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Human Beat Vol. 1 Is Here!

It's here!  Our second 10 Song Music Bed Pack titled Human Beat Vol. 1!

Human Beat Vol. 1 is a digital pack of 10 music beds using hip-hop style beat production along with melodies and harmonies that evoke in us all the emotions that make us human. This collection comes with an unlimited, non-exclusive license agreement. What does that mean? It means you can use these songs on your next video, podcast episode, or anything else you want and you can use it as much, as often and as long as you want! No limitations! 

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Quicklook Preview: Human Beat Vol. 1

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Human Beat Vol. 1 is our second 10 Song Music Bed Pack and its coming out March 1, 2018!  10 tracks using hip-hop style beat production along with melodies and harmonies that evoke all the emotions that make us human!  Simple, one-time licensing and these songs are yours to use forever!  Royalty free.  No renewal fees.  No limitations.

What is a music bed?

A music bed, simply put, is a song.  It is typically an instrumental song, meaning no vocals.  Its sole purpose is to add ambiance or emotion to a video, a podcast episode, a video game, or wherever someone may have a need for background music.  A good music bed will add just the right amount of flavor without taking the attention away from the main event.

Who uses music beds?

Music beds are a must for anyone creating any type of media content.  Videographers, photographers, video game developers, YouTube creators, Instagram influencers, motivational speakers, and the list goes on and on.

What do the tracks on Human Beat Vol. 1 sound like?

The tracks on Human Beat Vol. 1 were produced in a hip-hop production style.  What does this mean?  It means the focus is on the beat.  Every track has a groove to it.  On top of these head-bobbing beats, are melodies and harmonies that bring out certain emotions in us.  Some are pretty, some are romantic, some are fun and full of energy.  But don't take our word for it, take a listen for yourself to these samples!

Ok, so how does this work?

It couldn't be more simple to purchase and license Human Beat Vol. 1!  Upon its release on March 1, 2018, all you have to do is purchase Human Beat Vol. 1 from our online store for $99.  We then email you a very simple licensing contract.  The contract states that you have full use of all 10 music beds.  That means you can use them in any way you see fit.  No limitations.  You can use them in one YouTube video or you can use them in a national ad campaign.  Go nuts!  The music beds are yours to use as you want.  And they are yours to use forever.  You will never have to pay a renewal fee.  Just sign the contract (you can do it electronically with about 3 mouse clicks) and email it back to us and you are all set!

I can't wait for you to get your hands on these unique music beds!  And I can't wait to see how you use the songs in your next project!  So get ready for Human Beat Vol. 1 - coming March 1, 2018!

P.S. What do you think of the samples?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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5 Things To Look For When Licensing Music

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Finding just the right music for your next YouTube video or podcast episode can be a super confusing undertaking.  From figuring out where to find the music to how the licensing works, it takes a lot of time and energy away from what you would probably rather be doing - working on your video or podcast!  I want to help make this process a little easier for you so I came up with 5 main things you want to look for when you are searching for music to license.

1.  Royalty Free

Make sure the music you license is royalty free.  What does this mean?  I wrote a blog post about it and you can read it here.  Basically, it means that you pay a licensing fee up front so that you don't have to pay royalties to the artists or songwriter every time someone plays your video and their song is played.  Most licensing websites are going to offer royalty free music, but it's something you need to double check before you purchase the use of a song.

2.  Simple Licensing

Music licensing can get super confusing.  Some licensing websites give you multiple options pending on how much you are going to use the song.  Sometimes it is hard to know this up front and so it's hard to know which option to choose.  Some sites make you renew your license every few years.  It is a lot of fine print to read through.  The best option is to go through a site that offers super, simple licensing that you can understand.  Ideally, you want to pay one time up front and that's it.

3.  Unique Music

Have you ever been watching a YouTube video and noticed you have heard lots of other YouTubers use the exact same music?  This happens all the time because most video creators use the same sites with the same songs.  If you want to stand out from the crowd, make sure you use a licensing site that offers unique music options that not everyone is using.

