonographic copyright holder.
This is the field where you will write only the title of your song. Do not include brackets or the versions like the mix or remix information.
Here you can write addition title information like the version, mix or remix of a track.
The BPM information of your track.
Here you select which DAW have been used for the main production of your song. If the DAW is not on the list you can select "Other".
If your track contains a full vocal please select "Yes". You should then also select if the track includes Explicit Lyrics and the language that the lyrics are written to.
It is very important to very carefully select the genre and the target audience for your track. If your Genre is combination of genres always select the genre that you feel is more close to the overall sound.
Start typing the genre and select the approprite from the dropdown menu. You can remove and choose another one if you do a mistake. This cannot be changed during the rating process so be very careful on the genre you are selecting as it can affect your rating.
This is more important than the genre itself because it's another filter that we are using to match up your song with a rater. We created 2 filters that have with emotions in mind. Usually happiness is the opposite of sadness. Romantic goes against agressiveness. A mainstream audience will always choose happiness and romance, instead of sadness or agressive music that usually is more connected with underground music. That's why we decided to group emotions and create 2 filters that can help for more accurate ratings for every song. There are also times that some genres that were in the underground scene in the past, turned into mainstream for a while. So think target audience as an extra filter that can help the way someone will rate your music. If you feel it has a mainstream approach then go for it.
Mainstream or Commercial music is not only the music that all the radio stations will airplay and may receive a Grammy award. It's also music that is friendly to our ears, we can listen to it at almost any time of the day. It can be bright, happy, romantic, energetic, melodic, strong and so on. It is also music that is under a genre that is making some noise at a specific period. It can be music that someone from a different genre can listen to sometimes.
Here you can listen music outside the general commercial canon. It is typically associated with independent artists and it is music that someone can listen certain times of the day. It is more self connected, it can be experimental, monotone, agressive, sad, dark. Most of the times you can find a lot of this type of music in genres of Rock and Electronic Music.
Getting fans to rate your music from both sides can be sometimes helpful. Avoid choosing "All" if your music is very close to Mainstream or Underground in order to get more accurate ratings regarding your song. If someone who listen too much Mainstream listen a Heavy Metal song it can impactIf your track doesn't sound mainstream enough (even if you believe it can be) go with the underground audience. If your music is hard, more dj friendly and not radio friendly choose Underground. You can also select both.
After you have selected the main genre of your song, you will be able to choose to submit your song as a demo. A dropdown menu will list you all related Record Labels, if available, and you can either select "All Record Labels" to submit or choose one record label to submit exlusively. If no Record Labels available at this time, you can always select "All" so your track will be available to the Demo Charts where Record Labels are looking for the next big thing.
You must upload a Master Mp3 File (320kbps) and optionally a 128kbps Mp3 Preview. The file that will be streamed to music fans to listen will be always 128kbps and links are time protected for 10 minutes. This means that the link will be invalid after the time has passed.
No because without your permission is illegal but there are still a lot of people that do it and there are many ways for someone to copy or download music that lives in the internet. Even links that are not visible to download the file, cannot stop someone from getting all the audio information. Even if the link is protected or it is broken into small audio segments for streaming, there are many softwares to use for recording audio and then save it to your device. This means that your music when it is uploaded on any site to stream it like YouTube, Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify and the rest, anyone who knows a little bit of coding can always download your audio, illegally and without paying it for it.
Our MP3 previews are protected with a unique token that expires which means that your audio file and its link is not shareable. But any registered user who has access to the file preview can record or or even download audio like in any other site with audio previews. On the other hand your master and high quality MP3 files are not accessible and cannot be downloaded without the right user permissions.
There are very few cases that people stole an audio and used it in their own music. In the past you could send a cd copy to yourself and keep it somewhere safe for use in a court. Now you have many ways to protect your music. For example in Traxbeat the Mp3 Master File is getting a timestamp when it is uploaded. This can be used in the future as a proof that you own the file before someone else. You can also do the same in any other site that doesn't allow reuploading audio. Imagine YouTube where you upload a video with your audio and set it as private. You cannot alter audio in a video unless you delete the video. When you will need to prove the time of creation you have a timestamp proof.