When you’re crafting your next hit song, you have a few choices when creating the structure. Depending on your personal style, you could hit the crates at your local record store to dig for samples. If you have a working knowledge of drum machines or computer audio software, you might be able to construct your own beats. Many Baltimore hip hop artists use free beats downloaded from the internet. However, there are a few things you should know before going this route, or you could land in a world of trouble.
1. Don’t Assume That the Beats are Free
If you download free beats from a sketchy site, there’s a good chance that they might be pirated from another source. Make absolutely certain that you’re getting the instrumental directly from a producer’s website and that it states explicitly that you can use it for free.
2. Free Beats Aren’t Always Free
Always make sure to read the website policy or terms before using free beats. Copyright law states that the creator of the instrumental owns it unless they release it under a Creative Commons license. So if the copyright owner doesn’t waive their right to royalties, you’ll have to pay them these royalties if you make any money from selling your finished song!
3. Giving Credit Where Due
It used to be that music came on CDs, and these CDs came with booklets that listed studio credits. So anyone who worked on the album, from the engineering and producing to the musicians who played on the tracks, would get some credit for the finished record. Now that streaming has taken off, usually the only name listed on a song or YouTube video is the artist. If you get free beats from a producer or a website, make sure to give some credit to them. It’s the right thing to do!
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