4.  No Credit Necessary

A lot of licensing sites will require you to credit the music somewhere in your video.  You will need to mention it at some point or at least put a credit in text at the end of your video.  This may not be a big deal for some, but your video time is valuable.  You shouldn't have to clutter or confuse things by adding a credit for the music.  The best licensing agreement will not require you to post any credits on your video.

5.  100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Any music licensing site worth anything will offer you a satisfaction guarantee.  This is just good business and something you should look for in any product or service you buy, especially online.  Whoever is providing you with music, should be confident enough in their work to offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  And if they don't, be very cautious.  Many times this is a sign of a shady business.

So there you go - 5 things to look for when licensing music.  I hope this helps.  The biggest thing to remember is to be careful and do your homework.  Make sure you understand any licensing deal you are entering.  If you have any other questions about music licensing, feel free to leave a comment below.  I am always happy to help.  Happy musical hunting!

P.S.  Where do you find a licensing site that adheres to these standards?  Click Here!

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What Does "Royalty Free" Music Mean?

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"Royalty free music" seems to be the buzz word these days for anyone who has ever tried to make a YouTube video or even other kinds of media creations.  I mean, a YouTube video is a million times better with a little music in the background, right?  But you can't just use any music you want.  If you just use your favorite song off the radio, the YouTube police will be on you like a moth to a flame.  That's why you need music that you can use in your videos and keep the YTP at bay.  That's why you need royalty free music.

Now, "royalty free" does not mean "free of charge."  It means that you don't have to pay royalties to the artist or songwriters every time their song is played like most TV and radio stations have to do.  What you do have to do, is pay up front for a license to use the music.  Once you pay an agreed upon licensing fee, you now have the right to use the song in your video and no one is going to get mad at you or come asking for money.

Imagine going through the following scenario with your next Facebook Live video.  You prepare your material and make sure you know what you are going to talk about.  You have your favorite song cued up the play in the background to give it some ambiance.  Then you do the video and it goes great.  You say everything the way you want to say it.  There are a bunch of people leaving comments and liking your video.  You are killing it!  But when you go to post the video permanently on your profile page, Facebook not only doesn't allow you to post it, but they delete the whole thing because you didn't have the right to use the music!  All your hard work is gone.  All the perfect words you said are gone.  You have to do the whole thing over again and this time without the music.  That has happened to people I know and as you can imagine, it is incredibly frustrating.  The solution is buying a license to use someone's music royalty free.

But where do you get this royalty free music, you ask?

There are a number of websites out there now that license music.    My personal favorite, however, is Soul Motivation Records!  Ok, yes, I own the company. :)  But we are doing some really cool things with music licensing that will help you keep your costs down while making amazing videos!

At Soul Motivation Records, we offer Music Bed Packs that are royalty free and give you 10 unique songs of varying styles to use in your upcoming videos.  You pay a one time fee up front of $99 and then you can use all 10 songs as much as you want with no limitations and no renewals fees.  Pretty cool, huh?

I hope this answers your questions about how royalty free music works.  I know it's kind of confusing, but the main thing to remember is if you want to use music in your videos, be sure to be proactive and find a good royalty free solution.  It will save you a lot of money and headaches down the road.  If you are still confused, feel free to reach out anytime.  I am happy to help you navigate these confusing waters in any way I can.

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#soultimecheckin 2.14.18 - Music Bed Packs

Hey did you know we made music beds at Soul Motivation Records?  We actually sell Music Bed Packs.  These are packs of 10 original, unique music beds that you can use in any of your video or other media productions.  Plus our licensing is super simple! 

You can listen to samples of the tracks from each of our Music Bed Packs on our website.  If you like what you hear, you can purchase all 10 music beds for only $99!  Once you do, you have full access to all ten songs.  You can use them as much or as little as you want.  There is no need to ever renew.  They are yours forever!

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